Posted on: December 24, 2021

Christmas Message 20201 (Yr C)

Friday 24th December 2021

My dear people,

The time to celebrate the birth of Jesus has arrived. The birth of Jesus is a major part of the history of salvation and of humanity for it is the birth of the person who will spend his life, particularly the three years of his ministry, pointing out to the rest of us how to live an authentic human life. This birth of the Son of God brings us joy because it represents the light which removes all darkness, especially the darkness of sin.

We celebrate Christmas tomorrow again in circumstances which do not stop to baffle us. The number of cases does not seem to decrease and many plans for the holidays are in jeopardy. This sense of being unsettled has given rise to a lot of anxiety and Christmas should not be a time when we are anxious. The physical separation from the ones we love, which we have had to endure again for several months this year, will leave wounds very difficult to heal and scars which will be with us for ever. We think of and pray particularly for the repose of the souls of those who have died from COVID-19, and for their loved ones. We pray also for those who have not been able to be with their loved ones at the time of their death and/or at their funerals this year again. Having celebrated a few funerals during the year, I remember vividly the sufferings of these people.

However, we, disciples of Jesus, believe firmly that with death, life is changed, not ended. We continue on our own journey hoping to see our deceased loved ones again. The celebration of the birth of Jesus is a stark reminder that one day this child will suffer and die for us so that each of us has a share in eternal life. Once the tears are wiped and time starts diminishing the pain, we know that God will provide the strength and courage required to continue with our own pilgrimage. This certainty accompanies us in all parts of our lives, be it at our work or in our family and indeed in everything that makes up our lives.

Our community has also been seriously affected by COVID this year. We remember when CS Square was an exposure site back in August and most people of Caroline Springs had to get tested. We remember that our parish schools were not spared and so many families had to isolate.

It is important to find the strength somehow to celebrate the birth of Jesus because, despite all the challenges of this year, we still have each other and you and I know that we need that right now. The birth of Jesus reminds us that there is always hope in the midst of the greatest tragedies because it is his birth that brings about our salvation. So, in the midst of uncertainty and after a trying year, I truly wish you and your loved ones, near and far, a very Merry Christmas. May the celebration of the birth of Jesus bring you joy and peace.

Also, as we come to the end of the year 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 coordinators of ministries, and everyone involved in all the ministries. I thank the members of the PPC which, as you know, did not continue past the end of its term in September 2021. I would also like to thank the members of the Leadership Team and the Evangelisation Team. 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.

Fr Simeon and I are very much looking forward to see all of at the Christmas Masses.  A quick reminder that the Mass schedule is as follows:

Friday 24th December 2021: 6pm, 8pm, 10pm, and 12am (midnight), and

Saturday 25th December 2021 at 9am, 10:30am and 12pm (noon).

As we have even more people coming in for Mass, which will require signing in with a QR Code, it is of utmost importance that you are in the church at least thirty minutes before the start of Mass. I plead with you to abide by this request because our parishioners helping with the task of checking in need to wrap up and be seated themselves. Also, no bookings are required to attend Mass!

Please be advised that the parish office will be closed from noon today and will re-open on 4th January. For the month of January, the office will operate at a slower pace and will close at 3pm. As such, this is the last of my weekly messages to you for 2021. They will resume the weekend following Australia Day.

My people, again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2022.

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: December 17, 2021

Message on the 4th Sunday of Advent (Yr C)

Friday 17th December 2021

My dear people,

I hope that you are well.

Further to the announcement on Wednesday, the requirement to separate the Fully Vaccinated from those with Unknown Vaccination Status for Mass has been dispensed with. As a result, the 8pm Mass on the 24th December for the Fully Vaccinated in the hall has been cancelled and there is no need to book to come to any of the Masses over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

For the same reason mentioned above, the 8am Mass for the Unknown Vaccination Status is also cancelled with immediate effect. There is also no need to book to attend ANY of the weekend Masses.

This year we will celebrate the following Masses for Christmas at our parish:

  • Friday 24th December 6pm, 8pm, 10pm and 12 am (MIDNIGHT)

  • Saturday 25th December 9am, 10:30am and 12 pm.

A final reminder that we will be having our parish Carols by Candlelight this Sunday 19th December starting at 5:30 pm. May I urge you to make every effort possible to come this year. After the year that we have had, we all need fellowship and the celebration of community. There is more information on our website and also on our parish Facebook page. Bookings are required for planning purposes. Since it is an outdoor event we are closely monitoring the weather forecast.

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: December 10, 2021

Message on the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Yr C)

Friday 10th December 2021

My dear people,

Christmas is approaching very quickly and the Christmas break ups have already started. As we wind down most activities for the year, let us remember to enter more deeply into the season of Advent while getting more excited about the celebration of Christmas.

As mentioned last week, the schedule of Masses for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is as follows:

  • Friday 24th December 6pm and 12am (MIDNIGHT) FV (Fully Vaccinated)
  • Friday 24th December 8pm and 10pm UVS (Unknown Vaccination Status)
  • Friday 24th December 8pm FV (IN THE HALL)
  • Saturday 25th December 9am and 10:30am FV
  • Saturday 25th December 12pm UVS
  • SATURDAY 25th DECEMBER: NO MASS IN THE EVENING – NO VIGIL OF THE HOLY FAMILY

The following Masses will require a booking:

  • Friday 24th December 8pm and 10pm UVS
  • Friday 24th December 8pm FV (IN THE HALL)
  • Saturday 25th December 12pm UVS

It is very important that the Unknown Vaccination Status Masses are not booked by our parishioners who are Fully Vaccinated. There will be five Masses for the Fully Vaccinated (booking required only for the 8pm Mass in the hall) and I strongly encourage the Fully Vaccinated parishioners to come to these.

As announced last week, we will be having our parish Carols by Candlelight on the 19th December starting at 5:30 pm. May I urge you to make every effort possible to come this year. After the year that we have had, we all need fellowship and the celebration of community. There is more information on our website and also on our parish Facebook page. Bookings are required for planning purposes. Also, if you have a business and would like to operate a stall on the day, please contact the parish office and we will go through the details with you.

Tina Matana will run the Advent Prayer Session based on Scripture for the next two Tuesdays of Advent at 7:30pm in the church meeting rooms. You are all very welcome to attend.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Prayer Ministry. Prayer request cards can be found on the table near the crib. Please place your completed prayer request cards in the box provided.  This box will be placed on the sanctuary during the weekend Masses. Fr Simeon and I will be the only people who will have access to the box to ensure everyone's privacy is respected. The box will be regularly emptied and members of our Prayer Ministry will meet to pray for all the requests.  Anyone who wishes to join the Prayer Ministry is most welcomed - please contact Fr Simeon for further information.

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