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20 Hartigan St, Thurgoona NSW 2640
Parish Priest: Fr John Fowles
Acolyte: Denis Golden
Phone: 02 6043 2222
Email: thurgoonacatholicparish@hotmail.com
Postal Address: PO Box 110 Lavington NSW 2641 


WEARING FACE MASKS AT MASS
Our Bishop has asked all parishioners to wear face masks at mass.
Below is an extract from his letter to all parishes.

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR CLERGY         18 August 2020
Face Masks
Evidence is clear that close contact at church, or at weddings or funerals, has resulted in community transmission of COVID-19 in Australia and overseas. Evidence is also clear that face-masks dramatically reduce the risk of spread.
Health authorities recommend the use of a mask in situations where social distancing is difficult, e.g. on public transport and at religious gatherings.
The Premier has asked (but not yet required) that churchgoers wear masks at Church. Rather than get to the point of having further restrictions placed on our attendance numbers or of having mask-wearing imposed on all church attendees, I ask that in addition to all requirements around social distancing and hygiene, parishioners be exhorted to wear masks at Mass.
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COVID 19 Diocesan Protocols Effective Friday 24 July 2020

Mass Times
Saturday: (Vigil) 6:00pm
Sunday : 9:30am & 5:30pm
Monday: 8:00am
Tuesday: 10:00am
Wednesday: 8:00am
Thursday: 7:00pm – followed by Exposition, Marian devotions & benediction
Friday: 10:00am
1st Friday of the month: 10:00am Mass followed by Exposition, Benediction and devotion to the Sacred Heart
Saturday 15 Aug: 8:00am – Feast of the Assumption

MASS Reservation
Please use this link to reserve your time
NSW Covid19 restrictions now allow up to 50 people at each Mass.
To make both Sunday and weekday masses available to as many as possible, people should register only once a week. This provision is a charitable way of permitting as many as possible to attend mass each week.
Please register only one name per registration !
Note: NSW rules require contact details to be recorded for tracing. Parish records will also be updated. If you do not wish the parish records to be updated please advise. thurgoonacatholicparish@hotmail.com

Please keep checking this web site for announcements and new protocols.


SACRED HEART OF JESUS
In the 17th-century, Jesus appeared four times to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French Visitation nun. In these apparitions, Jesus asked that Catholics receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays of the month, adore Our Lord in the Eucharist, and celebrate a feast in honor of the Sacred Heart.
In addition to these requests, Jesus revealed Twelve Promises for those who honor His Sacred Heart. Read More

We will begin these devotions in the parish from the first Friday of August 2020. Mass will be at 10am followed by exposition, devotions and benediction at 11am.

For more links to Sacred Heart devotions and reflections go to the Sacred Heart Page


IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception 1998, Bishop Brennan formally declared Thurgoona a Parish in honour of the “Immaculate Heart of Mary”
Our parish has continued this devotion to Mary with weekly Mass and Benediction each Thursday at 7pm. In this time of need we should turn to Mary in prayer.
At Lourdes Mary stressed the importance of prayer, especially the rosary.  She appeared with a rosary hanging from Her right arm.
Penance and humility are also part of the message, as well as a message of mercy for sinners and compassion for the sick. Read More

For more links to Marian devotions and reflections go to the Marian page


POPE FRANCIS’S PRAYER TO MARY DURING COROANAVIRUS 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.
Read more


DIOCESAN PAPER TOGETHER
Our monthly printed version of Together has been temporarily moved to an online magazine during this period of isolation
The new look Together will be produced on a twice-monthly basis which will be online only until our churches resume normal operations.
Click online only


A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE CATHOLIC PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA FROM THE BISHOPS OF AUSTRALIA

“In the hope born of faith we look forward to the time when the crisis will pass and we will be able to resume fully the Church’s worship and mission, even in a landscape which may be quite changed.
In the meantime, we are talking with the states and the federal government about the reopening of churches and the gradual relaxation of restrictions. We will work with governments and local authorities at each stage of any resumption of Church life.
We commit to keeping ourselves and each other safe by observing strictly the advice regarding numbers, distancing and hygiene when the reopening of churches is permitted.” …. Read more


LITURGY AT HOME
Mass Online
Monday – Friday 12:15pm
Saturday 9:00am 
Sunday 11:00am
All masses are recorded and can be viewed anytime


SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
Longing for Communion can be exercise in spiritual growth, Jesuit says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Being unable to receive the Eucharist is a form of sacrifice, but it can … Read More


Charles de Foucauld’s Eucharistic Procession Through the Sahara Desert
“Father de Foucauld, since his conversion, never for one day stopped thinking of that hour after which there are no others…” Read more


Interesting Websites
Please click on links below for websites that you might find interesting………
CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY – Pope Francis
VATICAN NEWS
MenAlive