Posted on: July 31, 2020

Message on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

 

My dear people,

I trust you are all keeping safe and well.

As we start the fourth week of restrictions, the level of worry has unfortunately not lessened. I do not mean to be an alarmist but this situation in which we find ourselves is serious indeed. The number of cases reported on Thursday and Friday have indeed been concerning. It is so very crucial at the moment that we do indeed comply with the regulations in order to reduce the spread of the virus. This is important for ourselves, for our loved ones and our community.

We are happy to still be able to offer Mass to and for our parish. Unfortunately, last Sunday, there were some technical issues with the live streaming which resulted in the absence of sound for the first half of the Mass. We apologise for that but these were due to reasons outside our control. From now on, I will make sure that the sound is available before the procession starts.

Members of different committees of our parish are still meeting to discuss matters relevant to our parish. The Parish Safeguarding Committee met last Wednesday and discussed the standards by which all parishes will have to abide as directed by the Catholic Professional Standards Ltd. The PPC Exec also met on Thursday to discuss matters relevant to the parish and which will be discussed at the next PPC meeting on the 12th August.

Further to the PPC Exec meeting last night, it was decided that we will pray the rosary as a parish via ZOOM on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm starting on the 5th August 2020. Of course, everyone is invited to that. If you are interested, would you kindly send an email to CarolineSprings@cam.org.au and the ZOOM meeting details will be sent to you. If the details are not sent to you by lunch time on Wednesday kindly send us another email. Following the rosary, those who so wish are invited to stay back to socially connect and have chat with each other.

While the situation with COVID-19 is really troubling, I find solace in the opportunity for different things in this second phase of the lockdown. Through my conversations with some people, I have been told that there has been more time for cleaning cupboards or getting back to hobbies which had been abandoned before COVID-19.

I have enjoyed the opportunity of walking and discovering different parts of the parish and saying “hello” to so many parishioners that I meet along my walks.

As usual, let us continue to pray for another as we seek the intercession of our patron saint.

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

 

 


Fr Richard Rosse
Parish Priest

Posted on: July 24, 2020

Message on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

 

My dear people,

I trust you are all keeping safe and well.

We have now had two weeks back under Stage 3 restrictions. Furthermore, in order to reduce the risk of propagating the virus, we now have to wear a mask whenever we are outside of our house. This is something that will take a lot of time to get used to and I find myself struggling with it. Hopefully, like all things in life, it is just something that we need to and will get used to.

I was lucky enough to visit both primary schools this past week and the two communities are coping well with this new situation. Let us hope that such is the case for those who are at home remote learning. We must continue to pray for them.

Members of the “Collectors Ministry” were also able to catch up with two meetings via ZOOM over the past week. I have found them to be wonderful and they reminded me of how much I miss all of you. I could see that those who were able to join were also delighted to see one another, to have a chat and to share what has been happening for them since the suspension of Mass in March. I am hoping to find a way to make these catch ups via ZOOM more regular and also opened to the whole parish, not just people in ministries. Watch this space, as they say.

The absence of people at Mass does not become easier but I take great comfort in the knowledge that many members of our parish are watching Mass via our YouTube channel.

As usual, let us continue to pray for another as we seek the intercession of our patron saint.

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

 

 

 

Fr Richard Rosse PP

Posted on: July 17, 2020

Message on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

 

My dear people,

I trust you are all keeping safe and well.

I hope that the first week back under Stage 3 restrictions has not been too taxing or stressful for you. For my part I found the first week to be okay. It must be because, this time around, meetings and engagements were not cancelled unlike the last time.  People are now more used to life under the restrictions having gone through it once before. It is amazing how technology has enabled us to stay in contact and even run high-level meetings.

What has been particularly hard and extremely sad has been Mass with no one present especially on Sunday. This is simply not what the church is supposed to be! We must pray fervently that we will return to some degree of normalcy as soon as possible.

I believe that things will get a tad more difficult though once we fully realise that face to face contact with people is not possible. I guess having this contact after the several weeks of initial isolation, even if it was only for about six weeks, has helped fill up the tank of the need for human contact. While face to face contact is now not possible, let us make sure we keep in touch with other means of communication.

We also keep in mind members of our school communities. Most of our children are back to remote learning and that will again not be easy. Let us pray for strength and courage for everyone at this time, imploring our patron saint to intercede for us.

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.
 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

 

 


Fr Richard Rosse
Parish Priest