Catechist & Sacramental Coordinator

Saint Catherine Labouré Parish Gymea


You will notice the new tap and pay DONATION machine at the entrance to the Church which was installed last Friday (16 October 2020)

It accepts your Mastercard and Visacard (including Visa debit cards)
The DONATION is set at $5 per Tap. If you wish to donate more, you simply wait until the machine is ready and you can tap again. You can tap as many times as you would like—each tap is a $5 donation to the Parish. Appears on your Bank Statement as ‘GYMEA PARISH, GYMEA’

That there are NO receipts (as they appear on your card’s bank statement), NO refunds or tax deductibility.

B-Point tap and Donate machine

Sydney Catholic Schools have commenced a ‘back to parish’ campaign
as part of our recruitment of the Family Educators.
For more information, please contact: Executive Assistant, Lee Ann Xavier

‘back to parish’

Our world has been changed by the corona virus pandemic. Christians find themselves confined to their homes in a way they are not used to. They are separated from direct contact with their communal places of prayer and worship: going to Mass or dropping into their local church to say a prayer is no longer possible in many cases. To celebrate the Eucharist involves making a reservation and keeping physical distance in the Church. Many have still to be content with accessing the Eucharist “online”.  The Carmelites have a long and rich tradition of praying in the places where they live. Our Rule tells the Friars (brothers): “Each of you is to stay in his own cell (room) or nearby, pondering on the Lord’s law day and night (Ps 1,2) and keeping watch at his prayers (see. 1 Pet 4, 7)” 

Our habit of praying in this way enables us to advise people on how to begin or to deepen their own practice of prayer in their own homes. 
This has prompted us to prepare our Webpage:

Praying Simply at Home in the Pandemic and Beyond:

It offers people, either personally of as a family, some simple guidelines on how to pray and some material to pray with. We hope it might provide you with the possibility of transforming, what seems to be spiritually a time of dryness and isolation, into an opportunity to discover new depths within.

Parish Planned Giving Credit Card Forms

DONATIONS/PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES can be be placed in the boxes on the tables so marked at the 2 authorised door access points at all Masses for Saturday Vigil and Sunday.

Donations during the week can be left in the Presbytery Letterbox or handed in at the Office Door.

Thankyou for your continued financial support during these times.


Scripture Readings for the Day and the week

The Singing Priest (ABC Compass)

Archdiocese Parish Newsletter
(CatholicCare and Parishes working together)

Viewing Mass Online

To watch an online broadcast of the Holy Mass click on the PHOTO of the Church and the website will open – it will search for Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) for the Church that will be LIVESTREAMING A Mass at that particular time – then simply click on the Church’s name in the calendar.

There are many places where Mass is available to watch online, to help us continue our Spiritual communion with the Church.

At a time when Catholic churches across Australia are closed during the
COVID-19 pandemic, this is a wonderful opportunity for people across all ages and no matter where they live to participate in the Mass at the holiest time in our Church’s year.

Liturgy Brisbane link – stay in touch with Scriptures

The group WATAC Inc. (Women and the Australian Church) are launching a series of online conversations called WATAC Presents. The first session, Women and the Plenary Council took place on Tuesday, 9 June 2020 at 6pm (AEST: Sydney) Sister Clare Condon (former provincial of the Good Samaritan Sisters) and Debra Zanella (CEO of RUAH Community Services) will be leading a conversation around aspirations for the Plenary Council and how the voices of women and other marginalised groups can be included. To take part register at  –  Details on accessing the online Zoom session will be emailed. Those without internet access can join the session by telephone.

St Catherine’s Primary School
Links & Events

Children’s Liturgy and Sacramental programs with St John Bosco Parish, Engadine

Visit the Bosco website and click on ‘Children’s Liturgy’.
There is a variety of  resources online for the Easter Children’s Liturgy.

The Majellan introduces

Free E-Book: The Early Church

St Pat’s Church – Church Hill (City)

online at 9:30 am Daily

Parables Website

Catholic News
(Australian Bishops Conference)

The Journey Radio Program

The Journey is a weekly program developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong and is the only Catholic radio program in Australia aired on general Christian radio. Visit or where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.

GPBS website
(Gather Proclaim Break Send) 

The GPBS Mission & Ministry Team facilitates a number of workshops that give students and staff a hands-on approach to liturgy, prayer, liturgical music, leadership formation and staff professional development.

GPBS – Digital Ministry Services for Catholic Parishes

GPBS – Twitter

GPBS – Facebook

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The Catholic Church in Australia (C.C.A) website

Social Justice Trends C.C.A website

Catholic Archdiocese Information links