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PARISHIONERS…PLEASE NOTE! The Parish Office will be closed from Friday 8 January and will re-open on Wednesday 27 January 2021. Telephone calls to the parish during this period will still be attended to.
The NSW Government has announced restrictions on churches, to be introduced on Monday 4 January 2021. Under the changes, places of public worship may have a maximum of 100 people, subject to the one person per 4 square metre rule. Holy Family Parish will be allowed up to 100 attendees at each Mass inside the Church. It is mandatory to wear a face mask in certain indoor settings such as public places of worship.
Every Saturday 4.30 – 5.30pm or by appointment.
Inside the Church in accordance with the Government guidelines with social distancing.
Special Directives for Churches and Liturgies for the Archdiocese of Sydney under current COVIDSafe restrictions from 4 January 2021
What will be happening at Holy Family Parish during this time
- Confession will be held in the Church on Saturdays from 4.30pm until 5.30pm.
- Please feel free to ask any priest for confession around the Daily Mass times or otherwise.
- All public Masses have a maximum of 100 attendees inside the Church at each Mass. Masses will be offered at 9.15am, Tuesday to Saturday (Friday Mass will be followed by Adoration and Benediction, but not on the First Friday of the month). First Friday Sacred Heart Masses at 7pm. 13 hour Adoration, following the Mass.
- Adoration in the Church at 8.30am each day prior to weekday Masses (maximum 100 attendees).
- NO NEED TO BOOK IN FOR MASSES AT THIS TIME, BUT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU ARRIVE EARLY TO SECURE YOUR SEAT IN THE CHURCH.
- There will be no offertory procession, no passing out of daily prayer books or collection plates.
- Sign of peace – given without any physical contact. You can say “Peace be with you” and offer a smile, wave, nod or bow.
- Holy Communion shall be distributed by the priest and acolyte only. The Precious Blood will not be distributed.
- Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance of the Church.
- QR CODES WILL NOW BE COMPULSARY FOR CHURCHES. ALL ATTENDEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO USE THE QR CODE and verify a successful QR registration. The government will show some leniency in the case of technically-challenged, perhaps elderly, parishioners who are unable to use the QR Code. In this case they will be required to record their contact details on a register in the foyer of the Church, so that they can be used for contact tracing.
- Private Prayer – the Church will be opened Tuesday to Thursday from 9.45am (after the completion of Mass) until 4pm and Friday from 10.30am until 4pm for up to 100 people at one time. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel will be available for private prayer, but with a maximum limit of 4 people.
- At risk parishioners are strongly encouraged not to attend (eg. the very elderly, those with any symptoms, those with compromised immune or respiratory systems).
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
Pray the Rosary
And ask God for the graces you would normally receive in Holy Communion.
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.
The Parish office hours are now Tuesday to Thursday 9am until 4pm and Friday 9am until 4pm, you can contact us either by phone on 9543 2677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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