(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 – available only via video during lockdown
Dear Friends, we regret to inform you that with the resumption of lockdown in the Melbourne metropolitan area (including our Shire of Yarra Ranges) and Mitchell Shire, religious services must be televised only.
We cannot have people attend Mass from Wed 9th July for six weeks.
Sunday Mass – online
Dear friends, you are invited to participate in our parish Sunday Mass from home with our new administrator Father Francis Denton as he celebrates Mass in Saint Patrick’s or Saint Brigid’s. Please note that while parishioners are not permitted to be in the building we are all Church at home, and can participate spiritually together at the same time.
Note that the videos will still be available after the Mass times.
Thank you to Debbie and Rod for the enormous amount of work that goes into enabling this to happen. Our thanks and gratitude go to Father Francis. Finally, may God bless you all in your homes – the beautiful people of our parish, and our guests.
Saint Brigid – pray for us, Saint Aloysius – pray for us, Our Lady of the Snows – pray for us.
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.
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.’
Parish novena – click here for details.
Liturgical resources are available from the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Click here for their website which has the most up to date resources.
The bishops recommend:
- Liturgy of the Word and prayers for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
- Liturgy of the Word and prayers for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This link will open a pdf file of a Liturgy of the Word. You can view it on your iPad, save it, or print it out. Contact Elissa if you want any IT help or if you just want a paper version!
- Pope Francis’ message for the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (27th September 2020)
- Prayer for Child Protection Sunday (13th September 2020)
- A message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation by the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM)
- Social Justice Sunday (30th August 2020): message from Bishop Vincent Long
- Pope Francis’ address on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday Resources (5th July)
- Corpus Christi liturgy & reflection from Melbourne Catholic
- Corpus Christi reflection by biblical scholar and Sister of Mercy Veronica Lawson
- Corpus Christi reflection by an Aus Sister of Saint Joseph
- Trinity Sunday liturgy & reflection from Melbourne Catholic
- Pentecost reflection by a USA Sister of Mercy
- Pentecost reflection by Aus Leader of the Sisters of Saint Joseph
- Majellan reflection on Pentecost
- Reflections on the Sunday readings by the Redemptorists (Magellan Family Media)
- Australian Catholics Website – resources by Jesuit Communications Australia
- Pastoral message on the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker by Bishop Vincent Long van Nguyen OFM Conv
- 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
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!
- 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
“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.