Register and Book for Mass
THE SEASON OF LENT COMMENCES ON ASH WEDNESDAY - 17th FEBRUARY
ASH WEDNESDAY IS A DAY OF FASTING AND ABSTINENCE.
7.00am Mass & Distribution of Ashes
9.10am Mass & Distribution of Ashes
7.00pm Mass & Distribution
Lenten Devotion: Stations of the Cross - Every Friday of Lent at 7pm.
St Martha’s Parish warmly welcomes the appointment of Fr John Hayes as our Parish Priest.
St Martha’s Parish Strathfield has not had a parish priest for some years so it is with great excitement that we welcome Fr John to our faith filled community. Our Parish has a rich history and today has a very diverse cultural dimension. St Martha was a woman of great care and attention; but she was also a practical woman and her hospitality was well known as Jesus stayed with Martha, her sister Mary and Lazarus (Jn 11:5) while breaking his pilgrimages. Martha has often been challenged for her practical approach to life and neglecting her spiritual needs. Here at St Martha’s our vision is to be welcoming, Eucharistic, hospitable and faithful to the Word; if we follow our patron saint and use her actions as our guide to love others, we will always be in conformity with the Gospel message. We want to encounter Jesus at a deeper level and follow our baptismal commission to spread the ‘Good News”. Fr John comes into a community that is a sign of the presence of Jesus Christ, is alive with the Spirit, inspired by St Martha, celebrates our rich Eucharistic tradition, is prayerful and witnesses God’s love using our many gifts and talents.
Fr John comes from Emerald in Central Queensland. He completed various studies and jobs prior to entering the Seminary at 28 years of age. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1997. He trained for 6 years as a missionary in India and worked there for another 3½ years. In 2001 he returned to Brisbane and worked in the Cathedral and inner city parishes. In August 2004 Fr John came to Sydney and was Vicar-Rector of the Missionary Diocesan Seminary in Pagewood. In 2006 he was given care of the Pagewood parish and continued there as the Parish Priest.
We look forward to learning more about Fr John, his many experiences and reflections and particularly his vision for the St Martha’s Parish Community as we embark on the Archdiocese’s Mission Plan to “go, make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19). We take this opportunity to thank Fr John for his ministry and pastoral service to St Martha’s so over the coming weeks let us introduce ourselves and warmly embrace him into our Parish Community in the true spirit of our Patron St Martha.
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.
- 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.
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
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.
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During this time where we can't attend our beautiful church in person, we're asking all our Parishioners to join our electronic mailing list.
It's is a great way for us communicate with you, via email, and keep you right up to date with all things relating to the Parish.
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Please consider supporting our Parish
The Parish’s finances rely heavily upon contributions. Please consider making an online donation to the Parish.
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
Things to do during COVID-19 isolation
Cath Family is a website dedicated to assisting families in making the home the living heart of the church. This site aims to provide innovative and contemporary resources to help, not only in this time of isloation, but throughout normal times as well.
The only thing more contagious
than a virus is...
~ 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!
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.
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
5pm (Vigil Mass)
8am, 10am & 6pm
Weekday Mass Times
9:10am, followed by Reconciliation