Following the latest Public Health order, our church will be closed from 6pm Saturday 26th June until further notice.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is strongly recommended by our Church leaders and NSW & Australian governments Chief Medical Officers. It is imperative that we all have our vaccinations as soon as possible to enable us to reunite in our faith/church community. The Premier of NSW has advised that once we reach 70% double vaccination of adults, we will be allowed to open up our churches to fully vaccinated parishioners. This will be an important step to get back to our new normal.
Youth Ministry Online
Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong (CYMW) have been continuing to link in with young people via the school’s network to bring them to an encounter with the beauty of the Gospel and the Church. One of the initiatives has been LIVE online. You might like to click on the link below to get a sense of what they are doing with young people. It includes some vibrant worship and the talks given by Joel Duval and new Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator, Meg McAlister. Included to encourage parents to watch it with their family.
Get Connected with what is on around the Diocese
Conscious that with many messages to choose from to put in your bulletins every week, I am continuing to include a short message near the top of the message suggestions that captures an opportunity for the faithful to stay connected with what is happening around the Diocese.
Every week, there are many great opportunities to be part of special events, courses, free resources and to nurture and encourage you and your family in your faith. A simple way to stay informed and connected is to invite the faithful to subscribe at https://dow.sh/stayingconnected
Prayer Seminars to experience different prayer styles:
The first six prayer seminars are as follows, and you are welcome to come to any or all of these seminars:
· 21st Sept Rachel Fleurant MGL- Centering Prayer
· 28th Sept Peter Gilmore Praying with the Holy Spirit
· 5th October Frances Tilly on The Examen
· 12th Oct Sr Sue Barker SGS Introduction to Lectio Divina
· 19th Oct Sr. Magdalen Mather OSB on Benedictine Path to Prayer.
See the bulletin for registering details.
THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
Caring for those who have cared for us.
We are now heading into the 12th week of lockdown and are all suffering from ‘lockdown fatigue’. Myself and Fr Richard are struggling with this life-style as well. With the weekday Masses and Sunday Masses at Corrimal and the Sunday Mass at Bulli we are connected spiritually to you, our brothers and sisters in Christ.
This week we are remembering the tragic events of 9/11 in the United States with it’s terrible loss of innocent lives and grave world- wide repercussions.
We think of the suffering in Afghanistan and Lebanon too.
Our prayers are so very much needed at this time. I offer each Sunday Mass for your needs and intentions. I’d like to thank you for the great cards and gifts to celebrate my 30th Anniversary of Priesthood. I will try and thank you all more personally as the weeks go by.
Remember the words of Jesus Christ: “I am with you always even to the end of time.’ God Bless and keep you & your families. In His Love, Fr. Patrick.
Here is a Message from Fr. Patrick for you all:
I hope you are all well and keeping safe. No one expected to be back in lockdown but this new Delta strain of the COVID virus is so contagious that this is the only way to suppress the new infections. Please have the “jab” and get vaccinated as soon as you can. Compared to much of the world in this pandemic, Australia is still so blessed.
Fr Richard is offering Mass on YouTube from St. Columbkille’s for our communities. As from Sunday 25th July 2021, I’ll be offering Sunday Mass for all parishioners from St Joseph’s Church, Bulli via our website: www.saintjosephsbulli.com
We continue to keep Fr. Geoff, who died recently in our prayers.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers,
With great sadness, we advise you all on the passing of long time Parishioner and friend to many of you, Marie Harding.
Marie passed away on Wednesday 25th August.
Please keep Marie and all her family in your prayers.
Trusting in God, we pray together for Marie as we say farewell. There is sadness in parting, but we take comfort in the hope that one day we shall see Marie again and enjoy her friendship.
Now at this time we feel sorrow, but the mercy of God will gather us together again in the joy of his kingdom.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.
Receive her soul and present her to God the Most High. Amen
Bulli Parishioner Marie Harding was laid to rest on Wednesday 1st September. With the blessing of Marie’s family, below is the link her funeral for those in the parish whom might have missed it and would like to prayerfully say goodbye. RIP Marie
Below is a notice from the Bishop
Fr. Patrick’s 30th Anniversary of his Priesthood Mass can be viewed below, from 8:30am on Tuesday 24th August 2021.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is strongly recommended by our Church leaders and NSW & Australian governments Chief Medical Officers. It is imperative that we all have our vaccinations as soon as possible to enable us to reunite in our faith/church community
Click on the link below to view the Mass of Christian Burial for the late Fr. Geoffrey Allen.
The Parish Leadership Team is an advisory body to the Parish Priest and has a consultative vote on pertinent issues within the Parish. It shares the responsibility for building a vibrant community that is founded in the Holy Eucharist and built on Faith, Hope and Charity. A Parish meeting was held on Thursday 11th March and the new leadership team was elected.
We welcome our 2021 Parish Leadership Team members:
Jose Perez, Gonnie Keogh, Tony Murphy, Mark Hall and Peter Lalli. Congratulations.
On arrival at the church, you must check in with Services NSW by scanning the QR code, posted on the doors to the church.
You can download the Services NSW app here:
- Only 65 attendees will be allowed entry (in addition to clergy and essential assistants).
- Masks must be worn in the church.
- Congregational singing not allowed.
- A parish-appointed Attendance Monitor will check that all attendees have checked in as above.
- All attendees must sanitise their hands upon entry using the sanitiser provided in the narthex.
- Entry from the narthex to the nave of the church is through the double glass doors only.
- Worshippers must only sit in allocated seating which is marked with green stickers to ensure 1.5 metre distance between worshippers.
- Worshippers can seek assistance from the Attendance Monitor if required during the Mass.
- Worshippers must not shake hands and instead offer a verbal exchange of peace.
- Members of the same household may sit within 1.5 metre distance of each other (e.g. married couple, parent with children) if they have advised their relationship with the Attendance Monitor during registration.
- The Attendance Monitor will maintain alertness to identify worshippers presenting with flu-like symptoms (cough, runny nose, etc.) and advise any worshippers with symptoms they must leave the premises.
- The Attendance Monitor will ensure worshippers do not congregate in the entrance or any area of the building.
- The Attendance Monitor will ensure staggering of worshippers as they enter the building and walk to their seats.
- Worshippers must maintain 1.5 metre distancing at all times including lining up for communion.
- Communion will be received in the hand only (not on the tongue).
- There will be no communion from the chalice for worshippers.
- The Attendance Monitor will coordinate a staggered exit of worshippers through the exit door located near the sacristy.
- Vaccination against COVID-19 is strongly recommended by the NSW and Australian government Chief Medical Officers.
Church/Chapels will not be open for Private Prayer under the current directives due to the significant cleaning and sanitising requirements that are involved to protect parishioners, clergy, parish staff and volunteers.