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Easter Message from Fr Jude

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Dear Parish Family at St James the Apostle,

If there is one thing that COVID has taught us, it is this: that this great Easter mystery cannot be lived in isolation. It requires the bonds of community to support us and to challenge us. Every Sunday the Church gathers us as the Body of Christ at the Table of God’s Word and celebration of the Eucharist. We gather every Sunday as active participants in the life of our Resurrected Lord. Jesus has conquered death and everything that diminishes the divine life in us and among us. His resurrection from the dead is not simply a fact of history to be retold at Easter. It is a mystery to be lived every day. As Christians, we are just as inspired by the presence of Jesus among us as those who first saw the empty tomb.

Like them, we know that Jesus is not found among the dead. He lives among us in the community gathered to celebrate the Eucharist. He lives in the gospel proclaimed by word and deed. Through the sacraments of the Church, he gathers disciples, heals the sick, reconciles sinners and calls us to service. In our outreach, it is the hand of Jesus that lifts up the poor, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless and visits the confined. In these ways, and many others, we give witness to the mystery of Jesus living among us.

On the 18th of April we look forward with excitement as we gather in community around our Archbishop to bless our newly refurbished church building which will carry us into the future. We look forward to as many as possible to join us in this celebration – within and outside this building! May I take this opportunity to thank Fathers Silvio, Mario, Brendan and Deacon Royden, Geralyn McCarthy, the Parish Staff and Tess Mijares who takes care of the priests. Thank you to our many parishioners, including our young parishioners, who have so generously given of their time and talents to assist us to celebrate our holy week and Easter liturgies prayerfully and enabling us to be immersed in the beauty of these great liturgies. Thank you also to Kevin Lloyd and our Ushers who have enabled us to gather in a COVIDsafe manner.  Thank you to the Parish Council, Altar Servers, Carpenter’s Club, Environment Helpers (both outside and inside the Church), those involved in Music Ministry, Liturgical Ministers, Counters, Music Ministry RCIA Team, Anna Sia and the Cleaning Ministry,  those who donated palm and olive branches, people working behind the scenes and all who have been involved. We say a heartfelt thank you to all; we couldn’t manage without you.

So, dear sisters and brothers in Christ, may Easter 2021 be a time of great peace and joy for you, your families and friends. May we rediscover that despite the unpredictability of life at times, God is always faithful. God is good, good indeed!

Fr Jude Pirotta mssp

 

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Easter Celebrations

Every year, our Easter celebrations get larger and more meaningful. This year we are seeking help to ensure that our celebrations continue to engage and move everyone who attends.

Easter Triduum Rehearsals: For those involved in the Liturgies during the Triduum (including Readers, Special Ministers of Communion, those to be commissioned, etc) there is a Rehearsal on Tues 30 Mar in the Church. Holy Thursday Rehearsal from 6:30pm-7:30pm, Good Friday Rehearsal from 7:30pm-8:00pm and Easter Vigil Rehearsal from 8:00pm-9:00pm. Please arrive 5 mins before your scheduled start.

Reconciliation: 1st Rite of Reconciliation available on Mon 29 Mar in the Church at 7pm-8pm. Last opportunity before Easter.

Project Compassion: Project Compassion Boxes can be returned between Palm Sunday (27/28 Mar) & Holy Thursday (Thurs 01 Apr).

 

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Dear St James Parishioner,

There has been a great response from parishioners wishing to participate in our Easter celebrations at St James. We are trying to meet the demand while complying with Covid restrictions put in place by the government.

Please note that the latest announcements of restriction easing by the government have not affected the numbers we can have at Mass as Religious Services were already operating out of these relaxed numbers since January.

Use the link HERE to access our booking site.  The link is also available on the St James website and Facebook pages.

In an endeavour to accommodate as many people as possible, the church Narthex and Chapel will be used for seating where we can.

You are reminded that in all cases you will receive an email from Trybooking confirming your booking has been made successfully. If you are not sure your booking went through correctly, send an email to [email protected] and we will check your booking to avoid disappointment on the day.

If you have booked a seat and for whatever reason cannot attend, please cancel your booking to enable fellow parishioners to attend. To cancel your booking, click on the link to “return tickets” in your booking confirmation email or send an email to the parish office.

People wanting to make a booking at a Mass that is currently booked out are encouraged to regularly check our online booking page as some seats may become available through bookings being cancelled or further seats being released.

People who miss out on booking a seat inside the church will be able to stand outside the church after self-registering on their mobile phones using the parish QR code upon arrival.

 

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