A message from Fr. Alan

Weekend Masses

The limit allowed to attend each Mass remains limited at 70 people. This includes any child over the age of 12 months. Unfortunately, we are unable to exceed that number due to the current restrictions. Attendance at the past two Sunday Masses prior to lockdown were either at capacity or near capacity which was pleasing to see. In order to ensure that everyone who wants to attend Mass is able to could I suggest attending Saturday night at 6.00pm as an option where there are still plenty of spaces available.

The good news about the QR Code is that the Parish has now changed to using the Victorian Government QR Code starting from this weekend. This allows anyone registering by QR Code to save their details for next time. Therefore whilst registration is still required while attending Mass each time there will be no need to put in your details. They will automatically come up each time you register.

Please note that under the latest guidelines from the Victorian Government as of 11.59pm Friday 26 February 2021, the wearing of face masks is no longer man-datorywhen entering the Church. This applies to attending Church on both weekdays and weekends.

Please download the Service Victoria app on your mobile from the details in this box. We have volunteers available to show you how to scan the QR code or enter the unique six-character location code, via a smartphone camera, QR code scanner app or the Service Victoria app.

Masses at Cabrini on Thursdays

Masses at Cabrini Chapel on Thursday each week will recommence this Thursday 25thFebruary 2021 at midday.

Future Planning Group

Late last year I mentioned that a Future Planning Group was formed for the purpose of looking at what is the vision for our Parish in the next 20 years. It was decided that the first step was to consult both our Parish and School Communities. For this purpose a survey has been put together which all parishioners and school families are invited to complete. Please go this link: https://forms.gle/YuMGM7WKZmog2nfe8
I encourage all to please complete this survey.
For those who cannot access this survey electronically paper copies are available at the back of the Church.

Parish Climate Action Group

Earth Hour 2021 will be at 8:30 pm -9:30 pm on Saturday 27 March All times are in Eastern Australia Time. Get involved in Earth Hour 2021.

Find out how you, your school, your business or your community can take part in Earth Hour on Saturday 27 March 2021 8.30pm. By switching off your lights for Earth Hour, you’ll be joining millions of Australians taking part in the largest global environmental movement. Visit: https://www.earthhour.org.au/get-involved

JoCare Gathering

Come and join us, share some time reconnecting with old friends.Bring your ipad or tablet, we maybe able to help you with any issues you are having.
Date:Tuesday 2 March-weather is expected to be 18C
Place: Lawn area between Presbytery and church
Under Government guidelines we are able to gather outside. A COVID-19 safe plan will be in place.

World Day of Prayer

The international World Day of Prayer will take place on Friday 5th March. St James’ Anglican Church was down to host the Stonnington East event this year, but due to the current difficulties presented by COVID-19 it is not possible to have an in-person service this year.

The World Day of Prayer website has a video about this year’s country (Vanuatu) and a recorded version of the service on its homepage (https://www.worlddayofprayeraustralia.org/).The service features prayers from women around the world and testimonials (and singing) from the women of Vanuatu and is a lovely way to experience the gathering of the day from home.If anyone would like a hard copy of the service booklet please let me know early next week and I will arrange to have some copies delivered to the Parish Office.

Slavery-Free Easter – The sweet, but sometimes-bitter truth about Easter Chocolate

Let’s Make One Change in 2021, The International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour

Chocolate is delicious and people around the world know it. Every Easter Australians spend millions of dollars buyinghundreds of kilograms of chocolate to eat and give away.But some of this chocolate is tainted by slavery and comes at the cost of a child’s health, education and sometimes his or her freedom. Much of our chocolate is made using cocoa beans harvested by children, often in the West African region. Many of these children are forced into labour. We can help change this.

BE SLAVERY Free has an Easter Chocolate Shopping Guide with information on what chocolate is slavery-free. The 2021 version of this guide will be available mid-March.

Project Compassion -Virtual Immersions

Each week during this Lenten season, Caritas Australia is holding Virtual Immersion opportunities for parishes via Zoom video conferencing. These digital engagements will allow participants to focus on prayer and reflection, Catholic Social Teaching and an interview and Q&A with Caritas International Program staff.

Sessions will run Tuesdays and Thursdays for one hour across Australia. You can register for a Virtual Immersion by going to https://lent.caritas.org.au.