Mon - April 6, 2020
This Video was produced by Staff and Students of St Johns College Nambour for Holy Week - Easter 2020
Sun - April 5, 2020
Fri - April 3, 2020
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
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: email@example.com 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
Thu - March 26, 2020
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.
Tue - March 24, 2020
“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.”