Monday, 20 June 2022

Let us pray for our children and families who are preparing for First Holy Communion

Hello from Father Michael and the Parish Team.

In the Body and Blood of Christ, we find his presence, his life given for each of us. He not only gives us help to go forward, but he gives us himself: he enters into our affairs, he visits us when we are lonely, giving us back a sense of enthusiasm.

Pope Francis (on Twitter)

First Holy Communion, 25 and 26 June

The children of the Parish will receive First Holy Communion at Saturday's 5pm Mass at St Jude Church and Sunday's 9am Mass at St John Vianney Church. Some seating will be reserved for the families but there will still be plenty of room to come to Mass and support the children in their sacramental journey.

Ordination of Reverend Eden Langlands

Rejoice and give thanks to God that the Archdiocese will have a new priest this Friday! 

Father Eden will be ordained at the Cathedral at 5pm. There will also be a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral on Saturday, 25 June, at 9am. If you can't be there to share in the celebrations, please pray for him as he walks in the Lord's footsteps. 

Confirmation Program enrolments

Enrolments will open on 25 July for Catholic children in Year 6 and up. You'll find all of the details in the Confirmation in the Parish tab above.

Family Festival, Sunday 26 June at the Cathedral

To celebrate the World Meeting of Families in Rome, the Archbishop invites you to a Family Festival at the Cathedral:

  • Mass at 11am
  • Lunch at 12pm
  • Family Expo and Workshops from 12pm until 2pm.

To register, visit

St Vincent de Paul Society Winter Appeal

Father Michael would like to thank everyone who has donated to the Appeal, the Appeal organisers, and the volunteers who have staffed the collection table at Cooleman Court. We all know that these are very difficult times for so many people among us, and your generosity will make a crucial difference.

Liturgical banners for our churches

Father Michael would like to hear from anyone who may be able to help him with the design and making of liturgical banners for our Parish churches. If you can help, please see him after the 9.30am Thursday Mass at St Jude Church or contach the parish office.


Monday, 25 April 2022

We remember and pray for all who have served in Australia's defence forces.

Hello from Father Michael and the Parish team.

There are difficult times when life seems to belie faith. It's precisely then that we rediscover the Lord's heart. In those situations, Jesus doesn't perform earth-shattering miracles, but instead offers us heartwarming signs of mercy. He comforts us by offering us his wounds.

Pope Francis, on Twitter.

Project Compassion

Thank you to everyone who has donated. Your generosity will truly make a difference for so many people. There's still time to return your box or envelopes via the collection bags at Mass or by giving them to Father Michael or the acolyte before or after Mass.

Overnight Adoration in the Chapel, 7-8 May

Adoration in the Chapel at St John Vianney Church will start at 9.00pm on Saturday 7 May and will end at 8.00am on the Sunday. A roster with time slots is available in the foyers of both churches.

59th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 8 May (Good Shepherd Sunday)

The Day of Prayer is part of fulfilling Jesus' instruction to pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send labourers into his harvest. This Sunday, the Church concentrates its prayers and attention on vocations to the ordained ministries of priests and deacons, to consecrated life in all its forms, to secular institutes, and to missionary life. Please pray that our Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn will be blessed with an increase in all vocations.

Lectio Divina with Father Michael, 24 May

Lectio Divina is an ancient way of reading and praying Holy Scripture, where we enter into God's revelation through the Word. Father Michael will give a talk about it at the St John Vianney meeting room on Tuesday 24 May at 7.00pm. 

Eucharistic enrolments

First Eucharist has opened for baptised Catholic children in Year 4 and up who have made their First Reconciliation. Please register by noon on Thursday 12 May so that all the information can be given to the coordinators before the Commitment Mass on 15 May. Details of the Eucharist programme can be viewed via the tab First Eucharist in the Parish above.

Please remember to keep praying for peace in Ukraine and around the world.