Dear Parishioners,

May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts. With the further easing of restrictions in Victoria, our two churches can accommodate up to seventy-five worshippers, respectively. As indicated in my pastoral letter dated 10.06.21, no booking is required to participate in either Sunday or weekday masses in St John’s Church.

In St Francis Xavier Church, bookings are required only for the 8.30am, 10.30am and 5.30pm masses on Sunday. Bookings are not required for Weekday masses and the Sunday Vigil mass held on Saturday evening at 6.00pm. You may book for Sunday mass from the parish website by clicking on the ONLINE HOLY MASS BOOKING link located immediately below St Francis Xavier’s and St John’s parish logos.

All participants at mass are required to sign in at the church using the QR Code whether they had pre-booked or not. For those who do not have mobile phones or whose mobile phones do not recognise the QR Code, Samsung Tablets have been purchased to sign them in.
I wish to bring to the attention of all the families whose sons and daughters have prepared to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time this year that due to the limited number of people participating at mass now, the First Eucharist is still suspended until further notice. New dates will be announced in the near future. I regret the inconveniences.

Some of you may have heard that Pope Francis on May 15th appointed two new Auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese of Melbourne – the Reverend Monsignor Anthony Ireland and the Reverend Father Martin Ashe. Archbishop Peter Comensoli has appointed Monsignor Anthony Ireland as the Episcopal Vicar for the Southern Region after their Episcopal Ordination in late July. He will be responsible for conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation in our Region.

Please, a gentle reminder that wearing of mask is still mandatory inside the church.

Kind Regards,

Fr Chinua Okeke CSSp
Parish Priest

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