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Liturgies  |  Sat - September 12, 2020 8:54 am  |  Article Hits:11056     A+ | a-
The rain has eased and Confirmation day is here. This Saturday, 12th September, in two separate liturgies, children will receive the Sacrament of the Holy Spirit. Congratulation to all of them and their families. Many people in the Parish and School have supported them over the past month or so. Thanks to them. We welcome Very Rev Fr Peter Brannelly who has been delegated by the Archbishop to preside at these liturgies.
May the children continue to awaken to the gifts of the Spirit who gives us life and an abundance of joy.
Fr Graham Gatehouse.
Parish Events  |  Sun - August 23, 2020 12:41 pm  |  Article Hits:12925     A+ | a-

And so we come to the last week of our preparation for Confirmation. Many thanks to Lauren Cumming for producing these four videos to help us.

We look forward the Celebration on the 12ths September.
As you know we now have two sessions for Confirmation: The first is at 1.30pm and the second is at 3.00pm. Very Rev Peter Brannely will preside at both liturgies.

Thank you to our facilitators who gathered people together. Thanks to the families who did the preparation at home.
The pandemic has changed a lot of the things we do. But you have all done you bit. God bless.
Fr Graham Gatehouse

Parish Events  |  Sat - August 22, 2020 1:30 pm  |  Article Hits:12283     A+ | a-
 The Queensland Government introduced new restrictions this morning in response to 6 new coronavirus cases linked to the recent case at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre.  
In response to recent positive COVID-19 cases, a range of measures have been put in place across greater Brisbane, Ipswich and surrounds effective immediately. The Chief Medical Officer has expressed confidence in organisations with COVID Safe plans and at this stage parishes following the Industry Plan for Places of Worship can continue to hold acts of worship with no additional operating restrictions.
As the health and safety of parishioners, employees and volunteers remains our highest priority, the Archdiocese of Brisbane will take a conservative approach and require all non-essential parish gatherings to follow the government’s new restrictions for public gatherings.

What's changed for parishes in these areas?

The information applies to parishes in the following Local Government Areas (LGAs): Parish restrictions:
  • Masses and acts of worship are not affected and will continue under current the current COVID Plan for Places of Worship.
  • Weddings and Funerals remain at 100 people.
  • Non-essential gatherings (such as Alpha, youth groups, social activities, etc) are restricted to a maximum of 10 people.
Other general restrictions: What’s changed for parishes that are not located in those areas above?
Parish restrictions:
  • Masses and acts of worship are not affected and will continue under current the current COVID Plan for Places of Worship.
  • Weddings and Funerals remain at 100 people.
  • Non-essential gatherings (such as Alpha, youth groups, social activities, etc) are restricted to a maximum of 30 people.
Other general restrictions:
  • You have a maximum of 30 visitors to your home. The visitors can be from different households.
  • You can have a public gathering with a maximum of 30 people including yourself, or with members of your household.
 I ask you to please remain vigilant and continue the good work you’re doing to protect parishioners, employees and volunteers.  
 Blessings on your Sunday celebrations.
+Ken Howell
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The COVID crisis is not going to end for anyone, until it ends for everyone

Show support for our neighbours around the world, many who are ill-equipped to deal with a pandemic

The worst impact of COVID-19 will be experienced by the communities who were already facing poor sanitation, overcrowding and limited access to healthcare. Overcrowding makes social distancing almost impossible, and puts vulnerable family and community members at risk. The lack of running water, soap and face masks means that communities cannot contain the spread of the virus.
During widespread lockdowns, vulnerable families also struggle to put food on the table. Many households are losing all income, which pushes those who were already living at the margins further into poverty and hunger.

Caritas Australia has banded together with a group of churches, international aid agencies and thousands of Australians to sign the pledge for the #EndCOVIDForAll campaign.
Sign the pledge now to show your support for vulnerable communities around the world. Because it’s not over until its over for everyone.
Sign the pledge to #EndCOVIDForALL

COVID-19 puts already vulnerable communities at greater risk

Many of our closest neighbours lack the necessary resources to keep their citizens safe. In Indonesia, there are only four doctors and twelve hospital beds for every 10,000 people. In Bangladesh, the 1.3 million Rohingya are facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis with the combined threats of poor living conditions and COVID-19. The inadequate access to food, clean water, sanitation, education and healthcare in the camps puts Rohingya communities at even higher risk of COVID-19, which is already spreading through the camps.
Each passing day means that more lives are lost in vulnerable communities.
At Caritas Australia, we have spent over 50 years supporting people to help themselves out of poverty, injustice and hunger.

Inmanuel Chayan Biswas from Caritas Bangladesh says that the “love, care, and prayer” demonstrated by Caritas supporters during the COVID-19 crisis has made him feel even more committed to his work on the frontlines of the pandemic in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh.
Even though our borders are shut, our hearts will never be. Let’s show our support.