From Fr Greg's Pew: 14th June
Hi everyone! It was great to have so many of you back with us last weekend. With further easing of social restrictions on the horizon, things seem to be looking up as we slowly but surely return to a new normal. I hope you’ve been as overjoyed as I am to be able to return to regular masses at our Churches- it has been wonderful to see your (real) faces filling the pews once again!
Mass Bookings for our weekend Masses (excluding Saturday 9am at SCB) can now be made via our website. To book your spot, just go to the "Mass Booking" button on our home page. If you don't have a computer or internet access you can call the office any time during office hours Mon to Fri instead. Please note, online bookings open 7pm Monday Nights & close 2pm Fridays.
Just a reminder if you arrive for Mass without a booking, you will be required to wait outside until we know if people are going to arrive. Once Mass begins, prior bookings will be lost and any spaces given to waiting parishioners.
This weekend Mass availability (as of 5 pm Friday) is as follows:
5pm OLQP - spaces available
6pm SCB - spaces available
8am SCB - Booked out
9am OLQP - spaces available
10am SCB - Booked out
6pm SCB - Booked out
Planned Giving Envelopes for 2020/2021 will be available from next week, they will be in the foyer just outside the office, alternatively parishioners are welcome to call/email the office if they wish to pick them up from the church at Mass on the weekend.
Parishioner numbers may be different on the envelopes due to consolidation of the numbers as more Parishioners Planned Giving is done electronically. Tax Receipts will be available in July.
Volunteers to man the church are still required from Tuesday to Sunday each week. If you are able to assist, please email Judy at email@example.com with your availability.
Would you like to receive the bulletin via email? We apologise for not emailing the Bulletin & Catholic Weekly last week, as we are in the process of setting up a new system which will allow us to send updates as needed. If you would like to continue to receive the Bulletin and other useful links delivered straight to your inbox each week, please email Judy firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office!
In any case, the bulletin can always be found each week on our website on the ‘Bulletin Page’.
Congratulations to Br Nicholas Harsas!
Patrician Brother Nicholas Harsas received an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for service to education and the Catholic Church. He told the Fairfield Advance newspaper that he received the honour on behalf of the school communities he had served and the religious brothers and sisters he had worked alongside throughout his career.
“Any success I have had in Catholic education is directly related to the co-operation I have received from the students, staff and parents of the communities where I have served and ministered,” Br Nicholas said.
Brother Nicholas is a Ryde boy. His parents Steve (RIP) and Margaret have been long-time parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Peace. Nicholas attended school at OLQP and then Holy Cross College. After graduating as a teacher he taught for a few years at St Charles Primary before entering the Patrician Brothers.
He has been a Patrician for just over twenty-five years. In that time he was principal at Patrician Brothers Primary School, Fairfield; St Therese Primary School, Sadleir-Miller; Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School, Fairfield; and is currently principal at Holy Spirit Primary School, Carnes Hill.
Nicholas has also been on the leadership team of the Brothers in Australia and Papua New Guinea, and he is at the moment a member of the Patrician international leadership team. We commend him on this well-deserved award for his extraordinary service to his communities over the years!
And that’s about it for now! I hope you and your families are staying safe, happy and faith-filled.
Your brother in Christ's service, as always,