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.
This Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (18th, 20th, 21st September) are Ember days.
“For the fourth time in Her year, Holy Church comes claiming from Her children the tribute of penance, which, from the earliest ages of Christianity, was looked upon as a solemn consecration of the seasons. The Quator Tempora (four times) include the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of four separate weeks… We may consider it as one of those practices which the Church took from the Synagogue; for the prophet Zacharias speaks of the fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months (Zach. 8:19). Its introduction into the Christian Church would seem to have been made in the apostolic times; such, at least, is the opinion of St.Leo, of St.Isidore of Seville, of Rabanus Maurus, and of several other ancient Christian writers. …We have already spoken of the necessity of private penance for the Christian who is at all desirous to make progress in the path of salvation. But in this, as in all spiritual exercises, a private work of devotion has neither the merit nor the efficacy of one that is done in company with the Church, and in communion with Her public act; for the Church, as Bride of Christ, communicates an exceptional worth and power to works of penance done, in Her name, in unity with others. …Let us then fast and pray; and how numerous so ever may be the losses sustained in the Christian ranks, of those who once were faithful in practices of penance, let us not lose courage. Few as we may be, let us group ourselves round the Church and implore of Jesus, Her spouse, that He vouchsafe to multiply His gifts in those whom He is calling to the now more than ever dread honour of the Priesthood; that He many infuse into them His divine prudence, whereby they may be able to disconcert the plans of the impious; His untiring zeal for the conversion of ungrateful souls; His perseverance even unto death, in maintaining without reticence or compromise the plenitude of that truth which He has destined for the world, and the inviolate custody of which is to be, on the Last Day, the solemn testimony of the Bride’s fidelity…” (Dom Prosper Gueranger)
30th Anniversary of the Holy Cross Schola
We specially wish the Holy Cross Schola a very blessed 30th anniversary. We thank every member of the Schola past and present for all their work for God and the community.
Thank you to those who helped with the preparation of the reception and clean up afterwards.
Novena to St. Francis of Assisi
The novena will be said from the 25th September, 2019 to the 4th October, 2019.
14th September: 9am Mass Exultation of the Holy Cross
This year, we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Holy Cross Schola. We thank every member of the Schola past and present for all their work for God and the Community. All schola members, choir members, servers (present and past) are welcomed to a small reception after Mass.
Stand for Life
Sunday 15th September, Hyde Park, Archibald Fountain, 2.30pm.
Please return to Mrs. Rofe in the courtyard by Sunday 15th September. Anyone can write so long as you have a NSW residential address. There is no minimum age nor citizenship requirements.
Upcoming Feast Days
6th of September: First Friday, 7pm Sung Mass
7th of September: First Saturday, 9am Mass
14th of September: Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 9am Mass
Sacrament of Matrimony
For parishioners who wish to receive the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, please give at least 6 months notice.
We welcome all new visitors to the Church. Please be advised that one has to be Catholic to receive the Holy Eucharist. The Rite of this Mass prescribes that Holy Communion is to be received on the tongue and kneeling. However, it one is unable to kneel due to age or infirmity, one can remain standing.