In the Diocese of Parramatta, the Catholic Church in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains, I believe we have very big hearts. More often than not, we are willing to share the little we have with our loved ones around us, our families abroad and our friends.
I also know many of you, if you aren’t already, are willing to give yourselves in service to the Church, but often don’t know where to start, nor have the time to begin.
For those of you in this position, or if you just want to do more, you might like to consider donating to our newly established Parramatta Catholic Foundation as a means of participating and strengthening the work of the Church in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. These works include the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, the Holy Spirit Seminary, The Ephpheta Centre and CatholicCare. These agencies are an embodiment of faith, hope and charity in our Diocese – the great virtues God inspires us to build and sustain.
Today in our Diocese we face many challenges, some good and others less so. For instance, we are quite fortunate to have a rapidly growing Seminary. However, the increasing number of seminarians also require additional support to cover accommodation and learning.
We are fortunate to have a great team of God-loving volunteers at the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, all very eager to provide Christian education in public schools. However, our volunteers also need a suite of textbooks and learning materials to provide truly valuable and insightful classes to engage young minds.
We are also delighted to support the great work of the Ephpheta Centre, which welcomes and empowers our deaf members of the Church, allowing them to encounter Christ, and providing them with avenues to share God’s love in the community. Without you though, this work cannot continue.
Lastly, and more sadly, there are some in our Diocese affected by the societal challenges of homelessness, mental health, addictions and family breakdown. In these cases, some people just need a helping hand, and a second, third and fourth chance in life. Your support brings about the new lease of life needed by some in our community.
With all of these challenges, our good works of faith, hope and charity abide.
In light of these ongoing works, may I emphasise my deep gratitude and express a most heartfelt thanks for your ongoing support.
Although these works have been previously labelled “Diocesan Works”, I want to emphasise that these works belong to you, and without you, many people would not receive the good impact you provide.
I also want to extend to you a renewed invitation to join me in sustaining these important works in our Diocese. Join me and support Parramatta Catholic Foundation today, to continue building faith, hope and charity across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
Thank you, and God bless.
Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv
BISHOP OF PARRAMATTA
Bishop Vincent needs to raise $2.5 million annually to sustain the charitable works in our Diocese.
If 1 in 3 people attending Mass today become bronze ambassadors, Bishop Vincent would secure the funds needed to continue and grow our good works.