Canberra Day Holiday

On Monday, 13 Mar, an ACT holiday, Mass will be at 9 AM at Garran.

Ash Wednesday (Day of Fast & Abstinence)

There will be two Latin Masses at Garran for Ash Wednesday:

6:45 am: Sung with ashes blessed and imposed before Mass;
7:00 pm: Low Mass with ashes imposed before Mass.

As permitted, the imposition of ashes will be also be offered after the Sunday Masses for those who did not receive them on Ash Wednesday.

Fridays in Lent: Mass and the Way of the Cross



On all Fridays during Lent, Mass will begin at 6 pm at Garran.

The Way of the Cross will follow the 6 pm Mass on Fridays at Garran.

Confessions will be heard from 5:30 pm.

For First Friday, 3 March, Adoration and Benediction will take place after the Way of the Cross, with Confessions also available during adoration.

Australian Requirements for Lenten Fast & Abstinence


DAYS OF PENANCE

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.

PASCHAL PRECEPT

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:

http://cgcatholic.org.au/catholic-voice/blog/lenten-penance-explained/


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 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 Saturday 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, preceded by a half hour of Christmas Carols at St Peter & Paul's Church, Garran

7:45 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:

Ember Wednesday 14 Dec:  

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.

Ember Saturday 17 Dec: 

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.

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