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

Updated 22nd October 2021.

Fr Francis is offering Mass to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Therefore the legal limit is 10 attendees. *You must book please*

Please read Fr Francis’ statement:

 

As of Friday 22nd November the Victorian Government is permitting the gradual reopening of places of worship. It is hopefully self-evident that it would be entirely contrary to the spirit of the Gospel to segregate our community into two classes (a privileged majority and an underprivileged minority) on the basis of something so arbitrary as vaccination status. Jesus welcomed the sick, the sinner and the outcast; How then could the Church turn her own sons and daughters away from its doors, especially since the unvaccinated are neither ‘sick’, nor are they ‘sinners’ nor should they be treated as ‘outcasts’.

Unfortunately this means that all Masses will be limited to a congregation of ten people of unknown vaccination status, according to the Victorian Government directives. Practically speaking this compels us to revert to the Try-Booking system. This is a temporary situation, and we can realistically expect the rules to be relaxed in the coming weeks, and therefore the capacity to increase.

In the meantime let’s apply the law of common sense. If you are feeling sick, please see your doctor and stay at home. If you are concerned for your own health, you are equally free to stay at home. If you feel very strongly about attending Masses for the exclusively vaccinated, then perhaps consider some of the alternatives in the area. Given the limited places available we will have to do our best to try to share around the opportunities to attend Mass – eg. no more than once per week. If we continue observing good hygiene practices then we can manage this situation and can hopefully begin to focus on recovering our spiritual health.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Francis Denton

If you have any questions please contact Fr Francis on (03) 9739 5977.

 

Here is the Trybooking link for this week’s Masses:  https://www.trybooking.com/BUXNC

All Souls – Tuesday 2nd Nov at 12 noon. Bookings can be made at: https://www.trybooking.com/BUZPV

Please note that using QR codes to register on-site is important, as well as following other health directives such as wearing masks.

Outside lockdown normal 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 (the 9:15 am has been cancelled) 
Sunday       10:30 am

New YouTube page for St Patrick’s with recent videos is here.

The St Brigid’s YouTube page with previous videos is here.

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

Quote of the month: Bishop Vincent Long

Being fully vaccinated is an important step in not only keeping us safe but also our families and others in the broader community safe, and enabling us to get back to some sort of normality.

I understand some people have concerns about the ethical origins of some vaccines. The Catholic Church, through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has declared that even the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with abortion. Therefore, all vaccines which are recognised as clinically safe and effective may be taken by Catholics in good conscience.

Pope Francis himself has encouraged Catholics to take the vaccine saying in an interview earlier this year, “I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.”

Indeed, Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI and many cardinals and bishops have already received their COVID-19 vaccines. For my part, I am fully vaccinated since the end of July.

I call on you to heed this clear and strong message from the Pope. I also alert you to the anti-vaccination movement and those who spread misinformation on social media, and regrettably even some clergy.

Their opposition to vaccines and public health orders is not in accordance with the Catholic Church.

The pandemic has caused much uncertainty, pain and suffering to the whole world. Let us pray, however, that it can be an opportunity for renewal and transformation for the human family.

May we grow in the spirit of solidarity and compassion for all who are vulnerable, here and beyond. May we emerge out of this crisis a better people for a better world.

Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv
Bishop of Parramatta
6th August 2021

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 is not always staffed. You can leave a phone message on 5962 4026 or email healesville@cam.org.au

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.’

Psalm 46: 1-3, 10.

 

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

 

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 Alzheimers

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: