Posted on: June 11, 2021

Message on the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B)

Friday 11th June 2021

My dear people,

By the grace of God, the restrictions have been eased and we are able to celebrate Mass together. I invite you to read the letter I wrote to you yesterday with all the details about reopening here at our parish. My letter also includes details about how we are reopening and ensuring that it is in a COVID-19 Safe way particularly when it comes to the number of people allowed at Mass.

The current restrictions on the number of people who can come to Mass has had the unfortunate consequence of postponing the reception of their first holy communion of our young parishioners who do not attend one of our parish schools. The added sadness is that they are the candidates who should have received their first Holy Communion last year and now find that celebration postponed once more. I am indeed truly sorry about that. I am in discussions with Brother Angelo of the Society of Christian Doctrine to work out new days and times. We continue to take comfort in the fact that these measures are for the safety of all of us and we know we will get through this together.

While we continue to move forward to some normality again, let us pray for one another. As I have said before, we must also try and find positives in our lives while we continue to abide by the current regulations in place.

The parish team is now back at work on site and we are all available to help you whenever the need arises. Please be aware that most of our groups are continuing to meet albeit via ZOOM. This will ensure that the bonds of friendship among parishioners will continue to grow stronger and stronger. For my part, I look forward to the time when we can come together face to face for our parish groups but relish the opportunity to see you on ZOOM.

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: June 4, 2021

Message on The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Yr B)

Friday, 4th June 2021

My dear people,

Sadly, the lockdown has been extended for another week. As announced by the Acting Premier, Places of Worship are closed except for broadcasting. This means that all Masses with people present are cancelled until the end of the day on Thursday 10th June 2021. We will continue the livestreaming of Masses daily at the following times on our YouTube channel:

Saturday 5th June 2021:          9:30 am

Sunday 6th June 2021:         9:00 am

Monday 7th June 2021:           9:30 am

Tuesday 8th June 2021:       9:30 am

Wednesday 9th June 2021:     9:30 am, and

Thursday 10th June 2021:       9:30 am

As usual, Masses can be watched at any time after that.

In this challenging and difficult situation, we continue to pray for one another. If you, or anyone you know, are in any kind of difficulty at the moment, please do not hesitate to call the parish office. We will try our best to do what we can and whatever form this may take, rest assured that we are here to help.

The lockdown has also caused the postponement of the baptisms which are due to take place tomorrow. Again, some of our candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation will not be able to go through with it this Sunday. This week it is the candidates from St George Preca Catholic Primary School who cannot celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. A new date will be announced as soon as possible. I would like to say to all those affected by the postponement of every celebration that I sympathise and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. However, we must take comfort in the fact that these measures are for the safety of all of us and we know we will get through this together.

While the lockdown and its effects are cause for sadness, we must try to find some positive in the midst of it all. For my part, I have achieved my goal of walking at least 20,000 steps every day of the lockdown as of last night. It has had the advantage of taking me around your houses and I have prayed for you while walking and will continue to do that over the next week.  

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: May 28, 2021

Message on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (Yr B)

Friday 28th May 2021

My dear people,

It is with great sadness that we all heard the news that the state of Victoria is going into lockdown from this morning. As announced by the Deputy Premier, Places of Worship are closed except for broadcasting. This means that all Masses with people present are cancelled until the end of the day on Thursday 3rd June 2021. We will resume the livestreaming of daily Masses at the following times on our YouTube channel:

Saturday 29th May 2021:                      9:30 am, 

Sunday 30th May 2021:                     9:00 am,

Monday 31st May 2021:                       9:30 am,

Tuesday 1st June 2021:                     9:30 am,

Wednesday 2nd June 2021:                 9:30 am, and

Thursday 3rd June 2021:                      9:30 am

As usual, Masses can be watched at any time after that.

While we will not be with each other in person we know that our spiritual bonds persist through the lockdown and we continue to pray for each other at this difficult time. Let us pray also for all the people affected directly and indirectly by this latest outbreak of COVID – 19.

The lockdown has the unfortunate effect of causing the postponement of the baptisms which were due to happen tomorrow. While it is also disappointing that the candidates for Confirmation from Christ the Priest will not be confirmed this Sunday, 30th May, as planned, a new date will be announced as soon as possible. I would like to say to all those affected by the postponement of every celebration that I sympathise and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. However, we must take comfort in the fact that these measures are for the safety of all of us and we know we will get through this together.

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