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 Sunday May 8th 2022
The pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima is visiting our parish until 31st of May. If you have any petitions, please write them down and place them in the petition box at the side altar of Our Lady and we will remember your petitions in our daily Masses.
Please sign the petition against euthanasia. Sheets are available at the church for your signature.
St Francis de Sales Young Professionals Group
Men and women aged 21-35 are invited to attend the first meeting of the St Francis de Sales Young Professionals Group. The purpose of the group is to help young Catholic adults form virtuous friendships and to navigate in this world without being of this world.
Each meeting will consist of a talk about attaining holiness while living in our current climate, Eucharistic adoration, dinner and group recreation. We will especially study the wise counsels of St Francis de Sales, who had a keen perception of what it means to live in this world without having a worldly spirit.
The first meeting will be May 28th, 6pm at Maternal Heart. Chinese Dinner (pay your way) will follow at Eaton Restaurant in Ashfield. It is important to RSVP beforehand. Please email Rebekah Pospischil (see bulletin for email address).
Notices Sunday 1st May 2022
The FSSP priests will be away for a District Meeting this coming Tuesday 3rd May and Wednesday 4th May. The daily Mass for Tuesday will be at 7am – no sermon. No evening Mass on Tuesday. Wednesday Mass remains at 7am.
A reminder that all who are thinking of volunteering at Church must have a current Working with Children Check, have undergone an online induction course in Safeguarding and have signed a Code of Conduct.
Acting PSSO Mrs Tien Rofe
The Easter Duty
Can. 920 §1. After being initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, each of the faithful is obliged to receive holy communion at least once a year.
§ This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year.
“The Church obliges the faithful to take part in the Divine Liturgy on Sundays and feast days and, prepared by the sacrament of Reconciliation, to receive the Eucharist at least once a year, if possible during the Easter season. But the Church strongly encourages the faithful to receive the holy Eucharist on Sundays and feast days , or more often still, even daily…” (CCC 1389)
Notices Sunday 3rd April 2022
Plenary Indulgences for Holy Week
- If during the solemn reservation of the Blessed Sacrament (typically on a side altar), which follows the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, you recite or sing the Eucharistic hymn “Tantum Ergo”
- If you adore the solemnity reserved Blessed Sacrament for a half hour.
- If you venerate the Cross in the celebration of the Lord’s Passion.
- If you piously participate in the Stations of the Cross.
- If you attend the celebrations of the Easter Vigil at night and renew your baptismal promises, which is part of the liturgy of that Mass.
Notices Sunday 13th March 2nd Sunday of Lent
Diocese of Lismore Flood Appeal
For those who would like to assist with some relief for the flood victims, please check this website:
Notices Sunday 6th March 1st Sunday of Lent
For those who have not been able to receive the first blessing of Fr. Boyce, he will be giving first blessings after every Mass on Sunday 20th March. Please do not come for a second time if you have already received it.
We welcome all visitors to the Church. Holy Communion is only for baptised Catholics who are in a good state and have observed the Eucharistic fast. In this Rite of Mass, communion is only given on the tongue. We also dress with dignity befitting the solemnity of the liturgy out of respect for God.
Day of the Unborn Child Sunday March 27
Remembering the lives of unborn children lost to the grave injustice of abortion. Held to coincide with the Feast of the Annunciation, marking the day of Our Lord’s conception in the womb of His Blessed Mother. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP will celebrate a Mass at St.Mary’s Cathedral at 10.30am. A rosary procession will follow which will make its way past the NSW Parliament House. It will conclude with Benediction at 1.30pm.
Caritas Ukraine Appeal
As millions of people are likely to be displaced due to Russia’s invasion, your support is more important than ever for the people of Ukraine.
Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Notices Sunday 27th February 2022
There is no more scanning of QR codes nor electronic sign-in bookings any more. Please try to spread out amongst the FOUR Masses on Sundays. Sometimes we could offer our seats to those with special needs.
There will be 3 Masses for Ash Wednesday and there will be imposition of ashes after every Mass. This year, for Ash Wednesday, the Holy See has asked us to pray specially that God will preserve the world from the madness of war as we invoke Our Lady as the Queen of Peace.
Ash Wednesday is one of two yearly days of obligatory fasting and abstinence for Roman Catholics, along with Good Friday. The norms of fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59 for those who are healthy. Fasting means a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but they are not to equal that of a full meal. The rule of abstinence from meat is binding upon Catholics aged 14 and onward. For those outside the age limits, Canon Law notes that “Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reasons of their age are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance.”
Notices Sunday 23rd January 2022
A few of our parishioners have come down with COVID. Please monitor for symptoms. If you have mild cold or flu symptoms, please stay at home.
A Novena in preparation for the Consecration of the FSSP to the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Feb 2-Feb 11. The Solemn Act of Consecration is set for Feb 11, the Feast of the Apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes. If possible we will pray the Litany of Our Lady of Loreto before Mass begins. We specially also pray for all Latin Mass apostolates and all the Old-Rite religious communities especially those that were formerly under the “Ecclesia Dei” umbrella.
Please note that 26th of January is a public holiday and morning Mass will be at 8am.
Feb 2nd is Candlemass. Traditionally candles are blessed today in honour of Our Lady. If you have any candles that you wish to be blessed, you may bring them. Traditionally there must be some percentage of beeswax in the composition of the candle. Limited amounts of 100% beeswax candles (handheld small tapers) will be available for a donation. Please label your personal candles.
Notices for January 16th 2022
Fr. Komorowski, the Superior General of the FSSP, has directed that we offer a public Mass in union with all the FSSP apostolates all over the world for the FSSP and also the preservation of the traditional Mass. The first of these Masses will be offered at 10.30am on Sunday January 9 2022. He has also asked that we organise a Novena in preparation for the Consecration of the FSSP to the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Feb 2 – Feb 11. The Solemn Act of Consecration is set for Feb 11, the Feast of the Apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes. If possible we will pray the Litany of Our Lady of Loreto before Mass begins.
Please be advised that there will be no daily Masses this week at MHM as the priests have to isolate. The only exception is Thursday 7pm. We thank Fr. Sypher for his generosity in keeping the Masses going.
A few of our parishioners have come down with Covid. Please monitor for symptoms. If you have mild cold or flu symptoms, please stay at home.