News from St Benedict’s November 2016

Cooking barbecue St Benedicts

Our Lady of Fatima Feast Day – Sunday 9 th October

This was a very successful event with parish children acting out the story or Fatima, when in 1917 the Virgin Mary appeared six times over a number of months to three Portuguese children who were herding sheep near the then-tiny town. Ninety-nine years later Fatima is an important pilgrimage site that receives thousands of worshipful visitors each year, especially in the months between May and October. The play was followed by a procession, Mass and a celebratory supper.

Journey of Ageing Seminar 20 th November

St Benedict’s Monastery will host the second part of this important seminar on Sunday 20 th November. The seminar, which is titled Meditation and Ageing, focuses on how the ageing process can become an opportunity for transformation. The seminar begins on Saturday 19 th at North Sydney before moving to Arcadia for the next day. Ageing is a journey that begins at birth, so this will be of interest to people of any age. There will be eminent keynote speakers as well as personal testimonies and reflection groups. To find out more go online to

Bishop Peter’s coming visit

On the weekend of 10 th – 11 th December our local Broken Bay bishop, Bishop Peter Comensoli, will be visiting our parish and joining in our celebration of Mass on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. We’re very excited about this visit, especially as Sunday 11 th is the date of our usual monthly Children’s Mass. Let’s hope the bishop like
sausages – Children’s Mass usually concludes with a yummy celebratory barbecue! (picture shows a trio of cooks preparing for a post-Mass barbecue).

Weekend Mass Times

St. Benedict’s Catholic Church Arcadia; Mass at the Monastery, 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia, at 7 am every morning. Mass at the Parish Centre, Corner Fagans Rd & Arcadia Rd.  7 pm Saturday, 9 am Sunday.

For more information contact the parish office on 96532312. The office is open on Mondays from 10am – 4pm and Fridays from 10am – 5pm, or visit the parish website

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