6th Sunday of Easter, 21 May 2017

From the Dean’s Desk

Dear Friends in Christ,

The loss of hope can be a traumatic experience for us. It can lead to a sense of uselessness, fear, despair and even violence. It occurs when we can see no imminent answer or solutions to an issue that is present in our lives. It can occur when we experience health problems, illness, financial issues, the illness or death of a close relative or friend. It is at times like these that we benefit from the presence of strong individuals. These people can be for us a source of strength. They can allow us to view the issue at hand in a broader perspective, and as such to regain the hope that was initially lost.

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5th Sunday of Easter, 14 May 2017

From the Dean’s Desk

Dear Friends in Christ,

The famous Scottish theologian and Biblical scholar, William Barclay (1907-1978), in his commentary on John’s Gospel speaks about the impending gloom of the disciples as they are gathered in the upper room listening to Jesus’ farewell discourse (John 13:1-17:26): ‘in a short time life for the disciples was going to fall in. Their world was going to collapse in chaos around them. At such a time, there is only one thing to do – stubbornly to hold onto trust in God…there comes a time when we have to believe where we cannot prove and to accept where we cannot understand. If in the darkest hour, we believe that somehow there is a purpose in life and that that purpose is love, even the unbearable becomes bearable and even in the darkness there is a glimmer of light.’ [Barclay, The Gospel of John: The Daily Study Bible, Volume 2, pp 152-153].

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4th Sunday of Easter, 7 May 2017

From the Dean’s Desk

Dear Friends in Christ,

Today’s Gospel [John 10:1-10] is part of a longer section from John’s Gospel – 9:1-10:21, which has Jesus in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles, an agricultural feast celebrated before the new year. The section begins with Jesus’ encounter with the man born blind, his subsequent healing and the debate with the religious authorities that follows the miracle [John 9:1-38]. John 9:39-10:21 constitutes an encounter between Jesus and the Pharisees. Based on 9:39-41 we have 10:1-21 unfolding.

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Positions Vacant - Receptionist

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta is seeking a part-time receptionist to work in their busy office Monday to Thursday.

The Receptionist is the central point of contact for all groups within the parish and provides office support for the parish team, administration and ministerial groups within the parish. As the Receptionist you will be the first point for enquiries from parishioner, newcomer or from the wider community in regard to parish activities and services.

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Our Lady of Fatima Procession, Mother's Day Concert

Saturday, May 13 Parish Celebrations

May 13 this year is extra special. It is the 100th year anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition in Fatima as well as the eve of Mother’s Day.

Details for the celebration are as follows:

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