From the set of Divine Renovation symbols above, you will notice the second symbol from the left mentions ‘Connect Groups’. This is the next phase of Divine Renovation that we are going to commence at The Lakes Parish and is an excellent sequel to those who have completed Alpha.  These groups will meet for a six-week period  during Lent, 2018.
Everyone belongs to various types of groups – sporting groups, friendship groups, clubs, old-school groups, professional groups, family groups etc.

Connect Groups at the Lakes Parish are not self-help, bible study, or discussion groups, or information based groups. They will be ‘witness groups’.

I remember very clearly Pope Paul VI, writing,
“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers;  and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” (EN #41).
What then makes a good witness?
What will the meeting look like?
What do the resources look like?
How many people could belong to each group?
Can we do a Connect G…

A farewell note from Me!

I leave with sadness and excitement to study full-time because
I have come to realise with God beside me.

Anything is Possible no matter your age. 

This is a wonderful parish so don’t keep it a secret and in the words of Fr Rex,

“Success is one person inviting one person, leaving the YES and NO to God!”
 Danka Scenna

Australia Day

Mass for Australia Day is at St. Joseph’s church Narrabeen at 8.30am. 

Lakes Parish Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom dancing lessons will resume on Thursday 1 February at 7:30pm.

Lessons are conducted weekly at St Joseph’s parish hall. 

All regulars and newcomers welcome.

For more details please phone Betty 0403 014 761 or John 0409 123 453 or simply pop in.

Loosely Woven - Thank You

to all those who attended Loosely Woven's Christmas Concert.  
The sum of $260 was raised and the total amount has been sent direct  to The Springs of Hope Charity.  
This charity is run by my cousin in Kenya with the assurance that all of this money will be used to help in the projects being run there.   Robin Silvoli


Parish Secretary, Collaroy Plateau Full-Time
The Lakes Catholic Parish seeks a personable Parish Secretary to work full time, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, at the parish office located in Collaroy Plateau.  This full-time role provides the opportunity to work in a caring, supportive and welcoming environment.  The successful candidate will have:

Essential: ·Excellent people skills, both face-to-face and by telephone; ·Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ·Ability to work in a small team; ·Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite; ·Experience in a similar role . Desirable: ·An understanding of the Catholic Church and its mission and ethos. For a job description please click here
If you are interested in applying please email
withsubject heading “Parish Secretary Application” and include a cover letter, statement as to the selection criteria (which explains how you meet the requirements of this role) and a current CV.
Applications close Thursday…

World Meeting of Families

The year ahead is an opportunity to change the conversation, to focus instead on the global issues, the common human values and mutual interest between Church and society that converge in working together for the wellbeing of the family.  (Fr Tim Bartlett) 
Click on links below to learn more about this event. Lets Talk Family Podcast School Resources

Thankful, Grateful and Truly Blessed

Grateful For.....  Early wakeups
    = children to love House to clean
    = safe place to live Laundry
    = clothes to wear Dishes to wash
    = food to eat Crumbs under the table
    = family meals Grocery shopping
    = money to provide for us Toilets to clean
    = indoor plumbing Lots of noise
= people in my life Endless questions
= kids brains growing Sore and tired when going to bed
= I’m still alive!!  Amen

Christmas Wishes

“Glory to God in the highest heaven
and peace to all who enjoy God’s favour”
Luke 2:14

A very warm welcome to anyone visiting our parish this Christmas.   It is wonderful to have you with us. 

On behalf of the Priests and Staff
at The Lakes,
we wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Joy filled New Year. Fr Rex Curry PP

Divine Renovation at The Lakes

The  symbols below represent the ‘Divine Renovation’ plan – The Lakes style!  Making Disciples.

The starting point is the “Invite” icon. This is not a ministry, but a mindset, or ‘heartset’. It is an attitude, a disposition towards others particularly those outside the Church. Put simply it means that we invite so often, that it becomes normal. It’s what we do, whether to Alpha, a meal, Mass, or any other event we host. The “Connect” icon. Either at a parish or in a community, people belong to groups. Connect groups invite existing group members, new groups and Alpha graduates, to be hosted in a home for a six-week period meeting weekly for 1-1/2 hours. These Connect groups can re-engage for six-week periods throughout the whole year. A time for growth, prayer and community. Any parishioner can be involved in ministry or as indicated by the icon “Serve”. Our hope is that every parishioner will be involved in at least one ministry. Ideally, from Connect groups we can identify p…

Fr Raphael will be on Leave

Fr Raphael will be on leave from 26th December until 2nd February, visiting his family in Tanzania, Kenya.

We wish you a safe journey and we look forward to your return.

Tai Chi Classes

The last Tai Chi class for this year will be held on December 13. Classes will resume on January 31st, 2018

CPE - Will Recommence - 5th February 2018

Please note that this week was the last Community Prayer evening for 2017.

We plan to recommence on Monday 5th February 2018.