St Patrick's Parish Guildford


Saturday Vigil  6:00pm
8:00am and 10:00 am





Tuesday: 7.30pm
Wednesday: 9:15am
Thursday: 9:15am
Friday: 9:15am
Saturday: 9:00am



Sacrament of Penance TIMES:

Saturday 9.30am-10.15am & 5:00pm-5.45pm 




  • Every Saturday following the 9:00am Mass until 10:30am, including Prayer for Priests (Vocations)
  • Every first Sunday 11:00am - 12.30pm 



  • Before 9:15am Thursday Mass
  • Before 8:00am Sunday Mass
  • After 9:00am Saturday Mass
  • Before 7:30pm Tuesday Mass

Mass, Sacrament & Prayer Times


Sacred Silence, as part of the celebration, is to be observed at the designated times. Its nature, however depends on the moment when it occurs in the different parts of the celebration.

  • For in the Penitential Act and again after the invitation to pray, individuals recollect themselves;
  • whereas after a reading or after the homily, all meditate briefly on what they have heard,
  • then after Communion, they praise God in their hearts and pray to him.

Even before the celebration itself, it is priseworthy practice for silence to be observed... so that all may dispose themselves to carry out the sacred celebration in a devout and fitting manner. 

General Instruction of the Roman Mission: 45 


Reflections on Liturgy: 

The MASS consists in some sense of two parts, namely the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, these being so closely interconnected that they form but one single act of worship.  For in the Mass is spread the table both of God's Word and of the Body of Christ, and from it the faithful are to be instructed and refreshed.
(General Instruction of the Roman Missal - 28)


The Liturgy of the Word is to be celebrated in such a way as to favour meditation, and so any kind of haste such as hinders recollection is clearly to be avoided. In the course of it, brief periods of silence are also appropriate, accommodated in the assembled congregation, by means of these, under the action of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God may be grasped by the heart and a response through prayer may be prepared. 
It may be appropriate to observe such periods of silence, for example, 

  • before the Liturgy of the Word itself begins, 
  • after the First and Second Readings 
  • and lastly the conclusion of the Homily. 

(General Instruction of the Roman Missal - 56)


The readings from the Word of God are to be LISTENED to REVERENTLY by everyone, for they are an element of greatest importance in the Liturgy. Although in the readings from the Sacred Scripture, the Word of God is addressed to all people of whatever era and is understandable to them, a fuller understanding and a greater efficaciousness of the word is nevertheless fostered by a living commentary on the word, that is, by the HOMILY, as part of the liturgical action. 

- the homily is a means of bringing the scriptual message to life in a way that helps the faithful to realise that God's word is present and at work in their everyday lives.  

(General Instruction of the Roman Missal - 29 - and Verbum Domini 59) 


After the Second Vatican Council, new instructions for a  reform and renewal of public adoration were published (Eucharistiae Sacramentum, 21 June 1973

Adoration of the Eucharist is understood as an extension of the liturgy, not as a devotion separate from the liturgy or as 'extra-liturgical' prayer. 

This beautiful form of prayer, corporate and personal is direcly derived from the Eucharistic celebration and leads us back into the liturgy, encouraging us to deepend our desire to receive the sacrament of Life. So we come to Christ, not only to adore him and to receive his blessing, but to deepen our faith when our God gathers us to offer his sacrifice and receive the Body and Blood of Christ.


Prayer before the Eucharist deepens spirituality by cultivating stillness, silent reflection and forms of meditation.  The Host exposed in the monstrance is the focus for the best form of 'centering prayer'. 

The Eucharist speaks to us of sacrifice, justice, sharing and service. Adoration helps us understand what Pope Francis meant when preaching at the Corpus Christi Mass in Rome in 2013.  His challenge goes to the heart of the matter.  When I am 'adoring Christ truly present in the Eucharist, do I allow myself to be transformed by him?  Bishop Peter Elliott in the Summit published by Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne









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