Today is the first day out of "lockdown life" for Melburnians and while some restrictions remain, it is with a deep sigh of relief that we can now look forward to reuniting with loved ones and regaining some sense of normality in the weeks and months ahead.
As Fr Michael Gallacher from St Roch's Glen Iris, shared, ‘We can finally begin to gather in our church for prayer and worship again.’ St Roch's is one of many parishes across the Archdiocese that will be opening their doors this weekend for parishioners who are able to gather. Other parishes have opted for a more gradual return to worship over the coming weeks, with some focussing on filling the backlog of baptisms, funerals and weddings that have inevitably built up over time!
Also this week we hear from Tricia Norman, who is part of the parish leadership team at the parish of Camberwell, Balwyn Deepdene and Surrey Hills Wattle Park. Tricia shares the joys and challenges of having to navigate the three parish partnerships over the last 10 years. ‘It’s never been about becoming a super parish and losing the local parish identity,’ Tricia said. ‘It’s about respect for our history, continuing to care and support members of our community and a desire to work together for mission.’
And finally, we head to Springvale Botanical Cemetery in Melbourne’s south-east, where an outdoor memorial space has been created in time for All Souls’ Day (2 November). Fr Aurelio Fragapane recently blessed the cross which features at the memorial site and said, ‘For the Christian community, this space of prayer will become a sacred space for them to remember their loved ones and find strength for their own journey of faith.’
Ps. Good news! The Ordination Mass of Deacons Alex Chow, Hoang Dinh, Joseph Nguyen, Jaycee Napoles and Samuel Pearson will take place on Saturday 4 December. Stay tuned for more details! 🙏