After about a year of never met physically, the priests in the Archdiocese of Sydney are finally able to get together at the Clergy Conference, the annual meeting of priests in our Archdiocese. The meeting took place at La Montage on Tuesday 20 October. At the Clergy Conference, we discussed the importance of Pastoral Supervision for priests and religious, amid their busy works. Apart from that, we also received valuable input regarding how to grow our young people so that they can be actively involved in the life of the Church in this post-modern world.
Our Archbishop, Anthony Fisher OP DD, has also announced that the Chrism Mass will be held on Wednesday 28 October, 10:30 AM, at St Mary’s Cathedral. Therefore, I humbly ask all parishioners to pray so that we (priests and bishops) are able to carry out our ministries as best as possible for the glory of God and the salvation of many souls. If you want to know more about this Chrism Mass, please visit: www.stmaryscathedral.org.au.
Archdiocese has announced that from Friday 23 October, restrictions on church attendance will be eased further to allow for up to 300 attendees at Masses. Of course, we receive this good news with joy. However, because the NSW government is still implementing the four-square-meter rule, there won’t be many changes that we will do at St Fiacre’s, considering the limited space we have in the church.
The minor changes that we will implement are as follows: A total of 100 worshipers can now be allowed to participate in the celebration in the church. However, please use the balcony area (and a small space on the right side of the altar too, if needed). In major celebrations such as Parish celebrations, weddings, and funerals, ushers and funeral directors need to direct and show the seats of the parishioners/visitors so that the rule is still respected. Public safety is one of our top priorities. And please remember: use a hand sanitizer and face mask.
Finally, the November Mass envelopes are available on the entrance to the church. Please take it, write down your intention, make a donation, then put it in a special box provided beside the altar. We will pray for all intentions throughout November. – Fr Pio.