Posted on: August 7, 2020

Message on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

 

My dear people,

I trust you are all coping well with the new reality for us.

I never thought that I would live through a time when curfews are imposed to restrict the movements of people over a period of time. I remember as a young teenager hearing with great amazement stories which my grandparents would relate to me about how they, as teenagers, lived through the curfews during the second world war. The analogy of a war has been used a few times in the past six months to describe the situation with the global pandemic and nothing like a curfew makes that a reality. While we know we must all do what we can to defeat this virus, most importantly, we must do everything we can to avoid its continued spread.

With the Stage 4 restrictions in place, I have had to close the parish office. As a result, Deacon Chris and Robert will be working from home. Tien and I will be answering the phone and the door during the time of the Stage 4 restrictions. Please rest assured that the work of ministry will continue. By the grace of God, the live streaming of Mass is an activity that can and will continue. Furthermore, I am available to help in any way I can and we will try to do as much pastoral work over the phone as possible. Priests are allowed to leave their house to minister to people in cases of emergency so please free to contact me should such a situation arise for you.

These are indeed troubling times for us not simply because of the lockdown but also because of the disease itself and how it is changing the lives of so many who have contracted the disease. The incredibly large number of people reported as having contracted the disease day after day makes me count my blessings and add them and their loved ones to my daily prayers. We must also keep in mind the stress that this disease is putting on the health system at the moment. I am aware that many of our parishioners work in the health care sector particularly in hospitals. My heart completely goes out to them as they put themselves at risk whenever they leave their homes and their families to go to work. The devastation and trauma that they, no doubt, witness can only make us ponder on the generosity of human nature and the courage and perseverance which God is giving all our health care workers at the moment. I invite you to join me in keeping them in our prayers.

It is my pleasure to announce an initiative of the Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy whereby parishes outside Victoria will be asked to pray for parishes in Victoria. This will be some kind of “twinning” of parishes. The parish of St Mary and St Joseph in Orange, NSW will be “twinned” with us and they will pray for us when they go to Mass, which we can’t do at the moment. In return, we will also pray for them. An additional project is the live streaming of the rosary at 12 noon and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy  at 3 pm on our Facebook page from “Melbourne Prays.”

We are continuing to try our best to make the parish come together during these times of restrictions on movement. On Wednesday, Tien and I joined those who were available for the parish rosary on Zoom. Following the rosary, we joined the Legion of Mary as they pray Vespers every Wednesday, again via Zoom. Yesterday, we joined the RCIA to pray the rosary with that team and a quick catch up following. While we cannot see each other physically, technology is enabling us to not be completely separated from each other.

If any of you would like to join us for the parish rosary via Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm, would you kindly send an email to CarolineSprings@cam.org.au by 4 pm on Wednesday and the ZOOM meeting details will be sent to you. Following the rosary, those who so wish are invited to stay back to socially connect and have chat with each other.

As usual, we continue to pray for another as we seek the intercession of our patron saint.

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

 

 


Fr Richard Rosse PP

Posted on: July 31, 2020

Message on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

 

My dear people,

I trust you are all keeping safe and well.

As we start the fourth week of restrictions, the level of worry has unfortunately not lessened. I do not mean to be an alarmist but this situation in which we find ourselves is serious indeed. The number of cases reported on Thursday and Friday have indeed been concerning. It is so very crucial at the moment that we do indeed comply with the regulations in order to reduce the spread of the virus. This is important for ourselves, for our loved ones and our community.

We are happy to still be able to offer Mass to and for our parish. Unfortunately, last Sunday, there were some technical issues with the live streaming which resulted in the absence of sound for the first half of the Mass. We apologise for that but these were due to reasons outside our control. From now on, I will make sure that the sound is available before the procession starts.

Members of different committees of our parish are still meeting to discuss matters relevant to our parish. The Parish Safeguarding Committee met last Wednesday and discussed the standards by which all parishes will have to abide as directed by the Catholic Professional Standards Ltd. The PPC Exec also met on Thursday to discuss matters relevant to the parish and which will be discussed at the next PPC meeting on the 12th August.

Further to the PPC Exec meeting last night, it was decided that we will pray the rosary as a parish via ZOOM on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm starting on the 5th August 2020. Of course, everyone is invited to that. If you are interested, would you kindly send an email to CarolineSprings@cam.org.au and the ZOOM meeting details will be sent to you. If the details are not sent to you by lunch time on Wednesday kindly send us another email. Following the rosary, those who so wish are invited to stay back to socially connect and have chat with each other.

While the situation with COVID-19 is really troubling, I find solace in the opportunity for different things in this second phase of the lockdown. Through my conversations with some people, I have been told that there has been more time for cleaning cupboards or getting back to hobbies which had been abandoned before COVID-19.

I have enjoyed the opportunity of walking and discovering different parts of the parish and saying “hello” to so many parishioners that I meet along my walks.

As usual, let us continue to pray for another as we seek the intercession of our patron saint.

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

 

 


Fr Richard Rosse
Parish Priest

Posted on: July 24, 2020

Message on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

 

My dear people,

I trust you are all keeping safe and well.

We have now had two weeks back under Stage 3 restrictions. Furthermore, in order to reduce the risk of propagating the virus, we now have to wear a mask whenever we are outside of our house. This is something that will take a lot of time to get used to and I find myself struggling with it. Hopefully, like all things in life, it is just something that we need to and will get used to.

I was lucky enough to visit both primary schools this past week and the two communities are coping well with this new situation. Let us hope that such is the case for those who are at home remote learning. We must continue to pray for them.

Members of the “Collectors Ministry” were also able to catch up with two meetings via ZOOM over the past week. I have found them to be wonderful and they reminded me of how much I miss all of you. I could see that those who were able to join were also delighted to see one another, to have a chat and to share what has been happening for them since the suspension of Mass in March. I am hoping to find a way to make these catch ups via ZOOM more regular and also opened to the whole parish, not just people in ministries. Watch this space, as they say.

The absence of people at Mass does not become easier but I take great comfort in the knowledge that many members of our parish are watching Mass via our YouTube channel.

As usual, let us continue to pray for another as we seek the intercession of our patron saint.

St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

 

 

 

Fr Richard Rosse PP