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Saint Timothy’s Final resting placeTermoli Cathedral (images) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Termoli, in the province of Campobasso, central Italy. The dedication is to the Purification of the
Virgin Mary, but is commonly ascribed to Saints Bassus and Timothy, patrons of the city.
It is the seat of the Bishop of Termoli-Larino.

Born at Lystra, Lycaenia, Timothy was the son of a Greek father and Eunice, a converted Jewess. He joined St. Paul when Paul preached at Lystra replacing Barnabas, and became Paul’s close friend and confidant. Paul allowed him to be circumcised to placate the Jews, since he was the son of a Jewess, and he then accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey. When Paul was forced to flee Berea because of the enmity of the Jews there, Timothy remained, but after a time was sent to Thessalonica to report on the condition of the Christians there and to encourage them under persecution, a report that led to Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians when he joined Timothy at Corinth. Timothy and Erastus were sent to Macedonia in 58, went to Corinth to remind the Corinthians of Paul’s teaching, and then accompanied Paul into Macedonia and Achaia. Timothy was probably with Paul when the Apostle was imprisoned at Caesarea and then Rome, and was himself imprisoned but then freed. According to tradition, he went to Ephesus, became its first bishop, and was stoned to death there when he opposed the pagan festival of Katagogian in honor of Diana. Paul wrote two letters to Timothy, one written about 65 from Macedonia and the second from Rome while he was in prison awaiting execution. His feast day is January 26.

7 January 2022

MESSAGE FROM THE CITY OF WHITEHORSE

The State Government is taking sensible steps to reduce testing queues and transmission, which came into effect at 11.59pm last Thursday evening, 6 January 2022.

We are in a new phase of the pandemic with hundreds of new COVID cases in Whitehorse each day. The message from the Victoria’s public health team is that the most important thing we can do now is to get a 3rd dose of the COVID vaccine as soon as we are eligible. 

It’s important to make some preparations in case you need to isolate. Make sure you have a week’s supply of any medications, pet food and some food in your pantry or freezer. Have some phone numbers of health services or other people you might be able to call to drop things to you. 

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1 January 2022: Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God

To One and All Parishioners, a Blessed New Year,
at Saint Timothy's Forest Hill

23 December 2021

55 UPDATE: GENERAL LITURGICAL GUIDELINES

COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne Information Updated: 23 December 2021, 5:00pm

17 December 2021

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16 December 2021

Letter to People and Clergy of the Archdiocese Religious Discrimination Bill 2021

54 UPDATE: GENERAL LITURGICAL GUIDELINES COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne Information Updated: 15 December 2021, 5:00pm

The Vic Gov Coronavirus page has the following: Remember to check in everywhere every time using the Service Victoria app. There are some other good pointers on the page around general considerations as we embrace how we can continue to welcome people in safe ways. https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/how-we-live

26 November 2021

THE TRUE MEANING OF THE ADVENT SEASON: The word Advent originates from a Latin word “Adventus” which means “coming” or “arrival.” Advent Season is focused on preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ in all ways, from His birth in the past to His Second Coming in the future as the Messiah. For us Catholics, Advent is a meaningful season that reminds us of the reality of Jesus Christ and that He has come and He is present in our world and lives. The birth of Jesus is worth celebrating because it reveals His human side and is therefore an example of how we ought live our own lives as his followers here on earth.

24 November 2021

AS WE HAVE REACHED THE 90% VACCINATION RATE In Victoria, Places of Worship may welcome ….

  • Fully Vaccinated 12 years + 2 months and over – no limits
  • Unknown Vaccination Status – Indoors & Outdoors cap of 50. DQ4.
  • Children under 12 months old are not counted towards caps.
  • Provide evidence of being fully vaccinated by presenting your Green Tick to the COVID Marshal/Registrar
  • All workplaces must have a COVIDSafe Plan and keep records of everyone attending using the Service Victoria app.
  • Places of Worship must also:
    • regularly clean and disinfect shared spaces and high touch surfaces.
    • display signage in public spaces providing information about check-in, vaccination requirements and where relevant, face covering requirements.
    • A COVID Check-in Marshal must be present. For role of a Marshal please visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/covid-check-in-marshals
  • Proof of vaccination, or vaccination exemption, status to be sighted via the Victoria Services App (Tick indicator). Vaccination Exemptions can be linked to your Victoria Services App.
  • For those with hard copy certificates, record should be taken of Name, Contact and Acknowledgement of vaccination proof or vaccination exemption. This record must be kept securely for 28 days.
  • Register with the Service Victoria QR Code app
  • Face masks are recommended indoors here
  • Sanitise hands
  • Keep social distance of at least 1.5 metres

If you cannot show evidence that you are fully vaccinated or you are in the medical exemption category, you are deemed to be of ‘Unknown Vaccination Status’. The separate Sunday Vigil Mass was offered for those with unknown vaccination status. This Sunday Vigil Mass has now ceased but was offered at St Luke the Evangelist Blackburn South by our Parish Priest, Fr Gerard, on Saturdays @ 4:00 PM. The average number attended over seven weekends was 4 Parishioners, including our P.P.

18 November 2021

#53 UPDATE: GENERAL LITURGICAL GUIDELINES: COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne Information Updated: 5:00pm

Statewide settings at Phase D;
90% of 12+ fully vaccinated from 11.59pm Thursday tonight

9 November 2021

The Archbishop encourages you to share this message widely. Please find attached correspondence regarding the proposed new legislation, the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021 from the State Government, which will impact on all faith-based organisations in Victoria. 

At St Timothy’s Catholic Parish Forest Hill we’ve received advice from the Archbishop’s Office about Sunday Masses available this weekend.

Our Usual Sunday timetable can now be reintroduced as we reopen for Sunday Mass this weekend attentive to the following Guidelines and Directions:

  • Provide evidence of being fully vaccinated by presenting your Green Tick to the COVID Marshal/Registrar
  • Register with the Service Victoria QR Code app
  • Wear a face mask indoors
  • Sanitise hands
  • Keep social distance of at least 1.5 metres
  • Saturday evening Vigil: 6.00pm
  • Sunday morning: 9.00am
  • Sunday evening: 5.00pm in Vietnamese

As we have reached the 80% vaccination rate in Victoria and complying with the density quotient of 4SqM, St Timothy’s can accommodate 75 fully vaccinated Parishioners/People per Mass. Please bear in mind that the health, safety and well-being of everyone is our utmost top priority, thus, we will count on your continued support and cooperation in order to achieve this and by being vigilant and follow the Government’s and Archdiocesan COVID safe protocols:

  • Provide evidence of being fully vaccinated by presenting your Green Tick to the COVID Marshal/Registrar
  • Register with the Service Victoria QR Code app
  • Wear a face mask indoors
  • Sanitise hands
  • Keep social distance of at least 1.5 metres
  • If you cannot show evidence that you are fully vaccinated or you are in the medical exemption category, you are deemed to be of ‘Unknown Vaccination Status’. A separate Vigil Sunday Mass is offered for those with unknown vaccination status. This Vigil Sunday Mass is being offered to you at St Luke the Evangelist Blackburn South by our Parish Priest, Fr Gerard, on Saturday @ 4:00 PM. The number of attendees is limited to 30 only also with a DQ4. The COVID-19 Guidelines and Directions apply to all people attending this Sunday Vigil Mass too. St Luke’s is only 8 minutes away by car.

Whether you are new to the Parish, or a regular, we welcome your attendance at Mass at any one of the times listed below.

Weekday Times
Monday: N/A
Tuesday: N/A
Wednesday: 9.15am
Thursday: 9.15am
Friday: 10:00 am

Weekend Times
Saturday Vigil: 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9.00am
Vietnamese Mass every Sunday – 5:00 pm

Reconciliation times by appointment.

Fr Gerard is present for updates, contact, queries, to visit, the Sacrament of the Sick, Sacrament of Reconciliation and prayer requests. You can contact him at foresthill@cam.org.au or call 9877 2292.

ACBC PARISH SOCIAL PROFILE: Based on the 2016 Australian Census

The Community of St Timothy acknowledges the Wurundjeri People as the traditional owners
of this land.

We also acknowledge the continued deep spiritual attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to this country and commit ourselves to the ongoing journey of Reconciliation.