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61 Boronia Drive, O'Connor ACT 2602
Fr Paul Nulley
(02) 6247 5957

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“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). 

 

God loves you so much that he wants you to know him and to have a relationship with him through Jesus. Sometimes this can seem more complicated than it is because it can be difficult to notice how God is working in your life, especially if you are busy and over-stimulated. God wants to share his life with you and wants you to share your life with him. The initiative first belongs to God who gives everyone his grace and we are invited to respond in faith. 

 

At St Joseph’s we assist people in responding to God in faith under the patronage of St Joseph through the careful celebration of the liturgy, a caring community and the study of the faith.

 

I hope that by belonging to St Joseph’s you will learn to notice God in all the areas of your life and be inspired to be nourished by God’s grace, so that you may live your life to the full, as Jesus desires (John 10:10).

 

Father Paul Nulley 

 

 

SERVICES


MASS

Mass is the foundation of Christian life. During Mass the bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus – literally. At Mass we are reminded that we are not alone in any of our suffering and struggles. We are with Jesus who becomes food for our soul.  The Eucharist is the most personal encounter we can have with God.


Tuesday:        9:15am
Wednesday:  8:00am
Thursday:      9:15am
Friday:            9:15am
Saturday:       8:00am (Traditional Latin Mass)

           6:00pm (Vigil Mass)

Sunday:          9:00am 

 

Mass times changes for special events such as Easter and Christmas, are listed below or can be viewed on Facebook @stjosephsoconnor

 

 

MASS DEDICATION AND OFFERINGS

The Mass is the most powerful prayer because Jesus carries our prayers to heaven. It is especially appropriate to ask for Mass to be offered for someone who has died. This greatly assists souls in purgatory on their journey to heaven. Mass can also be offered for many intentions, such as for those who are unwell, in thanksgiving or for celebrating special events such as, anniversaries or birthdays.

 

Mass Dedication envelopes are available at the entrances of St Joseph’s and can be handed to Father Paul after Mass or arranged through the parish secretary - OConnor@cg.org.au or 6247 5957.

 

 

HOLY HOURS

During Mass, bread is transformed into the body of Christ, becoming the Eucharist. At Holy Hour, the Eucharist is displayed on the altar so you can silently pray and share anything that might be on your mind as you are in the presence of Jesus. This peaceful practice is for anyone wanting grace and love in their hearts. It lasts for one hour.

 

This devotion helps fulfil the words of Jesus spoken in the Gospel: “Come to me all you who labour and find life burdensome, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11;28-30).

 

Tuesday:                   8:10am - 9:10am and 5:00pm - 6:00pm 

Wednesday:             7:00am - 8:00am and 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Thursday:                 8:10am - 9:10am and 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday:                       8:10am - 9:10am and 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Cancellation of Holy Hours happens from time to time and can be viewed below or at Facebook @stjosephsoconnor

 

If you would like a focus to pray during Holy Hours, St Joseph’s has the following intentions: 

Tuesday:                   The Church (universal and domestic)

Wednesday:             Family and Workers

Thursday:                 Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life

Friday:                       Reparation to the Sacred Heart

 

 

CONFESSION

Some of Jesus’ last words before going to heaven were said to his Apostles, the first priests: “Those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven” (Jn 20:23). When we are sorry for our sins we are able to come to the Sacrament of Confession and hand them over to Jesus, who welcomes us and forgives our sins. 

 

Confession is important because it shows we are taking responsibility for our life and also acknowledging that we need God’s help in areas we might be struggling with. It is also important that we do not receive Holy Communion if we have committed a serious sin until we have been to the Sacrament of Confession, which makes us holy again. After coming out of Confession you will feel lighter, peaceful and forgiven.

 

Saturday:       5:30pm 

Father Paul is also available for confession during Holy Hours. Please feel free to approach him at any time during this practice, where you will be guided to the confession cubicles.

 

How to do confession at St Joseph’s

Confession at St Joseph’s takes place in private using two individual cubicles that separate the priest and yourself. A small filtered screen, linking the two cubicles, is used to talk through, which safeguards your anonymity. The door to your cubicle is the third door on the right when facing the altar, and is left open when free for you to enter. 

If you have forgotten how to make your confession, there are How to do Confession pamphlets on the table as you enter the church, but please do not worry if none are available, Father will guide you through the sacrament.

 

 

ROSARY

The Rosary is a set of specific prayers recited to meditate on the central mysteries of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Rosary beads are used in this devotion to help guide you through the order of prayers. Praying the Rosary daily is said to grant great blessings upon you and your family and can bring you great joy and focus. Rosary beads are not essential to attend and participate in this service.

 

Parish Rosary Recitals 

The Rosary is recited and lead by a member of St Joseph’s after every weekday Mass and twenty-five minutes before each weekend Mass in the church. 

 

The Wednesday morning Rosary is a Cenacle of the Marian Movement of Priests, which means that some extra prayers are recited. This is held in the Legion of Mary Room, which is the door on the right as you enter the church from the car park.

 

 

ANOINTING OF THE SICK 

This sacrament is sometimes referred to as “Last Rites”; however, it is not only offered to those who are gravely ill. The ritual includes being anointed on one’s forehead with sacramental oil and is for anyone who is undergoing an operation, is suffering in old age or is seriously unwell and in need of strength. This sacrament brings peace, eases suffering, occasionally causes miraculous healings and gives strength to unite your sufferings with Jesus, who leads us to eternal life.

 

This sacrament can happen in the church, at your home or in hospital and can be arranged by calling Father Paul on 6247 5957 or OConnor@cg.org.au

 

 

HOME VISITS

Our parish would like to help those who are struggling with illness or finding it hard to get out and about due to advanced age. If you or you know someone who would like a visit, to receive Holy Communion and/or needs transport to Mass, please email Anna Abraham - annasurrey23@gmail.com

 

 

For more information on St Joseph’s Services, including Sacraments and Mass Dedications, pick up your copy of the Parish Guide available in the foyer. Alternatively, contact the Parish Secretary on email OConnor@cg.org.au or 6247 5957.

 

Follow us on Facebook @stjosephsoconnor


 

 

SERVICE CHANGES & CANCELLATIONS

MASS CANCELLATION

Mass this Saturday morning, 22 February, is cancelled. 


HOLY HOUR TIME CHANGE 

 

WEEKLY HYMNS

Hymns for the 7th Sunday (23 February) in Ordinary Time, Vigil Mass 6pm; Sunday Mass 9am 

Catholic Worship Book II

 # 504 - Holy God we praise thy name

# 482 - Draw near and take

# 512 - I heard the voice of Jesus say

# 404 - Ave Regina caelorum 


FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF ST PETER THE APOSTLE

Saturday, 22nd February –  6pm Mass

Join us to celebrate Feast of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle at Mass this Saturday, 22nd February at 6pm.


 

FAREWELL FOR SR JULIE CONNOLLY RSJ

Our beloved Sr Julie will be moving to Sydney as she enters another part of her journey.  We thank God immensely for her presence in our community. There will be a farewell morning tea for her after mass on Sunday, 23rd February, which will be her last weekend.

 

You are all welcome to attend. If you would like to contribute in some way  to this special occasion, please bring a plate to share.

 


COMPLINE (NIGHT PRAYER)

Sunday, 23rd February – 7:30pm

Begin your new week with 25 minutes of ancient Gregorian chant, which liberates the soul. It has been the traditional night prayer for monks chanted throughout the centuries. This service is in Latin, but you will be given a book and translation to follow along with, and you will leave with your soul feeling peaceful.

 

7:30pm 

Sunday, 23rd February

Parish Church 

Compline occurs every fortnight on Sundays



WIDOWS GROUP 

Tuesday, 25th February – 11:00am 
The Widows Group meets once a month. Bring a plate and come enjoy lunch, a day of games, great support and wonderful company. No need to rsvp.

11:00am 
Tuesday, 25th February
Parish Centre adjacent to the church 

For more information, please contact Kath Coyle on 6248 0275, or email the Parish Secretary at OConnor@cg.org.au 

 


LENT / EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and fasting. Those who are 14 years old and over are obliged to abstain from meat. Those who are 18 years over up to 60 years old are bound to fast. Minimum requirement is to have only 1 main meal and 2 smaller snacks, that put together would constitute less than the main meal.

 

Come join us for the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament which is held one hour prior to the morning masses during Lent.



ASH WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, 26th February – 8am, 12pm & 6pm
Join us as we begin Lent with the imposition of ashes at St Joseph's this Ash Wednesday at Mass on the, 26th February at 8am and 6pm.

There will also be a midday service for St Joseph’s School held in the church, all are welcome to attend.



LENT / EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and fasting. Those who are 14 years old and over are obliged to abstain from meat. Those who are 18 years over up to 60 years old are bound to fast. Minimum requirement is to have only 1 main meal and 2 smaller snacks, that put together would constitute less than the main meal.

 

Come join us for the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament which is held one hour prior to the morning masses during Lent.

 

REFLECTION ON THE WORD OF GOD – EVERY SUNDAY FROM 8:30 – 9:00AM

To celebrate Word of God Sunday, the Plenary Council Discussion Group at St Joseph’s invites everyone to reflect on the Sunday Gospel 30 minutes before the Sunday mass from now until 12 April.

Reflections will be held in the Legion of Mary room.

 

MORNING PRAYERS

Come and join the Neo-Catechumenal Way at the 6:15am Morning Prayers at St Joseph's Parish on the following dates: March 2-6; March 9-13; March 16-20; March 23-27

 

Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

 

PHILOSOPHY STUDY GROUP  

Philosophy Study Group will meet on Tuesday, 3 March, 6 to 7pm at the Parish Centre.

 

In 2020, we will devote our sessions to gaining an idea on what the Church thinks about philosophy. What, if any, is the role of philosophy in relation to faith? How have Christianity and philosophy influenced each other? What value can the Catholic faith add to philosophy and vice versa? For that purpose, we will read several papal documents written in the past 120 years. The first one will be Aeterni Patris, Chapters 17-34  published by Leo XIII a year after becoming pope in 1879. 

To access the reading follow this link: https://www.diakoniaveritatis.org/2019/10/f-2020-program.html


 

YOUNG MEN OF ST JOSEPH

The Young Men of St Joseph will meet on Wednesday, 4 March at 7:30pm in the Parish Centre for the rosary, the litany of St Joseph and to discuss Lenten penances and practices.

 

 

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA) – THURSDAY, 5, 12, 19, 26 MAR

If you’re interested in becoming a Catholic or knowing what the Church teaches and why, join us.

It is an easy to understand course for all those wishing to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic faith and for those who are preparing for adult Baptism and confirmation. It involves studying the Scripture and Catholic practices and discusses how you can apply these to living your everyday life.

 

The course is brought to you free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend. Drop in and say hello.

RCIA meets weekly every Thursday until Easter 2020. 
7.30pm 
Parish Centre adjacent to the church

For more information, please contact Alwyn Dantis - alwyndantis@yahoo.com 0467 243 363

 

 

EMBER DAY

Friday, 6 March marks the first Ember Day for the year. 

Ember Days are days of extra prayer and penance, which mark the beginning of a new season. The Australian Bishops decided that in Australia, the 1st Friday of Autumn and Spring would be observed as Ember Days.


 

COMPLINE (NIGHT PRAYER)

Sunday, 8 March – 7:30pm

Begin your new week with 25 minutes of ancient Gregorian chant, which liberates the soul. It has been the traditional night prayer for monks chanted throughout the centuries. This service is in Latin, but you will be given a book and translation to follow along with, and you will leave with your soul feeling peaceful.

 

7:30pm 

Sunday, 8 March

Parish Church 

Compline occurs every fortnight on Sundays.



NOVENA / FEAST OF ST JOSEPH 

Novena is an ancient devotion which consists of 9 days of prayer with a certain request or intention in mind.

A novena will start on Tuesday, 10 March in preparation for our parish feast, Feast of St Joseph, which is celebrated on 19 March.

 

It will be prayed after Mass each day. If you are unable to attend Mass, you are encouraged to pray the novena in your families.    

 


SACRAMENT OF 1ST RECONCILIATION FORMATION SESSIONS – ST JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL (LEARNING HUB) 5:30 – 6:30PM

Session 1 – Wednesday, 11 March and Session 2 – Wednesday, 18 March  

 

 

PARISH FEAST, FEAST OF ST JOSEPH

Our Parish and St Joseph's Primary School will celebrate the Solemnity of St Joseph on Thursday, 19 March, at the 9:15am Mass. The Parish Choir will be leading the music. All are welcome to attend.

 

Hymns for the Parish Feast Mass are:

Catholic Worship Book II

#  398 – Christ is the King! O friends rejoice

#  512 – I heard the voice of Jesus say

#  163 – Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all

#  408 – Hail, Queen of heav’n, the ocean star

 

 

GARDENS WORKING BEE

Come and join us on our 1st Gardens Working Bee (Post Summer) on Saturday, 21 March from 10-12 noon. 

 

 

THEOLOGY STUDY GROUP: UNPACKING THE CREED

Theology Study Group meets on Wednesday, 11 March, 7:30pm at the Parish Centre to unpack “I believe in one holy Catholic and apostolic church’.

 

Anna Wierzbicka, Professor of Linguistics (Emerita) at the Australian National University, leads a free monthly reading and discussion group in theology that aims to put the Catholic faith into simple language and concepts. It’s for anyone wanting to explore and broaden their understanding of the Catholic faith. Anna is the author of What Did Jesus Mean? (2001) and What Christians Believe (2019) (both published by OUP, New York).

 

7:30pm
Wednesday, 11th March
Parish Centre adjacent to the church 

All are welcome to attend and participate or just listen.  

For copies of the readings or more information, please contact Anna.wierzbicka@anu.edu.au

 

 

SENIORS GROUP LUNCH

Seniors Group monthly lunch will be held on Monday, 16 March 11:30am at the Parish Hall.

 

PLENARY COUNCIL

Help us to discern how we can renew our parish and the Church in Australia. Come to the sixth monthly sessions during the Plenary Council's second phase, Let's Listen and Discern, where we will discuss the fifth of six themes:   How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is a joyful, hope-filled and servant community?

7pm

Wednesday 18th March

Parish Centre adjacent to the church

If you are interested in participating please contact Anna Abraham on 0468 351 839.

For more information about the themes and the process visit
https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/listening-and-discernment/

 

 

LEGION OF MARY - ANNUAL CONSECRATION OF OUR INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR SELF (ACIES)

Legion of Mary will hold its ACIES event with an Annual Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, 28 March, from 11am to 2pm at St Joseph’s Parish, O’Connor.

 

For more details, email:  LegionofMaryCanberra@gmail.com

 

 

COMPLINE (NIGHT PRAYER)

Sunday, 22 March – 7:30pm

Begin your new week with 25 minutes of ancient Gregorian chant, which liberates the soul. It has been the traditional night prayer for monks chanted throughout the centuries. This service is in Latin, but you will be given a book and translation to follow along with, and you will leave with your soul feeling peaceful.

 

7:30pm 

Sunday, 22 March

Parish Church 

Compline occurs every fortnight on Sundays.

 

 

WIDOWS GROUP LUNCH

Widows Group lunch will be held on Tuesday, 24 March, 11:00am at the Parish Hall. 

 

 

ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD SOLEMNITY - Wednesday, 25 March 8:00am Mass.

 

 

RELICS OF ST THERESE OF LISIEUX AND HER PARENTS, ST LOUIS & ZELIE MARTIN

Relics of St Therese of Lisieux and her parents, St Louis & Zelie Martin will be on display at St Joseph’s on Friday, 27 March from 1.30 - 2.45 pm for St Joseph’s Primary School students; 3.00 - 5.00 pm for St Joseph’s Parish, Syro-Malabar communities.

 

You are all invited to join us in the welcome and devotions.

 


MOTHERS GROUP 

St Joseph's Mothers Group meets fortnightly and is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the company of other mothers in a Christian environment over a cuppa and cake. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend with baby and toddler toys available on site.

For more information, please contact Jessica Rebbechi 0457 166 508.

 

 

 

NOTICES 

 

ORGANIST REQUIRED 

St Joseph is on the lookout for an organist to join our liturgical team for Mass and/or rehearsals. For more information, contact Brian - blswhite@iinet.net.au

 

CHOIR
The choir at St Joseph’s sings hymns during each Saturday Vigil and Sunday Mass to glorify God and lead the congregation. We are all amateurs who love to sing and have a good time. All are welcome to join in whether or not you have singing experienceNo long term commitment is required. Drop into rehearsal and say hello.

Rehearsals every Tuesday
7:30pm
Parish church 

 Rehearsals and tuition are led by singing teacher Brian White. For more information, contact Brian - blswhite@iinet.net.au 


CONTRIBUTIONS VIA QKR!
Contributions to St Joseph's first and second Mass collections can now be made online at qkr.mastcard.com or through the Qkr! App.

·      How to Instructions

·      Download Qkr! from your App provider

·      Select your country of residence as ‘Australia’ and follow the steps to register your profile

·      Either use your location to search your area if you are with in 10ks of the parish or manually search 'St Joseph’s O’Connor’

·      Select 'St Joseph’s O’Connor Parish'. 

·      Select: 1st Collection, 2nd Collection, or Special Appeals.

·      Select an amount or enter your own.

·      Go to checkout. 

When first accessing Qkr! either online on or the app, you will be prompted to add your debit card details to your profile to make contributions. 

Our Clergy (First Collection) is for the support of our clergy in the parish and beyond: The priests’ monthly stipend (salary); living expenses; food and housekeeping; Archbishop and Vicar General; Priests in remote dioceses across Australia; and sick and retired clergy. 

Our Parish (Second Collection) is for the maintenance and growth of the parish, including: liturgical needs; parish sacramental formation & pastoral programs; utilities; resources; maintenance of schools and parishes; repayments of loans; parish staff salaries; clergy car expenses; and insurance.

For more information or to set up monthly payments via direct debit, please contact the Parish Secretary at OConnor@cg.org.au or 6247 5957

For step by step Qkr! instructions with pictures, please visit
https://cgcatholic.org.au/2016/10/something-beautiful-god/




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