Posted on: April 1, 2021

Message on Easter Sunday (Yr B)

Thursday, 1st April 2021

My dear people,

I still can’t believe that the Triduum and the celebration of Easter itself are upon us. It does not seem like Ash Wednesday was six weeks ago. After the sadness of not being able to celebrate the Triduum and Easter together last year I must say that I am delighted that we are able to do that this year.

The bookings for the Easter Triduum and Easter Sunday are almost all completely booked at the moment. For that reason, we have organised an overflow into the CRC Hall. However, bookings are required for that also and can be done via our parish website.

Since we are at full capacity in the worship space for most liturgies, no one will be able to walk in unless they have a confirmed booking. As much as I do not like to turn people away from the church, I do not have a choice if we are at full capacity as per the regulations. Fortunately, those who come to the church without a booking will simply be directed to the CRC Hall.

Furthermore, I also renew my appeal about arriving early. Indeed, it is extremely important that people arrive early so that the team can sign you in and ushers can guide you to your seats. This is critical as we have reached our building capacity. As such, I ask all of you to kindly arrive in church between half and a quarter of an hour before the start of Mass. I pray that this request will be met positively.

The celebration of Easter, for which we are intently preparing, is the definitive event that proves to us that death never has the last word. We celebrate Easter in the firm hope that whatever tragedy may occur around the world, God will always bring something good out of it. This certainty accompanies us in all parts of our lives, be it at work or in our family and indeed in everything that makes up our lives. Furthermore, it is important, in the midst of the uncertainties around us, to allow the victory of life over death through the Resurrection of Jesus to ensure we remain joyful. For it is through joy that we will be able to evangelise our brothers and sisters. So, in the midst of uncertainty, I sincerely wish you and your loved ones, near and far, a very Happy Easter. May the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus bring you joy and peace.

Finally, on behalf of Fr Simeon and mine, may I take this opportunity to warmly thank each and every one of our ministry coordinators, our volunteers for ministries, our volunteers for signing people in, ushering and cleaning after Mass for all your work this year so far and particularly in the preparation for Easter. And I would like to sincerely thank the parish staff without whom I simply would not be able to do what I need to do.

Please note that the parish office will be closed on Easter Tuesday, as announced previously.

Fr Simeon and I are available for any of your questions, comments and queries.

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: March 26, 2021

Message on Palm Sunday (Yr B)

Friday, 26th March 2021

My dear people,

The most Holy Week of the church’s calendar starts tomorrow with the Palm Sunday Vigil Mass. How exciting is it that we are able to celebrate Holy Week together this year after the lockdown of last year at this time? I was very sad to hear from the Cardinal Bishop of Port Louis in Mauritius that for the second year in a row Mauritius will be in lockdown for Holy Week.

As you are aware the bookings for the Easter Triduum are opened. If you have not already done so I strongly encourage you book your seat for the Triduum Liturgies. These are filling out very fast and are on a first come first served basis. I eagerly await communication from the Archdiocese on the implications of the latest easing of restrictions for religious ceremonies and places of worship, the category under which we fall for the state government. As soon as these are made available, I will let you know via our website and our Facebook Page.

May I reiterate my appeal to you last week: with Holy Week, we are anticipating full capacity and no one will be able to walk in unless they have a confirmed booking. As much as I do not like to turn people away from the church, I do not have a choice if we are at full capacity as per the regulations. As such, it is important that you make sure you receive an email confirming your booking. Please call the parish office if you are not sure whether or not your booking has gone through. Those who do not have internet access, please feel free to call the parish office for assistance in booking you in.

As spaces are limited, I also appeal to you to please make sure you only have one booking for the relevant Holy Week liturgies you wish to attend so as not to take up the capacity and deprive another of a place. Similarly, if you are no longer able to attend, please make sure you cancel the booking so that others have the opportunity to attend. If you are not sure how to cancel your booking, please call the parish office for assistance.

Furthermore, I also renew my appeal about arriving early. Indeed, it is extremely important that people arrive early so that the team can sign you in and ushers can guide you to your seats. This becomes more critical as we approach our building capacity. As such, I ask all of you to kindly arrive in church between half and a quarter of an hour before the start of Mass. I pray that this request will be met positively. I also ask for your patience especially from this weekend onwards as the passion readings are longer and more time is needed in between Masses for cleaning and sanitising.

The Young Adults Group started very well last Wednesday with 8 young adults attending. Again this group will discuss the challenges and the joys of leading a Christian life as a youth in the modern world as well as share experiences of the love of Christ and how to bring this love into the world and to those around us. All between the ages of 18-30 are welcome and refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to invite your friends and anyone else who might like to learn about the philosophies of the Catholic church.

Sincere thanks for the many donations for our toy drive last weekend. These will make the playgroup a fun activity for the children who attend once it is launched. If you have the following items to spare, we will be very grateful to receive them: rolls of paper for painting, child friendly paint, crayons and pencils, paint brushes, child friendly scissors and glue, colourful paper and toy instruments.

Fr Simeon and I are available for any of your questions, comments and queries.

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: March 19, 2021

Message on the 5th Sunday of Lent (Yr B)

Friday, 19th March 2021

My dear people,

It is hard to believe that Easter is just two weeks away but it is! We have started planning for the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord in our parish and I am pleased to advise that the time table is now ready. The timetable for Holy Week and Easter is available on the website and in the bulletin, which is also on the website. One thing I can announce here is that the bookings for the liturgies of the Triduum will open at 7pm on Wednesday 24th March 2021.

I am very happy to see more and more of you back at Mass as the number of attendees grow over the weeks. However, we have not been at full capacity and thus have allowed people to register as they walk in for Mass (which we strongly prefer to avoid) including those whose registrations did not go through. However, with Holy Week, we are anticipating full capacity and no one will be able to walk in unless they have a confirmed booking. As much as I do not like to turn people away from the church, I do not have a choice if we are at full capacity as per the regulations. As such, it is important that you make sure you receive an email confirming your booking. Do call the Parish Office if you are not sure whether or not your booking has gone through. Those who do not have internet access, please feel free to call the Parish Office for assistance in booking you in. We have also noticed people with double bookings. As spaces are limited, I appeal to you to please make sure you only have one booking for the relevant Holy Week liturgies you wish to attend so as not to take up the capacity and deprive another of a place.

There is something else I need the assistance of everyone. As we are returning to normality, there are more people coming to Mass, which is the best news ever! However, it is very important that people arrive early in order for the team to sign you in and ushers to guide you to your seats. This becomes more critical as we approach our building capacity. As such, I ask all of you to kindly arrive in church between half and a quarter of an hour before the start of Mass. I pray that this request will be met positively by all of you. I also ask for your patience especially from Palm Sunday onwards as the passion readings are longer and more time is needed in between Masses for cleaning and sanitising.

We are concluding the Novena to St Joseph this evening with Holy Mass, Novena Prayers and light refreshments. I hope that those who attended have received graces but particularly have had the prayers they brought to St Joseph daily answered. In any case, I hope that the opportunity to mediate on one of the aspects of the character and life of St Joseph has helped everyone in their lives.

I am delighted to announce that a Young Adults Group is going to start in the parish. From Wednesday 24th March, there will be weekly discussions for youth hosted here at the parish and run by the Jesus Youth Movement. The group will discuss the challenges and the joys of leading a Christian life as a youth in the modern world as well as share experiences of the love of Christ and how to bring this love into the world and to those around us. All between the ages of 18-30 are welcome.  Refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to invite your friends and anyone else who might like to learn about the philosophies of the Catholic church.

As usual Fr Simeon and I are available for any of your questions, comments and queries.

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