Good Friday Passion Play Photos

Here is a selection of photos from the Reenactment of the Lord’s Passion we had on Good Friday.

Other upcoming events at the shrine are First Saturday devotions on the 6th of April, Divine Mercy Sunday on the 7th of April, and Fatima Day on the 13th of April. Here is the programs for each.

6th April – First Saturday

  • 10 am Devotional Talk
  • 10:30 am Meditation before the Blessed Sacrament and Confession
  • 11 am Mass
  • 12-noon Rosary Procession around 5 Altars of the Church

7th April – Divine Mercy

  • 2pm – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Spiritual talk
  • 2:20pm – Silent Adoration
  • 2:40pm – Chaplet, Litany and Prayer of Divine Mercy
  • 3pm – Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament & Conclusion

13th April – Fatima Day

  • 10 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions
  • 10:30 am Rosary
  • 11 am Solemn Mass
  • 12 noon Lunch
  • 1:30 pm Eucharistic Procession to the Gotto while reciting the Rosary.
  • 2 pm Prayers and Devotions at the Gotto, and blessing of pilgrims.

Divine Mercy Sunday – Holy Hour

On Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday Mass schedule will be as per normal, Solemn Mass at 11am.

There will be a Holy Hour from 2pm-3pm in the Shrine Church. The Schedule is:

  • 2pm – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Spiritual talk
  • 2:20pm – Silent Adoration
  • 2:40pm – Chaplet, Litany and Prayer of Divine Mercy
  • 3pm – Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament & Conclusion

After the conclusion, there will be the blessing of religious articles and devotionals purchased from the religious shop or brought along for the occasion

Divine Mercy Altar in the Shrine Church

Divine Mercy Sunday and Novena

Here are the times when the Novena to Divine Mercy will be said in the Shrine in the lead-up to Divine Mercy Sunday, when a Holy Hour will be kept from 2 pm.

If you would like your intentions included in the Novena, please go here.

Good Friday (29th March)
5 pm – Novena to Divine Mercy

Holy Saturday (30th March)
11:30 am – Novena to the Divine Mercy

Easter Sunday (31st March)
8 am, 9:30 am & 11 am Mass
Divine Mercy Novena – immediately following each of the Masses

Easter Octave (1st-6th April)
11 am Mass followed by the Novena to the Divine Mercy.

Divine Mercy Sunday (7th April)
8 am & 9:30 am
11 am – Solemn Mass of Divine Mercy Sunday
2 pm – Divine Mercy Holy Hour (Confession available)

March Working Bee

The working bee this month will focus on the gardens around the Old Monastery. There are parts of our up coming Good Friday Passion Play that are at the Old Monastery, so we are looking to clean the area up as much as we can.

The program for the day would be:

  • Mass at around 8:15 am in the Shrine Church
  • Begin work at 9 am at the back of the property
  • BBQ lunch around 1:30 pm

The work will be everything from removing weeds and trimming plants and mulching the garden.

Solid shoes and gloves would be

February Working Bee

The working bee this month will focus on the Gotto at the back of the property, where we end our Fatima Day processions and also complete the Good Friday reenactment of the Lord’s Passion to make it look as beautiful as we can.

The program for the day would be:

  • Mass at around 8:15 am in the Shrine Church
  • Begin work at 9 am at the back of the property
  • BBQ lunch around 1:30 pm

The work will be everything from removing weeds and plants and mulching the garden to cleaning around the statues.

Solid shoes and gloves would be a must.

Ash Wednesday & the Lenten Season

Ash Wednesday (14th February) will commence the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is a day of Fasting and Abstinence. Masses at the Shrine will be celebrated at 11am (followed by the Stations of the Cross) & 6pm. The stations of the cross will be prayed each Friday & Saturday after the 11am Mass during which confession will also be available.

The Diocesan Lenten Program will soon be available for purchase to help guide people through the season of Lent. This is a great resource prepared for people by the Diocese of Wollongong. Price for the booklets will be $10 each.

Announcements for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Here are the announcements for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, the 7th of Janurary:

THANK YOU
Fr Richard and the community would like to thank everyone for their Christmas wishes, cards, gifts and invitations. This is all very much appreciated. Please be assured you are all in our prayers.

NOVENA TO ST PAUL THE FIRST HERMIT (PATRIARCH OF THE PAULINE ORDER)
This will take place from Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th January at the 11am Masses (inclusive of Sunday). For those wishing to include intentions for the novena (these will be place upon the Main Altar), slips can be found at the side table of the Church. Intentions can be left in one of the offering boxes in the Church, handed back to one of the Fathers or Brothers or put into the collection basket.

FATIMA DAY (Saturday 13th January)
Our main celebrant will be Fr Brian Harrison, retired Priest living in the Diocese of Wollongong. We look forward to welcoming Father Brian.

SOLEMNITY OF ST PAUL THE FIRST HERMIT
The Solemnity of the Patriarch of the Pauline Order will be celebrated with a Solemn Mass on Monday 15th January at the 11am Mass. During the Mass the Fathers and Brothers will be renewing their Religious Profession. At the end of Mass there will be a special blessing of the fruits of the Palm along with a special blessing for children. Please come along and celebrate this great day with us otherwise please keep the Pauline Fathers and Brothers in your prayers.

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, QUEEN OF HERMITS
The Solemnity of the Patroness of the Pauline Order will be celebrated with a Solemn Mass on Tuesday 16th January at the 11am Mass During the Mass the Fathers and Brothers will be renewing their Covenant to the Blessed Virgin. Again please come along and celebrate this great day with us otherwise please keep the Fathers and Brothers in your prayers.

MORNING TEA AFTER 8AM MASS
Thank you to all who provided something for the morning tea after the 8am Mass last week. The morning teas are proving to be popular especially for pilgrims to meet one another and have a chat in a social setting. In January there will be NO morning tea. The next Morning Tea will be: Sunday 18th February 2024.

Working Bee – Saturday 18th of November

During our monthly working bee on the 3rd Saturday of the month (18 of November) we are going to continue the work begun last month cleaning up the dead wood around the chapels at the back of the property. The goal of doing so will be:

  • We want our Shrine to look as beautiful as possible to be spiritually uplifting to the pilgrims that come.
  • It is said to be a high-risk fire season coming, so we want to be as prepared as possible.
  • The general safety of those that walk around the Shrine property.

The program for the day would be:

  • Mass at around 8:15am in the Shrine Church
  • Begin work at 9am at the back of the property
  • BBQ lunch around 1:30pm
  • Finish around 5:30pm (for those that can stay the whole day).

The work will be everything from collecting small branches to large logs, loading them in a trailer and putting them in an open field where they can be burnt next winter.

Solid shoes and gloves would be a must. Anyone who can bring a chainsaw to help cut up logs or a tailer to help move them is encouraged to bring them.

Matka Boza Jasna Gora Faces

Solemnity of Our Lady of Mercy

On the 26th of August, we will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa (Our Lady of Mercy). We will celebrate it again on the following Sunday.

Our Lady of Czestochowa is of particular significance to the Pauline Fathers at the Shrine because it is under this title that our Church is dedicated to Our Lady, but also, the Order has been custodians of the original Icon since 1382 at Czestochowa.

In the lead-up to the Solemnity, we a praying a novena for all the requested intentions. You can find the details of that novena on our page dedicated to the Novena to Our Lady of Mercy.