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I Am Always With You


I thank You, Lord, for the comfort of Your presence: even in times of loneliness, You are my hope and my confidence, You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth! 

I thank You for having given me a family and for having blessed me with a long life. 

I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty, for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for those that are still ahead of me.  

I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me. Increase, O Lord, my faith, make me a channel of your peace, teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me, to never stop dreaming and to tell of your wonders to new generations. 

Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church, that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth. Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world, that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed, the poor consoled and wars ended.  

Sustain me in weakness and help me to live life to the full in each moment that You give me, in the certainty that you are with me every day, even until the end of the age.


  • The first World Day for Grandparents  and the Elderly will be celebrated in circumstances in which it will still not be possible in many countries for the elderly to physically attend Mass. 
  • In order for the message of closeness and consolation to reach everyone on this World Day − even those who are most isolated − we ask people to visit their grandparents and the elderly living alone in their community and to give them the Holy Father’s message.
  • A visit is a tangible sign of a Church of outreach. At a time of social distancing because of the pandemic, a visit shows that there is a way of being close to older people while still  observing safety measures. 
  • A visit is a personal choice to arise and go in haste to others (cf. Lk 1:39), just as Mary did when she visited her elderly cousin Elizabeth. 
  • A visit is an opportunity for a grandchild to say to his or her grandparent and for a young person to say to an elderly person they are  visiting, “I am with you always”. 
  • A visit can be an opportunity to bring a gis, such as a flower, and to read  the World Day prayer together. 
  • A visit can also be an occasion to offer the elderly, especially those who have not les their homes for a  long  time, an opportunity to receive the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist. 
  • A visit to an older person living alone is one of the ways of obtaining a Plenary Indulgence granted on the occasion of this World Day.  
  • In places where health emergency  measures still make it impossible to visit in person, love can use imagination to find ways of reaching lonely elderly people by phone or social media. 
  • The World Day message can be shared by posting pictures of visits on social media with the hashtag #IamWithYouAlways
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Holy Week Mass Times 2021

Bulletin Parish News

Sacramental Programme 2021

Parish Based, Family Centred, School Supported

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.

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.


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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