29th Sunday, Ordinary Time

First Reading: (Is 45:1.4-6). The return of the people from the Babylonian exile – a return made possible by King Cyrus – is seen as a sign of God’s love for his people, Israel, and of his lordship over all peoples. Second Reading (1 Thess 1:1-5). Here we...

In this month of October and in this 100th anniversary of Mary’s appearance at Fatima, Pope Francis challenges us to follow the true Mary of the Gospels: “Pilgrims with Mary … but which Mary? A teacher of the spiritual life, the first to follow Jesus on the ‘narrow...

My appreciation: Visitation by Bishop Peter

A big thank you to each parishioner who contributed in any way to Bishop Peter’s visitation to St Agatha’s 13th-15th October, for your preparation, attendance and participation. Bishop Peter was kept busy for the three days, experiencing various aspects of parish life...

Update on Fr Denis

Fr Denis Callahan is currently in respite care at Woodlands Nursing Home, 2 Kitchener Road, Cherrybrook, 9875 1900. Fr Denis is making a satisfactory recovery and would welcome visitors.

Farewell to Fr Raja

Next weekend (28th & 29th October) will be Fr Raja’s final weekend with us as Assistant Priest. There will be a large card for parishioners to sign in the foyer this weekend and next. Next weekend we will gather after the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening and after...

Adult Faith Formation/RCIA 

We continue our weekly meetings exploring the Catholic Faith. This week we will meet on Thursday, 26th October at 8:30pm. The session will be repeated on Friday, 27th October at 10:30am. Both meetings will be in the Parish Centre and the topic this week is “The Bible...

Altar Servers’ Training

An Altar Servers’ Training course will be held this Saturday and next Saturday at 4pm for anyone who would like to serve and is in Year 4 or above, or anyone who is currently serving and would like a refresher course. Please contact Andrew on 0499 181...

Annual Remembrance Mass

This year, we will hold our annual Remembrance Mass in the middle of November, rather than on All Souls Day. At 7.30pm Mass on Wednesday, 15th November, we will especially remember our relatives and friends who have died in the past year or so. Please let us know in...

St Agatha’s Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair will be held on Sunday, 5th November from 8.30am – 12 noon, with author meet and greet and book signing at 11am with Beecroft local Nicole White. All are welcome! Thank you for supporting our...

SERRA Vocations Mass

The next Serra Vocations Mass and dinner meeting will be held at Sacred Heart Church Pymble on Thursday 26th October at 6.30pm. Fr Jose Philip OSH, Parish Priest of Frenchs Forest Parish will be the Mass celebrant. Everyone is...

Around Town – October 22

Details for these events are on the board in the Church foyer. The Diocese of Broken Bay Charity Race Day – Thursday, 2nd November, Racecourse Rd Gosford. $80 pp. P 9847 0726. Beyond the Divorce – A Dialogue 500 years after the Reformation –...

Pastoral Ministry to the Sick

When Parishioners are admitted to hospital, if you would like a pastoral visit from a priest or minister, please mention this to the pastoral or nursing staff at the hospital as well as calling our Parish Office. That way, if our own priests are not immediately...

28th Sunday Year A

First Reading: (Is 25:6-10). This image of a banquet describes the blessings God wishes to bestow, not only on Israel, but on all nations. Second Reading (Phil 4:12-14, 19-20). Paul thanks the Philippians for their support but says that his real strength comes from...

Visitation

We welcome Bishop Peter who will be conducting a pastoral visitation of the parish this weekend. His visitation is an opportunity to experience the life of the parish, both its joys and challenges, and to meet as many parishioners as possible, and to have the...