The Cry of the Heart: Worship and Prayer

“I trusted, even when I said: ‘I am sorely afflicted.’” – Ps 115.10 The Cry of the Heart: Worship and Prayer On Monday afternoon, a blackbird (a White-winged Chough) found its way into our church only to become caught in the ceiling space with no way of escaping. Despite attempts to encourage the bird to…

Letting Go

“ Repent, and believe the Good News.” – Mk 1.15 Letting Go On Ash Wednesday morning, our community gathered for Mass. It was different this year. The familiar ritual of placing a cross of ash on our foreheads was not possible due to the effect of the pandemic. And yet, by not doing something that…

Lent 2021

From Lent until Pentecost the people of the diocese will be invited, through a process of contemplative dialogue, to discern more fully the framework for considering ‘Building the Kingdom of God Together’ inour diocese. The Church of Maitland-Newcastle is centred on Christ, the Cornerstone, and seeks always to live as acommunity of people who believe…

A Matter of Perspective

“Whatever you do at all, do it for the glory of God.” – 1Cor10.31 A Matter of Perspective Our parish is on a journey within our Diocesan community of Building the Kingdom of God Together. Last week we were invited to ponder the question, ‘How can I share my gifts in building this faith community?’…

A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective “Is not our life on earth nothing more than pressed service, our time no better than hired drudgery?” – Job 7.1 A friend of mine shared the following story: A supervisor was observing his workers one afternoon, and noticed two men shifting bricks around the worksite. One of them looked angry…

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What About Singing?

The question about whether we can sing at Mass keeps coming up, particularly after the recent easing of restrictions. The NSW Government website states that, “Group singing and chanting remains a high-risk activity fortransmission should someone involved be infected.” The current restrictions do allow for members of acongregation to join in singing, however, NSW Health…

Giving Thanks

“For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.” – Ps 88.2 Giving Thanks As 2020 draws to a close, it is fitting to look back and give thanks for the year that has been. While it has been a challenging year, there are still many things that we, as a community, can be…

DARA’s Kitchen Volunteers

Since the initial restrictions from the COVID pandemic in March, we have been unable to invite people to share a meal at the Toronto Community Kitchen located in our Community Centre. Instead, our volunteers have been delivering meals each week to those in need in the Westlakes area, from Edgeworth to Morisset. These meals are…

Year of St Joseph

Last Tuesday, 8th December (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration on St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church), Pope Francis proclaimed a ‘Year of St Joseph.’ To mark the occasion, Pope Francis has written an Apostolic Letter entitled Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart). Pope Francis begins…

Sacraments Journey 2021

In 2020, our Sacraments Journey was postponed. A new Sacraments Journey has been prepared in light of COVID 19. Our journey will begin in Term 2 with the Sacrament of Confirmation. Interested families can email the parish office for an enrolment pack.