COVID-19 Update

From 8 November 2021, restrictions will ease further for people who are fully vaccinated.

For the latest Covid-19 Restrictions for Greater Sydney please go to this link: New COVID-19 restrictions for Greater Sydney (nsw.gov.au)

St Michael’s Meadowbank Church Reopens from Tuesday 19th October 2021

Dear Parishioners,

Thanks be to God, after many months of lockdown St. Michael’s Meadowbank will open again for public worship, beginning with 9:15am Mass on Tuesday 19th October. 

All are welcome regardless of vaccination status. We look forward to seeing you all.

Please be mindful of the following: 

  • Use the QR code or sign the register (in case the QR code option is not available for you) before entering the church. 
  • Inside the church masks are compulsory and social distancing rules must be observed – 1 (person/family unit) per 2m2 from 8th November 2021. Families and couples are encouraged to fill up the left side of the church first.
  • All regular schedule is to resume as follows:
    • Weekday Masses: 9:15am (Tue – Sat)
    • Weekend Masses: 5:30pm Vigil (Sat), 8am & 10am (Sun)
    • Confessions: 8:15am-8:55am (Fri, Sat), 4:45pm-5:15pm (Sat), or by appointment
    • Adoration and Benediction: 8:15am-8:55am (Fri, Sat)
    • First Friday Mass: 7pm (1st Fridays of the month)

Blessing and Prayers for Advent Wreath

During the Advent season families should spend time together preparing for the approaching celebration of the birth of Christ. An Advent wreath can be a great focal point for family prayers and holiday celebrations.

An Advent wreath is a wreath of laurel, spruce or similar foliage with four candles that are lighted successively in the weeks of Advent to symbolize the light that the birth of Christ brought into the world. Traditionally three of the candles are purple, the color of kings and of penance. A rose-colored candle is used to mark the Third Sunday of Advent as a time to rejoice over the closeness of Christmas and the coming of Christ.

Children love the beauty of the simple traditional ceremony. Lighting candles in an Advent Wreath is a simple way to start a tradition of family worship in the home. Those who participate will cherish the experience all their lives.

Prayer:

Each day your family should gather around the Advent wreath, generally before the evening meal. The proper number of candles are then lighted and a prayer is said.

BLESSING OF THE ADVENT WREATH

It starts at the evening meal on the Saturday before the first Sunday in Advent with the blessing of the wreath. (The head of the household is the one designated to say the prayers, following which various members of his family light the candles. If the group is not a family, then a leader may be selected to say the prayers and others appointed to light the candles.) The following prayer can be used.

Leader: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

Leader: O God, by whose Word all things are sanctified, pour forth Your blessing upon this wreath and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from You abundant graces. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The wreath would then be sprinkled with water. Then follows the prayer which is said before the evening meal each night of the first week in Advent.

Please click below for the blessing prayers and prayers for the 4 weeks in advent

Prayers for the 1st week, 2nd week, 3rd week and 4th week in Advent

PRAYER RESOURCES FOR THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

LIVESTREAMING MASSES AROUND THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY – Click Below

Live Masses – Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney (sydneycatholic.org)

How to pray the Rosary 

Welcome to St Michael’s Church, Meadowbank

Welcome to those who like to know or be involved at St Michael’s Church, Meadowbank.

We hope that you will learn about us and that we will be able to learn from you and help grow our parish community.

Caring for Children and Vulnerable People:

The Parish is committed to the Christ-like care of all children, young persons and vulnerable people. By following in the example of Jesus Christ and his words to “Let the little children come!”, the Parish is doing all it can to build a community and a Church that safeguards the voice, freedom and life of children, young persons and vulnerable people. Please click on LINKS to view some of our essential policy documents.

Donating and Contributing to the Parish

The Parish is able to flourish and continue the work of Christ through the generosity, support and participation of our parishioners. If you would like to contribute in any way to the parish, please click here. 

Parish Facebook Page 

Please visit and follow the Parish Facebook Page. Please click here.

A MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY

Child sexual abuse is a crime. The appropriate people to deal with crimes are the police. If you, or anyone yo know, have been abused, please contact the police. Alternatively, you can contact the Safeguarding and MInisterial Integrity Office at (02) 9390 5810 or click on the link https://www.sydneycatholic.org/safeguarding-and-child-protection/

You may also want to speak to your Parish Priest – Fr Emmanuel Seo who will be able to provide support and guidance. The Archdiocese has a legal obligation to report crimes to the police.