May our Lord Jesus be with you, and may His Blessed Mother accompany us all.
Last night, Tuesday, July 7, Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli wrote to all clergy and parishes following the Premier’s announcement of a return to Stage 3 lockdown from 11.59pm Wednesday July 8.
“It is truly disheartening, and will bring renewed distress to so many families and individuals. … Yet, I want to encourage you in grace, trusting in the abiding closeness of our loving Lord, who promised to be with us always.”
Returning to Stage 3 restrictions will sadly mean that the public celebration of Mass, which has only just re-commenced, will need to go back to live-streaming and churches will need to be closed again to private prayer, with numbers allowed for funerals and weddings to be severely limited.
Following these further restrictions, an updated set of pastoral guidelines will be communicated to parishes as soon as possible.
During this difficult time, we continue to seek the intercession of Our Lady Help of Christians and the ongoing protection of St Joseph, especially for all those affected by this pandemic.
Now is a time for attentiveness to the care of one another. In the face of our own despondency and fears, our fatigue and anxieties, may we learn to hold firm in faith and hope, and experience sustaining moments of love. As the writer of the Letter to the Hebrews encouraged: Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works. (Heb 24.10).
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