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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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Weekend Masses at St James

Celebrating the Eucharist

There is still a requirement to have a density limit (1 person per 2 sqm), electronic record keeping (e.g. Trybooking) and a Covid-Safe plan to maintain a Covid Safe environment for our Masses. The density limit for the Paulist Centre permits a maximum of 300 people.

Weekend Masses

Bookings for weekend Masses continues. However there have been some changes due to the increased number of people now permitted to attend religious services.
The restriction of only booking seats at one Mass every 2 weeks has been removed. You may now book for each weekend, subject to availability.
Booking for Masses during the weekend will be released in 2 week blocks and will open when the previous block finishes.
Bookings will now close two hours before the start of each Mass.
Weekend Mass will continue to be available online from the Parish website.

How to Make a Booking

Bookings for Christmas and weekend Masses can be made online at:
https://www.trybooking.com/BJPOT  
(Link is available on the parish Facebook page and website.)

If unable to book online you can book through the Parish Office.

You will receive a confirmation email after successfully making a booking. If you do not receive a confirmation email, check your junk or spam folders. If unsure please email the Parish Office [email protected] and ask them to confirm your booking has been recorded.

In consideration of your fellow parishioners, if you cannot attend a Mass you have booked please cancel your booking so your seats can be released to others who would like to attend. Click on the link found at the bottom of your booking confirmation email to ‘return your tickets’.

Attending Mass During Covid Times

No one will be allowed entry without a booking
Wear a face mask. In order to maximise the number of people that can attend Mass, face masks are required due to the increased density.
Arrive early to allow time to check in and take your seat. The check in desk opens 20 minutes before Mass commences.
Follow the directions of volunteers and adhere to designated seating arrangements 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

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Christmas is an important time for us all to celebrate, especially after this challenging year. This year, due to the recent change in caps and density limits, we are now able to offer 6 Christmas Masses.
Please note a change to Christmas Mass times following the increase in the number of people permitted to attend. You must pre-book online before attending any of the Christmas Masses (see below). Bookings for Christmas Masses will open 2:00pm Sunday 13 December. Christmas Mass times are as follows:

Thurs 24 Dec
6:30pm, 9:00pm, Midnight

Fri 25 Dec
7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am

The Booking Process and link is the same as booking for weekend Masses (Book HERE).

The Masses on the weekend of 26/27 Dec will now be the regular weekend Mass for that weekend.

The last opportunity for Reconciliation before Christmas will be on Tues 22 Dec at 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Paulist Centre. Pre-booking for Reconciliation not required, but you need to fill in the QR Code upon arrival. Assistance can be provided for this process, including if you do not have a phone or the internet.

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9:00am Weekday Masses – Updated Sat 12 Dec

Weekday liturgy services at 9:00am will be held in the Paulist Centre from Thurs 17 December until school resumes in the new year.  Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion is held on Mondays, and Mass on Tuesdays to Saturdays.

With the extra capacity at the Paulist Centre there will be 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.

Weekday Masses will continue to be live streamed from the Parish Facebook Page.

Thank you to the Principal, Director of Faith and Mission and admin staff at Thomas Carr College for making the College Chapel available and enabling our weekday liturgy services.

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Charismatic Healing Mass

Come and experience a Healing Mass on Thurs 17 Dec by the Vincentian Congregation’s Fr Rojan at St James.

Commencing at 6:30 pm with Rosary, Praise and Worship, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Healing Prayers and Blessing.

All are welcome especially those requiring healing prayers.

Given that we have close to 300 seats, no pre-booking is required but contact details will need to be provided to enter the service. Enquiries Gilbert Menezes – 0419 482 040.

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Celebrating the Eucharist
Last weekend saw the long awaited return of people attending Sunday Mass in person at St James. Although Government health guidelines have relaxed some restrictions further there is still a requirement to have a density limit (1 person per 2 sqm), electronic record keeping (e.g. Trybooking) and a Covid-Safe plan to maintain a Covid Safe environment for our Masses. The density limit for the Paulist Centre permits a maximum of 300 people.

 

Weekend Masses—Important Updates to Process
Bookings for weekend Masses continues. However there have been some changes due to the increased number of people now permitted to attend religious services.

The special additional Mass organised for 4pm Sat has been cancelled.

There will only be one Mass on Sat 26 Dec at the normal 6pm time.

The restriction of only booking seats at one Mass every 2 weeks has been removed. You may now book for each weekend, subject to availability.

Booking for Masses during the weekend of the 19/20 Dec and 26/27 Dec will open at 2:00 pm Sunday 13 Dec.

Bookings will now close two hours before the start of each Mass.

Weekend Mass will continue to be available online from the Parish website.

 

How to Make a Booking

Bookings for Christmas and weekend Masses can be made online at:
https://www.trybooking.com/BJPOT  
(Link is available on the parish Facebook page and website.)

If unable to book online you can book through the Parish Office.

You will receive a confirmation email after successfully making a booking. If you do not receive a confirmation email, check your junk or spam folders. If unsure please email the Parish Office [email protected] and ask them to confirm your booking has been recorded.

In consideration of your fellow parishioners, if you cannot attend a Mass you have booked please cancel your booking so your seats can be released to others who would like to attend. Click on the link found at the bottom of your booking confirmation email to ‘return your tickets’.

Weekend Mass will continue to be available online from the Parish website.

 

Attending Mass During Covid Times

  • No one will be allowed entry without a booking
  • Wear a face mask. In order to maximise the number of people that can attend Mass, face masks are required due to the increased density.
  • Arrive early to allow time to check in and take your seat. The check in desk opens 20 minutes before Mass commences.
  • Follow the directions of volunteers and adhere to designated seating arrangements 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

  • Wear your mask while maintaining 1.5m distance in the queue
  • Receive the Host in the hand while wearing the mask – hands to be flat and outstretched away from your body
  • Take 3 steps 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
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Weekday Masses

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, daily liturgy has been conducted and live-streamed from Thomas Carr College chapel, with thanks to the principal and admin at the same college.

Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion is held on Monday, and Mass on Tuesday to Friday. Saturday morning mass will be held in the Paulist Centre and people can book for this in the same way as the other weekday Masses.

With further easing of restrictions, Thomas Carr College will be able to accommodate a congregation of up to 24 people. It is very important that those wishing to attend pre-book their attendance by contacting the Parish Office by calling 9401 6367 or e-mailing [email protected] Bookings close at 2:30pm the day before, and on Friday for Monday.

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Weekend Masses at St James

All 4 regular weekend Masses (Sat 6pm, Sun 8:30am, Sun 10:30am and Sun 5pm) have resumed in the Paulist Centre. 150 people are allowed to attend each Mass.

Anyone wishing to attend must pre-book online using the Link:

https://www.trybooking.com/BJPOT
(Link is available on the parish Facebook page and website.)

If unable to book online you can book through the Parish Office. If you need to cancel your booking, use the cancel link on your booking confirmation email so your seats can be released to others. Bookings close on the Friday before each weekend at 12.30pm.

No one will be allowed entry without a booking.

Please bring a face mask which is to be worn while checking in and while inside the Paulist Centre.

People feeling unwell are to stay home.

Arrival Process
Arrive early to allow time to check in and take your seat. Doors will open 20 minutes before Mass commences. If arriving earlier, please wait in your car.
Maintaining Safe Distance

You are requested to follow the directions of volunteers and adhere to designated seating arrangements 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:

  • Wear your mask while maintaining 1.5m distance 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

Weekend Mass will continue to be available online from the Parish website.

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Mass Ushers Urgently Required

Thank you to those who have volunteered to assist our community as Ushers and Welcomers for the weekend Masses. Your service and generosity is what allows us to be able to have Masses during this Covid-normal time.

We are looking for more volunteers who are willing to be trained up as an Usher/Welcomer for future Masses, especially for the Christmas period where we will need more Ushers/Welcomers.

If you are able to assist us, kindly contact the Parish Office this week on 9401 6367 or at [email protected] There will be a training session on Tues 15 Dec at 7:00pm in the Paulist Centre.

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