MESSAGE ON THE 4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YR B)
Thursday 25th January 2024
My dear people,
It is wonderful to be back at the desk writing the first weekly message for 2024. While it was great to have a break from it, I do enjoy bringing you different pieces of news about what is happening in the life of the parish. As we slowly resume our normal activities for the year, particularly with schools starting next week, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the year ahead and pray that all your hopes, desires and endeavours come to fruition. I also hope that you achieve all that you seek to do this year and that, as a parish, we continue to move ahead with missionary renewal.
I trust the month of January has been relaxing and restful enabling you to recharge your batteries for the year ahead. As I announced last year, I was fortunate to have a three-week break after Christmas, during which time I spent a most wonderful week in Malta. I also hope that the celebration of Christmas was a wonderful way to come together with our families and enjoy each other’s company. I know it was for me.
On Monday, I will be celebrating Mass with the teachers of our two primary schools, and on Tuesday, with the teachers of CRC. This is how we formally start the year with the teachers. Likewise, I will celebrate Masses in each of the two primary schools in the next few weeks to start off the year with the students. These are all telling signs that the routines of daily life are about to resume.
We will also resume Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the year on the first Friday of February, which will be 2nd February. We will begin with Mass at 7:00pm and this will be immediately followed by prayers for the Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There will be a period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacrament of Confession will be available at that time.
I am pleased to announce that, starting this year, Russel Fernandes will be the coordinator of the parish’s Men’s Group. I take this opportunity to warmly thank Robert who concludes his time as the coordinator of the Men’s Group. Robert has done a wonderful job in organising the monthly meetings and communicating with the men of the parish about what is happening in the Men’s Group. I also warmly welcome Russel to the role and invite you to do likewise.
As we prepare to celebrate Australia Day tomorrow, may I wish all of you a Happy Australia Day!
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