9:00am Weekday Masses – Important Updated Information

Weekday liturgy services at 9:00am will be held in the Paulist Centre until school resumes in the new year.  Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion is held on Mondays, and Mass on Tuesdays to Saturdays.

There is no need to prebook to attend weekday 9:00am Masses. Instead people attending will be required to use their mobile phone to scan the Parish QR code upon arrival to record their attendance. Assistance will be provided to those who need it.

With the return to in-person weekday Masses, live streaming of these weekday services will now be suspended. We look forward to seeing you again in person during the week.

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Resumption of Weekend Masses at St James

With the expected easing of restrictions, we will be resuming all 4 weekend Masses in the Paulist Centre beginning 5 & 6 December under the following government COVID conditions:

  • Only 150 people will be able to attend. Anyone wishing to come must pre-book.
  • Keep 1.5 m physical distance from others.
  • Sanitise hands as you enter
  • Wear face masks throughout the celebration
  • Provide names and contact details of all those attending.

How to make a Booking
Before coming to Mass you must pre-book online using the Link: (Link is available on the parish Facebook and website)

Bookings will open at 2:00pm on Sunday 29/11/20. If unable to book online you can book through the parish office from Monday 30/11/20. Bookings close on the Friday before each weekend at 12:30pm.

To give others an opportunity of attending, you will only be able to attend one Mass every two weekends. If your plans change and you need to cancel your booking, please contact the Parish Office so we can release your seats.

Arrival Process
Arrive early to allow time to sign in and take your seat. Doors will open 20 minutes before Mass commences. If arriving earlier, please wait in your car. The sign-in table will be located under the school Play Plaza.

Maintaining Safe Distance
You are requested to follow the directions of volunteers and adhere to designated seating areas, group size limits and physical distancing requirements. Only members of the same household may sit in a row together. Parishioners are not to congregate around the entrance before or after Mass

Receiving Holy Communion
The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has provided guidance on receiving Holy Communion as follows:

  • Continue to wear your mask while maintaining 1.5m gap in the queue
  • Receive the Host in the hand while wearing the mask – hands to be flat and outstretched away from your body
  • Step several metres to the side away from the Priest (or Minister)
  • Remove one side of the of the mask and place the Host in your mouth
  • Reposition the mask and return to your seat.

Volunteers are needed to ensure we meet our regulatory requirements and help maintain a COVID safe environment for everyone. Training for volunteers will be provided at 7:00pm on this Wednesday 25 November. Please let the Parish Office know if you are willing to volunteer in order to manage the number of people attending.

People feeling unwell are to stay home and not attend.
Mass will continue to be available on parish Facebook and website.

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MSSP Remember Their Departed

On the first Friday after the 2nd of November, every MSSP House celebrated the Eucharist in memory of our deceased brothers and sisters for all our missionaries and the many lay people who have supported MSSP Charism throughout the years. May the spirit of the Lord Jesus be our source of mission and may we be accompanied by the myriads of witnesses who came before us, some of whom we shared our lives with.

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With the expected easing of restrictions on Sun 08 Nov, weekday 9:00am liturgies will resume at Thomas Carr College Chapel from Mon 09 Nov, restrictions permitting.
Mondays will be a Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion and Tues—Fri will be Mass. These liturgies will be live streamed via Facebook as well. Please note that the 9am Sat morning Mass will only be live streamed.
Due to the government restrictions for indoor faith gatherings, there will be a maximum capacity of 20 people + the faith leader.

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

Bookings for weekday Masses will be taken via phone (9401 6367) or email ([email protected]).
Bookings will be open from 9:30am on Wednesday 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.

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Meet the Priests – Sun 08 Nov

Our next Meet the Priests is next weekend Sun 08 Nov from 3:00pm-4:00pm. A good opportunity to meet our priests (Fr Jude, Fr Silvio & Fr Mario) and get an update of what’s happening in our Parish. We look forward to meeting you over the ZOOM platform.

ZOOM  Meeting ID: 919 4821 1939
Password: mass

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St James Grief Support Ministry

St James Grief Support Ministry has been initiated to assist parishioners who are facing difficult times on account of bereavement, loneliness, loss of employment, adverse impact of COVID, etc.

Our first meeting is on Tuesday November 10 at 7 pm in the Office Narthex. The Ministry is led by Deacon Royden aiming to offer a comfortable space to share our grief, believing that Christ is the focal point in our support for those experiencing grief and loss. Meetings will consist of prayer, sharing, friendship, support and information.

Due to restrictions registration is required. Kindly email [email protected] to register or if you require further information please call Deacon Royden on 0426 071 375.

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Wow how fast two years have passed at St James.

Firstly I thank God for his blessings on me and my work at St James, It has been really enjoyable and humbling serving our community in various ways. Even during the difficult COVID times our parish has thrived to be in communion with our parishioners and I am glad to have been a part of that.

I would like to thank Fathers Jude, Silvio & Mario as we all as the Parish Pastoral Council for giving me so many opportunities in the parish allowing me to reach out to so many parishioners through the various ministries. Thank you to each and every one of you for your prayers and support which has been a big part of my ministry at St James. God bless you all and your families. Dcn

Royden Dsouza

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From the beginning of 2021 governance, arrangements for schools owned by the Archdiocese and its parishes will change. A new company—called Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS) will take responsibility for governing and operating the schools. The Archbishop will be the head of the new company.

This leadership involvement of the parish priest and priests formally associated with secondary colleges established by parishes is and remains fundamental. It is critical to ensure the school is faithful to its Catholic life and identity. Catholic schooling is a key ministry of the parish and the parish priest retains responsibility for the processes of evangelisation and faith education, which are undertaken in his parish.

The new governance arrangements need to be in place by 1 January 2021 to meet Victorian Government legislative obligations. These include a requirement for organisations providing services to children to be appropriately insured and incorporated. The changes also fulfil the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) acceptance of Recommendation 16.6 from the Royal Commission for parish priests not to be the employer for principals and teachers in Catholic schools.

The new governance arrangements seek to ensure Archdiocesan schools continue to deliver outstanding educational outcomes and remain places to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth.

The Duties and Responsibilities of Parish Priests
Catholic education remains of foremost and fundamental importance to the life of the parish.
From 1 January 2021, parish priests will continue to have a significant role in relation to Catholic schools governed by MACS. This is particularly important in relation to:

  • Faith education, sacramental life and pastoral care;
  • Parish’s good name and key school appointments; and
  • Ongoing custodianship of school land and buildings.

A key role of the parish priest and priests formally associated with secondary colleges established by parishes, is to support the school in its distinctive Catholic identity, spirituality and life.

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Baptisms at St James

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, only five people are allowed to attend a Baptism. This includes the parents and two godparents of the child. This restriction is likely to stay with us for the foreseeable future, probably for the next six to twelve months.

At the moment we are only allowed to have a group of five people in an outdoor setting, so, in our Parish we will be celebrating Baptisms in the school Play Plaza.

Parents who would like to baptise their children with these arrangements, please email on [email protected] to contact Jacinta Fisher.

Thank you.

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