Bulletin Parish News

Good Friday Special Holy Land Collection

The annual collection for the support of the church in the Holy Land will place on Good Friday, April 2nd.

This collection promotes the missionary work of the church in the Holy Land by providing welfare assistance to local Christians in areas such as health, education, employment and housing. Parishes, schools, orphanages and medical centres throughout the Holy Land also rely on assistance from this collection. It is also used to maintain over 70 churches and shrines associated with the life of Jesus. Last year, due to the global pandemic, it was an extremely difficult time for the Church and people of the Holy Land with very little income due to lack of pilgrims and the closure of churches around the world. Despite this, Australian Catholics did manage to donate $406,000 (compared to the $1.3 million in 2019). This year, the Holy Land will continue to face an extreme shortfall in income due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic and so we are urging Catholics around the world to be as generous as possible. Please remember the Christians of the Holy Land on Good Friday and please keep them in your prayers.

Thank you.

Bulletin Parish News St Matthews School

St Matthews School News

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Sacramental Programme 2021

Parish Based, Family Centred, School Supported

Enrol now for a Parents and Carers Session on the First Eucharist programme for 2021

We will again be offering our parish families the opportunity to celebrate the sacraments of First Holy Communion, Confirmation and First Reconciliation.

It is the wish of Bishop Michael that parishes celebrate the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation within the weekend Parish Masses.

One parent information session is planned for each of the sacraments – Confirmation, First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation.

The first of the sacraments to be celebrated this year will be First Holy Communion. Parent sessions will take place on Tuesday 20th April, 2021 at 1.30 -2.30pm or an evening session 7.00pm – 8.00pm. The sessions are for parents/carers only, candidates do not attend.

Families of students in Year 3 are invited to register their intention to have their child receive the sacrament via an online form provided by the parish staff and available on the parish website.
Register your intention and attendance to either session here.

The enrolment form will follow at a later date, once the information session has taken place.

St Matthews students will be prepared by their teachers during RE lessons and supported by the Parish Sacramental Team. Children in the State schools will attend after school lessons in the Parish Centre – dates to be confirmed.

Christian Initiation
The sacraments of Christian Initiation comprise Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. These three sacraments bring a person to full stature in Christ and membership of the Church community, enabling them to carry out their mission in the world.

First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion (Eucharist) is unique among the sacraments as it is at the heart of our faith. For Catholics, the Eucharist, or Mass, is the most powerful way we encounter the real presence of Jesus Christ.

Confirmation completes Baptism, by which in the laying on of hands and the anointing with Chrism Oil, which first happened at Baptism, we are confirmed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit.


Bulletin Parish News

WOMEN’s and MEN’s Retreat on offer

Shalom’ House of Prayer, Carcoar
Renewal is at the heart of the observance of Lent.
Why not begin your journey of Renewal on a weekend retreat at Shalom.

12-14 March
Water, Wind, Earth & Fire – Woman’s Weekend Retreat.
Water, Wind, Earth & Fire is a retreat for women to refresh, enliven, nourish and reignite their Christian spiritual life.

26th-28th March
‘Gone Fishin’ – Men’s Weekend Retreat Shalom
This weekend is for blokes only …… to get away and take some MEN time to reflect on the values in your life and who you aspire to be.
It is about having the time to stop and reflect through some simple meditation exercises on what you need most in your life right now.
There will also be walks and talks about the values that different blokes use to cope with life’s many challenges.
It is not about being particularly holy, religious or prayerful……just come as you are.
So come fishing…… with some good company, a bit of fun and maybe a few beers over the BBQ in the beautiful surrounds at Shalom and historic Carcoar.
Limited Places due to COVID Safe Protocols
When: March Friday 26th, 6pm to Sunday 28th, 2pm
Where: Shalom 7 Collins St, Carcoar
Cost: $260

For Bookings:
Phone 02 63673058

Bulletin Parish News Parish Priest

Position Vacant

Assistant Parish Secretary
(Parishes of Mudgee, Gulgong and Kandos)
28 hours per fortnight

Mrs Patti Kiddle will be retiring as Parish Secretary in the coming weeks. The current Assistant Secretary, Mrs Kristie Newman will take on the position of Parish Secretary.

We are currently seeking to fill the Assistant Parish Secretary position. The successful applicant must have a sound background in Office Administration and be willing to work in a team environment.

For enquiries and a Position Description, please contact the Parish Office at (Please note this alternate phone number Ph 63000101)

To apply, please send your application including your resume with three references, via email to the Parish Priest, Fr Owen Gibbons: