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Massabielle 9th August 2020

Message from . Fri 3 Jul, 2020. Category: Massabielle

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The following is a general list of Mass times, which may change from time-to-time.

Monday  6.45am 9:15am
Tuesday  6.45am 9:15am
Wednesday  6.45am 9:15am
Thursday  6.45am 9:15am
Friday  6.45am 9:15am

Saturday  5:00 pm & 6.00pm (Vigil)

Sunday  7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9.00 am, 10:00 am & 5:00 pm, 6.00 pm

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IntoLife Online - Yr 5-8: Friday August 7th.
Catholic Role Models: St Anselm.
Face-to-Face 7:00-8:00pm in the hall.
Bring a gold coin donation.

For more information please contact Laura on
0433 259 234 or at ym@stbernadette.org.au.

Find us on Facebook and Instagram at St Bernadette’s Youth Castle Hill to keep up with the latest info.
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SATURDAY SESSIONS: Join with others to create
community online. Share and grow faith every
Saturday from 11am - 12pm with Saturday SessionsJoin with others as we create community online to share and grow faith, every Saturday from 11am - 12pm with Saturday Sessions.

Listen to the pre-recorded presentation about a topic of faith before Saturday 11am and then join an online group discussion via Zoom between 11am – 12pm.

This week's presentation is 'The gift of power and emotional courage' by Susan David.

In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, Psychologist Susan David challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility.

Register in advance for this meeting to receive the links for the presentation and meeting:
dioceseofparramatta.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrcu2ppjgsHtWYuuQRIvuaTMNPjxtW4p6h

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about the presentation for this week and a link to join the meeting.

Please contact Lisa Bright on lisa.bright@parracatholic.org if you cannot access the presentation to watch before Saturday 11am, or for further details or questions.
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Timeline PhotosGOSPEL OF THE DAY

MT 16:24-28

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me.
For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.
What, then, will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins his life?
Or what has a man to offer in exchange for his life?
‘For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and, when he does, he will reward each one according to his behaviour.
I tell you solemnly, there are some of these standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming with his kingdom.’

📸 Cristina Rodriguez/Panama2019
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Health Advice - Face Masks

The recent health advice from the NSW Government is strongly recommending everyone in NSW to wear masks in any situation specifically places of worship, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Diocese of Parramatta is officially recommending all worshippers to wear a mask to Mass, during Mass or service, while on Church grounds and when departing.

Receiving Communion -
The mask may be removed momentarily.

If you cannot wear a mask for a specific reason then you must observe appropriate social distancing at all times.

Thank you for your support and understanding.
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THE CATHOLIC WEEKLY has resumed publication
of its printed edition and is available from the Church
foyer for $2 a copy. All profits from the sale of the
Catholic Weekly goes directly to our St Vincent de
Paul Conference.
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Timeline PhotosGOSPEL OF THE DAY

MT 17:1-9

Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone.
There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light.
Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him.
Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’
He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow,
and from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’
When they heard this the disciples fell on their faces overcome with fear.
But Jesus came up and touched them. ‘Stand up,’ he said ‘do not be afraid.’
And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus.
As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order, ‘Tell no one about the vision until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.’
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ANNULMENT INFORMATION WEBINAR:

Each year the Catholic Tribunal Office in the Western
Sydney Diocese and CatholicCare WSBM Solo
Parent Services present an Information Session to
help people understand the process of annulments in
the Catholic Church. Questions are answered in
detail on all aspects of the annulment process. This
year this event will be held as an online Webinar via
Zoom and is open to anyone interested. Date: Tues
4th August Time: 6pm - 8pm. Registration is
Essential: To register, please call the Tribunal Office
on 8838 3480 or email Rita at
soloparentservices@ccss.org.au.
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Timeline PhotosGOSPEL OF THE DAY

MT 15:21-28

Jesus left Gennesaret and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
Then out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, ‘Sir, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.’
But he answered her not a word.
And his disciples went and pleaded with him. ‘Give her what she wants,’ they said ‘because she is shouting after us.’
He said in reply, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.’
But the woman had come up and was kneeling at his feet.
‘Lord,’ she said ‘help me.’
He replied, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house-dogs.’
She retorted, ‘Ah yes, sir; but even house-dogs can eat the scraps that fall from their master’s table.’
Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, you have great faith. Let your wish be granted.’
And from that moment her daughter was well again.
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SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION FOR
CONFIRMATION 2020 : Information
evening Tuesday 11th August

Parish families who would like their child to
commence preparation to receive the sacrament of
confirmation are invited to attend an information
evening being held on Tuesday 11th August at 7pm
in the Church. This preparation process is suitable
for children who are in year 6 or above and have
already received the sacraments of baptism,
reconciliation and eucharist. The evening should
last approximately one hour and, under current
restrictions, we ask that only parents attend.

For more information, contact Alice at the parish office
on 9634 2622 or sacraments@stbernadette.org.au
(Monday & Tuesday).
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CatholicCare services remain open and operational
during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Individual
offices have been closed to clients, but the service
continues to operate with care and support offered via
phone, video conferencing/telehealth and online.
Some programs are continuing to run groups via
video conference.

To make a referral, call 8843 2500
(Mon-Thu 8.30am-8pm, Fri 8.30am-5pm, Sat 9am1pm), email enquiries@ccss.org.au or visit
ccss.org.au.
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SATURDAY - SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION FOR HOLY COMMUNION 2020:

Our preparation continues this week with Session 3: ‘Nourished by Jesus’ being held this Saturday 8th August at 3pm in the Parish Hall. This session is for parent and child. Please bring a pen and clipboard. Please continue to pray for all our participating families at this time.
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Timeline PhotosGOSPEL OF THE DAY

MT 15:1-2, 10-14

Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem came to Jesus and said,
‘Why do your disciples break away from the tradition of the elders? They do not wash their hands when they eat food.’
He called the people to him and said, ‘Listen, and understand. What goes into the mouth does not make a man unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth that makes him unclean.’
Then the disciples came to him and said, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees were shocked when they heard what you said?’
He replied, ‘Any plant my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them alone.
They are blind men leading blind men; and if one blind man leads another, both will fall into a pit.’
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Timeline PhotosGOSPEL OF THE DAY

MT 14:22-36

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away.
After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray.
When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind.
In the fourth watch of the night he went towards them, walking on the lake,
and when the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified.
‘It is a ghost’ they said, and cried out in fear.
But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.’
It was Peter who answered. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.’
‘Come’ said Jesus. Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water,
but as soon as he felt the force of the wind, he took fright and began to sink.
‘Lord! Save me!’ he cried. Jesus put out his hand at once and held him.
‘Man of little faith,’ he said ‘why did you doubt?’
And as they got into the boat the wind dropped.
The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.’
Having made the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret.
When the local people recognised him they spread the news through the whole neighbourhood and took all that were sick to him,
begging him just to let them touch the fringe of his cloak.
And all those who touched it were completely cured.
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Timeline PhotosGOSPEL OF THE DAY

MT 14:12-21

When Jesus received the news of John the Baptist’s death he withdrew by boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves.
But the people heard of this and, leaving the towns, went after him on foot.
So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them and healed their sick.
When evening came, the disciples went to him and said, ‘This is a lonely place, and the time has slipped by; so send the people away, and they can go to the villages to buy themselves some food.’
Jesus replied, ‘There is no need for them to go: give them something to eat yourselves.’
But they answered ‘All we have with us is five loaves and two fish.’
‘Bring them here to me’ he said.
He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass;
then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing.
And breaking the loaves handed them to his disciples who gave them to the crowds.
They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected the scraps remaining; twelve baskets full.
Those who ate numbered about five thousand men, to say nothing of women and children.
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The Massabielle.
The Weekly Newsletter of St Bernadette’s
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VINNIES WINTER APPEAL THIS WEEKEND

The St Vincent de Paul COVID-19 Winter Appeal is being held this weekend in our parish. Members of our Vinnies Conference will be at the doors as you leave the Church to collect your donations.

If you wish to give by credit card, phone 13 18 12 or log onto donate.vinnies.org.au/donation-hub. Donations will also be accepted at the Parish Office.
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Timeline PhotosGOSPEL OF THE DAY

MT 14:1-12

Herod the tetrarch heard about the reputation of Jesus, and said to his court,
‘This is John the Baptist himself; he has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.’
Now it was Herod who had arrested John, chained him up and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife.
For John had told him, ‘It is against the Law for you to have her.’
He had wanted to kill him but was afraid of the people, who regarded John as a prophet.
Then, during the celebrations for Herod’s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company,
and so delighted Herod that he promised on oath to give her anything she asked.
Prompted by her mother she said, ‘Give me John the Baptist’s head, here, on a dish.’
The king was distressed but, thinking of the oaths he had sworn and of his guests, he ordered it to be given her,
and sent and had John beheaded in the prison.
The head was brought in on a dish and given to the girl, who took it to her mother.
John’s disciples came and took the body and buried it; then they went off to tell Jesus.
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IntoLife Online - Yr 5-8: IntoLife will alternate
between face-to-face and online.
Today, July 31, we will be online.
This term we are looking at Catholic Role Models

Find us on Facebook and Instagram at St
Bernadette’s Youth Castle Hill to keep up with the
latest info.
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SATURDAY SESSIONS: Join with others to create
community online. Share and grow faith every
Saturday from 11am - 12pm with Saturday SessionsJoin with others as we create community online to share and grow faith, every Saturday from 11am - 12pm with Saturday Sessions.

Listen to the pre-recorded presentation about a topic of faith before Saturday 11am and then join an online group discussion via Zoom between 11am – 12pm.

This week's presentation is 'The gift of power and emotional courage' by Susan David.

In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, Psychologist Susan David challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility.

Register in advance for this meeting to receive the links for the presentation and meeting:
dioceseofparramatta.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrcu2ppjgsHtWYuuQRIvuaTMNPjxtW4p6h

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about the presentation for this week and a link to join the meeting.

Please contact Lisa Bright on lisa.bright@parracatholic.org if you cannot access the presentation to watch before Saturday 11am, or for further details or questions.
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Timeline PhotosGOSPEL OF THE DAY

MT 13:54-58

Coming to his home town, Jesus taught the people in their synagogue in such a way that they were astonished and said,
‘Where did the man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? This is the carpenter’s son, surely?
Is not his mother the woman called Mary, and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude?
His sisters, too, are they not all here with us?
So where did the man get it all?’
And they would not accept him.
But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country and in his own house’,
and he did not work many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
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Who are we?

Our Mission


ornament1 St Bernadette’s Parish Castle Hill of the Diocese of Parramatta is a welcoming missionary Catholic Community, nurturing its people in faith and service and seeking to reflect and share the compassion of Jesus Christ with our local community and beyond.

Our Patron Saint


ornament1 Bernadette had precarious health, afflicted with asthma and other ailments. When Our Lady first appeared to her, Bernadette was fourteen years of age but had not made her first holy communion and was regarded as a very dull pupil. She was known, however, to be good, obedient and kind to her younger brothers and sisters, despite her poor health.

Our history


ornament1The history of St Bernadette’s parish began in Baulkham Hills, in the year 1849. For “Ten Pounds of Lawful British Money”, a contract was signed and sealed for the purchase of one and a half acres of land on the New Windsor Road which was to be the site for the first St Michael’s Church.

Parish Location


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St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church

367 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill 2154

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