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.
Bishop Robert McGuckin is currently working with parishes to establish safe and practical ways to return to general Mass attendance. Parishes are required to submit a COVID Safe Plan to Bishop Robert for approval before reopening. Please contact your local parish to find out your church’s reopening process. This directive is in place effective 18/5/20 (see statement from Bishop below).
Sunday Mass (9:00am) will continue to be live streamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral Toowoomba.
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.
Most archdioceses and dioceses (and many parishes) in Australia are streaming daily and or Sunday Masses. A list of links can be found here.
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.
Shalom World is streaming Masses from across the world. A locally produced talk show, Dominion – Over the Pandemic, will begin to air from 27/4/20 @ 9pm.
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 Weekly (Sydney Archdiocesan newspaper) is available for free while Masses are susppended. 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.