Fr Paul Durkin - Parish Priest

Fr Paul Durkin – Parish Priest

Welcome to St Agatha’s Parish.

Welcome to the St Agatha’s website, whether you come to the site as a parishioner, a seeker or a curious onlooker! Some thoughts about us as a parish community:

When we gather at the waters of Baptism, we declare to the newly baptised that, as a Christian community we “welcome you with great joy.”

At the other end of the life journey, we also often gather to “pray home” our loved ones and beloved parishioners who have died. Having “died with Christ” in Baptism, we die with the hope that we shall rise to new life in Christ.

And as a parish, we gather at all different points on our life journey to support each other in this Catholic Parish community – this local “neighbourhood of grace” as our Bishop, Rev Peter A Comensoli, often refers to our parishes.

We gather every Sunday to celebrate anew the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the source of our hope where we are nourished by Jesus in his Word and Sacrament of Holy Communion.

When we gather for the Sacred Liturgy it is not so much what we do, but what God does for us, that is the focus of our attention.

In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Jesus is present to us in the Word, in the Sacrament of His body and blood, in the community of the Baptised and in the priest, who presides in the person of Christ (in persona Christi).

We gather to praise, to give thanks, to offer our petitions and to support one another in our faith journey as the Pilgrim People of God.

We are proudly Catholic. We belong to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We seek to strengthen and celebrate the faith of the Catholic Church. We are always open to any who comes to inquire and who wishes to be baptised and come into full communion with the Church.

A short explanation of our three central goals as a parish:

CONVERSION is openness to the work of grace, turning our hearts and lives toward Jesus Christ.  Conversion is the centre of our vision because it is the reason we exist as a parish – to be open to the action of God in our lives, the God who is always seeking us.

COMMUNITY is about Christ-centred relationships. By this shall all know that you are my disciples, that you have love one for another.

MISSION is sharing the call of the Gospel and our experience of God with others through service (pastoral care, outreach and social justice activities), relationships (community) and faith sharing (ongoing conversion).

The motto of our St Agatha’s School: All to the greater glory of God. Our foundations as a combined parish and school community are embedded in the charism of the Good Samaritan Order and we are also guided by their motto, “In omnibus glorificetur deus” – In all things may God be glorified.

While proudly Catholic, we are ecumenical and we are open to people of other faiths and those seeking faith.  Our parish is situated on busy Pennant Hills Road, a constant reminder we are in a busy modern Western secular city. We are in an area of Sydney known as the “Evangelical Bible Belt”. We are part of a nation of many faiths, and increasingly our parish community is enriched with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

We seek to be a people of ongoing conversion, community and mission. May St Agatha’s be like “a city on a hilltop”, reflected in our ongoing life and mission within the wider society and busy marketplace of Sydney.

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St Agatha's Catholic Parish,
Pennant Hills, NSW 2120
PO Box 127, Pennant Hills, NSW, 1715
Phone: 02 9484 1427   Fax: 02 9484 0053

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