Covid 19 News and Updates

2020 11 28 Advent - Week 1, 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?

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

Children's Reflection, Family Activities
Click to find a Children's reflection page plus other details of interesting hings to do


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 Staurdays 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.


2020 10 24 November Remebrances, Children's Reflection, Family Activities

November Remembrances

During the month of November, the Remembrance book with names of those who have died, will be placed on the altar and all will be remembered in our prayers. If you would like to register the names of your loved ones who have passed into God’s loving care to be included in the Remebrance Book for the month of November, please email or ring the Parish Office: RingwoodNorth@cam.org.au or 0434 224 483.

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

The Ready, Set, Pray! Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home video series has been created to provide an engaging space for families to encounter Jesus through the Sunday gospel. The latest episode and back episodes are available here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP4Pb34ThQ34InNPfqs1fCtAmggV0fewQ

Children's Reflection, Family Activities

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

Toni Collins

Holy Spirit parish wishes Toni Collins a very happy special birthday.


2020 10 17 The Ready, Set, Pray! Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home video series, Mary McKillop 10 years since canonisation

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

Exciting news from the Office for Mission and Renewal:

The Ready, Set, Pray! Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home video series has been created to provide an engaging space for families to encounter Jesus through the Sunday gospel.

Each week includes an invitation for families to gather in their own prayer space, to sing, hear the Gospel, pray and respond creatively through an activity.

This weekly resource follows the familiar Children’s Liturgy of the Word format provided in many parishes – but moved to an online setting. Each weekly session runs for 15 -20 minutes. It may be used by families in their homes, and also by teachers and catechists.

The series commences this Sunday 18th October, 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.

Follow the YouTube link for this week’s session 18th October, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A: https://youtu.be/ulNi7D_zG9Q.

Children's Reflection, Family Activities

Note, the weekly Children's Reflection, Family Activities page was not made available this week.

Margaret and John Curry

Holy Spirit parish wishes Margaret and John Curry a happy and safe move this weekend. We will all miss you. God Bless.

Mary McKillop 10 years since canonisation

Friday 16th October 2020 is the 10th anniversary of the canonisation of Saint Mary MacKillop.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the canonisation of Saint Mary MacKillop and the wonderful life and legacy she left behind, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart are pleased to remember her with commemorative prayers, videos, and a global vigil in her honour. Inspiring all Australians to take courage and maintain hope as Mary did throughout her life, the theme chosen for this celebration is ‘Take Fresh Courage’. This theme chosen against the backdrop of the many challenges Australians have faced in 2020 is taken from a letter written by St. Mary MacKillop in 1877.

On 16 October 2020 at 8pm AEST, the Sisters of Saint Joseph will hold Courage Hour, a global vigil of deep peace, prayer, and reflection. The Sisters invite all who may wish to participate to join the Vigil online and celebrate Mary’s life and follow her lead to ‘Take Fresh Courage’. https://www.sosj.org.au/10th-anniversary/.


2020 10 10 Children's Reflection, Family Activities, Masses resume at Holy Spirit within the allowances of Second Step restrictions, Child Safeguarding Committee, Spirit Extra #11

Children's Reflection, Family Activities

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

Masses resume at Holy Spirit within the allowances of Second Step restrictions

Outdoor masses limited to 5 registered attendees are available on Wednesdays at 9:30, Fridays at 9:30 and Sundays at 09:00 from Wednesday 7th October 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.

Holy Spirit Parish Child Safeguarding Committee 2020

The Holy Spirit Parish Child Safeguarding Committee 2020 has been formed. See our news arctile for more details: https://www.holyspiritparish.org.au/News-Events/ArtMID/1866/ArticleID/334/Holy-Spirit-Parish-Child-Safeguarding-Committee-2020.

Spirit Extra #11 - October A 2020

The latest Spirit Extra Magazine, #11 - October#1 2020, is out this weekend. Check it out here http://www.holyspiritparish.org.au/Spirit-Extra.


2020 10 03 Children's Reflection, Family Activities, Masses resume at Holy Spirit within the allowances of Second Step restrictions

Children's Reflection, Family Activities

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

Masses resume at Holy Spirit within the allowances of Second Step restrictions

Outdoor masses limited to 5 registered attendees are available on Wednesdays at 9:30, Fridays at 9:30 and Sundays at 09:00 from Wednesday 7th October 2020 (and other days and times at St. Gerard's). Click to 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.



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