Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 17 2020

From the Dean’s Desk

Dear Friends

Think for a moment of a situation when you were supported by someone in a time of critical need.  This could have been a time when you experienced some trauma – health problem, illness, financial issue, the death or serious illness of a relative or friend, or just a time when you required a listening heart to help you out of a tough situation. 

What memories, feelings or emotions come to mind as you recall that situation?  What did this special person, or people do to and for you at that time?  As we remember these situations and the assistance that such people can give us, we generally recall feelings of trust, support, love and care – of being listened to and aided by those around us.  Our fear can abate and we can experience a resurgence of power, stability and encouragement in order to face that situation.

A similar thing is presented to us in our liturgy today, especially in the Gospel reading [John 14:15-21].  In last week’s Gospel passage, Jesus challenged his disciples to put aside their fear and continue to trust in Him and in God, even though they may not understand what is happening. In today’s Gospel Jesus continues his conversation with his disciples, as he prepares them for his eventual departure, reminding them that he will not leave them alone.  With consoling words he informs them that he will not leave them orphans.  He reassures them that he will send them ‘another Advocate’, the ‘Spirit of truth’ who will help them to develop and strengthen his word within them, allowing them to show their love for him by remaining faithful to that word and his commands.  He assures them that in doing this they will be sharing in the unique oneness of the relationship that he, Jesus, shares with his Father.  In a few verses on from today’s Gospel [v. 22-24], Jesus gives his disciples the comforting news that ‘those who love him will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’ 

What an incredible and comforting promise Jesus makes to his disciples – and to us- with these words. All that is required of us is to love and remain faithful to the words given to us by Jesus.  In the days and years to come, may we recognise the presence of this ‘other Advocate’, especially in those critical times when we find life spinning out of control or in a difficult and confronting situation. It is at these times that we need to recognise that Jesus has not left us orphans or desolate.  May we continually rejoice in this knowledge.  And may we always allow Jesus to make a home within us. In these coming weeks we will be challenged to see how we can keep this faith alive.  As we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus we recognise that we are commissioned by Him to bring his message to the ends of the world.  At Pentecost we celebrate the Spirit that has been given to us at Baptism and reinforced at our Confirmation as we pledge to keep our lives open to the promptings of this Spirit. In the following weeks we are immersed in the mystery of the Communion of Love - the Holy Trinity and the sacrament of Love – the Eucharist.  Contemplating these mysteries allows us to deepen and nourish our spiritual lives, thus keeping alive the words of today’s Gospel: ‘anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them will be one who loves me and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him and show myself to him’ [John 14:21].    

Fr Robert Bossini
Dean & Parish Priest  

I shall ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate

COVID-19 Restrictions

As from Friday 15 May, government restrictions regarding Covid-19 have eased slightly.  How this affects us:-

  • Churches may reopen for private prayer and Reconciliation, as long as no more than 10 people are in the church at once, which does not include the priest.
  • Religious gatherings are permitted with congregations of up to 10, which does not include the clergy and other ministers, for Masses, Weddings, Baptisms and Eucharistic Adoration.
  • 20 mourners indoors or 30 mourners outdoors are permitted for funerals, in addition to clergy and funeral directors.
  • Even for private prayer or for a formal gathering in a church, contact details of the attendees must be recorded and physical distancing must be observed.

For ALL Masses (weekday and weekend) a roster system is now in place.  If you wish to attend Mass you will need to do two things.

1.  Email  Fr Chris with the following: Your name, email & phone no., what day(s) and time you wish to attend and

2.  Register with just once, to provide your contact details. is a booking system to help parishes collect the contact details of parishioners who visit our churches for prayer, confession and Mass. 

If a confirmed case of COVID-19 occurs in a parish, every person who has registered as an attendee of the parish will receive an email notifying them of the diagnosis and the date and time the person attended the church.  No other details will be provided.Remember, you only need to register once at Mass Register where you can choose multiple parishes.

We ask for your patience and prayers as we navigate our way to having our church back to normal.

In anticipation, thank you for your cooperation. 


Reconciliation for Mon 18 May to Friday 22 May - 11.15am - 12.20pm. Please note that strict social distancing rules will be applied. Confession will take place in the Cloister Function room.


MASS TIMES During Covid -19 Restrictions

All Online Masses from the Cathedral can be viewed on

Liturgy Guide available at

Sunday Solemn Mass with the Cathedral choir can also be viewed on

To access the Facebook page click here
To be connected to the Youtube channel click here

Other Helpful Resources For Prayers and Spiritual Communion

While our Cathedral App has lots of resources that you will find useful at this time of crisis, we suggest the following resources to assist you:

  • Catholic Weekly

Visit The Catholic Weekly’s website where you can read their articles or download the print edition of the full newspaper for free. The link is

  • FAQs

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been added to our Diocesan COVID-19 internet page and The Anchor (the Diocesan intranet page, for use by parishes, clergy and Chancery staff). View these FAQs on the Diocese's website

Parish News

    St Patrick's Outreach Programme
    The parish team have been busily engaging with our more senior members to check on their welfare.  If you are in need of assistance i.e. need grocery items or medication etc. please don't hesitate to call the parish office (8839 8400).  We rely on you to supply us with your correct contact details, so, if you think your details may need updating, please contact the parish office.  If you know someone who may not fall into this category but may need assistance, please ask them to contact the office.

    POSTPONED - SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION - Preparation for Eucharist 2020
    Due to the ongoing restrictions in place around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sacraments of Initiation Preparation for Eucharist is on hold until further notice. We hope that we will be able to get back on track soon and are certainly looking forward to doing this when it is again safe for us to gather for sessions and formation.  At the same time our prayers are for the speedy resolution of this situation and for the safety of all.

    St Pat's Matters
    If you are passing by the parish office, please feel free to pick up a hard copy of St Pat's Matters.   A 'soft copy' is available via the  Skoolbag app. and the Cathedral  website

      Hope you have an opportunity to enjoy the many stories this issue contains.

      Planned Giving
      Thank you to the many parishioners who have been dropping in their Planned Giving envelopes and have kept up their automatic deductions.   We also have another option if you would like to make a donation/payment to St Pat's.  Visit our website and on the top menu you will see a tab 'donate'.  You can make a Planned Giving payment,  pay an invoice or make a 'one off' donation.  Many thanks for your continued support of your parish.  

      Pentecost Retreat followed by 6pm Mass

      The feast of Pentecost brings the season of Easter to a glorious close. Every year here at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, the Pentecost Retreat is our way to remind us of the outpouring of the Spirit and the launch of the Church.

      On Saturday, May 30, St Patrick’s Cathedral Live Christ Share Christ Pentecost Retreat will help us look at the writing of St Paul about the Holy Spirit and his presence in us.

      We will explore the Holy Spirit in Scripture and learn about the importance of the Holy Spirit in the Church, from Pentecost to the Church today.

      This will be followed by Adoration, Confession and will conclude with the Holy Vigil Mass. 

      Retreat Session Program

      • 3:00 pm to 3:20 pm - Rosary;
      • 3:20 pm to 4:00 pm – “The Holy Spirit in the Writing of St Paul” by Fr Bob;
      • 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm - Liturgical Bible Study (LBS) “Break Open The Word” by Annette Hartman;
      • 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm - Adoration by Fr. Chris & music by Credo, at the same time; 
      • 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm - Confession will be available at the Parish Cloister; and 
      • 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Vigil Mass.

      We do hope you and your family, friends, relatives, colleagues, will be able to join us. 

      You can find us on St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta Facebook page (linked here) to access our livestream.
      Please share this good news in your household and others.

      You are welcome to send us your feedback via email:

      We wish you every blessing in these challenging times. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

      In Christ
      Michael & Marietta Guillema
      St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parish Parramatta

      St Patrick's Gift Shop - Opening Next Week

      As from next week, Monday 18th May, the Gift Shop will once again be opening it's doors to the public. For now, trading will be: 

                Monday and Wednesday  10am - 12pm, then 2pm - 4pm

      By appointment:

                 Thursday and Friday 10am - 12pm, then 2pm - 3pm.

      Credit card and eftpos facilities only (no cash at this stage).

      To ensure the safety of our customers and our staff, we ask that you avail yourself to the use of sanitisers, which will be available for use upon entry to the store and please observe social distancing requirements. 
      To save time shopping, please feel free to call 0419 153 195 to check if we have your item in stock.   If unanswered, you may leave a message and a representative from the gift shop will return your call as soon as possible.

      Remember we are here for YOU

      The future is looking a bit brighter with the relaxing of the lockdown. Please be vigilant as we are not out of the woods yet. 
      We are praying for you and your loved ones daily and we especially pray for the senior members of our parish. We hope to keep in touch with most of them weekly and will certainly call on a few helpers should we need help in walking with members of our parish in this difficult time.

      So we are reminding you that your parish is here for you. From a grocery run, pharmacy pick up, a prayer or just a good old chat.  Call if you need us.  Ph: 8839 8400.

      Prayer to Mary - to protect the world during the coronavirus pandemic

      O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and hope.We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the foot of the Cross took part  in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.You, Salvation of your people, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross,to the joy of the resurrection.  Amen.

      Under your protection, we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

      Our Lady Lourdes, Patroness of the Sick, Pray for Us.

      Pope Francis - March 11 2020

      May - the month of Mary

      The month of May is devoted to Our Blessed Mother Mary. Every day in this month we can offer presents to Our Lady by saying a prayer to her.

      O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and suffering of this day, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world.
       I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sins, the reunion of all Christians; I offer them for the intentions of our Bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.

      SRE - Special Religious Education at home

      Walking with Jesus Pathways of Discipleship is a Special Religious Education program designed for Catholic Christian students in NSW Public Schools which has been adapted for use at home while face to face lessons are not possible.

      The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine which oversees Special Religious Education in the State Schools has prepared lessons for Learning from Home. (Excerpt taken from Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay)

      You will find easy to follow Catholic SRE  lessons from K to Year 12 online at the following link.   Click here

      Movie at Home


      This new, crowd funded series on the life of Jesus is receiving wide acclaim around the world and is well worth a look. It is a high-quality production that explores the life of Jesus through the eyes of those around Him. The easiest place to watch the whole first season for free is through a free membership on VidAngel - click here

      Pre-Marriage Weekend Courses to Recommence

      I am very happy to inform you that as COVID 19 restrictions are being eased we have reinstated our weekend Pre Marriage Courses. The first weekend course, provided no new restrictions are imposed, will be held on the 24th & 26th July at our usual venue at Blacktown. To book for the Weekend Course or the online SmartLoving Engaged preparation please go We will observe all social distancing and hygiene provisions. We look forward to welcoming you or your family and friends to our Marriage Preparation Program. For more information and assistance please contact Marisa on 8838 3460.  Should there be newer restrictions are introduced, we will advise.
      Life Family & Marriage Office - Diocese of Parramatta

      The Catholic Toolbox Radio Show and Podcast

      Cathedral Office Contact

      The Cathedral Office will be open from Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 3.30pm.  We look forward to serving you during this difficult time.