ST BERNADETTE'S

Catholic Parish

St Bernadette's Catholic Parish, Dundas Valley, is under the pastoral care of the Friars of St Francis.

Parish Priest: Fr Christopher F.S.F
Assistant Priests: Fr Ruben F.S.F & Fr Benedict F.S.F.
Parish Secretary: Joanne Habib

Email: stbernadette@aussiebb.com.au

Important

ALL Mass intentions should be handed to one of the Friars personally. Unfortunately we cannot accept Mass requests via email or online because we cannot verify if they are authentic. We receive a lot of fraudulent emails.

Mass Times

Saturday Vigil: 6.00pm
Sunday: 8.00am & 10.00am.

Tuesday: 9.00am
Wednesday: 7.30am
Thursday: 9.00am
Friday: 9.00am
Saturday: 7.30am

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Ensure you arrive early so you don't miss out. It is not possible for the priest to remain in the confessional after 5.50pm.
Saturday: 5.00pm-5.45pm

Thursday (during Holy Hour): 5.15pm-5.45pm.

Holy Hour, Exposition, & All Night Adoration

Holy Hour and Exposition:
Thursdays, 5.00 - 6.00 pm
Begins with Vespers (evening prayer of the Church) and finishes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Confessions are available during holy hour from approx 5.15 - 5.45 pm.

All Night Adoration:
First Friday of each month (except January), from 8.30 pm throughout until Saturday morning, concluding with Benediction at about 7 am.

Live-streamed Masses

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For the time being, Saturday Vigil and Sunday
(6PM, 8AM or 10AM) will continue to be live-streamed

Friars of St Francis Podcast

News & Updates

2024 Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation is for children in year 7 and above who have already received Baptism, Reconciliation, and Holy Communion, and not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation. If you feel that your child is ready, please click on the link for information for the preparation program.

The nomination form must be completed by Friday, 21st June, 2024.

For enquiries, please contact our Sacramental Program team via email at stbernadettedvsp@hotmail.com

Parish Pilgrimage to Italy

2024 First reconciliation/2025 First Holy Communion

First reconciliation is for children in year 2 and above and whose parents/guardians believe are ready to prepare for the sacrament, displaying an understanding of right from wrong. Children must be Baptised and not yet received the Sacrament of Confession.

Nomination Forms are to be submitted by Friday, 20th September, 2024.

First Holy Communion lessons will begin middle Term 1, 2025 and First Holy Communion will be near the Feast of Corpus Christi which is in June. Dates will be confirmed in January, 2025.

Below is the link to an online form for enrolling your child into the First Reconciliation program of 2024 or the First Holy Communion program of 2025. For more details, please contact our Sacramental Program team via email at stbernadettedvsp@hotmail.com

Petition Against Cuts in Funding For Palliative Care

In the last State budget $150 million of allocated funding was cut from Palliative and end of life care. This will have a major impact on how people in NSW are able to face death.

In the same budget, $97 million of new funding was allocated to support the implementation and operation of Voluntary Assisted Dying (euthanasia).

I have been trying to campaign against these cuts and put pressure on the government to maintain support and true palliative care for those facing death. As part of this campaign I am circulating a petition which will be presented to NSW Parliament after the petition closes in April. The petition is designed to:
Indicate to the government how strongly their citizens believe in palliative care;
Oppose these cruel cuts in funding;
Hopefully restore this funding to the dying, or at the least quarantine palliative care from any further funding cuts;
Provide an opportunity for this issue to be raised again in Parliament and in public debate; and
If we get enough signatures, require the government to provide a formal answer to the matters raised in the petition.
This is an important issue, and I am hoping that you may be able to support it. The NRMA have recently achieved 20,000 signatures on a petition to double booze buses. I am hoping we can do at least as well to support the dying.

The link to the petition is here:
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL - Signing ePetition - Restore palliative care funding to support people throughout New South Wales with a life-limiting illness (nsw.gov.au)

It is an on-line petition, conducted by the Parliament of NSW, so the data of those signing remains with the Parliament and is not available for any other purpose.

The Hon. Susan Carter MLC
Shadow Assistant Attorney General
Shadow Assistant Special Minister of State
Shadow Assistant Minister for Corrections
Member of the NSW Legislative Council

Sacraments

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For information on our sacramental programs for children - Reconciliation, Holy Communion & Confirmation. Please email stbernadettedvsp@hotmail.com

Volunteering in our Parish

There are many ministries and support activites that underpin the successful running of St Bernadette's Parish. Would you consider putting your talents to charitable service and join our wonderful team who volunteer their time for building up our parish church and community?

For more information about our Parish Stewardship Program, please download the stewardship-programme leaflet, where you can familiarise yourself with the many activites and services undertaken by the parish. If you would like to volunteer for one or more ministries, please complete the form and return to the parish office.

May God bless you and reward you for all your efforts toward building up the Body of Christ.

St Bernadette's Youth Ministries

St Bernadette's Parish lays host to two different youth groups in order to accommodate for the formation of young disciples of Jesus Christ. The current groups range from 11-35 years old and are split into two:

The focus of each of our groups and their activities is to make available to the young people of this generation the freedom to access limitless goodness and grow to their full potential of happiness by growing closer to God in the company of friends. 

Our goal is to foster attentive care and personal connection amongst each and every member so that each of us can more easily and truly grow closer to our Greatest Friend, Jesus Christ. 

We aim to: 

Build lifelong disciples
Provide solid faith formation
Promote growth in all facets of the human person - spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, artistic & social.
Involve parents and families 

Sunday School

Years K-6 (Infant and Primary)

Younger/Older Teens

Younger: Years 6-8
Older: Years 9-12

Young Adults

Ages 18-35

Contact Details

Address: 1-15 Cox Crescent Dundas Valley NSW 2117
Postal: P.O. Box 248 Oatlands NSW 2117
Phone: 02 9871 4414
Email: stbernadette@aussiebb.com.au