Liturgical Events

The following events are celebrated each year at OLMC.

Holy Week is the last week of Lent before Easter, beginning on Palm Sunday and ending on Holy Saturday. Holy Week is the part of the Church Year where we commemorate the Passion of Christ, and the events which immediately led up to it.

Jesus Mary Stairway To Heaven

palm sunday of the passion of our lord

Mass Times

Sat   - 5:00pm Vigil
Sun  - 7:30am
          9:00am Italian
         3:30pm Vietnamese

2nd Rite for the Reconciliation of Individual Penitents. Saturday 4:30pm to 5:00pm in the church.

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Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord commemorates the entrance of the messiah into Jerusalem, to accomplish his paschal mystery, it is customary to have before Mass a blessing of palm leaves (or other branches, for example olive branches).

The blessing ceremony, usually held outside the church, includes the reading of a Gospel account of how Jesus rode into Jerusalem humbly on a donkey, reminiscent of a Davidic victory procession, and how people placed palms on the ground in front of him. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the entering of Jesus into Jerusalem, he begins his journey to the cross. This is followed by a procession or solemn entrance into the church, with the participants holding the blessed branches in their hands.

The Mass itself includes a reading of the Passion, the narrative of Jesus' capture, sufferings and death, as recounted in one of the Synoptic Gospels.

Monday to Wednesday

The days between Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday are known as Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, and Holy Wednesday. The Gospels of these days recount events not all of which occurred on the corresponding days between Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and his Last Supper.

Mass Times
As per normal weekdays

2nd Rite for the Reconciliation of Individual Penitents. Saturday 4:30pm to 5:00pm in the church.

 thursday of the lords supper

Mass Times

7.30pm Concelebrated Mass of The Lord's Supper (English and Italian). Church open until midnight for prayer at Altar of Repose (chapel).

Holy Thursday (also called Maundy Thursday – Maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, meaning "command" ) is the day that Christ celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples, as described in the Canonical gospels, four days after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

On Holy Thursday four events are commemorated: the washing of the disciples' feet, the institution of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the agony in the garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal of Christ by Judas.

jesus washes feet      Last Supper 1

After washing the feet of the disciples, Jesus celebrated the Feast of the Passover, instituting the Sacrament of Holy Communion. During the Last Supper, Christ blessed the bread and wine with the very words that Catholic priests use today to consecrate the Body and Blood of Christ during the Mass and the Divine Liturgy. In telling His disciples to "Do this in remembrance of Me," He instituted the Mass and made them the first priests.

After the supper, Jesus and his disciples went to Gethsemane to pray, there he was betrayed by Judas and was arrested by the Temple guard and taken to an illegal night session of the Jewish court, the Sanhedrin, setting the stage for His Crucifixion on Good Friday.

agony in garden 1      judas betrayal

Mass of the Lord's Supper

During the evening of Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord's Supper is celebrated. There is only one Mass, at which the whole community and priests of the parish participate. This is a very joyful Mass, as we recall the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the priesthood. The priests wear white vestments, the altar is filled with flowers, the Gloria is sung and the bells are rung. After the Gloria, we shall not hear organ music and the bells until the Easter Vigil.

The Liturgy of the Mass recalls the Passover, the Last Supper, which includes the Washing of the Feet. After the Communion Prayer, there is no final blessing. The Holy Eucharist is carried in procession through Church and then transferred into a place of reposition, usually a side chapel. After the Mass, we recall the Agony in the Garden, and the arrest and imprisonment of Jesus. The altar is stripped bare, crosses are removed or covered. The Eucharist has been placed in an altar of repose, and most churches are open for silent adoration, to answer Christ's invitation "Could you not, then, watch one hour with me?" (Matt 26:40)

The Sacred Paschal Triduum

The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with evening prayers on Easter Sunday. The celebration of the Triduum is the culmination of the entire liturgical year.

friday of the passion of our lord

good friday

11:00am   -  Stations of The Cross.
1:00pm     -  Stations of the Cross Vietnamese
3:00pm     -  Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion
5.00pm     -  Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion (Vietnamese)
7.30pm     -  Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion and Communion (Italian)

Good Friday or Friday of the Passion of Our Lord. It commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus on the cross. All Masses are prohibited. All celebration of the sacraments is strictly prohibited, except for the sacraments of Penance and Anointing of the Sick, though even these are better celebrated before the Triduum towards the end of Lent. Communion is not given outside the Celebration of the Lord's Passion but may be taken to the sick.

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easter saturday

Ceremonies begin at 7:00pm with the Easter Vigil Mass and includes Lighting of the Easter/Paschal Fire, Adult Baptism & Reception into the Church R.C.I.A.

Holy Saturday (in Latin, Sabbatum Sanctum), the 'day of the entombed Christ', is the Lord's day of rest, for on that day Christ's body lay in His tomb while his disciples observed the Sabbath. We recall the Apostle's Creed, which says "He descended unto the dead." It is a day of suspense between two worlds, that of darkness, sin and death, and that of the Resurrection and the restoration of the Light of the World.

cristo morto

For this reason no divine services are held until the Easter Vigil begins that night. This day between Good Friday and Easter Day makes present to us the end of one world and the complete newness of the era of salvation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ. It is the last day of Lent. The Church sanctuary remains stripped completely bare (following the Mass on Holy Thursday).

Easter Vigil - The Ceremony


The Easter Vigil begins with darkness. The darkness itself is the first movement of the liturgy, so we begin our preparations with that darkness. Then a light is struck. It breaks into the darkness.

"May the light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds."

The Light of Christ

The candle lit from the new fire is then processed into the community, and we receive its  light and experience the power of that light as it grows. When the candle is brought front and centre, we celebrate the Easter Proclamation.

easter sunday of the resurrection

Mass Times:
9:00am Italian
4.00pm Vietnamese

Please note: there is no 5:30pm Mass on Easter Sunday.

On Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. It marks the ending of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline in preparation for Easter.

After Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, his body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a cave tomb. The tomb was guarded by Roman Soldiers and an enormous stone was put over the entrance, so that no-one could steal the body.

On the Sunday, Mary Magdalene, followed later by some of Jesus' disciples, visited the tomb and found that the stone had been moved, and that Jesus' body had gone.

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Jesus himself was seen that day by Mary and the disciples and for forty days afterwards by many people. His followers realised that God had raised Jesus from the dead. Christians call this the Resurrection.

the assumption

A Holy day of Obligation

The Feast of the Assumption is held on the 15th August each year.

Mass Times will vary depending on day of the week the feast day falls. Actual times will be shown in our Parish Bulletin.

Assumption Day observes the Christian belief that when the Virgin Mary died, she was "assumed" into heaven. That is that at the end of her life, Mary was physically taken up into heaven.

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Holy days of Obligation or Feasts of Precept  are the days on which, as canon 1247 of the Code of Canon Law states:

On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass. Moreover they are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord's day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body.

The holy days of obligation for Catholics are indicated in canon 1246 of the Code of Canon Law.
The number of holy days of obligation was once much greater.

The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference determined that, in addition to all the Sundays in the year, the only feast days to be observed in Australia as holy days of obligation are the solemnities of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ ie. Christmas Day and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

nativity of our lord

Christmas Day

nativity scene 1

Mass Times
Christmas Eve:
5:00pm   -  Vigil and children's Mass
8:00pm   -  Italian Pageant
11:30pm -  Carols
12:00am -  Midnight Mass

Christmas Day:
9:00am Italian
4:00pm Vietnamese

Please note: there is no 5:30pm Mass on Christmas Day.

The word for Christmas in late Old English is CristesMaesse, the Mass of Christ, first found in 1038, and Cristes-messe, in 1131. This is the day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem two thousand years ago.

According to the Bible, Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room for him and his parents, Mary and Joseph, in an inn. The earliest known reference to the date of the nativity as December 25 is found in the Chronography of 354, an illuminated manuscript compiled in Rome for a wealthy Roman Christian named Valentinus.