All servers who will be in the Parish over Christmas

....are invited to serve at any of the Masses.  There is an urgent need for serving ministers at St Rose for all Christmas Masses, please ring the Office if you can assist or speak to a Liturgy Team member. 
As well as Servers for these Masses, assistance is also required as Welcomers, Ushers, Collectors and car park attendants. 
To assist at St Joseph’s, please place your name on the Christmas serving list in the foyer.


Family Masses
6pm - St Joseph’s and 6pm - St Rose  (Children may wish to dress up as Angels and Shepherds)

Christmas Vigil
9pm St Rose - Carols from 8.30pm
Midnight Mass
St Joseph’s – Carols from 11.30pm
Christmas Day – Monday 25 December
8am St Rose9.30am St Joseph’s
11.30am Sunday Mass – 24th Dec. (NB later starting time)11am— Christmas Day Mass – Monday 25th Dec.

Rejoice / Witness

This week’s gospel should sound very familiar. It is the gospel of John version of the passage used in last week’s liturgy, which came from the gospel of Mark. Again it recalls the ministry of John the Baptist but it is given the particular slant of the gospel of John. Aside from the greater focus on the conversational interaction, it presents John as a ‘witness’. This is perhaps more typical of the John gospel emphasis on personal encounter with Jesus. Rather than acting as something of a herald, as in last week’s account, here John the Baptist is witnessing ‘to speak for the light’. He makes a very clear distinction between himself and the Christ, his mission is simply to point towards the light; the Christ.

Our common understanding of the word ‘witness’ tends to be related to legal situations: providing a witness statement or acting as a witness to a fact in court. The use of witness in this gospel carries a different connotation: to provide witness through action and lifestyle that…


In Advent we await the coming of our saviour Jesus Christ: not only His first coming in the stable at Bethlehem, but also His second coming at the end of time.

The Church’s liturgy helps to make that sense of expectancy real for us. So, in the Old Testament readings during Advent, we hear of the prophecies of a Messiah who would come to deliver his people and usher in a new age of justice and peace. Jesus did indeed come on earth to establish that kingdom, but it will only be fully realised at the end of time. In the meantime we have to ‘stay awake’, alert for the unknown moment when Jesus will call us to himself. To prepare our hearts and minds for that call we are invited to amend our lives and to listen to John the Baptist’s advice to the Jews before the first coming of Christ: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of God is near.’

The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday, a Latin word for Rejoice. Because of the coming of Christ and his message of hope, we do indeed have occasion t…


ABBEY and HUNTER from St Joseph’s School who have recently become Junior Servers. 

Abbey and Hunter were installed and served for the first time on Friday at their end of year School Mass.

Stef Grech


Lots of our Parish Community had the opportunity to make a beautiful Advent Wreath for their family. Both St Rose and St Joseph hosted an ‘Advent Wreath Making Workshop’ during their CAFÉ TIME.

These were very successful as it allowed people and families within our parish, an opportunity to build relationships along with having some creative fun! 

We hope more can make it to our next craft workshop in 2018


Thank you to those parishioners who have taken cards from the Giving Tree at St Joseph’s to provide toys for local children.

If you have not yet returned your gifts, please bring them back to the Church by tomorrow morning (Monday), so the hampers can be assembled and distributed to local families who have been assisted during this year.

For ease of identification, please remember to attach the bottom of the tag to the gifts.

Vinnies Christmas Appeal

Thank you for your generous response to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal last weekend.

For the benefit of those who still wish to donate, there are envelopes on the seats and in the foyers.

These can be placed on the collection plates at any Mass or in the poor box in our church foyers.


St Mary’s Cathedral until Christmas Day

Christmas Carols from 7.30pm with sound and light show at 8.30pm through to midnight. The show has three segments with the first inspired by St Mary’s stained glass windows and terrazzo mosaics.   
The second is an animated story which will demonstrate the importance of putting down technology devices so as to appreciate your family and friends. The final segment will feature a series of beautiful Madonna and Child artworks. All are welcome!


The Crib (Nativity) at St Joseph’s is not a figment of your imagination.

It was set up last Monday by Barry and his team of merry parishioners.

Thank you to Barry and his team and apologies to those who were keen to come and help this Monday (18th), as incorrectly stated in the bulletin. 


Advent is a Time to Prioritize God, Overcome Indifference, Pope says

On Sunday Pope Francis kicked off the Church's Advent season saying it is a time to let go of the worldly distractions that take us away from God, and focus on growing closer to him through prayer and concern for others.
Referring to the day's readings, which stress the importance of being vigilant, the Pope said “the watchful person is one who, in the noise of the world, does not let themselves be overwhelmed by distraction or superficiality, but lives in a full and conscious way, with a concern above all for others.”

With this attitude, we quickly become aware “of the tears and necessity of our neighbor and we can also welcome the human and spiritual qualities and capacities,” he said, adding that an attentive person, “also turns to the world, trying to counteract indifference and the cruelty of it, rejoicing in the treasures of beauty that also exist and must be preserved.”


It has come to our attention that the Transport Department has replaced a School Bus Stop in front of St Joseph’s Church and made it into a 24 hour/7 days a week Bus Zone (or holding zone for buses). This will have a huge impact on the considerable number of disabled, elderly and infirm parishioners who would like to park as close to the church as possible when they come for Mass etc. Parents will be inconvenienced when they visit the school.  In addition, diesel fumes coming from the stationary buses, metres from the school playground, certainly is cause for alarm.
Please voice your opinion and concerns to our local member for Pittwater, Rob Stokes,

By mail to:   Pittwater Electorate Office,
1725 Pittwater Rd,  MONA VALE NSW 2103

Tai Chi Classes

The last Tai Chi class for this year will be held on December 13. Classes will resume on January 31st, 2018


Family Masses 6pm  - Family Mass - St Joseph’s and 6pm St Rose Church
(Children may wish to dress up as Angels and Shepherds)
Christmas Vigil 9pm  St Rose -  Vigil Mass – Carols from 8.30pm
Midnight Mass St Joseph’s – Carols from 11.30pm
Christmas Day – Monday 25 December 8am         St Rose 9.30am    St Joseph’s 11am       War Vet’s Chapel
RECONCILIATION TIMES St Joseph’s  19 & 21 December 7-8pm St Rose        20 & 22 December 7-8pm (also after all morning Masses 19 – 22 December)
All servers who will be in the Parish over Christmas are invited to serve at any of the Masses. As well as Servers for these Masses, assistance is also required as Welcomers, Ushers, Collectors and car park attendants. Please contact the Parish Office if you would be able to assist in any way at St Rose or place your name on the Christmas serving list in the foyer at St Joseph’s.

Pope Francis: Advent calls us to enlarge our horizons

Pope Francis greets the faithful at the recitation of the Angelus on Sunday. - REUTERS 27/11/2016 12:47

Pope Francis marked the beginning of the new liturgical year at the Angelus for the First Sunday of Advent.

On this Sunday, he said, the Gospel introduces us to one of the most “evocative” themes of the Advent season: the visit of the Lord to humanity. Pope Francis pointed out three visits of the Lord: the first, in the past, with the Incarnation, and Birth of Jesus at Christmas; the second, in the present, as Jesus visits us continually, every day; and the final visit, in the future, when Jesus “will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.”

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for DECEMBER

The Elderly.

That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities,
may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

CPE - Will Recommence - 5th February 2018

Please note that this week was the last Community Prayer evening for 2017.

We plan to recommence on Monday 5th February 2018.


“Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy – Young people, Faith and Vocational Discernment”

The Year of Youth begins this Sunday and will continue throughout the liturgical year of 2018

Year of Youth Prayer Come Holy Spirit of this Great Southland
Inspire our entire faith community,
As we prayerfully discern new horizons for spreading joy
in the lives and communities of the People of God.

Come Holy Spirit of Youth
Fill the hearts of young people with the hope and love of Jesus Christ.
Enliven our community with the creativity, energy and joy of youth.
Guide us together, as we strive to offer God’s mercy
to those who feel abandoned or outcast.

Come Holy Spirit of Faith
Empower our community to be courageous.
Unite your people as witnesses of love.
Walk with us, as we blaze new trails of discipleship,
Accompanying young people as we renew the Church together.

Come Holy Spirit of Vocation
Stir within young people an awareness of God’s call.
Reveal to us the graces of young people.
Guide us al…


The Lakes Catholic Parish will hold two Family Masses on Christmas Eve - commencing at 6pm at both Churches. These Masses traditionally have a special focus on children and families. In order to achieve this, we are seeking expressions of interest from members of the Parish and school communities to assist with the organisation of these Masses. You will work in a small team of people to offer our young parishioners the opportunity to participate in the Mass in a special way, giving it that special family focus. Parishioners, parents, grandparents, young adults or anyone who would like to assist are encouraged to please contact the Parish Office. Support will be given and many hands make light work - so please do consider getting involved. Your own Christmas experience will be all the better for it!


- Monday’s 3-5pm  -  Church will be closed during this time  Our music ministry are holding private cantor lessons on Monday’s during school term. During this time the church will be closed. We would greatly appreciate if parishioners could respect the privacy of the lesson so that these students can develop their skills. Our church is open throughout the day, please visit at another time. 
 Parish Music Ministry