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.
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.
Wednesday Adult Education Classes
Wednesday classes will recommence on 20th of February 2019, however there will be NO CLASS on 27th FEBRUARY due to the regional meeting of the FSSP priests.
Fr. Sypher will continue with the Book of Genesis during the first semester.
Renovations update 26/01/2019
Please see attached photos showing some of the work that has occurred since our last update one month ago.
The painting is now 90% completed, and the sanctuary walls will be the last main area to be painted over the next couple of weeks.
The electrical work is about 75% done, now beginning the installation of the lights and centralised lighting system.
It is possible that the renovations will be completed by the end of February, but we’ll keep you updated as the work nears completion.
Thank you to those who have already made donations to support this project. If you have not yet done so & would like to, donations can be made via credit card (select biller code Maternal Heart of Mary) or by net banking using the details below.
Thank you and God bless,
EFT Donations can be made using these bank details:
“Maternal Heart of Mary Parish”
A/c No 10175002
Low Mass Custom in Australia
While the dialogue Low Mass is commonly found in many parts of Europe, it was not the general tradition in English speaking countries. Both are rubrically legitimate and can enrich the spiritual lives of the faithful as long as these have the appropriate internal dispositions animated by a deep spiritual life. The tradition in Australia before the changes after Vatican II is that the server does the vocal answering for the priest so that, usually, the Low Mass is otherwise silent except for the “Domine non sum dignus”. For the Sung and Solemn Masses, the faithful are actually encouraged to participate by chanting and singing at the parts allocated for the faithful.
In the traditional Latin Mass, the rubrics prescribes that Holy Communion is received on the tongue and kneeling. Due to age and illness, one is not obliged to kneel but Holy Communion is received on the tongue in this rite. Thank you for your understanding.
Please be advised that the parking space in between MHM and St Thomas Church have been cordoned off for re-development. For Sunday Masses at St Thomas of Canterbury/Beckett, we can still park on campus, but we would have to walk around the campus to get to St Thomas. For easier access, you could park on Thomas Street or in the carpark outside the hall area (left of St Thomas) or on the extreme right of the Church, there is a path large enough for a car to get into the school car park, facing Lewisham train station.
Please be advised that Fr Sypher is away for 2 weeks for his schedule break.
The work on the Church is going as planned and much progress has been made.
Eve of the Epiphany, Saturday 5th January 2109
1st Saturday, Mass of Our Lady
Benediction and Great Epiphany Water Blessing (No novena)
If you wish to have water blessed, please bring only one large container with a wide opening, or better still, fill your empty container from the large reservoir after the blessing is finished.
Please take care not to spill water in the church. Our liturgy must finish in time for the First Saturday devotions held by St. Dominic’s parish.
Epiphany is one of the most primitive feast days of the Church. The Great Blessing of Water takes place on the Eve of Epiphany. This blessing is Eastern in origin but there were parts of Europe that also blessed Epiphany Water. In 1890, the Roman Rite of the Blessing of the Water was included in the Ritual for universal use. The Ritual Prayer includes a Solemn Exorcism.
On Epiphany Day, chalk, gold, incense and myrrh are blessed. The chalk is used to inscribe the name of the 3 Magi (Caspar, Balthasar and Melchior) on the lintels of homes. For the blessing of homes, Epiphany water, chalk, incense and myrrh are used as sacramentals. With the blessed chalk is inscribed:
20 + C + M + B + 19
CBM is also an abbreviation of Christus Mansionem Bendicat, “May Christ bless the house”