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Parish Events  |  Thu - April 30, 2020 1:24 pm  |  Article Hits:2542     A+ | a-
Pope Francis urges us to pray the Rosary during May. He has written two prayers the first of which is here. You can see the letter and prayers on the link at the bottom.

First Prayer
O Mary,
You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus’ suffering,
and persevered in your faith.
“Protectress of the Roman people”,
you know our needs,
and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection.
Amen.
 
We fly to your protection,
O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us always
from every danger,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.


Letter and Prayer from Pope Francis for May
 
Parish Events  |  Fri - April 24, 2020 10:49 am  |  Article Hits:2565     A+ | a-
There are many opportunities these days for engaging with Liturgy with Mass being streamed all over the place as well as our own video. Those on our email list have received texts of the Sunday readings as well as prayers and activities at home.
Another possibility are audio programs. Again there are many of these. One from Woolongong Diocese is their radio program on this link The Journey Catholic Radio
A reminder that daily Mass readings are available on our own website through the link on the left of the home page.
Parish Events  |  Fri - March 27, 2020 7:56 am  |  Article Hits:2638     A+ | a-
The Clear Message is: STAY AT HOME

With the deepening effects of COVID-19 in Australia restrictions on movement and social interaction are increasing.

Because of this there will be no publicly accessible Liturgies or devotions at St Joseph’s Church for the time being. The Archbishop has made this clear throughout the Archdiocese.

The Liturgies for home use over Easter issued this week have already been changed by the Archbishop to take this into account. New editions will be made available. Please check the website or your email over coming days.
The Chapel is still available for prayer but only one person at a time.

In addition, from today Friday 27th March, the Parish Office will be closed to visitors. You may still contact the Office by email: stjoenam@ozemail.com.au or phone 5441 1034. The Office phone will be answered most days for a period. Please leave a message if not answered.

For emergencies the usual Answering Service is available: (07) 3836 3221.

All the disruption, confusion, suffering and death the world is experiencing is not just those painful things. The pandemic is putting us in touch with our deepest humanity. It is a humanity Jesus embraced totally in himself. He was able to say “Do not be afraid, I am with you always.”

Fr Graham Gatehouse PP

 
Parish Events  |  Mon - March 23, 2020 2:03 pm  |  Article Hits:2329     A+ | a-
The Archbishop has confirmed thaf from today, Monday, 23rd March, all Church events are suspended. 

Parish churches should close immediately until further notice. Mass will not be celebrated publicly; nor will there be other celebrations such as Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Stations of the Cross.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation should not be celebrated until further notice.

All other parish events, both outdoor and indoor, should be cancelled. This would include events such as outdoor Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.

Meetings should be conducted by phone or skype wherever possible, and where held in person, need to be conducted in line with the 4 square metre rule and social distancing of
1.5 metres throughout.

The full text of the Archbishops letter can be found here: Letter from the Archbishop.pdf
Fr Graham Gatehouse



 
Parish Events  |  Fri - March 13, 2020 8:07 am  |  Article Hits:1860     A+ | a-
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Parish Events  |  Fri - March 6, 2020 7:05 am  |  Article Hits:1990     A+ | a-
“Yesterday the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued national advice on liturgical implications in light of coronavirus (COVID-19), which was to be implemented in the light of local circumstances:

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.
It would be preferable and perhaps prudent for people to receive Holy Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue, but the decision on this is left with the communicant at this stage.

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