St Patrick's Church Walcha
Monsignor Ted Wilkes would like to invite parishioners to Sunday Mass 10am.
Covid-19 restrictions for Mass
- 4 square meters per person and 1.5m spatial distancing
- On entering the church, each attendee's contact details are to be recorded
- At risk parishioners being exhorted not to attend
- Minimise time gathered together by simplifying services
- Not using collection plates and hymn books; no shaking of hands or holding hands; Holy Communion to be given and received safely
- Hand sanitiser available at entrances; and commonly touched surfaces regularly disinfected
- Those who attend will need to sign a contact sheet which will be at the door. This is for Health Department contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
For Baptism or Marriage enquiries phone Monsignor Ted Wilkes 67784070.
School Masses Resume Term 4
The following dates have been set for School Masses Friday 11:30am
Friday -16th October
Friday - 30th October
Friday - 20th November
Friday - 11th December
Covid-19 requirements for Mass are -
All attendees must sign the sign on sheet when entering the church.
All adults must sit 1.5 m apart.
There is to be no singing, no altar servers, no offertory, no sign of the peace.
We extend our sympathy to the Fletcher family as Angus & Grace's grandfather Mr Stanford passed away last Friday. May he rest in peace.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.
October - Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary
The month of October is dedicated to Mary, our Lady of the Rosary. It’s hard to image a more versatile prayer than the Rosary, and maybe that is part of its enduring popularity over so many centuries. It is often the go-to prayer for groups and families, perhaps because it bypasses group dynamics and even young children can take turns at leading the Hail Mary and the Our Lord’s Prayer.
The Rosary is useful for other reasons too:
- It suits beginners as well as experienced rosary prayers, since you don’t need to know all the traditional prayers, which can be read out.
- There is no creativity involved, no thought required except for a gentle calling to mind of the mystery being prayed.
- It is a vocal as well as a mental and contemplative prayer. It can be spoken or sung, it suits people at any level of prayer and who are comfortable with very different ways of praying.
- It engages the senses. It includes visual, auditory and tactile elements; the images you call to mind or look at in a booklet or on a screen, or statues, the sounds of the prayers, and the counting off of the beads.
“The rosary is a contemplative and Christ-centred prayer, inseparable from meditation of the Sacred Scripture. It is the prayer of the Christian who advances in the pilgrimage of faith, following Jesus, preceded by Mary,” Pope Benedict XVI.
Sacrament Dates 2020 - First Holy Communion
2020 First Holy Communion will be held on November 29th at 10am Mass.
Year 6 RE Test
Our Year 6 students sat the Yr 6 RE test on Wednesday 14th October. The test consisted of 30 multiple choice questions which covers content students have learnt throughout their Catholic Primary Education. We look forward to seeing our Year 6 results.
October is Catholic Mission Month
October is known as World Mission month. The focus country this year is Cambodia, where the Church seeks to provide shelter, food, education, and life fulfilling opportunities for children in need, especially those with disabilities.
Date Claimer - Monday 24 May 2021
MONDAY 24 MAY 2021 Masses around Australia will be held to mark the bicentenary of Catholic schooling in Australia.
A quote from the writings of Catherine McAuley -
If we are humble and sincere, God will finish in us the work He has begun. He never refuses His grace to those who ask it.