Weekend Masses – Volunteers Needed

Weekend Masses – Volunteers Needed

In order to resume weekend Masses your help is needed either as a cleaner after Mass or as an usher during Mass. Volunteer cleaners are required to sanitise chairs, other furnishings and surfaces that are touched frequently. Ushers are needed to oversee people movements and ensure they move throughout the Paulist Centre in an orderly manner and maintain social distancing.

There will be a training session for all volunteer cleaners and ushers on Friday 17th July at 7:00pm in the Paulist Centre.

We plan to have 4 Masses per weekend, but are only able to do so if we have enough volunteers attend the meeting above.

RSVP by email (hopperscrossingnorth@cam.org.au) or phone (9401 6367).

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Weekday Masses (Mon-Fri) at Thomas Carr College at 9:00am have begun. Due to the size of the space, there will be a maximum capacity of 20 people.

People who wish to attend morning Mass must pre-book to ensure that we abide by the government regulations.

Bookings for weekday Masses (please note a different procedure will be in place for the Saturday night/Sunday Masses once they start) will be taken via email (hopperscrossingnorth@cam.org.au) or phone (9401 6367).

Bookings will be open from 9:30am on Friday for the following week. To start with, you can only book for 2 weekdays in any given week. Bookings close at 2:30pm the weekday before the date in question.

Online Mass will still be streamed via Facebook.

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Work is underway in preparation to resume weekend Masses when the government moves to Step 3 of its Roadmap to Easing Restrictions (date still to be announced). Under its Covidsafe Plan we are required to:

  • Maintain 1.5M distancing and good hygiene
  • Stay home if unwell
  • Frequently clean and disinfect communal areas.

In order to resume weekend Masses we are appealing to our parishioners for assistance. Your help is needed either as a cleaner after Mass or as an usher during Mass. Volunteer cleaners are required to sanitise chairs, other furnishings and surfaces that are touched frequently. Ushers are needed to oversee people movements and ensure they move throughout the Paulist Centre in an orderly manner and maintain social distancing.

There will be a training session for all volunteer cleaners and ushers on Friday 26th June at 7:00pm in the Paulist Centre.

We are anticipating that we will have enough volunteers to resume all four weekend Masses and hoping to introduce a roster for volunteers. If you are able to volunteer to clean or usher at a weekend Mass please let the Parish Office know either by email (hopperscrossingnorth@cam.org.au) or phone (9401 6367) and provide your name, whether you want to clean or be an usher and which Mass time you can help out at.

It is very important that we maintain a safe environment for everyone to celebrate the Eucharist together and we will not be able to proceed without your help.

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Preparing for Masses at St James Parish

Planning is underway in readiness for Saturday night/Sunday Masses to resume when the government relaxes COVID-19 restrictions and moves into Stage 3 of its Roadmap to Easing Restrictions where 100 people will be allowed to attend a religious service. A COVID Safe Plan for reopening the Paulist Centre for Sunday Mass is being developed by the COVID-19 Committee.

We are still required to abide by government regulations. Masses will only resume if we have the cooperation and support of our Ministry volunteers to ensure we comply with all requirements including maintaining a safe hygienic environment. Our Sunday Mass Ministry Volunteers will shortly be invited to attend a training and information session to explain their role.

It is important to realise that parishioners will not be compelled to attend Mass while there are restrictions in place and Online Mass will still be offered during this time. People not feeling well, have flu like symptoms or been in contact with people who are self-isolating must not attend. While people in the government’s high risk categories (aged 70 years or older or people with compromised immune systems) are still being encouraged to stay home.

Going to Mass will be different under Stage 3. The number of Masses made available is still being finalised and will depend on the number of people wishing to attend and the number of volunteers available and willing to participate. People wanting to go to Mass will have to pre-register or book beforehand so the number of people attending can be controlled. Further advice on how and when this will be done will be provided later. Parishioners will have to keep a safe social distance and chairs will be placed accordingly. And when leaving, people will be required to leave in an orderly way and not congregate or socialise in the foyer or outside the door; something strange for people at St James.

These are temporary measures and we are already looking forward to when restrictions are fully lifted and all the people of St James can freely come together to celebrate the Eucharist.

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In regards to the weekday Masses (Mon-Fri) at Thomas Carr College at 9:00am, these will begin on Mon 29 Jun. At this stage, due to the size of the space, there will be a maximum capacity of 20 people. People who wish to attend this morning Mass must pre-book to ensure that we abide by the government regulations and follow all instructions given.

Bookings for weekday Masses (please note a different procedure will be in place for the Saturday night/Sunday Masses once they start) will be taken via email (hopperscrossingnorth@cam.org.au) or phone (9401 6367). Bookings will be open from 9:30am from the Friday before the upcoming week (eg bookings for the week of Mon 29 Jun-Fri 03 July will be open from 9:30am on Fri 26 Jun). Bookings can only be made during that time period. To start with, you can only book for 2 weekdays in any given week. Online Mass still be streamed via Facebook.

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COVID-19 Committee – Update

As restrictions begin to ease, please check the latest Parish Bulletin for updates regarding our Parish. At this time:

Baptisms—Baptisms at St James will be by booking using the online Booking Form on our Parish website. Baptisms will be at Noon on Sundays. There will be one Baptism ceremony per Sunday with up to two families, with 10 attendees per family.

Sunday Mass—will be from the Parish Website. We plan to resume public Mass on Sundays once gatherings of 100+ people are allowed.

Weekday Masses (Mon-Fri, 9:00am) – A trial run will begin on Mon 29 Jun at Thomas Carr College Chapel. More details, including how to book, will follow in the next weeks. These will be live streamed on our Facebook page at 9:00am until further notice.

Reconciliation—This will be offered on Saturdays from 5:00pm-6:00pm by appointment only. To book a time, please contact the Parish Office on 9401 6367, Mon-Fri, 9:30am-2:30pm.

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Charismatic Healing Mass

Come and experience a Healing Mass by the Vincentian Congregation’s Fr Rojan at St James Church on Thursday 21 November commencing at 6.30pm with Rosary, Praise and Worship, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, blessing and fellowship.

All are welcome especially the sick of our Parish. If you require or know of anyone who requires a lift to and/or from the Church please call the office on 9748 6800 or leave your details at the Welcome Desk during weekend Masses.

 

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On Fri 01 Nov we celebrate All Saint’s Day with Masses at 9:00am and 7:30pm in the Church. First Friday Adoration will follow the evening Mass until 9:00pm.

On Sat 02 Nov we celebrate All Soul’s Day with Mass at 9:00am. Please note that the evening Mass at 6:00pm will be the regular weekend Mass (31st Sunday in Ordinary Time) and not All Soul’s Day Mass.

 

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Mass of Remembrance

On Thurs 14 Nov at 7:00pm, we will have a Mass of Remembrance for all Parishioners who have had a loved one pass away this year.

Their families are asked to bring a photo or something to signify their loved one to this Mass. All Parishioners are welcome to come and support the families of the deceased.

 

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August sees us celebrating several significant feasts relating to women of faith:

On Thurs 08 Aug we celebrate the Feast of Mary MacKillop with Mass at 9:30am in the Paulist Centre. There will not be a 9:00am Mass on this day.

On Fri 09 Aug we celebrate the Feast of St Clare of Assisi with Mass at 9:30am at St Clare’s Primary. All Parishioners are welcome to attend and stay for refreshments afterwards. There will not be a 9:00am Mass on this day.

On Thurs 15 Aug we celebrate the Assumption of Mary with 2 Masses; 9:00am Mass in the Paulist Centre and 7:30pm Mass in the Church.

 

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