Message for World Mission Day 2018 - Pope Francis

"Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all"
"Dear young people, I would like to reflect with you on the mission that we have received from Christ. In speaking to you, I also address all Christians who live out in the Church the adventure of their life as children of God. What leads me to speak to everyone through this conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us. «Mission revitalizes faith» (Redemptoris Missio, 2), in the words of Saint John Paul II, a Pope who showed such great love and concern for young people.
The Synod to be held in Rome this coming October, the month of the missions, offers us an opportunity to understand more fully, in the light of faith, what the Lord Jesus wants to say to you young people, and, through you, to all Chri…

Mission Sunday

Catholic Mission Appeal: This weekend our parish will be holding the Annual Catholic Mission Church Appeal.
Mr Martin Tuelan (former National Director of Catholic Mission) will be our guest speaker at all Masses. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news” Isaiah 52:7
This year we are invited to help to heal a nation through education in Myanmar.
Led by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the Church is developing an alternative system of quality education, with comprehensive teacher training programmes and the establishment of new schools , especially in remote areas. It has been called an “education revolution” and the potential impact is far-reaching.
Envelopes are available and are located in each pew.Please give generously to this important work. You will have an opportunity to become an integral part of this inspiring work by joining as a monthly giving partner. This regular contribution will directly support education in Myanmar…

Important - Heads up

Next Weekend (27th and 28th) we start the Plenary Council 2020 process in our parish.

The last time we had a plenary Council such as this in Australia was in the early 20th century.
Please make the effort and have your say, it is important for you for your children and how we as a country move forward in our faith journey.
More information on the process and events will be made available.
Share Your Story, Shape the Future

Catechist News

Meeting Term 4 Our next meeting is this coming Wednesday 24 October at 11.30am in the St Rose Foyer. Please bring a plate to share. The remainder of raffle prizes will be drawn at the meeting.
Catechist Training Workshops These workshops provide catechists with useful skills and tools to use in their SRE lessons.Fri 26 October9.30am-12.00pmTeaching Strategies: Using Stories & Visual Resources Fri 26 October12.30pm- 2.30pmTeaching Strategies: Drama in the Classroom. (Tea and coffee provided.BYO lunch if attending both workshops.) Thu 01 November7-9 pmSafeguarding and Child Protection (Mandatory every 3 years) Thu 08 November7-9 pm Teaching the Authorised Curriculum (Mandatory every 3 years) Thu 22 November7-9 pmClassroom Management: Positive Discipline (Mandatory every 3 years) Thu 06 December7-9pmUsing Interactive Whiteboard Resources. Training venue (all workshops):OLGC, 9 Currie Rd Frenchs Forest. Register by 19 October:PH 8379 1643 or

Prayer for a New Bishop

Heavenly Father and Eternal Shepherd,  you watch over and govern your flock with vigilance and concern. In your immense love,  grant to your Church a Pastor who will please you by his holiness  and aid us with his unfailing care.  In your time grant us the joy of welcoming a shepherd formed after your heart. May he be an example of virtue to your people and,  imbued with the power of the Holy Spirit,  fill their minds with the truth and beauty of the Gospel.  Grant wisdom, O Lord to those now discerning your holy will in the selection of our new bishop.  We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord  and through the intersession of our Mother, Mary Star of the Sea.  Amen.

All Souls Day and November Month of Remeberance

All Souls Day An extra Mass will be held on the 2nd November 7.00 pm at St Joseph Church
Month of November During the month of November all Masses celebrated in the parish will be offered for The Holy Souls. Please use the envelopes provided. If the number of names is too large for the envelope please write them on a sheet of paper and place it in the envelope or just write “for the deceased members of the xxxx family” An offering is appreciated.

Position Vacant

Temporary Childcare Assistance Required for local family.
Flexible timings negotiable. 
Please contact Parish Office for more information 9982 1058.

A Prayer for Students Preparing for Their Exams

Come Holy Spirit with all your gifts & graces. Help them to recall the facts they have studied. Guide their thinking process. Illuminate their minds & make clear their answers. Replace any anxiety they feel with peace, in knowing You are with them to assist them and guide their responses. Amen

Trivia Night at St Pauls Catholic College Manly

Saturday 27th October, The Waterford Hall, Darley Road Manly, 6.30 pm (for a 7pm start). Proceeds to “Supporting a Farmer Community in Need”.  $20 per head (tables of 10). BYO food and Drink. Games, Silent Auction and of course Trivia.  For more information contact Tickets available via Qkr and school office, 9977 5111

Holiday Break - Fr Robert

Fr. Robert will be on annual leave for the month of October.

Have a enjoyable and rejuvenating break.

Safeguarding - Step Up and Speak Out

Prayer for the Safety of Children
Guide us as we strive to ensure that our Catholic communities provide a safe environment for each child.
We pray especially for all those who have been harmed in their childhood.  Give them courage in facing the past and lead them to your healing protection. Amen


The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has used its 2018-19 Social Justice Statement to express deep concern about Australia’s alarming growth in homelessness and insecure housing.

In A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land, released this morning, the bishops have called on Australians to look beyond the immediate challenges of the average household budget and to consider those who are homeless or facing housing stress because of skyrocketing rents and property prices. Click Here to read more


FOR YOU TO JOIN THE WONDERFUL OUR PARISH CATECHIST MINISTRY One of our SRE teachers has had to step down for health reasons. There are 10 scripture lessons to go until the end of the year. What better way to get a taste of what being an SRE teacher is all about.Help build the Kingdom of God by nurturing the faith of the church’s future. Elanora Heights Public School, Tuesdays, Year 2 (9.55am-10.25am)and Year (10.25am - 10.55am) If you can help with one of these classes or want to find out more about SRE, please contact Alicen van Bokhoven on 9982 1058 or


I.T. ministry: we urgently need more volunteers to assist with operating the slideshows at our weekend Masses.  
It is a very simple job - just follow the print-out press the buttons! 
Young people (upper primary school and upwards) encouraged to apply. 
If you can assist, please contact the Parish Office, or Sarah Webster:

Safeguarding Month – September 2018

‘Building Communities ofSafety and Care’ This coming September is Safeguarding Month and the Office for Safeguarding (Chancery) invites Clergy, staff, volunteers and parishioners to be involved through prayer, education and raising awareness.
What is Safeguarding? Parishes throughout the Diocese of Broken Bay demonstrate a commitment to their people by the provision of many varied ministries. It is through these ministries that the value and personal dignity of the parishioner is celebrated and protected. When a parish is called upon to safeguard its people, the Catholic Church is asking them to pro-actively support a culture of care that espouses honesty, engagement, and conversation. The result is a community environment where children and vulnerable adults: know that their community is alert to areas of risk and harm, and are capable of applying appropriate actions of prevention; are confident to voice their concerns at all times, and have trust that their concerns will be listened t…

Can you give an Hour on a Sunday, Once a Month?

At St Rose we have 17 volunteers, who take communion at least once a month, some  more than once a month,  to people at War Vets, Elizabeth Jenkins and Plateau View, visiting some 69 people over the month.  Some people are only visited once a month!
Can you give one hour a week? 
If not on Sunday another day maybe.? 
If you are interested and want to know more, Please contact parish office on Phone:  9982 1057—Email:


All paid or volunteer workers engaged in a child-related role must have a clear Working with Children Check to work in a child-related ministry. This disclosure references the legislation, Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.


Through its listening and dialogue sessions, the Plenary Council will give all people the opportunity to say what is on their mind and in their heart. It is a chance to speak boldly but also listen with an open and humble heart.

There is much pain, distress and anger to name a few of the emotions of the people of God. Socially and demographically, Church composition has changed significantly over the last 40 years. Our institutions have grown and we find people where they gather now, not where the primary points of congregation used to be in our parish churches. We are charged to hear the many voices.

So it is timely for us all to participate in this plenary process. But to do it requires imagination not only of the organisers but of the participants. Under canon law, 50% of the members of the Plenary will be ordained clergy. It is critical that the voices of many are heard gently through this initial stage so that the conversations transmitted to them reflect impetus, not just noi…

Plenary Council 2020 - Working to make sure Jesus is at the Heart of Everything

Archbishop Mark Coleridge says he will be “working to make sure Jesus is at the heart of everything” as he prepares to lead Australia’s Catholics through the sexual abuse crisis and the upcoming historic plenary council.

“This will mean helping the Church find a distinctively Gospel voice in the great social debates – not fighting ideology with ideology, but engaging issues with the power of the Gospel,” Archbishop Coleridge said.
“Throughout history, the great surges of Gospel energy have come when things looked grim. That’s where we are now,” Archbishop Coleridge said.
“The great opportunity we have is to open ourselves to the power of God in our weakness and allow God to build a new and unexpected future for us.
“That will mean a humbler, simpler and more joyful Church. It will also mean a more missionary Church.”
Click here to read full article

Why Plenary Council 2020 Matters

The Plenary Council to be held in 2020 represents an extraordinary and unique opportunity to discover and discern, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the future course for the Church in Australia. It is time to ask “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia?”

The Plenary Council opens up opportunity for all of God’s people to name those issues that are important to our faith, and to share perspectives and practices that God can use to touch ordinary lives. As a gift of the Holy Spirit, the Plenary
Council has the potential to open up new horizons within ourselves and our Catholic communities, to discern ways to live our faith anew in contemporary Australian society. It will decide and legislate on matters that will shape and impact upon generations of Australian Catholics to come.

(Rev 2:7) Why Plenary Council 2020 Matters

Plenary Council 2020

is Launched today on Pentecost Sunday “Listen to what the Spirit is saying.”
Pope Francis has approved the Australian Bishops’ decision to hold a Plenary Council in Australia in 2020 and 2021. It is a significant moment for the Church in Australia to make decisions about the future. To prepare the agenda for the Plenary Council, all of God’s people are invited to reflect on the question: “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?” Find out more about the Plenary Council 2020 at the new website now online:
At the time of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit enabled all people to understand one another. The Holy Spirit transcended all languages, customs and cultures and the early communities of faith were able to listen to one another and hear the message of Jesus, of God’s great love for the world.