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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



BISHOP MARK EDWARDS APPOINTED TO WAGGA WAGGA
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Mark Edwards OMI the sixth Bishop of Wagga Wagga.
Bishop Edwards, who will turn 61 next month, was born in Indonesia and grew up in Adelaide, Darwin and Melbourne’s southeast, attending St Leonard’s Primary School and Mazenod College. Mazenod was founded by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the order he would eventually join.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1986 and has held leadership positions within the Australian Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne on November 7, 2014 and ordained bishop the following month.
Bishop Edwards’ priestly ministry has largely centred on secondary school and seminary education, including serving as rector of Iona College in Brisbane and as aspirants’ master and novice master at St Mary’s Seminary in Mulgrave. …… Read More

Appointment of Bishop of Wagga Wagga – Nuncio

Archbishop Prouse – New Bishop Wagga Wagga

Bishop Edwards Letter to the Diocese of Wagga Wagga


CORONA VIRUS
The relaxation of restrictions under Step One of the Three Step Framework means that churches can reopen and conduct religious gatherings.
This permission comes with strict conditions; we must take all reasonable precautions to protect the health of everyone involved. This means acting on the assumption that we or anyone we come in contact with might be infected, even if we/they are asymptomatic.

Future relaxations of the CovidSafe provisions are expected over coming months, in at least two more stages, but this will depend upon infection rates not spiking and churches being able to demonstrate responsible behavior.
See Updated Diocesan Protocols – Wagga

MASS
NSW Covid19 restrictions allow only 10 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. Given that only fifty can attend on Sundays this will allow another fifty to attend on weekdays.
However, because the weekday masses will be at 10am, should there be a vacancy come the morning of the mass someone may on the morning of the mass take up the vacancy though they have already attended mass in that week.
Masses will be offered on the presbytery veranda in the open air while weather permits as this will reduce the church cleaning requirements and the open-air masses reduce issues of contagion.

At-risk parishioners should not to attend (e.g. the very elderly, those with any symptoms, those with compromised immune or respiratory systems)

Mass Times
Monday to Friday: 10am
Saturday: 4:30pm
Sunday morning Masses: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am
Sunday afternoon mass:  4:30pm

Please use this link to reserve your time
Note: With recent announcements by the NSW Government we expect the mass times and numbers will change shortly.  Please keep checking this web site for announcements and new protocols.


CHURCH VISITS
The church will be open for quiet moments of prayer each day between 11am and 1pm.

  • Social distancing rules still apply – please ensure you observe the “4 square metres per person” rule.
  • A limit of 10 people in the church at any time.
  • No shaking hands
  • Hand sanitiser and disinfectant will be available.
  • Before you leave please consider others and clean the seat with the disinfectant, gloves and paper towel provided.

HOLY SPIRIT NOVENA
Celebrate Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Church
This is a powerful and moving novena to help us open ourselves up to the third person of the Holy Trinity.
Read more at: Pray More Novenas – Novena to the Holy Spirit


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


CARDINAL PELL IN NEW INTERVIEW 
The Culture Wars are Real
“I’ve seen too many people [make the leap] from possible to probable to fact. Certainly, people do not like Christians who teach Christianity, especially on life and family and issues like that.” Read more


IS THE CORONA VIRUS A JUDGMENT FROM GOD?
COMMENTARY: Mary Healy
It is a question being debated by many Christians even bishops and cardinals.
The key to interpreting rightly the biblical passages on divine chastisement is to read them in light of the distinction between God’s positive will and his permissive will. ….more


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