From the Pastor’s Desk – 11 September 2020
Last weekend was Fathers Day. Thanks to the many people who contributed to the Retired Priests Foundation. The collection was encouraging. But I cannot say the same about the number of people at the Mass. Being Fathers’ Day I was expecting more people at 10AM Mass, but surprisingly the congregation was smaller than usual. I have been looking at the responses to my recent letter to parishioners about the Mass Schedule and other pastoral concerns. Only a dozen people bothered to respond to it. I am at a loss to understand the phenomena. Does it mean “I can’t be bothered syndrome” or “You do not deserve my comment syndrome”? In either case I feel called to appraise my pastoral ministry. Community building activities are restricted in this COVID pandemic. But Sacraments, faith celebrations are not hindered, though there are conditions imposed. I understand people in a high risk category should avoid any gatherings including the church gatherings for Mass and other celebrations. But I want assure you that should anyone wish to have the sacraments, including Holy Communion, I can provide them. The viability of the parish depends on parishioners wanting pastoral care and their interest in Eucharistic celebrations. It also depends on your support of the parish personally and financially. No electronic streaming is substitute for personal involvement in the parish life. What is your vision for the future of your parish? I am keen to hear from you.
Should anyone be in need of financial assistance, especially for grocery shopping, in this COVID time, let me know, I may be able to help. Should anyone be troubled with relational or domestic issues, I may be able to organise help for them. You can make confidential contact with me through email@example.com. Otherwise organise to meet with me.
Praying God’s blessings!
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
Current Church COVID Restrictions
Number of people allowed in the church 90 (one person per 4 square metre rule). Church doors will be closed when the 90th person enters for the Mass.
The church doors will be left open as long as there is someone to monitor the registrations. Should you wish to make a visit and the church doors are closed, contact the office to open the church door for you.
The use of face mask when attending church is recommended but not mandatory.
Parish Bulletins are sent by email. Printed Bulletin can be collected AFTER Mass, and not to be put back in the church.
Vigil Mass (Saturday 5 PM) will be Live streamed, and it will be available on demand thereafter on YouTube Channel BERALA PARISH.
8am and 10 am Masses will continue to be celebrated. Holy Hour and Confessions on Saturdays 8.30 am – 9.30 am.
Bookings for Baptisms, anointing of the sick, marriages are welcome. Schedule for Confessions will be 8.30 am to 9.30 am on Saturdays. But you are also welcome to call and make an appointment for any other time.
If you are unwell consult your GP, and should not attend the church.
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. There are still a number of the new set of planned giving envelopes waiting for collection on the pews at the back of the church.
Fr Thomas Kurunthanam
Live Streaming of Liturgies
To join Sunday Vigil Mass click on our Parish YouTube Channel at 5 pm on Saturday.
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Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19
To help parishioners with any questions they may have around COVID-19 and its impact on sacraments such as weddings, baptisms and funerals, you may find the FAQs page on the Archdiocese of Sydney website helpful at this time by clicking – https://www.sydneycatholic.org/coronavirus-frequently-asked-questions/
COVID19 HELP TEAM
For care and support during this time of pandemic, contact CatholicCare on 13 18 19.
Job Opportunity – Family Educators
Sydney Catholic Schools is recruiting new Family Educators. You do not need to have teaching qualifications to apply. Anyone passionate about their Catholic Faith and prepared to work connecting school, Parish and parents is eligible to apply.
Check out the SCS Family Educator recruitment video below: