(This page is frequently updated)
Welcome to the Saint Brigid’s “Living Faith” page – home to information and resources that we hope will help us all to live our faith with joy and courage.
We know that times are tough and uncertain at the moment. Please know that Saint Brigid’s parish is praying for you. We are working with our Care Group and the Healesville Inter-Church Community Care (HICCI) to come up with ways to help people while complying with safe health practises.
Do you need anything? Do you have neighbours or friends who do? Do you have any ideas? Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite you to join a “phone tree” and to contact friends, neighbours, loved ones, and school families. Consider making it a “prayer tree” and promise to pray for the people you speak to. There are many older Religious women who are making this their ministry – you can do it too!
Please use this page to connect with the wider Church. There are lots of things going on! Our “news” page has the many activities and works of compassion and mission that already flourish in our community.
Do you have any ideas, news or questions? Please email us at email@example.com
Mass at St Brigid’s
Mass times are as follows:
St Brigid’s Healesville
Thursday 9:15 am
Sunday 8:30 am
St Aloysius Yarra Glen
Every third Sunday 5:00 pm – see the newsletter for other times.
Our Lady of the Snows, Marysville
Thursday 18th March at 10:30 am
St Patrick’s Lilydale
Tuesday 9:15 am
Wednesday 9:15 am
Friday 9:15 am
Saturday 9:15 am Latin Mass, 6 pm Vigil
Sunday 10:30 am
Please book for Sunday Mass via internet using TryBooking:
Saint Brigid – pray for us, Saint Aloysius – pray for us, Our Lady of the Snows – pray for us.
Easter Mass Times
We welcome Fr John O’Reilly who will be with us for the Easter ceremonies this year.
Trybooking links open 15th March. Please book online for each Easter ceremony if you can. Remember that visitors to the area will be booking too and numbers are still limited by Covid restrictions.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Holy Thursday 1st April 2021, 7:30 pm, St Brigid’s. https://www.trybooking.com/BPQOA
Stations of the Cross, Good Friday, 10:00 am at St Aloysius, Yarra Glen: https://www.trybooking.com/BPQOW
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Good Friday, 3:00 pm, St Brigid’s https://www.trybooking.com/BPQOY
Easter Vigil, Holy Saturday, 7:30 pm, St Brigid’s https://www.trybooking.com/BPQPE
Easter Sunday Mass, 8:30 am, St Brigid’s https://www.trybooking.com/BPQPH
Saint Brigid’s would like to offer a collection of spiritual resources for Catholic families. Each download is a 2-page pdf with a simple prayer and reading around a theme. You are welcome to share these pdfs.
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Care for you and others
Please contact the following services if you need help:
HICCI works with our parish Care Group and other services to provide meals, transport and emergency relief. Click here for their website, or call 5911 6000.
St Vincent de Paul have a wide network of social help. Click here for their website, or call 9895 5800.
For Council matters click here for their website. Council phone number is 1300 368 333 (or 9294 6905 for urgent after hours service).
St Brigid’s Parish Office is not always staffed. You can leave a phone message on 5962 4026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact St Patrick’s Lilydale, where the parish priest will be available: phone 9739 5977.
Prayer and worship resources
Dear Friends do not underestimate the power of love and prayer, through which you enter into communion with the Holy Trinity. If you are worried about missing the beauty of Mass, then look for the beauty that God has given you in this day. Light a candle. Sit quietly and enter into peace. Invite our Lord to come to you. Breathe deeply and chat to God, but then hand over your concerns and be quiet. Meditate with Scripture. Praise God.
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
‘Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.’
- Pope Francis’ Message for Lent
- Global Catholic Climate Movement video for Lent
- Majellan Lenten reflection
- Prayer for Conscience and Courage
- Prayers for Ash Wednesday: Church of the Home
- Reflections on the Sunday readings by the Redemptorists (Magellan Family Media)
- Australian Catholics Website – resources by Jesuit Communications Australia
- Daily Mass on Demand — CathNews YouTube Channel
- Daily Mass — Archdiocese of Melbourne
- Mass for You at Home (Channel 10 — aired 6am each Sunday)
- Live webcast of Sunday Mass — St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane
- Readings of the day — Universalis.Com
- Prayers for Time of Pandemic
- Prayer from Apostolic Nuncio in Australia, Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana
- Sign up to receive daily Gospel reflections — Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
- Pray.Com.Au — Madonna Magazine/Australian Jesuits
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference provide some Liturgical resources. Click here for their website which has the most up to date resources. Note that the “Liturgy and prayers” booklets were no longer available after Christmas.
Various resources are offered by the Archdiocese of Melbourne:
- Melbourne Catholic
- Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Masses are now being live streamed on the CAM Facebook page and YouTube Channel
Dear Friends, if there is something that you think the Archdiocese or the Australian bishops could be providing, such as resources, information, multilingual services etc, then please contact them. It’s easy – and they do listen!
Archbishop Peter Comensoli: Twitter @BishopComensoli
Join Pope Francis in prayer for the world ❤️
“The Pope Video” – a series of lovely videos with Pope Francis inviting you to join with him in his monthly prayer intentions. Well worth the one minute to watch!
- February 2021 – For Women who are the Victims of Violence
- January 2021 – At the Service of Human Fraternity
- December 2020 – For a Life of Prayer
- November 2020 – Artificial Intelligence
- October 2020 – Women in Leadership Roles in the Church
- September 2020 – Respect for the Planet’s Resources
- August 2020 – the Maritime World
- July 2020 – our Families
- June 2020 – the Compassion video
- May 2020 – for Deacons
- April 2020 – Liberation from Addictions
- March 2020 – Pray for the World
- March 2020 – Catholics in China
- February 2020 – Hear the Cries of Migrants
The full library of “Pope Videos” are available on their YouTube channel here.
A TED talk by Pope Francis: “Why the only future worth building includes everyone.” This is a great video to share with young people. View it here.
The Vatican have prepared prayer book to support Catholics in this time of pandemic. It is available as a pdf here: “Strong in the Face of Tribulation.”
Video messages from Archbishop Peter
Advent Greeting from Archbishop Peter. “Advent: Great hope, expectation and patient waiting,” available here.
“Revealers of Jesus” – a message from Archbishop Peter (27 July 2020), available here via YouTube.
A message on the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Sunday (5th July 2020) by Archbishop Peter is available via YouTube here.
A message before the Solemnity of Corpus Christi by Archbishop Peter is available via YouTube here.
Parish theologian Elissa Roper has a website which includes the Church at Home resources.
Fr Rob Galea (of X-Factor & World Youth Day fame!) has lots of resources for young (and older!) people on his website.
St Paul’s Cathedral, London, have some wonderful short videos reflecting on “hope.”
The Jesuits’ America Magazine has an article with “poems for a pandemic.”
The Sisters of Mercy have a beautiful video for Easter reflection.
The Sale Diocese has a collection of resources for prayer and reflection.
Caritas Australia has student resources on their website including games and quizzes, and links to live-streamed Masses.
The Redemptorists of Oceania have a prayer app called “Bread 4 Today” and their website has news and articles. They also have a “Talk to a Redemptorist Priest phone line”: If you want spiritual guidance, have questions, need advice on a religious matter or want to pray with a priest. Dial 1300 908 047 – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, 7 days a week.
The Sisters of Mercy of Australia have a “prayer and scripture room” and other prayers, reflections and resources on their website.
Know any others? Email them to us: email@example.com
A letter from the bishops of Victoria
Updates from the dioceses of Australia
Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Blessing
This is a beautiful blessing, officially called an “extraordinary moment of prayer,” asked by the Pope for the whole world. Please download this very moving reflection and use it in your Lenten prayer.
The blessing is available here to download.
Or click here for a video of the Pope’s blessing (in Italian and visually stunning in a dark, empty and rain-washed Saint Peter’s Square).
An Autumn reflection by Sr Mary Tinney rsm
Most importantly we are not alone. Autumn provides us with an opportunity for greater clarity about the transitions in the life of Christ. He listened deeply in the desert as he prepared for his public ministry; he withdrew to mountain tops and seashores from time to time; he lingered in the Garden of Olives
when he realised that the officials were closing in on him. Deep listening in this autumn time can open us to deeper encounters with the Sacred.
We could make this our prayer at this time:
May all that is not love fall away.
May all that is not truth fall away.
May all that is not fullness fall away.
May all that is not richness fall away.
May all that is not peaceful fall away.
May this autumn season’s soft release
bring us closer to your all-embracing love.
Through and with the love of Christ, Amen.
This is the second in a series of reflections by Sr Mary Tinney, who is founder and facilitator of Earth Link, a project of the Sisters of Mercy of Aus & PNG, which encourages ‘deep bonding within the Earth community’ as key to its vision of a world where there is ‘respect, reverence and care for the whole Earth community’.
A Blessing for Caregivers
May you see with tender eyes
The wounds of those before you.
May you hear with well-tuned ears
The unspoken needs of those whose voices are muted.
May you hold with gentle hands
The bodies and the spirits of those you care for.
May the beauty of soul,
The strength of spirit,
The wholeness of being
Lead you, inspire you
And let you know your own
Beauty of soul,
Strength of spirit,
Wholeness of being.
May you know that,
As you care for others,
God cares for you, sees you,
Holds you tenderly.
From the Catholic Health Association of the United States
Pope Francis Tweets…
Did you know that Pope Francis is on Twitter?
You are invited to spend some time during the day reflecting more deeply on one of the Pope’s comments.
Often challenging, always insightful, you can follow his tweets here:
The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,even then I will be confident.
Psalm 27: 1-3
The photo of this poppy-like flower amongst the rocks and thorns was taken in the hills of Judah, outside Bethlehem.