As the days lengthen and warm up, there is a sense that life itself becomes a little more open and expansive. We lift our eyes, feel the sun on our skin, look further into the distance and dare to anticipate better, clearer days ahead. As we approach opening of our church in a few weeks, let’s be optimistic.
The Church in Australia wrapped up the first General Assembly of its 5th Plenary Council on Sunday. 278 designated members from across Australia – including bishops, priests, religious and laypeople – gathered virtually from 3 to 10 October to pray and reflect about the future, the role and relevance of the Catholic Church in Australian society today. Overall, over 300 people joined the event.
In the closing Mass on Sunday, Archbishop Timothy Coleridge SDB of Brisbane, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Australia (ACBC), on his part, likened the process to bringing a child to birth: “The process is slow, painful and messy, but in the end it is wonderfully fruitful and joyful as the baby is born,” he said. “Beyond the maelstrom of this week and all that lies ahead, may the Church in Australia come to know the fruitfulness and joy which the Holy Spirit brings from all the pain and mess because nothing is impossible for God”, he concluded in his homily. Check our website to read more.
After many months of rescheduling the celebration of Confirmation, we now have a good news. The sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Church, on Monday 15th November and Tuesday 16th November at 6:00 pm Mass. Our principal celebrant will be Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Ireland, who is our new regional Bishop.
Due to density quotient restrictions, there will be a limit on how many people can attend each Mass. This is also because the parish is catering for students from St. Anne’s School, St Joachim’s School and other schools in the parish.
So, each family will only be allowed to have 4 fully vaccinated people at Confirmation. (This includes the student making the sacrament in the 4 people). All families have now been contacted. Contact school or parish if you have any questions.
Grace of Waiting- Advent resource
Advent is fast approaching. Now that we know when the church is opening, we will be couple of weeks away from Advent.
The Archdiocese have prepared this weekly reflection to help us prepare to celebrate Jesus. Visit our website to download this resource.
Lecture on Catholic Contribution
An online free of charge series will be presented over six sessions and will explore the development and self-understanding of Roman Catholicism and its contribution culturally, historically and philosophically to the understanding of human nature. For further information and to register for the first lecture please
visit: www.macs.vic.edu.au/Haldane or check our website. The first session was very informative.
Message from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
Mandatory vaccinations for Parish Employees and Volunteers. By 26th November, all religious workers, that is, people (paid and volunteers) who work at or in connection with a place of worship will be subject to mandatory vaccination. We request all volunteer in the parish to forward their Vaccination Certificate to the parish office for record keeping.
As we approach opening of our church in a few weeks we need greeter who are double vaccinated. Weekend Masses would be difficult to hold without greeters (now known as COVID Check-in Marshals) to ensure that people are marked off our lists and that they use our QR code to sign in. If you are interested in assisting your parish to have Masses with more than a small number of people in the church, why not help us with being a greeter? Simply email Frank at email@example.com. Training provided.
Stay Safe & God bless
Rev Fr Martin Jeramias