Welcome to the Catholic Parish of Brooklyn Park/Richmond
Receiving Holy Communion on Saturday/Sunday
Because of the restricted numbers, I have a devised a plan which should allow everyone who wishes to receive Holy Communion on Sunday. It means that you will need to pray the opening prayers and read the readings either at home or in your car. Then once you have prepared yourselves to receive Holy Communion, you can come into the church in groups of 10 in order to receive Communion and then leave in order to let the next group in. Hopefully that will give everyone the opportunity to receive Holy Communion, even if it's not yet a proper celebration of the Mass. During the week, I will offer extra Masses in mornings and evenings so that people can book in via our online booking site. That will give the opportunity to attend the full Mass, rather than just coming to the church and only receiving Holy Communion.
Distributing Holy Communion
St John Bosco, Brooklyn Park - Saturday Evening 6pm - 7pm
St John Bosco, Brooklyn Park - Sunday Morning 9am - 12pm
Parishioners arrive and pray the opening prayers and readings in their cars.
The prayers and readings will be made available to collect.
You may like to listen to the Corona of Thorns Podcast as a way of praying, and listening to the readings.
If you walked to church, the hall will be opened so that you can pray indoors. Please ensure that no more than 10 people are in the hall at any time.
When you are ready to enter the church.
Try to form groups of no more than 10 people.
Sign your name in the attendance register (this is for contact tracing if there is a case of Covid-19)
Sanitise your hands
Walk to the front of the church, observing social distancing. Stand at the bottom step of the sanctuary on the crosses marked out on the carpet.
Together we will pray:
The Our Father
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof...
Receiving Holy Communion:
Holy Communion will be administered only under the form of Bread.
we are not yet permitted to give Communion on the tongue, so please receive on the hand.
The priest will promptly give the final blessing to the group of 10
Please leave the church quickly so that the next group have the opportunity to enter.
Make your thanksgiving in the car or back at home.
Parishioners won't need to book in for Holy Communion - just turn up during the periods of distribution.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday/Sunday
These times have been amended to accommodate the distribution of Holy Communion.
St John Bosco, Brooklyn Park - Saturday Evening 7pm - 9pm
St John Bosco, Brooklyn Park - Sunday Morning 8am - 9am and 3pm - 6pm
To book a place for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, go to: https://calendly.com/brooklynparkrichmond/adoration-sjb
Mass Times during the Week
St John Bosco:
Sat 9am, 10am
To book a place at the Mass, go to: https://calendly.com/brooklynparkrichmond/mass-at-st-john-bosco
To book a place at the Mass, go to: https://calendly.com/brooklynparkrichmond/mass-at-st-aloysius-richmond
Getting Catholic TV Streaming through Formed.org
I am thrilled to tell you that our Parish subscription to Formed.org has come through. And as parishioners you are entitled to a free subscription to the service.
What is Formed.org?
It's basically Catholic Netflix - a streaming service which allows you to view Catholic content on demand. It has inspirational movies and documentaries on the lives of the saints, programs about the Scriptures and the Catholic faith, and it has some terrific programs for kids. You can participate in Mass and other devotions. There are audio programs and audiobooks for when you're on the go, and there is a wide selection of ebooks, both fiction and non-fiction.
How do I get access to it?
It's free to you under our parish subscription! So, take a look.
Go to: formed.org/signup
Click: the third option "I belong to a Parish or Organisation"
Type in: Brooklyn Park Richmond Catholic Parish (you'll see it come up as you type) Click "Next"
Type in: Your Name, your email address. Click Sign up.
Want to be inspired? Watch "Freedom" about the underground railroad or "Bonhoeffer" about the great protestant theologian during WWII.
Want to learn something? Watch "Presence" about the Eucharist.
Want to pray? Check out the "Meditation on the Stations of the Cross"
Want to entertain the kids with great stuff? Put on an episode of "Brother Francis"
You can stream these programs to your laptop via formed.org; or you can download the IOS or Google App to your devices.
Keeping in touch with the Parish
Keep in touch with the website - brooklynparkrichmond.org.au This will give us the opportunity to provide you with prayers, readings and other resources which you can take up at home. We'll continue to produce a reduced form of the parish bulletin. This will be available online, and there will also be copies available in the churches. There are many resources out there, I'll try to make the best stuff available through our website.
Corona of Thorns Podcast - I've started a podcast which will have the daily readings, a homily and a prayer of spiritual communion. At present, the podcast is up on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Anchor. It's free, so please subscribe.
Check the parish bulletin each week - these are posted online
Tune in to Formed.org - it has some great Catholic content. As a parishioner you have free access under the parish license.
Phone Tree - Contacts
The trouble with social-distancing, etc, is that for the already-isolated, the loneliness becomes more acute! I would like to start up a 'Phone Tree' in the parish... if you are willing to keep in contact with some of our elderly parishioners to make sure they are going ok, then we'll endeavour to put you in contact with them.
1. If you know of elderly people who need someone to check up on them - please email me their details.
2. If you are willing to join the Phone Tree and help keep in touch with people - please email me your details.
Collections - We can only guess at the financial impact of the coronavirus on the economy and on household budgets. The cancelling of Masses means that the parish loses its principal source of income, which is the collection. I invite you to consider your continuing support of the parish.
a.) If you have planned giving envelopes, you might like to bring them round to the office (or leave them with the receptions at St John Bosco School, or Tenison Woods Catholic School)
b.) If you would like to join the Direct Debit system to make regular contributions please let me know. How much and how often you donate is entirely up to you, and it can be cancelled or amended at any time.
c.) If you would like to make a one-time electronic donation you can go to: http://www.adelaide.catholic.org.au/donation and select "Brooklyn Park/Richmond Parish". This will allow you to make a credit/debit card payment to the parish.
I am still in the parish and still available. If there are any needs for which I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call me. We are still able to administer the anointing of the sick and to hear confessions, so please contact me.
St John Bosco Church
Saturday 9:00 am and 10:00am
Reconciliation (Confession) : Saturday 7:00pm-9:00pm and Sunday 8:00am-9:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm
St Aloysius Church
Estia Health, Lockleys
Next Mass at 11 am Wednesday 4 March, 2020
Next Mass at 10.30 am Thursday 5 March, 2020
Parish Priest: Fr Peter Zwaans
Secretary: Mrs. Helen Gardiner (Thu 9am to 2pm)
Office: 23 Lipsett Terrace, Brooklyn Park (enter via Anna Street)
Phone: 08 8352 3561
St John Bosco Church: 17-19 Lipsett Terrace, Brooklyn Park, SA 5032
St Aloysius Church: 68 Brooker Terrace, Richmond, SA 5033
Phone : (08) 8352 7073
Principal : Ms. Kate Turner
Phone : (08) 8131 7900
Acting Principal : Mr. Peter Mercer