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Getting to Know our Renewed Church

Carmel Bulletin, 24 December 2017

Welcome to our first weekend of Masses since our new altar was dedicated and new parts of our church blessed for use.  To help you become familiar with our renewed church, please take note of the following:

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Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv blesses our new baptismal font, 17 December 2017

We bless ourselves with holy water as we enter the church to remind us of our baptism.  We encourage you to bless yourself directly from the baptismal font in the centre of the church.

The front pew in each section of the church is kneeler-free, which may be of help to those who are unable to kneel, and to those who need easy access in and out of their seat.

Many people use the devotional spaces around the church for their personal prayer.  Please feel free to pray at the shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, but only before or after Mass.  Stopping at the shrine after receiving communion causes difficulties and disruption for others.  The seats in front of the shrine are the perfect place to stop and pray after Mass, while keeping walkways clear.  We look forward to the other devotional spaces around the church being completed early in the new year.

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Sprinkling with Holy Water

IMG_6354One way in which we mark the Easter Season in the celebration of the Sunday Mass at Wentworthville is by using the rite of sprinkling of holy water.  When it is celebrated, it takes the place of the usual Penitential Act in the Introductory Rites.

As the texts used for this rite make clear, sprinkling holy water is intended to remind us of our baptism.  Through baptism, we are freed from sin and share in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which we celebrate particularly during this season.


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21/6/09 – Swine Flu Measures

You may have noticed last weekend that some of our common practices at Mass changed. Unlike last year, these changes are only temporary, and are not prompted by rewritten liturgical documents.

Rather, they have been brought about by the current spread of H1N1 influenza (also known as swine flu). Given that there are reported cases in Western Sydney, and we all need to do what we can to minimise the risk of infection, Bishop Manning made several recommendations to minimise physical contact and the transfer of germs.

Therefore, for the time being, the following measures will be in force:

  1. The holy water stoups at the church doors will be empty
  2. Communion will only be offered under the form of bread
  3. Communion will only be given on the hand, not on the tongue
  4. The sign of peace will not be given by shaking hands

As we would all agree, none of these measures are desirable, but are necessary until the risk of infection passes.

Furthermore, we advise Communion Ministers to wash their hands with soap and warm water before and after communion. This can be done in the sacristy during the Lord’s Prayer and immediately after ministering communion.

These measures will take some getting used to, and it will feel strange to go without blessing ourselves with holy water, shaking hands, or receiving communion from the chalice. We all hope and pray for the health of all, and that the risk of this influenza passes as quickly as possible.

You may have noticed last weekend that some of our common practices at Mass changed. Unlike last year, these changes are only temporary, and are not prompted by rewritten liturgical documents.

Rather, they have been brought about by the current spread of H1N1 influenza (also known as swine flu). Given that there are reported cases in Western Sydney, and we all need to do what we can to minimise the risk of infection, Bishop Manning made several recommendations to minimise physical contact and the transfer of germs.

Therefore, for the time being, the following measures will be in force:

1. The holy water stoups at the church doors will be empty

2. Communion will only be offered under the form of bread

3. Communion will only be given on the hand, not on the tongue

4. The sign of peace will not be given by shaking hands

As we would all agree, none of these measures are desirable, but are necessary until the risk of infection passes.

Furthermore, we advise Communion Ministers to wash their hands with soap and warm water before and after communion. This can be done in the sacristy during the Lord’s Prayer and immediately after ministering communion.

These measures will take some getting used to, and it will feel strange to go without blessing ourselves with holy water, shaking hands, or receiving communion from the chalice. We all hope and pray for the health of all, and that the risk of this influenza passes as quickly as possible.