Parish Feast Day Celebration

May 14, 2018

THE Parish Feast day celebration was held on Saturday, 28 April, at the CRC Hall with a Spit Roast Dinner, music, games, and lots of dancing.

The Parish also held Novena Masses prior to the Saturday celebration in honor of our patron saint where Fr Richard and Dcn Chris read parts of St Catherine's works before saying a prayer of thanksgiving and intercession.

St. Catherine of Siena, whose birth name, Caterina Benincasa, was born March 25, 1347 in Siena, Tuscany. At the age of 16, she became a tertiary (a member of a monastic third order who takes simple vows and may remain outside a convent or monastery) of the Dominican order, joining the Sisters of Penitence of St. Dominic. She died April 29, 1380 and canonized in 1461. Her feast day is April 29.

The Catholic Church declared her a doctor of the church in 1970 and a patron saint of Europe in 1999.

In his speech during the dinner, Fr Richard thank everybody for supporting the parish. See more photos in our Galleries page.

Cardinal Pell Goes to Trial

May 1, 2018

Cardinal Pell to stand trial on sex abuse, but several charges dismissed

by John L. Allen Jr. May 1, 2018

FOLLOWING a four-week committal hearing last month, an Australian magistrate on Tuesday dismissed some of the most serious charges of “historical sexual offenses” against Cardinal George Pell but also ruled that the 76-year-old prelate will stand trial on at least three different complaints.

It’s not clear at this point when that trial will take place, though sources in Australia say that criminal procedures of this sort often can last one year to 18 months. Pell has denied the charges vigorously since police first filed them last summer, and he pleaded “not guilty” on Tuesday during his court hearing.

He is expected to face a directions hearing in Melbourne’s County Court in the future, when a trial date will be set. Pell’s attorney on Tuesday said he may seek separate trials, given the nature of the remaining allegations. [Read More]

Dear Regular Mass-goers:

February 22, 2018

The seats at the end of the pew aren’t for you

by Jack Bentz, S.J.
Published in AMERICA Magazine (February 14, 2018)

MY work took me away from home a lot last fall, and so I was at a different Catholic parish every weekend. All the same Catholic Mass—and, depressingly, the same experience of being the unwelcomed stranger in a strangely familiar land.

Many of the parishes had a greeter smiling at the front door with a bulletin in hand. There was often an invitation from the pulpit for all visitors to stand and be welcomed. At one parish, I even received a shiny little gift bag with a ballpoint pen and a coffee cup, both bearing the name of the parish.

That was nice. I was being officially welcomed. [Read more]