Welcome to St Michael’s Parish
Under the care of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel
The parish of St Michael’s is a faith-filled and faithful Catholic community striving to follow in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ through the intercession of Mary, Help of Christians and under the protection of St Michael and God’s Holy Angels.
Led by the Holy Spirit, we want to make Christ present in our local community and in the world.
Our parish belongs to Cluster C with St Patrick Kogarah and St Bernadette Carlton as sister parishes in the cluster.
We are part of the St George Deanery under the Archdiocese of Sydney.
We at St Michael’s are committed to calling each other by name, making Jesus present among us, and being the hands of the body of Christ.
We actively celebrate Liturgy together. We support and care for each other, accepting and valuing diversity. We share the responsibility for the life of the Parish by giving of our time, talent and gifts and being continually open to renewal.
On Monday we had the first meeting of the Go Make Disciples initiative by the Archdiocese of Sydney. One of the points raised is the “clustering” of parishes for the purpose of collaboration with regards to pastoral activities as well as sharing of resources. Our sister parishes within the cluster are St Patrick in Kogarah (Mgr Henryk Micek) and St Berndette in Carlton (Fr Gabriel Ballawig). I have met up with Mgr Henryk and Fr Gabby and we have agreed on an outline of activities and other ways of cooperation.
Lent is a wonderful opportunity for us to develop a closer relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and I would like to exhort you to make yourselves aware of the devotional activities that our parish offers: daily Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Devotion to our Mother of Perpetual Help, Novena to St Michael the Archangel, as well as the Stations of the Cross every Friday evening during Lent.
Lent is a time of conversion. The Sacrament of Reconciliation offers us sanctifying grace which is new life in the Trinitarian God and brings fruitfulness to the barrenness in our lives. I do not want anyone to miss out on the graces that can be brought about by availing of the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent so I have organized with Fr Tomas (Spanish chaplain) and Fr George to offer the following:
Sacrament of Reconciliation on 3rd and 4th weekend of Lent
Saturday, 6th March and 13th March:
4.15 pm – 6.30 pm
Sunday, 7th March and 14th March:
9.00 am – 10.00 am
11.00 am – 12.00 pm
5.30 pm – 7.30 pm
St Patrick’s Kogarah will celebrate the Second Rite of Reconciliation on Monday, 29th March at 7.00 pm.
This is the year of St Joseph and we honour him at St Michael’s by including the Prayer to St Joseph after every Mass. The Feast of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary is on Friday, 19th March. Leading up to this we shall pray a short Novena Prayer to St Joseph with every Mass from the 10th March until the 18th March. The Novena prayers have been uploaded on our parish website.
On Saturday, 20th March, I have invited a young priest Fr Zachary Lewis to conduct our Parish Lenten retreat. Please make him feel welcome by your presence and take this opportunity to spiritually refresh yourselves.
Lastly, I am happy to tell you that every first Saturday of the month, the 9.15 am Mass will include the Anointing of the Sick. We are all broken and in need of help from the Almighty God so please come to the Healing Mass and bring your family and friends.
God bless you all!