St Michael's Parish 

Welcome to St Michael's Parish. Here you will find details about the Parish by using the menu along the top of the page - our Churches, Mass times, services and ministries, history and contacts. 

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You can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

To find out what is happening in St Michael's Parish and the Diocese, make sure you check out the events page. You might also like to visit the Diocese of Wollongong Website. 

The Parish Pastoral Council is developing a new website for our Parish, which will make it easier to connect with us. 


Third Sunday of Lent - 24th March, 2019
"The lord is kind and merciful." 

Looking ahead:

Easter Sunday 2019 - 21st April
Confirmation Sunday May 26th


Feast Day – Monday 25th March 2019 – The Annunciation of the Lord

Project Compassion – material is now available at all churches in our Parish. We encourage parishioners to support this worthy & well proven aspect of our Lenten observance. Caritas Australia through Project Compassion support a wide range of Programs in many regions of the Developing World. 

St Michael’s will have the privilege of welcoming Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario from Bangladesh later during the week, as he visits family members in Nowra and celebrates the baptism of his grandnephew. His Eminence will con-celebrate Mass at St Michael’s at 11.30a.m and on Saturday at 9.00.a.m. Parishioners are cordially invited to attend those Masses and greet the cardinal.

LIGHT TO THE NATIONS 2019 18th -21st April - is an Easter Pilgrimage event for Catholics (singles & families) aged 16+. Camp under the open skies with many other young people and families. as we celebrate the Easter Triduum. Held in the grounds of Chevalier College, Bowral. Visit www.lttn.org.au for more information and registration. 

In the aftermath of Cardinal Pell’s sentencing during the week, many people have felt bewildered and grief-stricken. To quote the Bishop “This is a difficult time for everyone as the pain of today is being felt by so many—it is a shared pain. Let us reaffirm our desire, broken as we are, to become the Church that Jesus calls us to be.”  Copies of the Bishop’s brief pastoral response are available at Church doors.

Rachel’s Vineyard: Healing – For those dealing with the  aftermath of Abortion.

Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries conducts healing retreats which are held regularly in the Sydney area offering women and men a spiritual way through grief and loss.

The next healing retreat will be held 5-7 April 2019 and 25-27 October 2019.

The retreat offers a sanctuary in which to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion in a safe, supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment.

The confidential voicemail number is 0400 092 555.

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Gathered around the Cross -
Join us for three Fridays in Lent at St Michael’s, Nowra

Fri 29th March 2019 7:00pm - An hour of quiet reflection around the Cross using Scripture, sung chants, prayer & symbols.

Fri 5th April 2019 7:00pm - We unite ourselves with the sufferings of our contemporary world, with prayer in the spirit of the Way of the Cross.

Fri 12th April 2019 7:00pm - We reflect on the Paschal Mystery in art imagery,  concluding with Friday Vespers, the official Evening Prayer of the Church.

St John’s High School Canteen  - are seeking volunteers to help in their canteen with morning food preparation, approximately 9am to11am. No experience necessary, duties may include slicing & dicing, stocking fridges & washing up. If you are able to assist on a monthly basis please call Vicki on 44231359

Youth Group starts up again on Sunay 24th March 2019 for those in Years 5-8!

Youth group is a welcoming & inclusive group that includes fun games, music, pizza and fellowship. Sign in 4pm at St Michael’s Hall & pick up occurs after the 6pm Youth Mass. We had many young people come along to our monthly youth groups last year and this year we plan it to be even better!

The question is daily asked: Will there be a replacement for Fr Duane? The answer is rather vague. The Bishop’s intention is that there will be, but the replacement will most likely have to come from outside the Diocese, due to the shortage of priests within the Diocese. To meet our current Sunday Mass schedule, Fr Ronan has to celebrate three Masses in succession: 8:00am, 9:30am (Bomaderry) & 11am K’ Valley. This cannot continue indefinitely; so that after Easter if there is no replacement, we will need to re-arrange some Mass times.

 Older Person Mental Health First Aid CourseFriday 22nd and Friday 29th March 2019. A course to help people understand and relate to the mental health needs of older people. Annette Tesoriero (a parishioner of St Michael’s) runs the course in West Nowra and is offering a special registration fee for fellow parishioners. Contact Annette 0416 723 893 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 ash wednesday 

In terms of the Church’s Precept fasting and abstaining from meat  apply to Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. During Lent however and on the Fridays of the year, we are  directed to do penance, not only on our own account, but also in the name of the Church and of the world. Taking seriously our penitential obligations, we ought to carefully select the form of penance that we consider most appropriate for our own circumstances and for our own growth in the Christian life,

(In brief we are encouraged to choose our own form of penance for the Fridays of Lent).

Project Compassion – material is now available at all churches in our Parish. We encourage parishioners to support this worthy and well proven aspect of our Lenten observance. Caritas Australia through Project Compassion support a wide range of Programs in many regions of the Developing World.

Bishop Brian opened and consecrated  a new Church: at Our Lady Help of Christians’ Parish, Rosemeadow this Friday evening.  We congratulate Fr Chris Sarkis and the parishioners  on this great achievement

Samaritan Group Reminder: Remember the Nowra community offers emergency meals to people in times of special need. Let us know if you are aware of someone who might need this short-term care. New volunteers also welcome. Sue or Bev 44212260 or Bernadette 0402136691.


Enrolment Applications for Year 7 2020 will be accepted from 28th Feb until 8th April.

st michaels school

Kindergarten Enrolments 2020

St Michael’s Catholic Primary School applications for enrolment for Kindergarten in 2020 are now being accepted. Enrolment packages are available from the school office.
Enrolment Interviews with the School Principal Mr Chris Paton will be held on Saturday 18th May and with the Parish Priest Fr. Pat Faherty by appointment.


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Holy Spirit Catholic Church - call for choir members. If you have an interest in singing and would like to assist at the 9.30am Mass on Sundays, please have a word after Mass or ring Deirdre on 44437825.

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Can we really make a difference? Yes! Catechists make a lasting difference in the lives of the young people that they teach. There has never been a more critical time to engage in the faith formation of our young people. If you can give 1 hour of your time per week to teach or help out in a classroom, please speak to Frances: 0413539370.

prayer basket

Prayer Basket, Nowra Church:The Alpha Team and Nowra Community Group have arranged a Prayer Basket in the side foyer. There are prayer cards where you can write a prayer intention and place it in the basket.
An Alpha Team member will take the prayer intentions to the altar during the entrance procession.

People with Coeliac are advised there is a suitable Communion Host available for them in our churches. The host is placed in a pyx on the altar for consecration and is kept separate from regular hosts in the ciborium at the time of distribution. Fr Pat and Fr Duane have been consecrating these hosts for Coeliacs for the last few years. All you need to do is tell Father before Mass and he will see that your host is available for you to receive. If you would like more information, please contact Patricia Bourke 0433 509 636.


Parish Samaritan Group

Are you noticing the needs of your fellow parishioners and neighbours in times of sickness or other household emergencies? Remember the Parish Samaritan Group has volunteers happy to provide a meal. Contact us through the parish office 44231712 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open bible

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pray as you go

Pray As You Go and Sacred Space are free Apps, available to download from iTunes and Google Play. You can listen in the car, out walking or any time of day. It offers a reflection on the daily Scripture reading and a reflective review (examen) of your day before you go to sleep.

St Michael’s Playgroup - Runs each Monday during the school term from 9:00am–10:30am in foyer of St Michael's School Hall. Parents, grandparents, carers, all welcome! Please bring your child’s snacks and drink. Gold coin donation.

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Children’s Liturgy Sundays 9:30am (during the school term) at St Michaels - children aged 4 and up gather together with our volunteer teachers to receive God's Word on their own level, in a fun and interactive way.


Craft-Tea Characters - Clean and useable knitting, crocheting, sewing and general craft materials are gratefully accepted. Don’t forget you are welcome to join us on a Wednesday 9:30ish-12:00ish. Making connections through craft, cuppas and company.
Pop in or contact Louise 0438218728.


Bomaderry Waratah RSL Day Club offers social support and friendship to older people who are still living in the community but who are unable to attend more active programs. For further information please phone Rosemary on 4423 3330. Click here to download poster.

NEED HELP AT HOME OR KNOW SOMEBODY WHO DOES? CatholicCare offers practical in-home aged care services, so you or someone you love can continue living a happy and healthy life in the comfort of their own home. For more information please call 42549342 or visit www.catholiccare.dow.org.au


The home is the heart of the Church. CAtHFAMILY brings you a selection of activities, prayer rituals, crafts and recipes for free from their website www.cathfamily.org. Don't miss CathKids, weekly interactive experience with a two minute animated reflection on the Sunday reading. Families in the Diocese of Wollongong are encouraged to utilise these resources at home to share faith with kids.

St Joseph’s House of Spirituality & Hospitality Batehaven – offers a quiet environment for prayer, reflection and hospitality for individuals or small groups. For further information or outline of 2018 program, contact Sr Carmel Drew 4472 4021 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SVdP Piety Stall

SVdP Piety Stall, Berry Street Nowra is a great place to visit for all your religious gifts. Items can be ordered from the catalogue.
If you have any enquiries, please call the stall on 4421 7395.


"The Journey" is a weekly program developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong aired on a growing number of Christian Radio Stations around Australia. Each week, there is a reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. Add to that some great music and interviews with people doing amazing things right around the globe and you’ve got a show that is all about faith, hope love and life. The Journey is produced and hosted by Mr Jude Hennessy in partnership with Pulse 94.1FM. The Journey Catholic Radio Program – Airs Weekly.
Go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can subscribe to weekly shows by email. 

Sacred Heart Church Bomaderry Piety Stall – Open after 9:30am Sunday Mass. For all your Confirmation and Communion and religious gifts and cards. Other items by special order from the catalogue.
Contact Suzie Alamango: 4448 6219 / 0419 249 008.

 2019 Bulletins 


Project Compassion – material is now available at all churches in our Parish. We encourage parishioners to support this worthy & well proven aspect of our Lenten observance. Caritas Australia through Project Compassion support a wide range of Programs in many regions of the Developing World.