Communications

Initiatives & Strategies

Communication is of central importance to St Benedict's, Inner Newcastle Parish

Effective communication is of central importance to the life of our community – communication between the many people and committees, groups, and teams within the St Benedict's, Inner Newcastle Parish and with other people and groups. The more people who know and understand what is going on, the stronger our community will be. When things don’t turn out as well as had been hoped, the problem is generally traced to a communication breakdown. Most complaints turn out to arise from inadequate communication.

Although St Benedict's, Inner Newcastle Parish does not have a written communications strategy, initiatives have been taken to improve communication about the ministry and pastoral activities of the St Benedict's, Inner Newcastle Parish. These include weekly Parish bulletins, this website, and occasional Parish newsletters.

The main formal communication tools & teams in our Parish are:


Weekly Parish Bulletins

Every week, our Parish publishes Bulletins for the Sunday Masses in our five churches. The Bulletins usually contain a personal message from our Parish Priest, hymns for Sunday Masses, and other items such as notes about significant upcoming feasts, rosters for this week and next, notices about Parish groups, requests for prayers for sick and deceased community members.

Download recent Weekly Bulletins, including the Parish Priest's personal message and notices about Parish groups.

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Tighes Hill / Carrington Communications

Aim: To ensure that new and existing community members are aware of and consulted regarding activities and plans within the Church.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

After Mass on the second Sunday of February, April, June, August, October, and December.

Activities

  • Announcements at the conclusion of Sunday Mass;
  • Bi-monthly community meetings;
  • Welcomers greet people as they arrive for Mass; and
  • Cards are given to people who use the church for weddings, baptisms, funerals sending best wishes from the worshipping community.

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St Benedict's, Inner Newcastle Parish Website

Aim

One of the aims of the website is to improve communications within St Benedict's, Inner Newcastle Parish and between the elements of the Parish and the Parish Office. Besides improving our knowledge of what is happening in the community, we are confident that it will improve the efficiency of the office and possibly lead to greater participation. Another aim is to reach out to all Catholic members of our community regardless of whether or not they are regular attendees at our services to make them feel welcome in our community. We are also hoping that the website may be useful to other Christian denominations in our region.

The aim of the website, therefore, is to ensure that the information on this website is always current, accurate, comprehensive, relevant to our vision and well presented in a useful form.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Activities

The website is administered from the Parish Office with a designated member of staff having the responsibility to make any changes or additions. People wishing to make changes, additions or deletions should do so with the approval of the Parish Priest.

Purpose of St Benedict's, Inner Newcastle Parish website

The intended purpose of this website is to support the efforts of the Parish to live up to the Parish Vision by improving the availability of current information about the Parish within the Parish to parishioners and other interested people. Establishing and maintaining the site is part of the Parish's response to calls at the 2007 Diocesan Assembly and elsewhere for improved communication.

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Inner Newcastle Parish Newsletter Team

Aim

To help build and sustain a sense of community in the Parish by increasing the quality, range and flow of information and news available to our parishioners and visitors.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

As required to set and achieve publication deadlines.

Activities

The Newcastle Parish communications team commenced in July 1998. This team keeps the entire Parish in touch and informed by publishing the Parish Newsletter three times a year and distributing it at St Joseph’s and St Mary’s churches and in the two Parish primary schools.

Download the latest Parish Newsletter

Our planning meetings are held at a local coffee shop and proof-reading meetings at the CRCC. The small editorial team relies on the generous contributions of parishioners for items of interest and photos to help generate a worthwhile newsletter. Fresh ideas (and recruits to the editorial team) are always welcome.

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