Thursday, 30 January 2020

Surfers Catholic Parish - Seasonal Mass and Service times at present 2020

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and in line with Brisbane Archdiocesan Policy, 

All CHURCHES IN THE PARISH ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

ALL MASSES ARE SUSPENDED (BOTH WEEKDAY AND WEEKEND). with immediate effect, until further notice. 

ALL CHURCHES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR SAFETY REASONS. THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT STEPHEN (IN BRISBANE) WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER AT SET TIMES. ALL OTHER CHURCHES ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

FUNERALS - NO MORE THAN TWENTY PEOPLE, AND WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING OBSERVED.

WEDDINGS - ONLY PRIEST, BRIDE AND GROOM AND TWO WITNESSES. NO MORE THAN TEN PEOPLE


All regularly scheduled communion and anointings at nursing homes are suspended until further notice. This also is consistent with most nursing home virus protection policies presently implemented.

the monthly anointing mass in the Sacred Heart Church is also suspended until further notice.



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Surfers Paradise Liturgy for you at home

Catholic Mass to listen and Pray from Home
During this Coronavirus emergency, church buildings are locked and Mass is suspended. We are continuing to celebrate mass privately, and providing a podcast for people to join in prayer at home.
Please become part of this by clicking: https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/tracks 
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(any changes will be published here). 


(Please take note of the churches and locations below. Occasionally visitors look at the wrong location and misread one church for another). 



ST VINCENT'S CHURCH
40 Hamilton Avenue,
Surfers Paradise  Q

All Masses and Liturgies and Reconciliation Suspended until further notice
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SACRED HEART CHURCH
50 Fairway Drive,
Clear Island Waters  Q  

All Masses and Liturgies and Reconciliation Suspended until further notice
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STELLA MARIS CHURCH
268 Hedges Avenue,
Broadbeach  Q  


All Masses and Liturgies and Reconciliation Suspended until further notice

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• Priests will continue to celebrate Mass (the Mass for the people) on Sundays without a congregation, with people able to follow Masses live-streamed from the Cathedral at archbne.org/bzw  on Sundays and weekdays.


Communion to the sick should be taken by priests alone and in general be restricted to Viaticum to the dying, with the current restrictions and precautions to be observed.
• Prayers of intercession for an end to the pandemic and for the safety of all should be included in Masses, in the Liturgy of the Hours and in private prayer; houses of consecrated religious are asked to intensify their intercessory prayer also.
• funerals and weddings may be celebrated, but restricted if necessary to immediate family and no more than TWENTY people in total; 
• Preparation for and celebration of First Penance, Confirmation and First Communion should be postponed until the pandemic is over.
• Priests should ensure that parishioners can contact them in emergencies.

It is essential in a time such as this to strengthen and deepen our spiritual life, precisely so that we do not “lose sight of Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). The Archdiocese will do everything possible to assist you with this, and there is an abundance of online resources – including Mass at home – to nourish your faith through this time. As Pope Francis has said, pastors will have to show creativity in ministering to their people; and there are many examples of this around the world, with technology making it less difficult than in the past.

To conclude I offer two prayers which you may wish to pray through this time. The first is one I have written: its words are simple but they may help to guide you in your prayer. May the God to whom we turn in this moment listen to the pleading of our heart and answer as he has so often before, so that love may come from fear, hope from despair and joy from sorrow:

Almighty and all-merciful God,
lover of the human race, healer of all our wounds,
in whom there is no shadow of death,
save us in this time of crisis;
grant wisdom and courage to our leaders;
watch over all medical people
as they tend the sick and work for a cure;
stir in us a sense of solidarity beyond all isolation;
if our doors are closed, let our hearts be open.
By the power of your love destroy the virus of fear,
that hope may never die
and the light of Easter, the triumph of life,
may shine upon us and the whole world.
Through Jesus Christ, the Lord risen from the dead,
who lives and reigns forever and ever.
Amen.


Holy Mary, health of the sick, pray for us. St Joseph, guardian of us all, pray for us.


National Day of Prayer in this time of crisis:
Gracious God,
We give thanks anew for your providence and presence.
We prayerfully seek your grace, amidst COVID-19 here and overseas.
We pray for those in need of healing.
We pray for your peace with those who are anxious or grieving.
We pray you will continue to strengthen and sustain
all those who are serving in response.
We pray for your Holy Spirit’s discernment
amidst the many choices and decisions
facing our national, community and medical leaders.
We pray we each might see quickly what more we can do
to help those who are vulnerable.
This prayer for our nation in the family of nations,
with all that is on our hearts,
we gather now and pray
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.






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