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 Mass Time TRIAL
Due to the ever-increasing numbers of Mass attendance on Sundays, we will add a third Mass (Low) at 7:15am on Sundays for a trial period starting 26th January 2020 and ending 29th March 2020. There will NOT be a 7:15am Mass on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday, but an announcement will be made at the conclusion of the trial period as to whether the extra Mass will continue after Easter.
The sermon at the 7:15am Mass will usually be slightly abbreviated, to allow the next Mass to start on time.
Liturgies for New Year’s Eve and the New Year
New Year’s Eve, Tuesday Dec 31st 2019
5-6pm: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction
6pm: Low Mass followed by the Te Deum
Under the usual conditions, the Church grants a plenary indulgence for those who pray/chant the Te Deum in thanksgiving to God on the last day of the year.
January 1st (Circumcision)
8.00-8.50am: Exposition, Litany of the Precious Blood, Rosary, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
9am: Solemn Mass followed by Benediction
Solemn Mass will be preceded by the Veni Creator Spiritus.
Under the usual conditions, the Church grants a Plenary Indulgence for those who pray/chant the Veni Creator on 1st January to ask God for His assistance in the new year.
The Circumcision of Our Lord is described in the second chapter of St. Luke when Our Lord, out of His great love for us, shed His Most Precious Blood on the EIGHTH day after his birth. He teaches us the importance of obedience, since although He was not bound by the Law of Moses, He submitted to it in order to give us an example of obedience.
In this same Feast, we also honour Our Lady as Mother of God, who played such a major role in the Mystery of the Incarnation.
January 5th, Sunday
Litany of the Holy Name will be recited after Low Mass.
Great Blessing of Epiphany Water: 9.40am
The Blessing of Epiphany water in the Roman Rite contains the Solemn Exorcism.
This year we have 100ml bottles for you to fill up after the blessing, to take home.
If you would like a large quantity of water you may bring one large container of water, but please make sure that the mouth is large enough for the priest to be able to insert blessed salt in the form of a cross. Otherwise please bring an empty bottle and take water from our large canisters after the blessing.
January 6th, Monday
Blessing of chalk, gold, frankincense and myrrh
Let us continue to pray for a cessation of the bush fires. We also pray for the victims who have lost lives, property and livelihoods especially in our daily Rosaries and Masses.
Christmas Eve was also traditionally a day of abstinence until the Midnight Mass. Let us use these special days to make reparation for sins and to beg God’s abundance of blessing.
As there are more people attending Mass now, we will be putting on a 3rd Mass as from the 26th of January.
The additional Low Mass will be scheduled “ad experimentum” for the next three months at 7:15am for normal Sundays with the exception of Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. As it is followed by the 8:30am Mass, the sermon usually be slightly abbreviated to allow the next Mass to start on time.
27th December, Friday: Mass of St John the Evangelist followed by the blessing of wine. Please bring a few bottles of win for a blessing.
28th December, Saturday: Mass of the Holy Innocents followed by the Blessing of Children.
A Novena of Masses will be offered for your intentions and all your loved ones, living and departed. The Novena of Masses will commence at Midnight Mass.
A note of appreciation to all those who have assisted in the cleaning of the Church and setting up for Christmas.
The Archbishop has reminded all the faithful to pray for rain.
Let us to continue to pray for the cessation of the bush fires. We also pray for the victims who have lost lives, property and livelihoods especially in our daily Rosaries and Masses.
Traditionally Ember Days were days of fasting and abstinence as a means of thanksgiving and also to beg God’s blessings on the people and the land.
Christmas Eve was also traditionally a day of abstinence until the Midnight Mass. Let us use these special day to make reparation for sins and to beg God’s abundance of blessing.
Rorate Coeli desuper et nubes pluant justum
Aperiatur terra et germinet salvatorem
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just.
Let the earth be opened and send forth a Saviour.
Sunday 15th December: “Gaudete” Sunday
Fr.McCaffrey, Regional Superior of FSSP, will be visiting MHM on 15th December. We will also have a BBQ and stalls to celebrate Gaudete Sunday.
St. Nicholas likes to visit our parish on that day (parents please see Consuella Jankovic).
There will also be a parish Christmas Card circulating for parishioners to send their greetings to Cardinal Pell.
Many thanks to those who sacrificed their Saturday morning to help with cleaning the Church. May God reward you! There will be another working bee shortly before Christmas.
Campion College Summer Program
Campion College will be running a Summer Program for young people (16-20yo) interested in history, literature, philosophy, and theology. The program is free and will run 5-9 January. Includes meals, activities and accommodation on campus in Toongabbie. Spaces are limited – second session is already booked out! Information and booking on Campion’s website: www.campion.edu.au
Thursday 5th December: Anniversary of the Dedication of MHM Church
Sunday Mass at the usual time, 7pm.
Cleaning day Saturday, 7th December
Please sacrifice one hour of your morning to help us with an Advent cleaning day this Saturday after Mass. Apart from normal cleaning, we would like to clean the side storage rooms, sacristy, polish brassware etc.
Sunday December 8th: Immaculate Conception
Both Masses on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be Sung Masses, to mark the solemnity of the feast.
Fr. Wong is on annual leave until December 14th.
Sunday, 15th December – Gaudete Sunday
Fr McCaffrey, Regional Superior of FSSP, will be visiting MHM on 15th December. We will also have a BBQ and stalls to celebrate Gaudete Sunday.
St Nicholas also likes to visit our parish on that day – parents please see Consuella Jankovic
If you are able to assist with the BBQ and stalls please see Tien Rofe.
Priestly Ordinations 2020 – 20th June 2020
Please be advised that deacons Thomas Sofatzis and Roger Gilbride will be ordained to the sacred priesthood at St.Mary’s Cathedral, 9.30am Saturday 20th June, 2020.