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40th Anniversary of the consecration of our parish church 11 (12) December 2016
We need to form a team to help celebrate this significant occasion. Archbishop Christopher will celebrate this occasion for us at 1000 Mass Sunday 11 December 2016.

For this anniversary I have commissioned a Palestinian Christian man from Bethlehem to make new Stations of the Cross for us in olive wood from the Holy Land. If you would like to help pay for these Stations, or join our anniversary committee, please see me or any member of Parish Council.
~Blessings, Fr Richard
Confirmation 2016 Update
Enrolments for 2016 Confimration Programme will open at the end of June in time for the Parent Information Night on 27th July at 7pm. Please watch this space. 
Save the Dates in your Diary -
South Woden Sacramental Program for 2016

Confirmation Mass – 27/28 August  
First Reconciliation - 23 November

Welcome to Mary Help of Christians Parish, South Woden

Mary, Help of Christians is a caring community which tries to live the Gospel in all that it does. If you live locally we hope this site will inspire you to join us. If you live far away, we hope that this site will provide inspiration for your own ministry and spirituality. Our parish church is Sacred Heart in Hodgson Crescent (cnr Beasley Street), Pearce, 2607. The BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL at Sacred Heart Church is open from 8:30 am until about 6 pm daily for adoration and quiet prayer.

In our new Parish logo pictured on the left, the crown is the same as that worn on the new Mary Help of Christians statue,the heart is representing Sacred Heart Church, Southern Cross represents Australia and the "M" symbolises us drawn to Jesus through Mary.

Parish Priest - Fr Richard Thompson VF CSM ChLJ RAN Rtd

Fr Richard became Parish Priest of Mary Help of Christians on 1 January 2014 and was installed by Archbishop Christopher Prowse on Sunday the 27th of April 2014. For pictures of the installation mass please  click here. For information on his background click here and also find attached an article by parishioner, Alan Hodges, in Serving Faithfully, the newsletter of the Catholic Military Ordinariate. 

Our Parish welcomes Deacon Matt Ransom and his wife Cathy to our parish team. Cathy has already joined our music ministry. Deacon Matt will be sharing his liturgical role and preaching at all three weekend masses at least once a month as his programme allows. For pictures and text of the welcome mass for Deacon Matt please  click here

Presbytery and Parish Office

The Presbytery is located at 35 Murphy Cresent, Pearce, 2607, at the rear of the church. The Parish Secretary is Megan Loughlin.
Parish Office Hours - 9-3pm, Tues-Fri. The office will be closed on Tuesdays during school hoildays.
Phone:026286 1908,  Email: wodensouth@cg.org.au

Geographic coverage

Of the Canberra population of 320,000 the Woden Valley has 32,000. Our parish draws people from South Woden comprising the suburbs of Pearce, Torrens, Chifley, South Phillip, Mawson, Farrer and Isaacs - a population of 16,000.

Sacred Heart Primary School

Our coeducational primary school and parish church are located next to each other in spacious grounds. The school has over 300 children from Kindergarten to Year 6. For comprehensive information please check the school's website.

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