The NSW Premier has announced that from 24 July places of worship will not be able to hold congregations in excess of 100. This is not that much of a reduction on the 110 we have been able to accommodate up until now.
So if you have not yet registered, please do so. This will help us to allocate attendance at our Sunday masses in a fair and equitable manner. YOU ONLY NEED TO REGISTER ONCE. Once you registered, you must wait for an invitation and reply "Yes" or "No".
PLEASE DO NOT COME ON SUNDAY IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED THIS INVITATION - THIS IS A WEEKLY OCCURRENCE.
And now for something completely different
Got an email from JeanMarc from the Varroville Gospel Choir. They have been busy during the lockdown. Here is the fruit of their work. Enjoy.
Looking Ahead to the Next 40 Years
Recently the plumbers completed their work and we are now connected to the mains sewer line. This was funded in part by a $20,000 grant from the state government. I liked to thank Mr Anoulack Chanthivong, our local member, for his help in recommending our Parish for the grant. And well done to the property committee for seeing this through – in particular, special thanks to Steve Locke. But this is only the start. The property committee have been meeting regularly and busily working on the next stage of our renovation work in the Parish.
As you know, this includes improving our toilet facilities, upgrading our kitchen and servery, and generally making our foyer more accomodating and welcoming. And then, of course, there is the work inside the church. Renovating the sanctuary with a new altar and ambo, and remodelling the reconciliation room to be more compliant with current regulations.
We are very fortunate to have an architect as a member of our Parish. His name is Johnny Ah-Ching and he has joined our property committee. Johnny has been very helpful in showing us ways in which we could make the improvements we want in an attractive and, more importantly, a cost effective manner. This involves abandoning our plan to build a toilet block to the right of the entrance to the church. Johnny has come up with a plan that does not involve changing the present footprint of the church building.
Here are some initial drawings and sketches. I look forward to your feedback.
Click here for a PDF file of the plans.
Here are some before and after artist's impressions of the renovations. (Right click on image to view full size image in a new tab)
Two books to sustain our spirits during the “Lockdown” and beyond
The Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication has published a downloadable book containing prayers, supplications and Pope Francis’ homilies as “a sure support in time of trial” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 192 page ebook is available as a free download here.
Also available for free download the Meditations on the Stations of the Cross led by Pope Francis, this year, in an empty St Peter’s Square. The meditations on the 14 stations were written by members of the Catholic community of the Due Palazzi prison in Padua.These included not only prisoners, but also people directly affected by crime, including prisoners’ families, victims and even a priest falsely accused of a crime. These powerful reflections are available here.
Each Sunday at 9am AEST, the Diocese will be continuing to broadcast Sunday Mass online with Bishop Brian and other clergy from Lumen Christi Catholic Parishes, Wollongong. You can watch them on the Diocese’s YouTube Channel or Facebook page.
Lumen Christi Catholic Parishes Wollongong are also livestreaming weekday Masses from the Cathedral House in Wollongong Tuesdays—Fridays 12:10pm. These Masses are celebrated by clergy from Lumen Christi, including Bishop Brian and our vicar general, Fr Bernard Gordon. You can watch these Masses on the Lumen Christi YouTube Channel.
The Sisters of St Joseph have generously shared with us the “Novena for a World in Need.” Just click on the image. Please feel free to distribute this as widely as you can. May St Mary of the Cross MacKillop intercede for us as we face the challenges of our time with courage in the midst of fear and anxiety. St Mary of the Cross: pray for us.