The Catholic Parish of Frenchs Forest

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 Fr Shiju, Fr Satheesh or myself, or browse our website.

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

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’.

Here at Frenchs Forest Parish we offer many opportunities for personal growth,

spiritual enrichment and social interaction.

The CHURCH IS OPEN and we would love to see you. We do not have the full numbers as yet and we miss all the familiar faces and hope to meet new people over the next few months.

Mass Online

We will not be doing Mass online however here is the link for the Diocesan Masses at Hornsby Cathedral Church -

Daily Mass is live streamed at 7.00am. Sunday Mass is live streamed at 9.30am at link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNenwlfI7i14XB9TsVBrLvQ/videos

for Parish Masses and Cpvid limitations, see Mass Times

If you or a loved one are admitted to Northern Beaches Hospital and would like our priests to visit, please contact one of our Priests or the Parish Office to arrange a visit.

Reflection

Our Lord portrays himself as the Master who goes away on a journey. It is certain that he will return, even if no-one in his household knows exactly when. That is our situation. What do we do in anticipation?

Our Lord, the Master, indicates we have a choice. We can close our eyes and enter into the world of dreams where we create our own fantasy futures, or we can stay awake and alert to do what Our Lord wants us to do: ‘He left his servants in charge, giving to each his work.’

You and me – his servants – have a particular role or work in and for this phase of human history. A deep down intuition, prompted by the Holy Spirit, indicates what this is. We must be true to this assignment.

We could take a moment to pray that, when the Lord returns, we may hear: ‘Come, good and faithful servant, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.’

About the Advent Wreath:

During each Sunday of the Advent season, we focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. Others consider the lighting of the first candle to symbolise expectation, while the second symbolises hope, the third joy and the fourth purity. The Christ candle is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day reminding Christians that Jesus is the light of the world. The order and exact wording vary among churches, but the wreath continually reminds us of whom we are called to be as followers of Jesus.

On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle is lit. This candle is typically called the "Prophecy Candle" in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ:

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14, NIV)

This first candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah.

Advent Wreath Liturgy

As we begin our Advent journey we light the first candle on our Advent Wreath and place the first star on our Southern Cross.

Leader: All powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to His side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever.

All : Amen

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