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Saturday, August 08, 2015 at 07:00 PM through August 09, 2015 · 6 rsvps

Trivia Night 2015

The Acceptance Trivia Night theme this year is “Celebrating Australiana”

As always it is a "fancy dress" event.

The night will be great fun, with prizes for best dressed Australian Theme and best Australian table decoration.

There are raffles to be won and the opportunity to get up and dance! 

All proceeds go to Stanford House (supporting people living with HIV/AIDS) and Acceptance Sydney (for GLBT Catholics).

Bring along some friends and book a table. (up to 10 to a table)

No worries if it is just yourself, we can sit you on a table, we are a friendly bunch!

This event is BYO Food and drinks.

Hope to see you there!

Doors open 7 pm, with the trivia quiz starting at 7:30 pm.

COST: $25 (non Acceptance Sydney member) and $20 for Acceptance Members.

Acceptance Membership forms will be provided on the night if you would like to join.

Please book by filling out the form below or contact Paolo on the Acceptance email address.

For more information please  email: or refer to our our Trivia Night 

Facebook event,

More info on Stanford House can be found on their website here:

More info on Acceptance​ Sydney can be found on our website

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 09:15 PM
TBC in Sydney, Australia

Annual General Meeting

All Acceptance Sydney members are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting.

Thursday, September 03, 2015 at 07:00 PM · 1 rsvp
St Joseph’s Catholic Church Newtown in Newtown , Australia

LGBTI FORUM-Valuing LGBTIQ Voices in the Catholic Church

Newtown Parish invites Acceptance members and friends to a LGBTI Forum, held as part of the Parish Faithworks program.

This forum intends to provide a space for all interested - gay and straight; Catholic, all religions and none - to engage in a dialogue on inclusion of LGBTIQ voices in Catholic discourse, hearing from a panel of respected members of the community.


  • Melody Gardiner (Community Organiser);
  • Sue and Les Mico (PFLAG);
  • Fr Roy O'Neill MSC (Parish priest)
  • Ben Oh (Co-convenor of Rainbow Catholics)

The Interim Report at last year's Synod on the Family broke new ground when it said:

"Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community."Are we capable of providing for these people, guaranteeing them a place of fellowship in our communities? Oftentimes, they want to encounter a Church which offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of this, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation...?"(50).  

It's time to listen to LGBTIQ stories as fellowship gift and grace.

It's time to embrace all church members by virtue of baptismal dignity and equality inviting all to a true human flourishing. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 09:00 AM through September 27, 2015 · 3 rsvps
Southern Highlands - Location TBA

Acceptance Retreat 2015


This year, Acceptance Sydney will host a weekend retreat. 

You’ve heard the phrase: Living our lives, living our faith. Do you wonder if your life is at odds with your faith, or vice versa? Or perhaps you have found a way to live your life with authenticity and integrity? Does wholeness have anything to do with holiness? How does a community of faith add anything positive to my own really painful (sometimes painfully real) journey? How do the words sexuality and spirituality even fit in the same sentence? Is there a safe space where I can ask those difficult questions that I’ve been too afraid to ask? If you’ve ever had a thought like these, this retreat is for you!

The retreat will take place over two days in the beautiful surrounds of the Southern Highlands providing a perfect opportunity to discuss, consider and reflect on our faith and ourselves.

No need to bring anything with you, all materials will be supplied.

Time and Duration:
Start at 09.30hrs on Saturday to 14.00hrs on Sunday

Members $200, non-members $250 per person, inclusive of accommodation and meals

Contact Paolo for more information at


Friday, November 27, 2015 at 08:00 PM
St. Joseph's Church, Newtown NSW

World AIDS Day Mass


All are welcome to join in a special community mass and commemoration for World AIDS Day.

A solemn opportunity is provided to remember all those lost to or affected in any way by AIDS, as well as their families and friends. World AIDS Day is a global day of observance. Services commemorate the losses of so many and the impact on their loved ones, families and friends. Join us as a community in solidarity with all those affected by AIDS and HIV, past and present.


Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Centennial Park-Rose Garden

Acceptance Sydney Annual Picnic


 **** Due to the Rain and predicted thunderstorms today the Picnic is Cancelled****

Thank you to all those who said they would come 

Come along from midday and join Acceptance Sydney members, family and friends for a picnic in the beautiful Centennial Parklands.

BYO food and drink and enjoy the great company in a beautiful setting close to the centre of Sydney. We will set up near the Rose Garden and look for the Gay Catholic banners.  

~ Please note that in the event of rain or bad weather, this picnic will not proceed ~

Regular buses from Circular Quay, Central Stn, Bondi Jn Stn and surrounding suburbs. Trains to Central and Bondi Jn, both a 30-40 minute walk to the Parklands.

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 08:00 PM
St. Joseph's Church, Newtown NSW

Advent Reconciliation Service


Please join St. Joseph's Parish Newtown and Acceptance Sydney in a Reconciliation service, a lovely way to prepare for the celebration of Christmas. 

The Friday night mass will therefore be replaced by Reconciliation at 8pm.

Friday, December 18, 2015 at 08:00 PM · 4 rsvps
St. Joseph's Church, Newtown in Newtown, Australia

Christmas Celebration


Acceptance Sydney invites all to join St. Joseph's Newtown in a Parish Christmas Carol Service. 

Afterwards all participants are invited to join Acceptance Sydney in its annual Christmas celebration supper from 9pm. 

~ PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO MASS ON FRIDAY EVENING 25th December 2015, due to it being Christmas Day~

Friday, January 29, 2016 at 08:00 PM
St. Joseph's Catholic Church Newtown

Healing Mass


As we begin the year, everyone is welcome to come along to a special Healing Mass on Friday 29th January 2016 at the 8pm Parish Mass.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM
VICTORIA PARK in Camperdown, Australia

Fair Day Stall

Come and join Acceptance Sydney at their annual Fair Day stall and say hi to members and friends while enjoying a beautiful day being part of the broader GLBTQI community at Fair Day, celebrating the beginning of the Mardi Gras Season 2016

Saturday, March 05, 2016 at 05:00 PM



                                                 ** OUR THEME THIS YEAR IS..... EQUALLY BLESSED **

For those of you who support the mission of Acceptance Sydney and are interested in joining Acceptance Members, Family and Friends in promoting our message that it is ok to be GLBT and Catholic in a respectful and fun way, please contact Acceptance Sydney at by 26 February 2016 to express an interest.

The cost will only be $25 and you must be prepared to attend two briefing sessions. (There are very limited spaces)

Happy Mardi Gras! 

Friday, March 11, 2016 at 08:00 PM
St Joseph's Catholic Church

Reconciliation Service


In preparation for Easter, please join us and the Newtown parish in a Lenten Reconciliation service. This service will replace the usual Friday night Mass at 8pm. 

Please also note that there will not be a Friday night Mass on Good Friday, March 25.   


Friday, August 12, 2016 at 08:00 PM
St Joseph's Newtown in Newtown, Australia

Liturgy of Forgiveness to LGBTQI People

Join us at 8PM on Friday 12 August at St Joseph's for a special Liturgy of Forgiveness to LGBTQI People. This evening promises to be a very special one. All are welcome. The liturgy takes the place of the normal Friday night mass. 

‘I believe that the Church ... should apologise to the person who is gay.’

— Pope Francis, 2016


 Recently the Pope said 'I believe that the Church ... should apologise to the person who is gay.' We invite you to a community prayer where we can recognise the failure of the church, God's people, to keep LGBTIQ people safe from discrimination and hurt.

Please join us — gay and straight together.


We acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which St Joseph’s stands. St Joseph’s aims to Provide a safe place for all people to pray regardless of age, race, creed, gender, cultural background or sexual orientation.

Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 07:00 PM · 17 rsvps
St. Joseph’s Church Hall in Newtown, Australia


Join Acceptance Sydney in our annual fund raising event, A Night of Trivia!

This year the theme is MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC, with questions spanning all things musical!

Come in Fancy Dress (anything musical) and join in a great trivia event with great prizes to win.

All proceeds raised will go to support both Stanford House (supporting people with HIV/AIDS ) and Acceptance Sydney




Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 02:30 PM


All members of Acceptance Sydney are invited to attend the AGM for Financial Year 2017 at 2.30pm.

Friday, December 02, 2016 at 08:00 PM
St Joseph's Church in Newtown, Australia

World AIDS Day Mass & Commemoration


Join members of Acceptance Sydney in solidarity with all those affected by AIDS and HIV, past and present. 

All are welcome to join in a very special community mass and commemoration for World AIDS Day. A solemn opportunity is provided to remember by name all those lost to or affected in any way by AIDS, as well as their families and friends.

If you cannot attend but wish some special names to be remembered on the night, please email

Friday, December 16, 2016 at 08:00 PM · 2 rsvps
St Joseph's Church in Newtown, Australia

Christmas Reconciliation Event


Acceptance Sydney would like to invite to you to join us and the Newtown Parish in our our annual Christmas event. This year we will celebrate the season of Advent with a Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Benediction with a gospel reflection and Christmas carols, followed by a light supper. 


Friday, March 03, 2017 at 08:00 PM · 3 rsvps
St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Newtown , Australia

Mass before Mardi Gras

Acceptance Sydney would like to invite all people of faith to join the Newtown Parish in a Mass to celebrate GLBT people and the value they bring to the community. 
Acceptance Sydney is is a faith community existing for four decades, supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) Catholics, their family and friends, by providing a safe, spiritual and social environment, through Acceptance.
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 08:00 PM
St Joseph's Catholic Church in Newtown , Australia

Reconciliation Service


In preparation for Easter, please join us and the Newtown parish in a Lenten Reconciliation Service. This service will replace the usual Friday night Mass at 8pm. 

Please also note that there will not be a Friday night Mass on Good Friday April 14 2017.   


Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 07:00 PM
St. Joseph's Hall in Newtown, Australia



Acceptance Sydney Presents the 2017 Annual Trivia Night

A fun-filled fancy-dress trivia extravaganza to help raise funds for Stanford House and Acceptance Sydney, with this year’s theme being The Elvis Era.

Be part of a great opportunity to support two great causes while having fun dressing up as your favourite Elvis era personality while enjoying being part of a trivia competition and of course dancing to the music of the Elvis Era.

There are prizes for the best dressed, best decorated table and the of course for the winners of the trivia competition.

Spaces are limited so please register your attendance or any questions you may have by emailing: and providing:

  1. The number of people that wish to attend (you are very welcome to come by yourself or in a group)
  2.  name/s of attendees 
  3. The group/party you represent (if relevant)

Tickets are $25 (plus booking fee if paid by credit card) with BYO dinner and drinks.

Get your tickets now at

Doors open at 7.00pm with the evening trivia beginning at 7.30pm.

Funds raised help support Stanford House and Acceptance Sydney.

Since 1991, Stanford House has provided outreach support, respite accommodation and short-term supported accommodation for people living with HIV/AIDS as well as carers and family members. Acceptance Sydney is a welcoming ministry of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, their families and friends, affirming their dignity and Catholic faith. For more than a decade the parish of St Joseph’s Newtown has provided a ministry to LGBT Catholics.

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