Communion Service

Communion services only (no Masses) on 24-26 November as Fr Sebastian is away on Overseas Clergy Conference.
Key Times
Mass times:
Sat: 6:00pm (Vigil)
Sun: 8:00am, 10:00am, 5:00pm
Mon: 9:00am
Tue: 7:30pm (followed by Adoration, Divine Mercy & Benediction)

Wed, Thu & Fri: 9:00am (followed by Adoration on First Friday)


20mins before all weekday masses

Tue 7:00pm,  Sat 5:15pm


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Parish Newsletter, Christ the King - B, 22nd November 2015 

King of Truth

The one who speaks the truth has a claim to leadership. This is the person who opens eyes, ears and hearts. He exposes the shameful and raises up the truly righteous. His words challenge us to turn from ways of illusion, to the way of truth. This person is the leader, the King. Jesus is this person.

What does it mean to be a king? Is it the old model of absolute power? Or is it Christ's leadership of service? These questions are the essence of Pilate's and Jesus' dialogue.

As Roman governor of Judea, Pilate was judge and jury in capital cases. His question was direct: "Do you claim to be king of the area I govern in the name of Caesar?" An affirmative answer would have sealed the fate of Jesus, since he would be branded as a political revolutionary. 

But the phrase "King of the Jews" had a spiritual meaning that might have escaped Pilate. To probe Pilate's 

understanding, Jesus answers a question with a question: "Who are your witnesses about me?" Dismissing Jesus' question, Pilate retorts by pressing his point: "What have you done?" In other words, Pilate wants a direct witness from the source Himself, not from his accusers. 

Jesus responds with a speech about his arena (i.e., "his kingdom"). Jesus' arena is not that of popular culture or politics; if it was there would be a bloody revolution. 

Pilate still presses the point: "You are a king, aren't you?" Jesus gives in on a semantic point ("You're the one who says so, Pilate") but finally gives Pilate a direct witness: Jesus speaks the truth.

How does the truth Jesus speaks and the truth the "world" speaks different? The truth of the world is transient in nature; it changes with the season and the political landscape. It speaks to ambition and power, to possessions and pleasure. The truth of the world is, at best, shallow.

But the truth Jesus speaks is one of the heart. The truth of Jesus is more than facts; it is one of fidelity. God is "true" to us; that means, he is faithful. He shows us his fidelity through his Son and the power of his Spirit. When we are true to God in return, we "live in truth" (that is, in relationship). Since God is eternally faithful, God's truth goes beyond the transient nature of politics, fad, and fashion.

How does your relationship with God touch you in ways the world cannot match? How has the truth of world failed you? How has God's faithfulness sustained you? A theologian once said that all revelation is invitation. In other words, all that God reveals to us invites us to live with him. This is the reality of Jesus' kingship. Jesus is Lord, so we might live near him in love. He is King of the World, not over us but for us and with us. How can you place one area of your life over to the King of the World this week?

From a reflection on the Gospel by Larry Broding, ( 

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 22nd November 2015>


Parish Newsletter, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 15th November 2015

No matter the season, we need to bring the love

The fig tree is to be our teacher. Every spring we observe a bare tree start to green. Leaves appear and we know that summer is on the horizon. As Spring is a prelude to Summer, and Autumn warns of Winter so we must not be complacent, imagining that life can be held in suspension.

Like seasons we have a short span of life, we must use our life profitably, not in financial terms but in terms of our baptismal commitment. Jesus showed us that a short life is not necessarily unprofitable and that our understanding of usefulness is not always God’s understanding.

Perhaps this is a good time to reflect on the year in terms of our commitment to discipleship. We were “sent” to bring love to all that we touch.

To feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the imprisoned, this essence of evangelisation.

To respond we must be awake!

From a reflection on the Gospel by Patricia Stevenson rsj 

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 15th November 2015>


Parish Newsletter, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 8th November 2015

Watching people is fine so long as we don’t rush to judgement

In today’s Gospel, Mark shows Jesus as something of a “people watcher.” He has obviously spent time watching and listening to people, discreetly enough for them to forget he is there. He will have observed the comings and goings - seen how people relate one to another - and have gained a fairly good insight into people's behaviour and motives.

As a devout Jew himself, he would have attended synagogue and Temple and seen particularly how people conducted themselves in places of worship - and, perhaps the next day, bumped into them again in he market-place. He would have seen how some people loved to be seen and recognised as important and respectable - but perhaps, as a village carpenter, overheard conversations which showed that away from the places where they could influence people a different side to their nature would be revealed.

It is this close observation of people that made Jesus such a good judge of character - and caused him to notice things which other people overlooked. The area around the treasury would have bustled with people as they gathered to make their offering. Some would have made it discreetly - others ensuring that their contribution was noticed. Among them all, and, probably trying to hide the smallness of her offering was a widow with her two small coins. 

Jesus takes in the situation and uses it to illustrate to his disciples the importance of being careful how one judges people. Yes, there are those who give generously and the woman’s offering is not going to go far; proportionately, however,  her’s was the greatest contribution the treasury had had that day.

Jesus’ example of watching and listening can be a useful one for present-day disciples too. In everyday life, we meet people or see them in the media and, often are inclined to take them at face value. Sometimes, this may be accurate. However, as experience shows, our opinion of someone can vary according to how they are portrayed by the media or others. To sit back and take time to reflect before making a judgement about someone - or a situation - benefits us and spares us the embarrassment of having to change our minds!

From a reflection on the Gospel by Catherine McElhinney & Kathryn Turner 

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 8th November 2015>


Parish Newsletter, Feast of All Saints - B, 1st November 2015

Teaching of Jesus contradicts the world’s view on happiness

The Beatitudes Jesus offers us are a sign of contradiction to the world's understanding of happiness and joy.  How can one possibly find happiness in poverty, hunger, mourning, and persecution?  Poverty of spirit finds ample room and joy in possessing God as the greatest treasure possible.  Hunger of the spirit seeks nourishment and strength in God's word and Spirit.  Sorrow and mourning over wasted life and sin leads to joyful freedom from the burden of guilt and spiritual oppression.  God reveals to the humble of heart the true source of abundant life and happiness.  Jesus promises his disciples that the joys of heaven will more than compensate for the troubles and hardships they can expect in this world.  Thomas Aquinas said: No one can live without joy.  That is why a person deprived of spiritual joy goes after carnal pleasures.  Do you know the happiness of hungering and thirsting for God alone?

From a reflection on the Gospel by Don Schwager. 

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 1st November 2015>


Altar Server Roster for November 2015

Dear Altar Servers,

The roster for November 2015 is now available. 

As usual, please organise directly with another altar server to fill in for you if you are unable to serve. 

God Bless,



Parish Newsletter, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 25th October 2015

In prayer, important to remain open and honest

Facing reality is difficult for all human beings. In today's Gospel we hear the blind Bartimaeus tell Jesus, "Lord that I may see." He says it with great conviction and a willingness to accept the consequences.

Prayer should also be a way of saying, "Lord, that I may see." To pray is to be in an open, honest relationship with ourselves, with one another and with the Lord; it is a relationship that demands that all areas of our life be open to scrutiny.

It is a relationship that allows no "off limits" areas, or no "no entry" signs, or no "off duty" periods. It is a relationship that calls for total honesty in facing our sinfulness, our fears, greed and insecurity, and the many games we play with ourselves.

One of the games we play most often with ourselves is the noise game. Primitive people used to play the tom-tom drums to keep away the evil spirits. Very often we give ourselves the impression of being good through an abundance of words, music and action when we come to worship God. But this is not what God primarily wants from us.

God wants us to say very truthfully in the silence of our hearts, "Lord, that I may see." Jesus wants the prayer of Bartimaeus to come from a sincere heart that asks not only for the gift of sight so that we can see the world around us, but also for the gift of seeing - of seeing the truth, or the lack of it in the depths of our being, and then of taking the action necessary to reverse our blindness.

From a reflection on the Gospel by, Father Gerry Pierse, CSsR. 

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 25th October 2015>


Parish Newsletter, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 18th October 2015

The Missionary Church

Over one billion Catholics all over the world observe today as World Mission Sunday. This annual observance was instituted 89 years ago in 1926 by a Papal decree issued by Pope Pius XI. Every year since then, the universal Church has dedicated the month of October to reflection on and prayer for the missions. On World Mission Sunday, Catholics gather to celebrate the Eucharist and to contribute to a collection for the work of evangelization around the world. This annual celebration gives us a chance to reflect on the importance of mission work for the life of the Church. It reminds us that we are one with the Church around the world and that we are all committed to carrying on the mission of Christ, however different our situations may be.
The Church, according to Vatican Council II, is "missionary" in her very nature because her founder, Jesus Christ, was the first missionary. God the Father sent God the Son into the world with a message of God’s love and salvation. Thus, the evangelizing mission of the Church is essentially the announcement of God's love, mercy, forgiveness, and salvation as these are revealed to mankind through the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Pope Francis, in his first World Mission Sunday message, 2013, challenged us to proclaim courageously and in every situation the Gospel of Christ, a message of hope, reconciliation and communion. In his 2014, the Pope challenged the Church to become a welcoming home, a mother for all peoples and the source of rebirth for our world through the intercession of Mary, the model of humble and joyful evangelization. This year, he challenges us to meet the needs of all people to return to their roots and to protect the values of their respective cultures.

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 18th October 2015>