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We believe that the door to salvation is always open and so are the doors to our church. Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus by opening our arms to those in search of the truth. We show God’s love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our doors to listen and love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "Christian initiation is accomplished by means of the sacraments which establish the foundations of Christian life. The faithful born anew by Baptism are strengthened by Confirmation and are then nourished by the Eucharist."
Are during the 10 am Mass on Sundays by appointment .
Enquires are to be directed to the Parish Office.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: SUSPENDED
Weekend: By Booking: Call 9583 6161 or through the link (from Nov 23 at 9 am): https://www.trybooking.com/BNADH
Saturday Vigil 6pm
Sunday 9am &11am (at OLA Church)
Tuesday, Friday: 9am
Wednesday, Thursday: 915 am (at OLA Church)
9 am Communion Service
Special Devotions: SUSPENDED
Friday after 9am Mass
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Novena, Benediction
Saturdays To be advised
Any additional services will be announced on our notice board and on our website.
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MESSAGE FROM FR ALAN FOX
Dear Parishioners of St Agnes’,
This weekend’s Solemnity of ‘Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe’, marks the end of another Liturgical Year – and what a year it has been. Established by Pope Pius Xl in 1925, at a time when the world was recovering from the effects of the First World War, and the world’s financial markets were on the brink of collapse, this solemn feast would provide all God’s faithful with reassurance surrounding the universality of Christ’s kingship. The Pope asserted that the most effective defence against the destructive forces of the age is the recognition of the kingship of Christ; and, furthermore, a feast which is celebrated every year by everyone is a far better way of deploying that defence than any number of books written by learned people. ‘First, we do; then we come to understand what it is that we are doing’.
In 2020 we’ve been up against the destructive force of COVID-19 and our world is still struggling physically, emotionally and financially.
In the midst of our turmoil, what is it that draws us to the kingdom of Christ? Ezekiel in the first reading suggests an image for our King. He speaks of a shepherd who stands in the middle of his flock and keeps them all in view. Our Shepherd King stands in the midst of us and looks out for the lost, the strayed, the wounded and the weak. Matthew’s gospel this week speaks of those who will gain entry to the kingdom as the ones who have worked for the Reign of God through their works of mercy and healing, their rejection of evil, and through their faith in God.
On a practical note, and in expectation of Mass attendance numbers increasing to 100 this coming week, booking in for weekday Masses will no longer be necessary, however we will still be legally required to record names and phone numbers of all attendees. Regarding the 6pm Saturday Vigil Mass at St Agnes, Highett, and the 9am and 11am Sunday Masses at Our Lady of the Assumption, Cheltenham, we will be utilising the TryBooking.com platform to take bookings. If you’re aware of any parishioner who may not have internet access, please let them know that they can contact Our Lady of the Assumption Parish office on 9583 6161 (during office hours: 9am-3.30pm Mon-Fri) to book in for one of the weekend Masses.
Bookings for next Saturday evening’s and Sunday morning’s Masses are open from 9am this Monday. Please visit the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/BNADH
The information above plus further details regarding the Mass timetable and bookings are available in this weekend’s parish bulletin, available for download on this webpage, please see the link towards the bottom of the above photo of St Agnes’ church.
Please God, the number of global COVID infections will begin to decline, and at the local level remain sufficiently low enough to continue the easing of restrictions, allowing us to have the opportunity to gather at the Lord’s Table in greater numbers.
May Jesus Christ, our Shepherd King, keep us safe, and lead us, His flock, to ever greener pastures, to find rest, and revive our drooping spirits (cf. Ps. 23).
Fr Alan Fox
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