Praying Lent with the Gippsland Ordinariate

lentLent will soon be upon us.  Ash Wednesday is the 18th February, and our six week Lenten journey starts, as we walk in the footsteps of Our Lord, to His betrayal, trial, and crucifixion.  We in the Gippsland Ordinariate would like to share our Lenten Journey with every Catholic, especially those looking for a spiritual home. Our Mission priorities frame our reference, and we have as our Goal, Christ, our focus in on Him, and Him alone.

Ash Wednesday: Imposition of Ashes, and the Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered in Cowwarr, St Brigid’s Church, 10am.

Stations of the Cross: We walk with Our Lord on the ‘Way of Sorrows’ every Friday night during Lent: St Michael’s Church, Heyfield: 7.30pm: everyone is welcome to walk with Our Lord, and to share in His humiliation, pain, suffering, and death.  If the Church restoration is not finished than we will use Cowwarr Church until it is completed.

Lenten Alms-giving boxes: This year for the first time we will have available almsgiving boxes to support the Ordinariate in its mission:

  • To enshrine the Eucharistic sacrifice of Christ’s Body and Blood at the heart of the Ordinariate, celebrating the liturgical mysteries with reverence and beauty, facilitating the encounter with Christ during the Mass;
  • To be a sacramental community open to God through prayer, constant conversion and purification in our love for God and our neighbour;
  • To enhance fellowship where “True joy comes from a profound harmony between persons and this feeling of deep joy is the presence of God, the presence of God in the family and his love, which is welcoming, merciful, and respectful towards all”(Pope Francis) and flows from the encounter with Christ in the Eucharist;
  • To seek to become a living Presence of Christ in the world;
  • To faithfully support and obey the Magisterium.

These boxes can be picked up from the church starting February 8th, or we can mail one out to you, just email us:


Holy Thursday:          Ordinariate Mass: Cowwarr: 6.30pm
Good Friday:               To be announced
Easter Vigil:                 To be announced
Easter:                            High mass: Heyfield: 10am

Adoration Chapel:   

The Gippsland Ordinariate Adoration Chapel is now a reality.  The Sacrifice of the Mass was offered on 7 February, in honour of Our Lady.  This chapel is located in one of the rooms in the motel that my wife and I manage, the Maffra Motor Inn.

From this small chapel we are learning how to build a sanctuary in the midst of everyday life, clutter, and busyness.  The Chapel is one where we meet Christ, one on one; we can sit, be quiet in the stillness that is God; we can listen, and know God.  We take time out of our lives to spend time in eternity.

The Chapel houses eight people comfortably, and is open from 7.30am – 9.00pm every day of the year.  Anyone may visit, and this Chapel has the support of the Ordinary, Monsignor Harry Entwhistle, who has granted a faculty for the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament, and the utilisation of the Chapel for worship and adoration.

The Cenacle of the Marian Movement for Priests, Maffra, has asked to use the Chapel for some of their prayer meetings.

Lent: Thursday evening: Holy Hour of Reparation: 8.00pm: followed by Evening Prayer, and Rosary.

Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Saviour who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory,” respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications. (CCC # 2628)

Feel free to visit often and stay as long as you like.adoration

The Adoration Chapel is within the Motel itself, come to the back door, we are always around.

  • PLEASE SIGN IN when you arrive.
  • A page for PETITIONS is provided within the Chapel, as well as a page to list FAVORS GRANTED or ANSWERED PRAYERS that you may wish to share with others.
  • SILENCE is the general rule for the Adoration Chapel, except in the case of shared prayer such as a Rosary.
  • READING MATERIALS and rosaries are provided for your use while at the Adoration Chapel.
  • Coffee and tea are provided within the Motel but no food, or drink, is to be taken into the Chapel.
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