NEW PARISH “APOLOGETICS” GROUP: What is “apologetics?” Etymologically, the word means to “speak in defence” — in this case of the Catholic faith. Perhaps more than ever, knowing how to defend your faith in public and appreciating the intelligence of the Church’s teachings is a grave imperative. The evening begins with a 30-40 minute presentation on a topic and then 20 minutes of questions/discussion. It is possible a specific book will be chosen for everyone to follow. Although details are being finalised, at this stage, I intend to host this event on Wednesday evenings, which began Wednesday, 1 June.

Please refer to the latest Bulletin for full particulars and dates.

What’s Going On in Our Parish in 2023?

Further details are provided in the Parish Bulletin about new initiatives that will begin in our parish over the coming weeks.
If you are at all interested in getting involved in any of the following, please get in touch!

A new mother’s prayer group; philosophy and theology classes; a monthly guest speaker;
a new youth group that meets on Sunday evenings; the recommencement of Children’s Liturgy;
the Annual “Labouré Lecture” and Parish Dinner.


Saturday Vigil: 5 pm

Sundays: 7:30 am, 9:30 am, and 5 pm

Mondays: 9:15 am Mass only

Tuesdays: 8:30 am-9:10 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by the 9:15 am Mass
Wednesdays: 8:30 am-9:10 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by the 9:15 am Mass
Thursdays: 8:30 am-9:10 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by the 9:15 am Mass
Fridays: 8:30 am-9:10 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction followed by the 9:15 am Mass
Saturdays: 8:30 am-9:10 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction followed by the 9:15 am Mass

Please Visit our Youtube Page and Facebook Page for further information.
GO TO YOUTUBE and type in St Catherine Labouré Gymea Mass or use the following link:

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then like the page, for immediate communications.

Confession will be available before and after every Weekday Mass (including Saturdays).
Please approach me if you wish to receive the Sacrament.
During the morning Adoration, I will be sitting at the front of the Church near the confessional.
On Saturdays, I will be in the confessional immediately following the morning 9:15 am Mass for as long as necessary and from 4:30 – 4:55 pm.

Parish Rosary Via Zoom: every Saturday Morning at 10 am

All are welcome to pray the Holy Rosary together each Saturday morning at 10 am.
This was started during the lockdown but a number of people have asked for this to continue.
Each rosary will be offered for various intentions. Please find the Zoom link/Phone number below.
Please contact the parish if you have any questions. Feel free to invite your friends and family to join us.

To join our parish rosary, either;
(1) call the phone number below and enter the meeting code; or
(2) copy and paste the following link below into your address bar above.
Note, you will need to have downloaded Zoom onto your computer for this link to work. (

Topic: Parish Rosary: St Catherine’s Gymea
Time: Every Saturday at 10am: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Password: 1234

Join from telephone (meeting ID: 694 7578 9620): (02) 8015 2088 (Sydney)
International numbers available:

Join from Skype for Business (Lync):

Important Notice Regarding Containers for Fiji


Remember to Support our Local Village Shops

Fruiticious with Wally & Wadih – two Maronite Catholics
Taste Buds, with Bebe and her young family – the youngest is in Year 5 at St Cath’s
The Gymea Lily (Home & Kitchenware) now owned by parishioner, Peter McGrath


The Gymea Legion of Mary involves members from Oyster Bay and Miranda parishes who have since joined the Gymea Praesidium.
The Legion meets in the Conference Room from 9:45 am (after the 9:15 am morning Mass) on Thursdays.
Enquiries can be made via the President, Mike Links:

[email protected]


Meets every Thursday evening at 6 pm inside the Church (Choir area) and the contact is Barry via email at:

[email protected]


Among the many things impacted by COVID 19 is our Catechist ministry. Many of our volunteers have been forced to discontinue serving as Catechist teachers, out of health concerns for themselves or their family members.
As a result, there are a number of Scripture Classes which do not have a Catechist teacher at present.
If you are in a position, health-wise, to volunteer to teach at the local schools, then please urgently contact the Coordinator, Karen at: [email protected]

Special Prayer



¨ All congregants it is only preferred that you wear a MASK whilst inside the Church

¨ There must be “NO” entry to site if unwell

¨ All congregants are reminded that they should leave the Church after the service and not mingle

¨ All congregants are reminded of the requirement for physical social-distancing

¨ All congregants are asked to take their bulletin with them after Mass and NOT return them to the area where they are stored or leave them on seats