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COVID 19 UPDATE -IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT –  25th OCTOBER

From this week our churches reopen for Mass. What further restrictions may be lifted and how they will impact us is unclear. Updates will be posted as available.

At this stage, the following Sunday Masses will be open to 20 attendees who are double-vaccinated.

  • Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm St Joseph’s (also livestreamed)
  • Sunday Morning Mass 9am St Thomas’
  • Sunday Morning Mass 10.30am St Joseph’s (also livestreamed)
  • In addition,  in person Weekday Masses  Tuesday to Friday at

    • 10am St Joseph’s (also livestreamed) (Thursday – livestream only)
    • 12.45pm St Thomas’ (Tuesday to Friday)

Booking to attend a Mass

To attend a Sunday Mass please contact the parish office by phone or email:

You may consider attending a weekday Mass instead of Sunday. The now familiar practice of sign-in by hand or QR Code, the wearing of masks and the use of sanitiser will continue. (The Archbishop’s dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation remains in place.)    

LIVESTREAM MASSES 

  Weekend Masses Sat Vigil 6pm, Sun 10.30am. 

Weekday Masses online 10am Tuesday to Friday. 

Meeting number: 5109062166   Passcode: 430540

“TAKE THE WAY OF THE GOSPEL” – ARCHDIOCESAN MISSION RENEWAL

Regional meetings continue to be held online to further the renewal of the Mission of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Parish reps are meeting in regional and local groups to discuss and discern together the way towards a fuller expression of our common and particular ‘missions’. Our Parish Council is also involved.

A new website Blog Page has been uploaded to update parishioners on the ongoing process. To view the Blog click here.   

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY  OCTOBER 24TH

“We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20) You can read the Message of Pope Francis for World Mission Day here.

 

OPENING OF SYNOD OF BISHOPS 2021-2023 ON SYNODALITY

The Pope has officially inaugurated the next Synod of Bishops with an invitation to Catholics throughout the world to be engaged in a dialogue on the Synod theme : “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission”. The official Vatican Synod website may be visited here. An extract from the letter of the Prior General of the Augustinian Order may be viewed here.

The Archbishop of Melbourne has this weekend now officially launched the local engagement with the preparation for the Synod in a Letter to the Faithful which you may read here.

OPENING OF THE AUSTRALIAN PLENARY COUNCIL

The first General Assembly of the long anticipated Plenary Council concludes this weekend. For details of the proceedings of the Council processes visit the site here. For progressive updates and media resources click here.  A report on the First Assembly from he Tablet Magazine may be read here.

SAFEGUARDING SUNDAY SEPTEMER 12TH

The Parish of South Yarra is committed to the care, wellbeing and
protection of children, young people and people at risk in our community. May our message be that child protection and the dignity of every person is the responsibility of every adult. You can find a prayer for Safeguarding Sunday here

ARTICLE ON ST AUGUSTINE’S “CONFESSIONS”

The Melbourne Archdiocesan Office for Evangelization currently has an article on the “Confessions of St Augustine” that may be of interest.                                                          

AUGUSTINIANS ANNUAL APPEAL WEEKEND – 28/29 AUGUST                         

At this time of the year we conduct our annual appeal for the works of the Augustinians in Australia and overseas. This year again we were prevented from doing so in person. You may support the works of the Augustinians by donating here.

NEW PARISH BUSINESS MANAGER – WELCOME AND FAREWELL

We sadly farewell our retiring business manager, Aimee Helleren, and thank her for her time among us, as welcome our new manager Annie Shi who joins the parish admin team – our prayers for you both! 

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