OUR CHURCH IS NOW OPEN FOR WEEKDAY AND SUNDAY MASSES
Effective 23rd November 2020 and in line with easing of Covid-19 restrictions, our Church will now be open
for three weekday Masses:
Tuesdays at 9.30 am
Wednesdays at 9.30 am
Fridays at 9.30 am
and two weekend Masses:
Saturday Vigil Mass at 5.00 pm
Sunday at 10.00 am
(Until the situation becomes clearer, the Italian Mass at 9.00am will be put on hold and parishioners, who normally attended either of the two previous Sunday Masses, are asked to join together at the Sunday 10 am Mass).
Please note that Government guidelines now permit 150 worshipers maximum for indoor services. However strict social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. Therefore our Church is only able to safely accommodate up to 80 people.
Registration for Mass is no longer required however once our full quota has been reached, the Church doors will close.
Names and contact numbers of those attending the Masses will need to be taken and ALL safety guidelines set out by the Health Department in relation to Covid 19 will be strictly followed.
YOU MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES AND IF FEELING UNWELL PLEASE DO NOT COME TO CHURCH
Under no circumstances should anyone awaiting test verification (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.
If you have any queries please contact the Parish Office on 9357 1422, email us at email@example.com or ring 0402 249 117.
This is a time of patience and understanding as we slowly begin to open our Church doors to our wonderful parishioners. The Mass times and days will be assessed on a weekly basis to see what is best for our Parish and any changes will be notified promptly.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)
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The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. The first 24 days of December fall during the liturgical season known as Advent and are represented by the liturgical colour purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart. The remaining days of December mark the beginning of the Christmas season. The liturgical colour changes to white or gold — a symbol of joy, purity and innocence.
The Intentions of the Holy Father for December...For a life of prayer:
We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.
Jesus, Gift of Love and hope for our world
The season of Advent is one of hope, anticipation, joy and prayerful reflection. From the Latin adventus (meaning ‘arrival’), Advent prompts us to new beginnings. It is a time to prepare our hearts for the coming Christ child, and to give voice to our longing for a richer, more abundant life in God. During this time of expectant waiting for the coming of Christ, we prepare for both the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas and for Jesus’ second coming.
The four weeks of Advent begin the new year of the Church’s liturgical calendar. Advent offers a time for us to reflect on our personal and collective readiness to receive Jesus with open hearts and minds. We are able to consider our relationships with God, others, self and creation and are invited to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation to free us to be bearers of Jesus to our world.
An Advent project of being alert and watchful in the spirit of today’s Gospel
Every morning when we get up, let us pray, “Lord, show me someone today with whom I may share your love, mercy and forgiveness.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Whatever you do in your family, for your children, for your husband, for your wife, you do for Jesus.” Every night when we go to bed, let us ask ourselves, “Where have I found Christ today?” The answer will be God’s Advent gift to us that day. By being alert and watchful we will receive an extra gift: Christ himself.
Let us remember the saying of St. Thomas Aquinas: “Without God, I can’t. Without me, He won’t.”
During this time of Covid-19 and when unable to attend Mass, 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