The Diocese of Parramatta supports the spiritual and social needs of Western Sydney’s growing and vibrant Catholic community. Our parishes, schools, chaplaincies, agencies, and faith networks invite you to connect and journey with us as we live our Christian values and bring Christ’s message of love and service to all.
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A welcome message from
Bishop Vincent Long
Welcome to the Diocese of Parramatta. I am honoured, humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve the Church in Parramatta. As guided by my motto “go further into the deep” (Lk 5:4), I am pleased that we cast into the deep interior of Western Sydney, all the way to the beautiful Blue Mountains and the fertile plains of the Hawkesbury River.
Diocesan Synod Report
Over the weekend of 13 – 15 October 2023, the Diocese of Parramatta successfully concluded its inaugural Synod, a momentous event that brought together 280 faithful from across Western Sydney, the Blue Mountains, and beyond to discuss the future of the local Church.
The culmination of over six months of listening and consultation sessions, the Synod was a gathering of 200 selected Members to discuss, discern, and vote on 25 resolutions under the six key themes that were raised as part of the consultation sessions.
The Bishop has released a Summary Report summarising the discussions and outcomes from the first Diocesan Synod Assembly, which you can download alongside our other Synod Resources.
A conversation with Tomas Halik
Monsignor Professor Tomas Halik, the ‘underground priest’ who converted to Catholicism as an adult and was secretly ordained a priest in 1978 during the communist rule of then-Czechoslovakia is coming to Australia to give a series of lectures as part of the Bishop Vincent Presents series. The conversation will be moderated by leading academic and priest, Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO.
His public lecture in Parramatta will be on Monday 12 February at 6pm and is titled: “Help my unbelief: searching for God in a secular age.”
Bishop's Christmas Appeal
The 2023 Bishop’s Christmas Appeal is raising funds to help the 15 Catholic Care chaplains in our Diocese that provide care, comfort and support to people who are suffering. They minister to the sick in public hospitals and also visit people in prisons in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. They listen, connect, and endeavour to understand and comfort those who might otherwise feel abandoned.
If you are interested in becoming a chaplain or would like to donate to help our chaplains continue their ministry, please call (02) 8838 3482 or visit Parramatta Catholic Foundation.
Catholic Outlook Summer 2023
The Summer 2023 edition of Catholic Outlook is now available in parishes and online!
The Advent and Christmas Edition features reflections on Mary’s journey into the dark night, how our communities celebrate Christmas, our four new leaders in the Diocese, a handy Christmas Mass Times guide, plus so much more.
Each edition of The Catholic Outlook includes:
- stories parishes, schools and ministries supporting the mission of the church across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains
- the Pope’s Prayer Intentions
- key dates, events and appointments happening across the Diocese