Churches in Victoria have begun to re-open for small gatherings. For the continued safety of all, St Bernard’s will be re-opening gradually.


Mass will be celebrated on four weekdays : Tuesday - Friday at 12 noon.


· If guidelines change on 31st May, there will be a revised limit of 20 people


· Bookings are essential (phone or email).


· Phone bookings - ring Tues to Fri - 52 432 739 between 9am-11.30am (one week at a time).


· The Office must record contact details for each person.


· Households can sit together. Others, please practise 1.5 metre safe distancing.


· Please sit in the designated area, which will be sanitised  after each mass.


While we will observe all the guidelines and protocols, the risk of contracting coronavirus still remains.       If you are vulnerable, immuno-compromised or feeling unwell, please stay at home.

The Sacrament of Anointing is available for anyone in need.


 Stay in tune and stay in touch by whatever means available:  phone, email, website or Facebook.
May God bless you all.       Fr Sang Ho
 
St Bernard’s during Co-Vid 19 restrictions :

Churchweek day masses : Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 12 noon.                               (see above for details & booking information)                                               

  • Fr Sang is recording 'Sunday' Mass each week for parishioners. It is available as a link we send to your email.
  • To be added to the mailing list, contact belmont@cam.org.au
  • Please include your name & address.
  • Parish Office : 9am-4pm Tues-Fri.

     Please phone : 52 432 739 

    email :            belmont@cam.org.au

    or                   send us a letter.

     

    • Sacraments :
      Eucharist, Reconciliation & Confirmation are all postponed, until the Church re-opens.
      A family programme is being sent home, for Eucharist children to continue their preparation at home, in the family environment. 
       
      Baptisms :

      Following an update from the Government & Archdiocese, we are now able to celebrate baptisms, with the following conditions :

      • Baptisms can be booked, to be celebrated on a Saturday morning

      • Maximum 2 ceremonies per Saturday - 10.30am or 11am

      • There will be one family per ceremony

      • Maximum 20 people in attendance (subject to revised Govt guideline 31st May)

      • Attendees will need to ‘sign in’, providing name and contact phone number.

      • There will be a designated seating area.

      • Households may sit together, with other guests practising 1.5 metre safe distancing

      • Please enter & exit as indicated & practise safe distancing while moving around in the church

      • Please sanitise your hands before entering the body of the church

      Families are invited to contact the Office to arrange Preparation and then make a booking.
       
       
      If you have Project Compassion boxes, envelopes or cash, visit caritas.org.au for step-by-step instructions on making payments online, sending cheques, banking your cash or making donations over the phone. You are also welcome to call their friendly Supporter Services Team on 1800 024 413.
      Alternatively - keep your boxes/envelopes at home & return them to St Bernard’s, once we are open again.

      Mass on TV, radio or online :

       

      Sunday Mass on TV :   Channel 10              6-6.30am            

        

                                             Channel 31 or 44   11am  St Patrick's Cathedral

       

       Sunday mass on Radio :   7.00am Light FM 89.9 (Fr K Dillon)                                                                                                         10.00am Pulse FM       (St Mary’s)

       

      Mass on line - view live   Sunday - 11am ;   week days - 1pm                                       https://melbournecatholic.org.au/Mass


      Mass online view anytime  :       

      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjIZo7MgGsdrEDToBDzqxeQ/    (Fr K Dillon week days) 

      https://www.northsydneycatholics.com/spirituality/liturgy/mass-on-demand

      https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/  

      To find mass in other languages visit :                                        http://multiculturalcare.org.au/diversity/faith-online/


      Prayer resources :  

      The Saving Word (Sunday readings) – email belmont@cam.org.au

      Children’s worksheet  – email belmont@cam.org.au

      •  www.liturgybrisbane.net.au/prepare/sunday-readings-and-family-prayer/                      (From Liturgy Brisbane, updated each week)
      See here for information from the Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference
      The Bishops Conference is providing resources to support people's prayer life, including links to online Masses and a Sunday prayer resource. They can be accessed on this page.
       
      Community support group during self isolation :
       
      • St Bernard’s is co-ordinating support to parishioners in need eg shopping for grocery or pharmacy items, frequent telephone calls to stay in touch, walking pets or lawn mowing, all whilst maintaining physical distancing set by local authorities.
        •  

      • The operating time for this support group is : Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 3pm. If you are in need of assistance, or can offer to help (must be under 65 years of age) please contact Fr Sang  0421 926 989.
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       Need help connecting with your family or friends via technology?
       
      • Contact the Parish Office 52 432 739 or belmont@cam.org.au
      • A member of our parish has offered to provide technical assistance over the phone.
      • She will help you set up and make video calls (through your phone, tablet or laptop/PC) using Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Google meet, Duo and others. 

      St Bernard’s prayer & community… 

      Please notify the office before meeting & follow current government guidelines

    • St Vincent de Paul

    • Widowed & Social Group                              

    • Charismatic Prayer                            

    • Men’s Group                                               

    • Knights of the Southern Cross                     

    • Wednesday Cards  

    •                                 

    • Friday communion suspended (Nursing Homes still in lockdown)


                           Annual Book Fair
                           
                          It has been necessary to postpone our Annual Book Fair.

                          Starting from 18th May, please store Books, DVDs, CDs records, board games or jigsaw puzzles at home, until they can be safely delivered to the Parish Office.

                          Thank you for your support and happy cleaning and sorting.   Peter & Margaret
                           

                               

                          Continuing financial support :
                           
                          We clearly recognise, that economically this will be a difficult time for many.
                           
                          With no masses, our parish has lost its major income source. We invite you to consider how you can offer some financial support.
                           
                          Please contact the Office : to make a one-off payment, or set up monthly contributions. You can use bank transfer, credit card, or post cheques.
                           
                          We are very grateful for your past & on-going support.  Thank you 

                               

                              Remember :

                              Getting outdoors : not cancelled

                              Music : not cancelled

                              Family : not cancelled

                              Reading : not cancelled

                              Singing : not cancelled

                              Laughing : not cancelled

                              Hope : not cancelled                                                

                              LET US EMBRACE WHAT WE HAVE

                               

                              Please contact the Office, for current status of activities described below.

                               
                               

                               
                               
                               
                              Neighbourhood Meals

                              A personal invitation is issued to each parish household - one small area of the Parish at a time - to share a simple meal with nearby parishioners.

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               
                              Justice Network

                              Each month, a meeting is held to learn about and discuss a variety of justice topics, lead by a qualified speaker. Meetings are advertised in the Parish Bulletin and all are welcome.

                               

                               

                               

                               

                              RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

                              A program of instruction and formation in the Catholic faith is held each year from September to Easter of the following year. Contact the Parish Office for more information.

                               

                               
                               

                              ~St Bernard’s Parish community is proud to acknowledge the Wathaurong People as the first custodians and original inhabitants of the area. May we find continued unity in our shared love of this land.~