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.
Return to MHM Church
Masses will recommence in the Maternal Heart of Mary Church with a Solemn Votive Mass of St. Joseph this Thursday 28th February at 7pm. Thank you to all the generous souls who came to clean and tidy up the Church in preparation for our return home.
Next Sunday March 3rd
The Official Re-opening of the Church will be next Sunday March 3rd. This is coinciding with the visit of the traditional Carmelite nuns en-route to found a new monastery in the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese, as well as Fr.Komorowski, Superior General of the FSSP.
We will have a BBQ, stalls and festivities to celebrate this joyous occasion.
As there will be extra priests at MHM next Sunday, there will be an extra Low Mass at 7.30am. Those who want an early start or want to avoid the crowds are most welcome to attend the earlier Masses.
For your greater convenience:
7.30am: Low Mass – Fr.Duncan Wong
8.30am: Low Mass – Very Rev.Monsignor Timothy Thorburn (Vicar for Religious Life in Lincoln NE and chaplain to the Carmelite Nuns at Valparaiso, NE)
10.30am: Solemn Mass – Very Rev Andrzej Komorowski FSSP (Superior General)
We welcome all visitors to the Church. Please be advised that Communion is only given on the tongue in this Rite of Mass. We should try to maintain a spirit of reverence in the Church by avoiding unnecessary noise and talking. Mobile phones should be switched off as we are in a house of worship. As we are on sacred ground, we should be dressed appropriately out of respect for God.
Fr. Sypher will NOT be teaching Wednesday class this week. The following Wednesday, the 6th of March, is Ash Wednesday, so no classes will be held that evening.
Mass of the Holy Face, Tuesday March 5th, 6pm
In 1958, through the instrumentality of Blessed Mother Maria Pierena de Michelis, Venerable Pius XII approved the Mass of the Holy Face for Shrove Tuesday as a means of reparation for own personal sins, for the conversion of sinners and especially for the excesses of the Mardi Gras and blasphemy.
Return to Maternal Heart of Mary Church
The renovations are sufficiently completed for us to start moving back into the church. Masses will recommence in Maternal Heart of Mary Church with a Solemn Votive Mass of St Joseph on Thursday 28 February.
The official reopening of the church will be Sunday, 3rd March – https://www.facebook.com/events/578847882614886/?active_tab=about
This coincides with the visit Fr Komorowski, Superior General of the FSSP, and the traditional Carmelite nuns, en route to found a new monastery in the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese. We will have a BBQ, stalls and festivities to celebrate this joyous occasion.
Thank you to the men who generously gave up their time yesterday to help clean the courtyard in preparation for our return home. We will need more help in the coming weekend to continue the clean up, another announcement will follow shortly.
Wednesday Adult Classes
Starting this week at 6pm, on Wednesday night at the Berne Centre (top of the car park). We also pack bread for the Gift of Bread organisation in between classes as an act of charity for the larger community.
Fr Sypher will not teach the following Wednesday (27th Feb) due to the regional meeting of the FSSP Priests.
Chair of St Peter (historical reference)
“…Further, St Cyprian, writing about 250, during the vacancy of the chair after the death of Pope St Fabian, describes it as follows: “Cum locus Fabiani, id est locus Petri et gradus cathedrae sacerdotalis vacaret” (when the place of Fabian, ie. the place of Peter and the step of the sacerdotal chair were vacant). Still earlier, about 200, Tertullian writes, in his “De praescriptione baereticorum”: “Percurre eccleasias apostolicas, apud quas ipsae adjuc cathedrae apostolorum suis locis praesident. Si Italiae adjaces habes Roman” (Visit the Apostolic churches in (among) which the very chairs of the Apostles still preside in their places. If you are near Italy, there is Rome)…”
By concession of the Holy See, the Chair of St Peter (22 February) is a Feast of the First Class in FSSP apostolates. And by decree of the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, dated June 7 2008, a plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions to the members of the Confraternity of St Peter on this feast (22 February)
Thomas Sofatzis’ Ordination to the Subdiaconate
Thomas Sofatzis was ordained to the subdiaconate last Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, Nebraska. Roger Gilbride will receive subdiaconate this coming Saturday at the seminary in Wigratzbad, Germany. Brendan Boyce has asked for more time to prepare for the reception of Holy Orders. Please keep them and all our seminarians in your prayers.
Tentative dates for return to MHM Church
The renovations are expected to be completed sometime next week. We have set the tentative date for recommencement of Masses in MHM Church as Thursday 28th February. In this case the official re-opening of the Church would be Sunday 3rd March 2019. These dates will be confirmed next week.
Holy Family Catechism
Holy Family Catechism classes start THIS FRIDAY, February 15th, at 4.45pm at the Berne Centre (top of the carpark). If you would like to enrol your children, please contact one of the priests.