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The Seven Last Words Of Jesus ~
A Good Friday Reflection by Fr.Oliver Aro, MSP.
SPECIAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (SRE)
These activities will assist parents in their efforts to help their children learn at home until SRE lessons resume in the classroom.
In unity with Bishop Vincent Long and the Diocese of Parramatta, we invite you to watch & participate in the Live Stream of the
Easter Triduum Masses.
*** IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR FIRST EUCHARIST CANDIDATES 2020 ***
Dear Parishioners, Due to the rapidly changing situation with respect to the threat posed by COVID-19, and acting on the advice of the Australian and New South Wales Department of Health we are postponing our First Eucharist Programme enrolments until further notice. We are hoping to advise you within the next week or so in regards to an update Apologies for the inconvenience this may cause. ~ Mary Immaculate Parish Sacramental Team...
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For Pastoral Message from the Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv
Bishop of Parramatta
Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
Following from Bishop Vincent’s advice to clergy and parishes yesterday it will be necessary to revisit some of the provisions for liturgical celebrations that were outlined in previous communications.
As you are aware the Prime Minister announced on Sunday evening (22 March 2020) certain prohibitions on activities that would result in people gathering together. In that list was mentioned “places of worship” that were to be closed by midday 23 March 2020. The proscription is around “religious gatherings.”
In the Diocese of Parramatta last weekend, some parishes elected to conduct celebrations of the Eucharist with a few people inside and the bulk of people outside. That gesture was appreciated by many of the faithful.
However, Stage 1 (as announced on Sunday evening by the Prime Minister) which has now been implemented applies to “religious gatherings” of any sort so that means that what was permitted last Sunday is no longer possible.
Masses and church buildings
Bishop Vincent has issued instructions to parishes, based on the directive of the government, that public Masses (both indoor and outdoor) must now cease. Also affected by this closure are church buildings, adoration chapels and other church buildings used for prayer and religious services.
Funerals are still permitted with a small number of attendees but if it takes place in a church building the social distancing rules must be observed. In the circumstances, consideration for a simple grave side service or using the crematorium chapel with a small number of mourners (very immediate family) is recommended. A memorial Mass when the current crisis is declared over can be held.
Marriages are permitted to take place and like funerals the instruction is that only a very small number of people may gather and again the social distancing rules are to be observed.
It is suggested that baptism of infants not take place at this time unless the baptism is in case of emergency.
Given that the church cannot be used it places an extraordinary burden on priests as to how to respond to a request for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is suggested that each priest use his own discretion as to how to handle such requests, provided social distancing rules are to be observed.
Anointing of Sick
Individual request for the Sacrament of the Sick should be attended to in the manner described in the previous instructions issued.
A decree was issued from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments concerning the liturgical celebrations during Holy Week this year. Parishes have been asked to make suitable preparations these liturgies to be celebrated with the necessary restraints in place. It is anticipated that all the Holy Week liturgies will be “live streamed” from the Cathedral with Bishop Vincent.
Please note the parish office will remain open during its normal operating times. We encourage you to make contact via phone or email, rather than coming to the parish office.
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With prayers for all those suffering at this time and imploring the intercession of Our Mother Mary.
For Pastoral Letter
from Our Parish Priest Fr. Oliver.
Monday: 6.00am only.
Tuesday to Friday: 6.00am and 9.15am
Saturday: 7.30am only.
Wednesday: 7.00pm Mass & Novena
Friday: 7.00pm Mass and Holy Hour.
NB: No Holy Hour on the 2nd Fridays of Month Due to parish Youth program.
Saturday 5.30pm Vigil Mass
Sunday:7.30am, 9.00am,10.30am & 6.00pm
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.
Our church offers all sacraments please contact our sacramental coordinator for more information.
Gerald "Ged" Oblea (Coordinator)
Ph: +61 29626 3326 (Press 3)
Mobile: +61 477 151 279