Just letting you know there will be no need to register to attend mass. Our church is now open to everyone and not just the fully vaccinated.
However, with the current restriction of 4sqm rule, the church will be limited to 90 people maximum capacity. Therefore, people will be let in on a first come first serve basis. To ensure that you are able to secure a spot, we advise that you arrive early.
Masks are required to be worn, so please come prepared. Please remember to sanitise your hands and sign yourself in using the QR code upon entry to the church.
Stay safe and have a lovely week ahead.
Fr’s Homily for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Live Streaming of Liturgies
To join Sunday Vigil Mass click on our Parish YouTube Channel at 5 pm on Saturday.
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Berala Community Care Worker
Patricia, a community care worker has joined the parish for help and referral services concerned with relationships, parenting, aging, disability, addiction, and mental health. She is employed by CatholicCare and sponsored by the Parish. When the lockdown is lifted, Patricia will be working one day each week from St Joseph House (next to the church carpark). From now on, Patricia can be contacted on 0447 529 122.
The parish is providing the office facilities including telephone, internet, and meeting space. In addition the parish will also share 50% of the wages. This service is a much needed one in our area. Therefore, it is included in our outreach and pastoral care plan. You are welcome to refer people and cases to Patricia. You may also like to share this message with others so that those who need this service will get to know about it.
Sydney Catholic Archbishop, Anthony Fisher OP, has launched the Archbishop’s Afghan Refugee Appeal. The appeal will raise desperately needed funds and commit the Archdiocese resources of education, health and welfare to Afghan families and individuals fleeing their homeland in the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The UN and aid agencies are preparing for a Syria scale refugee crisis. The appeal means that those who find their way to Australia will have support and resources waiting for them. These dark times remind all of us that we really are our brother and our sisters’ keeper. We urge you to donate here: Archbishop’s Afghan Refugee Appeal
For further information go to: http://justiceandpeace.org.au/ Thank you on behalf of the Archbishop and those most vulnerable people for your support.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to organise special group Masses.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP is urging all Catholics to sign an e-petition to prevent the NSW parliament passing laws that sanction the killing of vulnerable human beings. There is never a good time to introduce laws such as this, but to do so in the middle of a pandemic and amidst lockdowns adversely affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions is unconscionable.
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.
COVID-19 INFORMATION & UPDATES
In the light of the recent announcement about easing the lockdown, we can make some arrangements to reopen the Church. Like you, I too am eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to gather once more to celebrate our faith and give thanks to God. The re-opening of the church will be staged in line with the NSW Government Roadmap.
STAGE ONE – WHEN 70% ARE VACCINATED – ESTIMATED DATE 11 OCTOBER
The first stage commences when 70% of eligible people are fully vaccinated – this is expected to be 11 October. Even though we would be entitled on this date to open churches to the vaccinated only, the Archbishop has decided that we will patiently wait the estimated two further weeks until we reach 80% fully vaccinated before re-opening the churches to the public, and conducting public Masses etc. However, I will be happy to welcome fully vaccinated people to weekday Masses at 6.45AM, from Monday 11, October.
Numbers for the weekend Masses, (for the fully vaccinated at this stage), will have to be restricted to 90. Therefore, you will be required to register with the parish office to attend weekend Masses till Stage Two. Bookings for weekend Masses will be taken from Wednesday 6 October.
Anyone wishing to organise Baptism for their children is welcome to contact me. Baptisms for families that are fully vaccinated (apart from children not yet eligible for vaccination) is allowed. Attendees should still wear masks and maintain social distancing. Confession and other pastoral cares also can be available.
STAGE TWO – WHEN 80% ARE FULLY VACCINATED – ESTIMATED DATE 25 OCTOBER
At 80% fully vaccinated all churches of the Archdiocese will be open to both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated; the 4 sqm rule will apply, and masks must be worn indoors. All the same I urge everyone to be vaccinated, and so to reduce their risk of serious illness. If you are anxious about mixing with the unvaccinated feel free to remain at home and join the live-streaming of Masses at 5pm on Saturdays which will be continued. We will not be commencing singing as yet.
STAGE THREE – WHEN 90% ARE EXPECTED TO BE FULLY VACCINATED – 1 DECEMBER 2021 – “THE NEW NORMAL”
The Government has advised that from 1 December there will be no difference between the Covid safety requirements for all NSW citizens, whether fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated. The key requirement for churches will be the 2sqm rule at all indoor religious gatherings, including weddings and funerals.
Masks will not be required inside a church (though some people may wish to wear a mask for added protection).
God bless you!
Fr Thomas Kurunthanam
Rules and restrictions
From 12.01am Monday, 20 September, the following restrictions will ease for those in LGAs of concern, including Cumberland:
- No limit on the duration of outdoor exercise and recreation (previously a two-hour limit);
- Outdoor gatherings of up to five fully vaccinated people (not including children aged 12 and under) will be allowed in a person’s LGA or within 5km of home (previously only fully vaccinated household members could gather outdoors, or up to two fully vaccinated people from different households);
- Shopping, exercise and outdoor recreation can be done 5km from home or within your LGA (previously only 5km from home);
- Attend a small wedding (maximum 11 people) in Greater Sydney as a guest (previously only allowed in their LGA); and
- A person’s single’s bubble buddy can live in Greater Sydney (previously must have resided within 5km of a person’s home). A person from a LGA of concern can also now be a buddy for someone in Greater Sydney.
- Nearly all restrictions in the LGAs of concern are now aligned with other lockdown areas, with the main differences being authorised worker conditions and travel permit requirements which remain in place in the LGAs of concern.
For the latest information visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
COVID19 HELP TEAM
For care and support during this time of pandemic, contact CatholicCare on 13 18 19.
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]
Normal Mass Times (after lockdown & restrictions are lifted)
Confessions & Holy Hour 8.30 -9.30 AM;
Mass: Monday – Friday 6.45 AM; Saturday 8 AM; Saturday 5 PM (Vigil), Sunday 8 AM & 10 AM
For Baptisms, Weddings, Bible Study and Catholic Enquiry, please contact Fr Thomas or the parish office on 9644 7787.
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 email@example.com.
Fr Thomas will be meeting with the applicants before a suitable program of instructions is presented.
To view or download the Overview of the Archdiocese’s Child Safeguarding Policy click on the link below:
To view or download the Archdiocese of Sydney’s Protocol: Managing Safeguarding Complaints, click on the link below:
Child sexual abuse is a crime. The appropriate people to deal with crimes are the police. If you, or anyone you know, have been abused, please contact the police.
Alternatively, you can contact the Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office at (02) 9390 5810 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also want to speak to your Parish Priest who will be able to provide support and guidance. The Archdiocese has a legal obligation to report crimes to the police.