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Pope Francis delivers 2018 Lenten Message

Sunday, 4th March 2018: second Sunday of Lent - Year B


First Reading

2 Chr 36:14-16. 19-23


After seventy years, the Israelites are released to rebuild the temple.

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 136. R. v.6


(R) Let my tongue be silenced, if ever I forget you!


Second Reading

Eph 2:4-10


Salvation is not earned but a gift from God.


Gospel Acclamation

Jn 3:16



Jn 3:14-21


Jesus converses with Nicodemus.

Feastdays This Week

  • Saturday, 17 March: Saint Patrick, Bishop
  • Monday, 19 March: Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

OnLine sites offering daily prayer and reflections on daily readings.  

Living Space: A site managed by the Irish Jesuits offering reflections on daily readings.

Pray.Com.Au: An online prayer space offered by Jesuit Communications (Australia) - Richmond Vic

Sacred Space: An online prayer space produced by the Jesuits of Ireland
Prayer Room: An online prayer space created by the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. 
Pray-As-You-Go: Download daily prayers for your mp3 player. Produced by the UK Jesuits

3 Minute Retreat: Daily reflections by Loyola Press (a Jesuit Ministry)

Lectio Divina: Daily Readings reflections by the Carmelites. 

Season of Lent


         (14 FEBRUARY – 31 MARCH 2018)

Read a different story to feature each week during Lent. Focused on the theme “A Just Future,” and featuring a new country each week, the stories explain the issues faced in each country. They also highlight how Caritas Australia is working together with vulnerable people, helping them to develop their strengths and create change in their own communities. 




Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. The practice of fasting was recommended by Christ, both by example and by teaching. In current Catholic practice, fasting means having only one full meal on a day.  Smaller quantities of food may be eaten at two other meals but no food should be consumed at any other time during the day. 

Abstinence is the practice of abstaining from the use of certain kinds of food.  The use of other forms of penance, particularly works of charity or piety, is also encouraged.  The present laws took effect in 1966. The law of fasting applies to people from 18 to 59 years old.  Everyone aged 14 years and older is bound by the law of abstinence from meat.  The spirit of the law may invite us to extend the fast to things other than food – television or computer games, gambling or gossiping. The minimum fasting requirements make most sense when they are combined with prayer and almsgiving.  These age-old disciplines reflect our most fundamental concerns:  our relationship with God (prayer), with our bodies (fasting) and with others (almsgiving).  The purpose of fasting and abstinence is not to punish but to teach us a detachment from whatever may keep us from God. Turning our hearts more toward God and less toward food helps make us more disciplined and more charitable.  In addition, the practice helps us imitate the example of Jesus who fasted for 40 days in preparation for his ministry and provides a means of expressing our common repentance. The season of Lent is our annual invitation to grow in awareness of our spiritual hungers. The sixth-century Rule of Benedict still holds true:  “During these days of Lent … let us all deny ourselves some food, drink, sleep, needless talking and idle jesting, and look forward to holy Easter with joy and spiritual longing” -  (Chapter 49).

~  Elizabeth Harrington, Liturgy Brisbane



          EASTER 2018

Chrism Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta Wednesday, 28 March at 7:30pm


      The Easter Triduum

 Holy Thursday, 29 March 
(No 9:15am Morning Mass)

7:30pm - Mass of the Lord's Supper

Vigil at Altar of Repose until Midnight. 


     Good Friday, 30 March

10:00am Stations of the Cross

3:00pm Celebration of the Lord's Passion

7:30pm Vigil at the Tomb 


  Holy Saturday, 31 March

7:00pm Easter Vigil 


   Easter Sunday, 1 April

8:00am and 10:00am 


    Sacrament of Penance

Saturday, 24 March 
10:15am, 5:00pm - 5:45pm

Tuesday, 27 March

5:30 - 7:00pm

Thursday, 29 March

10:30am - 12 Noon

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.

The law of fasting binds those who are between the ages of 18 and 60.  The law of abstinence binds those who are over 14. 

Lenten reflection Gatherings:

Ash Wednesday  is on 14 February and so our Lenter Journey will begin.
There will be opportunity during Lent for us to come together and "break open the Word"  to reflect on the Lenten Sunday Readings

Each Thursday: 10:00am - 11:ooam and repeated 7:00pm - 8:00pm

VENUE: Parish Office


  • 15 February
  • 22 February,
  • 1 Marsh
  • 8 March
  • 15 March
  • 22 March

Lent is a new beginning a path leading to the certain goal of Easter. Christ's victory over death. Christians are asked to return to God "with all their hearts" (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. (Pope Francis).

Stations of the Cross during Lent:

Will be held every Tuesday night following the 7:30pm Mass throughout Lent commencing Tuesday 20 February up to and including Tuesday of Holy Week - 27 March 


God of all peoples and nations,you accompany us on our Lenten journey.

Through the life and mission of your son,you give us the gift of mercy.

May we learn to walk your way of justice and compassion with all your people.

In a special way, we keep in mind the children, women and men around the world who are most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice.

In this Year of Youth, may we support young people as they recognise that through their efforts, their desire to change and their generosity, they too are participating in the building of a better world.

Bless our prayers, our fasting and our Lenten gifts to Project Compassion.

Through these actions, may our hearts be open to receive your grace as we work towards a just future for all your creation.

We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen