500th Anniversary of the Reformation Commemoration

An historical event from the 16th century which left its imprint on many areas of society throughout the centuries and launched a history of learning.

Wednesday 11 October
10.00am to 5.00pm-  St Mary’s Cathedral Chapter Hall
Adult -$40. Concession – $20 (including  morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea)
Enquiries: (02) 9390 5172
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Speakers include:

  • Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP –  Archbishop of Sydney
  • Most Reverend Peter Elliott  –  Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne
  • Reverend Mark Lieschke  –  Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Australia – NSW District
  • Reverend Andrew Sempell  –  Rector, St James’ Anglican Church, Sydney
  • Dr Robert Andrews  – Lecturer Church History, Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton –  Chief Rabbi of The Great Synagogue, Sydney
  • Reverend Professor Gerard Kelly  –  President of the Catholic Institute of Sydney

inter-religious prayer gathering

Following the Commemoration during the day, there will be an Inter-religious Prayer Gathering and Reflection on The Reformation and its Relevance to Religion and Society Today.

All are welcome to this open event led by the Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney on 11 October at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Cathedral.

James Parker – Sydney Tour

James Parker is a founding member of the international Catholic network for men, Harvesters, under whose umbrella he has brought the Gospel message to thousands of men.

He has taught extensively on same-sex attraction and sexual addiction and has run programmes and seminars across Europe to help foster new groups and organisations to help support men and women in their journey of recovery. In 2013, he was the first non-Italian to receive Italy’s prestigious annual pro-life award for his commitment to honouring those with disabilities. As an abuse survivor, and having previously lived and practiced as a gay rights’ activist, James has a passion for the godly restoration of men and women.

James will be present a series of talks on “Why I changed my mind about same-sex marriage”.

Click the image to view details of the upcoming tour.


Memorial Mass for the Unborn 2016

Teachers, system leaders, senior students, parents and friends of the Sydney Catholic Schools community are invited to the annual Memorial Mass for the Unborn, which will be held on Friday, 2 September 2016 at St Mary’s Cathedral.

This year the Mass will be preceded by a social gathering and catechesis (including finger food and refreshments), which will take place in the St Mary’s Cathedral Chapter Hall, beginning promptly at 4.45pm. The Mass will then begin at 7:30pm, and will include a moving candlelit procession of 82 candles, symbolizing the lives lost to abortion each day in NSW.

This Mass has been very well attended in recent years, and it is an appropriate way of marking the beginning of ‘Life Week’, which will be held in all Sydney Catholic Schools from 2 – 9 September.

Those wishing to attend the Memorial Mass for the Unborn should contact Sandra Bejjani (Secretary – Religious Education and Evangelisation) on 9568 8246 or by email at sandra.bejjani@syd.catholic.edu.au

Please click the image below to view the flyer.

Mass Urborn



World Youth Day 2016

Between July 16 and August 7, approximately 660 staff and students from Sydney Catholic Schools attended WYD in Krakow, Poland; the homeland of WYD founder, Pope John Paul II.

After months of preparation our 17 bus groups headed to Krakow via three main pilgrimages – the Holy Land, Saints of Italy and Prague Direct.

During the Holy Land pilgrimage, WYD pilgrims walked in the footsteps of Jesus as they encountered the sacred sites of early Christianity. Through theSaints of Italy pilgrimage, WYD pilgrims walked in the footsteps of the Saints of the Church, with a particular focus on the holy cathedrals and churches of Florence, Sienna, Assisi and Rome. The Prague Direct pilgrimage was an opportunity for pilgrims to experience the life of the church in that beautiful medieval city.

World Youth Day 2016

During the pilgrimages, bus groups had the opportunity for daily mass with their bus chaplain and to come together as a pilgrim community on their journey to Krakow. These bonds were clearly evident when they all arrived in Krakow, ready to journey through WYD week.

WYD week in Krakow was a stunning experience of the worldwide church gathering in celebration and prayer. The Sydney Catholic Schools WYD pilgrims were swept up in the colour, joy and vibrancy of the week through the formal events, as well as the many informal festival gatherings throughout the city of Krakow. From the opening mass of approximately one million pilgrims in Blonia Park to the final mass of around three million at campus misericordiae, our pilgrims entered into the spirit of the week with great enthusiasm, openness and resilience. Many pilgrims spoke of their faith being inspired by the events of the week and the witness of the millions of faith filled young people around them.

World Youth Day 2016 pic2

The WYD pilgrimage concluded with a retreat within the mountains of Zakopane – a place of retreat often used by Pope John Paul II. This was a time of rest, prayer and reflection for pilgrims to begin to absorb and understand their WYD experiences. It was also a chance for bus groups to affirm and acknowledge the community they had created together over the previous three weeks of pilgrimage.

Our challenge now is to encourage the pilgrims to take their inspiration back into their daily lives within the local church. We begin this process with our reunion concert with Fr Rob Galea on Friday, August 26 at Liverpool Catholic Club, hosted by Catholic Youth Services.