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General Guidelines COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne - Updated 28 September 2020

As part of the proposed Roadmaps for the reopening of the Metropolitan Melbourne,  the Government recently announced (27 September) that religious gatherings can only take place outdoors with five people plus a faith leader.   OUR CHURCH THEREFORE REMAINS CLOSED FOR WORSHIP OR MASS.

For more information about up to date guidelines for  COVID-19  Read more    

Under no circumstances should anyone awaiting test verification, including Clergy or Deacons, (even without presenting symptoms) attend a church or parish setting until a diagnosis is confirmed.  Additionally, under no circumstances should anyone attend who is closely connected to people who are awaiting test results or who have tested positive.

During this Stage 4 Lock down, the Parish Office will be unattended.  Should you need to contact Fr Raj or the Parish Office, please do so by telephoning the Parish Office  on 9357 1422  or email us at admin@stmhadfield.org.au . We will attend to your call as soon as possible.  For urgent matters please contact 0402 249 117.

Fr Raj will continue to celebrate private Masses and if you have any Mass intentions, please ring the Parish Office  and leave details or email us with your intentions. 

Please stay safe, stay home (except for the four permitted reasons to leave home) and stay connected to your Parish either through our web page, by phone or email.

 

October: The Month of the Holy Rosary

October 7 is the Liturgical Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

 

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A pathway through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has written a special message to the clergy and faithful in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, expressing his closeness and concern while acknowledging the many challenges facing the community during this extended period of lockdown. It follows last week's overturning of restrictions on spiritual ministry to the sick and the dying. 'Throughout the pandemic, I have been advocating directly with the Government, reminding authorities continually of our respectful compliance with each stage of restrictions, and seeking a fair consideration in what is permitted,' said Archbishop Comensoli.

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During this time of physical isolation, all Masses at St Patrick’s Cathedral will continue to be live streamed on the Archdiocesan YouTube channel (Mon-Fri 1.00pm, Sat 8.00am and Sun 11.00am) and on TV Channel 44 at 11.00am on Sundays.

 

We must remain vigilant at all times and follow all the directives set in place.

Even when it isn’t possible to gather in our Church, be close to one another and stay in contact. A simple phone call can mean so much. Pray for your families but also for one another especially those who are particularly struggling in these difficult and challenging times.

 

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

My Jesus,

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.

Amen.

 

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.

Prayer to St Joseph

Psalm 91

 

WELCOME....

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"

Parish Vision

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's is committed to the safety, well-being and dignity 

of all children and vulnerable adults.

 

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St Thomas More
Our Parish Patron

Fr Adaikkala Raj Lourdusamy HGN
Our Parish Administrator