Below is some news, information and various support resources. This page will be updated regularly while our public celebrations of the Mass are suspended.
At present Fr Grant Gorddard is sending weekly emails to parishioners to keep everyone connected and up to date. If I don't have your email address and you would like to be included in these weekly emails, please contact the Parish and I can put you on my list.
Coronavirus Updates and Available Spiritual Resources
For the latest updates from the Archdiocese of Perth on the coronavirus and related government links, go to our Coronavirus Updates page. There is also listed there a wealth of online resources for your spiritual nourishment during this time.
Live Streaming Mass
We are now streaming Mass live over YouTube for parishioners to share in the Mass in this way. Click here to go to our YouTube channel. The Masses will remain online and can be viewed later on.
Whilst viewing Mass online is not really the same as actually being present in the celebration of the Mass, even when streamed live, you are nevertheless sharing in this liturgy of worship and prayer that is being offered to God and being nourished by the Word of God. To make viewing Mass online as prayerful as possible, I would recommend that you join in on the responses of the Mass, keep a respectful posture, and try refrain from eating, drinking, talking, and answering the phone if possible, as if you were actually in church.
I also recommend you make an act of spiritual communion at the time of Holy Communion. Spiritual communions are a part of the tradition of our Church where we say a prayer to unite ourselves to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament when it is not possible to actually receive Holy Communion. A classic spiritual communion prayer by St Alphonsus Liguori is available here. You may even like to create your own spiritual communion prayer card using this text for the coming months.
City of Stirling and Woolworths Assistance
The City of Stirling has a number of additional services they are providing at the moment, many are free of charge:
A support hotline for seniors and vulnerable community members
Welfare checks on vulnerable groups and individuals including Stirling Community Care clients, Men’s Shed members and Senior Citizens Club members
Increased Meals on Wheels production and supply, with the potential to increase capacity from 500 to 1,000 meals per day
Waiving fees for identified home and community care services
Distribution of emergency packs containing toiletry and sanitary items to vulnerable members of the community
Increased customer service responses.
To get more information on these services the City of Stirling is providing, click here.
Remember also that Woolworths have now introduced Priority Assistance home deliveries to help people with disability, the elderly and those in mandatory isolation. You can register for this here.
Urbi et Orbi Apostolic Blessing
Pope Francis gave a special "Urbi et Orbi" apostolic blessing as part of a beautiful prayer service in Rome on Friday 27 March at 6:00pm (Saturday 28 March 1:00am Perth time). You can watch a replay of the live-stream from here. You can read the full text of the Holy Father's encouraging message here.
The Apostolic Penitentiary in the Vatican have issued a decree on obtaining plenary indulgences during this time. This is an invitation to rediscover this tradition in our Church, and it is especially important for those who find themselves in danger of death and do not have access to the Sacraments. Those who are sick or suffering because of the coronavirus are called to fulfill the requirements of this plenary indulgence whilst "offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters", and all others "to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself."
Note some of the differences in the conditions for receiving a plenary indulgence for our current circumstances:
The sacrament of Reconciliation is still available for most people in the Archdiocese of Perth, please call for this to be arranged. If it is not possible to access this Sacrament then the intention to fulfill this requirement as soon as possible suffices.
Receiving Holy Communion is not possible at the moment for most people, so the intention to fulfill this requirement as soon as possible suffices.
The required spiritual work for receiving the plenary indulgence include doing one of the following:
the recitation of the Holy Rosary
reading of Holy Scripture for half an hour
the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
"the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion"
a visit to the Blessed Sacrament or Eucharistic Adoration for half an hour (presumably online suffices)
"unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass"
- "or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord's Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary"
A "spirit detached from any sin" is still required. Our inner disposition must be that of the rejection of all sin, and the embracement of Christ and the Church.
Some prayer for the Holy Father's intentions is still required. Perhaps praying the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be prayers.
This might be obvious, but the conscious intention to try and receive this plenary indulgence is required. We don't receive indulgences unintentionally or in retrospect.
Project Compassion is likely to struggle this year due to present circumstances, but the Perth branch of Caritas have provided some ways you can still make a donation to Project Compassion this Lent if you are still in a position to do so. For the various options available click here. Thank you!
As many of you may know, the first collection in our Parish Masses goes to the Parish priest for his living expenses, and the second collection in our Parish Masses goes towards the expenses and maintenance of the Parish. Because the collections are the sole source of income for our parish and the priest (together with donations / gifts, church bookings, and priest stipends for offering Mass intentions, Baptisms, Weddings, funerals, etc) IF you are in a financial position to be able to continue supporting our Parish and Fr Grant, you can make a contribution via the bank account details below or contact Fr Grant if you would like to set up direct debit arrangements. A big thank you to those who can continue to contribute.
First Collection Account:
Account Name: THE ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF PERTH - CATHOLIC DEVELOPMENT FUND SCARBOROUGH PARISH 1ST COLLECTION
BSB: 086 006
Account number: 75 345 7224
Second Collection Account:
Account Name: THE ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF PERTH - CATHOLIC DEVELOPMENT FUND SCARBOROUGH PARISH 2ND COLLECTION
BSB: 086 006
Account number: 75 809 1356