The Catholic Parish of Frenchs Forest
Peace be with You
Our Parish is made up of three vibrant communities:
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, or myself, or browse our website.
We want you to feel at home with us. - Fr Satheesh
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.
Greetings from Fr. Satheesh
WELCOME TO MRS.JESSICA WEBB
I am pleased to let you know that Jessica Webb has been appointed to the position of Parish secretary at Frenchs Forest Catholic Parish. Jessica has been living on the Northern Beaches for the last 5 years with her husband and 2 daughters. She is part of the St. John’s community at Narraweena. She spent much of her childhood in Ireland. Jessica’s mother, Maria Lynam is an active member of our Parish.
Jessica will be commencing work on Monday, 19 April, 2021. Let us warmly welcome Jessica and wish her all the best in her new role.
I also inform you that Mrs. Ivona Marinovic, has been working here in our parish as parish secretary since 4 February, 2019. Ivona wishes to resign from her position and she will finish her work by 30 April, 2021. Please join me in thanking Ivona for her service to our Parish for the last 2 years.
Fr Satheesh—Parish Administrator
The first sentence of the gospel reading sets the context for the themes of today: ‘Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.’ Who is the Jesus that they recognised? And what does this recognition require?
Jesus is the servant of the God of the early ancestors, the long awaited messiah, and the innocent sufferer portrayed in the prophetic tradition. He is the fulfilment of our deepest aspirations. When we gather around the table for the sacramental meal, we encounter the Risen Lord. There the sacred traditions of our religious heritage are opened for us and we are enabled to recognise him in the traditions and in the breaking of the bread.
In order to encounter the Risen Lord in the breaking of the bread and in the breaking open of the word, we need docile hearts ready to embrace the deepest meaning of our religious heritage. We need hearts that have been purified in the love of God; hearts that have been totally transformed. The commandment of love requires nothing less.
Having recognised the Risen Lord, we, like the people described in the first reading, must live reformed lives. Having recognised the Risen Lord, we, like the people addressed in the second reading, must be obedient to God's commandment of love. Having recognised the Risen Lord, we, like the disciples portrayed in the gospel, must preach the good news of God's forgiveness to all nations. Easter faith assures us that all of this is possible. Peace be with you!
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The NSW Government has eased COVID restrictions, effective Monday 29 March. This has implications for our churches and liturgies, especially for Holy Week:
In respect to the numbers of people able to be welcomed, Churches remain subject to the 2 square metre principle. The number of people able to join us therefore cannot be according to seating capacity, but to the number that the 2 square metre principle allows. Remember that this calculation is based on the total size of the building, not just the space of pews.
The Archbishop of Sydney is seeking an exemption to this ruling to allow 100 per cent capacity for all Catholic Churches in NSW for the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion on Good Friday afternoon. We will relay the outcome of this with you as soon as we have news.
Congregational singing is now allowed in churches.
We pray that the unfolding situation in QLD will swiftly be contained. It is a timely reminder to remain vigilant in the COVID Safe practices and to adhere to any changes to restrictions as they may present.
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