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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


Fr Fowles will be on leave Thu 9th to Thu 23rd.
No weekday masses during this time.
Saturday Vigil & Sunday Masses as normal with Fr Bernie Thomas.


BISHOP MARK EDWARDS APPOINTED TO WAGGA WAGGA
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Mark Edwards OMI the sixth Bishop of Wagga Wagga. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1986.   
Was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne on November 7, 2014 and ordained bishop the following month.
Bishop Edwards’ priestly ministry has largely centered 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 full article

BISHOP MARK’S PARISH VISIT
As numbers at his installation will be limited he is visiting all the parishes before hand. He visited our Parish on Friday and said the 10:00am Mass. During Mass he conducting a small ceremony as a way of involving our parish in his installation. He is also taking a bottle of soil from each parish which will be present at the installation.
After Mass he met parishioners at a luncheon where he received a warm welcome. He spoke to everyone and made a great impression of us all. He was given a small welcome gift and a special painting of Our Lady by Anna Sparshott.

INSTALLATION CEREMONY
The Installation Ceremony for Bishop Mark Edwards as the Bishop of Wagga Wagga will take place on Wednesday 22nd July 2020 at 11:00am in St Michael’s Cathedral. The Apostolic Nuncio and Archbishop Christopher Prowse will be present for the ceremony.
Covid-19 restrictions will govern the attendance numbers, and these details will be finalised closer to the date.

Bishop Mark has recorded a brief video which can be viewed at the following link:  Bishop Mark

Other Links
Appointment of Bishop of Wagga Wagga – Nuncio
Archbishop Prouse – New Bishop Wagga Wagga
Bishop Edwards Letter to the Diocese of Wagga Wagga


 

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


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 exposition, devotions and benediction at 11am.

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


CORONA VIRUS
The relaxation of restrictions 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.
See Updated Diocesan Protocols June 2020

MASS
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

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
First Friday of the month: 11AM – Exposition, Sacred Heart devotions and benediction Starting 7th August 2020
Please use this link to reserve your time

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


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


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 50 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.

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