PENTECOST SUNDAY – Sunday 31st May 2020

REFLECTION – Dianne Bergant CSA

Pentecost celebrates the fullness of the Spirit and the great gathering of nations. It brings the Easter season to its conclusion. The Risen Lord has been exalted to his rightful place next to God and he has sent his Spirit to fill the earth with God’s power. The world is charged with divine energy; it needs but a spark to ignite it with life and with excitement. This vitality explodes into the extraordinary. Tongues are loosed and speech overflows its linguistic constraints; charismatic gifts flood the valleys of human habitation; barred doors are burst open and frightened hearts are calmed. The Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world.
Once again we gather together for one reason, only to discover that God has gathered us for another. Through the Spirit of God, we are reconciled to each other and then together we spend ourselves for the common good. Through the Spirit of God the world is renewed, the community is revitalised, and we come to know the mysterious yet all pervasive peace of Christ.
The Spirit has been poured forth and works wonders wherever human hearts are open to its promptings. The earth is renewed each time rivalries are resolved, distinctions are recognised as merely expressions of diversity, peace is restored, comfort and solace are offered, and forgiveness is granted. We are immersed in the vigour of the Spirit of God. All we have to do is open ourselves to it and the reign of God will be born in our midst.



Weekday Masses limited to 10 persons only, will continue this Wednesday to Friday. Restrictions continue to lift this Monday and an update of Mass arrangements will be sent via email to inform our parishioners shortly. 

Mass will be celebrated as follows:

 Wednesday 9.00am
 Thursday 9.00am
 Friday 9.15am
 Saturday / Sunday Webcast only

  • Maximum of 10 people in the church for Mass and you will need to make a reservation – see below
  • Use only the 10 designated chairs
  • Avoid touching any statues or pictures
  • Use the hand sanitiser when entering and leaving the church
  • Communion will be distributed only on the hand and by the priest walking from person to person
  • After Mass the chairs must be cleaned and sanitised
  • If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and contact your doctor.


  • All places for each Mass must be pre-booked
  • Bookings may be requested no more than 5 days in advance
  • Call our Parish Secretary – Claudine on 9871 8710: Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
  • Available spaces will be allocated in the order requests are received. Only one reservation at a time will be accepted, to give everyone a chance to attend Mass


  • The church will be open 9am – 4pm daily Monday to Friday
  • Maximum of 10 people in the church at any one time
  • Use only the 10 designated plastic chairs
  • If all 10 chairs are occupied, please wait outside until someone leaves
  • Avoid touching any statues or pictures
  • Write the date, time, name, phone number, email address on the form provided
  • Use the hand sanitiser after signing in


  • Confession will be by appointment only
  • Call our Parish Secretary – Claudine on 9871 8710: Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm to make a time
  • Please follow the above sign-in and sanitiser requirements

PARISH DONATIONS: Parishioners who wish to make a donation to the parish, can access the facility on the front page of the Parish website by clicking “Donate Now” on the top right-hand side of the page or donating directly to via Credit Card. Should you wish to make a donation via direct debit, please use the following details:
BSB: 067-950
Account Number: 00000479
Account Name: North Rocks Catholic Church

FIRST COLLECTION: If you would like to contribute towards the support of the priests (First Collection), please use the following details:
BSB 067-950
Account No. 00004265
Account Name: Parramatta Diocesan Clergy
Reference Number: 6027
Thank you to everyone in the continual support of the parish and the clergy of the Diocese of Parramatta.

MASSES LIVE STREAMING from ST PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL: All Masses will be livestreamed via YouTube: and FaceBook:

READINGS FOR THE MASS: Provided by Universalis, can be found here:

THOSE IN NEED: During this difficult time, if you hear of anyone in need of assistance from a priest or the Parish Office, please do not hesitate to contact us on 9871.8710 or via email: or requiring assistance from Vinnies, please call 13 18 12.


THE SICK: Christopher Hale, Monica Mayo, Ken Abood, Jill Wulf, Ron Lucas, Arthur John Meston, Mary Magill, Joe Frare, Afifi Elchaar, Daniele Donu, Patrick Wheeler, Sylvette Marsh.
DECEASED: Giuseppina Cutrone, Carmelina Cutrone, Jimmy Cutrone, George Cutrone Jr, Beniamino Cutrone, Yvonne Boulous, Phillip Boulous, Charlie Karam, Leila Karam & All Souls.


Dear Friends in Faith,
You are invited to join 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. Register in advance for this meeting to receive the links for the presentation and meeting:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing links to the presentation and conversation.
30th May 2020
Patrick Lencioni
Pat Lencioni is a New York Times best-selling author and has worked with hundreds of corporations to help them achieve success through organizational health and leadership. He is also the co-founder of The Amazing Parish. In this talk Pat talks about teamwork. The information he shares has meaning across business, parish and even families.

A response to Donald Trump’s demanding Churches open “right away, this weekend.”
From the Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Missouri, Deon K. Johnson:

“The work of the church is essential. The work of caring for the lonely, the marginalized, and the oppressed is essential. The work of speaking truth to power and seeking justice is essential. The work of being a loving, liberating, and life giving presence in the world is essential. The work of welcoming the stranger, the refugee and the undocumented is essential. The work of reconciliation and healing and caring is essential. The church does not need to “open” because the church never “closed”. We who make up the Body of Christ, the church, love God and our neighbours and ourselves so much that we will stay away from our buildings until it is safe. We are the church.”


To view this Sunday’s Mass online, click on the link below: