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Welcome to St Luke’s
Catholic Faith Community

St Luke's is Australia’s newest Catholic Church community, located in Marsden Park, western Sydney, within the Diocese of Parramatta.

The community came into being with the appointment of Deacon Tony Hoban as Pastoral Director on January 1, 2018. Supported by his wife, Annette, and a start-up Advisory Group, planning has begun for the life of the new community. The intention is to develop a community of intentional disciples of Jesus Christ, working in collaboration with St Luke's College. Our gathering place for Mass and other events will be at St Luke’s Catholic College, Frontier Avenue, Marsden Park. We are looking for people who desire to grow in faith within a supportive community to join us.

We acknowledge that the Darug people were the original custodians of the land on which we operate. We pay our respects to elders past and present, and acknowledge the Aboriginal people for their custodianship of this land.

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Our Community Prayer

O God You show us in St Luke, our patron,
a person of faith
who desired all people to come to know and love you
in the community of your Church.
Teach us to embrace what St Luke pioneered:
discipleship of Jesus Christ.
Trusting in your love and grace
and nourished by Word and Sacrament
may we grow in our relationship with you
and together make our Catholic Faith Community
a community of communities,
a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink
in the midst of their journey,
and a centre of constant missionary outreach.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St Luke, pray for us.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, pray for us.
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

News from Our Community

Gaudete et Exsultate

A guide to Christianity for the 21st Century: the new Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis On April 9, which this year marked the transferred Solemnity of the Annunciation, the Vatican released the latest Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis: Gaudete et exsultate: On the call to holiness in today’s world. “The Lord asks everything of us,…

Photo Album: BBQ & Chat 11th March 2018

See the photos from our BBQ and Chat, 11 March 2018.

The Journey through Holy Week to Easter and beyond

The most significant time of the Christian year is the time we are in now: Holy Week, Easter and beyond. It is a rollercoaster ride of emotions. From the triumph of Palm Sunday’s entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to the (apparent) desolation of the Cross, to the immense joy of the Resurrection and to the…

Wonderful response to call to gather as a community

Thank you to the 170 people who gathered for the first event of St Luke’s Catholic Faith Community on March 11. It was wonderful to see so many adults and children present – a real sign of the Holy Spirit at work in our community. This first gathering augers well for our ongoing life as…

Thank you to our Supporters

A few words of thanks for some assistance we have received recently: Firstly, our start up Advisory Group has been meeting weekly to support the initial planning for our community. Thanks to local residents Mark and Lara Rupac, Tessie James, John Missio and Michael Mendieta as well as Richard McMahon from the Diocesan planning team,…

Our First Mass on Sunday April 8

Mass will be held on April 8, 2018 at 10am for the first time at St Luke’s Catholic College, Frontier Avenue, Marsden Park, with the Bishop of Parramatta, Vincent Long, as celebrant. From that Sunday onwards, Mass will be held at 10am each Sunday at St Luke’s Catholic College. We will have various Priests from…

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FAQs

Why are you called a Catholic Faith Community and not a Parish?

The first step in creating a new Parish is to create a Parochial District. This allows people within an area to receive pastoral care and support. Once the community has some stability in terms of numbers of people and finances it becomes a Parish.

Because ‘Parochial District’ is not a term many people are familiar with, we have decided to name ourselves something that people can better relate to.

Catholic Faith Community both describes what we are while also differentiating us from St Luke’s Catholic College. However, both the Faith community and the College community are part of the one Catholic Community of St Luke’s, Marsden Park.

Why do you have a Deacon and not a Priest?

Deacons exercise leadership in the church as ministers of the Word, the altar and charity. A natural part of this leadership is to oversee the pastoral and administration aspects of a local faith community. Of course, we require a Priest to say Mass and administer the Sacrament of Penance, however, Deacons are in many cases well equipped to handle the increasingly complex work of church administration as well as perform baptisms, weddings outside of Mass and provide pastoral care and support to members of the community.    

St Luke’s also has a Priest Supervisor in Fr Chris de Souza, who is a Vicar General of the Diocese of Parramatta.

Using the skills of deacons taps into some unique skillsets as they are generally married men who have experience as fathers and husbands, in secular employment, community groups and in church ministry. The utilisation of a deacon to play this type of pastoral and administrative role is nothing new. In the United States, more than 140 deacons serve as administrators of parishes.

What is a Deacon?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Deacons share in Christ's mission and grace in a special way. The sacrament of Holy Orders marks them with an imprint (‘character’) which cannot be removed and which configures them to Christ, who made himself the ‘deacon’ or servant of all. Among other tasks, it is the task of deacons to assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity.

“Since the Second Vatican Council the Latin Church has restored the diaconate ‘as a proper and permanent rank of the hierarchy," while the Churches of the East had always maintained it. This permanent diaconate, which can be conferred on married men, constitutes an important enrichment for the Church's mission. Indeed it is appropriate and useful that men who carry out a truly diaconal ministry in the Church, whether in its liturgical and pastoral life or whether in its social and charitable works, should ‘be strengthened by the imposition of hands which has come down from the apostles. They would be more closely bound to the altar and their ministry would be made more fruitful through the sacramental grace of the diaconate.’"

When and where will Mass be held in Marsden Park

Mass will be held on April 8, 2018 for the first time at St Luke’s Catholic College, Frontier Avenue, Marsden Park, with the Bishop of Parramatta, Vincent Long, as celebrant.

From that Sunday onwards, Mass will be held at 10am each Sunday at St Luke’s Catholic College.

We will have various Priests from the Diocese of Parramatta visiting on Sundays to say Mass, assisted by Deacon Tony.

What other activities are you planning, other than Mass?

We will listen to the voice of the people of St Luke’s Catholic Faith Community to discern what other activities people want to become involved in.

The options we can consider include things like the Alpha program, Bible Study, social events, social justice initiatives, playgroup, men’s and women’s groups, youth and young adult activities, and neighbourhood support. We will also support Sacramental Programs for students at St Luke’s Catholic College.

We will aim to look outward as well as inward and want to contribute to people in need as well as growing in our faith and discipleship of Jesus Christ.

Contact Us

Pastoral Director
Deacon Tony Hoban

Address
St Luke’s Catholic College, Frontier Ave, Marsden Park, NSW 2765 Australia

Postal Address
PO Box 85, Plumpton NSW 2761 Australia

Phone
(02) 8605 2623

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