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
 25th April
ANZAC Day Mass, Tuesday, 5.30pm.

26th April
Term 2 starts for surrounding schools

26th April
Parish Finance Council meeting 6pm
Parish Pastoral Council meeting 7pm

28th April
Anointing Mass, 9.30am

6/7 May
Good Shepherd Sunday

Preparation Pack

   Catholics for Renewal has drafted a letter in consultation with many
   Catholics strongly committed to the teachings of Jesus and their 
   Church. People of the Church have been distressed by the
    increasing failings of our Church, particularly in the context of the
    evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. You are invited to consider and sign the Open Letter to the Bishops of Australia.

The Open Letter provides an opportunity, consistent with the Church’s Code of Canon Law, for the faithful—lay people, religious, priests, all members of the Church—to seek renewal of the Church.
The Open Letter and Letter to sign will be available in the Church Foyer or online at http://www.catholicsforrenewal.org/open-letter

Other Sacramental Dates for 2017

  • Confirmation 26/27 August
  • First Reconciliation 22 Nov
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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.

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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