Parish News


NEW FINANCE COMMITTEE MEMBER NEEDED A big Thank You to Marydith Palazzo for her valuable contribution as the FC member for last 2 years. May God bless you and your family as you move on to a new location.
This opens a position vacant in our FC. Anyone with understanding of accounting is welcome to join. Or perhaps if you know someone suitable, please let Fr. Peter know for a personal approach.

NEW CLEANING ROSTER available from the back of the church.

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will be administered in the Parish this year on October 15th at 11.30 am. Children in Year 6 and above who have been baptised and have received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are eligible to enrol in the program. Online Registrations are now open. Please go to to access the online form. For further information , please contact Suzanne Miceli on 0409244951 or at sacraments.hic

WANTED! Do you have any copies of the Catholic School text ,"To Know Worship and Love" that your children no longer need? These can be used by our catechists for the Scripture programs in the State schools. Donations are accepted for all levels K-10. Please leave in the box provided at the back of the Church or contact Suzanne Miceli for further information.

POSTAL PLEBISCITE The Australian Government has announced there will be a postal plebiscite on whether the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 should be changed to include "same-sex marriage". Ballot papers will be sent out to households on Tuesday, 12 September and all votes must be received back by Tuesday, 7 November. If you are not enrolled to vote, or if you need to update your postal address, go to before the cut-off date of Thursday, 24 August. Vote No, to keep marriage as a unique relationship between a woman and a man.

NATURAL FERTILITY AWARENESS WEEK 21st – 27th August 2017 Did you know a woman's health is often reflected in her fertility? Learning The Billings Ovulation Method® can alert a woman to underlying health problems. If you would like to be able to manage your fertility naturally and to monitor your reproductive health accredited Billing Teachers are available to assist you throughout Australia. For further information ring Billings LIFE on 1800 335 860 or visit

TAX DEDUCTIBILITY FOR PARISH PLANNED GIVING Please note that the arrangements between 1/1/2017 and 30/6/2017 were temporary and are no longer applicable. From 1/7/2017 until further notice 25% Tax Deductibility is available on your Planned Giving donations. Some special collections such as CWF, Project Compassion, Catholic Missions, St Vincent de Paul Appeal and others offered through our parish do offer 100% tax deductibility, however these collections are fully passed on appropriate agencies. Only your Planned Giving donations pay our bills and keep the lights on.

24 Sep 2017—Padre Pio Festa 10.00am Mass
15 Oct 2017—Confirmation 11.30am Mass

SURGE YOUTH (high school) Come along this Friday for night for our final talk on EX TENEBRIS LUX (a series about scripture), "Triumphant Light." Be sure to RSVP to Eliza on 0432333549 or via Instagram or FB. Our night social night is the 1st of September, be sure to invite your friends for a great night of mystery and fun. More details soon! Instagram @hic.ym and

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC YOUTH FESTIVAL (ACYF) is going to be huge this year with 15000 young people from across Australia expected! With an amazing world wide known Catholic singer song writer Matt Maher and many other great speakers and musicians, it is going to be an amazing event you don't want to miss! For all those in grade 9 to 30years old, don't miss this amazing event happening in Sydney, it is on the 7-9th December. If you would like to go with the Holy Innocents' group please contact Eliza Kerklaan on 0432333549 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FIRE & HOPE - 27th of August  Ever wondered what to do when talking to strangers about Christ? Join us for some practical tips on Evangelisation. Formation on Evangelisation for Young Adults (18-25) to become forces of mission in the world today. Run by the Emmanuel Community come along on the 27th of August (every third Sunday of the Month) at St Anne's, Strathfield South. 4pm Mass followed by Praise, Formation and Dinner. facebook/fireandhope

UNDERSTANDING THE ENTIRE BIBLE a 24 part study featuring Jeff Cavins, is currently in progress since Monday 29th May 2017 for 3x8 week semesters, between 6.45pm-8.30pm in the HIC hall. For more information please contact Belinda Hume, 0418 864 290; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PARISH SECRETARY POSITION VACANT: St Mary's Parish Concord is seeking an experienced secretary to join the Parish Office team.  This is a full-time position (5 days - 38 hours). However, a part time role is negotiable. Applications close Wednesday 30th August. For further information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .