The COVID-19 pandemic presents many challenges to how we function as a society and how we gather and worship as Catholics. In light of the public health crisis we face, it is vital to protect the health of our parishioners, clergy, staff and the community at large.
All regular public Masses are hereby suspended until 1st May 2020. This includes all Holy Week Ceremonies. The obligation to participate at Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation is dispensed. Churches are closed from 23 March 2020.
Response from the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office Parents and students will be notified directly by thier school regarding changes to school operation.
Response from CatholicCare Social Services CatholicCare will be providing all services by video or phone until further notice. Group Work has also been cancelled until further notice (including All TRAMS English classes, TRAMS Homework Club, WHADDUP Youth Group, All BLESS activities and Deadly Sistas). To contact CatholicCare call 1300 477 433. To contact the Family Relationship Centre (FRC) call 1300 348 248.
Response from St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba There are currently visitor restrictions in place, please see SVPH website for details.
Closures will be reviewed when appropriate and changes will be made when it is safe to do so.
The James Byrne Centre is currently closed until further notice.
Sychar House of Prayer and Spirituality is currently closed and borrowing of books from the library is also unavailable while protection measures are in place. Those who have already established links with Sychar will have received the first Sychar Solidarity, a weekly communication to connect people and carry on the momentum already created. If you have not received this communication but would like to be on the list, please contact Elaine Morzone at firstname.lastname@example.org by email.
Special Religious Development (SPRED) has cancelled Integrated Sessions and all other SPRED activities for Term 1. For further enquiries regarding the status of SPRED activities, please contact their office by email email@example.com or phone 07 4632 8427, Monday to Thursday between 9am & 3.30pm.
Bread 4 Today: This daily reflection app is produced by the Redemptorists, Australia, New Zealand and Samoa
Three-Minute Retreat: These brief but thoughtful virtual ‘retreats’ are based on the lectionary and are produced by Loyola Press, a ministry of the Jesuits in the United States. They are available online or as an app on your phone.
Sacred Space: The Irish Jesuits have been producing the popular Sacred Space daily prayers and reflections for more than twenty years, and they are now available as a convenient phone app.
Archdiocese of Brisbane: Tune in and enjoy a live web cast of the 10am Sunday Mass. Parishioners may access live broadcasts at specific times or replays of a Mass on-demand.
Archdiocese of Melbourne: Daily Mass is streamed live at 1pm (Mon – Fri) and is then available as a recording on demand until one hour prior to the next 1.00pm Mass.
CathNews Mass on Demand: Daily Mass live streamed on YouTube.
Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Chinchilla: Daily Mass live streamed on YouTube by one of our parishes in the diocese.
Our Lady of the Way Parish North Sydney: Daily Mass is recorded and available to view anytime on YouTube.
Emmaus Productions: As the world goes into lock-down, Emmaus Productions is offering families and communities the video and music resources below to support them spiritually during this extraordinary time as well as offering support to them in their celebration of Holy Week and Easter.
The Catholic Leader (Brisbane Archdiocesan newspaper, also available in our diocese) is available for free while Masses are suspended. Visit their website to view a free digital copy.
The Catholic Diocese of Wollongong has made the digital download of their Lenten Program CD, Grace, available for free. Visit their store to access the free download.