Posted on: May 13, 2021

Message on The Ascension of the Lord (Yr B)

Thursday, 13th May 2021

My dear people,

I hope that you are all well.

The QR code scanning upon entry is working very well. We were informed by the archdiocese this week that the Service Victoria App will be the only way to sign in from 28th May. It is great that we have started with this app two weeks ago and are all well versed in it now.  It is also wonderful to see the numbers of attendees at Mass slowly increasing. So, I continue to warmly encourage you to come back to church and to invite your relatives and friends to do the same. Without the need to book in advance and with five Masses over the weekend, I sincerely hope that more and more of you will come back to celebrate the Sacrament as a community. Nothing replaces praising and worshiping our God together and receiving Holy Communion.

I am delighted to announce that there will be a night of worship and fellowship at the CRC Hall on Saturday 22nd May. Young adults aged 18 and above across Melbourne are invited to join us on the eve of Pentecost for a night of worship, encouragement, fellowship and food. This is an opportunity to reconnect and come together to call on the Spirit. I strongly encourage our parishioners to attend and hope to see many of you there.

We are also fortunate to have started another means of growing in our faith in the parish. As announced at Mass and in the bulletin, Motus Christi is an invitation for us to experience Christ’s movement within us, to manifest this personal encounter with God in our daily life, to believe and hope in our Heavenly Father and to be inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit. It is organised and conducted through the initiative of the Idente Missionaries (Institute Id of Christ the Redeemer), a Catholic congregation whose charism is holiness. This was founded by Fernando Rielo in Tenerife, Spain. Motus Christi is a call to everyone – to people of all backgrounds, ages and varying stages of faith.  Through an emphasis on the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation, prayer and daily reading of the New Testament, participants are motivated to undergo a radical change and transformation towards a life of holiness.  Teachings on subjects like The Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes have moved the participants into deeper reflection. It is being conducted online via Google Meet every fortnight, and started on Wednesday, 21st April 2021. If you are interested or if you would like more information, please contact the parish office.

As always, Fr Simeon and I are available for any questions, comments and queries.

We continue turning to our patron saint and we ask for their intercession.

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Fr Richard Rosse PP

Posted on: May 7, 2021

Message on 6th Sunday of Easter (Yr B)

Friday, 7th May 2021

My dear people,

I hope that you are all well.

At the end of last year, when I appointed Natasha Berchy as our Evangelisation Coordinator, I mentioned that we were embarking on a wonderful journey. This journey consists of exploring new and different ways of being a parish in the 21st century. It includes taking on board a wonderful program called Divine Renovation (https://divinerenovation.org/). I invite you to look at the website to have a better idea of what this is all about. One part of this has been that I, as your Parish Priest, have been receiving some coaching for four weeks now in this new way of organising and managing the parish. I ask you to pray for me as I embark on this new challenge.

The QR code registration is working very well. May I encourage those of you who have hesitated coming back to Mass because of this system to come and see how it works. The past two weeks have proved that this new system is in fact easier than the TryBooking system. This is because you can just come to Mass again without the need to book in advance. May I invite those of you who have resumed coming to Mass to invite your friends and relatives to start coming to Mass again.

The re-launch of the Youth Group went very well last week. It was great to see so many young people come together and celebrate their faith. I hope that the momentum will continue. Again, may I invite you to encourage your children who are in secondary school to come and see.

The Feast Day of St George Preca, which is also the feast of one of the parish schools, is this Sunday. Fr Simeon celebrated Mass at noon at the school today as I was at a meeting to look at the establishment of School Advisory Councils for our parish schools. Let us wish every member of the St George Preca community the very best on their Feast Day and pray that, like St George Preca, they will be ardent yet gentle disciples of Christ.

As always, Fr Simeon and I are available for any questions, comments and queries.

We continue turning to our patron saint, and to St George Preca this week and we ask for their intercession.

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

St George Preca, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Fr Richard Rosse PP

Posted on: April 30, 2021

Message on 5th Sunday of Easter (Yr B)

Friday, 30th April 2021

My dear people,

I hope that you are all well.

How wonderful it was to see how well our new system of signing in when coming to Mass worked last weekend! I was delighted to see how helpful everyone was with the new QR Code system. I was also very pleased to see how patient we all were with one another. It is a wonderful testimony to the great community spirit present in our parish.

We had the first Playgroup session yesterday morning and by all accounts it went very well. I would like to sincerely thank Natasha for all the work she has done to get this off the ground. I would also like to thank the team which is surrounding her at the moment to make this happen. I trust that the families who joined also had a wonderful time.

I am very excited about the re-launch of the Youth Group this evening. I hope that many of our young people will attend. The leaders, who spoke to us two weekends ago, have worked hard at re-branding the youth group as well as the content and the activities. So, I hope that this will be a resounding success.

This weekend we will celebrate the feast day of our parish as it was the Feast of St Catherine of Siena yesterday. We will finish all Masses with the parish hymn “Set the World Ablaze” this weekend and I invite you to join in with gusto.

This Sunday, the Grade 5 children at Christ the Priest Catholic Primary School will receive Holy Communion for the first time. Owing to the restrictions last year, they were unable to do so when they were in Grade 4. We will have two Masses on Sunday afternoon for them and their families. I invite you to pray for them at this very important time in their lives when they receive Jesus for the first time.

As always, Fr Simeon and I are available for any questions, comments and queries.

We continue turning to our patron saint, particularly this week and we ask for her intercession.

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Fr Richard Rosse PP