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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.

New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2018

 Monday 31st December, 2018, New Year’s Eve (7am Mass – Nursing Home)
(7th Day in the Octave of the Nativity)
Plenary Indulgence under the usual circumstances with recitation of the “Te Deum”

Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2018

A Novena of Masses will be offered for all the parishioners of the Maternal Heart of Mary and all those whom you have enrolled and those intentions within your hearts. The novena commences on the 24th of December.

On behalf of the priests and seminarians of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, we would like to wish all the parishioners of the Maternal Heart of Mary Church community a blessed and a grace-filled New Year. Thank you for all your cards and kindnesses.

2018 Christmas Mass times

December 23, 2018

9pm, 24th December
“Midnight” Mass, St.Thomas of Canterbury Church, Lewisham
(This is out of necessity because of the schedule liturgies in other nearby Churches)

5am, 25th December
Dawn Mass, St.Thomas of Canterbury Church, Lewisham

9.30am, 25th December
Christmas Day Mass, St.Patrick’s Church, Summer Hill
(Please arrive 9.05am onwards as there is a Mass before ours)

Renovation Progress

December 17, 2018

Dear faithful in Christ,

It is with great joy that we can share a few photos of the progress on the renovations to Maternal Heart of Mary Church (Lewisham).

After some initial delays, work began last month. The electricians were first to start, with the stripping of the old electrical wiring and lighting. Most of the new wiring was then run, before the painters came in to begin their part.

In the attached photos, you can see that the ceiling and walls are currently being repainted (acrylic paint). When the initial scope of works was put together, we expected the painting of the walls to be cost prohibitive until a much later date. However, because our tradesmen are working at near cost-price, we are very blessed and grateful to be able to do all of the painting at one and the same time. This will not only save us money in the long run, it will also avoid the unnecessary headache of vacating our beloved church again!

I attach a computer-generated photo showing the colour scheme. We have tried to respect the historical design while at the same time bringing out the architecture with a two-tone contrast.

New lighting will be installed early next year and some of the windows and broken stained-glass will also be repaired.

As you can see, this is a very large project, so the work may continue into March. The total cost will be approximately $450,000, which is far below the commercial value of the work, thanks to the generosity of our tradesmen. The scope of works was approved by the Society of St Vincent de Paul as well as by the FSSP superiors overseas. The builder and costs were approved by the archdiocese.

The addition of the walls to the scope of works added $100,000 to the final cost. Therefore, in order to make up this extra expense, we ask for your financial support.

Donations can be made using the bank details at the bottom of this email (EFT/netbanking only), or by credit card here.

There is also the possibility of tax-deductible corporate sponsorship for businesses. Please contact us via email.

This project has long been placed under the maternal guidance of Our Lady & also under the protection of St Joseph. May they both intercede for us and bring the work to a timely & favourable conclusion!

May God grant you a blessed Christmas and a peaceful new year.

Fr Wong and Fr Sypher.

BSB 062-784
A/c No.: 10175002
A/c Name: Maternal Heart of Mary Parish
Ref: “Renovtns_Surname”

Piety Stall

December 9, 2018

The Piety Stall will be open on Gaudete Sunday. On sale will be new books, icons, sacramentals, lace mantillas, Cloister Coffee and a selection of Christmas gifts.

Christmas Mass Times 2018

December 2, 2018

9pm, 24th December
“Midnight” Mass, St.Thomas of Canterbury Church, Lewisham

5am, 25th December
Dawn Mass, St.Thomas of Canterbury Church, Lewisham

9.30am, 25th December
Christmas Day Mass, St.Patrick’s Church, Summer Hill

BBQ Gaudete Sunday

December 2, 2018

On Gaudete Sunday, 16th December, there will be a BBQ in the Maternal Heart courtyard after High Mass.
St. Nicholas may also make an appearance!
(Note for parents: St.Nicholas’ helper is Consuella Jankovic.)

Christmas Mass Times

November 27, 2018

Christmas Mass Times will be confirmed this week and will be advertised in the bulletin next Sunday. They will necessarily be different to previous years since, as guests, we need to fit in with the other parish Masses. Thank you for your understanding.