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In order to comply with attendance tracing for COVID-19, St Martha's Parish is taking bookings for weekend masses via TryBooking.
If you are involved in any ministries in the church over the weekend, you are also required to register.
Once you've registered, your name will placed on the attendee's list at the door of the Church.
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A Requiem mass for Father Jack’s sister, Maria Kalinowski, was held on Wednesday the 25th November @7pm
to coincide with Maria’s funeral in Poland.

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A heartfelt thank you to the Parish and School community for all your support.
A special Thank you to Father Peter Strohmayer, Marcella Ayoub and Agnes Lee for the beautiful music and singing.

Eternal rest grant to her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen

TRIBUTE TO FATHER JACEK 

by professor Michael Quinlan

“Today has been proclaimed by Parousia Media to be “support your priest Sunday.”  Today we also mark as a community the feast day of our Patron St Martha which was last Wednesday.  We are also very close to the feast day of St John Vianney; the patron saint of priests whose feast is on the 4th of August.  The coincidence of these three important occasions gives us good reason to give thanks today for our parish priest, Father Jack Cichy.

The Catholic Church in Australia has always relied heavily on immigrant priests. In the early days of the Church many Irish priests left their homes to minister to our parishes. They have since been joined by priests form other parts of Europe and in more recent decades from Asia, India, the Pacific and Africa.  We should be eternally grateful to the willingness of priests to leave their homes and their countries to demonstrate the universality of the Catholic Church through their ministry here.  They are part of the rich tapestry of the Church in Australia. St Martha’s has been a particular beneficiary of wonderful immigrant parish priests all of whom have been humble and holy servants of Our Lord.

Our current parish priest Father Jack personifies the deep faith of Poland. He was born in 1959 in Poznan where he was ordained into ministerial priesthood in 1986. He came to Australia in 1990. Prior to joining St Martha’s Parish in January 2017 as a Parish administrator he served the Polish Community at Cabramatta and Fairfield and in the Parishes of Mount Pritchard and Dulwich Hill. Father Jack served as a hospital chaplain in various hospitals over a 12-year period.

One of the things that impresses me about Father Jack is the fact that he always prepares carefully thought out homilies. One in particular impressed me so much that I quoted from it in my academic paper “The Twenty-first Century Catholic Lawyer”, 16 (2018) Ave Maria Law Review 36. On Apr. 16, 2017 during Easter of that year Father Jack observed in answer to the question why the Church was full at Easter that:

“We are here because of what I call the Easter Church, the bedrock, base church. By this I mean the everyday church, the two-thousand-years old church that continues to display quiet, persistent, daily heroism. For over 2000 years ordinary people have done the deeds of love, forgiveness, charity and compassion in the name of the risen Saviour. Among them were people who taught us how to read and write and preserved civilisation during the dark ages, the people who founded and to this day operate the hundreds of thousands of schools, leprosaria, hospitals, orphanages and the largest AIDS support in the world.”

As I wrote in that article “This captures some of the keys to much of the Catholic Worldview. The Catholic Worldview is not morally neutral nor is it relativist but, whilst recognising evil, it calls on us to love our enemy.”  Unwittingly in this passage Father Jack also perfectly described himself. Over many challenges including the Great Lockdown Father Jack “continues to display quiet, persistent, daily heroism…[showing] love, forgiveness, charity and compassion in the name of the risen Saviour.”

We are very grateful to you Father Jack for joining our parish, for your service to the parish, the Church and to God and for your lived example of the Gospels.”

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Special Thank You from Fr. Jack

Thank you very much Michael for your wonderful words. My life as a Parish Priest can be compared to the way of the cross. Like Jesus, I have met many people on my journey. A priest needs people in his daily pastoral work, they are vital! A Priest without people is still a priest but his ministry is rather diminished. So for your wonderful presence in the life of my ministry, a big, big thank you.

COVID-19 UPDATE as of 24th July 2020

Whilst we have returned to normal mass times, the maximum number of parishioners allowed in the church at any one time is now 100 - The physical distancing “4 square meter rule” still applies, and EVERYONE attending masses is required pre-register and book their attendance by providing their contact details.
PLEASE, if you're feeling unwell in anyway or are showing any cold or flu like symtoms, please stay home.
All those entering the church must be prebooked via TryBooking and sanitise their hands with the sanitisers available.  There is no need to print any tickets from trybooking as your name will be on a list, at the door of the Church.
The mass times are as follows:
  • Monday No Mass
  • Tuesday 7.30am
  • Wednesday 9.10am
  • Thursday 9.10am
  • Friday 9.10am
  • Saturday 9.10am 5pm Vigil
  • Sunday 8am, 10am and 6pm.  (10am Sunday Mass is livestreamed on facebook & YouTube)
    Confessions - after Saturday morning mass or by appointment.
We regret that it is not possible to open the church for private prayer. Churches can only be open when someone is present to supervise, record names and contact details and to clean and santise pews after every visitor.
Thank you to all those who have assisted in recording names, assisting fellow parishioners and wiping down all areas of the church, as per Government and health requirements. I very much look forward to welcoming you back to our beloved church.
May God Bless and watch over you and your families.

“Offering Faith-filled Hospitality To All”

St Martha’s Parish Strathfield warmly extends the hand of welcome to all.

St Martha’s Church is located near the corner of Churchill Avenue and Homebush Road, Strathfield NSW, 2135.

The Church is open Monday to Friday from 8am until 5pm to give Parishioners and people passing by the opportunity to take some time to be in the presence of Jesus.
( Please note: The Church is locked daily at 12.00 noon during the school holidays.)

The Presbytery and Parish Office are located just around the corner at 70 Homebush Road, Strathfield.

Prayer for Medical Staff & Healthcare Workers

Heavenly Father, we come to you amongst a cloud of uncertainty, COVID-19 has spread amongst your people, It has scaled mountains, crossed borders, entered countries, and traversed oceans, male and female, young and old, It has entered homes, schools, governments, hospitals, sporting clubs and more. As a people united, we cry out, do not be far from us God, We lift up to you the medical professionals across our nation and around the world, May you bless their gifted hands. For GP’s, doctors, surgeons, nurses and specialists, may you give them insight to treat those afflicted effectively, sustain their efforts with an enduring energy, May the spread of this virus not overwhelm them. In these uncertain times keep them safe, keep them strong and when their work is done be with them in their weariness and in their tears. May they know our deep gratitude. Bless them in these challenging days. Amen.

Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You, above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot, at this moment, receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You are already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be seperated from you.

~ Amen

 

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St. Martha's Church Bells

will now ring 5 times each day

Each prayer time will be dedictated to a specific group particularly affected by the pandemic, at the following times...

9am: Prayer for those infected by COVID-19 and those who are sick.
12pm: Angelus Prayer for health professionals, clergy and those caring for the sick.
3pm:  For the unemployed, financially stressed, isolated or lonely.
6pm:  Angelus prayer for all Australians, especially political leaders and health authorities.
9pm:  Prayer for those who have died from COVID-19, and their families.

We invite everyone to join us in prayer


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Remember...

The only thing more contagious
than a virus is...

HOPE!

~ William McGraven

With the closure of our Churches, along with many months ahead filled with so much uncertainty, St Martha’s Parish Strathfield is undertaking various and alternative ways to interact with our parishioners and keep them connected to their faith. The Church is very much alive!

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Our Vision

We will be:
Eucharistic, called by God, joyfully proclaiming the Good News
Transformed by The Word, seeking God's Will
Compassionate, seeking justice and peace
Full of grace, honouring our differences and dignity of all
Welcoming, offering our hospitality, generosity and gifts.

Our Mission

Alive with the Holy Spirit
Inspired by St. Martha
We celebrate and witness God's love
By using our gifts and talents in the service of our Parish

 

Weekend Mass Times

Saturday:

5pm, Vigil Mass

Sunday:

8am, 10am & 6pm

Weekday Mass Times

Monday:

No Mass

Tuesday:

7:30am

Wednesday:

9:10am

Thursday:

9:10am

Friday:

9:10am

Saturday:

9:10am, followed by Reconciliation

Come and Visit Us

Church

Cnr. Homebush Rd & Churchill Ave.
Strathfield NSW 2135

Call

Ph: (02) 9746 6131 (option 2)
Fx: (02) 9764 3040


Office

70 Homebush Rd, Strathfield  2135
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

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