Australian Requirements for Lenten Fast & Abstinence

Below is a shortcut courtesy of the Archdiocese of Sydney website:

Ash Wednesday Mass Times

The Ash Wednesday Mass times are as follows:

7am low Mass Sts Peter & Paul Church, Garran
7 pm sung Mass Sts Pater & Paul Church, Garran.

Both Masses will have ashes blessed and distributed before the Mass begins.

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

A Missa Cantata will be offered on Monday 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 Tuesday 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.

Vatican Seeks Input for 2015 Synod on the Family

The Australian Bishops Conference has constructed an online questionnaire to let the Vatican know what Catholics think regarding the Family.

Until 9 Feb, please go to the web site of the Archdiocese for more info (The questionnaire may take an hour or so to complete):

The questionnaire begins here:

Australia Day

Monday 26 January, being Australia Day, Mass will be at the later time of 9 AM.

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.