Parish Life for the Laity

 

Everyone is warmly encouraged to join any of the activities/groups below.

 

Prayer & Devotional Groups  

Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle

The Marian Movement of Priests is a private association of Catholic clergy and lay associate members founded by Italian priest Fr. Stefano Gobbi in 1972. While visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal he felt himself inspired to begin this work, whose principal emphases are to encourage Consecration, especially of priests, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and whole-hearted fidelity to the Magisterium of the Pope.

Meets to pray the Cenacle prayers including the Holy Rosary in front of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesdays at 6 pm in the Church

Contact: Rosemary Lia

Weekly Devotion to St Michael and the Angels

We come together as a parish community to pray for the intercession of our patron St Michael and the Angels.  The Chaplet of St Michael and Benediction is part of the devotion. 

Please drop your written petitions in the box beside St Michael's statue or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesdays at 7 pm in the Church

Coordinator: Carmela Gonzaga 

Perpetual Devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Weekly novena prayers as well as Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Please drop your petitions and thanksgiving notes in the box up at the front placed beneath the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Saturdays after the the 9 am Mass in the Church

Contact: Carmela Gonzaga

First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

6 pm: Exposition, Adoration, Benediction with opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

7 pm: Holy Mass

Contact: Carmela Gonzaga

First Saturday Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima

Procession with the statue of our Lady of Fatima from the Church to the Grotto while praying the Holy Rosary

After the 5 pm Vigil Mass

Contact:  The Legion of Mary

Rosary and Marian Cenacle (Croatian) 

Thursdays between 11 am-12.15 pm in the Church followed by agape

Contact: Rose Polic

Padre Pio Group

First Fridays after the 9.15 Mass in the Church

Contact: Rosamaria Lia

Cantonese Prayer & Bible study Groups

Saturdays (except 2nd Sat of the month) between 10 am -12 pm in the Church Meeting Room: Women's group

Contact: Margaret Tham

Fourth Sundays between 2-4 pm in the Church Meeting Room:  Men's group

Contact: Raymond Hung

Meditation

Saturdays at 8 am in the Presbytery Meeting Room 

Contact: Wyllie Jahja

 

Service in the Parish

Parish Pastoral Council

Meets four times a year on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.
Patricia Whelan, Bijith Varghese, Normalita Padua, Teresa Yin, Vicki Lavorato (Ex Officio), Stephen Darcy (Ex Officio), Fr Janusz Bieniek (Ex Officio)

Parish Finance Committee

Members meet whenever the need arises:
Louis Cheung and Teresa Yin.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serves the Church,  the mystical Body of Christ on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries.

Here at St Michael's, legionary work (under the direction of the parish priest) includes taking Holy Communion to those unable to attend Mass; facilitating the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Extreme Unction, visiting parishioners in their homes on behalf of the parish priest; catechizing primary public school students; accompanying and instructing those who would like to enter the Catholic Church (RCIA) and organizing and giving instructions to the parish children who are receiving the sacraments of Confirmation, First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation.

Wednesdays at 7.30 pm in the Old Church

President: Valerie Gonzaga 

Members: Burton Craig, Jim Manwaring, Elizabeth Vong, Angelo Soccio, Mark Halavazis, Maribel Villanueva, Therese Borg, Ana Hennessy, Francesca Choi, Linda Ling

Altar Society

Care of the sanctuary, flowers, linen and sacred vessels

Coordinator: Antoinette Zakaria

Library

Books, CDs and videos available after Weekend Masses
David Fong & Teodora Buenviaje

Pious Goods Store

Open after each Mass on weekends.  If necessary, contact the Parish Office during the week (between 9 am - 3 pm).

Contact: Monica Langatuki

 

Liturgy & Catechesis

Acolytes

Assist at Mass and take communion to the sick
Contact: John Romanous

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Assist in the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass as well as taking Holy Communion to the house-bound and those in nursing homes and hospitals

Altar Servers

Children assisting priest at Mass

Contact: Teodora Buenviaje

Lectors

Read Scriptures and Prayer of the Faithful at Mass

Coodinator: Sandra Mak

Music Ministry

Groups: God Provides, Endravian Family, St Cecilia, Joy Vaz Group, Filipino Group, Colleen Calopedis, Carol Hamblion and Fran Long, Gonzaga Family

Contact: Parish Office

Hospitality

Serving tea, coffee, cordial & biscuits after Sunday morning Mass in the Corroboree Room

8am Mass - Fred Robinson

10am Mass - Con & Maureen Coutinho 

Children's Liturgy

Teaching children during Liturgy of the Word at 10am Mass and/or being involved in Children's Masses throughout the year

Coordinator: Therese Devine

Counters

Counting church collections on Sunday from 9-10am on a monthly roster basis
Contact: Teresa Yin

Theology Bible Studies

Meets every Thursday at 7.30 pm at the Presbytery Meeting Room

Contact: Ruel Padua

Bible Studies

Meets every Friday at 7 pm at the Corroboree Room

Contact: Sanjay Zanak

Catechists at Hurstville Public School

We teach the public school children from kindergarten to year six about the Catholic Faith every Wednesday.

Coordinator: Margaret Tham

Catechists: Fred Robinson, Tony Sakr, Louis Cheng, Valerie Gonzaga, Teresita Montchan, Teresa Chow, Evelyn Cicciotti, Elizabeth Vong, Krystal Foon

Sacramental Program

This is a collaboration between St Michael's Parish and St Mary Star of the Sea primary school.  It covers the Sacraments of Confirmation, Holy Communion and Reconciliation for all parish children.

Coordinator: Valerie Gonzaga

Members: Carmela Gonzaga, Chris Fitzsimmons, Elizabeth Vong, Meliani Djuari, Pinky Acevedo, Therese Borg, Tom Sinn

Baptism Preparation for Infants

Every first Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm in the Presbytery Meeting Room

Contact: Royston Fernandes

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

For Non-Catholics who want to know more about the Faith and for Catholics who would like to grow in their Faith

Tuesdays at 7.45 pm (after Devotion to St Michael) at the Presbytery Meeting Room

Overall Coordinator: Valerie Gonzaga 

RCIA Cantonese: Margaret Tham

RCIA Mandarin: Elsie and Urey Lau and Sr Agnes