Parish update 17.02.21
Victoria’s “circuit-breaker” lockdown ends from midnight on Wednesday 17 February, as planned.
In general, it means we return to the situation immediately prior to lockdown with the exception that masks are mandatory in all indoor settings other than your own home. If 1.5 metre social distancing cannot be maintained, they must also be worn outdoors.
Can I draw to your attention three important things:
1. Stations of the Cross
Because of the lockdown, many people will have missed the announcement in last weekend’s newsletter about our new Lenten ecumenical venture with St. George’s Anglican Church.
Each Friday in Lent at 7.00pm we will alternate between St. George’s Anglican Church & Mother of God Church to pray the Stations of the Cross. The timetable is as follows:
St. George’s Anglican Church (46 Warncliffe Rd)
Fridays at 7.00pm - February 19, March 5, 19
Mother of God Catholic Church (56 Wilfred Rd)
Fridays at 7.00pm - February 26, March 12, 26
Please make a special effort to support this shared Lenten devotion.
2. Blessing and Distribution of Ashes
Again, because of the lockdown, we were unable to begin the season of Lent with the traditional Ash Wednesday Mass with the blessing and imposition of ashes. This coming weekend, when we celebrate the 1st Sunday of Lent we will incorporate the blessing and imposition of ashes into our Sunday Mass.
3. QR Codes and Contact Tracing
our recent meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council, we decided that,
like most parishes in Melbourne, we will trial the use of QR codes for
our contact tracing.
Therefore, we are taking up QR codes for Lent. We hope that by Easter
the vast majority of those attending Mass will be using the QR code for
their contact tracing. That will greatly simplify how we manage our
numbers for the Easter Ceremonies. Therefore,
for the first time ever, I’m asking “Bring your smart phone to Mass”.
But please turn it off or to silent mode. If QR codes are a mystery to
you our ushers will guide you through the process.
19 February update: You can also now test your QR Code system on the News page!
Fr. Bill Edebohls
56 Wilfred Rd. Ivanhoe 3079
St. Bernadette's Church
89 Bond St., Ivanhoe 3079
Mary Immaculate Church
4 Waverley Ave., Ivanhoe 3079
NOTE: During the
redevelopment of our new Parish Centre on the Mary Immaculate site Mary Immaculate Church
is temporarily closed and our Parish Office is operating out of Mother of God
Church. (see update on News page, 5 February 2021)
Under current Covid 19 Regulations: