Devotions and Service
Everyone is warmly encouraged to join any of the activities/groups below.
Prayer & Devotional Groups
Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle
The Marian Movement of Priests is a private association of Catholic clergy and lay associate members founded by Italian priest Fr. Stefano Gobbi in 1972. While visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal he felt himself inspired to begin this work, whose principal emphases are to encourage Consecration, especially of priests, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and whole-hearted fidelity to the Magisterium of the Pope.
Meets to pray the Cenacle prayers including the Holy Rosary in front of the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesdays at 6 pm in the Church
Contact: Rosemary Lia
Weekly Devotion to St Michael and the Angels
We come together as a parish community to pray for the intercession of our patron St Michael and the Angels. The Chaplet of St Michael and Benediction is part of the devotion.
Please drop your written petitions in the box beside St Michael’s statue or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays at 7 pm in the Church
Coordinator: Carmela Gonzaga
Perpetual Devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Weekly novena prayers as well as Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Please drop your petitions and thanksgiving notes in the box up at the front placed beneath the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Saturdays after the the 9 am Mass in the Church
Contact: Carmela Gonzaga
First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
6 pm: Exposition, Adoration, Benediction with opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
7 pm: Holy Mass
Contact: Carmela Gonzaga
First Saturday Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima
Procession with the statue of our Lady of Fatima from the Church to the Grotto while praying the Holy Rosary
After the 5 pm Vigil Mass
Contact: The Legion of Mary
Rosary and Marian Cenacle (Croatian)
Thursdays between 11 am-12.15 pm in the Church followed by agape
Contact: Rose Polic
Padre Pio Group
First Fridays after the 9.15 am Mass in the Church
Contact: Rosamaria Lia
Cantonese Prayer & Bible study Groups
Saturdays (except 2nd Sat of the month) at 10.30 am in the Church Meeting Room
Contact: Margaret Tham
Saturdays at 8 am in the Presbytery Meeting Room
Contact: Wyllie Jahja
St Michael’s Young Adults (18-35)
Sundays 7 pm
Contact: David Sofatzis
Service in the Parish
Parish Pastoral Council
Meets four times a year on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm.
Patricia Whelan, Amy Cheung, Dennis Mak, Carmela Gonzaga, Teresa Yin, Mike Amper, Vicki Lavorato, Robyn Rodwell (Ex Officio), Kim McCue (Ex Officio), Fr Janusz Bieniek (Ex Officio)
Parish Finance Committee
Members four times a year on the first Friday of the month after the 7.00 pm Mass.
Teresa Yin, Louis Cheung, Lou Maffina, Michael Troiano, Valerie Gonzaga
Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serves the Church, the mystical Body of Christ on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries.
Here at St Michael’s, legionary work (under the direction of the parish priest) includes taking Holy Communion to those unable to attend Mass; facilitating the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Extreme Unction, visiting parishioners in their homes on behalf of the parish priest; catechizing primary public school students; accompanying and instructing those who would like to enter the Catholic Church (RCIA) and organizing and giving instructions to the parish children who are receiving the sacraments of Confirmation, First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation.
Wednesdays at 7.30 pm in the Old Church
President: Valerie Gonzaga
Members: Burton Craig, Henry Chandrajaya, Mark Halavazis, Jim Manwaring, Angelo Soccio, Therese Borg, Francesca Choi, Linda Ling, Roslyn Chan, TC Mak, Maria Lorenzo, Maribel Villanueva
Care of the sanctuary, linen and sacred vessels
Books, CDs and videos available after Weekend Masses
David Fong & Teodora Buenviaje
Pious Goods Store
Open after each Mass on weekends. If necessary, contact the Parish Office during the week.
Contact: Yen Jahja
Liturgy & Catechesis
Assist at Mass and take communion to the sick
Coordinator: John Romanous
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Assist in the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass as well as taking Holy Communion to the house-bound and those in nursing homes and hospital
Coordinator: Pat Hinson
Children assisting priest at Mass
Contact: Teodora Buenviaje
Read Scriptures and Prayer of the Faithful at Mass
Coodinator: Sandra Mak
Groups: Bethany College, Endravian Family, St Cecilia Choir, Joy Vaz Group, Eddie Lising Group, St Michael’s Choir, Colleen Calopedis, Fran Long and Patricia Shiels, Gonzaga Family
Contact: Carmela Gonzaga
Serving tea, coffee, cordial & biscuits after Sunday morning Mass in the Corroboree Room
10am Mass – MCRs
Teaching children during Liturgy of the Word at 10am Mass and/or being involved in Children’s Masses throughout the year
Coordinator: Therese Devine
School of the Word
Monday at 7.30pm at the Church
Contact: Verbum Dei missionaries
Catechists at Hurstville Public School
We teach the public school children from kindergarten to year six about the Catholic Faith every Wednesday.
Coordinator: Margaret Tham
Catechists: Valerie Gonzaga, Tony Sakr, Louis Cheng, Mimi Lui, Teresita Montchan, Teresa Chow, Ana Hennessy, Elizabeth Vong, Evelyn Cicciotti
This is a collaboration between St Michael’s Parish and St Mary Star of the Sea primary school. It covers the Sacraments of Confirmation, Holy Communion and Reconciliation for all parish children.
Coordinator: Valerie Gonzaga
Members: Carmela Gonzaga, Henry Chandrajaya, Elizabeth Vong, Julie Rached, Meliani Djuari, Pinky Acevedo, Therese Borg, Tom Sinn
Baptism Preparation for Infants
Every first Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm in the Presbytery Meeting Room
Contact: Royston Fernandes
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
For Non-Catholics who want to know more about the Faith and for Catholics who would like to grow in their Faith
Tuesdays at 7.45 pm (after Devotion to St Michael) at the Presbytery Meeting Room
Overall Coordinator: Valerie Gonzaga
RCIA Cantonese: Margaret Tham
RCIA Mandarin: Elsie and Urey Lau and Sr Agnes