Lockdown is extended which means it will be a long time to go without being able to gather for Mass. Sunday Masses are available on the YouTube channel BERALA PARISH. Should anyone would like to offer a Mass and attend it alone or with others, it is possible using ZOOM platform.
Please contact me on email@example.com to organise special group Masses.
The lockdown has impacted the income of the parish collections, including 1st collection which pays for the priest’s remuneration. The number of people who have committed to direct debit is very small. The reserve fund of the parish is used only for church expenses other than priest’s remuneration. Priest’s expenses are met solely from 1st collection and donations for baptisms and weddings. Considering the big drop in income for the clergy remuneration fund, Parish Priest’s stipend is reduced by 40% effective from 11 July. From 12 July, the use of housecleaners are not permitted by NSW regulations. That is also helping to reduce the domestic expense of the priests.
Should you wish to set up periodic deduction, send an email and Lea will help you to organise it. You can always make one off payment using MAKE A PAYMENT button on the parish website.
Parish Family Worker
After the lockdown is eased, the Parish is planning to employ a Parish Family Worker in conjunction with CatholicCare. The PFW is to assist individuals to improve their well-being and access to support services. The program is to provide advice and referral service offering advocacy, support and referral to help people with relationships, parenting, disabilities, ageing, addictions, mental health and adjacent concerns.
Food for Friends
During this lockdown if you are feeling unwell or short of cash or too busy to cook, and need a home cooked meal.
No explanation needed. You can have a choice of yummy dishes for the family. No one shall go hungry in this difficult time.
28 July 2021
The premier announced the current restrictions has been extended another four weeks and will now be in place until 28 August 2021.
To find the latest information on restrictions, including rules for your local area visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
14 July y2021
The Premier announced that current restrictions, including those in place for schools, will continue for at least another two weeks and be in place until the end of 11.59PM on Friday, 30 July.
8 July 2021
Our church along with all churches across greater Sydney are closed until at least midnight on Friday, 16 July, under a NSW Government lockdown aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19.
Funerals may proceed at this time, with a maximum of 100 people in attendance and subject to a four square metre rule. (Update: from Sunday, 11 July Funerals can only have maximum of 10 people)
More information is available on the Archdiocesan website here, including rules parishes must observe around singing at livestreamed Masses: www.sydneycatholic.org/coronavirus-frequently-asked-questions/.
Fr’s message for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 July 2021
13 July 2021
Happy 8th Birthday to our Parish!
Eight years ago this day, two parish communities came together to make one faith family under the banner ‘St Joseph and St Peter Chanel Parish’. This was a bold move towards making the three fold mission – sanctification, faith instruction, and administration – more effective. In the last eight years, we have invested heavily in all these three areas of mission and reaped joy immensely. Now that COVID has disrupted our routines and Eucharistic gatherings are not possible, we are to have other ways of faith formation and sanctification. I am here to pray for you.
Therefore, let me know your intentions and aspirations to be included in my prayers. If any parishioner is willing to do intercessory prayer for others, contact me and I shall relay the intentions to you. Eight years ago it was a new beginning for the parish. With all the challenges of the time, it is once again a new beginning for us now.
God bless & keep safe!
Fr Thomas Kurunthanam
Ways to Donate
Contactless donations are possible by direct debit, QR Code, Tap on Facility in the church, and 1st & 2nd Collection jars at the entrance of the church for cash.
Sunday Mass: Vigil (Sat) 5 PM [live streamed]; Sunday 8 AM & 10 AM
Confessions & Holy Hour 8.30 -9.30 AM;
Mass: Monday – Friday 6.45 AM; Saturday 8 AM
Live Streaming of Liturgies
To join Sunday Vigil Mass click on our Parish YouTube Channel at 5 pm on Saturday.
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COVID19 HELP TEAM
For care and support during this time of pandemic, contact CatholicCare on 13 18 19.
There are always people making inquiries about becoming Catholics. A new program of RCIA will be commencing in the Parish this year.
Anyone interested in the Catholic Church and faith is welcome to contract the Parish Office on 9644 7787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr Thomas will be meeting with the applicants before a suitable program of instructions is presented.
Year of St Joseph
Pope Francis on December 8, 2020 published an Apostolic Letter Patris corde (With a Father’s Heart), commemorating the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of St Joseph”, running from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.
May 1st is the major celebration for our parish as one of our patrons. We shall have a solemn consecration of the Parish to St Joseph on a day closer to the 1st May. All parishioners are invited to pray a Novena to St Joseph before the 1st of May. You may use either the prayer printed in the bulletin or from the prayer card that was put out by the Archdiocese. In our consecration we will be joining a world-wide initiative of consecration.