Posted on: July 30, 2021

Message on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B)

Friday 30th July 2021

My dear people,

As you are aware, we are again able to gather for the celebration of Mass albeit with a maximum number of 100 people present.

Please visit our website https://www.stcatherinecarolinesprings.org.au/ to book your seat to attend the weekend Masses. Since only 100 people can attend Mass, we will continue using the online booking system for the Vigil (Saturday evening) and Sunday Masses. I urge you to please ensure that you book before attending as we will not be able to allow anyone else in after the limit has been reached. Please note that the QR Code will also need to be scanned when you arrive.

Those without internet/computer access or who find the online booking system too complex can call the office on 8361 9822 to book a seat.

Bookings for the two Vigil Masses on Saturday 31st July and the three Sunday Masses on 1st August are now open and will close two hours prior to the start of Mass. Given the limited numbers allowed, could I please ask you to book once in 2 weeks to allow as many people the opportunity to attend Mass? Do keep an eye on the bookings and if there are seats available 3 hours before Mass starts, please feel free to book yourself in even if you had attended Mass the week before. We would like to encourage as many people as possible to attend Mass within the limit and would not like any seats to be unfilled.

Only the 9:00am Mass on Sunday will be live streamed. I appeal to all of you, if you have booked and you later find out that you are unable to come for Mass, please be considerate and cancel your booking so that others can have the opportunity to attend Mass in person.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this weekend. May I remind you to please arrive at least half an hour before Mass starts in order to scan the QR code and check your names off the list. I thank you for your continued patience as we work through the COVID-Safe restrictions that have been imposed.

These constant lockdowns have caused quite a bit of disruption with the way we are able to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation in the parish. Confirmations for Christ the Priest Primary School will now be held on the 14th August while Confirmations for St George Preca Catholic Primary School will now be held on the 4th and 5th October. First Holy Communions for SGP have also been postponed to the 10th October. Let us keep these candidates and their families in our prayers as they deal with these constant changes.

Our Stewardship/Thanksgiving Campaign, which occurs every three years, was due to be conducted last year. With COVID, this did not happen and was postponed to this year. I would like to let you know that we will be launching the campaign in August this year. The Stewardship Key Stakeholders have been selected and will be meeting with Parish First, the organisation assisting us, on 19th August.

We have also obtained a Tap & Go device which is on the table next to the doors in the gathering space. The monies given through this device will be part of the first collection which will be for the needs of the priests of the parish as well as sick and retired priests of the archdiocese. As you can appreciate, being now blessed with an assistant priest, the needs of the presbytery have doubled. This includes food, drinks, car expenses, and stipend. I appeal to your generosity for Fr Simeon and me and let me assure you that we are very grateful indeed for your donations.

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: July 23, 2021

Message on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B)

Friday 23rd July 2021

My dear people,

I hope you are managing through this latest lockdown and taking care of yourselves as we take hope that it will come to an end on Tuesday 27th July. This does mean that our church is closed and Mass can only be live-streamed until the end of the day on Tuesday. Kindly continue to keep an eye on our website and your email for any further developments after this date. We will announce as soon as we know what is allowed.

Livestreaming of daily Masses will continue at the following times on our YouTube channel:

Saturday 24th July 2021:                      9:30 am,

Sunday 25th July 2021:                       9:00 am,

Monday 26th July 2021:                       9:30 am, and

Tuesday 27th July 2021:                     9:30 am.

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

May I take this opportunity to invite you again to our “Parish Get-Together” night via Zoom tonight (Friday 23rd July) starting at 7:30pm. We will start with praying the rosary followed by virtual drinks of your choice. We hope this will enable a bit of fun in the midst of all this isolation.  The link is

https://zoom.us/j/97045050812?pwd=OUxTMUY3NFhuTk9MZ0RBRXFLK0hWdz09.

Meeting ID: 970 4505 0812

Passcode: 877819

I hope to see as many of you as possible there as we reconnect via prayer and fellowship while we are unable to meet each other face to face.

This latest lockdown has once again caused the postponement of the Sacrament of Confirmation for our candidates from St George Preca. I am very sad for, and do sympathise with the candidates and their families because this is the second time that the celebration of their confirmations is postponed. However, I remain hopeful that this will soon come to past and life will return to some kind normality in the near future. Let us all please keep the candidates and their families in our prayers.

Pope Francis has declared the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly this weekend. Let us take this opportunity to pray for our grandparents and all elderly parishioners. They play an important role in family life, especially in propagating the faith with love, kindness and generosity in the footsteps of Christ. May God bless them in all they do within our community and families and keep them always in good health. Amen!

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: July 16, 2021

Message on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr B)

Friday 16th July 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 midnight this morning. As announced by the Premier, Places of Worship are closed except for broadcasting.

This means that all Masses are cancelled until the end of the day on Tuesday 20th July 2021. Please keep an eye on our website and your email for any further developments after this date. We will announce as soon as we know what is allowed.

We will resume the livestreaming of daily Masses at the following times on our YouTube channel:

Friday 16th July 2021:                           9:30 am,

Saturday 17th July 2021:                      9:30 am,

Sunday 18th July 2021:                       9:00 am,

Monday 19th July 2021:                       9:30 am, and

Tuesday 20th July 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 unfortunately caused the postponement of first Holy Communions and Confirmations of some of our parishioners. While it is disappointing that the Confirmation will not proceed this Sunday as planned, a new date will be announced as soon as possible. I would like to say to all those affected by the inability of being present at Mass this weekend that I sympathise and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I know that many of you had already booked to attend Mass. 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