Palm Sunday, otherwise known as Passion Sunday, is the first day of Holy Week – the last week of Lent which starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday.
The day celebrates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem.
Good afternoon to beloved faithful,
I hope that you are all doing very well. I have just received the second letter from Bishop Brian and would like to take this opportunity to share it with you now. It is truly sad to undergo the current crisis however we have responsibility to look after each other as well as others. Of course it is an extremely sad situation. Please join me in prayers for healing and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as all those impacted by it, especially doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers that are on the front lines of COVID-19.
Fr. Bosco Sangbok Son SVD
A MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOP:
“My Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
In light of decisions made by the Prime Minister and his National Cabinet last night, pleas refer to the attached document, “Updated Clergy Directives from Bishop Brian Mascord as a Result of Coronavirus (COVID-19) as of 23 March 2020”. Please note that all places of worship are to be closed in accordance with government regulations. These directives, addressed to our clergy with copies provided to other relevant parties, are effective from midday TODAY (23 March 2020).
Yours in the Lord,
Most Rev. Brian G. Mascord DD
Bishop of Wollongong”
Dear Parishioners and Members of the Wider Community,
I regret to inform you that all parish gatherings and activities will be suspended until further notice. This comes in the wake of the recent Government-issued advice all indoor gatherings of 100 people or more should be cancelled. Our very own Bishop Brian has taken this advice very seriously, as has our leadership here at Mary, Mother of the Church, and as a result the suspension of gatherings including all Masses has come about.
These decisions were made to protect our community against the pandemic that circulates our society, COVID-19 (otherwise known as the novel Coronavirus). Suspensions will continue until further notice so please remain updated by checking our parish website regularly.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST:
“I am aware that many of us have curiosities, clarified questions in regard to Bishop’s first pastoral letter in regard to COVID-19 and even thoughts about the Holy Week celebrations and so on. At the moment it seems to me that many of us want to have all that answers, however, we should ‘Keep Calm and Carry on’. Fr Joseph and I humbly invite you to pray together as God’s children in order to overcome this crisis.
Fr. Bosco Sangbok Son SVD”
Please refer to the PDF below for Bishop Brian’s original Pastoral Statement and the Updates Parish Directives as a Result of Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Stay safe and positive and take comfort in your faith.
In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.
MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH
PARISH MASS TIMES
*All Public Masses are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19
Online Masses on Facebook Page, YouTube Channel (Mary Mother of The Church- Please subsribe) :
Tuesday: 8:00 AM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM
Thursday: 8:00 AM
Friday: 8:00 AM
Saturday: 8:00 AM, 6:00 PM (Vigil)
Sunday: 8:00 AM
Palm Sunday Readings
Entrance : Matthew 21:1-11
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 21
Second Reading: Phil 2:6-11
GOSPEL: Matthew 26:14-27:66
Mass online: *Follow Parish YouTube channel*
For any physical questions and appointments, visit us at 58 Edgar St, Macquarie Fields NSW 2564.
Tuesday: 9 AM – 2 PM
Thursday: 9 AM – 2 PM
Friday: 9 AM – 2 PM
Sat – Sun: CLOSED