During the National Lockdown, the Archdiocese has suspended all public Masses and all meetings until further notice.

Fr Mark will celebrate private Mass each day.
The Mass Intention will be as per notice.

Fr Mark can still be contacted via the parish email and / telephone numbers.

Please pray the Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes for our Parish.


SOUTHERN CROSS

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PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES

O’Holy Virgin,
in the midst of your days of glory,
do not forget the sorrows of this earth.
Cast a merciful glance upon those who are suffering,
struggling against difficulties,
with their lips constantly pressed against life’s bitter cup.
Have pity of those who love each other and are separated.
Have pity on our rebellious hearts.
Have pity on our weak faith.
Have pity on those we love.
Have pity on those who weep,
on those who pray,
on those who fear.
Grant hope and peace to all.
Amen

A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION SERVICE

Celebrated in the home

Catholics are encouraged to make a ‘spiritual communion’.

St. John Paul II writes that “it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist. This was the origin of the practice of ‘spiritual communion’, which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life.

Saint Teresa of Jesus wrote: ‘When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you.’” (Ecclesia Eucharistia, no. 34)
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Guidelines / Reminders while participating in Spiritual Communion

  • Prepare a table with appropriate cover, candles and crucifix or images of saints.
  • Dress up appropriately as if you are physically participating in the Holy Eucharist.
  • Turn off your cell phone and other devices. Refrain from doing household chores.
  • Put your self in the presence of God and focus on the celebration.

Introduction

Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.
Leader: We are gathered here to love, honour and worship our heavenly Father.
Bearing in mind that the Word of the Lord is a lamp for our steps and a light for our path, let us unite in listening to the message of eternal life. Then with hearts gladdened and filled with hope by his holy word, we pray that the Lord in his merciful love will spiritually nourish us.
But first, let us spend a few moments in silence to repent of our sins, and also think of those with whom we should make our peace, those, whom we should forgive.

After a few moments of silence, all say the I confess

All: I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,(strike breast) through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Liturgy of the Word

  • The readings of the given Sunday, are now proclaimed.
    (the Readings are easily accessible on the internet from such sites as https://www.catholicgallery.org/mass-reading/daily-mass-readings-2020/:)
  • The homily / sermon posted by the Parish can now be read or the family can engage in the sharing of the Word.
  • We then make a profession of faith by reciting the Apostles’ Creed.

All:  I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.  Amen.

Next follows Prayers of Intercession where we pray for:

  • the needs of the Church
  • needs of the world
  • those burdened in one way or another
  • our local community
  • the dead.

Conclude by saying the Our Father.

An Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori
All: My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.

  • After a brief pause, together say:

The Anima Christi
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O Good Jesus, hear me. Within your wounds hide me. Permit me not to be separated from you. From the wicked foe, defend me. At the hour of my death, call me and bid me come to you that with your saints I may praise you for ever and ever.  Amen.

Concluding Prayer

All: As we contemplate your presence in our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, we pray, O God, that you will protect us in these uncertain times, and keep us close to You, and strengthened in the faith we share. Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.
Leader: May Almighty God bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen
(all make the sign of the cross while saying together)
All: May we remain in the peace of Christ – In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.
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NOTE:  If so desired, families may sing appropriate hymns /chants.
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Prayer to St Michael
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Pope Francis’s Prayer to Mary during Coronavirus Pandemic
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.   Amen.

(Adapted from Vatican News.)
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GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Good Friday is the day on which Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and since we cannot gather as a community in church because of the COVID-19 lockdown, the family can gather at about 15:00 (three in the afternoon):
- Prepare a little home altar by draping a black or purple cloth over a small table
- Place a crucifix and candle/s on it (candle/s to be lit later).

-The family then can gather praying different devotions like:
the Liturgy as set out below
• the Rosary,
• Stations of the Cross,
• the Divine Mercy Chaplet, or

The Good Friday liturgy consists of three parts: the Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.

For this year we can celebrate the first two parts and then express the desire for Spiritual Communion – all within our homes.
May our prayers sanctify our homes and families.

Opening Prayer

Lord, by the suffering of Christ, your Son you have saved us all from the death we inherited from sinful Adam.
By the law of nature we have borne the likeness of his manhood;
may the sanctifying Power of grace help us to put on the likeness of our Lord in heaven,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever,
Amen.

Liturgy of the Word

1st Reading:    lsaiah 52: 13-53, l2,

Responsorial Psalm

R. Father into your hands I commit my spirit!
In you, O Lord, I take refuge. Let me never be put to shame. In your justice, set me free.
Into your hands I commend my spirit. You will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God.
R. Father into your hands I commit my spirit!
Because of all my foes I have become a reproach, an object of scorn to my neighbours and of fear to my friends.
Those who see me in the street flee from me. I am forgotten, like someone dead, and have become like a broken vessel.
R. Father into your hands I commit my spirit!
But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, "You are my God. My lot is in your hands,
deliver me from the hands of my enemies and those who pursue me."
R. Father into your hands I commit my spirit!
"Let your face shine on your servant. Save me in your merciful love."
Be strong, let your heart take courage, all who hope in the Lord.
R. Father into your hands I commit my spirit!

2nd Reading:    Hebrews 4: 14-16; 5:7-9

Gospel:     Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 18: 1 – 19:42

The Solemn Intercessions

Let us pray for the holy, Church of God throughout the world, that God the almighty Father guide it, and gather it together so that we may worship him in peace and tranquility.
R. Lord Hear us.
Let us pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, that God who chose him to be bishop may give him health and strength to guide and govern God's holy people.
R. Lord Hear us.
Let us pray for Stephen Brislin, our Archbishop; Sylvester David his auxiliary, for all bishops, priests, and deacons; for all who have a special ministry in the Church; and for all God's people.
R. Lord Hear us.
Let us pray for all our brothers and sisters who share our faith in Jesus Christ, that God may gather and keep together in one Church all those who seek the truth with sincerity.
R. Lord Hear us.
Let us pray for those who do not believe in Christ, that the light of the Holy Spirit may show them the way to salvation.
R. Lord Hear us.
Let us pray for those who serve us in public office, that God may guide their minds and hearts, so that all men may live in true peace and freedom.
R. Lord Hear us.
Let us pray that God the almighty Father may heal the sick, comfort the dying, give safety to travelers, free those unjustly deprived of liberty, and rid the world of falsehood, hunger, and disease.
R. Lord Hear us.

Veneration of the Cross

Light the candle/s next to the cross and together say:
All: We adore Thy Cross, O Lord and we praise and glorify Thy holy Resurrection for behold by the wood of the Cross joy has come into the whole world
Each family member can now genuflect or bow the cross

Act of Spiritual Communion

As a family, together pray the Our Father.

Then follows the Act of Spiritual Communion.
All: My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.    [St Alphonsus Liguori]

Concluding Prayer

Send down your abundant blessing, Lord, upon us people who have devoutly recalled the death of your Son in the sure hope of the resurrection.
Grant us pardon; bring us comfort.
May our faith grow stronger and our eternal salvation be assured.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.