ST THOMAS AQUINAS BOWRAL
Cnr Bendooley & Merrigang Streets
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ST MICHAEL'S MITTAGONG
Cnr Alfred & Alice Streets
A letter from Fr Sean.....
The term “familiarity breeds contempt” may contain an element of truth, but the phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder” is certainly true!
I am distressed that I cannot have the contact with you as parish priest that, usually, is taken for granted, and especially grieved that we cannot celebrate Mass together as a parish.
These are unprecedented times and will require us to draw on all our resources of resilience and patience to see us through.
I am concerned also for the time when this threat has passed, as to what our Church will look like and how we will struggle to regain full strength. Even though we cannot be physically connected at the moment, the one thing we can undertake in union with each other is prayer.
All the private Masses I will celebrate will be for your intentions. Whether you are at home alone or with family, please use this time to strengthen your own relationship with God through personal prayer, reading of scripture and using whatever technology that is available to nourish your spiritual life.
I will be recording Mass each Sunday and through Holy Week which you are invited to watch.
It can be accessed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnq0tr8xbGs or search Bowral Mittagong Catholic Church.
Please tell others about our website and the links to Mass. We have only limited means of contacting parishioners (i.e if we have contact details), so your spreading the word will greatly help in keeping people connected.
Obviously, with no Masses, the parish has no income. If you are able, please consider your financial support of the parish. This can be undertaken in various ways:
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)
A further help would be to buy tickets in our raffle for a car. The lockdown of our community will severely hinder our ability to sell tickets and break even. You can buy tickets online through The dealership at Southern Highlands Motor Group has kindly agreed to defer our order of the car to allow us more time to sell tickets. So the drawing of the raffle may be later than October.
Please feel free to contact me at any time, via phone or email and try and stay in touch with each other. The encouragement we can offer, at this time, is priceless.
Please also spare a prayer for all our priests who are presently cut off from their communities and feeling the anguish of not being able to celebrate the sacraments publicly with their parishioners.
Please stay well.
With God’s blessings,
Fr Sean Cullen
St Thomas Aquinas Bowral, NSW