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The parish office may be unattended. If so, call 0460787887 office hours Tuesday to Friday.

LATEST!

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. 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5109062166

Passcode:  430540

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. 

Practicing Self Compassion Irish Blessing “Renato’s Luck” by Jeff Shapiro  Mindful Eating 

WEEKDAY MASSES

We  celebrate weekday Mass  Tuesday to Friday at 10 am live streamed from the Priory. Use the same Zoom details as for Sundays.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5109062166

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)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5109062166
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.
https://melbournecatholic.org.au/Mass