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The parish office may be unattended. If so, call 0460787887 office hours Tuesday to Friday.
IMPORTANT UPDATE – ZOOM PASSCODE
From 27th September (this Sunday) you may be asked for a Passcode to join our Zoom meeting.
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5109062166 Passcode: 430540
MIGRANT AND REFUGEE SUNDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER
This year’s theme for the Holy Father’s Message for 2020 World Day of Migrants and Refugees is: “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee”. “I have decided to devote this Message to the drama of internally displaced persons, an often unseen tragedy that the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated.” The Pope’s full message may be found here.
See Pope Francis’ Prayer to St Joseph for Migrants and Refugees here.
OUR NEXT ZOOM CONFERENCE TUESDAY 29TH SEP 7PM
Our upcoming zoom conference features a young Augustinian priest in Japan. Fr Futoshi Matsuo OSA was ordained in 2017 and now serves in a parish in Nagasaki, where he also teaches. The session will open a window for us on the Church in a different part of the Asia Pacific from an Augustinian perspective. Login in to our usual Zoom link at 7pm Tuesday 29th September. We invite you to join us.
PARISH SUNDAY MASSES
We continue to stream two Sunday masses, the Vigil Mass 6 pm (Sat) from St Joseph’s and Sunday 10.30 am again from St Joseph’s this coming weekend.
SOCIAL SERVICES SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH 2020
September 20th was ‘Social Services Sunday’ within the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. Catholic Social Services Victoria provide resources to help our communities address the needs of those who are homeless, those suffering mental illness, those in prison, children in need of care and any who are vulnerable due to age or disability.
You may view the Social Services Sunday Prayer for Courage and Compassion here.
SELF CARE IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC
Our conference last Thursday was moderated by Rhyannon Elliott from CatholicCare, who focused on self care at this challenging time. Rhyannon has worked for CatholicCare for 17 years, most recently as the Marriage Relationship Education Manager. You may view the resources she mentioned during the talk here.
We celebrate weekday Mass Tuesday to Friday at 10 am live streamed from the Priory. Use the same Zoom details as for Sundays.
JOIN IN THE RECITATION OF THE ROSARY EVERY THURSDAY AT 9:30 AM BEFORE THE 10AM MASS
SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY 2020
Each year the Bishops’ Office for Social Justice issue a Statement at this time. The title and theme this year is “To Live Life to the Full” (Mental Health in Australia Today). The document is available for download here and some copies will be left at the church door.
AUGUSTINIANS ANNUAL APPEAL
Thanks to all who responded to this year’s Appeal. Here you may read The Augustinian Magazine Aug 2020
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING AUGUST 12TH
The Parish Council met during the week and discussed the following matters:
- Imposition of Stage 4 restrictions and closure of churches and parish offices
- Review of Ecumenical Service August 6th & Zoom conference (Sr Mary Coloe)
- Financial Report (audit and postponed plans to renovate one cottage Arnold St)
- Safeguarding – completion of check list for Catholic Professional Standards
- Exploring opportunities to reach out to isolated by phone, post and media
COVID-19 UPDATE – STAGE FOUR RESTRICTIONS
With the imposition of Stage Four of the COVID-19 response and the complete closure of church premises, food for the food store and other letters, requests or donations may now only be left at the parish office or the secure drop box outside the Priory door 30 Fitzgerald St until further notice.
Our Tap Point Terminals are available and placed outside the door at St. Joseph’s Church daytime for those wishing to make a donation.
YOU-TUBE VIDEO ON ST THOMAS AQUINAS’ CHURCH
Sincere thanks to Andrew Balcezak for his enthusiasm and work in preparing a presentation on the history and decoration of St. Thomas’ Church now live on You-Tube.
AUGUSTINIAN ORDINATION – BRISBANE AUGUST 15
This weekend we look forward to the ordination to the diaconate of our Augustinian brother, Peter Lê Tuấn Anh OSA on Saturday, 15 August in Brisbane. Br. Tuấn Anh spent several months in South Yarra from the end of 2018 to early 2019. We pray for him as he launches on his ministry in the Church.
THE FITZGERALD PROJECT
On the chance arrivals a couple of new parishioners and volunteers and during the lock-down of the Parish Office we have turned our attention to the Parish archives which go back to the 1880s. We have begun to digitalize our records, a project we have dubbed the “Fitzgerald Project” after the first priest assigned to the Parish of South Yarra in 1887.
You can use CDFpay for cashless donations to the parish or the Augustinians (Presbytery). Go to this link to contribute. Read more about CDFpay here. (You may still use direct debit or credit card options.) Send any questions to our secretary here.
FIRST COMMUNION DAY
Sadly, although preparations were complete, our children’s First Communion Day has been postponed until a appropriate time for the celebration.
Our new Parish Facebook page is now live! Thanks to our pastoral assistant Stefphy for setting this up. Go to this link to check out the great site.
New : Watch Mass Live on Facebook
ST THOMAS’ CHURCH HISTORY
We have now mounted some historical notes about St Thomas’ at the entrance to the church for both visitors and parishioners alike. They were originally intended to be displayed for our participation in this year’s Open House Melbourne program in July which has since been cancelled as with many other events. We can be proud of both our church’s beauty and intriguing history.
We continue to stream Sunday Masses (Sat 6pm Sun 10.30am) and weekdays Wednesday and Friday at 10am.
Join our Zoom Meeting (all occasions)
Meeting ID: 510 906 2166
OTHER LITURGICAL RESOURCES
For a Sunday home worship aid visit the Brisbane Archdiocesan site here
or Worship@Home here:
Other Resources for Praying at Home – from Cathnews
THE PARISH BULLETIN will continue to be uploaded on Fridays and viewable under the “Info & Events” Menu here.
CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC MASS LIVE STREAM
If you are unable to attend mass daily and weekly, the Archdiocese of Melbourne is giving you the opportunity to watch live stream a 1:00 pm mass (mon-fri) and the 11 am mass on Sunday.
Below is the link.