COVID Restrictions - FAQs

FAQS - 06/08/2020


The changes surrounding the sacramental life of our Church are evolving daily as a result of COVID-19. Following further directives from the Victorian Government the following Stage 4 restrictions will apply. 


Public Liturgies - As of midnight 5th August Restrictions will apply.

  •  Mass will be live streamed with the celebrant and those necessary for the celebration. Monday to Saturday at 9.30am and Saturday evening 6.00pm and Sunday at 9.00am.

 

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

St Agatha's Catholic Church, like all Places of Worship, in Victoria Metropolitan area have been closed.

As parishioners have not been able to attend Masses on weekends or weekdays, and with no Baptisms or Weddings, we have not been receiving our usual donations, collections and Stewardship offering envelopes. These funds are used to help with the everyday running of the Parish.

We understand and appreciate that many generous people may no longer be in a position to contribute to collections due to the impact of COVID19 crisis on their family.


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

 

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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. Although the Church is closed the Priests are still celebrating online and private Masses every day. 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 to Friday between 8.30am – 3.00pm. With the change in the office structure we ask that where possible 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?

 
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.


Baptisms


Baptisms have been postponed until further notice.If there is a risk of death, the child should be baptised ASAP. 


Funerals


Funerals can be held indoors with up to 10 attendees (in addition to celebrant, funeral staff and those required to run the liturgy)

1 person per 4 square metres’ rule applies


Weddings


Weddings cancelled except for compassionate grounds.

 

Online Sacramental Preparations

In preparation for 1st Communion and Confirmation this year, Sacramental Preparation meetings will be conducted online; more information will be available in the coming weeks. The ceremonies will be determined by the restrictions.

 

First Reconciliation

The ceremonies will be determined by the restrictions.

 


Confession/Reconciliation

Has been postponed until further notice.

 


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.
Sacramental Programs and Celebrations of the Sacraments
Preparation for and celebration of Baptism, First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion for children has been postponed until further notice.


Can I get Holy Water?


We are sorry as it is not possible to get holy water from the Church as the church is closed.


Can I receive a Birthday blessing?


Due to social distancing it is advisable to wait for the situation to return to normal before you can receive a birthday blessing.

 

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.

What about the Holy Land Collection?


The Holy Land Collection has been postponed until the weekend of the 12th & 13th September 2020.


Extraordinary Ministers Workshop


St Agatha's Parish Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion workshop scheduled for Saturday 4th April has been postponed until further notice.

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

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