Welcome to Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, Blacktown! We are one of the 47 Parishes in the Diocese of Parramatta, servicing the community of Blacktown. Our Parish is made up of two churches and five schools, providing Catholic education and faith formation to the Catholic community of Blacktown.
St. Michael's Church, South Blacktown
St. Patrick's Church, Blacktown
We are a welcoming, diverse, multicultural, Catholic community. We seek to live, teach and share the joy of the Gospel; to grow as disciples of Jesus through prayer, witness and action and to respond to the needs of the family in the Blacktown community and beyond.
- Deepening Our Welcome
- Enriching Faith Formation
- Fostering Social Justice
So, welcome to our Family! We hope that you’ll be in touch to join with us on our Mission to Welcome, Grow and Act.
DO YOU HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST?
If you have a prayer request, please fill out the form below and we will pass it on to our parish prayer team. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact our Parish Office.
NEW TO THE PARISH?
We would love to welcome you to our Family! Fill in your details using the form below, and we’ll be in touch!
The Parish team is comprised of clergy, employees and volunteers from a number of different backgrounds. The whole team is committed to running and assisting the weekly operations of our Parish.
The many diverse gifts and experiences of the team members helps the Parish Team to better achieve the Parish Goals to Welcome, Grow and Act. The Parish Team meets every Wednesday to discuss the weekend past and the week ahead. Any correspondence with the Parish Team should be directed via our contact form.
Fr Reginaldo Lavilla
PRIEST OF THE PARISH
Fr John Paul Escarlan
PRIEST OF THE PARISH
Fr Jack Green
Deacon John Cinya
PASTORAL CARE COORDINATOR
BUSINESS & FINANCE OFFICER
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL 2018/19
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is an elected body of Parishioners from various backgrounds and both churches in our Parish. The PPC works with the Parish Priest to propose, study and facilitate pastoral initiatives to foster the growth of faith in our Parish in alignment with the Parish vision, mission and goals. Council members are nominated by Parishioners every two years, and undertake a day of formation to discern their role in the lay leadership of the Parish.
How can you be involved?
Your PPC welcomes your ideas/feedback about the Pastoral Mission of Mary, Queen of the Family Parish. You can submit correspondence:
1) via Contact Form
2) via the PPC Correspondence Box located in both churches.
In order to fulfil our commitment to our parish community, we would ask that ALL correspondence include your name and contact information (email/phone number). We cannot reply to anonymous mail. The PPC Correspondence Box is cleared weekly by the PPC Secretary and by Parish Office Staff. Correspondence is presented to the Council at General meetings unless the topic is more appropriately replied to by the Parish Team.
The Finance Committee is a consultative body responsible for assisting the Parish Priest with the stewardship of the material goods of the Parish and also with assisting and advising important financial decisions impacting the parish. The nature of the Committee is that it also maintains a transparent and close relationship with other Ministry Groups, particularly the Parish Pastoral Council, when it comes to budgeting and allocating funds for the Parish.
Members of the Finance Committee are appointed by the Parish Priest and are representative of both the St Patrick’s and St Michael’s church communities. The diverse mix of ages, gender, occupations and perspectives of its members helps the Committee to make decisions that will best provide for the needs of the Parish.
Another key aim of the Finance Committee is to educate the Parish community on the financial needs of the Parish, and the importance of supporting it through the Planned Giving Program. This is a necessary cornerstone for the growth of the Parish and achieve our mission to Welcome, Grow and Act.
Fr Reginaldo Lavilla
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES
Whilst it may seem odd that a Catholic parish would have “Standard Operating Procedures”, the Church is an organisation made up of people. All people need guidance and basic procedures to do what we do in the best way that we can.
These standard operating procedures are for ministers in all liturgical ministries, including all clergy.
The standard operating procedures for Mary, Queen of the Family Parish reflect the General Instruction of the Roman Missal1 as well as best practice responding to the local situation of the Catholic Parish of Blacktown, all the while keeping in mind the serious obligation of the faithful, both lay and clergy, to maintain fidelity in these matters: ‘The liturgical books, approved by the competent authority, are to be faithfully followed in the celebration of the sacraments. Accordingly, no one may on a personal initiative add to or omit or alter anything in those books.’ Code of Canon Law, 846§1. Together we can make the God of Love known to all through the Mass. Following this procedure will ensure that liturgies flow in the most reverent manner possible, making each liturgy a time where people will recognize and experience Christ truly present in the People, the Priest, the Word and the Eucharist.
These Standard Operating Procedures for the Liturgy are a living document and will be revised regularly based on the practice and needs of Mary, Queen of the Family Parish and the direction taken by the wider Church.