Message from The Pastors
The Gospel we are presented with on this 4th Sunday of Advent is always a welcome one at this time of year.
The account of the Annunciation helps us to refocus on the spiritual aspect of Christmas at a time when the ac-tivities of the world can encroach on what is really important about this great Feast.
The simple 'yes' of Our Lady; her focus on the will of God and her obedience help us to see her as the perfect disciple. Amidst the uncertainties, fears and anxieties, she shows us a way to acceptance and trust.
Our schools finished this week and are looking forward to a well earned break. My thanks go to the Principals and staff of our parish schools who have done an amazing job this year. We are very proud of what they have achieved.
In the coming months we will begin the transition of parish offices to the Bayside Administration hub at St Joan of Arc. Our parish staff are all working hard to support all of our communities during this time. We will keep you informed as things progress. For the moment, emails and phone numbers remain the same.
The bookings for the Christmas Masses opened this week, and have been very popular. I am aware that not everybody has been able to book for their preferred Mass time or place. Because of the government restrictions on numbers (1 person per 2 sq metres), we are still limited to the amount of people allowed in the church, and we need to obtain contact tracing information for all attendees.
Due to these limitations, it may mean that this Christmas is different (in many ways !) in that we attend a different place or time. Let's not forget that only a few months ago we could not even get inside a church or attend Mass. We are fortunate to be in this position.
Although not yet ideal, or 'normal', at least we have the possibility of getting to Mass. And it can also help to to consider what is really important: my devotion to the Lord and the Mass rather than a time and place.
Over the coming summer weeks, we will have a 'holiday' bulletin- a shorter Bayside bulletin for the holiday time.
We look forward to seeing you in the coming week.
Father David Cartwright
Moderator, Bayside Mission