Roslyn Rajasingam

Roslyn Rajasingam

Monday, 19 December 2016 17:21

New Year: Another Fresh Start

IMAGE New Year Fresh StartAs the year comes to an end, we tend to reflect on how fast the year went, of what we did and what we didn’t do. We reflect on how we moved forward, our achievements as far as new learnings, better health, better mental grasp of our environment, better appreciation of our work, and better expression of our devotion and care for family and relatives. We also look back if we had a better clarity of our purpose on earth. 

 

 

 

IMAGE SilenceAs I dig deep to find the meaning of silence, I am drawn to how our modern day Christian models used silence in their lives: 

During his visit to the typhoon-ravaged city in the Philippines’ south, Pope Francis said: “So many of you have lost everything, I don’t know what to say to you. But the Lord does know what to say to you. Some of you have lost part of your families. All I can do is keep silence and walk with you all with my silent heart.”1 Pope Francis used silence as a compassionate and loving spiritual response.

Friday, 07 October 2016 08:25

Social Media for Ministry

IMAGE Social Media for MinistryThere are many different ways that we welcome and encourage parishioners to feel part of our faith community. And social media is a tool to share our witnessing of faith. This witness of faith is ministry.

Social Media for parish ministry is real work. It is not fad or play. It takes time, commitment, planning and execution, creativity and basic writing skills, graphic design skills and photography skills.

There is also a need for everyone in the parish: clergy, Parish Pastoral Councils and ministry leaders to realise, respect and appreciate this social media ministry within the community. Although the main audience will be parishioners who come to regular Sunday Masses, there is also an expectation that the posts are shared with those who are Catholics yet do not come to Mass anymore and those who are wondering what Catholics do and believe. We need to consider this when planning our content.

IMAGE Saint Teresa of Calcutta Holy and Saint of Darkness

Mother Teresa has long been known as the Living Saint. At her canonisation, Pope Francis described her as a “generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defence of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded.” He added: “Her mission to the urban and existential peripheries remains for us today an eloquent witness to God’s closeness to the poorest of the poor. Today, I pass on this emblematic figure of womanhood and of consecrated life to the whole world of volunteers: may she be your model of holiness!”1

 

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 10:48

Elder Abuse: The Silent Phenomenon

IMAGE Elder abuse Woman facing wíndowOn a few occasions, I have watched on Facebook a short YouTube video by the Greek film Director and Producer, Constantin Pilavios. It is a conversation between an adult son and his elderly father called “What is that?”1 The gist of the story was that when his father asked what the bird was, the son said it was a sparrow. After the father asked the third time, the son was so agitated and shouted to the father. The father then took his old diary and asked the son to read it aloud. The son read the part where he, as a 3–year old boy, asked his father twenty-one times about the name of the bird, a sparrow. His father wrote that he answered each time he asked and gave him a hug. This story almost always touches people’s hearts.

I immediately recalled this video when we had “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” a few weeks ago. It aimed to highlight abuse of elders. Does it actually exist? Nobody seems to be talking about it. We always hear about child abuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse. Elder abuse thrives because people are silent.

 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 09:59

Civilised Slavery or Workers Exploitation

IMAGE Civilised slavery or Workers ExploitationIn his homily at Casa Santa Marta last month Pope Francis criticised entrepreneurs who get rich by exploiting workers and enslave the poor. He declared “When riches are created by exploiting the people, by those rich people who exploit [others], they take advantage of the work of the people, and those poor people become slaves. We think of the here and now, the same thing happens all over the world. ‘I want to work.’ ‘Good, they’ll make you a contract, from September to June.’ Without a pension, without health care... Then they suspend it, and in July and August they have to eat air. And in September, they laugh at you about it. Those who do that are true bloodsuckers, and they live by spilling the blood of the people who they make slaves of labour.”1

 

Thursday, 09 June 2016 18:33

When Friends Divorce

IMAGE Woman looking at Man leavingIn Australia, like in most Western countries, one in every three marriages ends up in divorce.1 This is a sad reality in our present world. During the past ten years, my husband and I have witnessed six couples go their separate ways. They were all part of our social and church network. Almost all of the couples were too far from getting reconciled when we knew about their deep marital problems. We thought they were having simple couple misunderstandings. Two couples were part of our small social group, another two couples were part of our covenanted community and the other two couples attended the Adult Altar Servers training with us.

Monday, 30 May 2016 13:21

Conversion for Convenience?

IMAGE Convenience Simplified and bigger arrowIn the early 70s, we heard a lot of stories about marriage for convenience. Many women from developing countries married men in developed countries hoping to improve their circumstances in life. They hoped for better jobs, better environment, better privileges and better homes. It was also a motivation to be able to bring their siblings and parents to their new home country.

This year, countries in Europe have experienced a similar phenomenon but more of changing not their spouses but their religion. Hundreds of Muslim refugees are converting to Christianity. According to online media The Daily Beast1, hundreds are queuing up in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands to be baptised as Christians. However, Europeans are not very convinced that this is an inner change of heart. The skeptics are worried that this is just a way of improving their chance of getting asylum.

Monday, 16 May 2016 16:54

Spiritual Mummies

IMAGE Spiritual MummiesEach day, we go about our schedules and routines without really much thought about following the right path. We get busy with family activities, work, business, holidays and parties.

In our lives as Catholic Christians, we want to embark on a journey towards an eternal life of peace and love with Jesus.

However, many of us, even though we go to church weekly, can sometimes operate on auto-pilot, on human nature. We take on the nature of a sinner who indulges in gossip, in discrimination, in putting down those not as educated as we are or those who come from a different cultural background.

We, at times, hide the truth or part of the truth and do something against the Ten Commandments and the New Commandment of Jesus. We can be selfish and uncharitable towards others.

Friday, 23 October 2015 12:00

Year of Mercy

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The National Office for Evangelisation has been tasked by the Bishops Commission on Evangelisation to be a Clearing House for the Year of Mercy celebrations in Australia. On this page, you will find information regarding the resources provided by the Vatican's Pontifical Commission on the New Evangelisation and the different activities undertaken by the dioceses and parishes durign this Jubilee Year.

Please feel free to contact us to share your celebrations and schedules throughout the year:

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VATICAN:  Pontifical Council of the New Evangelisation's website:

AUSTRALIA : Celebrations in Dioceses and Parishes

      • Bishop Michael McKenna's Pastoral Letter - God the Father of Mercies will be released to coincide with the beginning of the Year of Mercy, 8th December 2015
      • Opening of the Door Of Mercy at the Cathedral and St. Michael and St. John, Bathurst on Sunday, 13th December. This will also be the day when the bells will ring out again from the restored tower, marking the completion of the first stage of our Cathedral's renewal. That afternoon, Bishop McKenna will also open a Door of Mercy in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Carcoar, recognising our Shalom Diocesan House of Prayer as a place of pilgrimage
      • 24 Hours of the Lord
      • Diocesan focus on the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the year
      • Diocesan Assembly and end of the Diocese's sesquicentenary in October, combining Year of Mercy celebrations 

          The Diocese has completed their planning process. Here are some of the highlights:

      • Opening of Holy Doors by Bishop Peter Comensoli in the Cathedral Parish and various other parishes in the diocese
      • '24 Hours of the Lord' with Adoration and the Sacrament of Penance held in parishes throughout the year, with regular catechesis on this sacrament, and its availability at times suitable to parishioners
      • Post-WYD festival taking up the theme of WYD, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy".
      • Opening up the theme of mercy at youth events throughout the year, and in social media campaigns
      • Lectio Divina booklet and digital resource for Lent 2016, reflecting on the theme of mercy
      • Skype event featuring a guest well versed and well known in an area of ministry related to the theme of mercy
      • Nurturing Faith in Families: Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy resource with suggestions for practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in the context of the family
      • Jubilee Mass for Workers & Volunteers of Mercy, with the Bishop
      • Volunteer opportunities through various events with organisations such as CatholicCare and St Vincent De Paul Society
      • Ongoing catechesis on the theme of mercy in diocesan publication
      • Message from Bishop Peter Comensoli
      • "The Jubilee Holy Door" article on Holy Doors
      • YOM Events page (lots of content there) and PDF brochure
      • YOM Prayer Card
      • YOM brochure for families 

 

      • YOM Opening Mass in all parishes on December 8
      • Activities combining YOM with the WYD Cross
      • Activities combining YOM with the 50th Jubilee celebrations in the diocese

 

 

 

        • Fr Richard Shortall sj will travel to Rome to be instructed and then commissioned by Pope Francis as a Missionary of Mercy, taking up Pope Francis' call for some priests to take on a more significant role in extending God's mercy to the people. He will travel around the diocese focusing on those churches where there is no resident priest as well as other significant places where mercy is sought and given. Fr Richard will spend time in each place and will be available to all people who seek mercy, a listening ear and forgiveness
      • #150ActsOfMercy
        • The Year of Mercy coincides with the diocese's celebration of 150 years since Bishop Murray arrived and claimed St John's as his cathedral. #150ActsOfMercy hashtag combines these two events. All members of the Church of Maitland-Newcastle and its friends are invited to record all the ways they respond to Pope Francis' invitation to be merciful as God is merciful. As individuals and communities (schools, parishes, groups), let us undertake 150 acts of mercy - one for each year of our diocesan life
      • The Door of Mercy
        • Sacred Heart Cathedral. Individuals and groups are invited to make a pilgrimage to the Cathedral, to enter the Holy Door and fulfil the conditions set out to gain a Plenary Indulgence. Fridays have been designated 'Pilgrimage of Mercy day' with a Holy Hour, Sacrament of Penance and Mass
      • Formation for Mercy  
        • The Tenison Woods Education Centre is offering three opportunities to assist us with our contemplation of the face of Mercy in prayer and life:
          • I Desire mercy, not sacrifice
          • Mercy in the Movies
          • Understanding Pope Francis' Vision for the Jubilee of Mercy
      • Contemplating Mercy
        • Suggestions on how to respond to Pope Francis' invitation to contemplate the mystery of mercy; the face of mercy we encounter in Jesus.

 

 

          The Archdiocese had hugely popular planning days. Here are their schedules and useful resources: 

      • Year of Mercy Planning Day for parishes
      • Resource Booklet for the Year of Mercy - Contains a list of resources for unpacking the themes of the Year of Mercy, with helpful information on where to find and how to use the resources
      • 'Roadmap' for what's happening in Melbourne for the Year of Mercy
      • Opening the Door of Mercy at St Patrick's Cathedral, 13 December 2015:
        • Program highlights:
          •   Opening of Door of Mercy by Archbishop Denis Hart
          •   Hour of prayer and reflection led by Bishop Vincent Long OFMconv
          •   Mercy prayer flags
          •   Food stalls, live music, and lots of activities hosted by Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, CatholicCare, Catholic Mission, Melbourne Vocations Office, and more!

 

          The Ordinariate has organised activities for the Year of Mercy. These include:

      • Resources for Teaching Days and Workshops on mercy
      • Ongoing Catechesis on the theme of mercy in homilies and publications, especially ’tough’ mercy
      • Exploring how to exercise the Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy within the Church and as a tool of evangelisation
      • Catechesis on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and its importance to receiving and dispensing mercy
      • Lenten Days of Prayer, Fasting and Adoration
      • Increased support for Catholic Charities, Mission and Social Welfare Agencies

 

 

 

 

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  • Townsville Diocese
      • Opening of the Holy Doors of Mercy by Diocesan Administrator Fr Mick Lowcock at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Townsville. This will be followed by a prayer vigil until midnight. (8 Dec 2015)
      • Diocesan Icon, Mercy Cross and Message Stick to travel to all parishes.
      • Year of Mercy Prayer card has been distributed to all parishes and schools
      • Workshop Series on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy by Fr Damian McGrath
      • Townsville Catholic Education Office Year of Mercy Gathering – 'Illuminating Life' Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre (7 & 8 April 2015)
      • Various Parish Pilgrimages of Mercy within their Parish community
      • Production of weekly Year of Mercy bulletin handouts for all parishes to use and share
      • Year of Mercy exterior banner for parishes to hang and promote the Year of Mercy to the wider community
      • Year of Mercy Diocesan Newsletter
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  • Wilcania-Forbes Diocese

 

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