There is a poignancy on Mother’s Day today with some family members perhaps unable to travel or visit. Hopefully modern means of communication will provide most with the opportunity to make some contact with family. Social distancing reminds us that mothering is an activity which can only be undertaken by contact. Children blossom in the embraces, cuddles and kisses of their mothers. Electronic screens and audible words fall far short of physical nurturing. I wish all our mothers a very happy mothers’ day filled with God’s blessings and graces. We keep in prayer all mothers who have already gone before us. Fr Nicolas Maurice
Visits to church hall: Fr Maurice plans to work from the parish hall one morning each week so that parishioners can stop to make contact and talk. He plans to work from the Ted Howe Room on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am, and from the Cranney Room on Friday mornings from 10am. Parishioners are welcome to stop in while maintaining suitable distance from others.
Deposit box: More than one parishioner has enquired about planned giving envelopes. Thus, a deposit box will be set up at the parish office during office hours, at the Ted Howe Room on Wednesdays from 9.30am, at the Cranney Room on Fridays from 10am for those who may wish to drop off envelopes. Parishioners may wish to consider swapping to online giving. Details for donating online via Electronic Funds Transfer: BSB: 032582 Account Number: 810033. (Optional Reference: Surname. Planned Giving).
Prayer for those who care for the sick: Father of mercies, we thank you for all who care for the sick. When they diagnose, give them patience. When they protect the vulnerable, give them your protection. When they work to heal, give them strength. When they comfort, give them consolation. When they are tired, give them rest. When they are discouraged, bring them your hope. May we welcome and respect them as we support one another in this time of trial. Amen