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
  • 28/29 May First Eucharist Sacramental Program week 2 sessions
  • 29 May 4.00pm Wyvern Concert, Song Without Words, OLGC Church
  • 29 May 10.45 am Parish Awareness & Education Day, St Anthony’s.
  • 31 May 10.00 am Pause & Reflect, “For Everything A Season”, Parish Centre
  • 3 June 9.15 am Mass Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, OLGC Church
  • 4/5 June First Eucharist Sacramental Program week 3 sessions
  • 4 June 6.30 pm Youth Outdoor Movie Night, OLGC Parish Centre
  • 12 June 9.00 am St Anthony’s Feast Day Mass

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 
  • 24 May and 31 May – Pause and Reflect – Season under Heaven (2 weeks) 
  • 12 June – Celebrate the Feast of St Anthony of Padua at SAIF Mass 9.30am – Commission WYD candidates 
  • 16 June and 23 June - Pause and Reflect – Wellspring of Mercy  (2 weeks) 
  • 18/19 June 25/26 June – First Holy Communions at all Parish Masses 
  • 4 August – 22 September - Pause and Reflect – Thomas Merton –– (8 weeks) 
  • 14 August – Celebrate Feast of the Assumption with Curry Night in OLGC Hall – Welcome back WYD candidates 
  • 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

              • Feast of St Anthony of Padua Sunday June 12, 9.00am Mass All welcome to join us for this whole-of-parish event as we celebrate the Feast of St Anthony, one of our parish’s ...
                Posted 26 May 2016, 04:30 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Charitable works fund To our many generous parishioners, thank you so much for your wonderful support. So far we have raised $12,278 towards our target of $16,701. The shortfall is $4423 ...
                Posted 26 May 2016, 04:26 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Youth Outdoor Movie Night Come and join us for a fun filled movie night, complete with Pizza and Popcorn.June 4th after the 5:30pm Mass in the OLGC parish centre.  
                Posted 26 May 2016, 04:23 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Catechist Gem : ‘ It took awhile and a lot of persuasion but when I eventually signed up I found that I really enjoy being a catechist. I have learnt so much and feel ...
                Posted 26 May 2016, 04:20 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Choir Practice Could all Singers make an effort to attend this evening practice on this coming Wednesday 1st June at St Martins  as we prepare for our First Communion Masses. Next daytime ...
                Posted 26 May 2016, 04:14 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM ..Triple P parenting course consists of 3 seminars held at OLGC Early Learning Centre over 3 weeks in June. This course is free of charge and delivered by Catholic Care ...
                Posted 26 May 2016, 04:10 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Catechists are invited to morning tea Catechists Morning Team to be held at the home of Patricia Carreto on Tuesday May 31, 10.30 am. Please RSVP Fran or Maureen or directly to Patricia. 
                Posted 26 May 2016, 04:05 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • 30th Anniversary ....The Diocese of Broken Bay will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with Mass at Cathedral,  23 Yardley Ave, Waitara on May 31 at 7.30pm. All warmly welcome.  
                Posted 26 May 2016, 03:59 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • The Sacrament of First Eucharist This weekend is the 2nd weekend of preparation …..the theme for the session is this is my body. We explore the story of the Last Supper and learn that when ...
                Posted 26 May 2016, 03:55 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Catechist News Level 2 Certificate Course – The Church in the Third Millennium –this is a 6 week course beginning Friday 20 May through to 24 June. The course is being held at ...
                Posted 26 May 2016, 03:50 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • SAYBACs St Anthony in the Fields Youth Band and Choirare always happy to welcome new and old members. Please join us on the 2nd Saturday of each month one ...
                Posted 26 May 2016, 03:46 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. All Night Vigil Prayer and Reparation for Peace in the World and the Welfare of Australia at St Dominic’s Parish, Flemington on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of ...
                Posted 26 May 2016, 03:42 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
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