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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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Grateful Thanks

Over the Covid period and in the absence of Tess Mijares the Presbytery Carer for the Priests, several families have lovingly provided food at the Presbytery. Thank you to Terese and Natasha Smith, Phuong-Tran and John Nguyen, Sujee and Beatrice Silva and Judy Debono. May God bless them and their families.

Thank you also to Michael and Alex Lapina for their generosity and expertise in producing the St James Parish Online Christmas Carol Event: Sounds of Christmas. This will be live streamed this weekend on Sun 20 Dec at 7pm from the Parish Facebook Page.

Thank you to Roger Baatjies and Mark Dooley for taking the initiative to volunteer their service at the Presbytery.

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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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Exemple

Congratulations to the recipients of the Joseph De Piro Award for 2020:

Rachael Glowacki—St James Primary
Grace Choate—St Francis Primary
Rhys Are—St Clare’s Primary

Thank you to the MSSP for their generosity and support. The Scholarship is for $1500 each and will be used for the continuation of their Catholic education at Thomas Carr College.

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Sounds of Christmas—An Online Christmas Carol Event:

St James Parish is hosting this event on this weekend, Sun 20 Dec at 7:00pm. You can view this event with the family from our Parish Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/stjamesapostlehcn).

Christmas Mass Times:

Christmas is near! but COVID-19 is still with us. In our Paulist Centre we can only fit 300 people under the COVID precautions. We have added another extra Mass Time over the Christmas Period totalling 8 Masses: Thurs 24 Dec 9:00am, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm and Midnight and Fri 25 Dec 7:30am, 9:00am and 10:30am, but most of our Masses are totally booked out!

Unless you have booked a seat inside the Paulist Centre, there will be no space for you inside. You can, however, bring a chair or a rug and sit in the Play Plaza or on the oval. All Masses will now be live-streamed on the St James Facebook page, which is a public page and can be accessed by everyone. We suggest you bring your smart phone with you and participate in Mass through Facebook. At Communion time, ministers will be available to distribute Communion outside. You will be required to register on arrival using our Parish QR code.

New Year’s:

Last Mass of 2020 celebrated on Thurs 31 Dec at 6pm in the Paulist Centre. First Mass of 2021 celebrated on Fri 01 Jan at 10:30am. Please note, no 9am Mass on New Year’s Day.

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January Notices

With the New Year approaching us, many of our formal Ministries and the Parish Office will be on holidays to allow all people involved to be refreshed and rejuvenated for 2021. With this in mind please take note that:

  • Attendance at Weekend Masses will continue via Online Booking throughout January.
  • The Parish Office will close from Wed 23 Dec and re-open on Mon 04 Jan 2021.
  • The last Parish Bulletin will be this Sun 20 Dec. It will resume on Sun 31 Jan 2021.
  • There is no First Friday Adoration in January. This will resume on Fri 05 Feb 2021.
  • Sun Night Youth Group has finished for the year and will resume on Sun 31 Jan 2021.

With the possible rapid changes that can occur to restrictions due to Covid, please refer to the Parish Website and Facebook Page for up to date information regarding our Masses.

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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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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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