Our New Way of Being St Michael’s Parish:
Parish life is very different now, and changing all the time. How we are at the moment:-
We are able to offer Mass for up to 20 parishioners only. Attendance must still be booked through the Office for weekend Masses and weekday Masses alike.
The Parish Office remains closed. Bev is in the office Tuesday to Friday, as she is unable to work from home. The Office door must remain closed. All contact with the Office must be made by phone (5174 2060) or by email (email@example.com).
At all Masses, one parishioner is required to act as an “Usher”. The role of the Usher is to check those in attendance with the booking sheet, to remind people to use the hand sanitizer, to sit in every second pew, to maintain social distancing at all times, and to remind parishioners that the church and the toilet area must be disinfected and cleaned at the end of every Mass celebration. The Usher will have a ‘check list’ to sign off at the end of Mass.
Only Parishioners who have booked to attend Mass may attend. Please do not ‘just turn up’ as you may be offended when you are turned away.
We are only able to offer Mass provided we fully meet the regulations set out by the Government and the Diocese. Failure to faithfully meet these requirements can result in fines of over $2,000 and possibly the closing of our Church.And so, we are now in need of volunteers to take on the role of ‘Usher’ at every Mass.
Please let the Parish Office know on 5174 2060 that you are happy to help out in this small way
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD:
Please deliver a bulletin to anyone you know who might like one. It would be lovely if we could reach as many of our parishioners as possible, so they too may be aware of the changes happening in our Parish life.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING:
Our PPC met on Wednesday evening, via Zoom. It was great to see familiar faces, even if they were in boxes across our screens.Fr Francis reported:
Fr Peter Slater has been elected as the Diocesan Administrator now that Bishop Pat is now ‘Archbishop Pat O’Regan’, the 9th Archbishop of the Adelaide Diocese.
Easing of Covid-19 restrictions –we are now allowed to have 20 people attending Mass, subject to Government and Diocesan regulations. Many of our parishioners have expressed a yearning to again be involved in Mass.
For the time being, baptisms (for those families who have already attended the preparation meeting) will be offered within the Mass setting. Further bookings for baptism to wait until a new meeting structure can be set up.
Glengarry -a meeting will be set up, possibly via Zoom, to discuss the Parish’s position with regards to the St Columbkille site.
CDF have approved our loan for the Parish Centre Development. The Parish need to first answer some concerns raised by the Priests Consultors Meeting and then take our proposal to the Diocesan Finance Committee for final approval. Waiting to see how the Parish is situated when life returns to normal seems to be the wisest course at the moment.
School reports-all three schools reported that the staggered return to classrooms has gone well, with children very happy to be there and their parents also.They are all looking forward to having their full complement of students on site again next week.
Coming to Mass: PPC Members expressed uncertainty about whether they should be booking to come to Mass, or leaving the available spaces for others. Generally, the feeling of the meeting was that it is important for our leaders to be seen to be with our parishioners, even if they only attend Mass once a fortnight.
Meeting our Covid-19 Mass requirements: The Parish must be able to show that proper cleaning of the Church is taking place after each Mass, including the cleaning of the toilet. Volunteers to be called for to fulfil this role. Masses cannot proceed unless we can show that we are obeying all directives.
Isolation Experiences:PPC are hopeful that we might create a St Michael’s Parish Traralgon Isolation Experience Journal. We are asking parishioners to provide a 100-200 word account of what being a parishioner in isolation has mean to them. Please submit your Isolation Experience via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. These anecdotes will be shared in our Bulletin, and on our Website. People do not have to use their own name in these writings.
Other Business: Our Youth Ministry and Sacramental Programme are still in abeyance.
Our FaceBook page is doing well, being well read and received. Jenifer Hanratty is working on an Instagram page which will hopefully be ready in the near future.
May God bless us all.
SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER AND OUR PARISH:
As we figure out how to ‘be parish’ in this time with restricted Masses in our Church, we need to remember:
– our prayer and spiritual life
– our commitment to and support for our Parish
– our community.
In this time of uncertainty, please remember our priests and religious in your prayers. Our priests are financially supported by our weekly Presbytery (first) collections, and these expenses will still need to be met.
Parishioners are asked to make donations by electronic transfer to St Michael’s Parish Traralgon Presbytery Account, BSB 083 879 Account Number 48906 6098.
Our Parish will still need to pay our utility bills, our wages bills, rates and insurances. We meet these costs through the Planned Giving Program. Parishioners who currently give via the weekly envelopes are asked to consider altering their giving to Direct Debit giving to enable our Parish to continue.
Direct Debit Giving forms are available at the office, please phone or email and we can get one to you. Anyone wishing to make a general donation to our parish can do so by electronic transfer to St Michael’s Parish Traralgon Church Account, BSB 083 879, Account Number 48885 1289. Please let me know by email (email@example.com) if you decide to do this.
If you are wanting to request a Mass Offering, then please place your donation in an envelope, and clearly mark:-
1. The name of the person(s) for whom you wish to offer the Mass.
2. Whether it’s a death anniversary, or recent death.
3. Your name, contact number and email.
The envelopes can be ‘posted’ through the mail slot beside the front door of the Parish Office.
Please look out for those in our community who are the most vulnerable and could be in need of our support. Let the Office know if you know of anyone in need.
Sincere thanks to those parishioners who have dropped in their Giving Envelopes, made payments via electronic means, and are keeping all our parish community firmly in their prayers
OUR PARISH ‘APP’
Our St Michael’s Parish Traralgon ‘App’ is ready! Availability of Mass times, parish information, bulletins and events and much more right on your phone!
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