From Friday, 12 February, up to 200 people are allowed to be inside St Fiacre’s church (including the upstairs choir lofts) at one time, for all activities. Face masks are no longer compulsory. For your safety, however, please observe 2m2 rule by maintaining your physical distancing. In line with that, Archbishop Anthony Fisher has also lifted the dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation. It means, all Catholic faithful are now obliged to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation when this is reasonably possible.
We will enter Lent on Ash Wednesday, 17 February. To accommodate our parishioners’ needs, the Parish will have two Masses: 7:00 AM (morning) and 6:30 PM (evening). Please come earlier so you can have a seat in the church.
The Congregation for Divine Worship has issued a Note concerning the Imposition of Ashes in this time of pandemic: The priest sprinkles the ashes on the heads of the faithful who come forward, to prevent direct contacts with the skin of many people one after another, risking inadvertent infection. Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.
In line with the spirit of Lent, let us be generous in giving alms to those who need our help. Therefore, please take home a Project Compassion box and/or a set of donation envelopes and support Caritas Australia this Lenten season themed “Be More”. As Saint Oscar Romero said, “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.”
Through your generosity and by aspiring to “Be More”, you are assisting some of the world’s most vulnerable people build better futures for themselves, their families and their communities. Thank you for being more! You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, or by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.
Thank you for your generous supports, God bless you and have a happy Sunday! – Fr Pio.