CORONAVIRUS AND PARISH UPDATE
CELEBRATING SUNDAY AT HOME
PARISH MASS LIVE STREAM
Thanks to all who tuned in in and joined us Sunday! Reports were that up to 60 or more were logged in for some time. Thanks also for all the helpful feedback.
Next Sunday, Palm Sunday we hope to stream from St Thomas’ live again at 10.30am. Details in a day or two.
You might like to prepare your own palm or olive branch to hold up for a blessing during mass.
The linked resources below may be useful for individuals or families who would normally attend a Sunday liturgy this weekend – Palm Sunday. Worship@Home
Resources for Praying at Home – from Cathnews
PASTOR’S OPEN LETTER TO ALL PARISHIONERS
Follow the link to a letter to parishioners here
MASSES WILL NOT BE CELEBRATED BUT OUR CHURCH DOORS WILL BE OPEN DAYTIME FOR PRIVATE PRAYER AND REFLECTION
WE ARE INVESTIGATING THE POSSIBILITY OF LIVE STREAMING OUR OWN SUNDAY MASS – KEEP POSTED HERE FOR NEWS!
THE PARISH BULLETIN WILL CONTINUE TO BE PUBLISHED ON THIS WEBSITE UNDER THE “INFO & EVENTS” MENU
SUSPENSION OF MASS AND LITURGY
See Bishops’ Statement here)
Given the seriousness of the COVID-19 virus situation, the Victorian Bishops have announced the following measures effective March 18 2020:
- Immediate suspension of public liturgies, celebrations of the Mass, until further notice.
- All other church gatherings are suspended.
- So long as appropriate precautions are able to be put in place, funerals, weddings and baptisms may proceed.
PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The March 22nd meeting was cancelled and given the extraordinary circumstances, it was decided to conduct the business of the AGM by phone calls and agreement of the current Parish Council, recent Parish Council members, and parish committee representatives.
Accordingly the Minutes of the 2019 AGM were confirmed, the Annual Reports were accepted with a few minor amendments, and two new Council members were confirmed in office. The Annual Report may be viewed on this website under the “Info & Events” menu. Thanks to retiring Council members and welcome to the new. Details in next weekend’s Parish Bulletin.
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.
PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH
Prayer to St Joseph
from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
St Joseph,You were receptive to God working in your life.
Help us by your prayers at this time of trial.You kept Jesus and Mary under your watchful care:
may your prayers assist our local Church to respond to those in need.You taught the Christ Child your trade and prayers:
help us to follow his example of love.You were part of God’s plan for all humanity:
assist us to be vigilant and responsible this day.You spent your life in service:
may we be mindful of others, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, caring for them in these difficult days.You trusted in the clear primacy of God over all history and every situation: help us to grow in faith and pray to the Father,Thy will be done.
- Prayer resources available on the second page below.
Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, Liturgical Rosters on the website have been temporarily removed until further notice.
ALWAYS IN OUR HEART
Death of Father John Barry OSA 13 Feb 1933 to 25th December 2019 R.I.P. With sadness we convey the news of the passing of Fr John long time pastor and greatly respected and loved father figure to the parish. For a brief obituary (click here).
OUR PARISH CALENDAR FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH IS NOW AVAILABLE ! (Click here)
TAP POINT DONATION TERMINALS
FROM THE CDF UPDATE NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2019
‘Tap and Donate’ Trial a Success in South Yarra‘
‘Tap and Donate’ technology has been given the thumbs up by the Parish of South Yarra community, with an increasing number of parishioners opting to contribute via cashless donation points.
The Parish of South Yarra, comprising Saint Joseph’s Church and Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Church, was one of four Parishes that have been trialling the ‘Tap and Give’ system, offering a convenient and secure alternative for the growing number of parishioners who may not always carry cash.
“Paying for things by card is what people do in other places, and it is increasingly something they welcome at Church on the weekend or a fundraiser,” explains Parish Priest Father Brian Buckley OSA. “We appear to be heading in the direction of a cashless society and we need to provide this option.”
The ‘Tap and Give’ terminals work as a portable electronic payment system. The donation points are loaded with a set value, such as $5 or $10. Parishioners simply tap their card on the device to make an electronic donation.
The system has been embraced by the diverse Parish community, with the portable devices being used across other fundraisers aside from Masses such as youth group events, SJOS Outreach’s ‘sausage sizzle’ and our Parish BBQ.