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 Wisdom 2: 12, 17-20
The godless say to themselves,
‘Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man,
since he annoys us and opposes our way of life, reproaches us for our breaches of the law
and accuses us of playing false to our upbringing.
Let us see if what he says is true,
let us observe what kind of end he himself will have.
If the virtuous man is God's son, God will take his part and rescue him from the clutches of his enemies.
Let us test him with cruelty and with torture,
and thus explore this gentleness of his
and put his endurance to the proof.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death
since he will be looked after – we have his word for it.’
A reading from the letter of St James 3: 16-4:3
Wherever you find jealousy and ambition, you find disharmony, and wicked things of every kind being done; whereas the wis- dom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it also makes for peace, and is kindly and considerate; it is full of compassion and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it.
Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.
Where do these wars and battles between yourselves firststart? Isn’t it precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves? You want something and you haven’t got it; so you areprepared to kill.
You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight to get your way by force.
Why you don’t have what you want is because you don’t pray for it; when you do pray and don’t get it, it is because you havenot prayed properly, you have prayed for something to indulge your own desires.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark. 9: 30-37
After leaving the mountain Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, be- cause he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them,
‘The Son of Man will be deliveredinto the hands of men;
they will put him to death; and three days after
he has been put to death
he will rise again.’
But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him. They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them,
‘What were you arguing about on the road?’
They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said,
‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himselflast of all and servant of all.’
He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them,
‘Anyone who welcomesone of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me
but the one who sent me.’
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