Posted on: March 28, 2020
Praying Together as a Community
Dear parishioners of St Catherine of Siena, Caroline Springs,
In these difficult times when churches have been physically closed and Masses suspended, it is imperative to keep our spiritual lives strong and fulfilling. While we cannot attend Mass and receive Holy Communion we can and we must continue praying.
I invite you to join me in praying together as a community. The following are suggestions which you might like to take on-board at the moment:
- The Rosary at 9am,
- The Angelus at 12 noon,
- The Divine Mercy chaplet at 3pm,
- And Vespers (Evening Prayer of the Church) at 8pm.
While we are all staying at home and in isolation let us not be isolated, but connected to each other in prayer. As long as it is possible Masses will be made available on our social media platforms.
On another matter, ways to keep supporting the parish financially have been communicated in my email/letter which I trust you have received.
Please be assured that I am praying for all of you, particularly at my Masses. While I cannot be close to you physically I hold all of you close to me in my heart and look forward to the time when we meet again.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Fr Richard Rosse, PP
Posted on: March 19, 2020
Letter to the People of Caroline Springs
My dear people,
It is with great sadness that I bring you the news that the bishops of Victoria have had to make the decision to suspend the public celebration of Mass and other liturgies.
This is indeed a sad time for us believers when we come to the realisation that we can’t come together to praise and worship our beloved God together. The suspension of Mass does not mean that prayer is suspended. On the contrary, this is the time to double down on our prayers for each other, for the sick and elderly, and our country at this time.
Over the following days I encourage you to keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page. I will also post any communication and updates to the parish noticeboard.
I will continue to celebrate Mass privately on a daily basis and will be praying for all of you. While you have been dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass there are still several ways to ensure that the day of the Lord is kept holy. These include: time in personal and family prayer (such as praying the rosary together), reflecting on the Scriptures, making a spiritual communion, or participating in a Mass online. Please see http://bit.ly/MassOnDemand or https://melbournecatholic.org.au/Mass or
The church will remain open with longer hours (7am to 9pm) so everyone is given an opportunity to spend time with our Blessed Lord.
I thank you for your understanding at this unprecedented time and for putting the interests of the larger community before our own. Let us support each other in our faith and continue to storm heaven for the elimination of this virus from the world.
Please keep me also in your prayers.
Your devoted pastor in Christ,
Fr Richard Rosse
Posted on: December 24, 2019
2019 Christmas Message
My dear people,
WE have arrived at this time of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The birth of Jesus is an important part of the salvation of the human race; it is truly the saviour of the whole world who is born among us to show us true and authentic humanity and how to live our humanity.
This birth of the Son of God should bring us joy because it represents the light which removes all darkness, particularly the darkness of sin.
But we can sometimes ask ourselves how to be joyful when there are tragedies all around us. At the moment we think of all those affected by the fires all over Australia; this has been a tragedy for those who must now live their lives without their loved ones who have died in the fires. We think also of all those who have lost their belongings and their way of life in the fires, finding themselves homeless this Christmas. Furthermore, we think of all other families who will celebrate this Christmas for the first time without someone they love; some of them, members of our community. We think of the homeless and the refugees. How to have joy in the heart with all this pain and suffering?
The answer is simple: our celebration of the birth of Jesus does not make us ignore the sufferings of our neighbours. But it is the birth of Jesus which allows us to remember that no suffering is in vain because Jesus showed us that his suffering served to save the world. It is the birth of Jesus which enables us to soldier on, giving us the strength and courage we need to look after each other when tragedy strikes.
As the year comes to an end I would like to sincerely thank, from the bottom of my heart, all the people who contribute to making our parish the wonderful community it is. I thank the office staff, the members of the PPC, the coordinators of ministries, everyone involved in all the ministries and most importantly all of you the disciples of Jesus Christ here at St Catherine of Siena Caroline Springs. Thank you for your support and your love, which I treasure immensely.
And, of course, I wish you and all your loved ones, near and far, a very Merry Christmas. May the celebration of the birth of Jesus illuminate our hearts and enable us to bring hope to all the world.