Dear Parents & Caregivers,

Please see below message from Fr. Vince from St Madeleine’s Sophie Barat Church:

“You, Lord, are a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.  Those who know Your name trust You, O Lord, because You have never deserted those who seek Your help.” (Psalm 9:9-10)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

May the peace of Christ reign our hearts this difficult time!

I am writing to highlight these items from the latest COVID19 update we received from Very Rev Peter G. Williams, Vicar General & Moderator of the Curia, to all clergy in the Diocese of Parramatta.

  • “Given that non-essential gatherings of people more than 100 have been directed by the Federal Government not to take place and on the advice of the Permanent Committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Vincent with the Diocesan Curia today have made the following determinations which will apply from this weekend and will be reviewed next week pending further advice from government and public health officials”.
  • “Catholics from the Diocese of Parramatta are from 20 March 2020 dispensed from their Sunday Mass obligation until further notice “(Canon 1248 §2 and Canon 2181.)

In line with the directives from the Diocese, with a heavy heart, I have to announce that the weekend Masses (beginning 21st March)  will be suspended until further notice. Given the fact that most of our Northern Deanery parishes have cancelled their Masses, it will put a huge pressure on us to manage the number of people who may like to come over here for the weekend Masses.

We will celebrate weekday masses as usual at 9.15 am. Considering the spiritual wellbeing of the people, we will add a morning Mass on Monday 9.15 am and evening Mass on Wednesday and Friday at 7 pm.  Again, we will restrict the number of people attending the Mass to 100.

The church will be open for prayer and personal devotion on the weekends:  Saturday from 4 pm to 6.30pm; Sunday 7 am to 12 noon and 4pm to 6.30 pm.    Seating inside the church will be limited in accordance with the Federal Governments Guidelines.  With this in mind a maximum of 95 people will be permitted inside the Church. (strictly adhering to personal distancing as required.  Pews will be marked with suggested seating for family’s to be distanced from others and to limit numbers)

We are very fortunate at Kenthurst to have large glass doors which will remain open, the high-level windows will also be open promoting air flow. We are also looking at the possibility of live streaming the Mass on the weekends at a particular time in the following weekend. We will keep you posted of the proceedings.

The Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings at 7pm will push through, but we are cancelling the discussion group that follows.

Two boxes, labelled “first collection” and “second collection” will be located at the entry of the church for your contributions. Your support is greatly appreciated!

The parish office is open as usual from Tuesday to Friday.

I earnestly request you to spend time in prayer and reading the Scriptures during these challenging times.   Our parish bulletin will have a few prayers that we could all pray in this time for God’s healing power to bring about newness in the lives of the people around the world.

SUMMARY:

Catholics are dispensed from their Sunday Mass obligation until further notice.

Weekend Masses beginning 21 March are suspended until further notice.

Weekday Masses:  Mondays – Fridays at 9:15am;  Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm

Church will be open for private prayer:

Saturdays: 4-6:30pm

Sundays:  7am-12noon;  4pm-6:30pm

Tuesdays – Fridays after morning Mass until 5pm

(Please forward this email to other parishioners that you know.  And apologies if you have received this multiple times)

Let us stay strong in our faith to face this difficult time. God will never abandon us!

United with you in prayer

Fr. Vince