Saint Peter’s Church – temporary COVID closure
In line with the directive of the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Saint Peter’s Church at Surry Hills will be closed until further notice.
Home visits during COVID – Fr. John is available to visit parishioners in their homes in Surry Hills. This is allowable according to the lockdown regulations. If anybody would like to be visited by Fr. John, or would like to recommend that he visits somebody else, please contact the Parish. Fr. John also invites anybody to request a phone conversation with him. Again, simply contact the Parish and Fr. John will be in touch with you
The Petrine Office
Barque of Peter
The World is a flood of confusion. Only one Boat that can sail safely through. The sail is Jesus. It’s pilot is Peter. It’s rudder, the Word of God. It is the Catholic Church. “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6)
Follow the Lord and you will be led out of darkness, for He is the light. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light. (Psalm 36:9) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart to sing the praises of God who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)
“ … the barque of the Church is not mine but [Christ’s], nor does the Lord let it sink; it is he who guides it, surely also through those whom he has chosen, because he so wished. This has been, and is, a certainty which nothing can shake. ”
– Pope Benedict XVI, last General Audience, February 27th, 2013; Vatican.va
Fratelli Tutti (The third encyclical of Pope Francis) As the Parish of Saint Peter, Surry Hills supports the person and teachings of his successors who, as Bishops of Rome, hold the Petrine office.
Partaking in the Eucharist commits us to others, especially the poor, teaching us to pass from the flesh of Christ to the flesh of our brothers and sisters, in whom he waits to be recognised, served honoured and loved by us.
Pope Francis – Catechesis on the Mass 2018