Australia Day- Monday Mass

Mass on Monday 27 January, will be at 9am at St Peter & Paul's, Garran.

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 (A Holy Day of Obligation):

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.

Mass on Wednesday 1st January, the Octave-day of Christmas, will be at 9am, Sts Peter & Paul Church, Garran. The 1st of January is not a Holy Day of Obligation in Australia.

Sunday Mass Time & Location Changes

Beginning on the 1st Sunday of Advent, the 1st of December, there will be a permanent change in Sunday Mass times and a change in locations.

The Sunday Masses, both the Low Mass and Sung Mass, will be moved to St Jude's Church, Holder.

The times are as follows:

Low Mass 8am;
Sung Mass 10am.

Confessions will be available before and after Mass.

All other Masses during the week will remain at Sts Peter & Paul Church, Garran.

Assumption of the BVM

There will be two Latin Masses offered on Thursday15th August,
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
a Holy Day of Obligation in Australia:

7 AM
7 PM (Sung)

Both will take place at the Garran church.

Corpus Christi Thursday

Mass for the feast of Corpus Christi will be at 6 pm on Thursday 20 June at Garran.
There will be no 7 am Mass.

Anzac Day

On Easter Thursday, 25 April, Mass will be at 9AM at Garran.

Canberra Day Holiday

On Monday, 11 Mar, an ACT holiday, Mass will be at 9 AM at Garran.

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:

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, 5 April, Adoration and Benediction will take place after the Way of the Cross, with Confessions also available during adoration.