Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

From the Dean’s desk….

Dear Friends,

We begin today this most sacred and holy week. We are invited to meet Jesus at the gates of Jerusalem and accompany him to the hill of Calvary. We are asked to pray with Jesus in the Upper Room, to experience his agony while praying at Gethsemane. We are asked to stand with him as he is being falsely accused by the religious and political figures of the time. We are invited to journey with him in those last few agonising miles to his Crucifixion. In order to prepare ourselves for this great journey, I would like to share with you sermon from the writings of St Andrew of Crete [d. 740]. It is taken from the Liturgy of the Hours for Passion Sunday, and leaves us with a tremendous insight into the significance of the these precious days that we call Holy Week and which incorporate the Easter Triduum [Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil].

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Holy Week ceremonies 2015

Timetable

Palm Sunday, 29th March

  • Saturday Vigil Mass at 6pm.
  • Sunday Masses at 8am, 9.30am, 11am Procession of Palms & Solemn Mass (Choir)
    Procession with Palms at 5.15pm from Parramatta Town Hall to St Patrick’s Cathedral for 6.00pm Mass. BBQ and Youth gathering to follow when the WYD Rio raffle will be drawn.
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5th Sunday of Lent, 22 March 2015

From the Dean’s desk….

Dear Friends,

As we enter the second half of our Lenten period, our liturgy focuses on the death of Jesus. Last week we heard of the great gift that God has given us by giving us his only Son in order to save us and bring us redemption [John 3:16]. Next week, we celebrate Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. It becomes a time for us to journey with Jesus from the time he was jubilantly welcomed into Jerusalem, to the intimacy of the Upper Room, to the loneliness and trial of the Garden of Gethsemane, to the courts of the Sanhedrin, Pilate and Herod, to the streets of Jerusalem as he carries his Cross to Calvary, to the desolation of Calvary, through to the Empty Tomb and its significance and meaning to the Disciples.

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4th Sunday of Lent, 15 March 2015

From the Dean’s desk….

Dear Friends,

Have you ever been in a situation where you have given all your energy, time, love and commitment to another person: to have helped them in every way possible, only to have it all thrown back at you because the person either failed to respond to your generous attempts at assistance or they were so caught up in their ways that they could not perceive the good attempts coming from you? If you have experienced anything like this then you can appreciate the content of the first reading today [2 Chronicles 36:14-16.19-23].

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Cathedral App (SPCPP) - for St Patrick’s Cathedral

Be informed with whats going on in the Cathedral, the Diocese of Parramatta and the wider Catholic community. Download the Cathedral App.

The bulletin, liturgy guide and events are uploaded to the App each week. This week we have added links to the Vatican and forms for sacraments will be added in the coming weeks.

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