Sacred Heart Parish Westmead



PALM SUNDAY MASS with Bp Vincent 
Live stream Mass with the bishop each Sunday at 10am during the COVID-19 shutdown. For details go to:  https://www.catholicoutlook.org/palm-sunday-mass-with-bishop-vincent-long/

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

Blessed palms will be available for collection
from this Sunday from outside the church.
 


Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross for a Time of Pandemic: https://www.thegregorian.org/2020/stations-of-the-cross-for-a-time-of-pandemic
A lengthier, reflective Stations on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW1t7M8HKT8&autoplay=1&list=PL58g24NgWPIz8ajwy88V_FBcJTB61w5Gk

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. 

Praying at home during
the COVID-19 shutdown 

See Announcements for link to a new FREE prayer resource for families & those isolated at home. 
Also, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have made resources available at https://www.catholic.org.au/prayathome 
The Diocese also offers some suggestions on its Update page https://parracatholic.org/covid19/ (scroll to the bottom of the page). 


Australian Catholic Bishops Conference: 
Praying at Home resources 

The bishops have prepared special resource: 
Palm Sunday: https://www.catholic.org.au/images/1._Palm_Sunday.pdf

Other prayers resources for this special time: 
https://www.catholic.org.au/prayathome 

Supporting your parish during the COVID-19 shutdown
Many families & businesses also are being financially effected by the COVID-19 shutdown. So too is our parish. 

During the shutdown, the Parish's income will be dramatically reduced. The Parish is taking significant steps to reduce its costs; the Parish Office, for example, will be open less hours. 

ALL parishioners are being asked to consider supporting their Parish at this difficult time.

Please consider continuing to contribute to the First & Second Collections electronically if you are in a financial position to do so. 

Parishioners also can make a financial contribution by joining the Parish's Planned Giving Programme (see Parish Registration Form under the Parish Forms tab) or by making a donation via the Make a Payment tab under Quick Links on this page. 

Thanks for your ongoing support of your parish. 



Parish's 2020 Sacramental Programme  
Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation it has been necessary to postpone the Parish's sacramental programme for this year. 
Once things become clearer new dates will be advertised.  

You will appreciate that the safety of our children & all parishioners is our highest priority.  We thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.


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Streaming of Masses & Liturgy of the Word
New free family & home prayer resources
COVID-19 & Liturgical Celebrations
Interim Parish Office Hours
Holy Week Decree
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