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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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.