From Fr. Bill – 26/27 SEPTEMBER 2020
There is growing optimism across Victoria that life will soon return to relative normality - though what might constitute relative normality is both unknown and fraught with controversy and argument - not always science based or rational. Whatever it may mean in reality let’s hope it is not an excuse to return to the same complacency and irresponsibility that has led to the current resurgence of Covid-19 cases and deaths throughout the UK, Continental Europe and Israel.
With daily coronavirus cases continuing to fall over the past week, there is a real sense that we are in the final stretch of these taxing lockdowns. Foremost in our minds are those who are struggling financially and mentally during this difficult time. We are also conscience that while many will enjoy the renewed freedoms as we move toward summer, the battle is not over for people who have had their businesses severely impacted, for those who have lost their jobs and those international students, migrant workers and refugees who have been deprived of any government assistance throughout this crisis.
During the past week there have been discussions between our Archbishop and the State Government on how we might safely open up our churches again for prayer, worship and the celebration of the sacraments. Being able to open our churches to the public for prayer or Mass is still a very long way off and there will be no early return to relative normality for faith communities. However, while not yet confirmed, there is the possibility of celebrating Mass outdoors. One possible scenario is permission for an outdoor congregation of 5 from the end of this month, 10 from the end of October and 50+ from the end of November. We may get a hint of this possibility on Sunday when Premier Andrew’s gives his daily update.
I have identified 2 outdoor sites that would be appropriate for outdoor Masses to be commenced.
i. The Amphitheatre in the grounds of Mary Immaculate School (access via school gate in Rocke St).
ii. St. Bernadette’s Church in the area between the Community Centre and the presbytery garage. As numbers increase (and for School Masses) we also have the option of using the school playground with access from Ford St.
I know this will seem unsatisfactory to some but we have to start somewhere if we are given this option and we have to start small. I emphasize that at time of writing none of this is definite or confirmed – you will have to stay tuned for further details.
Parish Priest: Fr. Bill Edebohls
Office Administrator: Teana McIntosh
Parish Postal Address: PO Box 319, Ivanhoe 3079
Parish Office: 56 Wilfred Rd, Ivanhoe East 3079
Presbytery: 63 Wilfred Rd, Ivanhoe East 3079
Phone: 9499 1515
Mobile: 0427 879 733
Prayer@Home resources for this week.
A: Use the links at the top of the page or paste these links into your browser.
Our online Parish Mass for each Sunday will be available by noon each Saturday
This weekend’s edition of the Parish Newsletter and Homily
Family Prayer (Praying with your Children at Home)
B. Sunday 11.00am Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Channel 31 (which is channel 44 on most digital TVs.
C. Angelus & Coffee together over Zoom Coming together on our computers and tablets each Tuesday morning at 9.15am to say the Angelus, read the Gospel, pray together and share our stories while catching up over a coffee. If you are interested in joining contact Ivanhoe@cam.org.au and we will forward the link
D. Message from our Archbishop: ‘The Lord’s ongoing creative presence’: In this week's message to the community of faith in Melbourne, Archbishop Peter invites us to recognise the Lord's abiding presence in our lives and in all of creation. He also reflects on our sacramental life as Catholic Christians, something which is 'deeply ingrained within us'. https://youtu.be/4PQOWE1br_k
In this week’s Newsletter
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How Covid-19 Restrictions continue to affect you & your Parish!
Fr. Bill Edebohls
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Phone: 03 9499 1515
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The Parish Office is located at 4 Waverley Avenue Ivanhoe 3079
Parish Priest: Fr Bill Edebohls: 63 Wilfred Rd East Ivanhoe. Tel. 0427 879 733