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
  • 26 July 9.15am OLGC Grandparents Day 
  • 26 July 11.30am Catechist Meeting, St Anthony’s 
  • 29 July 7 pm Ladies Dinner, St Anthony’s 
  • 5 Aug 8pm Taize Prayer Evening, St Martin’s 
  • 7 Aug 10.00am Angels Mass, OLGC 
  • 7 Aug 2.30pm Christian, Muslims Afternoon Tea, St Anthony’s 
  • 13/14 Aug Sacramental Programme Confirmation Preparation begins 

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 
  • 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

              • Bible Sunday 24 July Today is Bible Sunday, an occasion to give thanks for our sacred Scriptures through which God speaks to us, and inwardly transforms us. Today’s Gospel gives us encouragement in ...
                Posted 21 Jul 2016, 23:57 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Grandparents’ Day The Feast of Sts Anne and Joachim is on July 26. In our Church tradition Anne and Joachim were childless for many years until one day an angel appeared and ...
                Posted 21 Jul 2016, 23:56 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • WYD PRAYER All-Loving God, You always show mercy towards those who love you.You are never far away from those who seek you. Remain with these pilgrims on their holy pilgrimage ...
                Posted 21 Jul 2016, 23:54 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • YOUTH NEWS Is Marshmallows, Fire pit and Out-of-Tune-Singing your thing ? Come along to our Campfire Night at St Anthony of the Field on Saturday the 13th of August. Join ...
                Posted 21 Jul 2016, 23:52 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Game Show Night Come one Come all to our year 7 Game show night on the 6th of August in the OLGC Parish Centre from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The night will included ...
                Posted 21 Jul 2016, 23:51 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • TAIZE PRAYER EVENING Join us for Taize Prayer Evening at St Martin’s Church on Friday 5th August at 8pm.     The theme is Peace      
                Posted 21 Jul 2016, 23:49 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • You are invited to the Christians & Muslims:  Friends & Neighbours Afternoon Tea Join us for an Afternoon Tea opportunity for members of the Catholic & Muslim communities to meet, chat, listen, ask questions,. Following afternoon tea, a ...
                Posted 21 Jul 2016, 23:48 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Walk on Sunshine Ladies of the Parish Walk on Sunshine an evening of Dining & Entertainment 7.00 pm Friday 29 July St Anthony in the Fields Tickets: $40 Carmel Casey 9451 7569 Wendy ...
                Posted 21 Jul 2016, 23:47 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Sacramental Program- would you like to help? The 2016/17 Program begins soon.  This is a wonderful way for our Parish to evangelise – would you like to help?  We need helpers to welcome; set up; facilitate and ...
                Posted 21 Jul 2016, 23:45 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Catechist News Welcome back to our Parish Catechists as we begin Term 3.  Catechist Meeting will be held on Tuesday 26th July at 11.30am in the Kitchen at St Anthony ...
                Posted 21 Jul 2016, 23:43 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • Can you help us St Martin’s church :Acolytes/Senior Servers are needed to serve at mid-week Masses. Linen Roster (washing and ironing altar cloths) Cleaning Roster (Helping keep the church clean) St ...
                Posted 21 Jul 2016, 23:41 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
              • AFTERNOON TEA FOR EDITH YAM The Parish Music Team and all Parishioners are invited to  AFTERNOON TEA FOR EDITH YAM Saturday 30th July 3.30pm – 5.00pm OLGC PARISH CENTRE This Afternoon Tea is being ...
                Posted 21 Jul 2016, 23:37 by Parish Bulletin at FFCP
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