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Next Alpha

Tues 2 March 2021

7.30pm Parish Hall


Our parish has chosen to use Alpha, so we can fulfill our mission of reaching out and sharing our faith.


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Pre-Registration is no longer available for any of our Masses. When you arrive, you will need to sign in using our QR Code.


We will keep your data for 30 days in our Parish records. This is in keeping with Government directives in case of a COVID outbreak. The information will then be deleted.


Monitors will be available to help you sign in using the QR Code. These will be posted at various places outside the church.


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The following measures for Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and
 Blue Mountains) are effective from midnight 3 January;
● Face masks will be mandatory in places of worship.
Compliance will start from Monday, 4 January 2021 with $200
on the spot fines for individuals for non-compliance.
● Children under 12 are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable
● Places of worship and religious services limited to 1 person per 4sqm
up to a maximum of 100 people per separate area.
● Weddings and funerals are limited to 1 person per 4sqm up to a
maximum of 100 people.
Note that the 300 attendance maximum previously applying has been revoked.
The maximum is now 100 for affected parishes from the 3 January 2021.


Any questions? Contact the Parish office on 0434 705 176.

And now for something completely different

Got an email from JeanMarc from the Varroville Gospel Choir. They have been busy during the lockdown. Here is the fruit of their work. Enjoy.




Looking Ahead to the Next 40 Years

Recently the plumbers completed their work and we are now connected to the mains sewer line. This was funded in part by a $20,000 grant from the state government. I liked to thank Mr Anoulack Chanthivong, our local member, for his help in recommending our Parish for the grant. And well done to the property committee for seeing this through – in particular, special thanks to Steve Locke. But this is only the start. The property committee have been meeting regularly and busily working on the next stage of our renovation work in the Parish.


As you know, this includes improving our toilet facilities, upgrading our kitchen and servery, and generally making our foyer more accomodating and welcoming. And then, of course, there is the work inside the church. Renovating the sanctuary with a new altar and ambo, and remodelling the reconciliation room to be more compliant with current regulations.


We are very fortunate to have an architect as a member of our Parish. His name is Johnny Ah-Ching and he has joined our property committee. Johnny has been very helpful in showing us ways in which we could make the improvements we want in an attractive and, more importantly, a cost effective manner. This involves abandoning our plan to build a toilet block to the right of the entrance to the church. Johnny has come up with a plan that does not involve changing the present footprint of the church building.


Here are some initial drawings and sketches. I look forward to your feedback.


OLMC renovations

Click here for a PDF file of the plans.


Here are some before and after artist's impressions of the renovations. (Right click on image to view full size image in a new tab)












 The Sisters of St Joseph have generously shared with us the “Novena for a World in Need.” Just click on the image. Please feel free to distribute this as widely as you can. May St Mary of the Cross MacKillop intercede for us as we face the challenges of our time with courage in the midst of fear and anxiety.  St Mary of the Cross: pray for us.



Parish Prayer

Creator God

Life is Your gift to me. Through Baptism, you invite me to share the gift of my life in service to others. Be with me as I choose each day to show Your presence in our world. Give me the courage and generosity to respond to Your love, to Your call. I pray especially for those who serve you in ministry at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. May we bear the "Good News" to those in need. Keep us close to you. Open the minds and hearts of many other men, women and young people that they may accept Your challenge to build the Kingdom in our parish.
We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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