News and Announcements

25th February, 2024

Second Sunday of Lent



Does Fiducia Supplicans Affirm Heresy? By Gerhard Cardinal Müller – Courtesy of First Things


The Lenten Discipline: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fasting, and Abstinence from meat. One full meal and two collations (light snacks) are permitted on Fast Days. The other days of Lent are also days of Penance, except for Sundays, and the Solemnities of St Patrick (transferred this year to Monday, 18th March) and St Joseph (Tuesday, 19th March). On days of penance, the law is fulfilled by any of the following: prayer, self-denial (e.g. fasting or abstinence), or the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. All who have completed their eighteenth year and have not begun their sixtieth year are bound to fast on the prescribed days. All who have completed their fourteenth year are bound to abstain. The traditional discipline of Lent kept the Fast on all days of Lent except Sundays and Solemnities, and abstinence from meat on Fridays and Saturdays, Ash Wednesday, the Ember Days, Good Friday and Holy Saturday (until Midday on Holy Saturday). The traditional practice is laudable for those whose health permits, but it is not of obligation.

As we continue to celebrate the Centenary Year of St Aloysius’ Church, we also celebrate the 10th anniversary this year of the establishment of the Parish of St John Henry Newman (on 28th March – Holy Thursday!). Both for our own Parish archives and for personal and family mementos, we will provide regular opportunities in the next few months for parishioners (individuals and families) to sit for photographs.

Michael Clohesy, Principal Solicitor of Clohesy Legal, will be speaking at St Aloysius’ School Hall today, 25th February, regarding Powers of Attorney, Wills & Estate Planning, and so on. Michael will have his first session from 9.15 am – 10.00 am, and will repeat his talk from 12.15 pm – 1.00 pm.

Children’s catechism: Sunday school will resume after Easter. We are still looking for two more catechists to assist (experience is helpful but not essential; all catechists must possess a current working with Children Card – this can be obtained by volunteers at no cost). Interested parishioners are invited to contact the Secretary by email.

Confirmation: the Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred by Bishop Elliott on Saturday, 27th July. Parents are now invited to register their children by contacting the Secretary. The usual age for Confirmation is 10-13. Any adults who have not been confirmed are also invited to register.

The First Friday & First Saturday fall this week.

Circle of the Immaculate: the ladies’ prayer group will meet this Saturday in the school hall, following 10 am Mass & the Rosary. Newcomers are welcome.

Fr Paschal Corby OFM (Conv) will be reassigned to the Friars’ house in Parramatta in March, in order to teach at Notre Dame University. We are deeply grateful for his many contributions, and he will be sorely missed. Fr Paschal will celebrate the Solemn Mass next Sunday, 3rd March, after which we will give him a send-off. Fortunately, he will return to assist us with the Sacred Triduum.


Sunday 1st Collection - Support for our priests

Sunday 2nd Collection - Support for the Parish and its works



The Parish of St John Henry Newman

Mass and Confession Times

25th February to 3rd March

Date

Mass Times

Feast

Sunday

  • 8.00 am
  • 10.30 am Solemn Mass
  • 3.30 pm Vespers & Benediction
  • 5.00 pm
  • Second Sunday of Lent

    Monday

  • 7.00 am
  • 8.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • Monday in the 2nd Week of Lent

    Tuesday

  • 7.00 am
  • 8.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Lent

    Wednesday

  • 7.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • 5.30 pm (St Patrick's Cathedral)
  • Wednesday in the 2nd Week of Lent

    Thursday

  • 7.00 am
  • 8.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • Thursday in the 2nd Week of Lent

    Friday

  • 7.00 am
  • 8.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • 6.00 pm (Stations of the Cross followed by Mass)
  • Friday in the 2nd Week of Lent (First Friday)

    Saturday

  • 8.00 am
  • 10.00 am (Sung Mass)
  • 5.00 pm (Kealba)
  • Saturday in the 2nd Week of Lent (First Saturday)

    Sunday

  • 8.00 am Low Mass
  • 10.30 am Solemn Mass
  • 3.30 pm Vespers & Benediction
  • 5.00 pm
  • 5.00 pm Low Mass at St Joseph’s Iona
  • Third Sunday of Lent

    Confessions: Weekdays & Saturday mornings after each Mass; Sunday before and during each Mass.

    The Parish of St John Henry Newman

    Events/Diary

    Lenten Vespers & Benediction on the Sundays of Lent