Corona-update @ Regina Coeli
Just as Australia has been reopening cautiously, Catholics have been returning to Mass cautiously. Although tickets for weekend Masses are quickly taken up (not that this should come as a surprise when there are only 3 weekend Masses = 30 tickets!), there are still spare tickets for Weekday Masses.
The State Premier has just announced that cafes, restaurants and pubs, etc., will be able to have up to 50 patrons from the start of June. Quite interestingly, thus far there has been curious silence about whether or not churches will be able to have up to 50 worshippers as well. What will they decide to do? Will churches be given equal treatment or will double standards be applied? The suspense is killing me lol!
As I said last week, due to government restrictions we are unable to re-open in the true sense of the word. Most Catholics won’t be able to attend Mass. But small groups of up to 10 people will be able to join parish Masses when they are being celebrated either on weekdays or weekends. Acquiring tickets (or booking them) will be essential. But please remember:
- Catholics in Sydney are still dispensed from their Sunday Mass obligation.
- Those who are particularly vulnerable to infection are strongly encouraged to remain protected.
Entering the Church
- Anyone who wishes to enter the church must register (i.e. provide contact details) once and once only. There is no need to register again in the future.
- Once registered, the person must record their name and time of visitation on ‘Visitor Log’ each time they enter the church.
- No more than 10 visitors are allowed in the church at any given time.
- Tickets must be acquired (or booked over the phone) by those who wish to attend parish Mass.
- 10 tickets are available for each parish Mass.
- Tickets can be picked up (or booked over the phone) one week in advance, starting on every Tuesday at the parish office.
- Please follow the same procedure as ‘Entering the church.’
- Reconciliation is available each Saturday as per usual.
- Reconciliation can also be arranged by private appointment.
This weekend we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. The 10.00AM Mass will be live-streamed from 10.00AM on Sunday 24 May 2020. Please click on the link below or google ‘Regina Coeli Catholic Church Facebook’:
You do not need a Facebook account in order to view the live-streaming or a recorded version of the live-streamed Mass. Facebook will pressure you to set up an account but you can politely decline and click on ‘Not Now.’
We are intending to live-stream the 5PM Mass via the same Facebook page on Saturday 30 May 2020.
Here is the parish bulletin for the Ascension of the Lord (a number of hard copies will also be placed outside the church side-door – a special thank-you to those who have been kindly delivering them to their beloved neighbours!):
Peace be with you all!
Fr Peter Kwak, Parish Priest (email@example.com / 02 9554 8155)
Corona-update on 23 March 2020
Following the directives from the government and Archbishop Anthony Fisher, our church will remain closed until further notice. During this time there will be:
- No public mass
- No reconciliation (except by appointment)
- No baptism
- Weddings and funerals can still be celebrated but with immediate family only.
This is indeed a very sad time for us, but we still appreciate the great challenge our leaders face in trying to formulate the best strategy for slowing down the spread of the coronavirus.
I intend to continue to publish parish bulletins (online) each Friday. I also intend to make myself fully available for private appointments. Please do not hesitate to call on me in times of need.
As I said already, ‘creativity and prudence’ may be needed in ensuring that parish life is not only sustained but also enriched during the challenging time of the corona-pandemic. So, please feel free to share with me your concerns, comments and suggestions all throughout. Peace be with you all.
Welcome to the website of Regina Coeli Catholic Parish, Beverly Hills. We are a Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Sydney, with a beautiful church which has been an iconic landmark at the top of Beverly Hills for nearly 60 years. Legendary parishioners have been formed at Regina Coeli during those years! But we are also in need of starting afresh and becoming evermore open to what God has in mind regarding the next chapter in our history. We would like all people of goodwill to join us in responding to the call to a spiritual adventure! We have a saying here: ‘If you are at Regina Coeli, it is because Our Lady has brought you here!’
Our parish website is definitely a work in progress but still has some practical information. Please feel free to explore and provide feedback. Please feel free also to tell us ways in which the parish can be of assistance to you and your family. Our Lady Queen of Heaven, pray for us!
Redevelopment of Regina Coeli
Regina Coeli Parish will be undergoing some redevelopment caused by the increased growth of the parish and school.
Regina Coeli Parish – Child Protection Policy
The Archdiocese of Sydney has produced a Child Protect Policy which includes when to report abuse. Click Here To Read
Policy on the care, well-being and protection of children and young persons – Click Here To Read