Covid 19 News and Updates

2021 02 06 Masks back on, Reduced COVID 19 web updates, Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Masks back on :(

Alas, as of Thursday morning 4th February 2021, masks must be worn at all times when indoors. This change was introduced as a change to the Covid Safe Summer restrictions (refer www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19)

End of COVID 19 web updates on the web

Hi folks,

In recent months we have been progressively returning to something closer to the "old normal". As result I will discontinue posting Jacinta's weekly parish news here on the parish web site. Jacinta will still be providing weekly updates, much of which is covered in The Word, our weekly church newsletter available at https://www.holyspiritparish.org.au/The-Word-Newsletter. You can receive Jacinta's weekly parish news email directly by sending a request to: RingwoodNorth@cam.org.au (Click for a pro forma email). After this week's COVID 19 news arctile, Jacinta's email will be the only place where you can find the latest "Children's Reflection, Family Activities".

Kind regards,

Michael

Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Click to find a Children's reflection page plus other details of interesting things to do together as family.


2021 01 30 Pre-booking masses no longer required, Change of Mass Times, Lenten Group information, Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Pre-mass bookings are no longer required from 1st February, Change of weekend mass times

Booking prior to attendance is no longer necessary. Registration on attendance is required via the QR code or registation sheet in the Church foyer or chapel entrance. Also weekday mass times at Holy Spirit have changed to Wed and Fri at 9:15. Click https://www.holyspiritparish.org.au/Mass-Times/Weekly-Services to see more details and instructions on registration. Please call Jacinta, for Holy Spirirt, on 0434 224 483 or Ana, for St. Gerard's, on 0402 267 164, should you have questions.

Lenten Group Information

Jacinta will be hostng an online discussion group using the Diocese of Wollongong Lenten Program "Comfort", commencing on Wednesday 24th February. Discussion sessions will start at 10am. There are 9 spaces available to book. If you would like to join these Zoom chat sessions, please contact Jacinta on 0434224483 or by email: RingwoodNorth@cam.org.au.

 

Funeral arrangements for Mia Buskes and Gloria Thomas

Please note, in line with Covid guidelines, seating in the church is limited to 120. The Funeral Prayer Service for Mia Buskes will be celebrated on Wednesday 3rd February at 10:30am in the Holy Spirit Church. Parishioners who would like to attend can register at the church using the QR code or sign the registration sheet. Please arrive early to ensure you register and are seated well before Fr Arsenio is ready to commence.

The Requiem Mass for Gloria Thomas will be celebrated on Friday 5th February at 11am. Refer here for details regarding attendace or watching via live stream: https://www.mytributes.com.au/notice/funeral-notices/gloria-thomas/5634831/.

Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Click to find a Children's reflection page plus other details of interesting things to do together as family.


2020 12 19 Advent: Week 4 - Peace, Christmas Mass arrangements, Parish Operating Hours over the break, Family Activities for Advent and Christmas

Advent: Week 4, Peace

It is nearly Christmas! We light the four candles on the wreath, wrap presents, catch up with friends and family and we remember that we do this in the name of Jesus, who comes to heal the world and inspires us to listen to God and live our lives in response to God’s hopes for us. Find out more at Advent: Week 4, Peace.

Christmas Mass arrangements

Chirstmas Mass arrangements, including booking and streaming details are now posted at www.holyspiritparish.org.au/Mass-Times/Christmas-Services-2020. Bookings are open.

Christmas Masses Helpers

Your Parish needs you!

With Covid restrictions in mind, we need several volunteers to help at each Mass. We want everyone to feel welcome, to feel that they belong to an active, vibrant community, and to return home knowing that they have experienced the joy and peace that Christ wants everyone to have.

At each Mass we need:

  • 3 Special Ministers
  • 1 Reader
  • 6 Welcomers
  • 1 Laptop operator
  • 1 CD operator
  • 4 people to Clean-up/reset after each Mass

If you would like to help, please email Jenny Philp with details of which Mass you would like to attend, the role you can assist with and your preferred contact number. Jenny will then contact you.

Christmas Carols Family Special

I know you will all be wanting to sing Christmas Carols so please tune into the Archdiocese Christmas Carol Event on Sunday 20th Dec at 7 p.m. for friends and family. Watch it on Channel 31 (Digital TV Channel number 44) or stream from youtube.com/ARCHMELB. Refer: Jesus is Christmas, Carols Special for more details.

Arrangements Over Christmas and through January: Parish Office Hours, January Masses, Father's holidays

Please note: the office will be closed between Christmas and New Year. Emergency calls can be made to the parish mobile number 0434 224 483. It will be checked for messages daily and any urgent matters will be dealt with.

Fr Arsenio will be taking a short break during January. He will celebrate the weekend Masses as usual, but is not available during the week. The last weekday Masses for 2020 will be celebrated on Wednesday 23 December. Weekday Masses will resume on Friday 22nd January 2021. Bookings for the weekday Masses will be via trybooking as of this date. The link is https://www.trybooking.com/BNPRE.

Wishing everyone a peace filled joyous Christmas!


2020 12 12 Advent: Week 3 - Joy, Christmas Mass arrangements, Christmas Carols Event, Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Advent: Week 3, Joy

This week we light three candles in the Advent wreath. We are reminded that the ancient peoples longed for someone to come to them and give them hope for a better way of living. We are reminded of our own hopes and longings as we prepare for Christmas. Find out more at Advent: Week 3, Joy.

 

Christmas Mass arrangements

Chirstmas Mass arrangements, including booking and streaming details are now posted at www.holyspiritparish.org.au/Mass-Times/Christmas-Services-2020. Bookings will open on Tuesday 15th December at 9 a.m.

Christmas Masses Helpers

Your Parish needs you!

With Covid restrictions in mind, we need several volunteers to help at each Mass. We want everyone to feel welcome, to feel that they belong to an active, vibrant community, and to return home knowing that they have experienced the joy and peace that Christ wants everyone to have.

At each Mass we need:

  • 3 Special Ministers
  • 1 Reader
  • 6 Welcomers
  • 1 Laptop operator
  • 1 CD operator
  • 4 people to Clean-up/reset after each Mass

If you would like to help, please email Jenny Philp with details of which Mass you would like to attend, the role you can assist with and your preferred contact number. Jenny will then contact you.

Christmas Carols Family Special

I know you will all be wanting to sing Christmas Carols so please tune into the Archdiocese Christmas Carol Event on Sunday 20th Dec at 7 p.m. for friends and family. Watch it on Channel 31 (Digital TV Channel number 44) or stream from youtube.com/ARCHMELB. Refer: Jesus is Christmas, Carols Special for more details.

Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Click to find a Children's reflection page plus other details of interesting things to do together as family.


2020 12 05 Advent: Week 2 - Love, Increased Church Numbers, Confirmation 2020, Christmas Masses, Call for Nominations to the PPC for 2021, Spirit Magazine

Advent: Week 2, Love

This week we light the second of the Advent candles. We are reminded of the way John the Baptist called people to prepare the way for Jesus and we light these candles as a sign that we, too, are praying and preparing our hearts to welcome Jesus anew this Christmas. Find out more at Advent: Week 2, Love.

Increased Church Numbers - new booking arrangements

With the further relaxation of restrictions, Holy Spirit Church weekend mass capacity has increased to 70 and bookings are taken electronically. Holy Spirit weekday mass arrangments are unchanged except for the booking times. St. Gerard's mass arrangements are unchanged. Refer www.holyspiritparish.org.au/Mass-Times/Weekly-Services for more details.

Confirmation 2020

Due to the onset of the pandemic, our planned Confirmation Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in April was cancelled. Archbishop Comensoli has now given Fr Arsenio permission to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation upon our Grade 6 students. This will take place over this and next weekend, with a small number of candidates and their parents attending each of the weekend Masses on 5/6 December and 12/13 December. This will be a very joyous and special celebration for the candidates and their families after such a long and uncertain year. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers and on behalf of the Parish Community, congratulations!

Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Click to find a Children's reflection page plus other details of interesting things to do together as family.

St. Vinnies

St. Vinnies have Christmas cards to purchase in the church so don't forget to look out for them this weekend when you come to mass.

Christmas Masses

Next weekend 12th-13th December we will have sign up sheets for volunteers for our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses please look out for them and sign up if you can help.

After the government's announcement regarding Covid this weekend we will be able to advise the times of Christmas mass bookings and be able to set up a register on Try booking. An extra email will come out next week with all the releveant information so please watch out for it.

Call for Nominations to the Parish Pastoral Council for 2021

The parish is calling for nominations to the Parish Pastoral Council for 2021. Please read more here and consider nominating a fellow parishioner or yourself.


2020 11 28 Advent: Week 1 - Hope, Increased Church Numbers, Confirmation 2020, Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Advent: Week 1, Hope

As we Light the first candle on the Advent wreath.
We watch and wait. To this waiting time we bring the experiences of the year past.
This circle of green reminds us of the love of God endless, but ever new.
As we focus on the candle, what memories of the year rise up for us?

Find out more at Advent: Week 1, Hope.

Increased Church Numbers - new booking arrangements

With the further relaxation of restrictions, Holy Spirit Church weekend mass capacity has increased to 45 and bookings are taken electronically. Holy Spirit weekday mass arrangments are unchanged except for the booking times. St. Gerard's mass arrangements are unchanged. Refer www.holyspiritparish.org.au/Mass-Times/Weekly-Services for more details.

Confirmation 2020

Due to the onset of the pandemic, our planned Confirmation Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in April was cancelled. Archbishop Comensoli has now given Fr Arsenio permission to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation upon our Grade 6 students. This will take place over the next 2 weekends, with a small number of candidates and their parents attending each of the weekend Masses on 5/6 December and 12/13 December. This will be a very joyous and special celebration for the candidates and their families after such a long and uncertain year. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers and on behalf of the Parish Community, congratulations!

Children's Week Activity: "Just as I have loved you"

As people of faith strive to live by Jesus’ message to his disciples: ‘Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.’ (John 13:34) Jesus’ commandment reminds us that we are each loved by God, who created us in his own image and likeness. We are then invited to show that same love to our neighbours – within our families, our local parish, school communities and the wider community.


2020 11 21 Advent Discussion Group, Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home video series, Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Christmas Masses

Christmas Masses will be held at Holy Spirit and Park Orchards.  We are expecting an update from the government and DHHS on 6th December and then the Archbishop's office shortly thereafter.  Once we have these, we will update you and ask you to pass them on to your fellow parishioners, friends and family.

Advent Discussion Group

Jacinta will be leading an Advent discussion group via Zoom on Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m. — 12 noon commencing Wednesday 25th November. Once again we will be using the Diocese of Wollongong resource "Adore". If you cant join the zoom chat, you may like to get a booklet for private reflection during Advent. Copies of the booklet can be dropped into your letterbox. To register for the discussion group and request a booklet, please call Jacinta on 0434 224 483.

The Ready, Set, Pray! Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home video series

The series consists of 10 weekly sessions of 15-20 minutes duration, continuing each Sunday until Christmas. We hope this experience of gathering for prayer will encourage families in this time when they cannot gather for parish celebrations of Eucharist. It is produced by Proclaim: The Office for Mission Renewal at the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

The latest episode and back episodes are available here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP4Pb34ThQ34InNPfqs1fCtAmggV0fewQ

Children's Reflection, Family Activities


2020 11 14 NAIDOC Week, Two Catechumens, Advent Discussion Group, St. V. de P. Hampers, Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home video series, Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics during NAIDOC Week

We acknowledge that God has been walking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, making his presence known through a continuous living culture over many thousands of years. We pray in thanksgiving for these ancient peoples who have enriched and sustained our continent over all that time. In particular, we praise God for the people who nurtured the land here in our parish that we call home.

NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week is the celebrated this year in the week: 8th - 15th November.

RCIA Journey 2020

Please pray for Andrew Mitchell and Sam Philp, Catechumens who will be received into our Church this weekend (15th November 2020). Read more here.

Advent Discussion Group

Jacinta will be leading an Advent discussion group via Zoom on Wednesday mornings from 11am—12 noon commencing Wednesday 25th November. Once again she will be using the Diocese of Wollongong resource "Adore". If you can't join the zoom chat, you may like to get a booklet for private reflection during Advent. Copies of the booklet can be dropped into your letterbox. To register for the discussion group and request a booklet, please call Jacinta on 0434 224 483 by Monday 23rd November.

St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers

Once again, we are asking for your help to supply Christmas Hampers to the families we visit. Included in this notice is a list of the hampers needed & a list of suggested items for the hampers (yet to be supplied. Please return here once later next week). We understand what a hard year it has been for everyone but any donaCons will be greatly appreciated.

If you can't manage a hamper, donations of groceries, toys & cash would be wonderful.

If you are able to supply a hamper please contact Joan Ward on 0400 621 022 or email Joan Ward to advise of your selection.

Mission Team notice for The Ready, Set, Pray! Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home video series

The series consists of 10 weekly sessions of 15-20 minutes duration, commencing Sunday 18th October and cotinuing each Sunday until Christmas. We hope this experience of gathering for prayer will encourage families in this time when they cannot gather for parish celebrations of Eucharist. It is produced by Proclaim: The Office for Mission Renewal at the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

The latest episode and back episodes are available here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP4Pb34ThQ34InNPfqs1fCtAmggV0fewQ


2020 11 07 RCIA News, Children's Reflection, Family Activities

RCIA Journey 2020

Next weekend 15 November will see the reception of our 2 Catechumens, Andrew Mitchell and Sam Philp, after many months of journeying through the RCIA program at Holy Spirit. When we first met up in October last year, we had little idea of the challenges that would confront us as we moved through the program, but credit to our two Catechumens, they stuck through it and carried on to now be well and truly ready to become full members of the Catholic Faith.

The last third of the journey was completed online because of the COVID restrictions, which did present some challenges but the RCIA team now feels that they are more than ready to become part of the Catholic community.

Our two Catechumens deserve all praise and encouragement for their perseverance and single mindedness in wanting to be part of our community.

We ask the Holy Spirit community to keep these two special men very much in our prayers and to welcome them wholeheartedly into our midst.

The RCIA team

Right of Christian Initiation of Adults - 2020 – 21

We, the RCIA team of Tina and Lawry, have just recently commenced a new RCIA journey with our new Catechumen, Deborah. As with so many things in 2020, this year’s program has started out via Zoom, but we’re hoping that if the situation improves, we will be able to start meeting face to face again in the not too distant future.

We ask the Holy Spirit community to please include Deborah in your prayers and thoughts as she embarks on this significant life journey finding God.

We also ask for your prayers for the RCIA team, as we try to facilitate Deborah’s journey via a virtual platform and also a completely new RCIA program (Symbolon), which will no doubt present its own challenges.

The RCIA team (Tina & Lawry)

Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Click to find a Children's reflection page plus other details of interesting things to do together as family.


2020 10 31 Returning to the Chapel during Step 3 Restrictions, Spirit Extra #12, Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Returning to the Chapel during Step 3 Restrictions

Masses are returning to the chapel. Limited to 10 registered attendees, masses are available on Wednesdays at 9:30, Fridays at 9:30 and Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. and Sundays at 09:00 from Wednesday 4th November 2020 (and other days and times at St. Gerard's). Click https://www.holyspiritparish.org.au/Mass-Times/Weekly-Services to see more details and instructions on registration. Please call Jacinta, for Holy Spirirt, on 0434 224 483 or Ana, for St. Gerard's, on 0402 267 164, should you have questions.

Spirit Extra #12 - October B 2020

The latest Spirit Extra Magazine, #12 - October#2 2020, is out this weekend. Check it out here http://www.holyspiritparish.org.au/Spirit-Extra.

Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Click to find a Children's reflection page plus other details of interesting things to do together as family.


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