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Liturgies  |  Fri - April 3, 2020 1:34 pm  |  Article Hits:1839     A+ | a-
I put a teddy bear in my front window the other day. I heard about this effort to create a bear hunt with social distancing for children. As they walk with parents through the street they can count how many teddy bears they see. People are finding all kinds of creative ways to live with this “new normal” of our lives. How long it will last we don’t really know. But what we do now may become a new normal after the pandemic is over.

But how do we continue to be “Church” in this situation when we are unable to gather for Mass? Viewing a Mass streamed on social media may help keep us connected. But we can remain passive spectators rather than participating in the Paschal Mystery. Are we singing the hymns as we watch? Are we making the prayers our own and joining the responses? We are a very physical religion. Because of the Incarnation we enter into the mystery of God through created things like bread, wine, water, oil, and an embrace in the laying on of hands. If we cannot do those things can we still be the Church?

Of course we can. Because of that very truth of the Incarnation Jesus can say to us, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20). So your domestic Church is a real manifestation of the Body of Christ. Christ is there speaking to us through the Word of God. The faith of the whole Church is made visible in our prayer, in our care for one another and especially the poor. That is how the Church endures in many places without priests to celebrate Eucharist.

Simple domestic liturgies have been provided for Holy Week. They can be downloaded here:
1. Palm Sunday
2. Mon, Tues, Wed of Holy Week
3. Holy Thursday
4. Good Friday
5. Easter Sunday

It is important to use the symbols of the liturgy suggested in these leaflets. Engage the children in finding a green branch from your garden, preparing a candle for the table on Holy Thursday evening, placing a cross or crucifix in a prominent place or on the table on Good Friday. Then on Holy Saturday evening prepare the candle again. Instead of a teddy bear maybe you can put your Easter Candle in the window for all to see. (Taking care not to burn the house down or use an electric candle.) Easter Sunday put the bowl of water on the table from which all can bless themselves to recall their Baptism. Even though it may not be formally blessed, as the early Fathers of the Church suggest, all water is holy because in it the Saviour was baptised by John.

You may also find these daily reflections helpful Daily Reflections
Fr Graham Gatehouse
Liturgies  |  Thu - March 26, 2020 3:15 pm  |  Article Hits:1839     A+ | a-
Although we cannot gather for Mass we can still pray together at home in our families. Even as we observe the social distance and hygene requirements prayer is till possible.

You can download a help for prayer from the Archdiocese on this link  Family Prayer. Also the  readings and prayers from the Mass for the Sunday.
Liturgies  |  Tue - March 24, 2020 1:34 pm  |  Article Hits:1916     A+ | a-
“In these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together we lift our voices towards heaven,” Francis said. 

“I invite all the heads of the churches and the leaders of every Christian community, together with all Christian of the various confessions, to invoke the Almighty, the omnipotent God, to recite at the same time the prayer that Jesus, our Lord, taught us,” he continued. 

“I, therefore, invite everyone to do this several times a day, but all together, to recite the Our Father this coming Wednesday, 25 March, at noon (Rome time), all together. On that day on which many Christians recall the annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, may the Lord listen to the united prayer of all of His disciples who are preparing themselves to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ.”
Liturgies  |  Sun - March 22, 2020 8:35 pm  |  Article Hits:1487     A+ | a-
Liturgies  |  Sat - March 21, 2020 10:34 am  |  Article Hits:1494     A+ | a-
Not being able to attend Mass on Sunday at St Josephs Church because of the COVID-19 pandemic can mean a deep sense of loss. For many the Eucharist is at the heart of our Christian life.
It may, however, be an opportunity to renew your prayer at home on Sundays. It may be a simple grace at meals but whatever your prayer is it is a participation in the prayer of Christ to the Father in the Holy Spirit. You may also choose to spend some time in the Eucharist Chapel at St Joseph's  in that same Spirit.
There are in addition several opportunities to observe the Eucharist online.
St Stephen's Cathedral in Brisbane has a live stream of Mass each day on this link: Mass from St Stephen's Cathedral
Shalom World produces a stream from Rome with daily Mass: Daily Mass from the Vatican

We will also be recording the Sunday Mass without a Congregation and uploading it to Youtube with links on this website.

Weekday Masses are unchanged and will be celebrated as usual.
Liturgies  |  Sat - February 29, 2020 9:24 am  |  Article Hits:1309     A+ | a-
Stations of the Cross
On the Fridays of Lent from the 6th March to the 3rd April Stations of the Cross will be held at 5.00pm
On Good Friday Stations of the Cross will be at 10.00am.

Sacrament of Penance
There will be a Second Rite of Reconciliation on Wednesday 11th March at 7.00pm.
First Rite of Reconciliation will be held during Lent at the usual times of 4.30pm Saturdays and 9.30am Wednesdays.
In addition there will be these opportunites for Reconciliation:
  • After the 8.00am Mass on Monday 30th March.
  • At 9.00am on Wednesday 1st April.
  • At 1.00am on Saturday 4th April.