Hello I am David Parker, community manager for the Ephpheta centre.
We have been very busy working from home and supporting the Ephpheta community .
I would like to update information in relation to the Ephpheta Centre, and the Ephpheta community. Sydney and the rest of NSW has been badly affected by the CoVid Outbreak. The lockdown is becoming more and more strong. We follow the government rules and our Church guidelines.
We still can't have Masses, Deaf Cafe or other events at the Ephpheta Centre, probably for the rest of this year. In relation to Mass, we are providing a livestream Mass each Sunday. Catholic Mass from Our Lady of the Assumption Church at Homebush is interpreted every Sunday at 11am.
An Auslan interpreter is always there with Fr Michael and two Ephpheta Staff which are Liz and myself. I sometimes do the interpreting as a Deaf interpreter. This Mass is livestreamed so you can watch it on Facebook or later on our Ephpheta website.
You can also watch Mass For You At Home hosted by Channel 10 at 6am with Auslan interpreters.
You can watch it on TenPlay anytime, which is a online streaming service but it does not have captions. You can also watch the YouTube version of the Mass For You At Home but the captions are not professional.
Because of COVID, the way we are working is different to before. Our Ephpheta staff can talk to you online - through Facetime, Zoom, Skype or lots of other video platforms. We have set up weekly Zoom chats - we have weekly Zoom chats for small groups. Crafts. Deaf Stories. Prayer group. Rosary Group. Small groups with some deaf people at nursing homes. We do our very best to keep the Ephpheta deaf and hard of hearing community connected.
If you have any questions about COVID vaccinations, please check with your GP. They are the best people to help you because they know you and your medical background.
Follow the government announcements. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Stay 1.5m away from other people. Please stay safe. Stay healthy. Look after yourself and other people.
Thanks David and Liz.
Ephpheta Centre. 23 August 2021