Important Update - General Guidelines COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne - 31 July 2020
OUR CHURCH IS CLOSED....
In response to the latest directives announced by Government (30 July 2020),
There is now an overarching guide for the use of face coverings across Victoria as of 11.59pm on 2 August 2020. Please see below for restrictions across Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, and for the areas of the City of Greater Geelong, and the Shires of Colac-Otway, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Surf Coast and the Borough of Queenscliffe until 19 August 2020 or otherwise directed.
Churches in restricted postcodes are closed for private worship or religious ceremonies (except for live streaming, Weddings and Funerals as directed). *Funerals held in restricted postcodes will be restricted to 10 mourners plus people required to conduct the funeral.
During this period, should you need to contact Fr Raj or the Parish Office, please do so by telephoning the Parish Office on 9357 1422 (leave a message if office is unattended) or email us at email@example.com .
Fr Raj will continue to celebrate private Masses and if you have any Mass intentions, please ring the Parish Office 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.
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.
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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
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's is committed to the safety, well-being and dignity
of all children and vulnerable adults.
St Thomas More
Our Parish Patron
Fr Adaikkala Raj Lourdusamy HGN
Our Parish Administrator