(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 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
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.”
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.’
- Pope Francis’ Lenten Message for 2022
- Lenten Program by the Australian Cardijn Institute
- Majellan Media: weekly 3-minute audio reflections
- Article and video on moving into Lent from the Melbourne Archdiocese
- Pope Francis prays for Ukraine
- 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
- 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
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.”
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!
- May 2022 – For Faith-filled Young People
- April 2022 – For Health Care Workers
- March 2022 – For a Christian Response to Bioethical Challenges
- February 2022 – For Religious Sisters and Consecrated Women
- January 2022 – Religious Discrimination and Persecution
- December 2021 – Catechists
- November 2021 – People who Suffer from Depression
- October 2021 – Missionary Disciples
- September 2021 – An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle
- August 2021 – Church on the Way
- July 2021 – Social Friendship
- June 2021 – The Beauty of Marriage
- May 2021 – The World of Finance
- April 2021 – Fundamental Rights
- March 2021 – The Sacrament of Reconciliation
- 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.”
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.
Parish theologian Elissa Roper has a website which includes the Church at Home resources.
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: email@example.com
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
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: