WHO WE ARE

AND WHAT WE DO

VISION & MISSION

The Catholic Parish of Richmond, encompassing/comprising of St Monica’s Richmond, St Gregory’s Kurrajong and St John of God North Richmond, draws together the faith community.

OUR VISION

Embracing our rich heritage and faith tradition, we, the parishioners, grounded in the love of Christ, strive through our deeds to bring about the kingdom of God in Faith, Hope & Charity. We invite all Parishioners to reflect on this statement in the light of how they may bring it to life.

OUR MISSION

In seeking to achieve this Vision, we endeavour to be:

A living and nurturing community, expressing Christ’s presence among us
A nourishing community of faith and prayer
A welcoming community of hospitality and outreach
A compassionate community of healing and pastoral care

 

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PARISH TEAM

Fr Clifford D'Souza MSFS

PARISH ADMINISTRATOR

Fr John Paul Escarlan

ASSISTANT PARISH PRIEST

Rev Chris de Rosario

ASSISTANT DEACON

Teshana Laferla

PARISH ADMINISTRATION

Mary Pirovic

SACRAMENTAL COORDINATOR

Kara Hargrave

Finance Secretary

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

The Parish Pastoral Council is an advisory body to the Parish Priest.

CURRENT PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS

Laurence Peril, Margaret McMahon, William (Bill) Jansen, Scott Buchan, Trish Maguire & Zac Culican.

Minutes of the meetings are available and are displayed on church noticeboards.

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OUR HISTORY

The Parish of Richmond is the largest geographical Parish in the Diocese, forming boundaries with Lithgow and Singleton. There are three Mass centres within the parish: St Monica's, Richmond & St Gregory's, Kurrajong and St John of God Chapel, North Richmond.

In January 1859, Archbishop Polding laid the foundation stone for St Monica's Church Richmond and Rev Therry opened and blessed the church on May 4, 1859. Additions were made in 1897 and 1954. A new church was built in Richmond in 1982.

The church was used as a school for many years until the convent was built in 1878 by the Good Samaritan Sisters, who remained in the parish until 1943, when the Poor Clare Sisters took charge of the school until 1973.

Highlights of the parish are its people; some with the traditions of being families now into their seventh and eighth generation of being part of the fabric that moulded the district. Cardinal Clancy is still referred to fondly as Father Ted, having celebrated his first Mass here. Also, Monsignor John Walsh is parish family.

One hundred and fifty years ago the people kept the faith by travelling by horse and sulky when possible to go to Mass. Today parishioners travel at least an hour from the outskirts of the parish.

On December 11, 2004 there was a celebration for the centenary of the 'new' church of St Gregory in Kurrajong. The Mass was presided by Bishop Kevin Manning and concelebrated by Cardinal Clancy, priests from the surrounding area and those priests who had previously worked in the parish. The original St Gregory's had been built in 1840.

On November 24, 2007 there was a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop Manning in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the new church of St Monica in Richmond. In 2009 the parish reached its 150th Anniversary, with celebrations held on Sunday 3rd May, 2009.

To purchase Richmond Parish 150th Anniversary memorabilia, please contact the parish office.

SACRAMENTS

BAPTISM

By appointment only.
St Monica’s 2nd & 4th Sundays at 11:00am
St Gregory’s 1st Sunday at 11:00am

Booking & Preparation are essential. Please contact the parish office for more information or to arrange times.

RECONCILIATION

Saturday after 9:00am Mass at St Gregory
Saturday 5:30pm – 6:00pm at St Monica

MARRIAGE

By appointment only.
A minimum of 6 months notice is required. Marriage preparation courses are available. Please contact the parish office for more information and to make an appointment.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

Friday 31st August, 9:00am
Friday 30th November, 9:00am

SACRAMENTAL TEAM

We are in need of facilitators to join our Sacramental Team. Please contact the Parish Office if you are interested or email Mary Pirovic sacraments@parishofrichmond.org.au

MINISTRIES

  • HYPA-R

    We are looking for young adults in the Parish of Richmond to join the HYPA-R Leadership Team. This is an advisory committee for the youth ministries in our Parish. If you are interested please contact Deacon Chris on 4578 1410. Find out more about HYPA-R

  • Children’s Liturgy

    Children's Liturgy is held on the 2nd & 4th Sundays at 9:30am Mass only. Have you considered being a Leader for the Children’s Liturgy? Materials provided. Working with children check required. If you would like to know more about this important ministry to our young people or would like to volunteer, please contact the Parish Office.

  • Catechists & Helpers

    As we commence the school year we are in urgent need of more people to share the Good News with the many children attending the State Schools in our Parish. Two Schools have only one teacher, and Yrs 3 & 4 at Grose View have no teacher. non–teaching helpers are also very much needed. If you would like more information please contact the Parish Office.

  • Rosters

    There are many vacancies on all our rosters. If you can help in anyway or would like to know more please contact the Parish Office.

  • Readers/Commentators

    Help is needed at St Monica's for Readers/Commentators, especially for Sunday 6:00pm Mass.

  • Data Projector

    We need help with the Data Projector, especially for Sunday evenings.

  • Cleaners

    This is an urgent area of need for both St Monica's and St Gregory's. We have a small group who clean God’s house for us but we do need some more. The cleaning jobs are broken up into sections so no one is overloaded.

    If you would like to be of service to our Parish in some small way please give the house work some consideration, please contact the parish office.

  • Piety Stall

    Help is needed with the opening of the Piety Stall on Saturday & Sunday evening after Mass. Please contact the Parish Office if you can help in any way.

  • St Pauls' Committee

    The St Paul's Committee is looking for new members to be part of a supportive committee who are enthusiastic about continuing to bring hundreds of years of Maltese culture and heritage to the Hawkesbury. The St Paul’s Feast is held in January each year and has been part of St Monica's for over 20 years. The present committee is keen to see this fun historic family day continue into the future. All welcome. If you are interested in joining the committee please contact Emanuel Deguara 0411 118 821 or the parish office.

    St Paul’s Committee invites children interested in walking in the procession at the annual St Paul’s Feast. For further details, please contact Vicki 0410 545 783 or the parish office.

  • Catechist Coordinators

    Dianne Kelleher. Please contact the parish office for more information. 

  • Table & Chair Hire

    Narelle Godsell 4578 1413

  • Acolytes

    Please contact the parish office for more information.

  • Choir Practice & Music Ministry

    St Monica’s Tuesday 7:00pm. New members most welcome! Come along & sing with us, we would love to see some new faces. Please contact the parish office for more information.

  • Church Flowers

    St Monica's & St Gregory's – Please contact the parish office for more information.

  • Circle of Friends

    The "Circle of Friends" is a group of senior ladies - and the odd gentleman - who get together once a month after Monday morning Mass. We have a cuppa, a biscuit, lots of laughs, a few serious moments, and lots of companionship. Over time we have developed many warm friendships.

    Come along and meet us, we will make you very welcome. Join us at the Parish Meeting Room on the 1st Monday of the month at 9.30am. Contact Helen Garrick 4578 1527 or the parish office.

  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

    St Monica’s – Wednesday after 9:00am Mass to pray for vocations.

  • Fête Committee

    The St Monica’s Fête is one of the largest fetes held in the Hawkesbury & one of the most successful, raising much needed funds for the Parish & St Monica’s School. Please contact the parish office to find out more or get involved.

  • RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

    Do you wish to know more about the Catholic Faith? This faith journey accompanies those who wish to know more about the Catholic Faith. It is the responsibility of every parishioner to welcome, encourage and support those who enquire. For further info please contact Margaret 4578 1352 or the parish office.

  • St Vincent de Paul

    Windsor 4577 4880 or Richmond 4588 8028

  • Junior Ministers

    Junior Servers can be boys or girls who have made their First Holy Communion. Junior Servers need to be free to commit to a regular roster and have a genuine desire to serve God and their neighbor by assisting in the celebration of the Mass. Full training for this important ministry is conducted within the Parish. 

    If you are interested in knowing more about becoming a Junior Server, especially at St Gregory’s please contact the Parish Office.

  • Pastoral Care

    If you have a loved one who takes ill, or is living in a nursing home, or is immobile, contact our Pastoral Care Co-ordinator Pauline West, who will make arrangements for Holy Communion or a Pastoral visit for them. Please contact the parish office for more information.

    Our volunteers act in the strictest confidence, so you can be assured that all actions are in the best interest of the sick and elderly. If you feel there is a member of our Parish who is in need please email Pauleen.

  • Other Ministries & Groups

    Finance Committee
    Gardens & Outdoor Maintenance
    Hospitality
    Liturgy
    Counters
    Rosary
    Altar Linen Preparation
    Eucharistic Ministers
    Planned Giving Envelopes
    Pastoral Parish Council