St Patrick's Parish Guildford
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                 Est: 1980     

 

St Patrick's Senior Citizens Club is a club for over 55's and has been functioning for 36 years.

          

          All are welcome.

 

We meet every Monday in the School Hall, next to the Church, at 10:00 am except the 4th Monday, our day bus.  Bingo, bowls and cards are some of our activities.

 

New members are always welcome.

 

For general information please contact the Parish Office for contact details of the President or Trips Officer.


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Parish Notices



St Patrick's Church Facilities

To facilitate the comfort and convenience of parishioners St Patrick's has the following facilities:

  • Disabled ramp access via side door
  • Disabled toilet facilities
  • Hearing loop
  • Reverse cycle air-conditioning
  • Updated data projector facilities
  • Wheelchair space at the front of the church
  • Pram space at the rear of the church.
  • Updated and increased lighting for footpath and amenities access
  • Clear amenities signage

Parish Altar Society

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Do you have about an hour to spare per month? You could help keep our church clean - we are in need of a few more hands for our roster.

If you think you could help please ring the Parish Secretary at the Parish Office

 


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A)

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Jesus has asked all of us to go and tell the Good News, to spread the Gospel.  If you know anyone who has expressed an interest in learning more about our faith and has been considering joining the Catholic Church, this spiritual journey may be the right time for him or her.

Those who are interested in learning more can contact the parish office on 9632 2872 and a member of the R.C.I.A. team will contact them.

There is also an introductory pamphlet about the R.C.I.A.  available from the parish office that can be given to any prospective candidate.


Parish Visitation - Legion of Mary:

Anyone who would like the Legion to call on them or if you know of anyone you think might appreciate a visit by the Legion Ladies please contact the Parish Office

Also, if anyone would like the Rosary statue in your home, please call the Parish Office or arrange with Tina. 

The Legion has begun a Junior Legion. All children aged between 8 to 18 years are invited to join. Meetings held in the Parish Office every Sunday from 11:00am to 12 noon. For enquiries contact the Parish Office for Tina's details.


Parish Pastoral Council Responses:

The responses to Questions 1 and 2 were very similar so a decision was made to combine them.  The hopes and aims of those that responded were to ensure that St Patrick’s Guildford would be:

  • a parish that is welcoming and inclusive to those already members of the parish and  to those in the community not actively practising
  • a parish that creates a sense of community
  • a parish that offers opportunity for worship
  • a parish that works closely with the school
  • a parish where parishioners are actively involved in activities of charity and service to the poor and marginalised within and outside the parish
  • a parish that grows and involves the youth


For Question 3 the parishioners that responded valued a parish that:

  • proclaimed the gospel and offered opportunities for worship
  • was Christ like and helped others beyond Sunday Mass
  • was welcoming and inclusive
  • reaches and grows the young people
  • looks after the environment
  • holds the virtues of Integrity, justice, mercy, forgiveness, joy, love, peace, faith and service
  • practises with truth and transparency

Practical examples were also given and these will be looked at by the Parish Pastoral Council in more detail over the coming months.

This information along with the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta ‘Faith in our Future Pastoral Plan 2014–2018’ will be utilised to create a vision and mission statement for the parish.


Parish Pastoral Council: 

Membership of the Parish Council: President: Father Peter Blayney Parish Priest, Sr Helen Cunningham OP, Pastoral Associate,  Chair: Clair Harb, Secretary: Rita Jacobson, Denise Grech, Tony Fletcher, Jim Wall, Raymond Win, Danny Khoury.

From the Code of Canon Law, the Church understands the Parish Pastoral Council to be primarily concerned about pastoral care:

Can.536  §1   If the diocesan bishop judges it opportune after he has heard the presbyteral council, a pastoral council is to be established in each parish, over which the pastor presides and in which the Christian faithful, together with those who share in pastoral care by virtue of their office in the parish, assist in fostering pastoral activity.

§2   A  pastoral council possesses a consultative vote only and is governed by the norms established by the diocesean bishop.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines the parish this way:

2179  "A parish is a definite community of the Christian faithful established on  a stable basis within a particular church, the pastoral care of the parish is entrusted to a pastor as its own shepherd under the authority of the diocesan bishop." [Canon 515  §1]  It is the place where all the faithful can be gathered together for the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist.  The parish initiates the Christian people into the ordinary expression of the liturgical life; it gathers them together in this celebration; it teaches Christ's  saving doctrine, it practices the charity of the Lord in good works and brotherly love:

You cannot pray at home as at church, where there is a great multitude, where exclamations are cried out to God as from one great heart, and where there is something more: the union of minds, the accord of souls, the bonds of charity, the prayers of the priests. [St John Chrysostom].

~  Fr. Peter Blayney


Children's Liturgy

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St Patrick's Children's Liturgy is held on the first and third Sunday of every month and children attend lessons in the Parish Office during the 10:00am Mass, where the day's Gospel is explained to them at their level.  Often a short activity accompanies the Gospel. 

To ensure our Children's Liturgy runs smoothly for the children we require helpers to join our team.  Helpers will be required to assist once a month at the 10:00am Mass, either to help prepare the lesson and lead the children or just to assist with the supervision of the children during the lesson and the movement to and from the Parish Office. 

If you are interested in joining our roster please ring the Parish Office and ask for Kathy's contact details.  No experience is required.  All helpers wil be required  to undergo Child Protection Screening. 


Mass Intentions 

To prevent confusion and assumptions could parishioners identify if a Mass intention, for publication in the Bulletin, is either:

Recently Deceased

Anniversary, or

Deceased

Printed envelopes are for mass intentions are available at the back of the Church.

The Parish Piety Stall has been discontinued. Pious goods can now be purchased from:

  • The Vietnamese Sisters' shop - Cross Media Project,31 Jamesion Street, Granville - telephone 9682 1581
  • St Paul's Book and Media Centre, 238 Church Street, Parramatta - telephone 9126 8912.

 


 

 


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