PARISH RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Currently our society is facing an unprecedented situation with the evolving coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
The spiritual, physical and mental well being of all within the Henley Beach Parish community is a priority for us during this time.
If you need a priest, call the parish office 8356 8888 or
call or text Noreen on the parish mobile 0428 147 364.
Free phone counselling by appointment from
Centacare Catholic Family Services.
If entering a hospital, please tell the admitting officer you are a catholic and if you would like to see a priest
The parish is responding to government and Adelaide Archdiocese regulations by implementing the following changes to usual parish activities. Please be aware this situation is fluid.
The latest advise from the Archdiocese in relation to the upcoming easing of restrictions is below
CURRENT PARISH UPDATE
Saturday 23 May
Due to recent easing of restrictions, the Parish is overjoyed to offer the following mass services. However, they are only limited to 10 parishioners at a time.
For the coming week, these are the ONLY masses that will be held
- 7AM Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
- 9AM Saturday.
You MUST ring the office to register to attend one mass over the week and you will be allocated a time.
You may also send an email to ;
These will be allocated in a “ first in “ basis. This will get us started until we are able to sit down clearly and work through the logistics of this next step.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Friday 8th of May
The Federal and State Government recently announced a multi-month multi-stage roadmap to enable to full re-opening of society. The FIRST Stage of the roadmap begins on May 11th 2020
Please refer to this circular (above) put out be the Adelaide Archdiocese on the 8th of May, which outlines the plan for Stage 1, which begins from May 11th
- No mass gatherings - numbers to be reviewed every 3 weeks, however unlikely to see church services to be reopened unrestricted for a number of months
- No Eucharist until permissions are released by the Health Minister
- People in the church for prayer limited to 10 people.
- Funerals 20 people inside, 30 outside
- Baptism 10 people
- Weddings 10 people
While 10 people are now allowed to be in the church for prayer, we are working on how this can be done at Henley, as it is stipulated that the Church must be sanitised and cleaned after each session.
Wednesday 1st April
We regret to inform you that we need to postpone the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist (Holy Communion).
Our concern for your safety and wellbeing is of paramount importance during these uncertain times, as we face the challenge that Coronavirus (COVID-19) presents to us all. Usually enrolment for these Sacraments occurs at the end of Term 1, however at this stage we are postponing enrolments until a time to be confirmed by the Archdiocese. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause families.
We look forward to supporting your family in the future. We will certainly keep you informed as new information comes to hand in regard to these liturgical celebrations.
May God Bless You,
Father Paul Cashen msc
Tuesday 31 March 2020
With considerable regret, the Adelaide Archdiocese has taken the unprecedented move of temporarily cancelling Mass services in South Australia in order to protect the health and well-being of "our people and the general community."
Parishioners are currently not able to attend Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church for the celebration of the Eucharist or any parish group meetings.
The Parish is launching a number of initiatives to ensure parishioners are supported and continue to feel embraced by the parish during this time.
Each weekend during this shut down, Henley Beach Parish will be streaming a Sunday mass celebrated by our Parish Priests in our Church
The readings and commentary for this mass will be available on the website
This Mass will be celebrated with minimal ministry support
This mass will be video streamed to the Henley Beach Facebook page and the Henley Beach website (below).
This mass will be available to view at any time of the day for one week from 6:00pm Saturday evening
After a week, this mass will be replaced by the following Sunday mass service.
The Parish Office will co-ordinate the ministries assisting at this Mass.
We strongly encourage parishioners to keep, and make contact with each other; seek out those whom you may not usually contact. Use ministry rosters, small group contact lists etc. It is imperative we stay connected with each other, and look out for each other, during this time.
Church is not a building.... Church is us...
The Parish will shortly commence phoning parishioners to ensure you have support and necessities during this time. We reiterate, please do not let anyone into your home unless you know them; we will not visit you without prior arrangement.
We will be updating our website with lots of helpful information in the coming days. Community/ Government/ Health Resources, activities, ideas, recipes, 'where to' ideas etc.
Stop a minute; quieten down; become aware of the presence of God around you, and within you; pray this prayer from your heart.
“I call with all my heart; Lord, hear me.
I will keep Your commands.
I call upon You, save me.
And I will do Your will.”
Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ