Welcome to the Catholic Parish of French's Forest

to our Parish.  It is made up of three vibrant communities located on Sydney's northern beaches.  Each of our special communities is centred on a different church and has its own story to tell. Together, as a parish, we are united in 'Sharing One Faith in Christ’.

We offer many opportunities for personal growth, spiritual enrichment and social interaction.  

This new parish website is a work in progress.  Watch this space as our new Communications Committee works to help us connect with our community in our shared journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. 

If you’re a visitor or new to our parish, we extend a very warm welcome to you. If you have any questions, please chat with me or with Fr Michael, Fr Joy or Deacon Peter, or browse our website.

We want you to feel at home with us. - Fr Jose

Upcoming Events
  • 27 /28 Aug Third session of Sacrament of Confirmation. 
  • 30 Aug 10 am Pause & Reflect, OLGC Parish Centre 
  • 3 Sept 5.30pm Youth PJ Olympics, OLGC Parish Centre
  • 12 Sept 7.30pm Finance Meeting, Parish Office
  • 18 Sept 10am Let’s Celebrate Marriage Mass, OLGC
Winter Mass Times 
Please note that from this weekend our Winter Mass times commence as follows:
  • 5.30 pm Vigil Mass at St Anthony’s. 
  • 5.30 pm Sunday evening Mass at St Martin’s.

- Fr Jose

Dates for the Diary for 2016 in 
French's Forest Catholic Parish 
  • 28 August – Migrants and Refugees Sunday 
  • 2 Nov - All Souls Day 
  • 6 November – celebrate the Feast day of St Martin de Porres at 10am Mass 
  • 20 November – Celebration for end of Year of Mercy 
  • 10 December – Parish Christmas Carols – OLGC Hall

The Year of Mercy

On December 8th Pope Francis inaugurated the Year of Mercy with the symbolic opening of the Holy Doors at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It will close on November 20, 2016 with the Solemnity of Christ the King. 

Why is mercy so important? Mercy is the tangible expression of God's love in the world. In his mercy, God shows his incredible patience towards us. Through it, God forgives each of us of our failings and imperfections. Through God’s mercy we ourselves can become ever more patient and forgiving of those with whom we live, work, and interact every day. 

How can we experience God’s mercy? By placing ourselves in situations where we can reflect upon this love and experience the grace of this love. In the Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation), we find the strength, the courage and the compassion we need to be instruments of mercy to others. 

What is so special in the Year of Mercy? Mercy is a theme that is dear to Pope Francis.  It is the central topic of his Episcopal motto “miserando atque eligendo” (which can be translated as “being chosen through God’s mercy”).  He chose this motto when he was ordained a bishop in 1992. 

Pope Francis has extended the Sacrament of Reconciliation's availability to the world in other ways as well. For instance, all priests have been given the faculty to remit the penalty of excommunication attached to the sin of abortion, without having to receive permission from their bishops.

Frenchs Forest Catholic Parish will be playing its part in the Year of Mercy.  More information will be made available in the near future.

              Latest Parish News

              • Last Shall be First The setting in today’s gospel deals with people eating together. The Kingdom of God, the perfect society, is often pictured as a banquet – a meal for everyone equally. God ...
                Posted 25 Aug 2016, 20:17 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Thank You ...to our many generous parishioners, for your wonderful support. So far we have raised $10,931.55 The shortfall is $2,712.00.It’s not too late to help ...
                Posted 25 Aug 2016, 20:05 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • TODAY IS MIGRANT AND REFUGEE SUNDAY ...With many newly arrived migrants and refuges in our midst, I encourage you to enact the culture of encounter, welcome and acceptance in practical, personal and communal ways. Bishop Vincent ...
                Posted 25 Aug 2016, 20:01 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Frenchs Forest PJ Olympics Enjoy watching the Olympics?Are you in Year 7 ? …….Come along to the " Frenchs Forest PJ Olympics ",September 3rd ,in the OLGC Parish Centre after the 5:30 mass.Come ...
                Posted 25 Aug 2016, 19:56 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Praisefest ...will be held on Friday 2 Septemberwith a BBQ beginning at 5:30 pm before the main event which begins at 6:30pm and finishing at 8:30pm at ...
                Posted 25 Aug 2016, 19:53 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • X-treem Games  YOUTH NEWS -  Our Youth meeting for High school aged youth and above, will be held on the 18th of September at St Martin’s after the 5:30pm Youth Mass ...
                Posted 25 Aug 2016, 19:50 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Choir Practice EVENING PRACTICES1st Wed at St Martin’s &3rd Tues at OLGC 7.30pm.DAYTIME PRACTICES2nd & 4th Tuesdays1.15 pm at OLGCPlease confirm with Ronnie 0414 664 ...
                Posted 25 Aug 2016, 19:47 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM This weekend the children complete their third session in the Confirmation preparation. In this session we learn about growing spiritually as well as physically and the “Gifts and Fruits of ...
                Posted 25 Aug 2016, 19:41 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Catechist News CATECHISTS MORNING TEA LAST WEEK.Thank you to all our Catechists who attended, it was lovely to relax and chat together.
                Posted 25 Aug 2016, 19:39 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Catechist Gem
                Posted 25 Aug 2016, 19:38 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • A BIG Thank You THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL OLGC WINTER APPEAL 2016 thanks parishioners for their generosity as $5688 was raised during their recent appeal. This will make such a difference towards supporting ...
                Posted 25 Aug 2016, 19:35 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY: AWAKENING THE DEEP ENCOUNTER COURSE AT OLGC CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY: AWAKENING THE DEEP THURSDAY OCTOBER 20 Spirituality is central to what it means to be human. This Encounter course will highlight the meaning of ...
                Posted 25 Aug 2016, 19:33 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
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