Posted on: May 30, 2020

Fr Richard's Message on Pentecost Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

My dear people,

I hope you are all well.

I bring you the great news that we are now ready to reopen the church and celebrate Mass. Owing to the strict conditions placed on the reopening of the churches people will have to book to come to Mass and everyone who books will be allocated a seat at a Mass. This information has been sent to everyone whose contact details we have, either by email or normal mail.

I am very excited that I will be able to see more and more of you going through the doors of the church and joining me in praising and worshipping God at Mass. Our acts of worship are the best way to communicate with God and it will be delightful to be able to do that in your company again. We are starting the reopening of the church with Mass and I sincerely hope that very soon we will have come up with a system to allow private prayer.

This week has seen the return of many of the children of our parish back to school. Some teachers have told me how happy they are to see the classrooms and the schools with children around. What a beautiful thing!

As we prepare to return to church let us continue to ask the help of our Patron Saint:

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

 

 


Fr Richard Rosse PP
Parish Priest

Posted on: May 24, 2020

Fr Richard's Message on Ascension Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

My dear people,

I hope you are all well and getting used to this new life with COVID-19. This Sunday will be the tenth Sunday when we have not been able to come together for Mass. By the grace of God there is certainly light at the end of this very long tunnel.

I am working very hard with Deacon Chris and Robert together with the Parish Pastoral Council and the Liturgy Committee to re-open the church for Mass. The detailed signage required by the government have arrived as have the disinfectants and hand sanitisers. Now we will start the task of finding a booking system to enable people to come for Mass and organising the volunteers into teams to help with the additional tasks required.

I, for one, look forward to seeing the children from our two parish primary schools go back to schools, the junior classes this week and the senior classes in two weeks. Likewise, I am looking forward to see the young adults at CRC CS coming back from the 9th June. Let us pray for all our students, teachers and parents as they continue to prepare to come back.

On a personal note, I would like to reiterate how much I miss all of you. It has been ten weeks now without seeing so many familiar faces and it does not get easier. I trust in divine providence that we shall soon come together again as a community to praise and worship our Lord. And we continue to ask the help of our Patron Saint:

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

 



Fr Richard Rosse PP
Parish Priest

Posted on: May 16, 2020

Fr Richard's Message on the 6th Sunday of Easter

 

 

 

 

 

My dear people,

I hope you are all well and coping with the circumstances of COVID-19. We have entered this week into a new stage of restrictions with the easing of many of them.

As announced by the Premier on Monday, it is now possible to open “places of worship” for pre-arranged worship or small religious ceremonies for up to ten people (not including the minimum number of people reasonably required for the service). 

For reasons outlined below, it will not be possible for us to avail ourselves of this opportunity:

  • The State Government requires in-depth and thorough cleaning and disinfection of the whole building before and after the celebration of any ceremony,
  • A thorough system of registration and attendance register of people attending each of the services, and
  • A way to ensure that people do not come into contact with one another as they arrive and leave, and that they do not stop to talk around the entrance or in the gathering space.

You are able to find two documents that outline all these requirements in much greater detail on our parish website. The parish will need to set up a number of teams to look after the above three aspects for the smooth running of Masses and at the moment, we are simply not equipped to meet all these regulations and requirements of the government.

As such, I will continue with what we have been doing so far namely, I will celebrate Mass at the same time I have since 19th April and these will be live-streamed for you to participate in. The current restrictions are in place until 31st May. One can only imagine and hope that there will be a further relaxation of restrictions at that time.

From now until then, we will set up teams for the above additional functions which will have to be performed. If you are happy to help with these functions, kindly contact the parish office and let us know. We will allocate you to one of the teams that will be formed.

I trust that you will understand these are very unusual circumstances for which we are totally unprepared. I also trust that you all know I simply cannot wait until we are back together praising and worshipping God. However, it is simply not possible to do this at this stage. Apart from complying with government regulations, your health and safety have to be the top priority for me and the leadership team.

In the meantime, as we continue to pray for each other let us ask for the intercession of our Patron Saint as we prepare to move to the next stage as a parish community.

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

 

 


Fr Richard Rosse PP
Parish Priest