St Joseph's Catholic Church Newtown faithworks@newtown
We acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which St Joseph’s stands.
St Joseph’s aims to provide a safe place for all people to pray regardless of age, race, creed, gender, cultural background or sexual orientation.
faithworks offers a wide variety of ways to build and share community, faith development and hope.
All events are at St Joseph's Catholic church Cnr of Bedford and Station Sts Newtown unless noted.
and dying are a part of life and it affects us all not just as we contemplate
our own ageing and mortality but as family and
friends approach the final phase of their lives. We are left to manage the
emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual questions about our own ageing
and mortality or that of loved ones. Some feelings that may be experienced are
stress, shock, denial, fear, loss of faith, abandonment, emptiness and
depression. How are we to manage these in ourselves and others? What is
available to us to assist in such difficult and confusing times?
Catholic church will host a forum with professional palliative,
pastoral and health carers where options and opinions may be shared in
the service of a healthier and stronger approach to these issues. Tom Hall,
Catholic Health Care Pastoral Care Leader, Mark Wilson, Bereavement and
Funeral Consultant, and Fr
Peter Maher, Pastoral Supervisor and former hospital chaplain will be joined by
other professional health workers yet to be confirmed. All are welcome to this
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Catholic Church Newtown
Journalists Lisa Upton and
Greg Bearup have recently returned from living in India where Greg was
The Australian newspaper’s South Asia Bureau Chief and Lisa was SBS’s India
correspondent. Lisa and Greg have also lived in Pakistan, Afghanistan and
Syria working as journalists as well as in the humanitarian field. In
2005, they met Ramazan Kawish.
and Greg worked for the United Nations during Afghanistan’s first parliamentary
elections. Afterwards, the Taliban targeted Ramazan because of his work
with an international organisation; he feared for his life and fled his
homeland. For years he lived as a refugee in Pakistan and India before making
his way to Indonesia. From there, he risked his life by paying a people
smuggler and taking a boat bound for Australia. Ramazan arrived on Christmas
Island during Julia Gillard’s prime ministership and his claim for asylum was
successful. He now lives in Sydney with his wife and child.
Greg and Ramazan will share some of their stories from South Asia particularly
about the plight of refugees.
at St Joseph's Church (cnr Bedford and Station Sts), Newtown
to mark the 150th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the church.
The Mass was a wonderful celebration of the many ways the church is used to support the local community and the Indonesian Catholic Community.
Below are pictures of the Mass, the plaque and the cake supplied by the Catholic Indonesian Community.
SESQUICENTENARY DINNERwas held on Wednesday, 13 April, 2016. It was a wonderful occasion to celebrate the way the church building and basement has supported the faith community for 150 years. Sr Clare Condon sgs spoke about the historical and educational role of the building in the community. See full speech here Fr Peter spoke about the current uses of the building to support a Post Vatican II vision of church embodied in the Newtown parish endeavouring to reach out with gospelvalues. See full speech here
In Nov 2012 a survey to help develop the FaithWorks@Newtown 2013 program is summerised below.
The demographics of the survey
respondents were predictable in that most were over 50 years of age, live close
by although not in the parish boundaries (although nearly half indicated they
lived outside the inner west) and were living in diverse circumstances (only
half indicating they live with a partner).
One issue this raises is difficulty with time and place for events as
many need to travel to attend something at Newtown.
liked Newtown parish because it is inclusive (Aboriginal recognition,
LGBTI); non-judgemental; open; thought provoking; relevant (preaching;
spirituality and liturgy); welcoming; easy going; diverse; embodies Vat II
ideals and its catholicity. Some aspects
of parish life appreciated were the music; cuppa; discussion group; intelligent
preaching; no spiritually abusive prayers from the altar; outreach (Barkat,
Cana Communities, Marrickville Multifaith, Rachel’s Vineyard, Stafford House,
NA, AA and SVdeP) and the beautiful building.
The social justice emphasis in liturgy and action and that everyone is
welcome at Parish Team Meetings was also appreciated.
It was noted that there could be more welcoming at beginning of
Mass (maybe an opportunity to meet people) and that the parish, being a small
group, can be cliquey and Sunday cuppa after Mass is interrupted by
Interestingly the most
attended functions were the Christmas and Easter parties, although forums (SIP)
and the Reconciliation liturgies were high on the list. As we have few programs for spiritual
development this may account for this missing in a question about what people
attend now. However there was strong support for faith discussion and
development with the proviso that time and distance are real issues for
many. Having said that, there a strong
showing for events at the church on weekdays and nights and Sundays with a good
number indicating they would like a meal with the speaker/discussion/event.
Other suggestions for the
future were talks (Catholicism for beginners; Spirituality; pastoral
care; Tricky questions - homophobia, abortion, sex outside of marriage, divorce
etc; Vatican II; reaching out to unchurched Catholics; liturgy training and
ministerial courses; response to the Royal commission; saints (heroes); Mary;
prayer and morality ); Christian meditation; reaching out to the community;
using broader educational institutes – (eg Broken Bay Institute); Aboriginal
speakers; social events (eg. film night); working bee; golf day; Ignation
spirituality and Catholic social teaching.
Other comments included developing
community; sustainability of parish functions (church maintenance; counting;
welcoming; visitation of sick; how to mobilise wider base group for jobs?; name
tags at Mass; extending cuppa to Christmas day and Easter Sunday Mass and
further support for Acceptance. There
was one comment about the perceived elitism of the Parish Team – this would
seem strange to the Team because every parishioner is encouraged to come to
every Parish Team Meeting and get involved.
A comment about the Parish Team Meeting - it began as a small
selected group to prepare for Bishop Cremin’s visit about 10 years ago. The group decided to open the meeting up to
all parishioners to assist in supporting and shaping the parish
development. So even though it may seem
to be a closed group at times, there is no reason not to be involved and
contribute. However we need more than
your ideas; we need thenecessary support to make the ideas happen.