St Monica’s Catholic Parish is home to the local Catholic faith community in North Parramatta, as well as the Chinese Chaplaincy in Parramatta. Our mission is to build up an active parish community with the Eucharist as the centre, foster deeper prayer and spirituality and reach out as a witnessing community.
Whether you're new to the area, interested in finding out more about our faith, or already a member of our parish community, we welcome you, and invite you to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
A reading from the book of Genesis
Gen 15: 5-12, 17-18
Taking Abram outside the Lord said, ‘Look up to heavenand count the stars if you can. Such will be your descendants’ he told him. Abramput his faith in the Lord, who counted this as making him justified.
‘I am the Lord’ he said to him ‘who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldaeans to make you heir to this land.’ ‘My Lord, the Lord’ Abramreplied, ‘how am I to know that I shall inherit it?’ He said to him, ‘Get me a three-year-old heifer, a three- year-old goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove and ayoung pigeon.’ He brought him all these, cut them in half and put half on one side and half facing it on the other; but the birds he did not cut in half. Birds of prey came down on the carcasses but Abram drove them off.
Now as the sun was setting Abram fell into a deep sleep, and terror seized him. When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, there appeared a smoking furnace and a firebrand that went between the halves. That day the Lord made a Covenant with Abram in these terms:
‘To your descendants I give this land, from the wadi of Egypt to the Great River.’
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to thePhilippians - Phil 3: 17– 4:1
My brothers, be united in following my rule of life. Take as your models everybody who is already doing this and study them as you used to study us. I have told you often, and I repeat it today with tears, there are many who are behaving as the enemies of the cross of Christ. They are destined to be lost. They make foods into their god and they are proudest of something they ought to think shameful; the things they think important are earthly things. For us, our homeland is in heaven, and from heaven comes the saviour we are waiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body. He will do that by the same power with which he can subdue the whole universe.
So then, my brothers and dear friends, do not give way but remain faithful in the Lord. I miss you very much, dear friends; you are my joy and my crown.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 9: 28-36
Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. As he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightning. Suddenly there were two men there talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but they kept awake and saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As these were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ – He did not know what he was saying. As he spoke, a cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into the cloud the disciples were afraid. And a voice came from the cloud saying, ‘This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.’ And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. The disciples kept silence and, at that time, told no one what they had seen.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Saturday 5.00pm (Vigil)
Sunday 11.30am (Chinese Mass)
Tuesday - Friday: 9:15am
WHERE WE ARE
Cnr Church St & North Rocks Rd