4th Sunday of Easter 2020

Bulletin 2020-05-03

Your Sunday Masses can be viewed here, as celebrated privately by Fr. Patrick at St. Joseph’s Bulli.

Pope Francis Message for Vocations Sunday 200503

4th Sunday of Easter Kids

Kids Word Search 4th Sunday of Easter

Food For thought in 50 years on…..

Child – “How old are you, Grandma?”
Grandma – “I’m 81, dear.”
Child – “So does that mean you were alive during the Coronavirus?”
Grandma – “Yes, kid, I was.”
Child – “Wow. That must have been horrible, Grandma. We were learning about that at school this week.
They told us about how all the schools had closed. And mum’s and dads couldn’t go to work so didn’t have as much money to do nice things.
They said that you weren’t allowed to go and visit your friends and family and couldn’t go out anywhere.
They told us that the shops ran out of lots of things so you didn’t have much bread, and flour, and toilet rolls.
They said that holidays and travel were cancelled. And they told us about all those thousands of people that got very poorly and who died.
They explained about the health system and how hard all the doctors and nurses and   workers worked, and that lots of them died, too.
That must have been so horrible, Grandma!”
Grandma – “Well, that is all correct.
And I know that because I read about it when I was older.

But to tell you the truth I remember it differently…
I remember playing in the garden for hours with Mum and Dad and having picnics outside and lots of barbecues.
I remember making things with my Dad and baking with my Mum.
I remember making dens with my little brother and teaching him how to do hand stands and back flips. I remember having quality time with my family.
I remember Mum’s favourite words becoming ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea…’
Rather than ‘Maybe later or tomorrow I’m a bit busy’.
I remember making our own bread and pastry. I remember having movie nights three or four times a week instead of just one.
It was a horrible time for lots of people, you are right.
But I remember it differently.”
Remember how our children will remember these times.
Be in control of the memories they are creating right now, so that through all the awful headlines and emotional stories for so many that they will come to read in future years, they can remember the happy times.
– Author Unknown

Planned Giving envelopes

Please remember that we don’t currently have any facility for receiving your weekly planned giving envelopes. These contributions are vital for the running of our parish, so we ask that you hold them until things return to normal. Alternatively, you can contribute via Direct Debit by following this link: https://www.dow.org.au/plannedgiving/

 

3rd Sunday of Easter

Bulletin 2020-04-26

Worksheet 3rd Sunday of Easter

                                       ANZAC Day 2020

ANZAC pic

Anzac day this year will be very different to what we have experienced in the past, but we can still experience and make it a day for us to remember.

I have included the ODE  in case anyone needs it.

Ode

Anzac Day Readings

Catholic Weekly online: just click on the link and it will take you there. https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/catholic-weekly-newspaper-online/

 Please note all updates are on the Diocese of Wollongong website at www.dow.org.au

2nd Sunday of Easter. Divine Mercy Sunday

Bulletin 2020-04-19 Divine Mercy Sunday

2nd Sunday of easter

Teen worksheet 2ns Sunday of easter

The Catholic Weekly Digital Edition for issue 12 April 2020 is now available. Please click the link to view.

https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/catholic-weekly-newspaper-online/

There is also a Special Easter Supplement Magazine to go with this issue. Please click the link to view.

https://online.flippingbook.com/view/650730/

Please if there is anyone that would like the bulletin please get them to email the office so I can add them to the list.

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

 

4th Sunday of Lent 2020

Bulletin 2020-03-22

PASTORAL STATEMENT BY BISHOP BRIAN MASCORD

Updated parish directives as a result of coronavirus (COVID19) 19th March 2020

All Wollongong Diocesan public Masses suspended until further notice. Please read the message from Bishop Brian Mascord by clicking on the link below:

FAITHFUL_200319_BM_Pastoral_Message_Covid-19

 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s address to Australia 18th March 2020

The focus for the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments is the health and wellbeing of Australians and their livelihoods, ensuring that Australia is positioned to emerge strong and resilient from this global pandemic crisis.

Leaders met last night for the second National Cabinet meeting and agreed to further actions to protect the Australian community from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

General Population – Indoor Gatherings

As part of our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, the National Cabinet has accepted further restrictions on gatherings.

The National Cabinet has accepted the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice that non-essential indoor gatherings of greater than 100 people (including staff) will no longer be permitted from Wednesday 18 March 2020.

  • An indoor gathering refers to a gathering within a single enclosed area (i.e. an area, room or premises that is or are substantially enclosed by a roof and walls, regardless of whether the roof or walls or any part of them are permanent, temporary, open or closed).
  • This does not apply to essential activities such as public transportation facilities, medical and health care facilities, pharmacies, emergency service facilities, correctional facilities, youth justice centres or other places of custody, courts or tribunals, Parliaments, food markets, supermarkets and grocery stores, shopping centres, office buildings, factories, construction sites, and mining sites, where it is necessary for their normal operation (although other social distancing and hygiene practices may be required in these settings).

The states and territories will give further consideration to practical guidance and rules for non-essential indoor gatherings of fewer than 100 people (including staff) such as cinemas, theatres, restaurants/cafes, pubs, clubs, weddings and funerals. This will be considered at the next National Cabinet meeting on Friday 20 March 2020. In the meantime these venues should continue to apply social distancing and hygiene practices.

  • This includes being able to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between patrons. 
  • Hand hygiene products and suitable waste receptacles need to be available, with frequent cleaning and waste disposal.

This may require significant changes to the operation of some venues, such as reducing the maximum capacity or increasing the space available.