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CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE at HOLY FAMILY

Reconciliation Times for Christmas (2nd Rite):
Friday, 17th December at 11 am & Monday, 20 December at 7pm. (This is in addition to our usual Reconciliation times)

The 18th Annual Christmas Carols: Sunday, 19th December at 7.30pm. NO 6pm Mass.

Christmas Mass Times:

  • Family Christmas Mass – Friday, 24th December @6pm. Children are invited to come dressed as angels, shepherds, Mary, Joseph or wise kings.
  • Midnight Mass – Midnight (Carols @11.45pm)
  • Christmas Day – Saturday, 25th December – 8am & 9.30am. NO Vigil Mass

Practice for Christmas Midnight Mass: Saturday – 11 & 18 December @10am at Church.

Feast of Holy Family: Sunday, 26 December at 8am, 9.30am and 6pm.

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Please comply with the COVID Restrictions and precautions when coming to visit the parish:

FACE MASK must be worn at this time.

SIGN IN* with the NSW Government QR code or use the Attendance Register provided in the foyer as you enter the Church.

A two-square metre rule applies, except for members of the same household maximum of 100 people are allowed in the Church at a time – first come first serve basis.  To ensure that you are able to secure a spot, we advise that you arrive early. 

NO congregational singing

DO NOT ENTER THE CHURCH if you have a fever, cough, sorethroat, loss of smell or loss of taste; or shortness of breath,  OR in the past 2 weeks been in contact with someone COVID-19 positive or visited a COVID-19 ‘hot spot’.

Thank you for your cooperation & support

Source: www.sydneycatholic.org/coronavirus-frequently-asked-questions/

* ALL visitors to workplaces and venues within Holy Family Church must use the NSW Government QR code to check in, including: parishioners, staffs, contractors, deliveries.

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WELCOME FR RAFAEL SILVA GALICIA

Congratulations and blessings to Fr Rafael for his ordination on Friday
3rd December. Our prayers are with you as you begin your ministry. We are pleased to
learn that Fr Rafael’s first appointment is to the Holy Family Parish.

We warmly welcome him into our Community!

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MASS OFFERING names can be found here

We welcome your requests for special prayers. You may send this via email at holy.family@bigpond.com with your full name, phone number, Mass request (e.g., Name of person, living/deceased/anniversary/ill/thanksgiving, preferred date/time).

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PLANNED GIVING – 2021/2022 new envelopes and 2020/2021 tax receipts is available to collect from the Church side entrance. Please contact the Parish Office if you wish to receive your tax receipts by email or we can post it to you.

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THE MEMORARE – PRAYER

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.

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Fr Bill’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration

We are looking forward to celebrating Fr Bill Challenor’s Diamond Jubilee with Mass and lunch on Monday 13 December, the 107th anniversary of the laying of our parish foundation stone. 

Bookings are closed for the lunch, but there is some capacity at the Mass. Please email to book for the 10.30am Mass – hfmaroubra1914@gmail.com.

Mass at 10.30am followed by lunch at noon at “The Juniors Maroubra”; $50/head. Please note: Proof of Vaccination is required on entry to the club and masks are to be worn to the Mass and on entry and exit to the club, (and at the bar). 

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Archbishop Fisher urges Catholics to act on euthanasia

The NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice is undertaking an inquiry into the provisions of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 with debate commencing on the bill on 12 November. Archbishop Fisher has condemned the proposed legislation as a sad move towards state sanctioned killing and a terrible attack on the sanctity of life in our state.

Find more information on the bill and the Terms of Reference for the inquiry on the parliamentary HERE

NSW residents concerned about the bill are invited to participate in an online questionnaire which you’ll find HERE. The online questionnaire closes on 22nd November 2021

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Live-streamed Masses in the Archdiocese of Sydney here

COVID-19 Prayer resources
www.sydneycatholic.org/coronavirus-updates/prayer-resources-for-the-coronavirus-pandemic/.

To find the latest information on restrictions, including rules for your local area visit:  https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

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Support Us

First and Second Collections, Planned Giving*, Baptisms, Weddings and all other Sacramental Programme payments can now be made via Onlineclick on the red “SUPPORT US” button towards the top right hand corner and follow the instructions on the BPoint Secure Facility. It’s easier way of making an offering without the need to carry cash, however collections at mass (two buckets at the entrance or tap and go) will continue as usual. Thank you for your donations and support.

The First Collection such as your gifts at baptism and marriages, goes towards paying the living expenses of the priests of our parish and the diocese. Any surplus goes to an Archdiocesan fund to support other priests (eg in smaller parishes, elderly, studying).

The Second Collection is for the support of the parish’s maintenance, utilities, insurances, liturgical needs (eg. altar flowers, altar bread and wine), parish administration (eg staff wages), etc. (including CWF* shortfall).

* Another way to support this Parish and get 100% tax deductibility on your donation ($2 or more) is by donating to Charitable Works Fund (CWF) online AND identify HOLY FAMILY MAROUBRA at the bottom of the page, so that your donation will be added to Parish Appeal total.

* If you wish to join our Planned Giving Program via envelope or monthly direct debit, please send us an email to holy.family@bigpond.com

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Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office

The focus of the Safeguarding Office is the prevention of abuse and harm to children, young people and the vulnerable within our Archdiocese. If you or a person close to you has been abused by someone working or ministering within the Archdiocese of Sydney, we invite you to contact us. We will listen to you respectfully, offer support and discuss the options you have available to you. Please contact the Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office on (02) 9390 5810 or safeguardingenquiries@sydneycatholic.org

You may also want to speak to our Parish Priest who will be able to provide support and guidance. The Archdiocese has a legal obligation to report crimes to the  police.

Information and resources on how to keep children and young people safe

The Overview of The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney Child’s Safeguarding Policy

Please be aware that HOLY FAMILY CHURCH MAROUBRA does not have Facebook page/account. If you “TAG” HOLY FAMILY MAROUBRA in photos on your Facebook page, the images also appear on a Facebook page/account called HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH. This page is NOT created nor controlled by HOLY FAMILY CHURCH MAROUBRA. We kindly remind you to take care when uploading photos of any children without parent consent.

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WWCC Renewal – Updating Personal Details

Please advise parish office via email whenever you update or renew your WWCC number including any contact details e.g. name, phone number, address changes, within three months. Penalties will apply for people who don’t update. And, it is required by the Archdiocese, that only those who have current Working with Children Check Number will be able to serve in the Ministry.

Working With Children Check (WWCC) Renewal
A friendly reminder for those of you that obtained your WWCC in 2016, your WWCC will be due for renewal this year. From time to time the parish needs to update its records of who is undertaking which volunteering roles. Please kindly provide these details at your earliest convenience as we will need to re-verify your renewed WWC number.