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.
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.
A/c No.: 10175002
A/c Name: Maternal Heart of Mary Parish
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
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
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
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.
Piety Stall and Book Donations
The piety stall will be open after the High Mass at St.Thomas on the first Sunday of Advent (2nd Dec). On sale will be: new books, icons, sacramentals, lace mantillas, Cloister Coffee and a selection of Christmas gifts.
On the same Sunday, Mrs.Georgina Brazier will be taking donations of books for the traditional Carmelite nuns, who will be founding a new Carmel in rural NSW next year (God willing). Of particular interest are books written by Carmelites (Saints or well-known spiritual authors.)
Sunday High Mass time
Starting from 25th November (next Sunday), the High Mass at St.Thomas Beckett Church will start 15 minutes later, at 12.15pm. Sorry for any inconvenience.
RIP Mrs Yvonne Hicks
In your charity please pray for Mrs.Hicks who passed to God last week. The family have organised her funeral on the north coast.
We congratulate Nathan Pospischil and Savio Misquita who received the minor orders of Porter and Lector yesterday. Please keep them and all our seminarians in your prayers.
No smoking in MHM Courtyard
The Society of St.Vincent de Paul has declared the Maternal Heart courtyard (including the fountain area) to be a no smoking area. It will now be necessary to remove oneself to the roadway/parking lot for this purpose. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.