Bishop Mark Edwards appointed to Wagga Wagga
Entrusting Australia to Mary Help of
A Message from Archbishop Christopher Prowse:
Dear Friends in Christ,
Easter greetings to you all !
The bishops of Australia have just completed their bi-annual gathering, albeit via zoom!
One of our decisions is to entrust Australia during this pandemic to the Immaculate Heart of Mary under the title of Our Lady Help of Christians.
This entrustment is to be prayed throughout Australia on 24th/25th May. Please find below the Prayer of Entrustment.
I ask you to spread this prayer far and wide over the next week so that we can all be ready to pray it in parishes, schools, communities, families and so on the dates indicated.
In a few days I will offer you further liturgical resources, including a short video on the matter.
With every encouragement and thanks in the midst of this pandemic moment of history.
Archbishop of Canberra Goulburn
Apostolic Administrator of Diocese of Wagga Wagga
Entrusting Australia to Mary Help of Christians
O Immaculate Mary, Help of Christians, Queen of heaven and earth, and tender Mother of humanity, at this time when a pandemic threatens all your children, we entrust to you our nation, Australia, and all who live in this country.
We commit to your intercession all the members of our community, beginning with the weakest ones, from the unborn to the sick, the disabled and the elderly.
We commit to you our families, our young and old, and all who are vulnerable, those who are quarantined or anxious.
We entrust to your Immaculate Heart those who have lost their livelihood or employment, our pastors and other essential service workers, and our leaders at this time.
We implore your intercession especially for the protection of doctors and nurses and those who minister to the contagious sick in this crisis.
Reign over us, Mother of God, and teach us how to make the Heart of Jesus reign and triumph in us and around us, as it has reigned and triumphed in you!
24th / 25th May 2020
A PRAYER AT A TIME OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC (COVID 19)
Most Rev Christopher Prowse, Archbishop of Canberra & Goulburn
Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Wagga Wagga
We praise and thank you for your loving presence, especially in the Lent/Easter season. We offer heartfelt thanks, dear Lord, particularly for our recent rains.
Once again, we come to you in our need. As your children we are in need of your healing and protection.
Just as we have been recovering from our dangerous bushfire summer, we have now been thrown into a fearful coronavirus (COVID 19) autumn.
We are tired and frightened. We feel a sense of panic and future uncertainty on a global scale.
Be with us now, Loving Master. Without you all is nothing - only empty hearts and a total reliance on our own feeble resources.
But with you "there is mercy and fullness of Redemption" (Psalm 130/7). With you there is "the loving mercy of the heart of our God (who) will give light to those who sit in darkness, those who dwell in the shadow of death, and guide our feet into the way of peace" (Luke 1/79).
It seems that so many public gatherings are now postponed or cancelled. There is virus death, the sick, and the anxious. We are spending more time on our own, or with family or friends. We pray for the sick and those looking after them. Help us to offer practical help to those who struggle.
Let us use these times, O Lord, for your greater glory, especially during Lent and Easter. Let us pray more, and truly listen to you more in loving silence, stillness and simplicity.
Almighty Father, you always journey with us in life's challenges. Help us to meet you often in the scriptures and our sacraments. Increase in us faith, hope and trust.
Protect us from this coronavirus. Remove it from our common home. Heal those who are sick and dying.
Mary, Help of Christians, as always we fly to you in our need. Be close to us and point out your Son, Jesus, to us in this pandemic. St Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, pray for us.
We make this and all our prayers through Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever,
At this time of the CoronaVirus pandemic, any non-essential travel is discouraged. Please reconsider your need to visit at this time.
The Australian pilgrimage of the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux and her parents, Sts Louis and Zélie Martin, has been temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Catholic Mission.
Discussions are underway to host the relics in central venues across three dioceses - Wollongong, Canberra & Goulburn and Melbourne - with limited crowd numbers. A revised itinerary will be available on Catholic Mission's website shortly.
Further advice on the future of the pilgrimage is expected in the week beginning April 13, pending a reassessment of the situation and consideration of up-to-date advice.
Together, the diocesan newspaper, reports on issues of importance to the Catholic world as well as to the members of the parishes and schools of the community.
Together is published monthly, eleven times per year, and is available free at parish churches, schools, presbyteries and religious houses throughout the diocese.
On the 12th September 2016, His Holiness, Pope Francis, accepted the resignation of Bishop Gerard Hanna and appointed Archbishop Christopher Prowse as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante.
Prayer for the Election of a Bishop
"The basic unit of Serra International is the Serra Club. The Serra Club is the primary presence of Serra International in the local community. Serra's International, National, Area and District structures exist to assist the Serra Club in functioning as efficiently as possible in the local community. Each Serra Club is governed by a Board of Trustees."Serra International Handbook for Serrans.