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LOCKDOWN BRIEFING

COVID 19 UPDATE – 27th JULY 

We now have confirmation from the Archdiocese that following the easing of our lockdown we return to the previous settings, which means:

  • Our churches will be open from tomorrow – Wednesday morning. 
  • Our 10am Mass & 12.45pm Mass will be celebrated Wed to Friday in church.
  • (Note there is no 9am Saturday morning Mass)
  • Weekend Masses as usual in person (our numbers being within restrictions).
  • Further updates before the weekend.
  • Calls to the parish office will be attended.
  • Home visits are not permitted.

NEXT LIVESTREAM MASSES 

To be advised!

Meeting number: 5109062166   Passcode: 430540

PRAYER FOR THE FIRST WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY

 I thank You, Lord, for the comfort of Your presence: even in times of loneliness, You are my hope and my confidence,   You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth!

I thank You for having given me a family and for having  blessed me with a long life  I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty, for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for those that are still ahead of me.   I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me.

Sustain me in weakness and help me to live life to the full in each moment that You give me, in the certainty that you are with me every day,  even until the end of the age.   Amen

OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE – EVENT CANCELLED.

Unfortunately this event which was to feature St Thomas Aquinas’ Church has been cancelled due to the continuing lockdown.  You may still view The Open House Melbourne page for St. Thomas’ here

Alternatively you may watch a video on the history and architecture of our church here.

PARISH PASTORAL PLAN 2021

On Wednesday July 14th the Parish Council endorsed a revised Parish Pastoral Plan. The document is an ongoing work in progress given the uncertainty of the times and the imminent discussions about the future structure of the Archdiocese. You may view the document here

The Parish Chronicle is our parish’s occasional newsletter. Past issues are available for download (the most recent is at the top of the list).

You may click here to read the Winter 2021 issue of the Parish

First Communion Day 

Congratulations to the children of our parish who received Holy Communion for the first time last week and thanks to those who helped to prepare them for their big day.

THE AUGUSTINIANS – END OF FINANCIAL YEAR DONATIONS

Each year, usually in August, the Order in Australia promotes the Augustinian Appeal. We are aware that some prefer to donate at the end of the Financial Year. The following information may be of assistance to those wishing to contribute at this time. There are various ways you can contribute, either by direct deposit or using the donation envelopes available in our churches today. Go to donation information details.

SAFEGUARDING UPDATE

In compliance with civil and church regulations we are updating all our volunteer records and require all current and future volunteers to complete the form linked here and return it to the parish office. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

MESSAGE OF THE ARCHBISHOP ON MISSION AT PENTECOST.

Read the full message of Archbishop Comensoli on “Re-Imagining the Local Church here.

 

FORTNIGHTLY ZOOM MASS

 We will livestream our next Zoom Mass  at 10.30am from St Joseph’s Church on Sunday 20th June. See the details below:

Meeting number: 5109062166   Passcode: 430540

PRAY FOR VOCATIONS TO THE AUGUSTINIANS

Click this link for a video presentation on Vocations to the Augustinians.

No one is a stranger to an Augustinian – The Augustinians are members of the Order of Saint Augustine, a community of brothers and priests present in over 40 countries around the world. Inspired by the spirituality of Saint Augustine, we profess to “live together in harmony, being of one mind and one heart on the way to God.”

Vocation enquiries: Fr Percival Sevare OSA 0439111932 email: vocations@osa.org.au

The Parish Chronicle is our parish’s occasional newsletter. Here you may read the latest Easter Edition 

WEEKDAY MASSES

Lunch-time masses have resumed at St Thomas’ at 12.45 pm Tue-Friday.  Masses at St Joseph’s Tuesday to Friday at 10 am. (See most recent information on Mass Times page)

 

THE PARISH LIBRARY IS OPEN

Located upstairs in the parish centre, the Barry Library is stocked with religious and some general interest books including children’s books. The library is open Tuesday to Friday during office hours and you are welcome to visit, browse and borrow books.

 

NEW CHURCH PROTOCOL RESPONSE TO SEXUAL ABUSE

A new protocol introduced this week provides a framework for Catholic entities across Australia to respond consistently to people raising concerns or allegations of child sexual abuse.The National Response Protocol, is the product of two years of work and widespread consultation within and beyond the Church. For details go to: http://www.catholic.org.au/nationalresponseprotocol