1st Sunday of Advent | December 2, 2018 | Year C

 2nd Dec (2) 2018[2].pdf


Solemnity of Jesus Christ, Universal King | November 25 | 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 25th November 2018.pdf


Newsletter Nov. 18 | 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

 18th November 2018.pdf


Newsletter Nov. 11 | 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

 11th November 2018.pdf


Newsletter Nov. 4 | 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

 4th November 2018.pdf


Newsletter Oct 28 | 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

McKillop_awards_mass_024 new.jpg

Kids off Nauru Prayer Vigil – Friday November 2, 6.30pm  |  MacKillop Plaza, Victoria Square – next to Cathedral

A growing number of politicians from all parties is urging the Prime Minister and Government to bring children and their families who are still in detention on Nauru to Australia. The physical and mental health of these children and parents is deteriorating. Some 6,000 Australian doctors have urged the same action.

A National Prayer Vigil is planned for November 2 at 6.30pm in Mary MacKillop Plaza. It will be in full view of everyone and will be an important witness to the solidarity of the Churches in the cause of these children and families. Parishioners are urged to gather for this Prayer Vigil.

The government and parliament apologised for the sexual abuse of children in institutions last Monday and yet this form of detention abuse continues with the full support of the government and many parliamentarians. Come to the Vigil and show that you do not support this double standard.
Click here to read statement by Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ.

Also in this issue:

  • Altar in a Catholic Church
  • Flowers at the Cathedral Shrine of Mary
  • Cathedral trading table
  • Film evening - Journey's End
  • plus more, please download newsletter below.

The Mary MacKillop Awards for excellence for senior students were presented to 54 students from 27 Catholic schools at a Mass in the Cathedral on October 20. Full story in November issue of The Southern Cross (available in paishes November 3/4.)
Photo: Mary MacKillop students in the offertory procession.

 28th October 2018.pdf


Newsletter Oct 21 | 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

St Daniel Comboni Mass procession.jpg

Closing of the Synod of Bishops: young people, faith and vocational discernment

Pope Francis, speaking before the Synod addressed these words to the young adults of the Church. A better world can be built also as a result of your efforts, your desire to change and your generosity. Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master. The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard, let it  resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls.

Also in this issue:

  • interested in reading at Mass or be a special minister of holy communion?
  • Mission Sunday - special collection
  • Changes to weekday Mass program due to priests' assembly
  • Cathedral Youth Ministry – The Witnesses meet Sunday 7.15pm in the Cathedral Hall. All welcome.
  • Download pdf below for more info


Photo: Offertory procession at the St Daniel Comboni Mass Sunday October 14.

 21st October 2018.pdf


Newsletter Oct 14 | 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

Bishop Charles cake sm.jpg

World Mission Sunday – October 14

Pope Francis gives us the theme Together with young  people, let us bring the Gospel to all for this year’s Mission Sunday which is taking place during the Bishops Synod on Youth, Faith and  Vocational Discernment.

In his statement Pope  Francis says, I dare say that, for a young man or woman who wants to follow Christ, what is most essential is to seek, to discover and to persevere in his or her vocation. Pope Francis speaks of our baptism as the starting point in sharing the Mission of the Church, to witness to Jesus Christ in the world.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis said to young adults: 'never think that you have nothing to offer, or that nobody needs you. Many people need you. Think about it! Each of you, think in your heart: many people need me'.

Next Sunday, World Mission Sunday, our prayer will focus on that essential task of witnessing, which  belongs to all of us. There will also be a Leaving  Collection to support missionaries and new emerging Catholic communities in developing nations. Envelopes are available for those who wish to receive a receipt for taxation purposes.

Also in this issue:

  • First Collection renewal
  • Readers of the Word and Special Ministers  – want to volunteer?
  • Social justice in the parish
  • Collection for Adelaide Day Centre
  • Please download newsletter for more info.

Photo: Bishop Charles after his Thanksgiving Mass in the Cathedral on October 7.

 14th October 2018.pdf


Newsletter Oct 7 | 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

Gospel choir.jpg

Synod of Bishops: Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment

The 15th Ordinary Synod of Bishops began at the Vatican last Tuesday. Its theme is Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment. It is being attended by more than 300 bishops, most appointed by their peers in their own countries, as well as a representative group of young adults from around the world.

There has been an extensive preparation for this Synod during which youth and young adults have been able to share their hopes for the Church, their disappointments with the Church and their struggles in the world today.

The energy of youth has always been essential for the life of the Church. They have given us so many inspirational Saints. So many works of the Church were begun by the youth of the Church – Mary MacKillop in her early 20s founding the Sisters of St Joseph; Frederick Ozanam beginning the St Vincent de Paul Society when he was a University student. Youthful martyrs of the Church inCharles Lwanga and companions in Uganda, and among those in Vietnam, Korea, Philippines, with Peter To Rot in New Guinea.

Francis of Assisi set out to ‘renew Christ’s Church’ as a young man, and Catherine of Siena was challenging the Pope, then living in France, to return to Rome for the good of the Church.

This Synod, under the leadership of Pope Francis, and working with youth, will help discern the lives, faith and vocational discernment of youth and young adults in the world of today. The Church needs their energy, enthusiasm, faith, prayerfulness, sense of justice, care of the earth, compassion for those deprived of rights for the conversion of us all in these difficult times.

Picture: Gospel choir to headline local World Youth Day concert on January 27, 2019 at
Sacred Heart College, Somerton Park.
Click here to find out more.

Please download pdf for more notices and information for the Cathedral parish.

 7th October 2018.pdf


Newsletter Sept 30 | 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

Bishop Gauci.jpg


Save the date: Sunday October 7 Bishop Charles Gauci will return to the  Cathedral to celebrate the 11am Mass. This will be a Mass of Thanksgiving and Farewell after serving in the Cathedral Parish for the past 18 months. Light refreshments will be served in the Cathedral Hall after the Mass. All parishioners are most welcome to share this joyful  occasion.

Click here to read about Bishop Gauci's episcopal ordination ceremony

Click here to watch the ordination ceremony


On the last Sunday of September, since the 1940s, the Catholic Church in Australia has observed Social Justice Sunday. The theme this year – addressing a growing crisis in Australia – is on homelessness: A Place to Call Home – Making a Home for Everyone in Our Land – free copies of the statement are available at all of the churches in the parish.
The statement offers us 10 steps to making a home for everyone.

Reflect on the parable of the Good Samaritan – Luke Get the facts about homelessness and the housing crisis. See 2016 census – www.abs.gov.au Reach out to people experiencing housing difficulties and homelessness – buy a copy of The Big Issue. Understand the bigger picture behind the housing crisis. Make our parishes and communities welcoming places. Take action to support housing initiatives and programs. Advocate for change locally and nationwide. Help combat misunderstanding and misrepresentation. Remember: Standing with those in need is central to our faith. Let us pray.

 30 September 2018.pdf


Newsletter Sept 23 | 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

padre pio.jpg

Temporary Changes in October

During October there will be some unavoidable changes in the parish program of weekday Masses and Confessions.

Last weekend Fr Tony Telford-Sharp took up his appointment as parish priest of Blackwood-Belair and Fr Peter Dunn continues to be on extended sick leave.

From October 1-19 I will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Paray-le-Monial (where St Margaret Mary received revelations of the Heart of Jesus). I have been committed to this pilgrimage months before I came to the Cathedral.

From October 22-25 all the priests and deacons of the Archdiocese will be attending an Assembly at the Passionist Monastery. All of this leaves the parish in a difficult situation. While we have the generous support of some retired priests, the chaplain to the Korean community and the parish priest from the Syro-Malabah Community, it will be necessary to have Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion in place of some weekday Masses during October.

Confession times will be disrupted in the week beginning October 22. I am sure that you will all be understanding of this reality. All Sunday Masses will be covered during the month.

Fr Maurice Shinnick  

Event in the Cathedral – Padre Pio relics visits Adelaide

RESPECT FOR RELICS: Thousands of parishioners waited patiently in long lines to venerate the relics of Padre Pio when they came to the Adelaide Archdiocese in September. The relics were on display in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, St Francis of Assisi Church, Newton, and Mater Christi Church, Seaton, also spending a short time at Bene Italian village, St Agnes. Newton parishioner Genoeffa Paradiso, pays her respects to the saint as parish assistant Giuseppe Iadarola looks on. Picture: Ben Macmahon

Full story in The Southern Cross newspaper, October edition.


 23rd September 2018.pdf


Newsletter Sept 16 | 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

Bishop Elect Gauci live stream.jpg

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Elect Charles Gauci will take place in St Mary's Star of the Sea Cathedral, Darwin, on Wednesday September 26 and it will be live streamed. Here is the link – https://www.youtube.com/user/DreamediaDarwin/live – this link will be activated at 6.45pm on September 26.

Bishop Gauci will be back in Adelaide to celebrate Mass in the Cathedral on Sunday October 7 at 11am.

Also in this newsletter –

 16th September 2018.pdf


Newsletter Sept 9 | 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

Pauline Connelly.jpg

Today we celebrate Child Protection Sunday. After Mass all children will receive a packet of painted daisy seeds. The daisy is a protective plant which keeps others plants safe from insects and the seeds will provide a symbolic reminder of the need for adults and communities to work together to keep children safe

In this newsletter:

  • St Peter Claver feast day
  • Living Waters Prayer Group
  • Gift for Bishop Elect Charles Gauci
  • Catholic Charities month
  • Relics of Padre Pio
  • Taize prayer gatherings around the Cross
  • plus more - please download newsletter.


Picture: Centacare assistant director Pauline Connelly at the launch of Child Protection Week told the gathering that the week should be a ‘joyful time’ to celebrate all children.


 9th September 2018.pdf


Newsletter Sept. 2 | 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

Migrant & Refugee Sunday 2018.jpg

Dear parishioners

  • Greeting to all fathers in our parish. 
  • Seal of Confession – law changes next month.
  • Canon Law conference here in Adelaide.
  • Fr Tony Telford-Sharp's last weekend in the Cathedral parish before he takes up the ministry of parish priest at Blackwood.

Please download newsletter below to read more on the above and other news from our parish.

Fr Maurice Shinnick, Administrator

Picture: Migrant and Refugee Sunday August 26, 2018.

 2nd September 2018.pdf


Newsletter August 26 | 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time| Year B

Lord, whom shall we go to? You have the words of everlasting life.

Charities Month.jpg

Catholic Charities Appeal September 2018

Migrant and Refugee Sunday – August 26
Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, 2.30pm, Following Mass light refreshments and entertainment will be held in St Aloysius College Hall, (Angas Street entrance). All welcome. More info: Sr Nien 8210 8204

Your Voice creates the Plenary Council 2020 Agenda!
Adelaide will host the opening session of the historic Plenary Council in October 2020 with a follow-up session in an eastern state in early 2021. That might seem far away, but now is the time for Catholics like you to help shape the process by taking part in a Listening and Dialogue session.A brochure describing the process of the Listening and Dialogue process and how to feed into the national picture is now available. We encourage you to consider hosting a conversation with those in your local community and have your voice heard. The listening and dialogue process brochure is attached, click here.

Your online submission will help to develop the agenda for the Plenary Council in 2020.

More information and useful resources are available at: http://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/

 26th August 2018.pdf


Newsletter August 19 | 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time| Year B

My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.


Migrant and Refugee Sunday – August 26

Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, 2.30pm
Following Mass light refreshments and entertainment will be held in St Aloysius College Hall (Angas Street entrance). All welcome.
More info: Sr Nien 8210 8204






 19th August 2018 No 2.pdf

Newsletter August 12 | 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time| Year B

I am the living bread come down from heaven.


Vocations Appeal


Vocation is a term which affirms the Christian vocation of every baptised person. We are all called to be committed followers of Jesus, who calls all of us to develop to our fullest potential, in order that we may be empowered to share our own individual gifts, talents, abilities and blessings as fully as possible, for the sake of  others.

Catholic Vocations Ministry Australia

 12th August 2018.pdf

Newsletter August 5 | 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time| Year B

Whoever comes to me will never be hungry; whoever believes in me will never thirst.

Mass photo.jpg
  • Learn about the history and development of the Mass – why we do what we do each Sunday
  • Gain insight and knowledge about church space & architecture
  • Find out about Eucharistic devotions outside of Mass and  adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Develop practical skills in preparing for Sunday Mass

NO PRIOR LEARNING REQUIRED                              

When: 7 – 9pm, Thursdays 23 August – 27 September
Where: Cathedral Hall, Wakefield Street, Adelaide
Cost: $50.00 (includes book of readings)
Presenter: Mrs Jenny O’Brien

To enrol, please phone Jenny on 8210 8286 or email  worship@ow.adelaide.catholic.org.au by Friday August 17 2018.

This course counts as a unit towards the Certificate of Pastoral Liturgy or for teachers in our Catholic Schools it is a Systems Accredited Module (SAM)



Write to senators to oppose euthanasia. The Senate will soon vote on a Bill which would allow territories to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide. Please contact your senators TODAY and ask them to protect vulnerable people by voting against the Bill. Visit the HOPE website to send your message http://www.noeuthanasia.org.au/sign

 Circular - Archdiocese of Adelaide 730 200718.pdf
 Letter to Faithful of the AA the DPP - 18.752.pdf
 5th August 2018.pdf

Newsletter July 29 | 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time| Year B

He distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted


Walk a Mile in My Boots

The Hutt St Centre invites you to join in their “Walk a Mile in My Boots” event to walk a mile for one of the 6,000 people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage in SA this winter. There are two events held on August 3 and August 10. 

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Join Fr Maurice Shinnick on a 15-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land (October 1-15 2018). Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, see the very places where He lived, performed his ministry, died and rose again. Option to travel on to Paray-le-Monial, the City of the Heart of Jesus in France to celebrate the feast day of St Margaret Mary Alacoque. Dead Sea (2 nights) / Bethlehem (2) / Caesarea Maritima / Haifa / Sea of Galilee (3) / Nazareth / Cana / Jerusalem (5). Optional 3 night extension to Paray-le-Monial (France). Call Harvest for more details: 1800 819 156 or visit harvestjourneys.com

 29th July.pdf

Newsletter July 22 | 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time| Year B

They were as sheep without a shepherd.


RCIA National Conference 2018

The RCIA National Conference will be held in Melbourne from October 11-13 2018.  The conference has been organised by the national committee of the RCIA. Presenters have extensive experience in evangelisation. As it was not possible to have a local conference last year this conference will be a great opportunity to reignite our spark to evangelisation and the RCIA.

Details can be found on the attached flyer.  For more information please contact Deacon Michael Moore E: mchmr50@gmail.com T: 0423 371 201. 



 22nd July 2018.pdf


Newsletter July 15 | 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time| Year B

He called the Twelve, and began to send them out.


Course on The Eucharist

Discover why we do what we do each Sunday and about Eucharistic devotions outside of Mass. No prior learning is required. Cost is only $50 for six Thursday nights from August 23 to September 27, 7-9pm in the Cathedral Hall. Presented by Jenny O’Brien from the Office for Worship.

For more info or to enrol, contact Lyn on 8210 8287 or email: worship@ow.adelaide.catholic.org.au.




 15th July 2018.pdf


Newsletter July 8 | 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time| Year B

A prophet is despised only in his own country.

Pleanry Council.jpg

Plenary Council 2020

As you may be aware Pope Francis gave his approval for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to hold a Plenary Council in Australia in 2020. The involvement of our local church is crucial and further details will follow in the coming months. In the meantime, please check the website which has many useful resources: www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au. If you are keen to know more, feel free to contact Sarah Moffatt smoffatt@adelaide.catholic.org.au

 8th July 2018.pdf


Newsletter July 1 | 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time| Year B

Young girl, I say to you, arise

Child Protection Sunday.jpg

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is with delight that I write to congratulate Father
Charles Gauci on his appo intment as Bishop of the
Diocese of Darwin.
This welcome news was announced by Pope Francis in
Rome last night. It coincides with the Holy Father’s
acceptance of the resignation of Bishop Hurley who is retiring
after serving the people of the Northern Territory so graciously
and diligently over the past 11 years and prior to that the
Diocese of Port Pirie for nine years.

This is a time for much rejoicing and thanksgiving for Fr
Gauci’s gifts as a priest and the opportunity he has been given
to be the shepherd of the faithful in our sister Diocese of
I know you will join me in offering your prayers and best
wishes to Fr Gauci, and to Bishop Hurley on this next stage of
their lives as disciples of Christ.
Yours in Christ
+Greg O’Kelly SJ
Apostolic Administrator

 1st July 2018.pdf

Newsletter June 24 | Nativity of John the Baptist| Year B

John is his name


Holy Father’s Appeal – June 23/24

The Holy Father’s Appeal or Peter’s Pence Collection enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial assistance to requests of aid for the neediest throughout the world – those who suffer as a result of war, oppression, natural disasters and disease. 



 24th June 2018.pdf

Newsletter June 17 | Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time| Year B

The mustard seed, the smallest of all the seeds, grows into the biggest shrub of all.

Saint Thomas.jpg

Eucharistic Celebration of the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle

St Francis Xavier Cathedral

Wakefield Street, Adelaide

Friday 29th of June 2018 at 7pm





 17th June 2018.pdf

Newsletter June 10 | Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time| Year B

Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother



The 2018 Catholic Mission Church Appeal focuses on the work of the Church in supporting teachers working in remote communities in Myanmar, giving children a quality, child-centered education.

The Scripture quote from Isaiah 52:7  "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news ..."captures the essence of this work of mission in Myanmar, proclaiming peace and bringing good news.

Further information is available at:



 10th June 2018 amended.pdf

Newsletter June 3 | Body and Blood of Christ | Year B

This is my body. This is my blood.


157. Meeting Jesus in the Scriptures leads us to the Eucharist, where the written word attains its greatest efficacy, for there the living Word is truly present. In the Eucharist, the one true God receives the greatest worship the world can give him, for it is Christ himself who is offered. When we receive him in Holy Communion, we renew our covenant with him and allow him to carry out ever more fully his work of transforming our lives.

Apostolic Exhortation GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE of the Holy Father Francis on The Call to Holiness in Today's World.




 3rd June 2018.pdf

Newsletter May 6 | Sixth Sunday of Easter | Year B


 6 May 2018.pdf

Newsletter April 29 | Fifth Sunday of Easter | Year B

Upcoming events

Youth Pentecost Vigil.jpg
  • May 19 – Youth Pentecost Vigil, Queen of Angels, Thebarton 4pm until late. Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults and the Cathedral Parish invite young people across the archdiocese to come together and celebrate their faith. The event will feature much-loved American musician and and evangelist Steve Angrisano, who will lead youth aged 16-35 in praise and worship. Click here to read The Southern Cross story.
  • May 20 – Marian Procession and Peace Rally, Pilgrim Peace Park, South Parklands, assemble: 1.30pm, procession 2pm – To mark the historic apparitions that took place in the town of Lourdes, France in 1858. Click here to read The Southern Cross story.
  • May 26 – Diocesan Service for Christian Unity at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, 2pm – 4pm – Archbishop Philip Wilson would like to invite all parishioners to participate in the inaugural event – he will address the importance of Ecumenism for Catholics and its connection to renewal. Refreshments will be served later in the Cathedral Hall where participants can share some reflections. RSVP by May 4 to Events office 8210 8220.

 29 April 2018.pdf


Newsletter April 22 | Fourth Sunday of Easter | Year B

Upcoming events

anzac 2018 300 x 600.jpg

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at the Marian Procession and Peace Rally – Sunday May 20, 2018 – Pilgrim Peace Park (next to Veale Gardens in South Parklands), Assemble 1.30pm—Procession 2pm
We need of volunteers to fill a range of roles including to help us unload chairs in the morning from 10.30am. We are looking at setting up almost 4000 chairs so any help would be much appreciated. Food and drink will also be provided for volunteers. For more info phone events office on 8210 8220.

Also in this issue:

Pentecost Vigil (Saturday May 19) – Queen of Angels Church, Thebarton from 4pm to late, including 6pm Mass and 7.30pm concert
– an opportunity for young people across the Archdiocese to come together and celebrate their faith one big community! The event will feature a concert from Steve Angrisano, a fan favourite from multiple World Youth Days and Australian Catholic Youth Festivals! Enjoy an evening full of live music, inspiring testimonies, delicious food and prayer as a community. More info: www.cathyouthadelaide.org.au

 22 April 2018.pdf


Newsletter April 15 | Third Sunday in Easter | Year B

Lord Jesus, make your word plain to us


On Monday 16 April, a full road closure of Reconciliation Plaza will occur from 4pm until midnight for the Australian Tourism exchange welcome evening.

Thanks to all who donated bed linen and towels for the Adelaide Day Centre for Homeless Persons. The Centre was delighted with the amount donated by our parishioners.
"Thank you very much for your donation of linen, towels and household necessities. – Sr Janet (Mead) Joyce (CEO) and all at the Adelaide Day Centre are very grateful for your support."
Some more single sheets would be greatly appreciated. And as winter approaches, men’s beanies, socks and gloves are also needed – items must be clean and in good condition.
Please place your gift in the labelled containers in the porches of our churches over the weekends of 22 and 29 April. Members of the parish’s Umbrella Christian Social Action Group will deliver them to the Centre.

ANZAC DAY EVE MASS AT SFX – each year we celebrate ANZAC Day with a Vigil Mass. Please join us on Tuesday April 24 at 5.45pm followed by a procession to War Memorial on North Terrace for a Youth Vigil. For more info: contact events office events@adelaide.catholic.org.au or 8210 8220.

 15 April 2018.pdf


Newsletter April 8 | Second Sunday in Easter | Year B

Divine Mercy Sunday

Fr Fredy.jpg

This week we say goodbye to both Fr Fredy and Fr Biju John. We thank them for their strong commitment to the Adelaide Cathedral Parish and the Syro-Malabar community. We wish them well in their future ministries. They will be greatly missed.

This year, the Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations will start at 1.30pm on Sunday 8 April at St Patrick’s Church, Grote Street. We start with devotions, prayers and the sacrament of Reconciliation followed by Mass. All welcome.

This course, offered by Jenny O’Brien from the Office for
Worship, will help you to understand the role of the Scriptures in the Church’s liturgy and how the Word of God is a source of ongoing nourishment for faith. Six Tuesday nights, 7–9pm, 8 May to 12 June 2018 at the Ministry & Liturgy Centre, Thebarton. Cost (including book of readings) is $50, payable on first night. Suitable for Ministers of the Word, RCIA team leaders, teachers and Mass-goers. Contact Lyn: 8152 7806 or email worship@ow.adelaide.catholic.org.au to enrol or for more info.

On Monday 16 April, a full road closure of Reconciliation Plaza will occur from 4pm until midnight for the Australian Tourism exchange welcome evening.

 8 April 2018.pdf

Newsletter April 1 | Easter Sunday | Year B



A time of hope, a time of great hope! In a world so often rattled, so often struggling to make sense of the violence, the injustices, illness, poverty and death, Christ brings hope.
In Jesus Christ, God has become truly one of us, experiencing all that is truly human, our joys, our sorrows, betrayals, rejection, tempted with despair, experiencing great physical pain so that we would know that we are never abandoned and betrayed by our God. The resurrection of Jesus really happened and reveals to us that we also share in that
resurrection no matter how bad things can get in life, we still matter absolutely to God and he will always hold us in the palm of his hand, loving us more than any parent or human lover can ever love us.
Thanks be to God for Jesus Christ, in this knowledge that nothing can come between us and the love of God made
visible in Jesus the way, the truth and the life.

Father Charles Gauci.


 1 April 2018.pdf

Newsletter March 25 | Palm Sunday in Lent | Year B

Project Compassion 2018

Psyche Mae.jpg

A Just Future Starts with Opportunity– Psyche Mae

When Psyche Mae featured in Project Compassion 2008, she was living in a squatter settlement, on the edge of a giant rubbish dump outside Manila in the Philippines. Her family was forced to pick through the rubbish to sell what they could to survive.
In 2018, Psyche Mae is now a young social worker, achieving her dream of helping others struggling to leave poverty behind them – with plans to study a Master’s degree.
Thanks to the support of individuals and Caritas Australia through Project Compassion, the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) program helps people like Psyche Mae to learn job and income-generating skills, encourages education, addresses health and runs programs that enable members to save money and take out small, low interest loans. It’s estimated around 5000 people are assisted directly or indirectly by this program.
Psyche Mae’s mother is now a full-time sewer at home and her father works with the House Repair program, run by FCJ. Her brother, Franklin has graduated from tertiary education and is working in IT, while her other two brothers and her sister are studying hard. With their jobs and the help of a community savings plan – Psyche Mae’s entire family managed to lift themselves out of poverty and build a just future.

 25 March 2018.pdf
 2018 Holy Week Times Booklet.pdf
 Good Friday Children Stations Poster.pdf

Newsletter March 18 | Fifth Sunday in Lent | Year B

Project Compassion 2018


A Just Future Starts with Education– Ditosa, Mozambique

Ditosa is a young girl from Mozambique who hopes to go to university and become a police officer. Featured in Project Compassion 2013, Ditosa faced a challenging future with food scarcity, little education and few job prospects. Cared for by her grandmother and aunt, after her parents died of AIDS-related illnesses, they also lost their home and livelihoods in severe flooding.
Thanks to the support of Project Compassion, Caritas Australia and Caritas Regional Chokwe (CRC) helped Ditosa’s family to build a new house and assisted with transport fees, school materials and fees, to help Ditosa to stay at school.
Ditosa attended the Matuba Children’s Centre (set up by Caritas in 2007) which provides vulnerable children, like Ditosa, with lunch, study help, and computer and income-generating skills training.

In 2018, Ditosa has graduated from school and is ambitious for the future.
“Without the support of the people from Australia and Caritas I would not have been given this opportunity to continue my schooling.”
Ditosa dreams of going to university to continue studying and secure an even brighter future.

 18 March 2018.pdf
 2018 Holy Week Times Booklet.pdf
 Good Friday Children Stations Poster.pdf

Newsletter March 11 | Fourth Sunday in Lent | Year B

Project Compassion 2018


A Just Future Starts with Culture – Evangeline, Australia
Evangeline is strengthening Aboriginal culture, while making a living for herself and creating opportunities for her community. Featured in Project Compassion 2016, Evangeline was employed by the Caritas Australia supported Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation and quickly rose to the role of Senior Artsworker.
Her work at Djilpin Arts has supported the organisation’s growth from a multi-media project to a multi-level contemporary arts and culture centre. An example of excellence in Indigenous tourism, it’s now a key employer for young people in the remote Northern Territory community of Beswick (Wugularr).
This year, in 2018, Evangeline is busy guiding tourists, coordinating cultural activities and helping community members to practice and market their arts, such as weaving and jewellery-making.

“Now we have a new gallery up. And we have our new kitchens, we look after these and we now maintain this to make sure it’s running okay and in good condition. We’re also trying to open up another tour for tourists to go around the waterfall, we’re just planning that now.”

Evangeline’s career has flourished and she has become an inspirational youth leader.

Evangeline says that Caritas Australia’s support for Djilpin Arts, through Project Compassion, is vital for all Wugularr’s young people. Although their families do their best to pass on knowledge, Elders are dying and she is keen to spearhead the preservation of culture and lore for future generations.
“It’s good for them to learn and to keep their culture strong,” Evangeline says.

 11 March 2018.pdf
 2018 Holy Week Times Booklet.pdf
 Good Friday Children Stations Poster.pdf

Newsletter March 4 | Third Sunday in Lent | Year B

Project Compassion 2018


Bayani's Story

Bayan started attending one of Jordan’s Caritas Schools which operates on Saturdays, providing tuition to disadvantaged students. The school enables young people like Bayan to catch up and integrate into the Jordanian school system, providing them with the opportunity to further their education.
“There are 8000 refugee students who study in our 25 schools,” says Abeer, Caritas Education and Protection Co-ordinator.
“The school brings them back to a normal life, as they start to dream again.” Bayan’s mother says school changed Bayan’s psychological state, giving
 her a sense of tranquillity.
“I would not be able to read and write,” says Bayan. “I would feel lost, as if I
 knew nothing about the world. School has the power to lift us up, so we can
 reach our goals and learn quickly.” Bayan’s teacher says many of
 the refugee children are thriving in the school environment.
“We have a group of students who need us. They love the school, were afraid but found safety, security and tranquility,” Butheina, her teacher, says. “At first
 Bayan was quiet... and did not have any participation. Afterwards, she has
 become active and has given her best.” Caritas provides a broad range of
 other education services, including preparing pre-school children for school
 and supporting students who have missed out on schooling to return to the
 education system. The program includes counselling and nutritious meals and
 snacks whilst students attend school. It also funds the bus which transports the children safely to school. The drivers and bus monitors are trained in how to protect the students – and the children enjoy the journey, singing and talking along the way.

 4 March 2018.pdf
 2018 Holy Week Times Booklet.pdf

Newsletter February 25 | Second Sunday in Lent | Year B

Project Compassion 2018

Lent 2.jpg.png


Rattanak is a skilled young barber, living an independent life in rural Cambodia. But it wasn’t always that way. As a child he contracted polio and also became deaf. Like many people who are deaf or hard of hearing, Rattanak faced isolation at home, with a lack of opportunity to escape poverty.
His sister discovered the Deaf Development Program (DDP), run by Caritas Australia partner, Maryknoll Cambodia. It provides sign language, job training and interpreting services to people aged 16 and over who are deaf or hard of hearing and aims to raise awareness about deafness in the hearing community.
So far, it’s helped over 430 deaf or hard of hearing people with their education and more than 200 people to find jobs.  It has also trained more than 300 people without deafness as sign language interpreters
Rattanak graduated from its education program in 2010, returning the following year to train as a barber. The DDP then helped him to set up his shop in his parent’s house in the village.
Having emerged from his isolated world at home, Rattanak is now running a successful business, supporting himself and his wife...and now a baby.

 25 Feb 2018.pdf
 2018 Holy Week Times Booklet.pdf

Newsletter February 18 | First Sunday in Lent | Year B

Project Compassion 2018

1 Lent.jpg

This year our Project Compassion theme is: A Just Future.

Through your generous support of Caritas Australia you are empowering young people to build a just future for themselves, their families and their communities.

A Just Future starts with You.

Holy Week and Easter Timetable PDF below in booklet form


 18 Feb 2018.pdf
 2018 Holy Week Times Booklet.pdf

Newsletter February 11 | Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B









The St Mary's Church Community enjoyed a shared supper in the car park on Friday evening, 2nd of February.  This was an opportunity to meet new parishioners and catch up in general over some delicious food and wine.

 11 Feb 2018 (2).pdf

Newsletter February 4 | Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

Upcoming events:

Saturday February 10, 11.30am – Our Lady of Lourdes Mass and Sacrament of the Sick
St Patrick's Church, Grote Street, Adelaide

Sunday February 11, 2.30pm – Feast of St Josephine Bakhita
St Francis Xavier's Cathedral

Wednesday February 14 – Ash Wednesday and launch of Project Compassion
St Francis Xavier's Cathedral – Mass 12.10pm followed by fish burger lunch
in Mary MacKillop Plaza.

Sunday February 18, 2pm – Rite of Election
St Patrick's Church, Grote Street, Adelaide

Wednesdays, 1pm to 1.30pm: February 28, March 7 and 14 – Adelaide Fringe event
free lunchtime concerts – click here for more info.

Lenten Stational Masses begin February 22click here for the full list.

 4 Feb 2018.pdf


Newsletter January 28 | Fourth Sunday Ordinary Time | Year B

And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.


The people were so astonished that they started asking each other what it all meant. 'Here is a teaching that is new' they said 'and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.' And his reputation rapidly spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.


AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY Adelaide Campus, Event dates for 2018
Gospel Series
Wednesday 7 March, 7–9pm: Preparing for Easter
Wednesday 17 October 10am–12pm: Gospel of Luke
Wednesday 17 October, 7–9pm: Gospel of Luke (repeated)
May Short Courses
Four-week series on the Theology of Childhood
Presenter: Rev Dr James McEvoy
ACU Annual Public Lecture
Tuesday 7 August, 7.30–9pm
Presenter: Prof Philip Cunningham (immediate past president of the International Council of Christians and Jews)
August Short Courses
Four-week series on the Bible
Presenter: Rev Dr Michael Trainor

 LNewsletter 28 Jan 2018.pdf

Newsletter January 21 | Third Sunday Ordinary Time | Year B

The Kingdom of God is near, believe the Good News!


As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake - for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.' And at once they left their nets and followed him.


Friday, 26 January 2018 at 9am in St Francis Xavier Cathedral
For more than 60 years a special celebration of the Eucharist has been held in St Francis Xavier Cathedral to celebrate Australia Day. We come together to celebrate and give thanks for this wonderful country and to recognise the richness and diversity of the people who call Australia home. All are welcome to join us on this special occasion.


Free Lenten Reflection Booklet
Renewing through Lent 2018

Ways to use the Lenten reflection booklet

Besides making copies available to individual parishioners, you might consider other ways to use the Lenten reflection booklet:

• Run a Lenten reflection group
• Distribute copies to housebound individuals
• Share copies with your local parish school for use with staff and/or parents
• Distribute to PPC, PFC members—anyone sharing in parish ministries
• Share copies with those loosely connected to the worship community


 21 Jan 2018.pdf

Newsletter January 14 | Second Sunday Ordinary Time | Year B

We have found the Messiah: Jesus Christ, who brings us truth and grace.

Lenten Study.jpg

Free Lenten Reflection Booklet
Renewing through Lent 2018

The Office for Renewing Parishes, in collaboration with the Office for Worship, is offering a free Lenten reflection booklet to parishes, schools, and communities in the Archdiocese.

The A5 full colour, 20-page booklet features brief, easy-to-read reflections for Ash Wednesday and five Sundays in Lent.  As well, the booklet features Eight Gospel Characteristics of a Healthy, Vibrant, Renewing Parish—a fundamental lens guiding the outlook of leadership teams across the Archdiocese.  Each parish, school, and community has been invited to give individual expression to the Eight Gospel Characteristics, hence we are encouraging creative reflection during this renewing ‘season of grace’ so that all Catholics might better understand and support this central priority for the Archdiocese.

Order Information

A PDF of the Lenten reflection booklet will be available to review by Wednesday, 17 January (the booklet will have a similar format to our popular Advent booklet).  So that the Office for Renewing Parishes can print these booklets in time for distribution prior to Lent, we must receive orders by Friday 19 January.

Please order via email renewing@adelaide.catholic.org.au or phone Denise on 8210 8269.  Please provide details of your name, contact number, parish, and number of booklets.

Ways to use the Lenten reflection booklet

Besides making copies available to individual parishioners, you might consider other ways to use the Lenten reflection booklet:

• Run a Lenten reflection group
• Distribute copies to housebound individuals
• Share copies with your local parish school for use with staff and/or parents
• Distribute to PPC, PFC members—anyone sharing in parish ministries
• Share copies with those loosely connected to the worship community

 14 Jan 2018 - .pdf


Newsletter December 31 | Holy Family | Year B

Jesus, Mary and Jospeh

Photo for Clement to ID.jpg

Prayer for the Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we
contemplate the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalised
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more mindful
of the sacredness of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our
prayer. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the son, and to the
Holy Spirit:  As it was in the beginning, is now and
ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 Newsletter for weekend of 30-31 Dec 2017.pdf


Newsletter January 7 | Epiphany | Year B

We have come from the east to worship the king.


Some of the notices featured this week:

Annette Heinemann accepted a position as Hospital Chaplain at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This means that Annette will not continue her ministry as Pastoral Associate with our
Parish. Annette has given many years of faithful service to our community. We wish her well in her new ministry. Annette’s many years of experience in nursing ministry will enhance her ministry in this new role.

At present, a lot of work is being done to ensure that our confessionals are updated to contemporary standards involving safety for everyone.

A special collection was taken up to support the work of the Aboriginal Catholic Mission on Christmas Day. The Cathedral Parish raised $13,025, a record high amount. Thank you for supporting this cause.

 Newsletter 7 Jan 2018.pdf

Newsletter December 24 | Fourth Sunday of Advent | Year B

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Holy Family.jpg

Please Note that the Catholic Archdiocesan Office and the Adelaide Cathedral Office is now closed and will reopen on Tuesday, the 2nd of January.

The emergency number for a priest is printed in the newsletter.

A Christmas Timetable has been included with this submission.

Enjoy a peaceful, prayerful, joyful and safe Christmas.




 Christmas Mass time parish 2017.pdf
 Newsletter 24 Dec-2.pdf

Newsletter December 17 | Third Sunday of Advent | Year B

family christmas eve mass.jpg

St Francis Xavier's Cathedral Family Christmas Eve Mass – December 24, 6pm
Families who wish to participate in the preparation for the Family Christmas Eve Mass at the Cathedral please contact Debbie on 8210 9318 or email dripley@acp.adelaide.catholic.org.au


Also in this issue:

  • Parish office closure
  • Change of venue for Holy Hour
  • Cathedral parish infant and baptism program
  • Message from Fr James Valladares re 75th birthday, golden jubilee and 30th anniversary of ministry in Adelaide archdiocese
  • plus more, please download pdf below.

 Newsletter 17 Dec.pdf


Newsletter December 10 | Second Sunday of Advent | Year B

Blessing the Nativity Cribs

Blessing mangers.jpg

Many children brought their Nativity Cribs to the Cathedral last Sunday evening to have them blessed in preparation for Christmas.  Each child also took a small bundle of blessed straw home with them.

Novena of the Christ Child will be held at the Cathedral.  All young families are welcome to participate and attend.  See details attached.

Family Christmas Eve Masses across the parish will welcome children to come dressed as their favorite Nativity Character.

 Newsletter 10 Dec.pdf


Newsletter December 3 | First Sunday of Advent | Year B



Queen of Angels Church, South Road, Thebarton
Programme — Wed 6 Dec: 7.15pm Rosary and Confession, 7.30pm TRIDUUM Mass with Teaching on Vocations Thu 7 Dec: 10.30am Rosary and Confession, 11am TRIDUUM Mass of the Anointing of the Sick
Fri 8 Dec: 7.15pm Rosary and Confession, 7.30pm TRIDUUM Mass of the
Sun 10 Dec: 10am Solemn Mass Feast Day for The Immaculate
Conception and the Thebarton Community of the Adelaide Parish, 11am Procession with the Statue of Mary within the grounds of Queen of Angels, 12pm Lunch consisting of three courses, sweets & coffee, includes beer, wine & soft drinks at Thebarton Community Centre, Cnr Ashwin Pde & South Rd. $40 Adults/$15 Children (under 15)/$100 Families of five.


 Newsletter 3 Dec (2).pdf
 Thebarton Festa Flyer 2017.doc
 Christmas Mass time parish 2017.pdf