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A Message From our Pastor

square frWhether you presently have children in the school or are a new family beginning at St Thomas Aquinas, please know that you are most welcome and I pray that your time here will be enriching and happy.

The Catholic school is an extension of a wider community – the parish. This makes our school of St Thomas Aquinas a parish primary school. You have entrusted your child to the care of qualified and dedicated educators who will help you in your role as the “first teachers of your child in the ways of faith” (Rite of Baptism).

I hope you will become involved in the many activities connected with the school and parish, and that you will especially be with us as we gather for Sunday Mass each week, which is the heart of every Catholic community.

Sunday Mass times are:   

Vigil Saturday    5.30pm at Mittagong

Sunday               7.30am at Mittagong
                            9am at Bowral

                            6pm at Bowral

During the school term, children’s liturgy is held during the 9am Mass each Sunday, where the children go to the chapel and are presented with a simplified gospel and other activities they enjoy. They return to Mass at the offertory. This is a great way to meet other families and also gives you a chance to be a little less distracted in your prayer. In any case, we love to see (and hear) your whole family at Mass.

Children are eligible to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and First Communion in Year 3 and Confirmation in Year 6.

Here, we conduct these preparation programmes through the parish, and you as parents are very much involved. Enrolment into the respective programmes will be through your attendance at Sunday Mass.

If I can be of any assistance or you would like to know more about our parish, please feel free to contact me at any time. I hope that during the next few years we can get to know each other and continue to build the Church community in Bowral and beyond.

Father Sean Cullen
Parish Priest