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.
Notices Sunday 13th March 2nd Sunday of Lent
Diocese of Lismore Flood Appeal
For those who would like to assist with some relief for the flood victims, please check this website:
Notices Sunday 6th March 1st Sunday of Lent
For those who have not been able to receive the first blessing of Fr. Boyce, he will be giving first blessings after every Mass on Sunday 20th March. Please do not come for a second time if you have already received it.
We welcome all visitors to the Church. Holy Communion is only for baptised Catholics who are in a good state and have observed the Eucharistic fast. In this Rite of Mass, communion is only given on the tongue. We also dress with dignity befitting the solemnity of the liturgy out of respect for God.
Day of the Unborn Child Sunday March 27
Remembering the lives of unborn children lost to the grave injustice of abortion. Held to coincide with the Feast of the Annunciation, marking the day of Our Lord’s conception in the womb of His Blessed Mother. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP will celebrate a Mass at St.Mary’s Cathedral at 10.30am. A rosary procession will follow which will make its way past the NSW Parliament House. It will conclude with Benediction at 1.30pm.
Caritas Ukraine Appeal
As millions of people are likely to be displaced due to Russia’s invasion, your support is more important than ever for the people of Ukraine.
Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Notices Sunday 27th February 2022
There is no more scanning of QR codes nor electronic sign-in bookings any more. Please try to spread out amongst the FOUR Masses on Sundays. Sometimes we could offer our seats to those with special needs.
There will be 3 Masses for Ash Wednesday and there will be imposition of ashes after every Mass. This year, for Ash Wednesday, the Holy See has asked us to pray specially that God will preserve the world from the madness of war as we invoke Our Lady as the Queen of Peace.
Ash Wednesday is one of two yearly days of obligatory fasting and abstinence for Roman Catholics, along with Good Friday. The norms of fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59 for those who are healthy. Fasting means a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but they are not to equal that of a full meal. The rule of abstinence from meat is binding upon Catholics aged 14 and onward. For those outside the age limits, Canon Law notes that “Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reasons of their age are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance.”
Notices Sunday 23rd January 2022
A few of our parishioners have come down with COVID. Please monitor for symptoms. If you have mild cold or flu symptoms, please stay at home.
A Novena in preparation for the Consecration of the FSSP to the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Feb 2-Feb 11. The Solemn Act of Consecration is set for Feb 11, the Feast of the Apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes. If possible we will pray the Litany of Our Lady of Loreto before Mass begins. We specially also pray for all Latin Mass apostolates and all the Old-Rite religious communities especially those that were formerly under the “Ecclesia Dei” umbrella.
Please note that 26th of January is a public holiday and morning Mass will be at 8am.
Feb 2nd is Candlemass. Traditionally candles are blessed today in honour of Our Lady. If you have any candles that you wish to be blessed, you may bring them. Traditionally there must be some percentage of beeswax in the composition of the candle. Limited amounts of 100% beeswax candles (handheld small tapers) will be available for a donation. Please label your personal candles.
Notices for January 16th 2022
Fr. Komorowski, the Superior General of the FSSP, has directed that we offer a public Mass in union with all the FSSP apostolates all over the world for the FSSP and also the preservation of the traditional Mass. The first of these Masses will be offered at 10.30am on Sunday January 9 2022. He has also asked that we organise a Novena in preparation for the Consecration of the FSSP to the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Feb 2 – Feb 11. The Solemn Act of Consecration is set for Feb 11, the Feast of the Apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes. If possible we will pray the Litany of Our Lady of Loreto before Mass begins.
Please be advised that there will be no daily Masses this week at MHM as the priests have to isolate. The only exception is Thursday 7pm. We thank Fr. Sypher for his generosity in keeping the Masses going.
A few of our parishioners have come down with Covid. Please monitor for symptoms. If you have mild cold or flu symptoms, please stay at home.
Notices for Sunday 9th January 2022
We have been advised that QR codes are still necessary for churches. If you can do QR codes, you can just sign in manually so I can contact you if anyone falls sick. The government of NSW has mandated the use of masks in enclosed spaces.
If you have mild cold or flu symptoms, please stay at home
To chalk the lintels of your homes, inscribe with the blessed chalk
20 + C + B + M + 22
Caspar, Balthasar and Melchior are the traditional names of the Three Wise Men.
Fr Komorowski, the Superior General of the FSSP, has directed that we offer a public Mass in union with all the FSSP apostolates all over the world for the FSSP and also the preservation of the traditional Mass. The first of these Masses will be offered at 10:30am on Sunday January 9th, 2022. He has also asked that we organise a Novena in preparation for the Concecration of the FSSP to the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Feb 2 – Feb 11. The Solemn Act of Concecration is set for Feb 11, The Feast of the Apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes. If possible, we will pray the Litany of Our Lady of Loretto before Mass begins.
Notices Sunday 5th December 2021
Changes to Mass Schedule
Thursday morning Mass has been discontinued as many prefer to come to the evening Mass because of Adoration.
The 2pm Sunday Mass will be discontinued after December 15th.
We plan to have something small for the children on Gaudete Sunday. St. Nicholas hopes to come for a visit. This activity will take place immediately after the 10.30am Mass.
Rorate Mass 11th December 5 am
Notices Sunday 21st November 2021
Changes to Mass Schedule
We will be discontinuing the Thursday morning Mass as from next week as there are fewer people attending now. We had 25 just after the restrictions but it has gone down to just 7 now.
The Sunday 2pm Mass will continue until December 15 (when more restrictions will be lifted) that will include:
Nov 28th, Dec 5th, Dec 12th
unless this Mass fills up also to capacity but the numbers at the 2pm slot are starting to go down.
You may have your own personal convictions about practices or customs that do not pertain to the essence of the Catholic Faith, but please be advised that entry to the Church is on the condition that you do not seek to impose those convictions on others, or engage in any kind of bullying or aggressive behaviour, whether within the Church building or outside in the courtyard. Thank you.
The Church was broken into on Thursday the 18th of November. Nothing was stolen but the vestry door has been damaged. Please have your belongings with you when you come up for Holy Communion.
All the faithful departed whom you have enrolled in the Novena of Masses are being prayed for in the Masses and commemorated at the Memento of the Dead at the daily of every priest stationed at Maternal Heart of Mary Church.
The Hanrahan family would like to express their gratitude for all your support during this difficult time.
We plan to have something small for the children on Gaudete Sunday. Saint Nicholas hopes to come for a visit. This activity will take place immediately after the 10.30am Mass.
We express our condolence to Louis Calleja and his family at the loss of his father Frank Calleja who entered eternity int he afternoon of the 20th of November. He received extreme unction and the necessary prayers for the dying.