Our COVID-19 Response
These are difficult and uncertain times, and we want to let you know that all of us here at Catholic Mission are keeping you and your family in our prayers.
During the coming weeks and months, we will traverse uncharted territory together. As we adapt to the frequent changes and updates, Catholic Mission will remain open and in service to those in need around the world.
We are taking precautions. Our national office and many of our diocesan offices have effectively closed, with many of our staff working from home in order to protect themselves and their families and help prevent the spread of the virus among the broader community.
But you can still contact us at any time. Our staff are taking calls and responding to enquiries, though you may notice a delay as we work within the constraints of home offices and flexible rostering.
Our website and social media are the best places to stay updated with what is happening.
Fr Brian Lucas' Message
Sadly, the reality of this unprecedented situation is that many people, including some reading this, will be affected. We continue to pray for your health, safety and security and urge you to seek out support when you need it.
Thankfully, there will be many who are not as significantly affected. For them, this may be a short-term inconvenience for the sake of everyone’s long-term health and wellbeing. If this is you, perhaps you could consider how you can help others during this difficult period. There are several ways in which you can do this.
Firstly, you will have noticed that many parishes around Australia are running drives for food and essential items, like toilet paper. If your parish is running one of these drives and you have items surplus to requirements, please give what you can to help your neighbours.
Secondly, we recognise that many Australians will do it tough over the next few weeks. But we urge you to reflect on just how much tougher those in developing countries will take this coronavirus hit. Throughout parts of Asia, Africa and the Pacific, the infrastructure, services and finances simply aren’t sufficient to manage this crisis.
The Church, through its vast missionary network, is working around the clock to improve conditions for people in these places and has been for decades. This global pandemic has the potential to set them back years in their work as they struggle to manage the rapidly changing and deteriorating situation in many areas.
"It invites a response from all of us" - Cardinal Tagle reflects on emergencies and charity
Many of us have the opportunity today to ensure that the impact felt by this community of missionaries and the millions of women, men and children they serve is minimised. As such a fortunate country, we are better placed to offer this invaluable generosity—through even the smallest contribution—than almost anywhere.
In his message to Catholics worldwide, Cardinal Luis Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples said, "From an emergency that affects all people—pandemia—we hope to see a pandemic emergence of caring, compassion and love. An emergency crisis that erupts unexpectedly can be addressed only by an equal eruption of hope."
If you feel you are among the fortunate who can lend a hand in these times and you would like to ensure the work of mission can support communities in great need with pastoral outreach and essential services like water, health, sanitation and education, please do not hesitate to call our team on 1800 257 296 or donate online.
Finally, in compliance with federal and state government recommendations, churches across Australia will not be holding Masses for the short-term future. This will undoubtedly cause some disruption to the faith lives of many Australian Catholics; however, there are measures in place to minimise this disruption.
Nearly 50 years ago, a programme called Mass for You at Home was created to ensure that every faithful Catholic could participate in Sunday Mass despite geographic, health or age constraints. One of the longest continuously running shows on Australian television, Mass for You at Home still airs every Sunday at 6am across the Ten Network. We may never have needed this remarkable programme more than we do now, and Catholic Mission is proud to support Mass for You at Home and all that it does for Australian Catholics.
The shut-downs have had an indelible impact on the pilgrimage of the relics of St Therese of Lisieux and her parents, which as a result has been suspended. A live stream of the relics in repose may be available in the coming weeks. For the latest updates on the pilgrimage, please visit our website and stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages.
You can also participate in Mass on Demand, or any of the diocesan online streamed Masses, at any time.
Pope Francis said, as the coronavirus outbreak surged in Europe, that now is not a time for pastors to abandon the faithful; to the contrary, there have been few times in recent history where we have been so widely and urgently called to solidarity, kindness and steadfast faith.
We will not abandon you, our supporters, and we will not abandon those whose health, wellbeing and livelihoods rely on your solidarity, kindness and steadfast faith. We ask you to do the same. Together we will get through this.
Your partnership matters
In times of hardship, it’s important that we stick together. COVID-19 is having a significant impact on our mission partners and the Church, and it’s vital that we help support the work of mission to the most vulnerable in this time.Click here to donate today