Feast of St Mary of the Cross

Mass for the 1st class feast of St Mary of the Cross will be at the normal time of 7 AM this Monday, the 8th of August.

Assumption of the BVM

There will be two Latin Masses offered on Monday 15th August,
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
a Holy Day of Obligation in Australia:

7 AM
7 PM

Both will take place at the Garran church.

Queens Birthday Holiday

Monday 13 June, Mass will be at 9am at St Peter & Paul's, Garran

Sacred Triduum Ceremonies

All ceremonies for the Sacred Triduum will take place at
 Sts Peter & Paul Church, Garran:

Holy Thursday: Mass 7PM

Good Friday:  (Day of Fast & Abstinence)
                       Stations of the Cross: 2PM
                       Good Friday Liturgy: 3PM

Saturday Easter Vigil: 10 PM

Easter Sunday: 7:45 AM Low Mass (at Campbell)
                           10:30 AM Sung Mass

Confession times will be available:

Holy Thursday: After the Mass up until 11:50 PM
Good Friday: After the 3PM liturgy.
Holy Saturday: 9 - 10:30 AM

Confessions are not planned before the ceremonies on these three days due to necessary preparations.

The Way of the Cross on Fridays

The Way of the Cross will follow the 7PM Mass on Fridays at Garran.

Confessions will be heard from 6:30 PM.

For First Friday, 4 March, Adoration and Benediction will take place before Mass, from 5:55 PM to 6:55 PM, with Confessions available during adoration.

Australian Requirements for Lenten Fast & Abstinence


1. Abstinence from meat, and fasting, are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. All who have completed their 18th year and have not yet begun their 60th year are bound to fast. All who have completed their 14th year are bound to abstain.

2. On all other Fridays of the year including the Fridays of Lent, the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by performing any one of the following:

(a) prayer – for example, Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to a church or chapel; reading the Bible; making the Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary.

(b) self-denial – for example, not eating meat; not eating sweets or dessert; giving up entertainment to spend time with the family; limiting food and drink so as to give to the poor of one’s own country.

(c) helping others – for example, special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened.
Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday (February 10) to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (March 24) exclusive. On Good Friday and, if possible, also on Holy Saturday until the Easter Vigil, the Easter fast is observed.


Each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This is to be done between Ash Wednesday, February 10, and Trinity Sunday, May 22, 2016 unless for a good reason it is done at another time during the year. All the faithful are obliged to confess their grave sins at least once a year.

The above is courtesy of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn website:


2 Feb Feast of the Purification of the BVM (Candlemas) & 3 Feb Feast of St Blaise

A Missa Cantata will be offered on Tuesday 2nd Feb for Candlemas at 7 PM; there will be no Mass in the morning.

Everyone is welcome to bring candles made with (at least a portion of) beeswax to be blessed for home use. A procession immediately follows the blessing and distribution of candles, followed by Mass. The primary purpose of the blessing of candles is for use at the altar.

On Wednesday 3 Feb, after the 7 AM Mass, there will be a blessing of throats through the intercession of St Blaise, bishop and martyr. The blessing will also be available after the Masses on Sunday.

Jan 6th: The Feast of the Epiphany

A sung Mass will be offered at 7 PM on the Feast of the Epiphany, 6th January. The blessing of chalk,  gold, frankincense and myrrh will take place after Mass. There will be no 7 AM Mass. Epiphany water will be available at Sts Peter & Paul's.

Epiphany house blessings will begin on Wednesday and will continue for some time. A sign-up sheet will be available at the entrance of the church.

Christmas Masses

The following is the Mass schedule for the holy feast of Christmas:

Sung Mass beginning at Midnight, preceeded by a half hour of Christmas Carols at St Peter & Paul's Church, Garran

7 AM (Dawn Mass) Low Mass at St Thomas More Parish, Campbell.

10 AM (Christmas Day Mass) St Peter & Paul's Church, Garran.

Advent Recollection Talks

Fr Blust will give two Advent Recollections:

Monday 7 Nov:  

Advent Recollection for Women:

 A 20 minute talk followed by a Holy Hour, ending with Benediction.
Confessions will be heard during the Holy Hour.
Time: 7PM
Place: St Peter & Paul's, Garran.

Saturday 12 Nov: 

Advent Recollection for Men:

A 20 minute talk followed by a Holy Hour, ending with Benediction.
Confessions will be heard during the Holy Hour.
Time: 10:30 AM
Place: St Peter & Paul's, Garran.