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John 13:34

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Livestream Mass during the Lockdown for the Greater Sydney

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

During the time of Lockdown, there will be livestream Mass from Monday to Friday at 9am.  Next weekend the livestream Mass will be at Vigil and 9.00am Mass.

 

Regards,

 

Fr John Ho

Parish Priest

Stay at home orders for Greater Sydney: only leave home for essential reasons

COVID-19 restrictions for all of NSW | Check in every time

NSW Government

 

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Hello

Stay-at-home orders are in place across all of Greater Sydney, which includes the Blue Mountains, Shellharbour, Central Coast and Wollongong until midnight Friday, 9 July.

If you have been in Greater Sydney on or after Monday 21 June you need to follow the stay-at-home order for 14 days after you left Greater Sydney.

You can only leave your home for an essential reason:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services
  • Accessing medical care or compassionate needs (including having a COVID-19 test)
  • Getting your COVID-19 vaccination (unless you've been identified as a close contact)
  • Exercising outdoors (groups of 10 people maximum)
  • Essential work, or education – where you cannot work or study from home

You must wear a mask and check-in when you visit any business.

Community sport
Not permitted during this period.

Weddings
No weddings after midnight Sunday 27 June.

Funerals
Limited to 1 person per 4 square metres with a maximum of 100 people, masks must be worn indoors.

Testing
You can leave home to get tested, but you must go straight home afterwards and self isolate until you receive a negative result.

> See details & map

 

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COVID-19 restrictions now apply to regional NSW

If you live anywhere outside of Greater Sydney, which includes the Blue Mountains, Shellharbour, Central Coast and Wollongong, there are new restrictions:

  • Visitors to households limited to 5 guests – including children
  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including retail, shopping centres, offices, workplaces, and organised outdoor events
  • You must be seated to drink or eat at an indoor venue
  • Singing by audiences and choirs at indoor venues or by congregants at indoor places of worship is not allowed
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the bridal party only (up to 20 people)
  • Dance and gym classes are limited to 20 per class and masks must be worn
  • The 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals
  • Outdoor seated, ticketed events are limited to 50% capacity

see regional nsw rules

 

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Make sure you check in and check out every time

We strongly encourage you to check in and check out every time you visit any venue.

Checking in and checking out is the most effective way to help contact tracers contain outbreaks which keeps us all safe.

The Service NSW app now has a new notification preference function that you can set to remind you to check out of businesses you visit.
 

How to check in

 

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Travelling to and from NSW

If you live in Greater Sydney which includes the Blue Mountains, Shellharbour, Central Coast and Wollongong, you must stay home, do not travel.

Border rules are changing as the current outbreak develops. If you live in regional NSW and need to cross a state border, we recommend you check the relevant state government website for the latest travel advice before you leave.

People across NSW should only enter Greater Sydney for essential purposes.

If you've been in Victoria in the last 14 days and are returning to NSW you must complete a NSW entry form whether you travel by air, road or rail.
 

see travel advice

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Lockdown for the Greater Sydney from 6pm tonight to midnight 9 July

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

The premier just announced the lockdown for the greater Sydney from 6pm tonight.  So there will be no Vigil Mass tonight.

Tomorrow there will be livestream mass at 9.00am

Please keep safe and God bless.

 

Regards,

 

Fr John Ho

Parish Priest

Lockdown for the Greater Sydney

Dear All,

The premier just announced the lockdown for the greater Sydney from 6pm tonight.  So there will be no Vigil Mass tonight.

Tomorrow there will be livestream mass at 9.00am

Please keep safe and God bless.

 

Regards,

 

Fr John Ho

Parish Priest

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

New COVID-19 Restrictions for Greater Sydney

Dear Brothers and Sisters.

Please find the New COVID-19 Restrictions for Great Sydney

 

New COVID-19 restrictions for Greater Sydney

23 June 2021

To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions will be introduced for Greater Sydney from 4pm today for one week.

Following updated health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant about the growing risk to the community, the following restrictions will be introduced for Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour;

•         Visitors to households will be limited to 5 guests – including children;

•         Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;

•         Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed;

•         Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed;

•         Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the bridal party only (no more than 20 people);

•         Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);

•         The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals;

•         Outdoor seated events will be limited to 50% seated capacity;

•         Previous public transport capacity limits, represented by green dots, will be reintroduced;

•         If you live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas, you cannot travel outside metropolitan Sydney for non-essential travel.

 

God bless,

 

Fr John Ho

Parish Priest

 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

PLENARY COUNCIL AGENDA CALLS FOR MISSIONARY, CHRIST-CENTRED CHURCH

PLENARY COUNCIL AGENDA CALLS FOR MISSIONARY, CHRIST-CENTRED CHURCH

 

The agenda of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia calls those attending the Council assemblies to "develop concrete proposals to create a more missionary, Christ-centred Church in Australia".

 

The Council agenda, which has emerged from three years and several layers of prayer, listening, dialogue and discernment, will shape the program of the Council's assemblies – the first of which opens on October 3 this year.

 

The agenda's preamble draws from Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which explores the Pope's "dream of a 'missionary option'".

 

"That is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church's customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelisation of today's world rather than for her self-preservation," the Pope wrote.

 

Plenary Council president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB said that invitation and exhortation to be a missionary people runs through the agenda.

 

"Through the Plenary Council, we are being called to consider how we can be a Church that goes out to the peripheries, that welcomes all into our communities and shows the face of Christ to the world," Archbishop Costelloe said.

 

The agenda has been developed in the form of posing questions, with 16 questions falling under six themes: Conversion; Prayer; Formation; Structures; Governance; and Institutions.

"So much of what we heard during the Council journey related to this concept of 'conversion' – personal conversion, communal conversion and institutional conversion – with an ever-deeper renewal in Christ," Archbishop Costelloe said.

 

"The agenda asks us a number of difficult questions, but without asking those difficult questions, we won't be entering into the depth of our hearts to consider how we become that missionary, Christ-centred Church we need today.

 

"Each member attending the assemblies will bring their own unique gifts to the agenda on behalf of the People of God in Australia."

 

Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins said the agenda, which has now been published on the Plenary Council website, asks questions with widespread relevance.

 

"These questions have been developed for a specific purpose – for prayer, conversation, discernment and decision-making during the Plenary Council – but they are questions that can challenge each of us, each parish, each Church community," she said.

 

"In preparing for the Council and beyond, the agenda can be a rich source of reflection and contemplation in our own settings."

 

Archbishop Costelloe asked people to continue to pray for the Council and for the members who will attend the assemblies. The more than 280 members will be participating in focused formation sessions starting this week.

 

View the agenda on the Plenary Council website.

 

 

 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Y-Factor 2021: MADE FOR MORE! Two weeks till registrations close!

 

 

We can't even begin to tell you how excited we are to have our Annual Y-Factor Camp BACK AGAIN!

 

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Y-Factor - Made for More! [April, 2021]

Dear Sean Donovan!

Did you hear? It's only one more month till our Y-Factor July Camp!! Full registrations are still open but closes in 2 weeks on the 21st of June.

The remaining spots for our Y-Factor July camp are filling up fast!

So, if you are currently in Yrs 7-12, make sure you come to have a time of your life during the July school holidays with tons of friends you haven't met yet! There'll be heaps of time for games, activities, talks, discussion, prayer and a chance to grow in your faith and relationship with God. This camp is so big we can only run it once a year so get on board now or miss out! 

DETAILS:

Who? Y-Factor is for teens in years 7 to 12 led by Sydney Catholic Youth in collaboration with Youth Ministry Coordinators from across the Sydney Archdiocese. All leaders will hold a current Working with Children Check and have many years of experience in youth ministry. We'll be using a wide variety of mediums including music, activities, multimedia, drama and testimony to communicate to young people the awesomeness of their faith, and how they can apply it to their lives daily.

When? 9:30am, Monday July 5th – 1pm, Thursday July 8th, 2021

Where? Benedict XVI Retreat Centre, 347 Grose Wold Rd, Grose Vale NSW 2753.

Transport? A chartered bus will depart from a specified location we will email you about. Please arrive at 7:30am so we can get away on time. The bus will return to the same location on Friday 8th by 2:30pm.

What to bring? Swimmers (see note below), rosary beads, torch, beanie, comfortable and warm modest clothing and shoes. Bring a nice outfit (something you might wear out to dinner), an old set of clothes and pair of shoes that can get wet and dirty and bring a plastic bag to put your wet and dirty items in. Linen, bedsheets, pillows, towels will be provided by the Benedict XVI Retreat Centre. Please leave valuables at home. The Archdiocese of Sydney will not be liable for any loss or damage to personal property during the camp, but we would also like the campers to step away from their usual access to technology while on the camp. 

Please note: bikinis or speedos are not to be brought and attendees are asked to bring swim shorts and swim shirts if possible (or at least a one piece for the girls). This requirement is a part of practically encouraging young people to live modestly and we appreciate your support.

Program? We are keen for the program to be a surprise to the teens however there is lots of fun planned. Participants will share and discuss aspects of their faith and experience God afresh. Being counter-cultural is at the heart of what we do and the young people who attend will leave with a richer understanding of Christ's love for them. There are 5 main sessions that take a look at the theme, reconciliation, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and commitment.

Child Protection and Safety The Archdiocese of Sydney believes that genuine concern for the safety of all participants on our camp is of the utmost importance. All staff and volunteers have undergone child protection checks and careful screening.

Download the Camp Terms (Must be submitted to complete registration)

Questions? Email info@sydneycatholicyouth.org or call Sydney Catholic Youth on 9307 8152.

 Full Rate: $280 (closes 21st of June)

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NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, at this stage limited people will be permitted to the event. SCY will ensure strict hygiene measures are in place.

 

 


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