Diocese of Parramatta

Diocesan Family Sunday

Featuring talks for parents and a separate program for children.
Please see the flier below. “About the Speakers” beneath flier.
If you would like your children to be part of the children’s program, please fill in their names and ages and send back to us.





The Missionaries of Charity3-sisters

The Missionaries of Charity are an order of religious sister founded by Mother Teresa (canonised a saint THIS YEAR). The sisters have a convent in Surry Hills attached to St Peter’s Parish. Form here they run a Sunday school for children who are preparing to receive the sacraments. The sisters also visit the sick and the housebound in the area. Living within the suburb of Surry Hills, the sisters are always in proximity of the homeless and needy. As such, they have recently set up a “soup kitchen” which operates from Monday to Friday.

For this year’s Diocesan Family Sunday, we are very blessed to receive a visit from the sisters, who will talk about Mother Teresa and her work, and how we might incorporate this approach in our lives in the context of our families and our communities.




James and Genevieve McCaughanmrmrs-mccaughan

“James and Genevieve McCaughan are a Catholic married couple residing in the Archdiocese of Sydney. They are parents to 11 children – 8 boys and 3 girls – and grandparents to 2 children. Their eldest son is recently ordained diocesan priest, Fr Daniel McCaughan, and they have two other children married.They are very active within their parish and broader community, with special interests in supporting the liturgy, the performing arts and those in need around them. James, a retired Senior Lecturer at Sydney University as a background in physics and philosophy. He is currently completing a book on the Philosophical Hijacking of Modern Physics. Genevieve has a teaching and marketing background. She currently teaches French part-time at a Preparatory Infants School.

James and Genevieve have kindly agreed to talk at the Diocesan Family Sunday about their broad experience in parenting and family life, as well as how, through the context of family, we can reach out and touch the lives of the broader community.




Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyenbishop-vl-at-kellyville

Recently installed as Bishop of Parramatta this year, Bishop Vincent has made great efforts to reach out to the people of the diocese to get to know them on a personal level, regularly travelling from Parish to Parish. Originally wanting to become a priest to help those who suffered, Bishop Vincent chose to join the Franciscan order due to their simplicity and service to the marginalised.

He is very keen to meet the young families of the diocese at the upcoming Diocesan Family Sunday this 23rd October, happily held at the location of Our Lady of the Rosary, Kellyville, where he previously served as parish priest.


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