The Sydney Centre for Evangelisation places the encounter with Jesus Christ at the heart of its mission, offering practical support to parishes and Eucharistic communities of the Archdiocese of Sydney. The commission of Christ to “go, make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19) informs the support provided by the Centre toward parish renewal and deepening discipleship, outreach to youth and families, and the services of communications, digital and design and The Catholic Weekly that support the evangelising mission of the Church.
Parish Renewal Team
The Parish Renewal Team dedicates itself to the support of parishes and the implementation of the anticipated Mission Plan for the Archdiocese of Sydney, entitled Go Make Disciples.
This Mission Plan has been written and designed as a practical resource for parishes and other Eucharistic communities to deepen their discipleship and widen their outreach in faithfulness to the mission of Jesus.
It proposes new ways and opportunities for growing in discipleship and reaching out to others, suggests new ways for parishes to work together, and other agencies and communities to work with them, in service of the mission of Christ.
The plan calls parishes to meditate upon and enter more deeply into their identity as communities called to form missionary disciples of Jesus Christ, and to allow that identity to speak anew through the renewal of five key areas of parish life that are critical to the formation of missionary disciples: evangelisation, leadership, community, formation and worship.
In collaboration with all teams of the Centre, the Parish Renewal Team will work to engage parishes in the vision presented by the plan, accompany and guide them in pastoral planning for such renewal, and then support the implementation of plans for renewal through access to events, programs, training, and other resources.
In order to ensure parishes are equipped for mission now and into the future, the Parish Renewal Team will also undertake a process of review and consultation with parish communities whose mission is at risk to assist those communities in deciding upon strategies to strengthen their community, temporal resources for mission and personnel for pastoral life.
Elizabeth Arblaster– Parish Renewal Implementation Manager
Helen Wagner– Parish Evangelisation Officer
Tania Rimac- Alpha Parish Development Coordinator
Sydney Catholic Youth
Sydney Catholic Youth serves the commission of Christ to ‘go make disciples’, walking with young people toward an ever deeper encounter with Christ in the midst of the Church for the transformation of the world.
In alignment with the vision of the Archdiocese, Sydney Catholic Youth seeks to evangelise, inviting young people to encounter the joy of Christ and His Church; equips leaders to follow Christ, lead others, discern vocation and build up God’s Kingdom; create and facilitate the experience of intentional Christian community; support and build up young people in holiness, faith and understanding; and to raise their hearts and minds to God in worship and prayer.
Sydney Catholic Youth lives out these priorities in three key areas: parish youth ministry, creating spiritual, social and formative events across parishes and deaneries to facilitate encounters with Christ, the Church and one another, and engaging primary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese in conjunction with Sydney Catholic Schools to foster greater communication, formation and support within the schools between teachers, students and the Church as well as connecting students with their parishes and other activities.
Chris Lee – Team Leader
Elizabeth Pasion – Youth Officer
Life, Marriage and Family
The Life, Marriage and Family team provide parish-based marriage and family support, supporting, guiding and building up a culture of life, marriage and family within parishes and across deaneries.
It provides formation and support opportunities and events for parents and leading couples in parishes; working with priests and parishes to help create, sustain and expand marriage and family culture; and delivering resources to assist in this mission.
The team also provides for the spiritual needs of the faith community and those on the peripheries through the facilitation of focused prayer opportunities, liturgies, retreats, Masses celebrated for various occasions, and prayer and healing ministries.
Steven Buhagiar – Team Leader
Chris Da Silva – Life Marriage & Family Officer
Phone: (02) 9307 8477
Communications and News Media
The Communications and News Media team share the good works of the Church in Sydney, communicating the message of the Gospel as expressed in the people, communities and ministries of the Archdiocese.
It seeks to engage the general public and the mainstream media and provides support to parishes, chaplaincies and other Eucharistic communities in helping them share their stories through the media, inviting new people to Christ.
Michael Kenny – Actring Director of Communications & News Media
Debbie Cramsie – Senior Multi-Media Journalist
Benjamin Conolly – Multi-Media Journalist
Anthony Milic – Videographer
The Catholic Weekly
The Catholic Weekly assists and serves the Church in its mission by disseminating news, information and stories of faith and evangelisation which help inform and inspire the daily lives of Catholics, families, parish communities and other faith communities across the Archdiocese.
It is sold in parishes and via subscription around Australia every week.
The paper also maintains a digital news website www.catholicweekly.com.au, Facebook and Twitter page.
This ministry supports the mission of the Church by reporting on inspiring ways in which Catholics and communities can make Christ known to the world.
Our journalism seeks to inspire others by what they see and read, whether it be in families or parish communities.
Our print and digital platforms also report on state, national and international news – relevant to the Church so that Catholics have a reliable source of information they know they can trust.
Its story-telling also serves the Church by sharing and promoting individual and parish events and initiatives to build the common good of the Archdiocese and, more widely, the Church in Australia.
We are especially committed to supporting parish priests as the leaders of our parish communities, and seek to be a resource to which they can always turn to help disseminate good news with a wider audience. Details of parish news, including contacts, can be sent to email@example.com
Peter Rosengren- Editor
Marilyn Rodrigues – Multi-Media Journalist
David Ryan – Multi-Media Journalist
Digital and Design
Digital and Design strives to creatively respond to our call to Go Make Disciples and bring people into encounter with Jesus Christ.
We do this by embracing new and existing media and communication strategies to ensure that our message reaches the people of God wherever they are.
The team has expertise in traditional print and graphic design including posters, banners, flyers, prayer cards, bookmarks, brochures and booklets; digital graphics for websites and social media; website design, development and hosting; digital newsletter production; videography and podcasting services; social media strategy and digital communication strategy.
The Digital and Design team are committed to working collaboratively with our clergy and parishes to assist them in communicating their mission through the best possible and/or most suitable means available, in a professional and personal manner.
Peter Rodrigues- Digital & Design Team Leader
Tel: (02) 9390 5300
Charlie Azzi – Graphic Designer
Mike Lynch – Digital Content Specialist
Renate Cassis – Multimedia Designer
Mathew De Sousa – Multimedia Designer
Muthulingam Balaruban (Ruban) – Web Developer
The Mustard Seed Bookshop and Cafe
The Mustard Seed Bookshop is the official bookstore of the Archdiocese of Sydney, featuring one of the largest ranges of Catholic books and merchandise to fulfil Pope John Paul II’s invitation to draw “His people in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ”.
Our stores at 133 Liverpool Street and online at https://mustardseed.org.au provide resources to assist the deepening discipleship of Catholics and evangelisation to the world in Christ.
In our bookshop you will find resources that create an initial conversion to or deepening awareness of Jesus Christ, moved by the Holy Spirit, to encourage that primary proclamation of the Gospel.
These are resources to create a deepening knowledge of Jesus through Scripture and Tradition, and literature that supports the celebration of the salvific presence of Christ in the Sacraments, particularly the Eucharist.
The Mustard Seed Bookshop also includes books and gifts that challenge us to undertake a journey of interior transformation, taking the Decalogue and impressing on it and us the spirit of the Beatitudes, as Christ taught us, and resources that support Catholics to permeate their lives with a spirit of prayer, so as to discover the mysterious action of God in our lives.
As we seek to ‘make disciples of all nations’, the bookshop is a ministry of the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation that aims to serve and nourish the life of Catholics in Sydney and beyond so that might cooperate actively in the building up the Church and its work of evangelisation in the midst of the world.
Atef Ataya- Manager
Phone: (02) 9307 8350
Ground Floor 133 Liverpool St Sydney