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.
Join us in solidarity with all those affected by
AIDS and HIV, past and present. All are welcome to join in a very
special community mass and commemoration for World AIDS Day. A solemn
opportunity is provided to remember by name all those lost to or
affected in any way by AIDS, as well as their families and friends.
Doors open at 7:15PM. The mass begins at 8:00PM.
Coffee and tea will be available beforehand. Please join us afterwards
for light refreshments.
St Joseph’s Church Newtown, Corner Bedford and Station Streets Newtown
World AIDS Day is the first of December. Each
year St Joseph’s prepares a special service on the closest Friday to the
actual day, which this year is Friday the 2nd of December.
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
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.