Dear Friends in Christ,
These are unprecedented times, testing times but also an opportunity to look beyond our own needs and care for our fellow Parishioners; parishioners who are less fortunate than us, parishioners who need a reassuring word or a help hand.
We also acknowledge the medical personals, those who care for the sick and risk their lives and are at the forefront in giving their lives. It is important that we keep the medical personals in our prayers and care for their wellbeing and safety. We must also remember our parishioners, you, during this challenging time.
However, as Catholics, as Australians, as a Civilisation, we have been through challenges and persevered.
From our persecution in Rome, to the early wars of the 20th century, we as a people have come out stronger.
Even the infamous black plague did not perish us.
Many suffered, and many more will.
However this is an opportunity for the Church to shine.
Although we won’t have mass available, Jesus is with us.
Remember, when “two or more are gathered in my name, there I am amongst them”. Perhaps we use this time to pray more at home with our family – say the rosary. Spend time with Jesus, reading the Gospels, or enjoy his company in quiet prayer.
This is His time to shine, in serving our immediate family, friends, Neighbours and further remembering those who are sick and suffering.
Perhaps consider preparing a meal for a friend who’s finding it difficult to manage or your elderly neighbour or a Parishioner from our Parish.
Charity begins at home, look into your own family and see if a family member needs help due to their circumstances being changed by the Coronavirus outbreak.
Perhaps looking out for people who have been isolated due to family conflicts.
The Catholic Church in Australia is closely following, and complying with the advice of the Commonwealth Department of Health and the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference is providing resources to support people’s prayer life, including links to online Masses and a Sunday prayer resource.
You are not alone.
We thank you for your patience, understanding and support during the national lockdown and look forward to welcoming you back into the fold in the near future.
Be safe, take care and please stay connected.
May your prayers give you comfort and please do not hesitate to contact Fr Kim, should you wish to receive spiritual support by phone.
Yours in Christ,
Richard Allcock – Chairperson Parish Pastoral Council – St Joseph Church Enfield.