Announcements for the 1st Sunday of Advent

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Here are the announcements for the 1st Sunday of Advent, the 3rd of December:

Fr Adam Carlow, newly ordained Priest for the Diocese of Parramatta will be the celebrant for December. Fr Adam will be bestowing his first blessing upon the faithful in attendance and receiving the blessing from a newly ordained Priest, the faithful are eligible to receive a plenary indulgence. The conditions to receive a plenary indulgence are to go to Confession, Mass and receive Holy Communion, then to pray for the intentions of the Holy Father (Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be).

The December Working bee will be Saturday 16th December and will conclude about 1pm. After this we invite all volunteers and their families of the Shrine to come along for a Christmas BBQ at the Monastery. This is a chance to get together before the busy time of Christmas and for the Pauline Community to THANK YOU for all your wonderful service throughout the year. Please RSVP Fr Richard asap.

Thank you to all who participate at the monthly morning teas. These are great successes and a chance for people to meet one another and the Pauline Community. The next Morning Tea will be: Sunday 17th December.

The proposed sand quarry which is to be located behind the grotto and will effect five properties along Hanging Rock Road and many others between Penrose Park and Sally’s Corner is submitting for approval a revised development application. This quarry is for 30 years and will be in operation 24/7. This is something we oppose along with many of the local residents for several important reasons such as pollution of the water table, silica dust, noise, increased traffic, devastation to the local flora and fauna especially wildlife and of course the ruination of this beautiful part of the state. We ask you to please help us oppose this quarry as we only have until 04/12/23 to submit concerns / objections. Individual and collective submissions can be made on the Department of Planning and Environmental portal at:
More information can be found on the side table in the Church as well as the brief from the “Save our Sands” local action group.


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