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St Mary's Basilica: 136 Yarra St, Geelong

  

ASH WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14th is a day of fasting

(one main meal, two smaller meals) and abstinence (from meat).

 

Mass, including the distribution of Ashes, will be here celebrated at:

7.00am; 10.00am; 6.00pm (Polish); 7.30pm.

Representatives from our 4 Primary Schools will be attending the 10.00am Mass.

 

 

 

Regular Weekly Mass Times 

 

 

 

Monday: St Mary's Basilica: 9.00am  2018 Teachers Mass, 10:00 am Normal Mass time
Tuesday to Friday: St Mary's Basilica: 7.00 am, 10:00 am
 

Note: The Rosary is recited before each weekday Mass

Saturday: St Mary's Basilica: 9:00 am, 6:00 pm (Vigil)
Sunday: St Mary's Basilica: 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:15 pm (Polish), 5:30 pm

   

 

 

 

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FEAST DAY OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES (and WORLD DAY OF THE SICK) 

Sunday February 11th, 2018

 

 

As a Parish we will celebrate this FEAST DAY and ANOINTING OF THE SICK on:

 

Saturday February 10th, at 10.00am Mass in the Basilica.

 Please note: there will be no regular 9.00am Mass on this day.

 

 

WHY DO WE CELEBRATE THIS FEAST DAY?

 

Each year over 2 million people make their way

through the mountainous country of south eastern France, to Lourdes.

They come seeking cures, hoping to find answers, believing, and praying.

At Lourdes, people recall the Lady dressed in white, with a blue sash, yellow roses

at her feet, and a Rosary on her arm — the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

On February 11, 1858, Mary appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous.

This was the first of 18 visits, many of them with 20,000 people present.

When Bernadette asked the Lady’s identity, she replied,

“I am the Immaculate Conception.”

(Just four years earlier, the Pope had proclaimed it a dogma that Mary

was conceived immaculate without original sin.)

The Blessed Virgin, through Bernadette, had come to call sinners to a change of heart. Her message was a request for prayer and penance. She also instructed Bernadette to tell the priests that a chapel was to be built on the site and processions held.


 

On February 25, 1858, the Lady told Bernadette to dig in the dirt and drink of the stream. Bernadette began to dig, and after several attempts she was able to find the water to drink. The water continued to flow from where she had dug with her hands until it was producing over 32,000 gallons of water a day — as it still does.

 

There have been over 5,000 cures recorded but less than 100 of them have been declared miraculous by the Church.

Most of these have taken place during the blessing with the Blessed Sacrament.

 

Today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

We may never travel to Lourdes and join in the processions, but we can know always that we have a Mother to help us and lead us to her Son, Jesus.

 

And so we pray to her:

 

Grant us, O merciful God, protection in our weakness,

that we, who keep the Memorial of the Immaculate Mother of God,

may, with the help of her intercession, rise up from our iniquities.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

One God, for ever and ever. Amen

 

 

Reflection through music and pictures: click on this link

 

Lourdes Day Hymn - Immaculate Mary

 

 

Other Services

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday at St Mary's Basilica: 9:30 am
 
Mass on the Radio
Sunday, 7.00 am on 89.9 LightFM, and 10:00 am on 94.7 FM The Pulse
 
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Monday at St Mary's Basilica: after 10:00 am Mass
Novena to St. Anthony
Tuesday at St Mary's Basilica: after 10:00 am Mass
 
St. John of God Hospital Chapel Mass
Thursday in the SJOG Chapel: 11.30am

 

 

The Parish Piety Stall is in the Basilica Narthex (main entrance):

 

 

 

 

Regular opening times are:

 

Monday - Friday: 10.30am - 1.00pm.

Sunday: 10.30am - 12.15pm. (Closed on Saturdays)

 

 

 

 

VOLUNTEER REQUIRED

 

The Piety Stall is seeking reliable person to assist one other volunteer on Tuesdays 10.30am - 1.00pm.

This is a vital service to many Christians in Geelong, and a not demanding way to meet people of the Parish.

 

If you can help please contact Mary Stow 5221 3349

or call the Parish Office on 5222 1977

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE EASTER SEASON - 2018

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Shrove Tuesday
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Ash Wednesday
Sunday, March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday
Thursday, March 29, 2018 Holy Thursday
Friday, March 30, 2018 Good Friday
Saturday, March 31, 2018 Easter Saturday
Sunday, April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday
Monday, April 2, 2018 Easter Monday