Resources for celebrating Holy Week @ Home

Posted Wednesday 8 April

The Mission Team of the Archdiocese have developed a series of resources to celebrate Holy Week @ Home. These resources are offered to assist both spiritually and practically in a variety of domestic church settings: a) families with young children; b) young adults; c) adults. Also included is a Penitential Liturgy for use at home.
 

Holy Week Liturgies: Televised & Live Streamed

Posted Friday 3 April

We are pleased to share the news that our Holy Week liturgies at St Patrick's Cathedral will now be televised live on C31 (Please note: C31 is available as Channel 44 on digital television). This will be in addition to our website and YouTube Channel. While it will be difficult to not be physically present during these liturgies that commemorate and celebrate this most sacred time in our Church, we hope that by televising the liturgies, more Melburnians will now have access – particularly those who might be limited to television viewing only. 
 
We invite you to come together in your households and families, uniting with the Church in Melbourne and the whole world to celebrate these liturgies in your homes. 

CDFPay for Parish now available


Posted Thursday 9 April
 
 
Give your parishioners more flexibility for Thanksgiving collections, via the CDFpay for Parishes online payment portal.

We are pleased to inform you that CDFpay for Parishes is now available online. Many parishes have already registered and are now offering parishioners a quick and easy way to make online offerings. Once parishioners have found their parish online, they are able to make quick and easy recurring thanksgiving payments or can choose a one-off offering from the comfort of their own home. When making an offertory online, parishioners have the option to choose which collection they would like to partake in, as they usually would during Sunday Mass: first collection, second collection or a parish appeal.

If your parish would like to offer this option to your parishioners and you haven’t yet had a chance to register, click here to download the sign up form. Once your parish is registered, CDF will create your parish site as quickly as possible. Once your site is live, CDF will send you an email with your own unique parish page URL. You can do this through the bulk email and SMS functionality in PACS or via your website & social media channels as well as within your parish notices. See here for some templates and resources to help your communications.

CDF are waiving the establishment fees so that each parish can receive this online payment solution at no upfront cost, however there will be a small charge per transaction, as experienced with any payment product. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your CDF Relationship Manager or your Parish Finance Support Officers on parish.finance@cam.org.au.
 

General Guidelines COVID-19: Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne UPDATED

Posted Friday 3 April

The following Guidelines are approved by Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop of Melbourne, to assist Clergy and Faithful with questions pertaining to specific areas of liturgy and ministry in the Archdiocese of Melbourne during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Permission has been granted for Churches to be considered as workplaces for the purposes of broadcasting or live-streaming Easter ceremonies. This permission pertains only to: 1) “people conducting services”; 2) for the purpose of “broadcasting or live-streaming”, and; 3) for “Easter services” only (at this stage). While this allows for more people to be involved — while still abiding by the 4-square-metre rules — it does not open the door to in-person attendees.

'A new rhythm to our family lives': Archbishop Peter's message to school parents and carers

Posted Wednesday 25 March

With Term 1 school holidays beginning early this year, Archbishop Peter wrote a special message to all parents, carers, and staff to assure him of his support and encourage them to think creatively about adjusting to "a new rhythm to our family lives, and to find the true heart of our domestic Church." Parents are encouraged to keep an eye on the Catholic Education Melbourne website and this webpage for updates.

A Message from Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Posted Sunday 22 March
 

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has sent us this special message of hope, today, on the fourth Sunday of Lent. "Even though the Sacraments are not available publicly spend some time in prayer... I know this is a struggle, but I want to encourage you in faith and hope and love."

 

Guidelines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

 
Posted Thursday 19 March
 
On this Feast Day of St Joseph, Archbishop Comensoli has written to all the faithful of Melbourne to assure them of his ongoing support and prayers during this time of uncertainty. In these days of increased awareness of the risks associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Archbishop implored the community of faithful to be patient, prayerful and resilient. "While public celebrations of Mass are suspended, our common work for the Gospel does not cease. In fact, this is a time for us all to re-engage in our mission to share Christ, in thoughtful and appropriate ways, with those in most need."

 
 

Suspension of Public Masses: Effective 18 March 2020

Posted Thursday 18 March
 
The Bishops of Victoria have written an update regarding COVID-19. Of note is the immediate suspension of public Masses. This will be a difficult moment, and every encouragement is offered as clergy and parish staff seek to explain sensitively to our people the reasons why Mass will not be offered as a public celebration. 
 
Individuals can be encouraged to space out in their place of worship and offer private prayer. Resources are available (see right) to assist including online prayer and streaming of Mass online.  
 
 

A Message from Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Posted Wednesday 17 March
 
During these challenging times and on the feast day of St Patrick (March 17), patron saint of our Archdiocese, Archbishop Peter has recorded this message for us all. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Victorian Government declares State of Emergency

Posted Friday 13 March
 
A State of Emergency has been declared in Victoria to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This means a 14-day isolation requirement is in place for all travellers entering Australia and mass gatherings of more than 500 people are prohibited. We understand that for most parishes, gatherings of this size are not typical. However, we strongly encourage that parishes adhere to the following preventative measures to help protect the most vulnerable in our communities and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor advice from health authorities and provide further updates on this page and via our social media channels.  
 

General preventatives

  • Individuals should consider their own health, including any potential to infect others with a contagious disease, before attending any public liturgical celebration
  • Sufficient and accessible preventative supplies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (e.g. provision of hand washing facilities or hand hygiene products, bins, disposable facemasks)
  • Posters and Notices should be displayed and circulated stating any guidance or changes in practice. Visit the Victorian Department of Health website for PDF signs in a variety of languages
  • Implement cleaning measures before, during and after gatherings with a focus to the cleaning of commonly touched surfaces (i.e. door handles, light switches, musical instruments, desks, keyboards etc.)
  • Consider alternative options for thanksgiving collections that do not require passing of containers (e.g. leaving collection). 

 

Resource: A Prayer to St Joseph, the Great Protector

St Joseph,
You were receptive to God working in your life.
Help us by your prayers at this time of trial.

You kept Jesus and Mary under your watchful care:
may your prayers assist our local Church to respond to those in need.

You taught the Christ Child your trade and prayers:
help us to follow his example of love.

You were part of God’s plan for all humanity:
assist us to be vigilant and responsible this day.

You spent your life in service:
may we be mindful of others, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, caring for them in these difficult days.

You trusted in the clear primacy of God over all history and every situation: help us to grow in faith and pray to the Father, Thy will be done.
Amen