MESSAGE ON THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD SUNDAY (YR C)
Friday 27th May 2022
My dear people,
Many of you already know that I have contracted COVID and am isolating in the presbytery until Tuesday 31st May. Having returned a negative result on a RAT on Monday, I decided to go for a PCR test on Tuesday when I woke up with a sore throat. The PCR test returned a positive result. I thank God that my symptoms have been mild so far, only suffering from mild cold and flu symptoms. I ask you to pray for me that my situation improves and that I can get back to work.
Pentecost Sunday is on 5th June this year and we are organising a wonderful day called Ablaze Pentecost. Ablaze Pentecost will definitely be a celebration of the Holy Spirit! The day will include Mass, delicious food from the different cultures of the people in the parish and a powerful prayer rally where there will be multiple ways in which you can encounter the Holy Spirit. Kindly book via https://www.trybooking.com/BZLWC to give us an indication of attendance at the event. There is also a sign-up sheet in the gathering space to indicate what food you will bring and the number of people who will come with you. I strongly encourage you to plan your day so that you are here from 10:30am until 3:00pm to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit among us.
It was fantastic to see our young parishioners receiving sacraments of initiation last weekend. At the four parish Masses, those who were prepared for sacraments by the Society of Christian Doctrine, received their first Holy Communion. Last Sunday, during Masses at 2:30pm and 4:30pm, students from Christ the Priest Catholic Primary School were confirmed by Bishop Martin Ashe, the Auxiliary Bishop for the Western Region. We will welcome Bishop Ashe again this Sunday when, during Masses at 2:30pm and 4:30pm, he will confirm students from St George Preca Catholic Primary School. We continue to pray for all these young parishioners of ours. We also thank Bishop Ashe for his generosity in giving his time to confirm our parishioners.
On Monday this week, I had a conversation with Mr Dermot Cannon, Director, Property and Infrastructure, of the Archdiocese about the future plans for our parish. At this stage, we are still in the process of inviting organisations to put in a “Request for Proposal” for the purpose of selecting one to conduct an audit of our facilities to see if they are “fit for purpose” for the future needs of the parish. As soon as we make progress in this area, I will let you know. This is all the information I have at the moment in that regard.
May I take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Solemnity of the Ascension. Let us remember that our Lord ascended into heaven where he sits at the right hand of God the Father to intercede for us. Let us never tire of asking him for our needs. Let us also never lose hope that we will be in heaven with Jesus at the end of our days on earth.
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