5th Sunday of Lent 2020

Bulletin 2020-03-29

Readings for 5th Sunday of lent

SUNDAY MASS from St Joseph’s Church – celebrated by Fr. Patrick will be available on the St. Joseph’s website www.saintjosephsbulli.com to watch on Sundays.

I ask you not to print the bulletin but instead forward this email on to those may not be on our email list.

Please encourage them to join the email list by contacting the office. This is the only safe way we can get all information to our parishioners.

I have been inundated with people offering support of ways to help all our parishioners through this trying time especially in the absence of the Sacramental life of the Church. Below are some links to places online that may be of benefit spiritually and mentally.

Bishop Barron speaks about how Catholics who are struggling with the absence of Mass services and receiving the Eucharist can find alternatives and additional ways to connect with their faith at this time. There’s some interesting discussion as to why God might permit evil to exist; and possibly some helpful ways to think about these challenges.

https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/video/bishop-barron-on-the-coronavirus-quarantine/26906/

It is also available in podcast format if you would just prefer the audio. Just search ‘Word on Fire’ in your podcast app.

 Daily Mass is celebrated by Pope Francis and can be viewed anytime. http://www.catholictv.org/shows/pope-francis-daily-mass

 Prayer Resources for Individuals and Families

During this time of social isolation it is important that we pray and stay connected to our community. A range of online resources are available to assist with this. These include daily prayers and readings, prayer services, the Sunday Office, commentaries, homilies and reflections as well as Gospel based activities and resources to support personal and family prayer.

Type in browser: liturgyhelp.com/aus/woll/pray  and follow the prompts to access. Hopefully these resources will help create prayerful solidarity with our community and the whole Body of Christ.

 Most importantly take care of yourselves and one another.

I need to ask people not to visit the office but instead call or email and I will help you all out as much as I can.

 Continue to pray for all who are affected directly by this and join in the nightly 6pm prayer we can do as our parishes combine.

Planned Giving Envelopes:

During this period of time where Masses in the diocese are suspended, parishes are urgently in need the ongoing financial support of parishioners more than ever, as their overhead costs will not change. As the vast majority of parishioners give physically to their parish in the first and second collection baskets during Mass, we are encouraging all parishioners to join the electronic parish planned giving program. The Diocese has created a page with two simple options for parishioners to give to their local parish electronically. Please find this at www.dow.org.au

Or you can download the Direct Debit Planned Giving form here.

Please hold onto all planned giving envelopes and project compassion boxes for now.

Catholic.Social

Can you remember another time when the world was completely united against a common enemy? That which comes to isolate us, unites us. 

We have to do what we need to do take care of each other. For now this means those of us who can stay at home, need to stay home. Those who cannot – teachers, nurses, hospital staff, doctors, supermarket employees, paramedics, police and many others – we need to stay home for them too. This is important, but it has consequences. People will feel isolated or lonely, maybe anxious and sad. We are missing the person to person contact and with any loss it leaves a space.

A new online space, using Catholic.Social, has been created for parishioners of the Illawarra to help fill the void. We can be vulnerable, anxious, sad, scared and hopeful, together. Do not underestimate the impact of a message. This group is a community in which we can encourage and support each other through the challenging times and share and celebrate the good times.

Catholic.Social is a CATHOLIC, low barrier of entry, platform for online discussions with groups. It’s free and there are no inappropriate 3rd party ads or “related” content. It’s built with parish groups in mind and easy to use for young and old. 

At this time when we are having to physically distance ourselves from one another, and we must do this, it is faces and voices that are able to reach through the distance and uncertainty. It is not just through connecting with people we know, but also in the words of strangers that it can be felt we are in this together. 

Please click the link, sign up and request to join. Please forward this email to family and friends.

https://app.catholic.social/group/illawarra-parishes

Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions, our details are below.

Looking forward to chatting with you.

God bless,

Pru Hall
Email   pruahall@gmail.com
Phone  0422 540 484

Mark Hall

Email   hallmarkaus@gmail.com

Phone  0423 119 984

 

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