COVID-19 UPDATE as of 20th May 2020
A message from Fr. Jack...
“Nothing is permanent except change,” the Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote two and a half thousand years ago. Life is changeable and to live is to change. The Celebration of the Ascension is a reflection about change in the life of the first community of believers, from the plainly visible presence of Jesus to the metaphorical being and a new dimension on the day of Pentecost. So it is with us, from the fundamental changes – acknowledged by certain rituals and rites, ceremonies and commissioning to the daily routine: changing mind, rethinking or even the ability to apologise. The Feast of the Ascension, a special time to reflect upon the changing circumstances around us. Yes, life is very slowly changing back to normal as we continue to battle the coronavirus. Some restrictions are starting to be eased… however many regulations apply in our everyday lives, especially regarding gatherings and physical distance. Hence...
- The church will open on Tuesday at 7.00am for Mass at 7.30am.
- Wednesday to Saturday the church will open at 8.45am for 9.10am Mass.
- On Sunday the church will open at 9.30am for 10am Mass which will also be livestreamed on You Tube and Facebook.
- The maximum number of people attending is strictly 10 (ten)
- There must be a record of all present in the church at that time; (name and contact details)
- Entrance ONLY via side door
- Please sanitise your hands when entering and leaving the church
- Church will be closed 15 minutes after Mass - The Church will then be cleaned.
These regulations may look strict but they are regulated by the government. Thank you for your understanding and complying with these rules. I hope that everything will be back to normal soon. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your financial support in the recent months of isolation. On behalf of St Martha’s Community a very big thank you and may God bless you.
ST MARTHA’S WILL BE LIVESTREAMING THE 10.00AM MASS EVERY SUNDAY VIA THE PARISH FACEBOOK PAGE AND YOUTUBE.
Daily Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral can be viewed at… https://www.sydneycatholic.org
MAY GOD WATCH OVER YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES DURING THESE TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY
“Offering Faith-filled Hospitality To All”
St Martha’s Parish Strathfield warmly extends the hand of welcome to all.
St Martha’s Church is located near the corner of Churchill Avenue and Homebush Road, Strathfield NSW, 2135.
The Church is open Monday to Friday from 8am until 5pm to give Parishioners and people passing by the opportunity to take some time to be in the presence of Jesus.
( Please note: The Church is locked daily at 12.00 noon during the school holidays.)
The Presbytery and Parish Office are located just around the corner at 70 Homebush Road, Strathfield.
The Most Holy Trinity
Glory be to the Father,
Who by His almighty power and love, created me,
making me in the image and likeness of God.
Glory be to the Son,
Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell,
and opened for me the gates of heaven.
Glory be the Holy Spirit,
Who has sanctified me in the sacrament of Baptism,
and continues to sanctify me
by the graces I receive daily from His bounty.
Glory be to the Three adorable Persons of the Holy Trinity,
now and forever.... Amen.
who on this day
didst open the way of eternal life
to every race and nation
by the promised gift of Thy Holy Spirit:
Shed abroard this gift throughout the world
by the preaching of the Gospel,
that it may reach to the ends of the earth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reignth
with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Prayer for Medical Staff & Healthcare Workers
Prayer for Fallen Police Officers
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You, above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot, at this moment, receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You are already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be seperated from you.
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During this time where we can't attend our beautiful church in person, we're asking all our Parishioners to join our electronic mailing list.
It's is a great way for us communicate with you, via email, and keep you right up to date with all things relating to the Parish.
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Please consider supporting our Parish
The Parish’s finances rely heavily upon contributions which are normally collected during Masses. As we currently don’t have any physical collections in the church, at the moment, please consider making an online donation to the Parish – especially during this COVID-19 period, while the church is closed to the public.
St. Martha's Church Bells
will now ring 5 times each day
Each prayer time will be dedictated to a specific group particularly affected by the pandemic, at the following times...
9am: Prayer for those infected by COVID-19 and those who are sick.
12pm: Angelus Prayer for health professionals, clergy and those caring for the sick.
3pm: For the unemployed, financially stressed, isolated or lonely.
6pm: Angelus prayer for all Australians, especially political leaders and health authorities.
9pm: Prayer for those who have died from COVID-19, and their families.
We invite everyone to join us in prayer
Things to do during COVID-19 isolation
Cath Family is a website dedicated to assisting families in making the home the living heart of the church. This site aims to provide innovative and contemporary resources to help, not only in this time of isloation, but throughout normal times as well.
An Article in the Catholic Weekly
Hope is spreading faster than a virus in Strathfield where the people of its Catholic parish are hitting on new ways to bring Christ's light to everyone - even the non-religious...
The only thing more contagious
than a virus is...
~ William McGraven
With the closure of our Churches, along with many months ahead filled with so much uncertainty, St Martha’s Parish Strathfield is undertaking various and alternative ways to interact with our parishioners and keep them connected to their faith. The Church is very much alive!
We will be:
Eucharistic, called by God, joyfully proclaiming the Good News
Transformed by The Word, seeking God's Will
Compassionate, seeking justice and peace
Full of grace, honouring our differences and dignity of all
Welcoming, offering our hospitality, generosity and gifts.
Alive with the Holy Spirit
Inspired by St. Martha
We celebrate and witness God's love
By using our gifts and talents in the service of our Parish
Weekend Mass Times
5pm, Vigil Mass
8am, 10am & 6pm
Weekday Mass Times
9:10am, followed by Reconciliation