Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles – Feast Day 28 October Simon came from Cana and was called ‘Zealot” – perhaps a member of the activist political party against Roman occupation of Judaea. Tradition holds he suffered martyrdom after preaching in Egypt and Persia. The Apostle Jude, called Thaddeus, spoke with Jesus during the Last Supper… Read More

Our Lady of The Rosary – Feast Day 7 October Hail Mary Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen. Mass… Read More

The Holy Guardian Angels – Feast Day 2 October Prayer to Our Guardian Angel: Angel of God, my guardian dear to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen As today is the First Friday of the Month, Mass times will… Read More

Saint Therese of the Child Jesus; Virgin, Doctor – Feast Day A Patron Saint in our Parish 1 October Therese Martin, the popular ‘Little Flower of Jesus,’ obtained special permission to enter the cloistered Carmelites of Lisieux at age 15. She developed a spiritual approach of striving for holiness through her childlike confidence in God’s… Read More

Saint Padre Pio – Feast Day 23 September  Born into an Italian farm family, Francesco Forgione overcame bad health and poverty to realise his dream of becoming a Capuchin Priest. He dedicated himself to prayer and works of mercy, even building a hospital to care for the sick. A stigmatist and mystic, he lived the… Read More

Exaltation of the Holy Cross – Feast Day 14 September  The bronze serpent on a standard is a well-known symbol of the medical profession. Its origins go back to the time when God halted the repentant Israelites in the wilderness through a bronze serpent that Moses fashioned and placed on a standard. In today’s Gospel,… Read More

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

 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