Message from Fr. Joe

Dear Parishioners,

It’s good to be back in the church again for those able to attend Public Mass.  I hope you were able to celebrate Ash Wednesday in your home and follow the video or your own arrangements.  We were reminded of the brevity of our lives with the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return”.  We are here on this earth to do God’s will and not our own, to praise God’s goodness, not ourselves; to serve God and others and not ourselves.  We are also familiar with the words: “Repent and believe in the Gospel”.

So here we are at the beginning if the holy season of Lent.  Our celebrations will be different than normal, but none the less we can make the most of these six weeks of preparation in so many ways (please refer to the list of our Lenten Activities!) There are so many opportunities presented by different groups that we can take part in, especially online.

Just as Jesus was prompted by the Holy Spirit to spend forty days in the desert, we too can follow his example in the days of Lent. Note that Jesus was tempted by Satan – we too are often tempted to give up or not even start a journey.  We pray that this same spirit of God would give us the energy, drive and courage to take up even a single plan or resolution to try to “Repent, and believe in the Good News”. 

Lent is a time to make a fresh start and then try to sustain that effort for the six weeks leading up to the celebration of Easter.

So have a blessed Lent and keep safe as we begin a new chapter in our journey following Jesus Christ our Lord!

KEEPING SAFE ON THE RE-OPENING OF OUR CHURCH: 

We are delighted to be able to welcome people back to the public celebration of Mass. Masses will continue to be live streamed online in order to facilitate those who are unable to attend and to cope with the restricted numbers.  We still need to be careful and mindful of each other’s wellbeing; social distancing is still so necessary given that the new variant is even more transmissible and the wearing of mask at all times is essential.  There is still concern about the safety of coming to church or returning home by public transport.   One of the items that we need to be very careful about is socialising before and after Mass, it is so easy to forget about social distancing when greeting somebody whom we haven’t seen for ages.  (The churches have had a reputation for being safe places, please let us keep it that way).

Thanks to our stewards and sanitisers who will be returning to duty, as well as all our readers and special ministers. Thank you for all your support, and we look forward to many celebrations in the days ahead.

God bless for now,
Fr Joe

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