Coronavirus updates

Dear Parishioners,

As you would be aware the South Australian Premier Steven Marshall made an announcement late this morning. The state-wide lockdown will cease effective from midnight Saturday, 21st November 2020.

This means that we are allowed to have masses from this Sunday onwards, following the guidelines outlined below:

  • Churches are capped at 100 people whilst maintaining 1 person per 4 square meters.
  • On Sunday, 22nd November we will have two masses at 9.00am. One will be held in St. Augustine’s Church and the second in the Parish Family Centre. We will also have two masses at 7.00pm, with one in St Augustine’s Church and the other in the Parish Family Centre. (There won’t be booking for this weekend. The first hundred will be allowed into St. Augustine’s Church and another 75 into the Family Centre and then the doors will be closed)
  • POLISH MASS will resume SUNDAY 22nd NOVEMBER at 12noon in St. Augustine’s Church. Max of 100 people permitted.
  • It is recommended that all attendees and volunteers wear a mask considering the safety of everyone.
  • There will not be mass in Holy Family Mass centre (closed following guidelines from SA Health) and in St. Finbar’s Church (due to 4 square metre rule we will not be able to cater to adequate numbers) for the weekends of 22nd November and 29th November 2020)
  • Weekday Masses will resume on Tuesday 24th November as per the normal scheduled times. 8.00am Tuesday to Thursday and 9.30am Friday & Saturday
  • Funerals are capped at 50 people whilst maintaining 1 person per 4 square metres.
  • Weddings in churches cannot exceed the 150 people permitted in church whilst maintaining 1 person per 4 square metres and registration of all guests are required with SA Health.
  • All the existing protocols/ safety measures regarding Covid safety will be in place. Please abide by the instructions of Covid Marshals.

Kindly watch this space for any update

Regards and Blessings

Salisbury Parish Team

SALISBURY CATHOLIC PARISH
(ABN: 56 810 624 414)
23 Commercial Road, Salisbury,
South Australia 5108
Phone (08) 82582314 / Fax (08) 82818287
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21 November 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Today I wanted to give you a sense of what I think the future will look like.

Indeed, the impact of the coronavirus is something that we have never experienced before. We are for sure experiencing a pandemic that is oblivious to many of the things we hold dear to us: family, Church, culture, economy, borders, and political systems. Within a short span, despite all efforts, the coronavirus has encircled the globe. We are confronted once more with the fragility of our lives, and again we are reminded of our common humanity and our common creaturehood under one God (St. Francis of Assisi), what Pope Francis calls in Laudato Si’, integral ecology. Thus, we are interrelated, interconnected, and interdependent.

Even through this coronavirus pandemic, we should look to God and not lose hope in him. We need to be using this as an opportunity and discover the godly way of facing trials and tribulations in our own individual lives and as a community. I also must say that I remain extremely hopeful and immensely excited about the better days ahead. Human beings have a marvellous capacity to invent, improvise and make whatever appears even better. It’s just what we do with the help of God. And we have always done it with God’s grace.

I am aware that some of our parishioners are quarantined. Given that we cannot go outside and travel as well as we could before, I passionately encourage you to use this period to go within. Use this time to cultivate a relationship with God on a more personal level. Take time to read scriptures and use your devices to connect with people.

...imagine taking the time to read inspirational and transformational books, heal old wounds, upgrade your primary skills and plan out your new year with a new hope.

If you are discouraged, please know and trust that the clouds will part. The other day I had an opportunity to read from a blogger and he gives us something inspirational.

Not everything is cancelled… Sun is not cancelled, Spring is not cancelled, Relationships are not cancelled, Love is not cancelled, Reading is not cancelled, Devotion is not cancelled, Music is not cancelled, Imagination is not cancelled, Kindness is not cancelled, Conversations are not cancelled, Hope is not cancelled, And God’s love for HIS people is never cancelled.

Stay calm, do the right things, and please adhere by the regulations given to us by SA Health. Remain united with everyone, let us pray in solidarity for our brothers and sisters here and around the world who are sick. We should pray for those who are currently struggling with the virus, those living in fear and anxiety, those in isolation, the suffering, and the dead. While we pray for our families and our loved ones, let us pray earnestly for researchers and health care givers, and for those who must make difficult public decisions in this time of crisis. Let us not forget the poor, the needy, and the vulnerable, especially those who do not have access to adequate health care. When we confide our needs to the Lord in heartfelt and sincere prayer, we grow in our trust of the provident love of God.

Friends, these are hard times for us, for others and for the world. Let the Lord speak to your heart, “Be not afraid.” (Jn. 6/20) Let God the Father speak to you, “I have plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29/11)

Wishing you God’s best and keeping you all in my prayers
Lots of love

Fr. Shibu Jacob MSFS