Posted on: October 30, 2020

On the Solemnity of All Saints

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 30th October 2020

My dear people,

Hope that you are all keeping safe as we continue to get good news about our lives returning to some sort of normality.

In the midst of the good news, it is with a heavy heart that I bring you the sad news that Deacon Chris will be resigning from his position as Pastoral Associate with effect from 1st January 2021. Deacon Chris has accepted a full-time teaching position at CRC Caroline Springs, where he currently teaches part-time. He will teach Religious Education, Humanities and will be part of the Faith and Mission Team. I am sure that you will join me in warmly thanking Deacon Chris for all his work over the past 4.5 years and wish him God’s blessings on this new journey of his. In case you are wondering, he and I are waiting to hear from the Vicar General about his Permanent Deacon appointment to the parish. Since my arrival at the parish, Deacon Chris has been a source of great support to me, showing me the ropes around the place and allowing me to gently settle into the role of Parish Priest. There will be a proper farewell at the appropriate time.

May I gently remind you that on Monday 2nd November, All Souls’ Day, we will celebrate one Mass at 9.30 am which will be livestreamed. On Tuesday 3rd November, being a public holiday, Mass will be livestreamed at 9 am. There will be no live-streaming of Adoration followed by Mass in the evening.

From Wednesday 28th October, we commenced three Masses indoors with 10 registered attendees each. Please note, before you can attend a Mass, you will have to be registered and then allocated to one of the Masses. If you have not already registered your interest to attend Mass in person, I invite you to send us an email requesting a registration form and one will be sent to you.

The month of November is the month when, traditionally, in the church, we pray for our deceased relatives and friends. As is the custom of this parish, we will place the “Memorial Book of the Dead” on the sanctuary for the duration of Mass in November. COVID-19 makes it impossible for you to add the names of your loved ones, who have died in the last year, in the book yourselves. Therefore, we are asking you to send the names of your deceased loved ones by email, and their names will be written in the book. I must stress that it is only the names of your relatives and friends who have died in the last twelve months. You can find our email below.

If you are interested in joining us to pray the rosary as a community, please send an email to CarolineSprings@cam.org.au and the ZOOM meeting details will be sent to you. Again we are enjoying virtual drinks after praying the rosary on Saturdays. If you would like to join for that part only, please feel free to do so.

As always, I am available at the presbytery and am happy to offer any assistance that may be required.

We continue turning to our patron saint and we ask for her intercession.

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

 

 

 

Fr Richard Rosse PP

Posted on: October 22, 2020

On the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 22nd October 2020

My dear people,

Hope that you are all keeping safe as we continue to get good news about the possibility of our lives returning to some sort of normality.

I am writing my weekly message one day early this week because of the public holiday tomorrow.

Seeing more and more of you at Mass everyday continues to bring me a lot of joy and solace. As such, we were happy to hear the news last Sunday allowing us to have 20 people at Mass outdoors from Monday, 2nd November. In order to accommodate these new permissions, we will be celebrating 3 Masses daily from Tuesday to Sunday. Assuming all goes according to plan, this also means that from Tuesday, 3rd November, we will not be streaming the daily Masses but live streaming only the Sunday 9 am Mass.

On Monday 2nd November, All Souls’ Day, we will celebrate one Mass at 9.30 am which will be livestreamed. From Tuesday 3rd November, if no changes are announced in the interim, we will commence three Masses with 20 registered attendees each. Please note, before you can attend a Mass, you will have to be registered and then allocated to one of the following Masses:

  • Tuesdays to Fridays - 9:30 am, 6 pm and 7 pm
  • Saturday - 9:30 am
  • Saturday Vigil - 4:30 and 6 pm
  • Sunday – 9 am (livestreamed), 10:30 am and 12 pm

I stress that these are subject to change depending upon the instructions received from the government. Not that it is all about the numbers but from November, hopefully, there will be 340 parishioners coming to Mass every week. If you have not already registered your interest to attend Mass in person, I invite you to send us an email requesting a registration form and one will be sent to you.

Today is the day we celebrate St John Paul II. Most of us would have been alive during his time as Holy Father and we remember fondly his great ability to bring profound changes in individuals and communities. Today we might ask his intercession also for an eradication of the coronavirus. St John Paul II was a faithful son of Our Lady and his devotion to her was very well know. We thank him for the addition of the luminous mysteries to the rosary. There are just 9 days of October left now and I continue to encourage you to find some time every day for devotions to Our Lady. If you are interested in praying the rosary as a community, please send an email to CarolineSprings@cam.org.au and the ZOOM meeting details will be sent to you. Again we are enjoying virtual drinks after praying the rosary on Saturdays. If you would like to join for that part only, please feel free to do so.

The Archdiocese has started a wonderful initiative called “Ready, Set, Pray!” which is aimed at young families to help parents introduce their children to the liturgy at home. The first episode has our own Llewy and Natasha Berchy as co-presenters. I strongly invite you to have a look at it.

As always, I am available at the presbytery and am happy to offer any assistance that may be required.

We continue turning to our patron saint and we ask for her intercession.

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

 


 

Fr Richard Rosse PP

Posted on: October 16, 2020

On the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 16 October 2020

My dear people,

I trust that you are all as well as you can be and keeping safe. As I sit down to write this week’s message, the results for today have just come in at 2 new cases in the last 24 hours. What great news! The hard work of Melbournians all around is bearing fruit. Praised be Jesus!

The resumption of Mass continues to be the source of immense joy for me and for those of you have been able to attend Mass. Funnily, on top of having to contend with the wind, we have to endure being entertained by the rap music coming from the basketball courts when Mass is offered in the afternoon. It always brings a smile to my face. Nevertheless, we soldier on thankful to God that we can celebrate Mass together. From Tuesday, 20th October, there will be two weekday Masses with five people outdoors in our parish. Let us hope we hear this Sunday that the number of people allowed outdoors increases to ten which will mean that every week 120 of you will be able to attend Mass weekly. Let us make sure that this is our prayer intention over the next 48 hours.

It has been a great joy to the three school communities to have the children back. I was able to walk through St George Preca this week and I was moved to see all the classrooms full again. Furthermore, the sound of the Year 7s in CRC CS playing during their break this week has also made me very glad.

Tomorrow we will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the canonisation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. I remember very well watching the ceremony live on television and what a great event for Australia that was. Let us celebrate that event tomorrow allowing ourselves to be inspired by her heroic virtues and her deep faith in Jesus Christ. It is always a humbling experience to be able to visit the places significant to her and that is something I am truly looking forward to doing again once COVID-19 is a thing of the past. To celebrate the anniversary of the canonisation, the Sisters of St Joseph are making available to us a free commemorative prayer book. Details about how to obtain the book are available on our website. We turn to her for her intercession for all our needs: St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Pray for us.

There are just two weeks of October left now and I continue to encourage you to find some time every day for devotions to Our Lady. If you are interested in praying the rosary as a community, please send an email to CarolineSprings@cam.org.au and the ZOOM meeting details will be sent to you. Again we are enjoying virtual drinks after praying the rosary on Saturdays. If you would like to join for that part only, please feel free to do so.

We are also thankful this week to the Youth Mission Team of James Sheahan Catholic High School in Orange, NSW for a clip of wishes to their counterparts at CRC CS. We remember that the parish of St Mary and St Joseph in Orange, NSW is our partner in prayer and James Sheahan is their Catholic High School. That movie clip is available on the website for you to look at.

As always, I am available at the presbytery and am happy to offer any assistance that may be required.

We continue turning to our patron saint and we ask for her intercession.

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,


 

 

Fr Richard Rosse PP