ST THOMAS AQUINAS BOWRAL
Cnr Bendooley & Merrigang Streets
Contact Us At ......
Parish Office Parish Hall, Bundaroo Street Bowral
PO Address PO Box 1400 Bowral NSW 2576
Contact Secretary Mrs Kate Lee
Office Hours Tuesday to Friday 9am to 12 noon
Telephone 4861 1902
Website Catholic Church Southern Highlands
Prayer during the
(adapted from the USCCB)
Mary, Help of Christians. We fly to you today as your beloved children. We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and world, and for all our families and loved ones, the protection of God’s holy angels, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted, we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing, teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind. Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother, health of the sick and cause of our joy. Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus.
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An update from Fr Sean.....
Although restrictions are slowly easing and we are now permitted to open our doors to up to 50 worshippers for Mass, there are still a number of government and diocesan directives with which we need to comply.
One is the registering all those who attend Mass and retain contact details for four weeks.
To streamline this process of registration, we now have an online booking service, where you just nominate the Mass you would like to attend and provide contact details and how many will attend.
Just go to our parish website (www.ccsh.dow.org) and follow the link to Mass registration.
When you arrive for Mass, you will be greeted by a monitor who will tick your name off and direct you where to sit.
Next weekend (13/14 June) Mass times will be:
Vigil, Saturday 5pm
Please remember that all Masses will be celebrated in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, because of the social distancing requirements. We are fortunate that we have a Church which will easily accommodate 50 worshipers and even 100 when restrictions further ease.
Given the circumstances, you will notice that the Mass times are a bit fluid at the moment. I would welcome your feedback as to their suitability.
The online booking system will be convenient for many of you who will not need to ring the parish office. But I am conscious that many of our parishioners do not have internet access, so if you know anyone who would like to attend Mass, ask them to contact the office, and Kate will book them in, or you could do so on their behalf.
For weekday Masses, you no longer need to book, but you must sign in with your name and contact details when you arrive for Mass or you can register online.
Times for this week are:
As I mentioned, there are government and diocesan directives which have to be followed. Most of the government ones are known to you, but a couple of diocesan ones will feel very strange to us. For example, congregational singing is prohibited; Holy Communion will be distributed only on the hand and the Precious Blood will cease to be offered from the chalice; no physical touching at the sign of peace; collection plates will no longer be passed through the Church.
All of these conditions are contained in the directives which are available on our parish website and the diocese of Wollongong website.
As you enter and leave the Church, there will be baskets clearly marked first and second collection. Please give generously, and thank you to those who have continued to donate while we have been in lockdown. Direct debit is the easiest way to contribute to the income of the parish. If you would like to join, please contact Kate at the office.
As numbers at Mass increase, I look forward to seeing more of you in person. There is much to catch up on. And one day, we will resume our parish activities, including some major social events!
With God’s blessings.
Fr Sean Cullen
"After every storm .... comes a rainbow"
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Thank you also for the ongoing financial commitment to the Parish that many of you have offered.
Please use of the following options if you would like to contribute:-
Direct debit (through the Catholic Development Fund);
EFTPOS machine in the office
Taking parish bank details and donating online. (Please ring or email for bank account details)
St Thomas Aquinas Bowral, NSW