CHANGE OF PLANS AS OF SATURDAY 20th JUNE 2020
Updated 23rd June
The latest news is that due to flare-ups in coronavirus infection, the Victorian Government has directed that only 20 people may attend religious services, down from the 50 planned for this week. These restrictions will now be in place until Sunday 12 July at 11.59pm.
Regrettably this means that St Therese’s Parish Church will remain closed, whilst we continue to provide weekend Masses on-line on the Parish website until further notice, as well as weekday Masses from Wednesday to Friday.
These are the circumstances beyond our control, and we just have to be patient and careful in staying safe and looking out for each other at a physical distance!
I very much regret the further delays, but it is for the good of all. We have to realize that this virus is dangerous and more contagious than anything we have ever known.
As always, the health and well-being of our parishioners remains our top priority and we will adhere to any further government directives regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks for your understanding.
John Hannon Parish Priest
As the church remains closed except for funerals, baptisms and weddings, see below for the current guidelines for these celebrations at St Therese’s.
With numbers of COVID cases in Victoria rising recently, we have decided to maintain our current position of no parish group meetings of any kind.
PACE remains closed to all hirers and parish groups.
As always, the health and wellbeing of our parishioners and our community remain our number one priority.
PARISH OFFICE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT
Following the Premier’s statement on 29 May, we have reveresed our decision to reopen the parish office as we follow the government directive to work from home. The office remains (virtually) open each weekday from 9am until 3pm via phone and email.
For those who need to visit us in person or meet with Fr John, appointments can be made over the phone or via email. We can also book online meetings via Zoom.
Any face to face meetings will be held under strict social distancing, 4m squared allowances and hygiene requirements.
THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE provides regular pastoral updates on the COVID-19 situation. You can find those updates on the CAM website www.cam.org.au
As we move through the Easter Season we invite you to join in with our virtual liturgical celebrations, where Mass is accessible on the parish website.
During the week, there will be available for participation, daily Mass each Wednesday to Friday and then a weekend Mass available from Saturday afternoon.
Stations of the Cross, contemporary and traditional versions, the latter with images from the Stations in our parish church, are available on our website for viewing, prayer and reflection, at your convenience.
Letter from Fr John 27th March 2020
“We can still keep in touch at a distance!!” In these challenging and uncertain times, with the shut down of our church and Masses and liturgies, Fr John reached out to the parishioners of St Therese’s.
Our website will be updated regularly so please keep checking
Due to the ongoing and dynamic COVID-19 situation, all of these protocols are subject to change without notice at any time in accordance with state and federal government directives as well as any directives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.