Welcome to

St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Church, Gymea

St. Catherine’s Catholic Parish is a welcoming, supportive, and faith-filled community of believers inspired by the life of Jesus Christ and emboldened by the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Catholic faith. We are called to make Christ present in our parish, in our local community, and in our world. We respect and uphold the dignity of all human life and strive to remain faithful to the intellectual richness of the teachings of Christ and His Catholic Church “in and out of season”.

Our Mission is to seek holiness in everything we do — to love, to know, and to give praise to God the Eternal Trinity. We desire to experience Christ’s mercy and to make this mercy known to others; to be a community committed to recognising Christ present in each person through our service to the wider community and in the joyful and reverent celebration of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist — the “source and summit” of the Catholic faith.



Monday, 15 August is a Holy Day of Obligation


NEXT “LECTURE” SERIES & GROUPS

NEW PARISH “APOLOGETICS” GROUP: What is “apologetics?” Etymologically, the word means to “speak in defence” — in this case of the Catholic faith. Perhaps more than ever, knowing how to defend your faith in public and appreciating the intelligence of the Church’s teachings is a grave imperative. The evening begins with a 30-40 minute presentation on a topic and then 20 minutes of questions/discussion. It is possible a specific book will be chosen for everyone to follow. Although details are being finalised, at this stage, I intend to host this event on Wednesday evenings, which began Wednesday, 1 June.


Father Greg will be giving a three-part series of talks for the Archdiocese titled “Empty Words Empty Churches: How Reclaiming Language Can Help Re-Evangelise Our Parishes”
These talks will be delivered at St Cath’s on three consecutive Thursdays (21 July, 28 July and 4 August) from 7.30 pm to 8.45 pm but people across the Archdiocese will join us via Zoom.

Please mark the dates in your diary. The working titles for these three talks are as follows:

· Lecture One, Thursday, 21 July: The Crisis of Language and the Decline of Faith: Exploring the Roots of Cultural Instability and Ecclesial Insecurity

· Lecture Two, Thursday, 28 July: The Word Made Flesh: The Truth Speaks, The Truth Redeems, The Truth Empowers

· Lecture Three, Thursday, 4 August: Restoring A Prophetic Voice: How Reclaiming the Power of Language Can Help Re-Evangelise Our Parishes



What’s Going On in Our Parish in 2022?


Further details will be provided here shortly about the following new initiatives that will begin in our parish over the coming weeks. If you are at all interested in getting involved in any of the following, please get in touch!

A new mother’s prayer group; philosophy and theology classes; a monthly guest speaker; a new youth group that meets on Sunday evenings; the recommencement of Children’s Liturgy;
the inaugural “Labouré Lecture” and Parish Dinner.



MASS TIMES

Saturday Vigil: 5 pm

Sundays: 7:30 am, 9:30 am, and 5 pm

Mondays: 9:15 am Mass only

Tuesdays: 8:30 am-9:10 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by the 9:15 am Mass
Wednesdays: 8:30 am-9:10 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by the 9:15 am Mass
Thursdays: 8:30 am-9:10 am Adoration of followed by the 9:15 am Mass 9:15 am Mass
Fridays: 8:30 am-9:10 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction followed by the 9:15 am Mass
Saturdays: 8:30 am-9:10 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction followed by the 9:15 am Mass


Please Visit our Youtube Page and Facebook Page for further information.

GO TO YOUTUBE and type in St Catherine Labouré Gymea Mass or use the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=st+catherine+laboure+gymea+mass+


Confession will be available before and after every Weekday Mass (including Saturdays).
Please approach me if you wish to receive the Sacrament. During Adoration,
I will be sitting at the front of the Church near the confessional.
On Saturdays, I will be in the confessional immediately following the morning 9:15 am Mass for as long as necessary and from 4:30 – 4:55 pm.


St Catherine’s has a new Facebook page:

https://m.facebook.com/St-Catherine-Labour%C3%A9-Parish-Gymea-108678858244000/               
then like the page 👍, for immediate communications.



Parish Rosary Via Zoom:

Every Saturday Morning at 10 am


All are welcome to pray the Holy Rosary together each Saturday morning at 10 am.
This was started during the lockdown but a number of people have asked for this to continue.
Each rosary will be offered for various intentions. Please find the Zoom link/Phone number below.
Please contact the parish if you have any questions. Feel free to invite your friends and family to join us.

To join our parish rosary, either;
(1) call the phone number below and enter the meeting code; or
(2) copy and paste the following link below into your address bar above.
Note, you will need to have downloaded Zoom onto your computer for this link to work. (https://zoom.us/signup)

Topic: Parish Rosary: St Catherine’s Gymea
Time: Every Saturday at 10am: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
https://sydneycatholic.zoom.us/j/69475789620?pwd=ZGhtUjJPd0lyOGR1Vnc1dTJLUVdmZz09

Password: 1234

Join from telephone (meeting ID: 694 7578 9620): (02) 8015 2088 (Sydney)
International numbers available: https://sydneycatholic.zoom.us/u/ecwj88Pys1

Join from Skype for Business (Lync):
https://sydneycatholic.zoom.us/skype/69475789620


Important Notice Regarding Containers for Fiji

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY ITEMS FOR FIJI

AT THIS TIME



Remember to Support our Local Village Shops

Fruiticious with Wally & Wadih – two Maronite Catholics
Taste Buds, with Bebe and her young family – the youngest is in Year 5 at St Cath’s
The Gymea Lily (Home & Kitchenware) now owned by parishioner, Peter McGrath


COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT:

COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN UPDATE – SERVICE NSW REQUIREMENTS

¨ All congregants it is only preferred that you wear a MASK whilst inside the Church

¨ There must be “NO” entry to site if unwell

¨ All congregants are reminded that they should leave the Church after the service and not mingle

¨ All congregants are reminded of the requirement for physical social-distancing

¨ All congregants are asked to take their bulletin with them after Mass and NOT return them to the area where they are stored or leave them on seats


LEGION OF MARY

The Gymea Legion of Mary involves members from Oyster Bay and Miranda parishes who have since joined the Gymea Praesidium.
The Legion meets in the Conference Room from 9:45 am after the 9:15 am morning Mass on Thursdays.
Enquiries can be via the President, Mike Links:

legionofmarygymea@stcaths.org.au


THE MEDJUGORE PRAYER GROUP

Meets every Thursday evening at 6 pm inside the Church (Choir area) and contact is Barry via email at:

medumedjugorjeprayegroup@stcaths.org.au


CATECHISTS

Among the many things impacted by COVID 19 is our Catechist ministry. Many of our volunteers have been forced to discontinue serving as Catechist teachers, out of health concerns for themselves or their family members.
As a result, there are a number of Scripture Classes which do not have a Catechist teacher at present.
If you are in a position, health-wise, to volunteer to teach at the local schools, then please urgently contact the Coordinator, Karen at: catechists@stcaths.org.au


Special Prayer

Parish Credit Card Forms for Planned Giving (download, fill in, scan and email back or post) & New Envelope Contributors……


https://www.sclgymea.catholic.edu.au



A message from the Archdiocese of Sydney

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney upholds the dignity and rights of all children and is committed to ensuring their safety.
We recognise each child as a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children
in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional,
intellectual and social development.

Child sexual abuse is a crime.
The appropriate people to deal with crimes are the police.
If you, or anyone you know, have been abused,
please contact the police.

Alternatively, you can contact the

Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office on (02) 9390 5810
or email at: safeguardingenquiries@sydneycatholic.org.

You may also want to speak to your Parish Priest,
Father Greg Morgan (02 9525.1138) (office@stcaths.org.au)
who will be able to provide support and guidance.

The Archdiocese has a legal obligation to report crimes to the police.