As of 31 May 2020 restrictions on gatherings at places of worship and ceremonies will be eased......
In line with the recent Victorian Government easing of restrictions, Churches may be re-opened but there must be provision for the collection of contact details, strict monitoring of numbers, ongoing hygiene requirements, publicising the scheduled times for private worship. The limit has increased from 10 to 20 people for public worship.
Therefore effective Tuesday 2nd June (until further notice)…
- The Church will be open for 9.15am Mass on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
- Church doors will open at 9.00am and close at 10.00am.
- Maximum attendance at any Mass is 20 people.
- Attendance is only by pre-registration by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0402 249 117 or the Parish Office during office hours on 9357 1422. You will receive a confirmation of your Mass booking date.
- If you are unable to attend on your booked day, then please contact the Parish Office by phone or email, so your spot can be passed on to another parishioner.
Please do not try to attend any Mass unless registration is confirmed beforehand. Thank You.
Please refer to weekly parish bulletin for updates and more information.
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.
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