CONNECT WITH THE SPIRITUAL OASIS

Under the care of the Marist Fathers (Society of Mary) since 1868.

St Patrick’s Parish in Grosvenor Street, The Rocks and St Brigid’s in Kent Street,
Millers Point NSW, continues to serve the multinational community of Sydney and beyond.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

A healthy lifestyle depends more on imagination than it does on rationality. This might explain the massive incidence of mental and emotional distress in our culture, as we are besotted with the rational and the functional. Google the word “depression” and you will get more than 40 million hits. For all our sophistication, ours is not a good way to live.

The eminent psychiatrist, Rollo May, writes: “Gregory Bateson rightly reminds us that ‘mere purposive rationality unaided by such phenomena as art, religion, dream, and the like, is necessarily pathogenic and destructive of life’. As we have said earlier, our first reaction when the myths have not sufficed is mythoclasm; we attack the very concept of myth. The denial of myths, as we shall see later, is itself part of our refusal to confront our own reality and that of our society” (Rollo May, The Cry for Myth, W. W. Norton & Company, 25).

The liturgy, at its best, is healing. It opens up horizons of reality that remain closed to us for the most part. It does this by appealing to our imagination. Imagination can bring the fragmented bits of our lives together into a whole. There is no telling what good can come of an imagination open to the Eternal Presence.

The pandemic is not over! St Patrick’s is implementing the current State Government COVID Safety regulations:

  • Masks are not mandatory in places of worship but recommended
  • You have 2 options for signing in – a QR Code can be found in various places near the front entrance and there are sign-in sheets also at the front entrance.
  • If you sign in manually, you must give your first name, your second name and your contact number. We keep this information in the church’s vault for 28 days before we destroy it.
  • Congregational singing is now permitted.
  • Our seating capacity is now 185.
  • When receiving Holy Communion, approach via the right-hand aisle and return via the other aisle.  There will normally be two people distributing Holy Communion at the sanctuary. Maintain social distancing. In an instruction headed, “Directions for the Archdiocese of Sydney from 18 March 2020 until further notice”, the Archbishop wrote: “In the Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite, the Body of Christ should only be administered in the hand and the chalice should only be received by the celebrant ….” This instruction was reiterated in the Archbishop’s Seventh Pastoral Letter, 2 July 2020: “Receiving Holy Communion by ‘making a throne for the King with our hands’ (St Cyril of Jerusalem) remains normative in Australia in the ordinary form of the Latin Rite ….” St Patrick’s is adhering to the Archbishop’s instruction on the distribution and reception of Holy Communion.
  • Please observe all the normal COVID Safety practices: sanitize your hands, keep 1.5 metres between you and the next person, do not mingle unnecessarily.
  • We are not out of the woods – remember the common good!

  

God Bless us all

Fr Michael Whelan SM
Parish Priest

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St Patrick’s Covid Safety Plan here

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SUNDAY HOMILY
20 June 2021 –  Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Marriage & Baptism at St Patrick’s

Saturday weddings at Saint Patrick’s may be arranged to commence at 9:30am, 2:00pm or 4:00pm. The celebration of the sacrament of Baptism can be arranged through contacting the Parish Office at 9254-9855.

To learn more, Click here.

Mass & Reconciliation at St Patrick’s

St Patrick’s offers Masses and Reconciliation on Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

Check out our timetable to see Mass and Reconciliation times.

St Patrick’s Church Historical Tours

Twice a month St Patrick’s Courtyard Coffee Shop provides a guided tour of the St Patrick’s site, where this rich history is outlined in association with the various heritage buildings.

To Know more, Click here.

Get Involved in ministries and groups

Active ministries and groups within St. Patrick’s Parish. Those wishing more information about a group’s activities click here.

Alternatively you can contact the Parish Office – office@stpatschurchill.org

Spiritual Reflection – NOW

Spiritual Exercises – Listening

Spiritual Exercises – Breathing

A SPIRITUAL OASIS

THE BEGINNINGS

OUR COMMUNITY

At the beginning of 2017, Michael Whelan SM, Parish Priest, commissioned an icon of St Dimpna who is the patron saint of people in mental and emotional distress – especially those who have been sexually abused.   Her feast day is on May 15.  The icon will form the focus of an annual devotion to St Dimpna each May, with prayers especially for those who are in distress as a result of sexual abuse.  

For more information contact the parish;  email: office@stpatschurchhill.org; phone (02) 9254-9855.

ST PATRICK’S SAFEGUARDING POLICY

For more than 170 years St Patrick’s has been a spiritual oasis in Sydney. There is a fine tradition of mercy and reconciliation here. Let us work together to ensure that everything possible is done to go on developing that tradition. It is a gift that grows richer with time. It is also a task that will never end.

To keep faith with that tradition, we must take account of the changing times. In particular, we must take account of the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual.   Click on the link to know what special steps we are  taking at St Patrick’s   https://secureservercdn.net/198.12.144.78/j7k.5d9.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/Safeguarding-policy-at-St-Pats-January-2020.pdf

A message from the Archdiocese of Sydney

Child sexual abuse is a crime he appropriate people to deal with a crime are the police. If you – or anyone you know – have been abused,
please contact the police.  Alternatively, you can contact the Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office at (02) 9390 5810 or safeguardinfenquiries@sydneycatholic.org. You may also want to speak to your Parish Priest who will be able to provide support and guidance. The Archdiocese has a legal obligation to report crimes to the police