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Latest COVID-19 restrictions
This note is to advise that effective immediately all Masses have been cancelled until midnight on 30th July, 2021.
We will still email bulletins out during this period and continue to record the Sunday Mass as we currently do. The Lord be with you all and take care, Fr Paul.
Many parishes around the Diocese are celebrating Masses online. For more information, please visit the Diocesan website www.parracatholic.org/covid19.
Postponed Sacraments of Initiation
Given the situation with the COVID virus and lockdown in Greater Sydney, we have no choice but to postpone the celebration of the Sacraments First Communion and Confirmation indefinitely.
Hopefully things will improve and it might be possible to consider rebooking the masses within the next couple of months.
It is a strange time for all of us and I know that many of the families involved in these two important Sacraments of Initiation will be quite disappointed but they also be busy with many things including home schooling. The Holy Spirit lives in all our families, today, regardless of the mess and confusion in our lives, and so we pray that the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit will help them, and indeed all of us, all through these days and weeks. Maureen Ryan
From the Bulletin.
"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever"; from the Gospel of John 14:16.
Articles you may want to read inside the Bulletin.
World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
Pope Francis has proclaimed the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July each year – July 25 this year. It is marked near the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus. Parishes, schools, aged care facilities and other ministries are encouraged to find creative ways to celebrate the contribution of older people to their families and communities. Access resources at www.catholic.org.au/grandparents
The Well, online support produced by the Parramatta Diocese is here
Need some inspiration and spiritual encouragement during lockdown? Why not check out The Well? The Diocese’s ‘on demand’ streaming site has a tonne of video and prayer resources for you to explore and engage with during this difficult time.
Mass Times, after restrictions end
Weekend Masses: Saturday 5:00 PM. Sunday 8:00 AM & 9:00 AM.
Weekday Masses: 5:00PM Tuesday and Wednesday. 9:00 AM Thursday.
Fan the Flame – Towards Plenary Assembly One October 2021.
“You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while”. Mark 6:30-34
Our Aboriginal culture has taught us to be still and to wait... We wait for the rain to fill our rivers and water the thirsty earth... We wait on God, too. We don’t worry. We know that in time and in the spirit of dadirri (that deep listening and quiet stillness) his way will be clear.
(Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr, “Dadirri: Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness”, Miriam-Roes Foundation, accessed 23 April 2021, https:// www.miriamrosefoundation.org.au/about-dadirri )
“Gathering of Talents”.
Despite all the disruption by the COVID crisis of the planning of this Gathering on the 19th September, members of the Deanery Pastoral Council are meeting very soon to evaluate what all the people of the
parishes in Emu Plains and the Mountains have asked to be prioritised.
Jesus, himself, saw the need for action when he visited the towns and villages;
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and
helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” " Matt 9:35-38
Sometimes, we are called to be "labourers" and so now is the time to share your ideas for action.
So if you have any ideas that might help our local Christian communities please complete the survey form which you will find on our Parish Website and return the form to email@example.com or just ring Maureen 0403 931 782.
Please continue your prayers for this Deanery project. The followers of Jesus are sometimes called to be "labourers" but we are always called to pray.
Please see the special page, Gathering Talents, here, for all details
Bishop Vincent’s pastoral letter on the proposed Parental Rights Bill.
Bishop Vincent has released a pastoral letter to the pastors, parents and the faithful of the Diocese of Parramatta on the proposed Parental Rights Bill. The letter can be read here
Bishop's Good Shepherd Appeal
Please support our seminarians to answer God’s call to the Priesthood.
At our Holy Spirit Seminary, Harris Park, young men are training to become future priests for the Diocese of Parramatta. Your caring gift and prayers are needed to support our seminarians to prepare for a life of service to our community. Please give generously via the Bishop’s Good Shepherd Appeal giving envelopes or online
at yourcatholicfoundation.org.au/appeal. Thank you for your kind accompaniment.
We are (still) looking for more readers, commentators and ministers of the altar, especially Sunday masses for 2021
If you are interested please talk to Len or Richard on the parish phone number 4759 1034 to discuss this ministry.
We also welcome volunteers in a variety of other roles across the parish.
If you are interested in learning more, please get in touch by emailing the Parish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Catalyst for Renewal Program for 2021 is Here
Laurie Woods has a new tricky bit, here
'Bible and Hebrew Thought' explores difficulties in translation from the Hebrew.
If you have not looked at these before, they are a great aid to understanding difficult parts of the Christian faith.
Refugee Support details are here
COVID guide to Masses
At Lawson, our church is open for a shortened form of Mass.
In accord with Diocese recommendations, it is advised that masks be worn
There will be no music in view of the size of our church and in accordance with government regulation.
In addition you will need to register your attendance at OLN by emailing to email@example.com or calling Richard on the office phone number 4759 1034 as this detail is required by law.
Also required by law is that each person who attends must record their name and phone number and email on the attendance sheets provided as you enter the church. OR login with the QR code.
Please bring your own pen or use the pencil provided and take it with you.
Hymn books and missals are not to be used.
No objects are permitted to be passed around, hence there can be no passing of the collection plate.
A plate will be left on the Offertory Table for you to drop in your contribution on the way out and to collect your bulletin.
We may need your occasional assistance to sanitise the area after Mass.
Please note most of the news is in the Bulletin available by clicking on the Bulletin link
Older, Current News
A notice to Confirmation families and a Holy Spirit meditation please click on the link, Sacramental Team
Masses are being recorded each week and available by clicking on the Recorded Masses link
Letter from Head, Religious Education commenting on changes in RE here
Confirmation, First Communion and Preparations in Progress are here
Cambodian Catholic Mission Project is here