COVID Restrictions - FAQs

FAQS -  11.50pm Thursday 18th November 2021  the following measures will be applied throughout Victoria.

 

Under no circumstances should anyone awaiting a COVID-19 test verification, including Clergy (even without presenting symptoms) attend a church or parish setting until a diagnosis is confirmed. Additionally, under no circumstances should anyone attend who is closely connected to people who are awaiting test results or who have tested positive.

VICTORIA
We welcome the opening up of our places of worship and opportunities for gathering but remain mindful and respectful that many in our community remain feeling cautious and anxious, and that density quotients will prevent our full communities gathering as they would wish.

Please Note that Vaccination requirements will now apply from the age of 12 and 2 months, unless a medical exemption applies.

Face Coverings: 
Masks are required indoors only in limited settings including retail, health care, aged care and justice facilities, at primary schools and on public transport/taxis/rideshare. The wearing of masks is recommended if you can’t physically distance, if you have any symptoms, or if you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.

As Casey Area is still considered a hotspot St Agatha's parish will continue for now, to limit the numbers attending ceremonies in the Church until further notice

Religious Gatherings and Ceremonies: If everyone present is fully vaccinated, you can host or attend weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies at places of worship with no capacity limits or density limits OR 50 people unknown status. 

Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Permitted for fully vaccinated  OR 50 people unknown status. 

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Permitted for fully vaccinated  OR 50 people unknown status.

Unknown Vaccination: 50 people indoors DQ4 to be applied.iIf vaccination status isn’t being checked, these events are restricted to one person per 4 sqm up to a maximum of 50 people per facility. The cap at funerals doesn’t include those required to conduct the funeral and the cap at weddings doesn’t include the marrying couple, celebrant or photographer.  There will still be mask requirements, density limits and caps in place for weddings, funerals, places of worship and other settings if the vaccination status of attendees is not being checked. 

 

Adoration Chapel: Please sign in with the Service Victoria app and also the Visitors Register.  Please follow the rules displayed inside the Chapel.

• Masses will continue to be livestreamed Monday to Saturday at 9.30am and Sunday at 9.00am

How can I continue to make my offering to the Church Stewardship & Presbytery collections?

For those who would like to continue their contributions to St Agatha's Parish or to make a donation, you can do so by Electronic Funds Transfer or Credit Card or we can set up a Direct Debit from your account  To download the form NAB Direct Debit & Credit Card Authority

Our banking details are:

FIRST COLLECTION OR DONATIONS

For Donations, Stewardship Giving & Mass Offerings please credit the

Church Account:
Account Name: St Agathas Parish
BSB: 083-879 Account No: 489181088
So we can identify your deposit please use one of the following references:

For Donations: Surname Donation
For Stewardship: Stewardship number and name i.e. Smith PG 723
Loose Collection: B Smith Church Coll
Mass Offerings: Name of Offering & date of Mass i.e. Henry 4 May

(Mass Offerings can be booked by contacting the Parish Office at least one week prior)

SECOND COLLECTION

For donations to the Second Collection, which supports the Priests & Presbytery please credit the

Presbytery Account
Account Name: St Agathas Presbytery
BSB: 083-879 Account No: 367718393
Please put the following reference on your transfer - Surname Pres Coll

 

FOR INTERNATIONAL BANKING

BANK:  National Australia Bank

BANK ADDRESS:  245 Raymond Street, SALE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

SWIFT CODE:  NATAAU3303M

BSB (BANK, STATE, BRANCH):  083-879

ACCOUNT NUMBER:  48918 1088

BENEFICIARY NAME:  St Agatha’s Parish-Cranbourne

BENEFICIARY ADDRESS:  131 Sladen Street,

                                            CRANBOURNE, VICTORIA, 3977

                                            AUSTRALIA

We thank you in advance for supporting our parish community

Can I still offer a Mass? 

Masses can be offered for my intention or my loved ones.
At your request, a Mass can be offered for your intention. This can only be arranged by telephoning the parish office on 5996 1985 on Monday 1.00pm to 3.00pm or Tuesday to Friday between 8.30am – 3.00pm. Only Two Mass offerings taken per Mass, where possible we request you book at least one week in advance.
Please phone the parish office to book your Mass intention before paying with CDFpay online, Thank you.  

Sunday Obligation


The faithful can keep holy their Sunday by setting aside some time for prayer at home, reading the Scriptures of the day, watching Mass on television or online, and asking God for the graces they would normally receive in Holy Communion (canon 87 §1, canon 1248 §2)

Can I receive Holy Communion?


Yes you can receive Holy Communion at Mass.  If you are unable to attend Mass, you make Spiritual Holy Communion by participating in the online Mass. However, the priests are available to give Holy Communion to the dying as Viaticum.

What is an Act of Spiritual Communion and how do I make one?

Catholics have long been encouraged to partake in the practice of “spiritual communion” when extraordinary situation or distance make it almost impossible to physically receive the Holy Communion, (for instance – being homebound). Simply put, it is coming before the Lord in prayer – expressing our deep desire to be united to Him despite the fact that we are unable to be united to Him in receiving the Eucharist. In making an Act of Spiritual Communion we ask the Lord to give us the graces that would come to us if we were able to receive Him sacramentally (Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity). Reciting the prayer written by St. Alphonsus Liguori below is simple and common way of making an Act of Spiritual Communion.

How do I prepare for Spiritual Communion?

It is a matter of consciousness, preparation and an interior disposition.
The heart of a Spiritual Communion is to rest there in that special moment of desire and openness, reception and gratitude. It is a moment to be with Jesus, as he is with me. There is no need for words in that moment. A soul says "Amen" at peace. Our hearts express their gratitude in quiet but deep emotion.
In this time of crisis, Jesus longs to be in communion with us as we are longing to be in communion with him.

The way we prepare to receive Spiritual Communion with Jesus is very similar to the way we prepare to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. In these times, we might participate in a Mass on TV or on line.
If we can't do any of those, we might want to read the readings of the day.
If we are unable to do either of those, we might just prepare ourselves in the ways we'd prepare for Communion at Mass. It begins with an act of contrition or sorrow for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment (a change of heart and resolve to not continue that behavior or habit). It then moves to a desire, which we can put into words, telling our Lord how much we desire to receive him into our heart. We can tell him about our need for him at this time and of our gratitide for his desire to be with us. Finally, we can simply say what we say at Mass, "Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed."

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Anointing (or Last Rites)

Yes, a priest will still come to anoint the seriously ill in an emergency and dying.

Baptism Preparation Program

1st Sunday of the Month from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Bookings through our Parish Website

Baptisms

Baptisms will be celebrated on Sunday at 12.30pm 

Bookings of up to seven families per session. The Parish offers live streaming for Baptisms if you would like to know more information please contact the parish office. 

First Reconciliation 2021

Parent Information & Workshop sessions Wednesday 10th February 7.00pm & Thursday 18th February 7.00pm St Agatha's Scool Hall.  Parent/Child workshop Wednesday 3rd March at 5.00pm & 7.00pm or Thursday 4th March at 7.00pm.  [Parents need only attend one session]

First Communion 2021

First Communion ceremonies will be celebrated on Sunday 21st & 28th November and 5th December 2021 at 2.00 pm.
A link will be available to families for online bookings. For those who are unable to attend these ceremonies, First Communion ceremonies will be held during weekend Masses over the first 3 weekends in December. 

For those who are unable to attend the 2.00pm ceremony, bookings will be taken through the parish office.

 

There will be a Reflection Day in place of Parent-Child workshop in St Therese's and St Agatha's schools for their First Holy Communion Candidates.

The Reflection Day for candidates from other schools (R E) will be this Wednesday the 17th November at 4.00pm in the Church.

Weekly lessons that have not been submitted before now will be handed in on the Reflection Day in schools and in the Church at 4.00 pm.

Enrolment forms are to be sent to the parish office for those who have not done so already.

Confirmation Ceremonies 2021 

Thursday 29th July at 4.30pm and 6.30pm and Friday 30th July at 4.30pm and 6.30pm. 

Confession/Reconciliation

Friday & Saturday after the 9.30am Mass.  Postponed

Can I go to Confession over the phone?

It is not possible to go to confession over the phone. Real presence is necessary in person, either face to face or in a screened booth. Privacy is of key importance to the sacrament of reconciliation to preserve the seal of confession – electronic communications lack this level of privacy.

Can I get Holy Water? - 

Holy Water is available from the Church foyer.

Can I receive a Birthday blessing? 

Birthday blessing are available, social distancing rules must be adhered too. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office 03 5996 1985.
All contributions will be greatly appreciated and will help meet the needs of our Parish.

We will try to continually update this page with questions and answers as they arise.
Thank you.

Calendar

24 Dec
24 Dec
24 Dec
Christmas Eve Mass in the Church
Date 24.12.21 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
25 Dec
Christmas Midnight Mass in the Church
Date 25.12.21 12:00 am - 1:30 am