St Agnes Catholic High Rooty Hill Newsletter

Term Four : Issue 3 | 16 December 2019

From the Principal

Looking back over 2019, I am immensely proud of the achievements of the St Agnes community.

This year, as a school we welcomed Year 11 at the commencement of Term 1 and Year 12 at the commencement of Term 4. The staff is to be applauded for the way in which they have embraced the rewards and challenges of the Stage 6 Curriculum and implemented it with positivity and enthusiasm. I feel privileged to be a part of a school with highly capable and committed teachers and support staff. One of the critical factors of any successful school is the staff. I don’t think there has ever been a time when being a teacher has been more demanding or challenging. To our teachers and support staff, thank you for your energy, passion and enthusiasm. Our teachers are privileged each day to participate in their students’ academic, spiritual and wellbeing journey. They celebrate their students’ achievements whether they be great or small, walk with them when they face difficulties and encourage them to be the best they can be.

This is demonstrated daily, and their commitment can be seen throughout this newsletter, rather than winding down, the staff have continued to work joyously to ensure that the students are provided with wonderful opportunities to grow and experience life to the full right to the last day of term.

 I would like to take the opportunity to especially thank all of the staff who are leaving St Agnes this year as their contracts come to an end, teachers: Ms Bojovic, Mr Nosworthy, Ms Woods, Mr Sahota, Ms Pauperis and IT support staff Brayden Hall and Michael Tramonte. I thank them on behalf of the community for the significant contribution they have made, the care they have shown to others, the joy they have brought to all of our lives and the superb effort they have made to make a difference in the lives of our young people.

 As a community, we welcome the return of Mr Usman Khan – Leader of Learning Technologies. Mr Khan returns from a secondment to the Parramatta Education Office. We are delighted that he has returned to St Agnes.

At this time of year, we as a school community look forward to celebrating the birth of our Saviour and listen to God’s message as He speaks to us so tenderly and simply through the loving image of the Holy Family. Joseph and Mary’s acceptance of His will, moved by faith, trust and love in God, guided them to that “night of nights”. We pray that God will guide us as we journey through the coming year. May we live with courage, love with compassion and be the voice of Peace on Earth.

I would like to wish all St Agnes parents, carers, students, staff and friends of the school, a very happy and holy Christmas and a safe relaxing holiday break    

16 December 7-9 Reports issued

17 December Final day for Year 7 -9

18 December Parent/Teacher Interviews (bookings:

29 January Years 7, 11 & 12 Commence

30 January Years 8 - 10 commence

5 February Year 7 & 11 School Photos

12 February Opening School Mass

17 - 21 February Year 12 Hospitality Work Placement

18 FEBRUARY Year 11 Information Night

25 February Year 8 - 10, 12 School Photos

From the Assistant Principal

As the 2019 school year comes to a conclusion, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the students and their families for your contributions and support of St Agnes in its endeavours to provide a quality Catholic Education in the Franciscan tradition.

 We are honoured that you have entrusted us with the care and education of your children. I also wish to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of the entire staff, teaching and non-teaching, for their commitment, generosity and care provided for the students each day. We are indeed fortunate to have a great school built on the foundations of mutual respect, positive relationships and a strong partnership between home and school.

 In a special way, it is important to acknowledge the vast majority of students who come to school each day and give their best, in every way. Whether this be in the classroom, on the sporting field, in co-curricular activities or through their positive and encouraging support of their fellow students. Many set a high standard through their behaviour and co-operation with each other and their teachers, through the completion of schoolwork and by their genuine friendliness.  It is important that we recognise the role of the students in making St Agnes such a wonderful community. After all, the school exists for the education of the boys and girls and it is up to them to rise to the challenges of our high standards and expectations.

 I wish each member of our community a holy, safe, restful and enjoyable break from school and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year.

Mr K Wolffe

Assistant Principal


From the Head of Mission

The Road to Bethlehem:

A liturgical Pilgrimage Follow the star to Bethlehem….

What a year it has been! As we are in the season of Advent, we have also begun the new Church’s calendar. It is with so much anticipation as we continue with our St Agnes tradition of our Road to Bethlehem production as our special gift to the community. I’d like to firstly thank Mrs Cathy Larkin, Principal of Cathwest Innovation College for her generosity in allowing our Bethlehem production to be held in the back oval. The St Agnes community is very grateful for the Cathwest staff in accommodating and assisting us in so many ways big and small to make this production possible.

  It is always with great pleasure to share our Christmas celebrations with our local primary schools. Many thanks to Good Shepherd Plumpton, St Aidan’s Rooty Hill, Sacred Heart South Mt Druitt, Holy Family

Emerton and St John Vianney Doonside with Year 4 and teachers who came to celebrate this day with us. We hope you enjoyed our liturgical pilgrimage with live animals to make Jesus’ story just that much more special.

 And of course, a very big thank you to our wonderful Road to Bethlehem Cast for 2019. These students were the heart of the entire experience as their enthusiasm to be a part of this story was shown through the wonderful role they all played.

 The Road to Bethlehem Production would not have been possible for the many staff members involved. It goes without saying that Bethlehem would not be possible without the staff Bethlehem team. It was truly a community effort. Thank you from the entire St Agnes community.

 Please join in saying a prayer as we journey to the star, to meet God face to face as one of us:

 Lord Jesus, we remember

that you were born into this world

on the first Christmas day.

Help us to remember,

that you were born in a stable

and cradled in a manger,

and so keep us from coveting wealth

and comfort and ease and luxury

which you never enjoyed.

Help us to remember,

that there was no room for you

in the inn,

and grant that our lives

may never become so crowded

that there is no room in them

for you.

Help us to remember,

that to you there came the shepherds

and the wise men,

and grant that learned and simple,

high and humble,

great and small,

may be joined in worshipping you

and loving you.

Help us to remember,

that you grew up in an ordinary home,

and went to school

and worked in a carpenter’s shop;

and so grant that we may think

task too humble and too common

our hands to touch,

when you, the Lord of Glory,

lived among the common things.

This we ask, for your love’s sake.

Australian Catholic Youth Festival

“Listen to what the Spirit is saying”

We welcome back our St Agnes ACYF pilgrims Sianne Dimarucut, Kyra Baracelon, Bianca Fragomeli, Ms Josiah Raad and Mr Harry Sadsad who joined 7,000 young people pilgrims from all over Australia to the biggest Catholic Youth Festival held in Perth. On their behalf, I’d like to formally thank all staff, students, families and friends who supported all of our ACYF fundraisers this year. We look forward to hearing how the Holy Spirit has moved their hearts and how St Agnes can be enriched by their experience in the new year.

For Christmas Mass times in the Blue Mountains and Parramatta Diocese, visit the web page:

Joy to the world, the Lord is come.

Let earth receive her King.

Let every heart prepare Him room.

May the timeless message of Christmas fill your heart and home

with joy now and throughout the coming year.

- Blessings from the St Agnes Staff and Students

Pace e bene,

Mary Reyes

From the Head of Learning

Academic Awards

All students in Years 7 to 10 will receive their final academic report for 2019 shortly. This outlines clearly how the student has performed in each subject area and the Learning Advisor has also provided a holistic comment on their view of each student’s performance. I encourage all parents and students to read through the report carefully and reflect upon the learning attained. There is information below which provides suggestions as to the best way for students to prepare and ensure they are ready for the 2020 scholastic year.

Congratulations to our students who received an acknowledgement of their effort and success at our recent award ceremony. Our awards recognised:

  • First in course (Year 11 only).
  • Highly Commended - Academic Achievement. This first award is for students who regularly achieve consistent results in not only assessment tasks, but also, class tasks. The award is mutually decided upon by the respective class teacher and the Leader of Learning.
  • Highly Commended - Sustained Effort. This award is for students whose effort is consistent and does not waver. They regularly complete the set work, homework and when or where possible, seek teacher feedback. This award is mutually decided upon by the Learning Advisor, Learning Mentor and the Leader of Learning Pathways.

Year 11

First in course

Information Processes and TechnologyJohn Belocura
Food TechnologyJohn Belocura
ChemistryDemiterous Deeb
English as an Additional Language/DialectDemitreous Deeb
Work StudiesSelin Er
Standard MathematicsKiera Everingham
BiologyKiera Everingham
Personald Development, Health and Physical EducationKiera Everingham
Community and Family StudiesKiera Everingham
Exploring Early ChildhoodKiera Everingham
Studies of Religion 1 UnitKiera Everingham
Design and TechnologyAnthony Gagliardi
Advanced EnglishAnthony Gagliardi
EconomicsAnthony Gagliardi
Business StudiesAnthony Gagliardi
Modern HistoryDillan Goro
Industrial TechnologyDillian Goro
Dance (Captivate)Maddison Harris
Business ServicesTaru Jathoul
Studies of Religion 2 UnitTaru Jathoul
ConstructionFares Jowhari
Information and Digital TechnologyAbhisek Kumar
English StudiesCrystal-Rose Marsh
English ExtensionVaituloto Mauia
Photography, Video and Digital ImagingVaituloto Mauia
Society and CultureKrystal Neely
Catholic StudiesElyse O'Brien
Visual ArtsAbigail Romero
Standard EnglishAnella Saco
PhysicsElijah San Pascual
Legal StudiesRhiannon Soans
Sports, Lifestyle and RecreationMahina Taiki
HospitalityKatalina Vave
Advanced MathematicsYuyin Zhang
Extension MathematicsYuyin Zhang


Highly Commended - Academic Achievement
Food TechnologyCaitlin Adema   
Community and Family StudiesRasha Ali
Studies of Religion 2 UnitRasha Ali 
Personald Development, Health and Physical EducationBritnee Azaglo
Advanced MathematicsJohn Belocura
Extension MathematicsJohn Belocura
PhysicsJohn Belocura
Catholic StudiesRosamae Celik 
Standard MathematicsLiarn Cregan
Society and CultureLiarn Cregan
Work StudiesMarc De Vera
BiologyDemitreous Deeb
Design and TechnologyDemitreous Deeb
Catholic StudiesSelin Er 
Mathematics Life SkillsNisreen Esho
Standard EnglishKiera Everingham
Advanced EnglishKye Ferreira
Standard MathematicsAnthony Gagliardi
Studies of Religion 2 UnitAnthony Gagliardi 
Design and TechnologyJesse Gonzalez   
PhysicsJesse Gonzalez
Legal StudiesDillan Goro
Studies of Religion 1 UnitCallandra Jane 
Personal Development, Health and Physical EducationCallandra Jane
Business ServicesTaru Jathoul
Business StudiesNathan Kako
Information Processes and TechnologyAbhisek Kumar
Legal StudiesJacob Luatuanuu
Industrial TechnologyJustin Mallouk   
ConstructionTong Muorwal
HospitalityTaumatina Natini
Dance (Captivate)Elyse O'Brien
EconomicsTubal-Cain Palu-Halaifonua
Information Processes and TechnologyJericho Quiroz
Exploring Early ChildhoodAbigail Romero
Industrial TechnologyHelena Sene
Community and Family StudiesHelene Sene
Advanced EnglishRhiannon Soans
Advanced MathematicsRhiannon Soans
BiologyRhiannon Soans
ChemistryRhiannon Soans
Studies of Religion 1 UnitRhiannon Soans 
Modern HistoryFalefaoaoteroa Tafau
EconomicsFalefaoaoteroa Tafau
Information and Digital TechnologyVictor Tolentino
Food TechnologyBernadette Von Kraft
Sports, Lifestyle and RecreationLachlan Watson
English as an Additional Language/DialectYuyin Zhang
ChemistryYuyin Zhang
Business ServicesYuyin Zhang

Highly Commended - Sustained Effort

Business ServicesEmmanuel Achen
Personal Development, Health and Physical EducationCaitlin Adema
Community and Family StudiesCaitlin Adema
ConstructionEmmanuel Alexiou
Advanced EnglishRasha Ali
Business StudiesMichael Atihe
Design and TechnologyElie Atihe
Standard MathematicsMichael Atihe
Studies of Religion 2 UnitBritnee Azaglo
Standard EnglishJohn Belocura
HospitalityRosamae Celik
Standard EnglishLiarn Cregan
Studies of Religion 1 UnitLiarn Cregan
Business StudiesKye Ferreira
Personald Development, Health and Physical EducationAndrew Freeman
Legal StudiesSelenna Fuimaono
ChemistrySelenna Fuimaono
Advanced MathematicsJesse Gonzalez
Studies of Religion 2 UnitDillan Goro
English StudiesSharbel Hanna
ChemistryTaru Jathoul
PhysicsNathan Kako
Advanced MathematicsAbhisek Kumar
PhysicsAbhisek Kumar
Dance (Captivate)Emalie Mackay
Food TechnologyCrystal-Rose Marsh  
Standard MathematicsVaituloto Mauia
EconomicsVaituloto Mauia
Community and Family StudiesTaumatina Natini
EconomicsKrystal Neely
Food TechnologyAvrielle Pulido
Business ServicesJericho Quiroz
HospitalityAbigail Romero
Visual ArtsAbigail Romero
Information and Digital TechnologyMichael Saade
Industrial TechnologyFalefaoaoteroa Tafau
Mathematics Life SkillsMyra Ulberg
Modern HistoryLachlan Watson
BiologyYuyin Zhang
Studies of Religion 1 UnitYuyin Zhang

Year 7

Aarya Mehta

Abby Cornish
Airah Paulate
Amire Gorgise
Angela Maroky
Anjali Sharma
Bailey Wright
Bianca Baynosa
Bronte Norris
Chloe Bettiol
Danica Caperlac
Daniela Jabo
Felicity DeLeon
Garvay Tang
Izabella Keryo
Jiya Kumar
Jordana Jacobs
Kacey Alvarado
Katia Younan
Lisa Alameh
Maretta Fuimaono
Mary-Rose Ahad
Menna Dawit
Paula El-Ghossein
Peace Lakie
Purva Kumar
Raphaella Garcia
Sara Al Makdissi
Sherry Mikhail
Sienna Edwards
Vanessa Yousif
Zachary Arcilla

Year 8

Akon Angara
Anna Antakley
Annabelle Kayrouz
Bassam Marjana
Beatrix Favor
Bella Teuma-Manaog
Camille Aquilizan
Chloe Watson
David Miguel
Edric Certeza
Elissa Eid
Elissa Elbacha
Ella Deluca
Ericka Uy
Eva Norton
Favor Beatrix
Gabriella Hipolito
Gilaxsan Sagayathasan
Grace Valades
Heleana Soriano
Jasmin Kalifih
Lana Kisur
Meagan S
Melos Kebede
Michelle Clarke
Mischa Vella
Mojtaba Shakibaei Shahadati
Norbert Alcala
Om Ray
Randall De Leon
Raphael Velasco
Ritika Prasad
Rojin Altun
Samyog Basnet
Stela Kaway

 Year 9 & 10

Abhitesh Kumar
Alannah Martin
Anatsan Vimalathasan
Andrew Mansour
Andrew Padrilan
Ashley Pineda
Benjamin Toohill
Christina Abi Chemouni
Chrystal Aqulizan
Dalia Alameh
Dilara Alsan
Emma Johnston
Ethan C
Farida Zaheer
Ila Fuimaono
Jazyln Bell
Jdyn Espino
Jeyda Ozturk
Julian Hipolito
Kayla Montenegro
Kyra Barcelon
Layton Rearden
Marc Cuasay
Mark De Guzman
Micaela Francisco
Nicole Cabalhin

Noelene Swin

Rita El-Ghossein
Romanno Flores
Sarah Farrugia
Sianne Dimarucut
Stamati Adlington
Tiffany Wu
Tristan Payuran
Varshini Chand
Alecksandra Favor
Alexi Bonete
Anatsan Vimalathasan
Ashley Pineda
Ayak Ater
Benjamin Toohill
Celina Deeb
Dominique Byrne
Emmanuel Moyo
Farida Zaheer
Julian Tan
Lachlan Taylor
Nina Alsamaan
Ninno Austral Obrero
Praveena Kilberd Kugathasan
Rianna Cregan
Rita El-Ghossein
Ruth Nool
Saugat Khatri
Stacey Debulos
Therese Clarke
Tiana Baxter
Tiffany Wu
Tori Jennings

School Activities


Youth Frontiers Program

On the 29th November three youth mentors from MTC Australia attended St Agnes CHS and introduced students to a taster session of this new school initiative. Students were able to discuss some opportunities to engage with community by running Rugby workshops with NRL groups and football/soccer workshops with the Western Sydney Wanderers. They also began thinking about how they could "pay it forward" and form a committee that would support the community. We heard some great ideas around potentially engaging with different cultural groups and planting native plants in our local Cumberland Plain Woods. We can't wait to see what the final project will look like, but it is obvious that the students will be taking the lead in the decision making process. We have 16 spots left in this program that will begin in full force next year.
If you are interested in
  • developing life skills
  • Increasing self esteem, resilience, leadership skills and capabilities
  • engaging with community projects
  • improving peer, parental and intergenerational relationships
  • better engagement with school, including attendance and academic achievement then you should contact Mrs. Karafotias and request a parent consent form. 

Girls' Tech Day

Girls’ Tech Day was a one-day event designed to inspire and empower young girls from grades 7 to 12,  to pursue interests and careers in technology.  It was a series of learning workshops focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEAM), and the Arts.

Students successfully created codes that projected drones around obstacle courses, they tested their reaction times as they launched race cars that utilised Nitrous Oxide Canisters (NOS), they experimented with Visual Reality (VR) and robotics and many more dynamic experiential activities related to Science, Maths and Technology. It was a fantastic day and St Agnes Catholic High School was the largest school group that attended. We finished the day on a high by winning the first prize in the lucky door prize; an ALEXA Echo that we will be able to utilise as a school community. 

Nashwa Karafotias

Careers Advisor

Girls Tech Day

Girls’ Tech Day is a one-day event designed to inspire and empower young girls from grades 7 to 12,  to pursue interests and careers in technology.  It is a series of learning workshops focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM), and the arts.

Students successfully created codes that projected drones around obstacle courses, they tested their reaction times as they launched race cars that utilised Nitrous Oxide Canisters (NOS), they experimented with Visual Reality (VR) and robotics and many more dynamic experiential activities related to Science, Maths and Technology. It was a fantastic day and St Agnes Catholic High School was the largest school group that attended. We finished the day on a high by winning the first prize in the lucky door prize; an ALEXA Echo that we will be able to utilise as a school community. 

Nashwa Karafotias

Careers Advisor

Year 12 Downing Centre Excursion - Student recounts

 On the 27th November 2019, the Year 12 Legal Studies students visited the Downing Centre Local and District Court with Ms Raad and Ms Clark. 

 We started off with a quick introduction to the protocol and procedures that we needed to follow whilst at the Centre, such as bowing to the judge when we enter and leave each courtroom. Following this, we were able to break off into smaller groups and visit the courtrooms of our choice in order to observe the cases and solidify our knowledge on the role of various people within a courtroom, including the judge/magistrate, jury, solicitors, barristers and witnesses. We observed a range of cases, including sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, theft and traffic offences, and we were able to witness an accused being sentenced. 

Overall, the excursion was a great experience and the cases we were able to watch were interesting and unique.

Rhiannon Soans



My experience at the Downing Centre, in one word, was thrilling.

As we entered through the courtroom doors, we were immersed with head to head heated discussions, with real lives on the line. We were able to hear a variety of cases including AVOs, drug trafficking and drink driving hearings. 

Watching these cases gave me a better understanding of the judicial process and how one must conduct themselves in a court room setting.

 Overall it was an informative experience, one that I believe should be repeated for future years.

Michael Atihe  


 “Justice delayed is Justice denied”.

This was a wonderful experience, as we as students, were able to witness the reality of what a courtroom is and how it operates. This provided us with deeper knowledge and proper insight as a first-hand experience of what happens within a hearing and how the judicial system works towards a result. Furthermore, this excursion showcased a variety of experiences that have taught us, as individuals, how courts are run.

 Overall it was a great experience, allowing us to see what we have learnt within the classroom, put into action.

Callandra Jane


Mercy Works -December 2019 Article

In May of this year six of our students met up with seven students from Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College to work on a photography project run by Mercy Connect.  The purpose of the project was for students to meet up with other students they wouldn't normally have the opportunity of interacting with, to work on a common project around photography using smartphones.  The girls from both schools had a wonderful time and forged some strong friendships, whilst taking photos of the city of Parramatta!  We all had the opportunity to meet up again with the students from Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College in August, to determine which photos should be used to create a photo booklet.  The quality of the photos taken by all the girls was most professional and inspirational!  Many thanks to Paul Taylor at Mercy Connect for running such a successful and worthwhile project!

“ Is Vietnam the New China?” A case study by Year 12 Economics students

Year 12 Economics took a personal tour into the case study of Vietnam on Friday 6th December. Grady 15 was beautifully decorated with traditional clothing, accessories and decorations from Vietnam. The trade between Vietnam and other countries.

We were shown two presentations, one by Ms O’Keeffe and our very own Vietnamese teacher Miss Nguyen. Miss Nguyen had made us traditional iced coffee that was so delicious, we wish we had the recipe to make more. The presentations shown to us by Ms O’Keeffe showed us the lives of Vietnamese people from their bustling streets, transportation, food and how they make stuff from clothing, candy etc. 

Altogether, it was a wonderful experience tasting their food, which we had some students make, and the iced coffee. Vietnam Day was amazing and sharing it with my class and the rest of the teachers who came to visit, made the day a memorable one.

Abul Deng


Friday 13 December, 10 students from the choir, along with Miss Pauperis and Mr Zucco, visited Minchinbury Manor Aged Care for Christmas Carols. The residents were very excited when they saw us. The Recreation Coordinator expressed her thanks for the relationship we continue to build together. The choir were from Year 7 & 8 and rose to the challenge and did a fantastic job bringing joy to the residents. Mr Zucco and his ELP and art classes created 100+ handmade Christmas cards and 3 students personally delivered them to the residents. The perfect way to end our term but also to be involved in  community.


2020 school travel applications NOW OPEN

Applications for student travel in 2020 opened on Friday, 11 October 2019.

Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification via email.

 Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2019 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2019, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2020.


If students do not have an OPAL Card, the full fare must be paid.

Please ensure students TAP ON & TAP OFF. 

The School Bus Service is on demand from how many students TAP ON. So if you do not TAP ON, this will tell the bus company we no longer need the service and they will cut the number of buses that pick students up. Stranding our students.

Please remember to TAP ON & TAP OFF.

Year 7 - 9 are required to wear the Junior Uniform, Year 10 - 12 Students are reminded to have the Senior Uniform for 2020

Uniform Shop and Office Hours



MONDAY 20.01.20   8.00am   – 3.30pm   

TUESDAY 21.01.20   8.00am  – 2.00pm  

WEDNESDAY 22.01.20  8.00am – 3.30pm  

THURSDAY 23.01.20  11.00am  – 3.30pm      


MONDAY 20.01.20  8.30am    – 3.30pm

TUESDAY 21.01.20    8.30am   – 12.30pm

WEDNESDAY 22.01.20    8.30am   – 3.30pm

THURSDAY 23.01.20   11.30am   – 3.30pm

          **PLEASE NOTE**

     The last day for payments for 2019 (eg school fees, etc) was Friday, December 13, 2019.  No money can be accepted after this date.

Leaving school early – policy

On the morning of the day the student needs to attend an appointment, the student needs to get a release slip from the attendance office. The student shows this slip to the teacher of the class where the student needs to leave early. It will indicate the time the student must leave class. It will be the students responsibility to keep track of time and leave class to meet his/her parent or guardian at the attendance window to sign out. We will not call students out of class, as it is very disruptive to the entire class.

We appreciate your assistance in advising your child of this policy.

From the Bishops Office

Catholic Outlook is back!

At the request of Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Catholic Outlook is back. You can get your own copy of the revised Catholic Outlook which will be published quarterly as an A4 magazine with a focus on Catholic faith formation, spirituality and a look at what is happening across the agencies and ministries of the Diocese of Parramatta. Look out for copies in your local Catholic Church, Catholic school or Catholic office.

Bishop’s Christmas Appeal

Help vulnerable people in crisis turn their lives around, recover and thrive. Your compassionate gifts and prayers will help CatholicCare to connect people with support and services to build strong foundations for self-sufficiency, fulfilling family relationships and brighter futures. Please give generously to the Bishop’s Christmas Appeal via

Plenary Council 2020

The Plenary Council invites people to continue to participate in the journey towards the Council sessions in 2020. There are many opportunities to engage in the “Listening and Discernment” phase by participating in small group sessions within the Diocese. Ask you priests or Deanery Representatives for session dates in parishes and deaneries or contact the Pastoral Planning Office on 8838 3441.

CatholicCare Blacktown Neighbourhood Aid Volunteers Needed

Blacktown Neighbour Aid, a program with CatholicCare, is looking for volunteers to support our senior clients in the Blacktown area to remain living independently in their own home. If you feel you would like to make a positive difference to other’s lives in this way, please contact the Manager, Deb Woolacott on 0418 114 055 or email

The Epiphany Pilgrimage

The Epiphany Pilgrimage, through the Blue Mountains, is a not-for-profit event of the Diocese of Parramatta and outreach of the Blue Mountains Deanery. Beginning at Emu Plains on 2 January and finishing 7 days later at Bell, pilgrims walk 110km through the beautiful Blue Mountains bushland, celebrating the Christmas season with each parish along the way. Registration and details at and

St Bernadette’s Lalor Park Wednesday Evening Devotions

St Bernadette’s Parish, Lalor Park, is hosting weekly devotions to Mary Immaculate and St Bernadette and Adoration of the Blessed Sacraments every Wednesday evening at 7pm, followed by Mass at 7.30pm. All are welcome. For more information, contact the parish office on 02 9672 4037 or

Upper Blue Mountains Adoration Chapel

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Parish in the Upper Blue Mountains has opened an Adoration Chapel at St Canice’s Church, Katoomba. If you would like further information or would like to sign up for a weekly hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, please call the parish office on 02 4782 2804.

Nigerian Mass in Igbo

The Nigerian Catholic community come together to celebrate Mass every second and fourth Sundays of the month at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 198 Old Prospect Road, Greystanes. For more information, please contact Nigerian chaplain Fr Chinonye Akamadu via the parish office on 02 9631 8135 or Stella Nwosu 0405 478 472.

CEDP High Support Learning Centres

Kirinari, located in Llandilo and Wiyanga, located in Dundas, are purpose built centres for learning that provide an inclusive education for students with a moderate intellectual disability and high support needs. If you have a child or know someone who would benefit from an alternate platform for learning in Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, please phone 02 9840 5689 for further information.

Kellyville Parish Mass of the Holy Innocents: 28 December

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Kellyville, is holding their annual Mass of the Holy Innocents on 28 December at 11am. Fr David Blowey OFM Conv will celebrate Mass, followed by a Rosary procession to the Shrine of the Holy Innocents. Lunch will be available and please bring a plate to share. For enquiries, please contact the parish office on (02) 9629 2595.

Pastoral Planning Alpha Team Training Workshop: 9 February 2020

The Pastoral Planning Office is running a training day in the Alpha Catholic program at the Institute for Mission, Blacktown, Sunday 9 February, 9.30am – 4.30pm. The workshop will look at where Alpha fits in the faith formation process in a Parish. To register, and for more information, please contact Lisa in the Pastoral Planning Office on 8838 3497 or

Country Care Link Volunteers Needed

Open Support, a not-for profit, community service organisation is in need of volunteer drivers for their Country Care Link program, which is a transport service for regional NSW families, couples and individuals when in Sydney for medical appointments and hospital stays. For more information or to receive a volunteer information pack, please email, call 02 8382 6437 or visit

Feast of the Holy Family celebration: 28 December

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth invite families and young people aged 18 to 35 to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family on 28 December at the Our Lady Queen of Poland Convent in Marayong. Mass will be held at 3pm, with Adoration from 4.30pm. RSVP to Sr Paula by 26 December on 0449 656 406 or

Campion College Summer Program: 5 – 9 or 13 – 17 January 2020

Campion College’s Summer Program provides an unparalleled opportunity to experience college life and a taste of the Campion College course. Students aged between 16 to 20 are encouraged to attend the program from either 5 to 9 January or 13 to 17 January at the campus in Toongabbie. Program is free for all local and interstate students. For more information, contact Student Recruitment Manager Christine Vella on 9896 9303 or, or visit

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