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Yesterday (Tuesday March 24) Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB released a Pastoral Letter to our whole Catholic community regarding the current COVID-19 crises.
Please read the full Pastoral Letter by Clicking Here https://bit.ly/3dqnQQA

ALL PUBLIC MASSES AT ALL CHURCHES AND CHAPELS ACROSS THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PERTH ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED UNTIL 1 APRIL 2020.

Subsequent revision and advice will be given prior to 1 April 2020


NO MASS? SPIRITUAL COMMUNION!

In his encyclical, "Ecclesia de Eucharistia" ("A Eucharistic Church"), Pope John Paul II encouraged the practice of spiritual communion, “which has been a wonderful part of Catholic life for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life.” 

St. Thomas Aquinas described it as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the most holy sacrament and lovingly embrace him” at a time or in circumstances when we cannot receive him in sacramental Communion. 

We celebrate the Mass privately for the sake of all our community members. You can unite yourselves to the sacrifice of the Mass, and receive all the spiritual benefits you would receive with sacramental communion.

No particular prayers required, though there are acts of spiritual communion in Catholic prayer books to help focus a proper intention. One of the most popular is that composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori: 

“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire you with all my heart.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already in my heart
and unite myself to you completely.
Please do not let me ever be separated from you.”


CONFESSIONS DURING LENT
One of the precise indications that the wisdom of the Church gives us is that, even in the absence of any serious sin, we need to have confession at least once a year.

That is really the minimum: consider the consequences of having a shower only once a year. Confession (reconciliation) is to our soul what a shower is to our body. However, it is once a year, it is recommended that this be in preparation to Easter. Multiple opportunities are offered at our parish and elsewhere. 

Let us make it a point to get ready so as to receive the grace the Lord has in store for us this Lent and Easter.





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