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My dear parishioners, 

First and foremost, I wish you all a blessed new year. Healthwise, 2021 was a challenging year, but I pray that this new year will be a better one in every aspect of your life. The first two days of the new year are very significant for us liturgically as we celebrate the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Son, Jesus, and the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. St. Luke mentions that Mary “But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart” (2/19). Mary’s contemplative spirituality enabled her to be more attentive to the voice of God and surrender to God’s will (may it be done to me according to your will). We are living in a busy and noisy world. We speak or talk more than we listen to God and others. Silence does not come naturally to us unless we purposefully find time for it. Therefore, let us try to sneak a few minutes daily (5-15 minutes) in order to spend in silence before God. Reflect in awe of what God has done in your life. This contemplative approach may pay rich dividends in your spiritual life.

The solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord enables us to look at the magi (the wise men or three kings) who engaged in the true and the right Divine Worship. The scripture clearly states that having worshiped Baby Jesus at Bethlehem, the magi returned home in a different direction. This change of route by the magi indicates to us that those who sincerely and humbly worship Jesus, never remain the same in life. In fact, they become better people. Today, we do not encounter Jesus as a little baby in Bethlehem rather we experience Him in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. He is made present in four distinct ways: through the Word, assembly, minister, and the consecrated bread and wine. Our experience of this unique presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is essential for the transformation of our lives. Like the magi, we need to find time to worship Jesus not occasionally but as many times as possible, at least every Sunday. St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) often advised newly ordained priests “to celebrate each mass as if it is your first Mass, your last Mass, and the only Mass. What she suggests is that the holy Mass has to be not just part of our life rather the heart of our life. I, as your pastor, take this opportunity to encourage all of you to participate in your weekly Sunday Mass as if it is your last or your only Mass. I am aware that the pandemic might still keep us away from the mass and in such moments take recourse in the online masses.

Let us grow in our adoration and contemplation during the New Year.
At the time of writing this message, I have been self-isolating due to close contact with a few persons who have tested positive for covid. I ask you to pray for me so that God may keep me safe and healthy in order to offer my pastoral service without any further interruption. I assure you of my prayers and blessings.

May the Lord keep you safe and healthy throughout this New year 2022

Your Servant in Christ

Fr. Chaminda Wanigasena

Are you ready to read the Bible in the New Year?  
In this New Year let us be familiar with the Word of God. The following resources will take you through the entire Bible within a year.  
Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast, hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz and featuring Jeff Cavins, guides Catholics through the Bible in 365 daily episodes starting January 1st, 2022.  
Each 20–25-minute episode includes:  

  • two to three scripture readings  
  • a reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz 
  • guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in his Word.

Click HERE for more information

This is a production from the Augustine Institute. Amen is the free Catholic app that brings you beautiful prayers, faithful meditations and nourishing Scripture to draw your mind, body and soul to rest in God.” 

In the Amen app, you can:   
Delve into God’s Word by meditating on the Daily Mass Readings, gain new insights into the Scriptures with Daily Reflections, and prepare your heart for each Sunday Mass with Opening the Word.   
Hear the Good News proclaimed in a powerful new way in The Life of Christ, a 50-day dramatized journey through the Gospels from the Incarnation of our Lord to his glorious Ascension.    
Draw your mind, body, and soul to rest in God in the midst of life’s busyness with our Meditations, Evening Psalms, and Sleep Stories.   
Listen through all 73 books of the Bible in just 20 minutes a day with the exclusive audio version of the Augustine Institute’s popular Bible in a Year, featuring the ESV® Catholic Edition.  
Discover exciting new content for everyone at home, including the beloved children’s show Brother Francis, One-Minute Inspirations with Catholic speaker Chris Stefanick, and a host of prayers for the whole family.  

Click HERE for the Amen App

Our COVID SAFE plan in Church as at 27th December:

  • Churches are open to all people regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks are compulsory while inside a church.
  • We are restricted to the 2sq metre rule. Hence only 86 people are allowed in the Church.
  • All members of the congregation are permitted to sing.
  • QR Codes and our established check-in procedures, however, are to continue.

We no longer live-stream any of our masses as we are allowed back into the Church. If you would like to view any of our past live-streamed masses, please click here.

If you or anyone you know within our Parish is experiencing distress or anxiety during this current situation, Fr Chaminda is available to have a chat over the phone (parish office 9743 1023, please leave a message if unattended, clearly stating your name and contact number).