CHURCH CLOSURE FROM 23 MARCH 2020 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The following was received from the Most Rev Peter A Comensoli on 23 March 2020:
"We have been directed by Government (state and federal) to close all places of worship and religious gatherings. At this point in time, this means the closing of our church doors, not just to the celebration of Mass and other liturgies, but for all activities that would involve the presence of a number of people for a period of time. Therefore, I ask that you now immediately close the doors of your church."
THE DOORS TO OUR CHURCH ARE NOW CLOSED
However you are encouraged to continue active participation in the life of the Church, through activities such as personal and family prayer, reflecting on Scriptures, making a spiritual communion, or participating in a Mass online (http://bit.ly/MassOnDemand OR https://melbournecatholic.org.au/Mass OR www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass). Sunday Mass can also be watched on Channel 10 at 6.00am - Mass for You at Home.
PALM SUNDAY AND EASTER LITURGIES AT HOME
The ritual of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday has always been a chance for the parish community to come together in sadness and joy. However, it seems that only in the loss of community this year that we truly appreciate how much it has meant to us.
Fr Raj will celebrate Mass and will bless palms privately on Palm Sunday. However there will be NO distribution of palms, but these will be reserved for distribution at a later date after the crisis has abated.
He will also privately celebrate ALL the Easter liturgies. We are all invited to join in prayer, reflection, reciting the rosary, reciting the Stations of the Cross, participating on an online Mass and uniting as a Parish community in spirit, to pray for one another and for the whole world.
You can Download/View the Liturgies at Home attachment here.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
During this time of Covid-19 and the closure of our Churches, Catholics are encouraged to make a ‘spiritual communion’. St. John Paul II writes that “it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist. This was the origin of the practice of ‘spiritual communion’, which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life. Saint Teresa of Jesus wrote: ‘When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you.’” (Ecclesia Eucharistia, no. 34).
An Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things,
and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot, at this moment, receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
As our Father entrusted the care of his only Son to St Joseph, we call on him in prayer to protect and guide us gently through these troubled times. St Joseph pray for us.
Welcome to our parish of St Thomas More, Hadfield.
We are a community of Christians, a Christ-centred community,
where the word of God and the sacraments of God are central.
We believe that every person has worth and dignity as a person of God's creation
and this helps us to follow the great commandment that Jesus gave us....
" Love one another as I have loved you"
As a parish community we are ready to pattern our lives on Jesus Christ
by being a welcoming community, open to the needs of one another.
We strive to be a community that values and supports education in faith and nurtures ongoing faith formation.
We treasure the times when we celebrate the sacraments, marking the significant moments in people's lives
and enabling them to have a sense of belonging and involvement in our faith community.
We strive to embody the gospel values of Jesus Christ that lead us into service, worship and celebration.
We pray that we can be a community exploring, recognising and responding to the signs of the times.
St Thomas More
Our Parish Patron
Fr Adaikkala Raj Lourdusamy HGN
Our Parish Administrator