Massabielle 20th January 2020

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Mass Times

Sunday Mass Times

The following is a general list of Mass times, which may change from time-to-time.

Saturday  6.00pm (Vigil)

Sunday  7.30am, 9.00am, 10.30am & 6.00pm Life Teen Mass

Weekday Mass Times

Monday  6.45am

Tuesday  6.45am

Wednesday  6.45am, 9.15am

Thursday  6.45am

Friday  6.45am (& 12noon on 1st Friday of the month)

Saturday  8.00am

On most public holidays, there is only one Mass at 8.00am.

Reconciliation Saturday  8.30am-9.00am; 4.30pm-5.00pm or by appointment

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Reconciliation times tomorrow
Sat 8.30am - 9.00am, 4.30pm - 5.00pm
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16 hours ago

Reconciliation times tomorrow
Sat 8.30am - 9.00am, 4.30pm - 5.00pm

IntoLife: Years 5-8 Friday 21st February from 7:00-8:30pm in the hall. Intro to the Bible Part 2: Putting it into context. Bring a friend and a gold coin donation.

LifeNight: Years 9-12 Sunday 16th Feb 7:00-8:45pm in the hall. Jewish Traditions: the roots of Catholic faith and traditions. Bring a friend and a gold coin donation for dinner.

Young Adults Ministry We are looking at expanding our youth ministry to cater for the young adults (18-35) in the parish through both social and faith-based activities. We would love your input into what you would like from a young adults program. Please fill out the survey to help us create a program that caters for you! docs.google.com/forms/d/15jM-WnJGCJFWnkIJAa7VN2tFsKXlKVF5gKy6Qb_8dwg

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE DINNER: We will be launching our Young Adults ministry with a Pancake Dinner on Shrove Tuesday 25th February at 7pm in the hall. All young adults (18-35yrs) are welcome.

RSVP Laura Burton (Youth Minister) on 0433 259 234 or ym@stbernadette.org.au.

For more information contact Laura Burton (Youth Minister) on 0433259234 or ym@stbernadette.org.au

Find us on Facebook and Instagram at St Bernadette’s Youth Castlehill.
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20 hours ago

IntoLife: Years 5-8 Friday 21st February from 7:00-8:30pm in the hall. Intro to the Bible Part 2: Putting it into context. Bring a friend and a gold coin donation.   

LifeNight: Years 9-12 Sunday 16th Feb 7:00-8:45pm in the hall. Jewish Traditions: the roots of Catholic faith and traditions. Bring a friend and a gold coin donation for dinner.  

Young Adults Ministry We are looking at expanding our youth ministry to cater for the young adults (18-35) in the parish through both social and faith-based activities. We would love your input into what you would like from a young adults program. Please fill out the survey to help us create a program that caters for you! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15jM-WnJGCJFWnkIJAa7VN2tFsKXlKVF5gKy6Qb_8dwg  

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE DINNER: We will be launching our Young Adults ministry with a Pancake Dinner on Shrove Tuesday 25th February at 7pm in the hall. All young adults (18-35yrs) are welcome.

RSVP Laura Burton (Youth Minister) on 0433 259 234 or ym@stbernadette.org.au.  

For more information contact Laura Burton (Youth Minister) on 0433259234 or ym@stbernadette.org.au  

Find us on Facebook and Instagram at St Bernadette’s Youth Castlehill.

CARDS & MAHJONG:

All ages are welcome to come to the Marian Centre on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at 1.30pm to join the ‘Beyond 60’ group for an enjoyable few hours of games. The next afternoon will be held on Friday 28th February. For information phone Carmen on 9634 4014.
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21 hours ago

THE CHAT AND CRAFT GROUP

We meet in the Marian Centre on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month with the next meeting on Friday, 28th February from 10.00am. You are welcome to join them for an enjoyable few hours of conversation and craft. For information phone Ellen on 9634 7276.
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22 hours ago

THE CHAT AND CRAFT GROUP 

We meet in the Marian Centre on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month with the next meeting on Friday, 28th February from 10.00am. You are welcome to join them for an enjoyable few hours of conversation and craft. For information phone Ellen on 9634 7276.

GOSPEL OF THE DAY MK 8:34 - 9:1 Jesus called the people and his disciples to him and said: ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. What gain, then, is it for a man to win the whole world and ruin his life? And indeed what can a man offer in exchange for his life? For if anyone in this adulterous and sinful generation is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’ And he said to them, ‘I tell you solemnly, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.’ 📸 Jesús Huertas/Panama2019 ... See MoreSee Less

23 hours ago

HAVE THE STATUE OF OUR LADY WITH ST BERNADETTE IN YOUR HOME!

The statue is available for weekly loan to parishioners. Make a booking on the roster in the church foyer to have the statue in your home to inspire individual or family prayer.

Enquiries: Janina 9899 6060 or 0444 599 502.
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2 days ago

HAVE THE STATUE OF OUR LADY WITH ST BERNADETTE IN YOUR HOME!

The statue is available for weekly loan to parishioners. Make a booking on the roster in the church foyer to have the statue in your home to inspire individual or family prayer.

Enquiries: Janina 9899 6060 or 0444 599 502.

LENTEN PROGRAM: commences Thursday 27th February

Please join Fr Shinto in a Lenten discussion group on Thursday evenings during Lent, commencing Thursday 27th February at 7.00pm in the Marian Centre.

The program ‘Grace’ is from the Wollongong Diocese and books, which include daily reflection, are available on the night for $10 each. All welcome.
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2 days ago

LENTEN PROGRAM: commences Thursday 27th February

Please join Fr Shinto in a Lenten discussion group on Thursday evenings during Lent, commencing Thursday 27th February at 7.00pm in the Marian Centre. 

The program ‘Grace’ is from the Wollongong Diocese and books, which include daily reflection, are available on the night for $10 each. All welcome.

ST BERNADETTE’S PLAYGROUP: Thursdays 10am

We extend a warm welcome to families with children up to 5 years to attend playgroup this year. Playgroup runs on a Thursday morning from 10 to 12 during school terms.

For further information please contact Carolyn Lincoln on 0411 547 285.
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2 days ago

ST BERNADETTE’S PLAYGROUP: Thursdays 10am

We extend a warm welcome to families with children up to 5 years to attend playgroup this year. Playgroup runs on a Thursday morning from 10 to 12 during school terms. 

For further information please contact Carolyn Lincoln on 0411 547 285.

Diocese of ParramattaGOSPEL OF THE DAY MK 8:27-33 Jesus and his disciples left for the villages round Caesarea Philippi. On the way he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say I am?’ And they told him. ‘John the Baptist,’ they said ‘others Elijah; others again, one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he asked ‘who do you say I am?’ Peter spoke up and said to him, ‘You are the Christ.’ And he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone about him. And he began to teach them that the Son of Man was destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and to be put to death, and after three days to rise again; and he said all this quite openly. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to remonstrate with him. But, turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said to him, ‘Get behind me, Satan! Because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’ ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

Diocese of Parramatta

CATHERINE McAULEY WESTMEAD

Is currently enrolling for Year 7 2021. Applications close on 27th March 2020.

They also have an Open Evening coming up for interested families on Wednesday 4th March from 4.00 to 7.00pm.
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3 days ago

Have you changed your credit card or been given a new expiry date? Please phone the parish office on 9634 2622 to update our records. ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

Have you changed your credit card or been given a new expiry date? Please phone the parish office on 9634 2622 to update our records.

THEMES OF FAITH:

An enjoyable conversation group experience at the Institute for Mission with two blocks of five Monday evening gatherings starting on 2nd March.

Participants share conversation and reflection in table groups, accompanied by a mentor.

Donnie and Fr Paul welcome any queries on 9296 6369 or email donnie.velasco@ifm.org.au or paul.roberts@ifm.org.au.
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3 days ago

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Friday 6th March at 7.30pm at St Columba’s Presbyterian Church,

Located at 247 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill. The Service this year will be prepared by the women of Zimbabwe and the theme is ‘Rise! Take up your mat and walk’. A light supper will follow.
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3 days ago

ASH WEDNESDAY - 26th February

Masses at 6.45am, 9.15am, 12 noon & 7.30pm. Ashes will be distributed at all Masses
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3 days ago

ASH WEDNESDAY - 26th February

Masses at 6.45am, 9.15am, 12 noon & 7.30pm. Ashes will be distributed at all Masses

GOSPEL OF THE DAY MK 8:22-26 Jesus and his disciples came to Bethsaida, and some people brought to him a blind man whom they begged him to touch. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Then putting spittle on his eyes and laying his hands on him, he asked, ‘Can you see anything?’ The man, who was beginning to see, replied, ‘I can see people; they look like trees to me, but they are walking about.’ Then he laid his hands on the man’s eyes again and he saw clearly; he was cured, and he could see everything plainly and distinctly. And Jesus sent him home, saying, ‘Do not even go into the village.’ ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

THE REPARATION PRAYER GROUP:

Meets on Tuesdays in the Parish Basement from 8:00 to 9.00pm for Rosary and prayer. All welcome
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4 days ago

THE REPARATION PRAYER GROUP:

Meets on Tuesdays in the Parish Basement from 8:00 to 9.00pm for Rosary and prayer. All welcome

THE CATENIANS: Gathering of the Hills Circle - Meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month

THE CATENIANS is an international fraternity of laymen with faith based friendship at the heart of their mission. You are invited to be their guest at a gathering of the Hills Circle which meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at St Joseph’s Conference Centre, 33 Barina Downs Road, Baulkham Hills.

RSVP to Paul Despoges on 0418 430 464 or thehillscircle@thecatenians.org.au.
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4 days ago

THE CATENIANS: Gathering of the Hills Circle - Meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month

THE CATENIANS is an international fraternity of laymen with faith based friendship at the heart of their mission. You are invited to be their guest at a gathering of the Hills Circle which meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at St Joseph’s Conference Centre, 33 Barina Downs Road, Baulkham Hills.

RSVP to Paul Despoges on 0418 430 464 or thehillscircle@thecatenians.org.au.

TUESDAY MORNING PRAYER GROUP:

We meet in the Marian Centre on Tuesdays at 10.00am discussing the Sunday Mass readings and praying the Rosary. All welcome.
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TUESDAY MORNING PRAYER GROUP:

We meet in the Marian Centre on Tuesdays at 10.00am discussing the Sunday Mass readings and praying the Rosary. All welcome.

Diocese of ParramattaGOSPEL OF THE DAY MK 8:14-21 The disciples had forgotten to take any food and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Then he gave them this warning, ‘Keep your eyes open; be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.’ And they said to one another, ‘It is because we have no bread.’ And Jesus knew it, and he said to them, ‘Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you not yet understand? Have you no perception? Are your minds closed? Have you eyes that do not see, ears that do not hear? Or do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you collect?’ They answered, ‘Twelve.’ ‘And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you collect?’ And they answered, ‘Seven.’ Then he said to them, ‘Are you still without perception?’ ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

Diocese of Parramatta

ST GABRIEL’S SCHOOL OPEN DAY - 11th March

Located in Castle Hill, is a K-Yr 8 school for children with a mild to moderate intellectual disability as well as Autism.

The Open Day for K-Yr 6 enrolments will be held on Wednesday, 11th March at 9.30am. In the evening will be High School Information for Years 7-9 enrolments at 6.30pm. For enquiries and to RSVP please contact Mrs Jo Biggs on enrol@stgabriels.nsw.edu.au or phone 9634 2367.
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5 days ago

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION – Reconciliation 2020: 17th & 22nd February

A reminder to all parish families enrolled for preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation that session 1 will take place today Monday, 17th February at 7pm or Saturday 22nd February at 3.30pm in the Parish Hall. This session is for both parent and child.

For more information, contact Alice at the parish office on sacraments@stbernadette.org.au or 9634 2622.
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5 days ago

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION – Reconciliation 2020: 17th & 22nd February

A reminder to all parish families enrolled for preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation that session 1 will take place today Monday, 17th February at 7pm or Saturday 22nd February at 3.30pm in the Parish Hall. This session is for both parent and child.

For more information, contact Alice at the parish office on sacraments@stbernadette.org.au or 9634 2622.

GOSPEL OF THE DAY MK 8:11-13 The Pharisees came up and started a discussion with Jesus; they demanded of him a sign from heaven, to test him. And with a sigh that came straight from the heart he said, ‘Why does this generation demand a sign? I tell you solemnly, no sign shall be given to this generation.’ And leaving them again and re-embarking, he went away to the opposite shore. ... See MoreSee Less

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GOSPEL OF THE DAY 1/2 MT 5:17-37 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore, the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven. ‘For I tell you, if your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven. ‘You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: You must not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I say this to you: anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court; if a man calls his brother “Fool” he will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and if a man calls him “Renegade” he will answer for it in hell fire. So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering. Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. I tell you solemnly, you will not get out till you have paid the last penny. ... ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

THANK YOU to everyone who helped support the Midwives For Haiti last weekend. Approx. $2000 was raised and will go to Haiti for supplies for the midwives programs. ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago

THANK YOU to everyone who helped support the Midwives For Haiti last weekend. Approx. $2000 was raised and will go to Haiti for supplies for the midwives programs.

THE CATHOLIC FOUNDATION (DWF) APPEAL

Thank you to everyone who donated to the appeal last weekend. A total of $6710 has been raised but we still have a long way to go to achieve our quota. Envelopes are available on the seats once again for those who may have been absent last weekend. All donations are tax deductible.
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7 days ago

THE CATHOLIC FOUNDATION (DWF) APPEAL

Thank you to everyone who donated to the appeal last weekend. A total of $6710 has been raised but we still have a long way to go to achieve our quota. Envelopes are available on the seats once again for those who may have been absent last weekend. All donations are tax deductible.

Diocese of ParramattaGOSPEL OF THE DAY MK 8:1-10 A great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat. So Jesus called his disciples to him and said to them, ‘I feel sorry for all these people; they have been with me for three days now and have nothing to eat. If I send them off home hungry they will collapse on the way; some have come a great distance.’ His disciples replied, ‘Where could anyone get bread to feed these people in a deserted place like this?’ He asked them, ‘How many loaves have you?’ ‘Seven’ they said. Then he instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them among the crowd. They had a few small fish as well, and over these he said a blessing and ordered them to be distributed also. They ate as much as they wanted, and they collected seven basketfuls of the scraps left over. Now there had been about four thousand people. He sent them away and immediately, getting into the boat with his disciples, went to the region of Dalmanutha. ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago

Diocese of Parramatta

Reconciliation times tomorrow
Sat 8.30am - 9.00am, 4.30pm - 5.00pm
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Reconciliation times tomorrow
Sat 8.30am - 9.00am, 4.30pm - 5.00pm

IntoLife: Years 5-8 Friday 14th February from 7:00-8:30pm in the hall.

Intro to the Bible Part 1: How do we read it? Bring a friend and a gold coin donation.

LifeNight: Years 9-12 Returning Sunday 16th February.

Jewish Traditions: the roots of Catholic faith and traditions Young Adults Ministry We are looking at expanding our youth ministry to cater for the young adults (18-35) in the parish through both social and faith-based activities.

We would love your input into what you would like from a young adults program. Please fill out the survey to help us create a program that caters for you! docs.google.com/forms/d/15jM-WnJGCJFWnkIJAa7VN2tFsKXlKVF5gKy6Qb_8dwg

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE DINNER:

We will be launching our Young Adults ministry with a Pancake Dinner on Shrove Tuesday 25th February at 7pm in the hall. All young adults (18-35yrs) are welcome. RSVP Laura Burton (Youth Minister) on 0433 259 234 or ym@stbernadette.org.au.

For more information contact Laura Burton (Youth Minister) on 0433259234 or ym@stbernadette.org.au

Find us on Facebook and Instagram at St Bernadette’s Youth Castlehill.
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1 week ago

IntoLife: Years 5-8 Friday 14th February from 7:00-8:30pm in the hall. 

Intro to the Bible Part 1: How do we read it? Bring a friend and a gold coin donation.   

LifeNight: Years 9-12 Returning Sunday 16th February. 

Jewish Traditions: the roots of Catholic faith and traditions  Young Adults Ministry We are looking at expanding our youth ministry to cater for the young adults (18-35) in the parish through both social and faith-based activities. 

We would love your input into what you would like from a young adults program. Please fill out the survey to help us create a program that caters for you! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15jM-WnJGCJFWnkIJAa7VN2tFsKXlKVF5gKy6Qb_8dwg  

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE DINNER: 

We will be launching our Young Adults ministry with a Pancake Dinner on Shrove Tuesday 25th February at 7pm in the hall. All young adults (18-35yrs) are welcome. RSVP Laura Burton (Youth Minister) on 0433 259 234 or ym@stbernadette.org.au.  

For more information contact Laura Burton (Youth Minister) on 0433259234 or ym@stbernadette.org.au  

Find us on Facebook and Instagram at St Bernadette’s Youth Castlehill.
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Who are we?

Our Mission


ornament1 St Bernadette’s Parish Castle Hill of the Diocese of Parramatta is a welcoming missionary Catholic Community, nurturing its people in faith and service and seeking to reflect and share the compassion of Jesus Christ with our local community and beyond.

Our Patron Saint


ornament1 Bernadette had precarious health, afflicted with asthma and other ailments. When Our Lady first appeared to her, Bernadette was fourteen years of age but had not made her first holy communion and was regarded as a very dull pupil. She was known, however, to be good, obedient and kind to her younger brothers and sisters, despite her poor health.

Our history


ornament1The history of St Bernadette’s parish began in Baulkham Hills, in the year 1849. For “Ten Pounds of Lawful British Money”, a contract was signed and sealed for the purchase of one and a half acres of land on the New Windsor Road which was to be the site for the first St Michael’s Church.

Parish Location


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St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church

367 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill 2154

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