Church Address:
115 Hodgson Crs, Pearce 
(near cnr Beasley St),  
Parish Office &
​Postal address:
35 Murphy Cres, Pearce ACT 2607
PH: 02 6286 1908
What's On in the Parish
28 Feb
Shrove Tuesday—After 5.30pm Mass we will share a light supper of
Pancakes  in the Church Meeting Room.

1 March
Ash Wednesday Mass times: 7.30am; 9.30am (school and parish); 6pm

Preparation Pack

South Woden Parish - Year 4 and above, First Holy Communion (FHC)  - Presentation Masses for FHC will be held next weekend, 4/5 March for all candidates. We ask parishioners to pray for the children and their families as they begin preparation for this Sacrament.
Enrolments here
Any questions regarding the Sacrament, please contact the Parish Office on 6286 1908 or email mhocsacraments@gmail.com

Other Sacramental Dates for 2017

  • Confirmation 26/27 August
  • First Reconciliation 22 Nov
Lent in our Parish

* Shrove Tues 28th Feb- 5.30pm Mass with pancake supper after in the Church meeting room

* Ash Wednesday Mass 1st March - 7.30am, 9.30am (school and parish) and 6pm

* Lenten Program - please contact one of the group leaders OR sign up for the Lenten Groups on sheets at the back of the Church...
Shirley Topp - Friday 3 March at 10.15am
after Mass in the Church Meeting Room. Please contact Shirley on 6286 5952 or 0419 865 956

Alan Hodges - in the Church Meeting Room commencing 7pm on Wednesday 8 March. For more info 0403 392 812 or alan.hodges@gmail.com

*Stations of the Cross booklets - are available at the back of the Church. Please leave them in the Church after private or group devotion.

*2nd Rite of Reconciliation -  7pm, Tuesday 11th April, Holy Trinity Church, Curtin.

*I Believe - A month of Reflections in a Time of Change book- I believe is a series of reflections inspired by Scripture and some thoughts from both St Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis relevant to a time of change. Information how to use these reflections as an individual Lenten program is included in the Introduction. Please take a copy of I Believe from the Church Foyer.  

Mary Help of Christians Parish uses Qkr! with Materpass App 
to contribute to the Church collections without the necessity of carrying cash. Please download from your App Store or contact Parish Office for more information. Please note during trial period, parishioners are referenced as ’students’.
This does not replace your current Direct Debit or Credit Card donations (it can if you wish) but it can be used in conjunction with.

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn & Catholic Development Fund, with the assistance of the Commonwealth Bank and Mastercard Labs, Sydney.

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.

Location Map