IMPORTANT UPDATE: The NSW government has agreed to further ease the restrictions on churches and places of worship commencing on 1st June 2020, allowing up to 50 attendees at a time subject to distancing requirements. Click here for the Directives for Churches and Liturgies from the Archdiocese of Sydney.
A Message from Fr Martin Maunsell
30 May 2020
Dear Parishioners of St Kevin’s
Following the further relaxation of restrictions on public gatherings in NSW from 1st June 2020, churches and places of worship, subject to distancing requirements, may have up to 50 people inside, at a time, for private prayer, Confessions, Masses, Baptisms, Funerals, Eucharistic Adoration, etc.; Weddings will be permitted with 20 attendees.
We are pleased to let you know that our Church will be open for weekday Masses starting on Monday, 1st June. Usual weekday Mass times will apply, Monday–Thursday at 7:30am. Eucharistic Adoration will resume on Friday, 5th June from 4pm-5pm followed by a Mass.
Weekend Masses will resume on the 6th of June. Usual weekend Mass times will apply. Saturday Vigil at 5.30pm. Sunday Masses at 7:30am, 9am, 10:30am and 6pm. First 50 people are allowed in the church.
Private prayer will continue, Monday-Friday between 8am-9am.
We will still be recording the weekend Mass and upload it on the parish website, YouTube channel and Facebook page every Sunday at 7.30am for those who are still unable to visit the Church at this time..
We ask that you please observe the guidelines outlined below when visiting:
- Spatial distancing must be observed at all times, at least 1½m from each other, especially when queueing to enter or leave the church, for Holy Communion or Confession; Spatial distancing should also be observed by ministers in the sanctuary.
- At-risk parishioners should be exhorted not to attend: authorities have directed that any unwell priest, staff member, volunteer or parishioner to stay home; they recommend that the very elderly, people with compromised immune or respiratory systems, to stay at home. Everyone should exercise caution when attending.
- Upon entering the church, each attendee should record his/her contact details (name, phone number or email address) on a clipboard provided at Church entrance door. This is in accordance to CovidSafe regulations for contact tracing and also for provision of pastoral care.
- We ask that you sanitise your hands when entering the Church. Hand sanitisers will be provided at entrance doors. We use disinfectant spray to clean seating areas.
- Attendees may sit only in marked places.
- There will be no hand-to-hand passing of parish bulletins or collection plates. Printed parish bulletins are for single use only, so please take them home. There will be collection boxes at designated areas.
- The sign of peace should be without any physical contact.
- Holy Communion shall be distributed and received on the hand only; the Chalice is reserved for the clergy.
- Celebrants and people should minimize the time they are gathered together. We discourage long chats outside the Church after Mass. Maintain spatial distancing inside and outside the Church.
- Attendees must observe good hygiene practices especially when coughing or sneezing.
- For private prayer, please sit in the padded seating area near the Blessed Sacrament (right-hand side facing the altar).
As stated in the latest Pastoral Letter of the Archbishop, ‘Permission to reopen churches and to conduct religious gatherings of up to 50 persons from June 1, comes with strict conditions: we must take all reasonable precautions to protect the health of everyone involved and to observe the directives we have received.’
We invite you to regularly use our parish website for updates, weekly bulletin, homilies, and other resources you may find useful. Please stay connected with other parishioners through our Facebook page.
My prayers and blessings to everyone!
Fr Martin R Maunsell B Th
The Most Holy Trinity, 7th June 2020
Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #A-641847. All rights reserved.
The feast of the Most Holy Trinity is the unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as three persons in one true God.
If you are in a position to continue supporting the parish, you would be most welcome to donate through our website. Just click on the SUPPORT US button or click on this link: https://www.bpoint.com.au/payments/eastwoodparish. Thank you.
Thought for the Week:
‘Enrich your soul in the great goodness of God: The Father is your table, the Son is your food, the Holy Spirit waits on you and then makes His dwelling in you.’ – St Catherine of Siena
Parish Announcements, 7 June 2020
- This weekend is Trinity Sunday. The first Sunday after Pentecost, celebrating God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- With strict limits on the re-opening of churches, Catholics across the country have also been asked to register their attendance via https://www.massregister.com.au/ in line with the Federal Government’s 3-step framework for easing COVID-19 restrictions.
- At present, we are not following the scheduled liturgical roster. Fr Martin will contact Senior Servers and Readers as needed due to strict limitations. Thank you.
- The Sacrament of Confirmation is indefinitely postponed. Other sacramental programs are still on hold.
- Parish Morning Tea, Exercise Class and Children’s Liturgy are still suspended until further notice.
- The parish office is on reduced hours. The best way to contact us is by email: email@example.com or leave us a short message over the phone: 9874 2533 and we will get back to you shortly.
- For urgent matters such as booking Funerals please contact Fr Martin at 0414 841 928. For physical documents please send it to: PO BOX 234, Eastwood NSW 2122 or place it in the parish office mailbox, right next to the parish hall, 36 Hillview Rd. Eastwood NSW.
- Liturgy Brisbane has kindly shared to our parish the weekly Sunday readings with associated commentaries and prayer designed for families to reflect at home. Click here to access.
- Thank you to all the parishioners who are still able to support the parish financially. Your continued support is important for the parish to continue operating. We are accepting donations by credit card through the parish website. Just click on the SUPPORT US button or copy this link: https://www.bpoint.com.au/payments/eastwoodparish on your browser. For Biller Code, you can choose from:
- Planned Giving/Envelopes (your Planned Giving Number is your Envelope Number)
- 2nd Collection/General Donation
- 1st Collection
- We are very grateful that despite our limited resources we are able to connect with the parish community during this difficult time. We thank all those who are involved in the production of our weekly Mass video recordings.
- First Rite of Reconciliation can be arranged privately with Fr Martin. To book please call Fr Martin at 0414 841 928.
- If you would like to have someone visit you at home to receive Holy Communion, please fill out this home visitation form. Also, if you are a Minister of Holy Communion and would like to volunteer in visiting homes to distribute communion, please fill out this ministerial form.
Contactless Donation: To provide another way to support the parish financially, we have installed a new contactless donation device in the Church foyer. Simply tap your Visa, MasterCard or compatible device and $5 will be donated to our parish. This will be considered as a general donation. There is no tax deductibility, receipt or refund available on this donation.
Family and Faith
On June 26, take part in the #familywintersleepout@home
St Kevin’s Primary School and parish are inviting all families in the community to be advocates for the homeless. Support people who do not have access to safe, secure, and adequate housing. To donate click here. See poster for details. For enquiries contact Alison Khalil 0438 209 500. Upload your photos of the sleepout on social media #familywintersleepout@home
Alison Khalil, our Parish School Family Educator, has kindly shared her online noticeboard full of resources for families in the school and parish community. Click here or click on the image to visit her page.
Parousia invites you to a series of FREE online Catholic Study Groups. Different dates available. These study groups, conducted via Zoom, will be facilitated by Charbel Raish and Matthew-Hermann Tague. For enquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To register go to: https://www.parousiamedia.com/study-groups/.
- Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed
- Chosen: This is Your Catholic Faith
- Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible
- Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother
Around the Archdiocese
Virtual Eucharistic Conference for Corpus Christi: Since the very first in 1881, Eucharistic Conferences have been a staple in the Church for spreading the rich teaching of our Catholic Faith on the Real Presence. With belief in the Real Presence waning in our Church, our prayer is that this Virtual Eucharistic Conference may touch the hearts of the faithful and inspire a deepening devotion to Christ in the Eucharist. You’ll hear from the likes of Bishop David Talley, Steve Ray, Ralph Martin, and many more! Click here to register for free. Enquiries: Life, Family & Outreach – email@example.com
The Catholic Marriage Summit: A free virtual event featuring the most trusted and inspirational voices on marriage in the Church today. Presenters will be witnessing – couple-to-couple and heart to heart – to the beauty (and the messiness!) of marriage and offering powerful and practical insights on the real issues all marriages encounter on their mission to holiness. Click here to register for free. Enquiries: Life, Family & Outreach – firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you struggling in this time of crisis? Depression. Anxiety. Loneliness. Conflict. Stress.
CCareline is a free and confidential helpline for counselling, relationships, parenting, ageing, disabilities, addictions and mental health. For help finding help, call CCareline on 13 18 19
- PLENARY COUNCIL DISCERNMENT PAPERS RELEASED: Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the National Plenary Council Assembly has been postponed to October 2021(Adelaide) and April 2022 (Sydney). Importantly as part of the journey towards the national Assembly, the discernment papers foundational to the development of the working paper and ultimately the agenda for the Assembly are available on the National Plenary Council webpage under the Discernment tab: https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/continuing-the-journey-of-discernment/
- Archbishop Anthony Fisher has released a new pastoral letter with the recent easing of restrictions on Churches and places of worship. To read the Archbishop’s latest Pastoral letter, click here . For other prayers, spiritual resources, and a list of Mass on demand around the archdiocese, visit: https://www.sydneycatholic.org/coronavirus-updates/
- Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19: To help parishioners with any questions they may have around COVID-19 and its impact on sacraments such as weddings, baptisms and funerals, you may find the FAQs page on the Archdiocese of Sydney website helpful at this time by clicking here.
- A message from the Archdiocese of Sydney: Child sexual abuse is a crime. The appropriate people to deal with crimes are the police. If you or anyone you know have been abused, please contact the police. Alternatively, you can contact the Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office at email@example.com or (02) 9390 5810. You may also want to speak to your Parish Priest who will be able to provide support and guidance. The Archdiocese has a legal obligation to report crimes to the police.
- The Safeguarding Office has been receiving enquiries relating to online safety, with many families spending more time than ever at home. They have developed a 5 minute CyberSafety Survey for adults and children to complete. This will enable them to gain an understanding on the knowledge of adults and young people on eSafety as well as develop resources that are targeted to the needs of the parish community. The survey is anonymous and we are encouraging as many people as possible to get involved. You do not need to have children to participate in the survey. To access the CyberSafety Survey click or copy this link on your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TC7CYQ3 . If you have any questions about the survey please contact the Safeguarding Office, (02) 9390 5810.
- Aid to the Church In Need- Fundraiser on 10th anniversary of MacKillop Canonisation: 17 October 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the canonisation of Australia’s first Saint, Mary of the Cross MacKillop. In celebration, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Australia is proud to have commissioned a commemorative set of Rosary Beads. All proceeds from the sale of these beads will directly support needy religious sisters around the world who – like Mary MacKillop -continue to take care of all people in so many ways. Please click here for more information.
- Dancing at the Vatican: Film Fundraiser to fight Huntington’s Disease. Pope Francis became the first world leader to recognise the devastating plight of those living with what is among the most common hereditary brain disorders when he met with families affected by it in an audience at the Vatican in 2017. Watch the documentary that captures this story in an online screening with all proceeds going to support Huntington’s NSW/ACT.
- When: Fri 12 June 2020 at 7-9 pm or Friday 14 August at 7-9pm
- Cost: $20 per household via Eventbrite
- Where: In the comfort of your home
- Petition by Catholics to ask that No One Is Left Behind: As the COVID-19 pandemic tightens its grip, people seeking protection and migrants in vulnerable situations have been left with no safety net. Our government has excluded them from all support packages and we have seen the devastating effects on the community on a daily basis. Please join us by signing and sharing the Catholic petition to leave no one behind during the COVID-19 Pandemic: https://www.change.org/nooneleftbehind
Welcome to St. Kevin’s Parish, Eastwood
The Catholic Parish of St Kevin’s Eastwood is a welcoming and supportive community situated approximately 17 kilometres from the Sydney CBD, and 8 kilometres from Parramatta. St Kevin’s is the most western parish within the Archdiocese of Sydney and is part of the Ryde Deanery.
Our vision is to make Christ present in our parish, in our local community and in our world.
Our mission is to know Christ and to make him known; to be a community committed to discovering Christ present in every person through our ministry to each other, our service to the wider community, the joyful celebration of the Eucharist and other sacraments, and our active concern for social justice.
The first Church was established here in 1919 and our current Church was completed in 1994. St Kevin’s Primary School and Marist College Eastwood are both integral parts of our parish community and are located on either side of the Church.