24 March 2020
Dear Sacred Heart Oakleigh and Christ Our Holy Redeemer East Oakleigh Parishioners,
As many of you would know by now, the Bishops of Victoria have had to make the decision to suspend the public celebration of Mass and other liturgies.
This is indeed a sad time for us believers when we come to realisation that we can’t come together to praise and worship our beloved God together. The suspension of Mass does not mean that prayer is suspended. On the contrary, this is the time to double down on our prayers for each other, for the sick, poor, elderly and our country at this time. Over the following days, I encourage you to keep an eye on our parish website and parish bulletins. We will update and post any communication to the parish noticeboard and copies will be available on the table in the church foyers.
I will continue to celebrate mass privately on a daily basis and will be praying for all of you. While you have been dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, there are still several ways to ensure that the day of the Lord is kept holy. These include: time in personal and family prayers (such as praying the Rosary together), reflecting on the scriptures, making a spiritual communion, or participating in a Mass online. Please see https://melbournecatholic.org.au/Mass.
I thank you
for your understanding at this unprecedented time and for putting the interests
of the larger community before our own. Let us support each other in our faith
and continue to pray for the elimination of the virus from the world.
Please keep our parish community and me in your prayers.
Yours in Christ
Fr. Maria Raju Godavarthi
Sacred Heart Oakleigh/ Christ Our Holy Redeemer East Oakleigh.
Attached please find an updated letter from Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop of Melbourne.