Newsletter for Week 17
In the midst of the crazy time of lockdown, when ironically everything seems to be much busier than usual, there is much to report.
Opening of the church:
On Saturday the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) met to discuss the protocols that will need to be followed once we are given the go-ahead to re-open the church for Masses. These will need to be approved by the chancery via the deans before permission can be granted collectively to all parishes. The wheels are turning – but with much scrutiny, which will take time. Please be patient.
Further to this, we remind the Mass Managers and Ministers of Hospitality for both parish churches of their very important meeting this coming Saturday 1 August at 10am at Blessed Sacrament. Please wear your masks.
We congratulate Cardinal Napier who celebrated 50 years of priestly ordination on Saturday 25 July. We thank the Lord for the gift of his leadership in our Archdiocese and ask you to keep him in your prayers.
We had a wonderful parish Zoom chat on Thursday evening. It was great to see so many new faces and a record turnout with 18 logged in at one stage.
A sentiment which is often shared is that it is a special opportunity to see each other and share news, views and a laugh or two. We encourage you to join in next time, which will be 6 August at 7.30pm.
Correspondence from the Southern Cross:
We have received the following correspondence from the Southern Cross:
Warm greetings from all of us at The Southern Cross. It is time to give you an update on our situation after almost four months of lockdown and our churches being effectively closed.
An appeal from the SVDP
Anyone who is interested in helping the underprivileged can collect a bag from the parish office. The paper bag has a shopping list printed on the outside. We ask that you return the filled bag to the office as soon as possible. Thank you.
God Bless. Have a great week and stay safe! Dc Mike & the Team.