Parish News

Christmas Carols & Sausage Sizzle 2017

A Big Thanks to all our Volunteers

I would like to thank everybody who generously gave of their talents, time and energy for our SEVENTH year of Christmas Carols in the Church and the sausage sizzle that followed. I am truly grateful to you all. Thanks to those who worked on the decorations, sound and technical aspects of the Carols, musicians and singers and a huge thanks to all our hard workers and volunteers who prepared so well the 300 sausage sizzle and the subsequent clean up that followed. We would also like to thank the family who generously paid for most of the Sausage Sizzle expenses. Their generosity has enabled our parish to donate the money collected at the Carols evening to SVdePaul. So our parish has sent a cheque this week for $309.15 to SVdePaul. A visitor from a neighbouring parish said to me: “Father I felt love everywhere from everybody during the night!” So, again I thank you all for the outpouring of your love on that special night; making our Saint Therese a very special parish! Keep up the good work.

God bless you all, from Fr Roberto

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Parish Luncheon

Thank you to all...

Once again our parish luncheon was a wonderful social event with our community coming together in friendship and faith to share a meal. The food was delicious and it was so refreshing to be entertained with some beautiful piano music and singing. Many thanks to Father Roberto and our Parish Councillors for organising such a wonderful afternoon. We would also like to thank those who generously donated money towards the lunch as it helped to partly subsidise the price we charged per head. And lastly, many, many thanks to all those who attended the luncheon, as you all made the afternoon so special by making new friends in our parish community and those who welcomed us at the Ryde-Eastwood leagues Club.

Pentecost Sunday


 Pentecost 2017

Last weekend was Pentecost Sunday which is the birthday of the Church, the coming of the Holy Spirit. Our parish celebrated this with many of the parishioners wearing red to Mass where we prayed that the Spirit comes with many gifts for our parish community and that the church will continue to grow.

Following Mass we had a cup of tea and cut a cake in celebration.

Deanery Meeting


The Priests from the Northern Deanery met this week at St Therese. These meetings give the priests an opportunity to pray together and share ideas from parish to parish. Representatives from CathlicCare also attended the meeting before they all resumed to the New Empress Restaurant for lunch.

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Lent Update


Saint Therese is a small parish with a big heart for the Lord. Like in previous years, the 24 hours was once again considered a success. Many people felt very blessed and grateful to have had this opportunity once again. The numbers of people varied throughout the day and night but we believe around 250 people came and spent time in the Church. Some of the people came to pray not just for 1 hour but some came back and did more to a total of 6 hours.

We had a great participation from many fronts.
The Catholic school sent groups of children with a prepared reflection so they could pray according to their age. We had musicians, the Neo-catechumenal group and Apostolate of Renewal all helped to lead people with their prayers and reflection time.

People said they loved it!
Many thanks to all those who came! Father Roberto Castillo