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Parish Bulletin







  Holy Thursday (13 April)

                     (No morning Mass)       

        7.30 pm Mass of the Lord's Supper


Good Friday (14 April)

(No morning Mass)

10.00am Stations of the Cross at Eagle Farm Reserve (Duck Pond)

3.00pm Passion of the Lord

8.00pm Passion of the Lord in Spanish


Holy Saturday (15 April)

(No morning Mass)

7.30pm Easter Vigil

9.30pm Spanish Easter Vigil


Easter (16 April)

8.30am Mass

10.00am Mass

(no evening Mass)


Individual Reconciliation

Good Friday - after the Stations of the Cross (around 11am)

And after the Celebration of the Lord's Passion (around 3.45pm)

Saturday 15th April 10am - 11am



Parish Calendar 2017


28 February – Mass. Talk and healing prayer by Alan Ames

1 March – Ash Wednesday

19 March – ‘Ashes for Easter’ concert with Peter Kearney

4 and 6 April – First Reconciliation

13 April – Holy Thursday

14 April – Good Friday

15 April – Paschal Vigil

16 April – Easter

9 May – Parish Movie Night: The Case for Christ. Events Cinema

13 May – Our Lady of Fatima Day – 100th Anniversary

14 and 21 May – Thanksgiving and Planned Giving Sunday

20 May – International Food Night and Fr Donal’s 80th Birthday

6 June – Workshop for Readers

20 June – Workshop for Ministers of Communion

2 July – MAMI Appeal

18 June – First Communion

September – Parish retreat? To be confirmed.

16 September - Confirmation

23 September – Fundraising Dinner Dance at the Campbelltown Catholic Club

14 October – Parish and School Spring Fair

25 December – Christmas


This year we would also like to start off with the ALPHA Programme.

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a

different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.

Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone's welcome. It runs in cafés,

churches, universities, homes—you name it. No two Alphas look the same,

but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.




 Fourth Sunday of Lent

26th March 2017


        Mary Immaculate Parish

                Eagle Vale, NSW

             Fr Slawek Plonka OMI, Fr Donal Madigan OMI                                                          

 2 Aquamarine Drive, Eagle Vale N.S.W. 2558

                 Ph: (02) 4626 3055 FAX (02) 4628 6620


           Parish Office Hours Tuesday—Friday 9.30am to 3.30pm






To book a Mass please phone the Parish Office. We suggest you book well in advance as each Mass can be offered for one intention only.


(Your donation can be handed to the Priest at the time of the Mass.  Thank you)


Piety Stall:   Christmas Cards, Columban Calendars and gifts are available from the Piety Stall on the side of the foyer.


Gospel according to John 9:1. 6-9, 13-17, 34-38


As Jesus went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. He spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man and said to him, 'Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam' (a name that means 'sent'). So the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored.

His neighbours and people who earlier had seen him begging said, 'Isn't this the man who used to sit and beg?' Some said, 'Yes, it is the same one.' Others said, 'No, he only looks like him.' The man himself said, 'I am the man.'

They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. It had been a sabbath day when Jesus made the paste and opened the man's eyes, so when the Pharisees asked him how he had come to see, he said, 'He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.' Then some of the Pharisees said, 'This man cannot be from God: he does not keep the sabbath.' Others said 'How

could a sinner produce signs like this?' And there was disagreement among them. So they spoke to the blind man again, 'What have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?' 'He is a prophet', replied the man.

'Are you trying to teach us,' they replied 'and you a sinner through and through, since you were born!' And they drove him away.

Jesus heard they had driven him away, and when he found him he said to him, 'Do you believe in the Son of Man?' 'Sir,' the man replied 'tell me who he is so that I may believe in him'. Jesus said, 'You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.' The man said, 'Lord, I believe', and worshipped him.



Lenten Reflection: Nguyet from Vietnam

In a small town in Vietnam, a severe disability kept young Nguyet behind closed doors. Constrained by the high demands of her condition, her parents were  also isolated from their neighbours.  There is a high level of disability in Vietnam, particularly as a legacy of war, but little support for families whose children have disabilities.  People with disability have poorer health outcomes, lower educational achievements, lower economic participation and higher rates of poverty than peope without disability.

The future seemed bleak for the whole family, until Nguyet’s family became participants in a program supported by Caritas Australia.  A neighbour kindly introduced the family to the Capacity Building for Parent Association Supporting Children with Disabilities program which has given them support on several levels.  The neighbour, a teacher, has been able to offer Nguyet home-based education, and there is capacity building for her parents and others in the same situation, through their local Parent’s Association.  At Association meetings, Nguyet’s mother has been able to increase her skills for managing her daughter’s condition, and share her experiences with other parents of children with disabilities.

Nguyet has learnt to read and write and better manage her physical needs, and her creative gifts have been unlocked. Now she is increasingly engaging with her neighbours, and she and her parents are more confident about her future.



We pray for our sick:   For those in our Parish who are ill especially Sandra Bravin, Neeliye Rodrigo,  Jaena San Diego, Veronica and Brian Blackwell, Joseph Saliba, Margaret Sandy, Rosanna Vivero  Barry Cravigan , Allen MacKay, Maria Rita Dias Mendes. May  the Lord in his mercy come to their help. (If you wish to place someone on the Sick List please call the Parish Office.  It would be appreciated if you could also advise us when they are able to come off the list.  Thanks.)


We pray for our Departed : We pray for  Liliana Detone who died recently, for Christina Benfield whose anniversary occurs at this time and for all the Holy Souls that they may rest in the peace of the Lord.




We encourage everyone to pray the Stations of the Cross in this season of Lent be it privately or in the Church with the whole community every Friday at 7.30pm.


There is a sheet  in the Foyer to put your name down if you would like to have your feet washed at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday or for Special Minister of the Eucharist at the Easter ceremonies.


2018 KINDERGARTEN ENROLMENTS:Application Packages for enrolment for next year’s Kindergarten are now available at all Diocesan Schools.Enrolment package can be collected at any Catholic Primary School, however must be returned to the school where enrolment is sought.Students must turn 5 years of age before 30 June 2018.Forms being returned to Mary Immaculate Parish Primary School must reach the school office by Friday 7 April 2017.


Please donate to Project Compassion 2017 and help empower women in Timor-Leste to recover from domestic violence, develop sustainable livelihoods, and lead a life of dignity. You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting or phoning 1800 024 413.



CatholicCare's Foster Care Program is urgently looking for separate forever homes for two girls aged 10 and 11. Due to their complex needs, both girls need homes where they will receive one-on-one care and there are no younger children. Carers must be flexible, resilient and able to work in a supportive team environment with CatholicCare. Full training provided. To find out more please contact Toni on 4254 7712 or


A worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is a Marriage Enrichment experience for married couples—set in peaceful, picturesque surroundings, away from the distractions of everyday life.  During the weekend, couples have a unique opportunity to reconnect, rekindle and refresh their relationship.  Take time out of your busy schedule, to invest in your most precious asset….your Marriage!  Weekend date: 19-21 May at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW  Bookings online at or Bill and Ardell Sharpe on 02 4283 3435 or





Weekend Masses

5.30pm - Sat:

8.30 am, 10.00 am & 5.30pm - Sun:


Weekday Masses

9.00 am - Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 

7.30pm - Wed

9.30am - Sat


Children’s liturgy:  Sat 5.30pm 1st Sundays, Sun 8.30am  and Sun 10.00am Mass every week (except the third Sunday and during school holidays).


Children’s Mass Third Sunday of the month at 10am Mass (except during school holidays)


Legion of Mary

Every Saturday 10am Church Meeting Room



Sat :10.00 –10.30am


Spanish Mass



Filipino Mass—4pm

2nd Sun of the month.


Holy  Hour led by the Filipino Group:  First Sat of the month   8:15 pm  


Divine Mercy Devotions  First Friday of the month after morning Mass (&

Prayer Group : Friday 6.30pm


Baptisms every Sun at 11.30am






1st/2nd April




J & A Luis





No flowers





5.30pm Sat



5.30pm Sun


S Fernandes

Samoan Community

M Mauga

J Byrne


C Fernandes

Samoan Community

O Langifisi

L Smith


E Racca

L Binskin

C othian

A Sheldrick

J Wulf

A M Ve’e

S Cheong

L Steptoe

L Tuigamala

L Tuigamala

M Noyeaux

K Gong

S Taylor

O Rivero

Children’s Liturgy

S CollacoJ Hurley

C Fernando

A & E Tuigamala










Mass Intention - 25th March– 1st April


Sat 5.30pm

Emillie Racca—Birthday Thanksgiving

Sun 8.30am



Pro Populo Christina Benfield—Anniversary of deathConversion and mercy of sinners that will die today.

Mon 9am

Special Intention: Sandra Bravin

Tue 9am

Release of Holy Souls in Purgatory

Wed 7.30pm

Liliana Detone—Recently deceased

Thurs 9am

Rick & Lourdes Dalangin—25th Wedding Anniversary

Friday 9am

Patrick and Caroline Contreras—Thanksgiving Mass

Sat 9.30am

Available for booking




MARY IMMACULATE YOUTH GROUP 2017 Are you interested in connecting with God in a fun and spiritual environment?   Are you in Year 6—beyond Year 12?


           Come to our Youth Group on Monday nights @ 6pm 


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