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Firstly, we pray that you are all safe, well and taking great care to avoid the virus.
Because of the lockdown, Council meetings have been held via ZOOM, but this does allow us to see and speak with each other as best we can.
As we have been in lockdown or restricted in our movements since the end of February, Fr Michael arranged with Associate Professor Roger Rassool from Melbourne University, to record gospel reflections with the occasional update on various parishioners and events. Hence we, and also all those who follow Michael’s reflection, are very grateful for the continued pastoral care offered to us. As part of the weekly reflections by Fr Michael, a variety of parishioners have been doing the readings. So, take a look at some of our fellow Parishioners! There have been notes of appreciation as far flung as the UK and the US besides Australia-wide.
The reflections particularly during the Easter season were a helpful way to ‘meet’ as a community again, although via the electronic means. Michael also mentioned commemorations of special anniversaries and prayers for certain parishioners’ needs.
Plans had begun to be made for opening the Church again when up to 100 persons would have been allowed at one time. Then of course it was necessary to go back into a stricter lockdown. However, we are planning how to maintain ‘social distancing’ when the Church can be opened again.
Fr Michael is also concerned about the First Communions and Confirmations which had to be postponed, and hoping to be able to arrange for these celebrations as soon as possible.
As it is possible that restrictions might continue well until the end of the year, our get-togethers during the Parish Dinner, and the fund raising via the Trivia Night, are sorely missed. Missing these events also means a loss of funds especially for our St Vincent de Paul Conference. Here are a few lines from their President, David Forrest:
St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal
In this time of social isolation the volunteers of St Vincent de Paul are still supporting the people in need within the local area. Although the number of calls for support has reduced we are still paying utility bills, mobile phone accounts, distributing Woolworth’s Grocery Cards and purchasing household items as required.
To donate to the Winter Appeal:
log on to the St Vincent de Paul, https://donate.vinnies.org.au/donation-huband, go to the donate screen you will be able to enter your details and payment details. In the comments box please type ‘Parkville Conference’ to ensure that the funds are directed to us.
Or you can post a cheque to St Vincent de Paul – Parkville Conference, PO Box 175, Parkville 3052 and we will arrange a receipt.
Fr Michael has been able to continue his ministry of visiting the dying where possible, and keeping in touch via phone and ZOOM. For those who may wish to contact Fr Michael or a member of the Parish Council, please ring the presbytery: 9347 2493. You can always leave a message via the Parish email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other numbers for assistance or a listening ear are:
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
kids help line: 1800 55 1800
RESPECT (anti domestic and aged persons violence) 9096 9501
Again, please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers, especially at this very trying time.
From the Parish Councillors:
Sr Heather Weedon FMM