Message from our Parish Priest

 

Staying Connected in Difficult Times

Friday 20 March 2020

Dear parishioners and friends,

We hope that all of you here and your families and friends abroad are safe and well.

I just want to tell you that you are our Church family and we love you. We want to keep connected with you during these challenging, and difficult times. It’s not going to be a virus that will stop us from connecting and caring for one another. We have been told to avoid large gatherings and all weekend Masses have been cancelled. Weekday Masses though, will be celebrated as usual and we have decided to move all the weekday Masses to the main church where there is more space and it’s easier and safer to follow the guidelines.
This time is for us an opportunity to be creative and innovative; so, while all the non-essential gatherings are cancelled, some of our groups have already started to meet on line through the Zoom, FB live and Instagram live-streaming: Alpha, Lenten program, Connect groups and Friday Encounter Springfield youth meeting. We are working at live-streaming Masses and we hope that by the beginning of the Holy Week we can achieve that. In the meantime I invite you to follow the invitation of our Archbishop to participate in Masses live-streamed from the Cathedral at archbne.org/bzw.

As a Parish, we will continue to communicate with you through e-newsletter, Parish App, Webpage, FB and different Parish WhatsApp groups.

The main Church and St Monica’s Chapel will remain open during the day, from 7.30am to 6.00pm, including weekends, to give possibility to each one of you to seek some quiet time for personal prayer and reflection. The Blessed Sacrament which is usually exposed in the “Blessed Sacrament Chapel” will now move and be exposed after each daily Mass to the main Altar of the Church to allow more people to pray while keeping distances and the necessary precautions. The parish office will also remain open from 9.00am to 1.00pm from Monday to Friday.

This is unprecedented for each one of us as we have never had a crisis of this magnitude in our life time. As days and weeks go by, people will start panicking and fearing and we have already seen that happening in shopping centres and other places.

This weekend, the Responsorial Psalm of the Liturgy of the 4th Sunday of Lent is a very popular one; you probably know it almost by heart: “The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want… and even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me” (Psalm 23:1,4). Right now it feels like we are going through the valley of the shadow of death, fear, sickness, uncertainty, trials, but the Lord can lead us through these dark and difficult valleys, He is with us and there is no need to fear.

Maybe, during these days and weeks, a little less listening to the internet and a bit more listening to God. That will give us confidence and stability that will replace your panic with prayer, your worry with worship and your anxiety with adoration.

We don’t know what the future holds, but we know WHO holds the future!

Let us respond together with sensibility and love to this present situation.

God bless you all,
Your Parish Priest
Mauro

Our Lady of the Southern Cross Catholic Parish

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