I AM NEW


WELCOME FROM OUR PARISH PRIEST

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, LGBTQI, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers, people of colour and colourful people.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Katy Perry or Pavarotti, or just growl quietly to yourself. You are welcome here if you are ‘just browsing’, just woken up or just got out of prison. We do not care if you are more Christian than our Archbishop, or have not been to church since Christmas or Easter last millennium.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums in ‘active wear’, football dads in team colours, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegans and vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted.

We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or do not like ‘organised religion’. (Many around us have questioned that one!) We offer a welcome to those who think the world is flat, work too hard, do not work, cannot spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to our parish.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as kids or simply got lost because their GPS or Google Maps let them down and they ended up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, refugees, asylum seekers, tourists, searchers, doubters . . . and you!

– FR RICHARD THOMPSON

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

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.

Faith Common Questions

When is Mass?

Please see the current Mass times advertised on the home page

Where are you located?

115 Hodgson Crs, Pearce

What are the elements within the parish logo?

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.

Questions of Catholic Faith & Belief

Catholic Come Home is a great website that has a huge list of Frequently asked Questions.

Should I be Baptised?

There is no requirement for you to be baptised in order to join in our community, whether you are attending Mass or any activities that our parish community offers. The most important thing is that you feel welcomed and begin your journey into a relationship with God.

What do I do when I Get There?

When you arrive you will be greeted at the door by our welcoming team. Once you enter just find a seat anywhere you feel comfortable. We invite you to pray, join in the songs (hymns) and responses if you know them.

WHAT TO EXPECT

For many people who were not raised in a liturgical or religious environment, the prospect of attending a Catholic Mass for the first time can be intimidating, however, all are welcome to attend Mass.

Because Catholics are called to attend Mass every Sunday, most of the congregation will know the prayers, responses and gestures of the liturgy. Don’t feel bad if you are confused by what is happening. Sit when everyone else sits, stand when they stand, kneel when they kneel. When it comes time for Communion, you can remain in your seat OR you may cross your arms over your chest and get in line with everyone else and the priest will give you a blessing rather than Communion.

We are grateful for all who wish to join us in worshiping God. If you have questions about the Catholic Church or are interested in becoming Catholic, maybe you can start enquiring about our Becoming Catholic – RCIA Programme

Location & Parking

We’re so glad you’ve decided to visit us! You’ll find a list of commonly asked questions.

How do I get there?

You can find our location on the map.

Where should I park?

There is plenty of parking in the parish schools car park and on the side streets. Please pay attention to all street signs to ensure you are parked in a legal spot.

What should I wear?

Our church has a “come as you are” atmosphere. You will see some dressed up; some dressed casual. We have no expectations for attire.