Therefore, I have decided on the following protocols which seem proportionate to the current understanding of the coronavirus and the risks outlined by health authorities in this State:
- Parishes should refrain from distributing Holy Communion from the chalice until further notice, with a reminder to the faithful that Christ is fully present under either species.
- All ministers of Holy Communion should wash their hands before and after distributing, and provision should be made for this.
- When exchanging the Sign of Peace, people should avoid shaking hands but say “Peace be with you” with some eye contact and perhaps an appropriate gesture.
- Holy water should be temporarily removed from fonts at the doors of churches, though still be available for people to take home.
- Parishes and other settings where liturgies are celebrated should make alcohol-based gels or rubs (or like products) available near the entrances.
The Archdiocese will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide further advice as required. In the meantime we pray fervently that the threat of COVID-19 will ease, that those suffering from the virus will be cured and that those working for its relief will be strengthened.”
Archbishop Mark Coleridge
It has been confirmed that the Sacrament of Confirmation for children will be celebrated on Saturday, 12th September, 2020 at 3.00pm. Confirmation Information
Celebration of First Eucharist this year will be held on the weekend of 13 and 14 June at all Masses. First Eucharist Information
Sacrament of Penance - First Rite
Next week we begin a time of preparation for children who are to celebrate the First Rite of Reconciliation. These are children who have already celebrated their Confirmation and First Eucharist including a Second Rite of Reconciliation.
We begin with a Parent information session at St Joseph's Church at 7.00pm, on Wednesday, 19th February. First Rite of Penance Information
Enrolment forms and further information about all Sacraments is available for download from the Parish Website.
Fr Graham Gatehouse
The Australian Plenary Council is a journey over several years by the Australian Church. Much listening and discernment has taken place. In the Brisbane Archdiocese it has reached the stage for an Assembly to move the project forward. You may find information on this link: Brisbane Assembly Information.
Anyone may register for the Assembly which is being held at St Laurences College in Brisbane on the 4th and 5th October. You may register on this link: Register for the Assembly.