Living Faith

Living Faith

Welcome!

(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: healesville@cam.org.au

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 healesville@cam.org.au

Mass in St Brigid’s Parish

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 to confirm dates and times.

Our Lady of the Snows, Marysville

Every third Thursday at 10:30 am – see the newsletter to confirm dates and times.

St Patrick’s Lilydale
Tuesday       9:15 am
Wednesday  9:15 am
Friday          9:15 am
Saturday     6 pm Vigil 
Sunday       10:30 am

Archdiocese of Melbourne liturgical guidelines during COVID can be found  here: https://melbournecatholic.org/covid-19-guidelines

For Triduum and Easter times go to the Mass Times page and select from the menu on the left. Note some time changes.

Saint Brigid – pray for us, Saint Aloysius – pray for us, Our Lady of the Snows – pray for us.

 

Pope Francis’ TED Talk:

Our moral imperative to act on climate change — and 3 steps we can take

The global climate crisis will require us to transform the way we act, says His Holiness Pope Francis. “The future is built today,” he says. “And it is not built in isolation, but rather in community and in harmony.”

 

New initiative: Church of the Home

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.

1 Prayers of Hope

2 Prayers of Peace

3 Prayers of Comfort

4 Prayers of Strength

5 Prayers for Ash Wednesday

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. Office hours are Thursday 9am -2pm You can leave a phone message on 5962 4026. If urgent please call the parish mobile 0448 658 418 or email healesville@cam.org.au

You can also contact Fr Francis at St Patrick’s Lilydale,  phone 9739 5977 or 0448 658 418.

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.’

Psalm 46: 1-3, 10.

 

Lent✨

Other

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:

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!

Archdiocese of Melbourne: email melbournecatholic@cam.org.au; Twitter @CatholicMelb

Archbishop Peter Comensoli: Twitter @BishopComensoli

Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference: email form; Twitter @ACBC1

 

Archbishop Comensoli’s Easter Message 2022

In his Easter message this year, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli invites us to go out and meet the Lord, who is the “dawn of a new creation”. As the Gospel tells us: Mary Magdalene, wrapped in grief and shock, dutifully went to attend to the dead body of Jesus, but what she encountered was the dawn of the risen Jesus – a light that broke into her darkened life. “The light of dawn also emerges for us, as the dark of night gives way to a new day.”

Watch the 1min30sec video here.

 

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!

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.”

Archdiocese News: information on the “Way of the Gospel”

‘It is a renewal of this vision for today that I want to explore with you over the coming months and years, so that we might walk together towards a more energised purpose for our local Church in the light of Pentecost. This will be a journey that will take time and effort, and we will need to take it together.’ Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

In April and May 2021, Archbishop Comensoli met with the clergy and lay leaders of the Archdiocese of Melbourne to begin this conversation. These initial meetings had one purpose in mind: to open up the question as to how our local Church in Melbourne might best be organised into the future, such that:

  • The mission of the Gospel is at the heart of our life, worship and outreach;
  • Local faith communities are arranged to allow for them to flourish, and;
  • Our faith communities be effectively resourced—spiritually, ministerially and materially.

Read more about what the Way of the Gospel means for the Archdiocese here.

You are very welcome to ask Fr Francis and Deb about their experiences with this process.

Other websites

Parish theologian Elissa Roper has a website which includes the Church at Home resources.

If you are interested in caring for creation, and Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, the Sisters of Mercy have a remarkable “Integral Ecology Policy.”

Pope Francis and other religious leaders launched a “climate appeal” on the Feast of St Francis.

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 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: healesville@cam.org.au

Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Blessing 2021

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 view.

The text is available here to read.

Both are in English.

A prayerful reflection by Sr Mary Tinney rsm

“SLOW PRAYER”

Into the silence that stills
into the stillness that warms
into the warmth that lights
into the light that calms
into the calm that loves
into the love that is
lead my noisy needing spirit, O God.
Into the silence that stills…

This poem is by Mary Wickham, an Australian Sister of Mercy whose beautiful writings are available here

Poems on the Theme of Disability

By Sister Mary Wickham, available here.

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: