Sacred Heart Parish Westmead


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First Reconciliation

Details of the 2020 Reconciliation Sacramental Programme can be found under 'Announcements'. 
PLEASE NOTE: Classes start 11 & 12 November, NOT 9 Oct as it originally said on the covering letter. Sorry for the error & any confusion. 

Forms from the church or http://www.sacredheartwestmead.com.au/FileStore/Forms/
20201002102040_2020%20Reconciliation%20Parent%20Letter%20and%20Form.pdf


Wearing a Mask to Mass
Please note the following announcement from the Diocese:

"On consideration of the most recent NSW Health advice, the
Diocese of Parramatta highly recommends all worshippers at Masses in the Diocese to wear a mask to, during and from Mass & other services.

We understand the inconvenience that masks may pose, but the health of our parishioners & the wider community is our highest concern.  We sincerely thank you for understanding, and for playing your part in keeping our community safe."




Parish's 2020 Sacramental Programme


COVID-19 has caused a rethink of the Parish's sacramental programme for this year. Please note the following details.

First Eucharist: Suspended in 2020. Programme will recommence in 2021.

Confirmation: Confirmation programme has been completed. Next programme 2021.

First Reconciliation: Commences 2 October. Enrolment forms available in church and online. 

If you've any questions, please contact the Parish's Sacramental Coordinator, Anne. 



A change in numbers attending Mass

A change this week in NSW's COVID-19 restrictions means it is only possible to have up to 100 people attending Mass at any one time.

Social distancing restrictions are still in place. This means each person attending Mass must maintain a 1.5m distance from other parishioners. Members of the same household can sit together but must maintain 1.5m distance from others.

Because of the 4 square meter regulation, WE CAN STILL ONLY WELCOME 50 PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH at any one time, including adults & children. Another 50 people are able to attend, however, they CAN NOT BE IN THE CHURCH.

Provisions have been made to accommodate an extra 25 people in the Parish Hall & 25 people outside on the veranda. 

PARISHIONERS DO NOT NEED TO 'BOOK' TO ATTEND MASS.

The first 50 people will be able to get a seat in the church. All other people will have to be seated in the hall (up to 25 people) or be outside (a further 25 people).

ALL people attending Mass, including all adults & children, MUST sanitise their hands & register their attendance, even if they at sitting in the hall or are outside.

Thanks for your cooperation & understanding at during these difficult times.


Coming to Mass @ Sacred Heart this weekend?

When you arrive, please sanitise your hands, register your name & contact number to indicate you are present. EVERY PERSON, adult & child, MUST BE REGISTERED. This is a legal requirement & is not optional.

Please ONLY SIT IN MARKED PLACES & observe social distancing regulations.

Members of the same household can sit together but please keep every second pew vacant. Members of the same family but who do not live in the same house together must sit separately.

Only the 50 parishioners can be seated in the church. Others must sit in the hall (up to 25 people) or outside the church. 
Thanks for your cooperation & understanding at during these difficult times.


Returning to Mass

As people start to return to public celebrations of Mass it is important that
  • if you are unwell in any way, do not attend - respect your own health & the health of those around you
  • if you have a compromised immunity reconsider the need to attend public Masses
  • observe social distancing regulations - follow the signs in the church indicating where you can & cannot sit
  • do not touch statues - this spreads germs & bacteria
  • use the hand sanitiser provided, cough into your elbow or a tissue
  • consider volunteering to help clean the church after Mass - the must be cleaned after every celebration, if we don't get volunteers & are unable to clean the church as is required then we will have to shut our doors again

Australian Bishops write letter of encouragement 
https://www.catholic.org.au/acbc-media/media-centre/media-releases-new/2266-word-of-encouragement-to-the-catholic-people-of-australia/file?fbclid=IwAR2v3ONVisIcrMnZ_hoxOre_gM8xA4fpK5bDFdl4nayFUWGr74EbCPEmuEM


URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEER CHURCH CLEANERS
In order to keep the church open, it must be cleaned daily. Can you help? Please contact the Parish Office or Fr Walter. 

Parish now on Facebook!
Stay in touch with the latest in the parish by joining us on Facebook: Sacred Heart Westmead. https://www.facebook.com/Sacred-Heart-Westmead

Socially distant,
Spiritually near!
Mass continues to be offered in our parish church for parishioners and for an end to the present pandemic. Due to regulations on places of worship, these Masses are not open to the public. 

See 7 Steps for Spiritual Closeness under Announcements for some suggestions on how to spiritually remain close during this time of social distancing. 

Regularly pray Pope Francis’s prayer to Mary during coronavirus pandemic found under Announcements.

Activities for Kids
Some wonderful activities for kids and the whole family at Living Maronite https://www.facebook.com/pg/livingmaronite/photos/?ref=page_internal 
Particularly love the idea of painting an Holy Week or Easter window! https://www.facebook.com/livingmaronite/photos/a.971828599617733/1935378253262758/?type=3&theater 

View Bishop Vincent's 
Pastoral Message 
to the Diocese.

COVID-19 Impact on Liturgical Celebrations at Sacred Heart
Please see details about parish celebrations under Announcements

The Federal Government ordered all places of worship, including churches, closed from 12 noon, Monday, 23 March. How long the closure will be in place is unclear at this point in time. 
As a result of this order ALL CHURCH SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

Bishop Vincent, in accord with Canon 1248 
§2 & Catechism §2181, dispenses Latin Catholics within the Diocese from their Sunday Mass obligation until further notice.

There will be no public Holy Week or Easter liturgies celebrated in the parish. The Congregation for Divine Worship & the Discipline of the Sacraments has issued a specific decree to this effect & is binding on all Latin Churches throughout the world. A copy of the decree can be found in Announcements. 

Each Sunday a non-public Mass will be offered in the parish for parishioners and for an end to the present pandemic. 



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