Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."
St. Declan’s Parish is a welcoming,
supportive and inclusive community of believers
inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus
who gather around the Eucharistic table.
We are called to spread the Gospel
through word and action
and are seeking to reflect Jesus’ compassion
with our local community and beyond.
Welcome to St Declan's Parish website. Please visit each page on the side menu... it's a work in progress.
From 1 November 2016 – 31 January 2017 the following priests will be assisting at the parish:
Fr Hoa Nguyen (November, December, January)
Fr Simon Kitimbo (November 2016)
Fr Arthur Givney (December 2016)
Fr Danny Meagher (January 2017)
and Bishop Richard Umbers (November 2016 – January 2017)
The above priests will assist at different times during the three months until 1 February 2017 when the appointed priests from the Missionaries of God's Love - Fr Chris Ryan and the Assistant Priests come to town.
We VERY warmly welcome all the priests to our parish community. We pray that your time with us is fruitful, faith-filled and enjoyable.
We thank the many priests who have ministered to the parish and we pray that they receive many blessings throughout their vocation.
A little bit of history and new beginnings...
Fr John has now retired from full-time parish work (as of 1 November 2016).
The parish celebrated various farewell events over the weeks leading to his last day on 31 October.
Staff - Past & Present "Thank You" Dinner
Held on Friday 14 October.... what a reunion of friends!
Two "Farewell & Thank You" Dinners for Fr John were held on Friday 28 October at 7.30pm at Mortdale RSL Club and on Saturday 29 October at 7.30pm at Maso's Club. Both were well attended, over 410 parishioners in total. Louis McGuigan, one of St Declan's parishioners, addressed both dinners. He spoke about the spirit in St Declan's Parish and how it continued to flourish under John's leadership... Lou touched the heart and soul of what it means to serve a community.
John caught up with all who attended both dinners. John was also presented with an unexpected and most generous gift from Club Central on the Saturday night. A great time was had by all who attended either night.
Address by Louis McGuigan
On Sunday 30 October we celebrated with Fr John his final Masses for the weekend. 11am Mass was a little extra special where musicians and choir, made up of parishioners, lead the congregation in song chosen by John. Towards the end of this mass, Monica Hayes, Parish Council representative, thanked John for his inspiration, courage, integrity and support over the years. A most eloquent speech. John was then presented with a parish card, signed by hundreds of parishioners, a gift of a laptop and spending money. 11am Mass was followed by a parish BBQ.
Thank You John by Monica Hayes
John & Monica
A PowerPoint was shown during all Masses on the weekend. 11am Mass PowerPoint is here for you to view as a video.
We wish John all the very best for the future and hope that his future be filled with every blessing. John has, through his leadership, friendship and care, shown us how to live out the Gospel in our lives... to be servants to others and to serve with love, compassion, joy and humility. THANK YOU FR JOHN!
FAREWELL AND THANK YOU
We thank and farewell Fr Allan Casquejo who has been with us as Assistant Priest (from 19 May to 17 October). The parish community thanks Allan for his time and ministry with us and we wish him many blessings throughout his vocation and in his life. Fr Allan will continue his missionary work in Papua New Guinea.
THANK YOU SISTERS OF ST JOSEPH...
The parish thanked and farewelled the Sisters of St Joseph at 6pm Vigil Mass on 24 September. Their service and ministry will continue elsewhere. The sisters have been an integral part of the school and parish life for over 100 years. We wish them continued joy within their life and in their vocation.
For Parish Centenary photos and history video - go to Parish Centenary page
What's on - go to Calendar page
Weekly news - go to Parish Bulletin page
Sacramental Program - go to Sacraments page
IGNIGHTS! - go to Youth page
Parish Directory, with a listing of parish ministries and groups - go to Ministries & Groups page
Social Justice - go to Ministries & Groups page
Latest Pastoral Care Newsletter & DECLANCRAFT activities - go to Pastoral Care page
Working With Children Checks for those in a child related role at St Declan's - go to Ministries & Groups page
2016 Parish Reflection Day Photos - go to Parish Council page
2015 Parish Open House Photos - go to Photo Gallery page
92 Penshurst St PENSHURST NSW 2222 | Phone: 9580 1310 | Fax: 9580 7170 | Email:firstname.lastname@example.org