Parish Of St Francis Xavier, Ashbury, NSW, Australia

Holy Week At Home

To assist parishioners in celebrating the Holy Week Liturgies, the Archdiocese of Brisbane, on their Liturgy Website has an excellent set of prayer liturgies for each of the days of Holy Week as we come to enter the Paschal Mystery of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. Below is the link to these home liturgies entitled “Holy Week at Home”.

Liturgy Brisbane – Holy Week At Home

Channel 7 to broadcast Easter Services from St Mary’s Cathedral

We are very pleased to announce that Channel 7 will broadcast the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday (10 April) at 3pm and the Easter Sunday Mass (12 April) at 10:30am live from St Mary’s Cathedral. At a time when Catholic churches across Australia are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a wonderful opportunity for people across all ages and no matter where they live to participate in the Mass at the holiest time in our Church’s year. Please share this exciting news with other parishioners, especially those you cannot access the internet.

By order of the Government ALL Churches are closed till further notice.

In his Pastoral Letter Archbishop Anthony Fisher states:“It is with heavy heart that I announce that following the new commonwealth and state restrictions on public places, all public Masses and other communal devotions, whether inside Churches or outside, are suspended in the Archdiocese of Sydney from 12 noon Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice.”

The Archbishop also states,

“Clarification has been received from government that, in New South Wales at least, all churches must be closed, even for private prayer.”

This is sad for all Catholics and people of different faith traditions; however, the priority MUST always be for the health and safety of ALL parishioners and to conform to the regulations set down by the Federal and State Governments.

In the current situation the Archbishop is granting to all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Sydney a dispensation from the usual obligation to participate in Sunday Mass.

The Archdiocese has setup a special webpage for further information and is updated on a regular basis. – www.sydneycatholic.org/coronavirus-updates

“Mass for you at Home” is broadcasted on Channel 10 each Sunday at 6.00am. There are several live-streaming and on-demand services for daily Mass both locally and from around the English-speaking world. The cathedral is live-streaming Mass and other devotions. Links are available on the Archdiocesan website www.sydneycatholic.org

A modified Parish Bulletin will be uploaded onto the Parish Website weekly which will include the Sunday Gospel and a Reflection.www.sfxashbury.org.au/bulletins.html

Tania, our parish secretary, will be in the Parish Office as usual on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. If you don’t need to come in person, please remain at home. Please feel free to call for any enquires or emergencies.

As Fr Richard will be celebrating a Private Mass each day, parishioners are still able to offer Mass for an intention by collecting a Mass Offering envelope at the front door of the Parish House. Once completed please place the envelope through the mailbox near the front door.

We ask for your patience and understanding at this time and pray for each other and for those affected by the coronavirus in any way.

Keep safe and God Bless

Fr Richard

Welcome to the Parish of St Francis Xavier, Ashbury (NSW Australia).

We are in a quiet location in one of Sydney’s Inner West suburbs. We are a small but active community and will do our best to make you feel welcome.

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