Sacred Heart/Emmaus Parish
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Sacred Heart/Emmaus
4 Winifred Street, St Albans, Vic 3021
Fr. Maurie Cooney
(03) 9366 2146
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu – 9.30am to 4pm


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Latest News

Date: Apr 16 2021

Sacred Heart and Emmaus churches are opened in limited ways for Masses indoors.

 Mass Schedule for Sacred Heart and Emmaus are on Page 2 of the Parish Newsletter 


 Bookings for all Masses at Sacred Heart are made through Trybooking for a first-come-first-serve basis:

Bookings for all Masses at Emmaus are made through Trybooking for a first-come-first-serve basis:

Arrangements are being made for those who do not have access to online booking.

Mass is no longer ‘live-streamed’ from our Parish at 5.00pm on Saturdays at Sacred Heart church effective immediately.

  See below for opportunities to share in Mass on TV, Online and via YouTube.



Date: Apr 16 2021

Sacred Heart/Emmaus Parish

Hello everyone!

Have things been quieter in your life this week? That’s the way it has been around the Parish, I‘ve found.  Yes, our Schools and Colleges are on break.   And people who aren’t directly connected with schools say ‘It’s school holidays!’, and seem to go at a slower pace.  Quite a number of our Parishioners have taken the opportunity to go away, even interstate!

There has been some activity, however.  A few of us gathered and ‘reviewed’ our celebrations of Holy Week and Easter ceremonies.  That may sound a little ‘mechanical’.  Our discussions were more about – ‘what did we learn about the way we do things that we’ll note for next year?’  For there will be another Lent-Holy Week-Easter in 2022  -  whatever shape that takes.  This year’s ceremonies were affected by the restricted numbers permitted to be in our churches; last year’s were in empty churches apart from the five required ‘for the conduct of the ceremony’.  What will the rest of 2021 and 2022 give to us?

An attachment with this letter starts with a somewhat sombre reflection on the experience of Holy Saturday (between Good Friday and Easter), coming to a strident proclamation of the significance of hope in our lives:  different from fantasising about possibilities, rather keeping on when keeping on seems daunting!

Another activity in the Parish Office during this week was the preparation of the next round of Thanksgiving Envelopes which commence on the weekend of 15-16 May.  They will be mailed next week.  Envelope contributors and those who support this aspect of Parish life through Direct Debit, Credit Card, CDFPay are gratefully acknowledged!  Our regular expenses for the first three months of this year were $79,000.  We met them all – well done, and thank you!  Our Parish Finance Committee meets later in the month, to keep an eye on our progress.

Those in Sacred Heart church for last Saturday’s 5.00pm Mass spontaneously gave hearty applause to our ‘streaming technician’, Brian, who has given us 55 weeks of that great service.  We are not able to continue in that same way.  A worthy alternative, I think, is that the Diocese of Wollongong (New South Wales) has taken on the production of the former Channel 10 ‘Mass for you at home’.  The quality is much better than many of the other services that are available – almost as good as Brian has given us!  Access it at  The Mass is celebrated in St John Vianney Co-Cathedral, Wollongong.   It also shows at 6.00am Sundays on Channel Ten and is repeated multiple times a day on Foxtel’s Aurora channel. 

Fr Tom Cleary was a great presence amongst us for the Holy Week-Easter ceremonies at Emmaus, and again with us last weekend – thank you.  He returns during this coming week, with Fr Peter Hudson, to assist with the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation with young Parishioners of Sacred Heart School – this is another ‘catch up’ from COVID’s cancellation of the 2020 programme.  Give a place this week in your prayer to these young people and their families as they move further into the life of our Church, coming to know the great love of God for them, and indeed for us all. 

Peter Hudson and I resume our ‘alternating pattern’ for weekend Masses this week.

Yes, the Schools and Colleges re-gather next week.  ‘Stay on top of it’, won’t you!
Blessings for continuing Easter-ing!

Maurie Cooney
(Parish Priest)

Parish Updates

Date: Apr 16 2021



 If you would like to receive the weekly ‘Parish Update’ emailed to you, please send your email address to the Parish Office and ask to be put onto our mailing list.




Thank you to all who are continuing to support our Parish’s financial commitments:  the bills keep coming in!


For Parishioners who contribute to the Parish with Envelopes, there is a new way for you to continue your contribution directly:


·        Payments can only be made online using a computer

·        Payments require a Credit Card or Debit Card with VISA or MASTERCARD logo


All these contributions will go directly into our Parish account.  To get started:


·         click on the link THANKSGIVING SACRED HEART/EMMAUS on the left of the home page


·         select the amount you want to contribute to keep up your regular contribution 


·         in the "Comment" box, enter your name and envelope number


We continue to thank our Debit/Credit card contributors who are so important to our Parish.


-  OR You can also deliver your Thanksgiving Envelopes to the letterbox at Sacred Heart     

   church—it’s secure  and cleared frequently;


-  OR You can 'store up' your Envelopes and bring them when we're allowed to gather again.







 Mass for You at Home, (MFYAH). The Mass is celebrated in St John Vianney Co-Cathedral, Wollongong. It shows at 6.00am Sundays on Channel Ten and is repeated multiple times a day on Foxtel’s Aurora channel.

Importantly for those who have become used to Mass being ‘streamed’, this Sunday Mass is also available on demand on Channel Ten’s platform

  The Mass is also available on Wollongong’s YouTube channel which can be accessed on as well as the Diocesan website, There are also links to it on the Diocesan Facebook page and the MFYA Facebook page.


  Channel 31 (usually found at ‘44’ on digital TV’s) 11.00am Sundays from St Patrick’s Cathedral or

online at:  at 1.00pm on weekdays, and at 11.00am on Sundays


  online at:  

(continuous daily from Lavender Bay Parish, Sydney


Prayers Week 56

Date: Apr 16 2021

LET US PRAY As Christians, we turn to God in times of fear and uncertainty as we do in times of joy and celebration. Let us pray for God’s heart of love, mercy, and truth to dwell in us and show us how to face the challenges posed by the new coronavirus.

Let us pray for people who are infected with COVID-19 or facing quarantine. Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses. Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. —Philippians 4:6 (NIV)


Let us pray for people at higher risk of developing the disease. Dear Lord, we lift to You our concern for people who are more likely than others to become severely ill from COVID-19 — the elderly and people with chronic health conditions. Protect them from harm and be their comfort in this time of uncertainty and, for many, preventive isolation from loved ones. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. —1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)


Let us pray for medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers responsible for fighting the new coronavirus. God, as more people get sick, healthcare workers and first responders are working longer hours with fewer supplies and with more risk of contracting the new coronavirus themselves. Renew their energy and sustain them on long shifts. Bring Your protection upon them as they work with patients. Multiply their supplies so they have the protective items needed to stay safe on the job. Inspire and invigorate the research doctors developing better tests to diagnose the virus, create vaccines to prevent it, and identify protocols to eliminate the disease’s spread, yet though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. —Psalm 23:4 (NIV)


Let us pray for leaders responsible for making decisions about the new coronavirus Father, we seek Your wisdom daily. Be with people making decisions that affect the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries, and the wider world. We pray that they communicate clearly, truthfully, and calmly — with each other and with the public — and that their messages are received and heeded. May truth and empathy be the touchstones of people setting policies for our protection. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers —2 Corinthians 1:10-11 (NIV)


Let us pray for families adjusting to new ways of life Holy Spirit, as families adjust to everyone being home as businesses and schools close, we ask that You guide people in their new realities. Give spouses grace for each other. Prompt worn-out parents to speak words of kindness and encouragement to their children. Help children find creative ways to experience the beauty of all You have created and continue learning. Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. —Psalm 57:1 (NIV) Let us pray for those who have become unemployed; and for business owners and all families facing financial stress. Jesus, we thank You for Your faithfulness in how you have guided and equipped people in their jobs and have provided in the past. It can be scary and overwhelming not knowing how bills and obligations will be met or to not be able to provide for families. As people feel financial strain during the uncertainty, bring them comfort and peace, reminding them that You are there for them. Provide for them in their times of need. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. —John 14:27 (NIV)


Let us pray for supermarket workers and delivery drivers. Lord, we are so grateful for all the people who continue to work each day so that people are able to eat. We ask that You bless and protect them as they serve. Give them grace to handle disgruntled customers during supplies shortages. Keep their bodies healthy as they unload and stock boxes of supplies. Keep their cars and trucks running smoothly as they deliver needed supplies and food people have ordered online. And please protect them all from contracting the new coronavirus. Because of the LORD’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. —Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)


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