Welcome to Mater Dei Blakehurst & St Raphael Hurstville South
Welcome to Our Parish
We have a wonderful Parish with a true spirit of community, compassion and care for each other. We are guided by our faith and I am forever grateful to God for the many wonderful gifts we have and the many kind and generous people that are such a key part of our identity as a Church.
In all that we do let us strive to grow in true holiness, opening our hearts to the mystery and wonder of our Lord.
I pray that each of us from the youngest to the most senior members of our community will be filled by the goodness of God.
Everyone is welcome at our parishes of Mater Dei and St Raphael. I invite all who live nearby, have children at the school or who would just like to join us and become part of our community.May the Lord continue to bless all we do to build the kingdom of God in all aspects of our lives. Fr Isidore Anantharaj
During the Stage 2 lockdown those who cannot attend church services may wish to use the following recommended Resources:
1. Daily mass will be broadcast via live steaming by St Declan’s Church: Monday -Saturday 9:15am Sunday: 9:00am https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMUpiYTtBvI-1M3Uj-3b9Vg/
2. Archdiocese of Sydney
Daily live-streaming of Masses from St Mary’s Cathedral:
Catholic weekly updates: https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/ the full digital edition of the paper can also be accessed: https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/catholic-weekly-newspaper-online/
on-line lectio divina: https://www.sydneycatholic.org/coronavirus-updates/prayer-resources-for-the-coronavirus-pandemic/#lectio
3. Vatican: 5:00 pm
Mass and Adoration LIVE with Pope Francis every day at 5pm Sydney time and recorded for later. https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/mass-casa-santa-marta/
4. Mass broadcast on Channel 10 each Sunday from 6am.
Sacraments of Confirmation, First Eucharist and First Reconciliation at St Raphael’s & Mater Dei Parish have been postponed until further notice
We warmly welcome all Parishioners and Visitors to our Church. If you are new to our Parish, please make sure to register your family at the Parish Office. You may access the Parish Registration Form from our website or collect one from the foyer.
Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office
The focus of the Safeguarding Office is the prevention of abuse and harm to children, young people and the vulnerable within our Archdiocese. If you or a person close to you has been abused by someone working or ministering within the Archdiocese of Sydney, we invite you to contact us. We will listen to you respectfully, offer support and discuss the options you have available to you. Please contact the Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office on (02)93905812 or email@example.com
You may also want to speak to your Parish Priest, Fr Isidore (040 886 3066) who will be able to provide support and guidance. The Archdiocese has a legal obligation to report crimes to the police.