Living and sharing the Christian life as a growing parish family.
Welcome and thank you for visiting Holy Family Catholic Church Menai online.
Feel free to read more about us on this site or come and visit with us.
To contact one of our Priests in an EMERGENCY, please call 0460 872 675
Is still be available every Saturday 4.30 – 5.30pm Or by appointment.
Outside the Church in accordance with the Government guidelines with social distancing.
From Fr. Mani’s desk
Last Saturday early morning (29/3), in his “Urbi et Orbi” blessing, Pope Francis delivered a very moving prayer of hope for all people around the world battling to stop the Coronavirus and save lives. While watching it on EWTN website, I could not restrain my tears when the elderly Pope, not minding the rain or his frailty (he was literally dragging his legs), pleaded in front of the miraculous Crucifix and the icon of Mary, praying so humbly and intently in front of the Blessed Sacrament and blessing the whole people (in absence). He said, “Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm… We have realised that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other,”. His prayer was very poignant “Lord, You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing. It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others.” This shall be our prayer too in this disastrous time of our life.
This Sunday we are entering the most important week in the Year of Worship; we call it HOLY WEEK starting with Palm Sunday. During this week we shall remember the most important events in the life of Our Lord: Palm Sunday Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and the people welcoming and singing Hosanna; on Holy Thursday washing of the feet and institution of the Eucharist; on Good Friday his suffering and death and on Sunday his resurrection. This Holy Week is a unique celebration for all priests without people and people without priests. This is the first time we priests do it without any solemn rituals but in silence and solitude. Let us join all our sufferings and pains with the suffering and death of Jesus so that as He rose from the dead we too will rise up in glory with him.
People ask how you priests cope with this awful situation. We have in our Presbytery Seminarian Daniel who joined us on Saturday 28th as the Seminary is closed. Three of us say our morning prayer in front of the exposed Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel at 8.30 am and I say the Mass at 9.15 am and Fr. Daniele in the evening. We imagine you all sitting and standing in the parts of the Mass. I spend my time in reading, doing some gardening, cooking and cleaning both outside and inside the house. Fr. Daniele prepares his online talks to the Confirmation children and CIS University students. Seminarian Daniel is occupied with his online leaning. He is preparing to do the live streaming of our Sunday Masses. We have lots of time to pray and listen to the news. At present Andrea our secretary now works three days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), Kathy, Sacramental Co-ordinator for one day (Friday) during school working days. Estela our house keeper has been sick for the past 6 weeks (not COVID19) and is on sick leave now. We try to contact and chat with some parishioners through phone and emails. Thank God, we have a big car park area to walk and say the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet etc. good exercise for body and soul. It is also an opportunity to wish those teachers, parents and students in the car park though very few of them.
Amidst the panic buying and hoarding of things, let us remember to “store up treasures in heaven”.
What we Holy Family Parish do during this shut down time:
Dear brothers and sisters,
As we all know due to the fast spreading Corona Virus our government and the responsible people are giving us the instructions and advises how to protect other and ourselves. We are asked to shut down the churches and cannot have public Masses and other communal devotions inside or outside until further notice. Though the church remain closed our Parish continue working and serving the people within our given capacity. None of us expected or dreamed this situation a couple of weeks ago. We keep up the Masses and other devotions everyday as we had been doing in our Church though none of you are present physically. When Fr. Daniel and myself do our prayers especially the Masses you are all there; now we know how much we need each other! The following are some of our kind suggestions to keep us connected:
- You are always welcome to contact us on Parish office phone or the new Phone number contactable for priests any time of emergency (0460 872 675)
- You can make your Confessions on Saturday from 4.30 to 5.30pm, you may sit in your car and can come to the priest one by one keeping the safe distance.
- If you have any special intentions, please contact the office we will offer Mass for your Intentions.
- Those who would like to contact us and have phone chat, you are welcome, please make use of the phones or Emails (02 9543 2677/ firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com)
- Every Friday we will post our weekly Bulletin and other information in our website (holyfamilymenai.org.au).
- If anybody is in emergency or contract Coronavirus Fr. Daniele will attend to you as he is one of the young priests trained and equipped to serve their spiritual needs.
- We provide different websites for prayer, masses, reflections etc.
The Public Celebration of Mass has been suspended indefinitely
WHAT THE FAITHFUL CAN DO TO KEEP HOLY THEIR SUNDAY
- Set aside some time for prayer at home
- Read the Scriptures of the day
- Watch Mass on television or online
- Spiritual Communion Prayer
- Pray the Rosary
- Divine Mercy Chaplet
- Stations of the Cross
And ask God for the graces they would normally receive in Holy Communion.
All public Masses and other communal devotions, whether inside churches or outdoors, are SUSPENDED in the Archdiocese of Sydney from 12noon Monday 23 March until further notice.
May God bless and protect us all.
Channel 7 to broadcast Easter Services from St Mary’s Cathedral
We are very pleased to announce that Channel 7 will broadcast the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday (10 April) at 3pm and the Easter Sunday Mass (12 April) at 10:30am live from St Mary’s Cathedral. At a time when Catholic churches across Australia are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a wonderful opportunity for people across all ages and no matter where they live to participate in the Mass at the holiest time in our Church’s year. Please share this exciting news with your parishioners.
Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another.
Lord Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the wellbeing of the people they are meant to serve.
Lord Jesus Christ, heal us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. St Corona, pray for us.
The Holy Family Youth Movement welcomes anyone between the ages of 12 and 16. We meet every second Sunday at 6.00pm – 8.00pm at Holy Family church. Learn more
YOUTH GROUP CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
— Colossians 3:16