St Ambrose Catholic
Church, Concord West
Message from Fr Chaminda
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have returned to your normal place of work. Let me welcome Fr. Jonathan Vala, our part-time Assistant Priest and I wish him God’s blessings to have a successful stay at Concord West. I am confident that with God’s grace, he will be able to make a significant impact on your spiritual journey. I take this opportunity to prayerfully remember Pope Benedict, our Pope Emeritus, and Cardinal Pell, the former Archbishop of Sydney, who were called to eternal life. May their souls rest in peace.
The month of February is short in length, but it is not short of liturgical events. Liturgically, it is a very significant month as we begin the Season of Lent. During this season we profoundly reflect on the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Let us not forget that he died for us. Heaven was closed by the old Adam and it was opened by Jesus, the new Adam by his self-sacrifice on the cross. It is for our own benefit that we must recall this great mystery. It is a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I encourage all of you to draw near to Christ by attending all Sunday Masses and the Stations of the Cross which happen every Friday at 7.30 pm during Lent. It is also a good time to come to Christ in the Sacrament of Reconciliation which is available in our parish church. There will be many other Lenten programs and I will keep you posted.
I join Fr. Jonathan in imparting our priestly blessings upon every one of you.
Fr. Chaminda Wanigasena
Welcome Fr Jonathan Vala
Archbishop Anthony Fisher has appointed FR JONATHAN VALA, as a Part-time Assistant Priest to our parish. He was ordained in 2020, after several years of seminary formation in Sydney and Rome. Since returning to Sydney, he spent some time as an assistant parish priest at All Saints Liverpool and Saint Therese Sadleir – Miller and has lectured in theology at the Catholic Institute of Sydney (CIS). He will continue to teach at CIS while serving our parish.
Pope’s Intention for February
We pray that parishes, placing communion at the center, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those most in need.
Faith Formation – Prayer for Beginners
Check out our new Faith Formation zoom sessions – here
Divine Mercy Devotion
Divine Mercy monthly devotion will be held from 1pm on Sunday, 12 February at St Ambrose, Concord West.
Mass will begin at 3pm.
St Faustina First Class Relic will be available for Veneration.
Our COVID SAFE plan in Church:
- Churches are open to all people regardless of vaccination status.
- Masks are optional whilst inside the Church.
- All members of the congregation are permitted to sing.
If you or anyone you know within our Parish is experiencing distress or anxiety, Fr Chaminda is available to have a chat (parish office 9743 1023, please leave a message if unattended, clearly stating your name and contact number).