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MARY IMMACULATE

 Daily Mass for the 18th of October 2021

Mary Immaculate Church is now open to public worship. There will be no recorded Masses provided from today. please ware a mask at the church and QR Code sign in please. Observe the 4 square metre rule and please sit where indicated.

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Thank you for visiting Mary Immaculate Church online. If you wish to obtain more information about our parish and our services please contact us on

Ph: +61 2 9626 3326 or Email:

quakershill@parracatholic.org

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Planned Giving Envelopes

Planned Giving envelopes are ready for collection. If Covid has brought anything to our attention, it is that if is difficult for parishioners to contribute financially to the parish using envelopes when they cannot come to church. If parishioners who are on the envelope system that would like change to Direct Debit, please call the office for a form or                                to download a copy. Your fanancial contributions go along way to help cover the costs of running the parish even when we are under lockdown. Thank you.              Fr Oliver Aro PP

OUR VISION & MISSION

As a gathering of the People of God in Mary Immaculate Parish, one in Christ, proclaiming the Gospel, the teachings of the Church and promoting Mary and the saints as models of discipleship, our parish community will manifest itself as:

 

  • an open, transparent and accountable Church, which respects due process, rejects every form of discrimination, listens to its people, promotes co-responsibility in every facet of its mission and ministry, and is compassionate to its core;

  • an inclusive parish, developing and implementing pastoral strategies to welcome and support all, particularly the marginalised. 

CONTRIBUTION TO THE FIRST COLLECTION while in lockdown

With the continued lockdown of our Church, you may wish to make an EFT contribution to support your Clergy, i.e. what you would normally place on the first collection. To do, please use the following details:

BSB 067950        Account No.: 00004265         Account Name: Diocesan Clergy         Reference: 6030 (followed by) your name.

This will enable us to credit your donation to your parish. Thank you for your contributions – they are much appreciated.

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UPDATE ON MASS ATTENDANCE:

AN UPDATE ON CHURCH RESTRICTION AT MARY IMMACULATE

The NSW Government recently announced changes to COVID-19 restrictions that affect weddings. From Monday, 18 October 2021, weddings will be permitted in NSW if they are kept to no more than 130 guests due to the 4 square metre rule. 

Fr Oliver would like everyone to contine to ware masks and QR Code sign in.

 

Stage 2: When 80% of the double dose vaccination target is achieved by the state

 

The full details of the 80% roadmap can be found here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/easing-covid-19-restrictions/80-percent.

At this stage of the roadmap, our churches are to open to our entire community. There is no requirement from the Government to check the vaccination status of people attending our churches.

          - Religious Services:

                    • All religious services held at a place of worship (including weddings and funerals) will only be limited by the 4 square metre rule.

                    • Baptisms and confessions can be publicly scheduled again.

                    • Music is an important part of our liturgy. Although congregational singing is not permitted, a single cantor and musician are                                  possible (as per previous Public Health Orders). Mary Immaculate will not be using choirs till Christmass time.

 

COVID Safe practices for indoor venues as per Stage 1 above should continue to apply. In addition, the following should also be observed:

  • Avoid handling and passing of objects, for example the collection plate and Mass books.

  • Communion of the Precious Blood will be for the celebrant only.

  • The faithful can be invited to share the Greeting of Peace through a bow of their heads.

  • All ministers of Holy Communion are to use hand sanitisers before the distribution of Holy Communion commences. Those who wish to receive Communion on the tongue should be asked receive Communion at the end and the priest should endeavor to sanitise his hands after each of these communicants.

  • Allow for ventilation in the Church by opening doors and windows where possible.

 

- Live streaming of Masses should continue, where possible, to allow for people who are especially vulnerable or who are vaccinated but remain anxious at this point, to continue to attend Mass online.

 

Our parish office and other facilities (meeting rooms) will continue to be subjected to people’s vaccination status at this stage. Due to this, it may be prudent for parishes to continue to delay face-to-face meetings, and gatherings until the next stage of the reopening.

 

Stage 3: From 1 December 2021

 

- Density limits will move to one person per 2 square metres for both indoor and outdoor settings.

- Congregational singing can resume at our liturgies and services.

- Mask wearing will be encouraged but will no longer be mandatory for places of worship.

At this point, the reopening, regardless of vaccination status, applies to all citizens of NSW for all indoor and outdoor venues. This means that parish officers and other parish facilities can    reopen to all. The 2 square metre per person rule will, however, continue to apply.

Unfortunately, it is advised that no one is to attend the church. Please call the parish office on 9626-3326 if you have any queries or questions in relation to coming to the church. Please watch this space if any new information arises.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Oliver, Deacon Leon and Parish Staff.

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to possess You within my soul. Since I am unable at this moment to receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.