Prayer Groups

Come Together For Prayer

There are many prayer groups which come together for devotions or prayer in the communities that together make up the St Benedict's, Inner Newcastle Parish and include:


Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

Aim

To share in community spirit and gather in devotion around Our Lady's sacred image.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

Weekly, every Saturday morning, at 10.00am, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton.

Activities

Each Saturday at the Sacred Heart Cathedral at Hamilton at 10.00 am, the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour takes place. The Redemptorist Priests conducted a Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour from their monastery in Mayfield for many years until 2003, when the monastery was closed, and the Novena transferred to the Sacred Heart Cathedral.

The Novena is a popular devotion. Each week many people bring their petitions to the Novena and also their prayers of thanks for favours received. Any Saturday will find around 150 people attending the Novena from all over the Diocese.

A shrine, with an icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, has been established in the west transept of the Cathedral. Petitions and Thanksgivings may be placed in boxes at the shrine or sent to the Parish Office for sending to the Novena. Petitions can be read aloud unless the petitioner has indicated that they should remain private. If you would like to submit a Petition or Thanksgiving using a form, please download and print the Novena Petition and Thanksgiving form, complete it and send to the Parish Office: 25 Farquhar St The Junction 2291. Alternatively, you may also submit your Petition or Thanksgiving using the online form which goes to the Parish Office and then sent to the Novena. You may indicate on the form if you want it to remain private.

The original icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is a welcoming image of Our Lady bearing in her arms Jesus, the Word Incarnate, as the little King who is Lord of Lords, was painted in Crete in the fifteenth century. It was placed in a private chapel for safe keeping after Napoleon's invasion of Rome (1799) and placed back into public veneration in 1866 at the Redemptorist church of Sant’ Alfonso, near St. Mary Major’s Basilica in Rome.

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Charismatic Renewal Group

Aim

To know the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and be a changed person for life.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

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Holy Family Prayer Group

Aim

To pray together as a community.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

Weekly, on Tuesdays from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm at 8 Janet St, Merewether

Each meeting is special, and we are blessed to have Sister Margaret Mary's chapel as a venue.

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St Laurence O'Toole Prayer Group

Aim

To continue after Lenten groups.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

Last Thursday of the month at 9.30am at St Laurence O'Toole meeting room, Broadmeadow.

Activities

An easy-going group which prays together, discusses the Gospel of the Sunday and recent interesting talks. There is no rigid pattern. People contribute as much as they want to.

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