LATEST PARISH NEWS

MASS TIME CHANGE after Easter beginning on April 18, the Mass on Tuesday will be celebrated at 9.15am (no evening Mass) and the Mass on Wednesday will be celebrated at 7pm preceded with Holy Hour starting at 6pm (no morning Mass). The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be offered on the 1st Tuesday of the month. On all other days the Mass will be celebrated at usual time.

SPECIAL TIMES FOR RECONCILIATION Holy Week: Tuesday 11th April, During Holy Hour from 6pm, During the Mass at 7.00pm, After Mass at 7.30pm, in English and Italian.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER TRIDUUM
Holy Week has been held in great reverence since the very early years of the Church. In the Triduum, or Three Days -- Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday -- the Church gives us a singularly dramatic, intense and richly symbolic expression of the very heart of Christian belief. Even in our unspiritual time and culture, the Triduum and Easter re-affirms the essence of the Church's central beliefs in the strongest possible way -- a way which penetrates the deepest recesses of the human heart, and calls forth a response from all, young and old, rich and poor, and in every state of life....

By participating in the liturgy of the Church and by increasing our own observance of these holy days in our homes, we can deepen our understanding of these Events in the history of Salvation.

The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday. The celebration of the Triduum is the culmination of the entire liturgical year.

FAST AND ABSTINENCE
Good Friday, the day on which Christ was crucified, is a day of both fast and abstinence.
The law of fasting binds those who have completed their eighteenth year, until the beginning of their sixtieth year; the law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year. The law of abstinence forbids the use of meat. The law of fasting allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food in the morning and evening, observing - as far as quantity and quality are concerned - approved local customs.

HOLY THURSDAY COLLECTION Please bring your Project Compassion Boxes and/or envelopes. The money donated will be used by Caritas Australia for various of their charitable projects. Thank you.

GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION. The annual collection for the support of the church in the Holy Land takes place on Good Friday. This collection promotes the missionary work of the Church in the Holy Land. Last year, Australian Catholics donated over $1.1 million to this cause. Please remember the Christians of the Holy Land once again on this Good Friday. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Please also pray that peace and harmony will become a reality in the birthplace of Jesus, the 'Prince of Peace'.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF COMMUNION The new roster is now available at the back of the Church or has been emailed to you .If you would like to be a minister at any of the Easter ceremonies ,please put your name on the roster which has been left in the foyer of the Church. Thank you, Suzanne.

NEW CHURCH CLEANING ROSTER is now available at the back of the church.

RIGHT TO LIFE ASSOCIATION (NSW) EASTER RAFFLE drawn on 21st April, 2017. "Value the Vulnerability by Promoting the Dignity of Human Life" Tickets available from the back of the church. $3 each or 10 for $25 or book of 20 for $50

NEW MARRIAGE RESOURCE WEBSITE marriageinfo.com.au offers articles, lectures, videos and many more sources of information on the Catholic teaching on marriage, helping you to answer any question in the current climate of opposition to traditional marriage.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY (23rd April, 2017) – a special celebration of the mercy of God  will take place at Holy Innocents' Church: 1.45pm Holy Mass; 2.30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions; 3pm Divine Mercy Chaplet; 3.30pm Benediction and Blessing of Divine Mercy images.
Jesus told St Faustina—the soul that will go to confession and receive Holy communion will obtain complete forgiveness of their sins and punishment. Let no soul fear to come to me even though their sins are like scarlet. Jesus said MY MERCY IS GREAT!

DIVINE MERCY NOVENA & CHAPLET starts on Good Friday. Please join us for the 1st day of Novena at 2.30pm in the church.

IF LIKE POPE FRANCIS, you are passionate about building a parish community that is both a place of sanctuary for all and a 'centre of constant missionary outreach' then Mission: one heart many voices conference on 15-17 May is for you. The conference will offer opportunities for deepening your experience and knowledge of mission and practical ways of nurturing a parish community of 'missionary disciples'. Great speakers, specialised masterclasses, creative experiences of liturgy, faith and action. It will be a transformative moment of mission for you. To find out more, including registration and the program, visit the Conference website at www.mohmv.com.au or free call 1800 257 296

NEW RESOURCE FOR CATHOLIC WOMEN AND PARISHES. The Genius Project is an amazing new four-part DVD resource for Catholic women. Based upon Pope John Paul II's teaching on the vocation and dignity of women. Use it at home or form a small group in your parish. Find out more at www.beingcatholic.com.au/genius-project/

SARA'S PLACE offers care, support and love to women needing support in pregnancy or those who may be grieving after an abortion.  Services are free, compassionate and non-judgmental, and no Medicare is required.  Call or drop into the centre anytime Monday to Friday, from 9.30 am to 4.15 pm.  Sara's Place is located at 135 Devonshire St, Surry Hills (5 minute walk from Central Station).  Telephone 9699 8190, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.sarasplace.org.au.

ACHIEVING PREGNANCY NATURALLY The Billings Ovulation Method® can assist you in having the baby of your dreams. If you have been trying to have a baby without success, our teachers can provide essential information, which will give you the best chance to achieve your pregnancy naturally
For a free information leaflet, please call Billings LIFE on 1800 335 860

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE renewing the light of hope peer support for those who have suffered a loss through death, divorce or separation. Are you grieving the loss of a spouse through separation, divorce or death? Are you having trouble accepting that you no longer have a partner? Do you experience hurt, guilt, loneliness and despair over broken dreams? ls there some unresolved anger you need to deal with? For more information about our weekends Phone Lee 9449 5317 Or Kevin 49 1 0626

THE MANHOOD FORUM A new online community is available for Catholic men at www.beingcatholic.com.au/men_invite
A dynamic online community for single men, husbands, fathers and religious The Manhood Forum is an exciting new initiative for any man that wants to deepen in faith, love of the Church and their vocation as men. If you want to grow as a man and connect with other committed Catholic men please visit www.beingcatholic.com.au/men_invite

THE GREGORIAN SCHOLA OF SYDNEY has served the people and the parishes of Sydney for close on thirty years in offering the opportunity to all of singing/praying/learning Gregorian Chant. (Vatican II: Gregorian Chant is "specially suited to the liturgy and... should be given pride of place"). Currently our schola is very much in need of more singers, both young and not so young. We invite you to consider joining and supporting this service. There is opportunity for both solo and group participation. Young people may like to put membership on their CVs. We are grateful to the Parish Priest of St Bede's, Pyrmont, that the schola, when in session, can rehearse in this historic church each week. This is a plea and an invitation. If you are interested in joining The Gregorian Schola of Sydney ring 8741 2341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . See also website www.gchants.org.au.