Solemnity of Our Lady of Jasna Gora 26 August      On Wednesday 26 August 2 Masses will be celebrated in our Parish for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Jasna Gora “Black Madonna”:  † 7:00 am at St. Therese Church Fairfield West and at  † 7:00 pm at St Benedict’s Smithfield Wednesday evening   A Brief History of the Image of Częstochowa  The Black Madonna of Częstochowa, also known as Our Lady of Częstochowa,… Read More


St Bartholomew Feast Day – Apostle and Martyr 24 August Saint Bartholomew lived in the first century AD and was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. Saint Bartholomew is credited with many miracles related to the weight of objects. He was martyred in Armenia, Caucasia. Due to the nature of his martyrdom, Saint Bartholomew… Read More


21ST SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME Solemnity of Our Lady of Jasna Gora The Solemnity of Our Lady of Jasna Gora will be celebrated on Wednesday 26th August. Tradition tells us that the original Icon, which resides in the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa Poland, was painted by St. Luke the Evangelist. The Pauline Fathers are… Read More


20TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME Mass Times Survey:  Recently our Parish Pastoral Council conducted a Survey/Questionnaire in relation to the Parish Mass in Italian at St Benedict’s Shrine and Parish Mass in English at St Therese Church. The reason for this Questionnaire was to ensure that all Parish Masses can be celebrated in the event… Read More


 Solemnity of The Assumption of Our Blessed Mother 15 August The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Holy day of obligation. This year the Solemnity falls on Saturday 15 August. There will be three Masses celebrated in the Parish. St Benedict’s Shrine Smithfield: Friday 14th August Vigil of the Solemnity… Read More


St Maximillian Mary Kolbe Feast Day – Priest and Martyr 14 August Born near Lodz, Poland, Raymond Kolbe became a Franciscan Priest and took the name Maximilian. He was intensely devoted to The Blessed Virgin Mary, and established an organisation called the Militia of Mary Immaculate. He began publishing a monthly magazine that soon had… Read More


Saint Lawrence Feast Day – Martyr and Deacon 10 August Saint Lawrence or Laurence was one of the seven deacons of the city of Rome, Italy, under Pope Sixtus II who were martyred in the persecution of the Christians that the Roman Emperor Valerian ordered in 258. Saint Lawrence, also spelled Laurence, died in 258 in Rome… Read More


19TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME   THIS WEEK’S LITURGICAL CELEBRATION Solemnity The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Saturday 15 August Holy Day of Obligation   On November 1st, 1950, Pope Pius XII published the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus which formally and infallibly defined the Doctrine of the Assumption. In it Pope Pius XII writes, “by… Read More