St. Anthony's in the Market-place is exactly that. The church is nestled amongst the shops and close to the main western railway line in the town of Toongabbie NSW. The name Toongabbie comes from the Aboriginal language and it means: the Meeting of the Waters or Near the Water.
The parishioners and parish team of St Anthony of Padua in Toongabbie acknowledge the Toogagal people of the Dharug nation, the Traditional Owners who have walked upon and cared for this land for thousands of years. We acknowledge the continued deep spiritual attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to this country and commit ourselves to the ongoing journey of Reconciliation.
We are a Catholic Christian Community striving to be a place of welcome and belonging and participative worship. We aspire to be sensitive to those who feel isolated and alienated. Self-help groups as well as other faith-community groups fulfil a big need in nurturing people and providing people with meaning and a belief-system.
The Sunday Eucharist is at the core of our faith. By following the Common Lectionary over a three year cycle, our community opens the Scriptures to reveal the wonder of Christ still working to bring about His Kingdom. The other Sacraments of the Church - Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, Ordination and the Anointing of the Sick mark God's blessing on us at key moments in our lives as Catholics.
As a community, we seek to grow in a maturing relationship with Jesus Christ. You are invited to find out more by exploring this website or calling the Parish Office on (02) 9631-3316.
Your Parish Team at St. Anthony's, Toongabbie: Rev Joby Kadambattu MS- Parish Priest, Erick Opena- Sacramental and Special Religious Educational Coordinator and Shanika Joseph- Parish Secretary
Bishop Vincent is inviting us all to take part in consultations leading to the first ever Synod in the Diocese of Parramatta.
A Synod is both an event and a process where clergy, consecrated, and the laity gather to discuss important matters relating to the life and mission of the Church. Synods are transformative events that lead to renewal in the Church's life.
Our Diocesan Synod will be held from 12-15 October 2023.
Our Synod will gather clergy, religious, and the laity across our Diocese to listen, discern, and respond to the Holy Spirit through voices of the People of God in Western Sydney and The Blue Mountains.
From May to July 2023, in the lead up to the Synod, all are invited to participate in deanery and parish listening consultations, organising time to discuss with family and friends, and engaging in opportunities to dialogue.
Submissions from these consultations and conversations will be collected and can be provided online, in person, or via mail.
The key question for us to reflect on is: “In what ways can we respond to the call of the Holy Spirit to be a more synodal Church in the Diocese of Parramatta?”
The submissions will be reviewed and synthesised by a Synod working group, and will inform the development of agenda for the Synod.
You can read more about the Synod at: https://parracatholic.org/synod2023/#