Posted on: May 16, 2020

Caroline Springs Parish: Catholics in Isolation

Legion of Mary: Finding Ways to Connect

by Mary Rose Peeters

AS we approach the end of the 7th week of self-isolation, I cannot help but say that I am very proud of our group at the Legion of Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows Praesidium, in our parish.  We still manage to see each other twice a week to have our virtual meetings and Vespers via Zoom. 

Fr Richard joined us on 20 April for our 3rd Zoom Meeting to give the Allocutio on preaching.  It is important to preach all the time, to find joy and keep praying in this trying time.

On  4 May, Deacon Chris joined us for our 5th Zoom Meeting to give the Allocutio (spiritual talk) based on our spiritual reading “The Master and Apprentice Faith Formation”.

He shared with us a visual presentation on the subject.  One thing to reflect on is how we pass on the faith. Deacon Chris shared that faith is learned by doing. In fact, we learn 95% of what we are studying if we teach it to others. Learning the faith is also an apprenticeship—like how Jesus learned not only the trade of carpentry from St Joseph but also the Jewish faith.

The Legion also meet every Wednesday night for the Vespers.  Beautiful hymns, prayers, psalms and canticles which we take turns to recite aloud while the rest join in softly.  Fr Richard joined us to pray the Vespers on 29 April, the Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena, which made it more special for us.

The legion spirit in us has never been dampened by what is happening around us.  At our concluding prayers each week we implore the Lord to grant us the petitions we offer for our families, friends and people in need especially those during this crisis through the intercession of our founder, servant of God Frank Duff.

Posted on: May 14, 2020

Upper Room: 21 Days of Fasting

Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalms 51:11-12.

Posted on: May 7, 2020

Caroline Springs Parish: Catholics in Isolation

Thoughts in isolation

COVID-19 has altered our ways of living

by Asther Creo

IS it really true we are approaching our seventh week in isolation?

From a crisis that created so much concern about global health and effects of the novel coronavirus on health systems, the discussions have shifted from adequate supply of toilet paper to job cuts and welfare payments, to mental health.

We have altered our ways of living, to eating more homecooked meals, producing our own vegetables, timing our exercise, going on virtual drinks, binge-watching shows, finding ways to express and grow our faith in isolation, giving time for keeping relationships via digital means – and just really having a lot of time to consider a myriad of activities.

There have been more quizzes on social media, old memories shared, throwback photos posted. Suddenly I know more about people through virtual sharing, and friendships are being created, even through iso.

My five-member family has been living in contained dwelling for a while now and has breathed the same air and sat down at the same table enjoying our lunches and dinners (and the snacks that come in between).

We’ve watched shows together, and done things separately too, like right now with our individual preoccupations, but in the same space. Good news, we haven’t yet killed each other, but, I’d like to believe, have perhaps even grown fonder of each other.

This morning as we heard Mass, I looked at my children squeezed together on the couch, and know we will always reminisce back to this time.

So here we are, approaching our seventh week. We’re still here, yeah I know some of us are already feeling the strain of these not so normal times.

But we are stronger in this shared experience. As we flatten the curve there is an excitement bubbling under the surface that we will emerge out of this one day soon! Can you feel it?

I’ll be seeing ya!

NOTE: This was originally posted in Facebook and was later published in online edition The Philippine Times, newspaper of the Filipino Community,