Prayer & Reflection
'Great is the mystery of the faith!' The Church professes this mystery in the Apostles' Creed and celebrates it in the sacramental liturgy, so that the life of the faithful may be conformed to Christ in the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father. This mystery, then, requires that the faithful believe in it, that they celebrate it, and that they live from it in a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. This relationship is prayer (From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2558).
There are many opportunities for prayer at Saint Mary's. As well as our regular celebrations of the Eucharist, there are periods of formal and informal prayer to which you are very welcome.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:
Wednesdays from 12.45pm to 2pm - Saturdays from 10.30am to 12pm and each first Friday from 10.45am to 3pm
Benediction: Wednesday after 12:10pm till 2pm; also Every first Friday after the 12:10pm mass till 2pm
The Rosary: begins at 9.40am from Monday to Friday
for more on this particular Marian devotion please feel free to have a look at the page on Our Lady (click here).
1st Sunday of Advent
Stewardship by Canon John Weatherill
Archbishop Peter Smith mentions in his Pastoral letter for the Advent Season 2016, that he has “found it so encouraging and uplifting to find vibrant parish communities and first class schools which live out the Gospel in many different ways – in the development of evangelisation teams, “Stewardship” groups, prayer groups, and outreach to the poor and homeless by fulfilling the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in their respective communities amongst many other good works…”
This is very much echoed in Fr. John’s reflection wherein he helps us to understand Stewardship
“Stewardship is a spirituality that is accessible to everyone, as the concept of gratitude to God for his personal gifts to us in our lives acts as a focus and provides the right language for our people’s lived faith.
It can resonate with their own lives, their responsibilities, character and experiences.
It provides the vocabulary and spiritual imagery to describe, affirm, sustain and promote much of what we already do in our parishes and thus provides a cohesion that may still be lacking in our lived discipleship”