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Notices

General Notices for Visitors

The rubrics of the Extraordinary Form of Mass require that Holy Communion be given on the tongue and kneeling. Those who cannot kneel because of illness, frailty or old-age are not obliged to kneel and are welcome to stand when receiving Holy Communion (though still on the tongue).

Parking – Do not park in the under-cover parking bay on the immediate left of Charles O’Neill Way. Parking is available further down, or on West St.
Please do not park in yellow-striped bay which is reserved for the St Vincent de Paul Night Patrol vans.
Please leave closer parking bays available for elderly and less mobile Mass-goers.

First Masses of Fr Thomas Sofatzis

July 29, 2020

This is the link to the live stream for the ordination at St Mary’s Cathedral, 10.30am, 8th August 2020:
https://youtu.be/9tZCTWih3lA

 

First Masses

9th August, 2020
Maternal Heart of Mary Church 
Lewisham, NSW
Archdiocese of Sydney

12th August, 2020 
St Bernadette’s Church
Clemton Park, NSW
Archdiocese of Sydney

15th August, 2020 
St Mark’s Coptic Catholic Church 
Prospect, NSW
Diocese of Parramatta

16th August, 2020 
St Jude’s Church
Holder, ACT
Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn

5th September, 2020 
Church of the Holy Name
Stepney, SA
Archdiocese of Adelaide

13th August, 2020
Maternal Heart of Mary Church 
Lewisham, NSW
Archdiocese of Sydney

14th of August
Maternal Heart of Mary Church 
Lewisham, NSW
Archdiocese of Sydney


March 31, 2020

Dear faithful,

With the current restrictions on public Mass and the closure of all churches, we understand that this is a very difficult time for all of you.  The priests and the parish would like to find as many ways as we can to help & support all of our parishioners.

At the same time there are many regulations set by the government and archdiocese which we must also abide by.  We thank you for your patience & understanding in this, especially since the regulations have been changing almost on a daily basis.

We also thank the many people who have reached out to the priests to offer help. We are both doing well so far and are trying to put things into place for the coming weeks or months, in order that we can still minister to everyone’s needs as best as possible:

Firstly, please note that we will be live-streaming Sunday Masses at 10:30am on our FaceBook page, which anyone will be able to watch. (The church will be closed to the public though, obviously.) Thank you to those who have generously given of their time to make this possible.  If you are able to follow the liturgy this way, please do not post comments, etc., during the Mass, because it will only distract those trying to unite themselves in prayer with the Holy Sacrifice taking place. If you do not have a missal, keep in mind that we have the Mass propers on our website under “resources”. (This Sunday’s text is here.)

Secondly, there will be some scope for hearing Confessions at the presbytery for those genuinely in need of the Sacrament. I have set up a screen and kneeler on the front porch of the house (to the left of the front door) so that you will not need to enter the house itself.

We are forbidden from advertising set Confession times, so you can  call ahead before you come if you want to make sure that one of the priests will be available.  I would suggest keeping Confessions of devotion (i.e. venial sins) to a maximum of once a month.  If we get too many people calling constantly at the house, we could draw the attention of the authorities.

I have placed the large container of Holy Water in the side alcove at the church, which you can access at any time.  If the small metal gate leading into the courtyard is closed, you can just slide open the bolt. (Close again after leaving.)

If anyone falls sick, please contact the priests.  If you have flu symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) please notify us, and also call a doctor.

Mrs Tien Rofe is organising a “depot” of household items which are currently difficult to find.  If you are lacking in these areas, or can contribute to the stockpile from your surplus items, please contact Tien: tien.rofe@gmail.com  (Many thanks, Tien.)

I have been contacted by many parishioners in regard to Sunday collections.  I will copy the bank details at the end of this email for the first and second collections. Please note that these can only be used for electronic transfer (net-banking/direct debit/EFT), and cannot be used to deposit cash over the counter at a bank branch.

If you do not use net-banking, you could send a cheque at the end of each month or drop an envelope into the presbytery letterbox, which is always kept locked, or donate via credit card here.  However, if you are experiencing financial difficulties because of this current crisis, please do not give to the collections, but pray a Rosary for all the parishioners instead.

Fr Wong has been preaching a retreat to the Carmelite nuns this week.  He will be back in Sydney on Tuesday.

Let us continue to pray for one another and see what help we might be able to give to those who are struggling under the current restrictions. (E.g. even a simple phone call to someone living alone would likely mean a lot to that person.)

The priests are here to support you and pray for you during this time. Please do not hesitate to contact us, and also keep us in your prayers too!

God bless,

Fr Sypher

Bank Details for Church Collections:

N.B. Our bookkeeper is a generous volunteer who gives many hours each week for that task. If you intend to set up regular bank transfers with the details below, might I request that you schedule it monthly (or fortnightly) to reduce the extra work load that the current situation will bring?  Also, if any of you have experience in bookkeeping (or at least good computer skills) and could spare a few hours once a fortnight, please consider volunteering to help us in this way. Thank you!

For first collection:

“Fraternity of St Peter Sydney”

BSB 062784

A/c No. 26085400

For second collection:

“Maternal Heart of Mary Parish”

BSB 062784

A/c No. 10175002

For general donations to FSSP:

“Priestly Fraternity of St Peter”

BSB 062784

A/c No. 26085401


Extra Mass for the Feast of St Joseph

March 18, 2020

In addition to the High Mass at 7pm on Thursday, 19th March for the Feast of St Joseph, there will also be a Low Mass at 6pm for those who would prefer to avoid the crowd at 7pm.


Notices for March 15th, 2020.

March 16, 2020

Thank you to all those who helped and kept vigil during the visit of the major relics of St.Therese, St. Louis and St.Zelie to MHM. A special note of appreciation to WN Bull and Catholic Mission for organising the logistics of the visit. It was a great blessing for MHM Community.


Day of the Unborn Child March CANCELLED (29 March)

“The Feast of the Annunciation is internationally recognised as the Day of the Unborn Child. It marks the day Our Lord Jesus Christ became a tiny unborn child in His mother’s womb. It is a day of celebration and remembrance of the dignity of the unborn. It is also a day to remember the millions of unborn children whose lives have been ended by the violence of abortion.”

There will be Eucharistic Adoration immediately after the Sung Mass for an hour inclusive of a Rosary and Benediction. We make atonement for since and ask God to have mercy on us.


Notices for March 8th, 2020

March 10, 2020

Visits of the major relics of St Therese, St Louis and St Zelie to MHM 12th March 3pm – 13th March 7am. The relics will stay at our Church overnight. We need volunteers who would keep prayerful vigil over the holy relics. There will be visitors from other Churches. Let us practice hospitality and assist the very elderly.

Times for silent veneration 12th March: 4-5pm, 6-7pm, 8.15-10pm, 12am-6am.

13th of March Low Mass (Votive Mass of St Therese) 6am


Piety stall will be open 15th March.


There will be Stations of the Cross after every Friday Mass. Plenary indulgence under the usual conditions. Partial indulgence for the prayer “We praise Thee O Christ and we bless Thee because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.” For all the Fridays of Lent, one can obtain a Plenary Indulgence by reciting the “Prayer before a Crucifix”.


March 25th March for Life

12.00pm Procession starts from the Cathedral after Mass. Please look at the leaflet for more information.


Notices for March 1st, 2020

March 2, 2020

Wednesday Adult Education resumes this week.


No flowers during the period of Lent except on 1st class Feast days and Laetare Sunday.


Visit of the major relics of St.Therese, St.Louis and St.Zelie to MHM 12th March 3pm – 13th March 7am. The relics will stay overnight. We need volunteers who would keep prayerful vigil over the holy relics.


Piety stall will be open on the 15th of March.


Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the 1st week of Lent are the traditional Ember Days.
“On Ember Days the Church is accustomed to entreat the Lord for the various needs of humanity, especially for the fruits of the earth and for human labour, and to give thanks to Him publicly.(45)” (Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar)


There will be Stations of the Cross after every Friday Mass with the exception of First Fridays when there is Eucharistic Adoration and the devotion to the Most Sacred Heart instead.


Notices for February 23rd, 2020

February 24, 2020

25th February: 7.00 to 9.00 pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to make atonement for carnival. At 7pm there will be the Holy Rosary, followed by the Litany of the Most Precious Blood and then silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


Every person 14 years or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Every person between the age of 19 and 59 (beginning of 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

26th February, Ash Wednesday: 7am Low Mass, 7pm Sung Mass.


Visit of St Therese, St Louis and St Zelie to MHM: 12th March 3pm – 13th March 7am


Notices for February 16th, 2020

February 16, 2020

13th -22nd February: Novena of St Peter
Solemn High Mass, 22nd February, Saturday 9am

By concession of the Holy See, the Chair of St Peter is celebrated as a 1st Class Feast in the FSSP apostolate. By a decree of the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, dated June 7, 2008. A Plenary Indulgence is granted under the usual conditions to members of the Confraternity of St Peter.


Every person 14 years or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Every person between the age of 19 and 59 (beginning of 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.


24th of March – No Morning Mass. Low Mass at 6pm. Votive Mass of the Holy Face.


The family of the late Wanda Kwan would like to thank all those who came to assist at the Holy Liturgy and also assisting with hospitality. Thank you to those who came for the Rosary wake.