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.

Notices for Sunday January 22nd 2023

January 23, 2023

Vocations Day of Recollection at Maternal Heart of Mary Church

On March 18, Saturday Begins with Mass at 9:00 am and ends with Vespers at 5:30 pm.

It will focus on men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood and specifically to the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter. However, in general, it will also touch on religious and monastic life.

Those who wish to attend please RSVP Fr. Duncan Wong at : sydney@fssp.net

5 Day Retreat by the Benedictine Monks of Notre Dame Priory

The Benedictine monks of Notre Dame Priory in Tasmania are conducting a 5 day silent retreat for men at St Clement’s Retreats Centre, Galong from February 6, Monday to February 11, Saturday.

Places are still available. Cost is $770.00. For more information and to book go to www.notredamemonastery.org/retreats.


Notices for Sunday January 8th 2023

January 7, 2023

St Francis de Sales Young Professionals Group

The Young Professionals Group will meet on January 28, Saturday at 5:00pm at Maternal Heart of Mary Church. Because January 29th is the feast day of our patron, St Francis de Sales, this meeting will be dedicated in a special way to him. First, Fr Wallace will give an in-depth talk on his life. Then, we will pray First Vespers together in his honour.

Finally, we will have a BBQ in the courtyard. (This group is for Catholics aged 21-35. Its purpose is to help young men and women form holy friendships and to keep themselves unspotted from the dangers of worldliness.)

Please RSVP and volunteer to bring a side dish through the QR code below. Or email Rebekah Pospischil at rebekah.3anne@gmail.com.

Almsgiving envelopes are available for those who have some extra and would like to help other parishioners who are finding it difficult during Christmas.

Parking Reminder

Please 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. Also, 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.


Notices for Sunday December 18th 2022

December 19, 2022

A Novena of Masses will be offered from the 25th December – 2nd January for all the parishioners and benefactors of MHM and their intentions. Envelopes available to inscribe the names of those you are praying for.

Almsgiving envelopes available for those who have some extra and would like to help other parishioners who are finding it difficult during Christmas.

Thank you to Fr Wallace and all the faithful who participated in the spiritual exercises culminating in the Total Consecration to Mar


Notices for Sunday December 11th 2022

December 12, 2022

Day of Total Consecration to Mary

The day of total consecration is Monday, 12th of December. There will be a Sung Mass at 7:00pm for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, preceded by a holy hour (5:50 pm to 6:50 pm) with the Rosary and Litany of the Blessed Virgin in reparation for the sins of abortion.

Immediately after Mass those who prepared themselves for the Total Consecration to Mary as well as those who plan to renew their consecration, will recite together the prayer of consecration. Please bring your books (handouts will be available if you forget).

Upcoming Cleaning Day

24th December : 8:00 am Low Mass followed by cleaning until 12.00 pm.

Choral Christmas Celebration 2022

St. Mary’s Cathedral is organizing Choral Christmas Celebration 2022 featuring St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir and Sinfonia Australis on Friday, 16th December. For more details please look at the leaflets placed at the back of the Church.


Notices for Sunday December 4th 2022

December 5, 2022

Mrs. Jeanette Sainty (RIP)

We express our condolence to the Sainty family at the loss of the late Mrs. Jeanette Sainty, beloved mother of Mr. David Sainty, who returned to the Lord peacefully on the 27th of November after being fortified by the Sacraments. She was received into the Church at Maternal Heart of Mary a few years ago. Please pray for the repose of her soul.

Upcoming Christmas Mass Schedule

24th December
6:00pm : Vigil Mass
Confession from 5.30pm

9:00pm : Christmas Matins
Confession starts at 10.30pm

25th December
12:00am : Midnight Mass

Following which there will be a procession with the
Infant Jesus and the reading of the Martyrology.
After Midnight Mass Fr. Wong will say his private
Midnight and Dawn Low Masses.

5:00am : Dawn Mass Sung
No confession

7:00am : Day Low Mass
Confession starts at 6:30am

9:30am : Day Mass Sung
Confession starts at 9:00am

Note: This year Christmas is on a Sunday. There will be no scheduled Masses after the 9.30 am Mass. There will be no 4 pm Mass on Christmas day.

Christmas Day Mass at Arcadia will be at 10:30am.

Men’s Group, Tuesday, 6th of December

After the 6:00 pm Mass, the group will head out to Norton’s Irish Pub on the corner of Norton Street and Parramatta Road (1 Norton Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040).

Confessions will be heard throughout Mass.

Norton’s has a budget friendly meal deal. It is $16 for either a steak or schnitty AND a drink (either beer/wine or soft drink).

All welcome!

Day of Total Consecration

The day of total consecration to Jesus through Mary is 12th of December. There will be a 7pm Sung Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, followed by the prayer of total consecration recited together by those who are making their first consecration to our Lady or renewing it. Please bring your books (handouts will be available if you forget).

Christmas at the Cathedral

The Opening night of Christmas at the Cathedral will be held on Thursday, 8th December at St Mary’s Cathedral. For more details please look at the leaflets placed at the back of the Church.

St. Mary’s Cathedral is also organising Choral Christmas Celebration 2022 featuring St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir and Sinfonia Australis on Friday, 16th December. For more details please look at the leaflets placed at the back of the Church.

Upcoming Cleaning Day

24th December : 8:00 am Low Mass followed by cleaning until 12.00 pm

Gaudete Sunday Celebrations

We will have Gaudete Celebration for the children on December 11th after the 10.30 am Mass.

An encounter with Saint Nicholas will take place in the courtyard about 15 minutes after Mass. Parents whose children are participating and would like to have presents for their children, please contact Mrs Consuella Jankovic at consuellajankovic@gmail.com. Usually, we would get a present that is below $10.

A few families are interested to have an informal picnic at the Petersham Oval after this activity. If you intend to go for the picnic, please bring a packed lunch.

All children must be always accompanied and supervised by their parents ; and especially when crossing the zebra crossing or using the bathroom facilities at the park.


Notices for Sunday November 27th 2022

November 28, 2022

Courtesy and consideration

I ask our young adults especially our young men if they would consider sometimes to give up their seats for an expectant mother or parents with young children.

With more people coming in for Masses, please try to make it easy for people to enter the pews and to make room for them. At the same time, let us also observe all courtesy when entering the pews and sitting next to others.

MHM has always been a welcoming community and we want to continue being a welcoming community but community life only works if there is understanding and cooperation. There is no one rule or custom that would please everyone but it is for the common good. Thank you for your understanding.

Work Sacristy and Vestry

Please do not enter the work sacristy or vestry unless you have a designated responsibility (Schola, Choir, Servers, Collectors). This is to ensure security and to comply with current safeguarding policies.

The Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a requirement for anyone in paid or volunteer child-related work in NSW. The Check lasts for 5 year and must be renewed.

Respect for One Another/ Personal Boundaries

Please be advised that we have to be understanding of the various cultural backgrounds and the personal sensitivities of those who come to Church. Please ensure that, when we show affection and friendliness, we do so in a way which is respectful and observes personal boundaries. What may be spontaneous and natural for one, may for another be taking a liberty. Please observe courtesy with restraint always.


Notices for Sunday November 20th 2022

November 21, 2022

Mass Intention Reminder

It is praiseworthy to offer Masses for all those we love: both the living and the dead. It is the best spiritual assistance that we can offer them. And we do so out of Charity and Justice.

Nevertheless, when you offer Masses please keep in mind that the priests have a limit to the number of Masses they can offer. They cannot offer more than one Mass a day with Sunday being an exception. Please be considerate of others when you request for multiple Masses for your intentions.

Also, irrespective of whether you ask for one Mass or multiple masses to be said for your intentions, please ensure that you specify it on the blank space provided on the envelop.


Notices for Sunday November 13th 2022

November 14, 2022

St Francis de Sales Young Professionals Group

The Young Professionals Group will meet on Saturday, 26th November at 5:30pm at Maternal Heart of Mary Church.

The meeting begins with a talk on Gentleness based on the teaching of St Francis de Sales, followed by Eucharistic adoration, and a bbq in the church courtyard.

(This group is for Catholics aged 21-35. Its purpose is to help young men and women form holy friendships and to keep themselves unspotted from the dangers of worldliness.)

Please RSVP and volunteer to bring a side dish using the registration form. Or email Rebekah Pospischil at rebekah.3anne@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

There will be a Children’s Gaudete Sunday Party on Sunday, 11th December after the 10:30 am High Mass. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

Weather permitting, we may have a picnic in the Oval.

Parking Reminder

Please 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.

Also, 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.