The Church keeps calling us to Joy! Yet, in this difficult time of illness, and fear of illness, perhaps we may have a specially acute sense of reality – a return to a “2020 vision” – seeing the world and ourselves and our vocations as we are, as God sees us.
The Pope has sent the message below regarding the COVID-19 outbreak:
"Dear brothers and sisters
In these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together we lift our voices towards Heaven...."
As you all know, most of our public institutions are being closed due to the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
Because of the risk of infection by the coronavirus, and to keep our members and volunteers safe, the Committee has decided to close physical access to the Library premises until further notice. This decision is effective immediately, and includes both members and volunteers.
The good folk over at praymorenovenas.com have launched a novena today for protection from the coronavirus, invoking the intercession of
- The Fourteen Holy Helpers, those who lived during the time of the plague.
- St. Anthony the Great, patron of those affected by infectious diseases.
- St. Edmund, patron for victims of pandemics.
- St. Damien of Molokai, who put himself at risk to minister to lepers.
- St. Rocco, who is venerated for his prayers for those suffering from infectious diseases.
- St. Joseph, patron of the dying.
- St. Jude and St. Rita, patrons of impossible causes.
- St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, who founded hospitals dedicated to caring for the sick.
- Mary, Undoer of Knots.
You can find more details at: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/pandemic-novena
As we mentioned in our recent email, in 2020 the Library Committee is working to put the Library on a more sustainable financial footing.
One area we have reviewed is subscription prices for borrowing. These have not been changed for over a decade. Our costs have risen significantly in this time.
On 23rd November the Caroline Chisholm Library held its Annual General Meeting. The Meeting accepted with thanks two outgoing Committee Members: Mr Paul Nixon (CCL Catholic Bookclub) and Christina Kennedy (out-going Secretary).
Two new members joined the Committee Associate Professor Patrick Quirk (elected as Vice-President, pictured above) and Mr Tindikai (Tindi) Munyawarara.
The Library will face some challenges in 2020. Over the past 25 years the Library has experienced an attrition of active members due to age, ill-health and the changing demands of life and time. This requires us to rethink the Library's mission, seeking out new Members while serving our current ones.
On 27 May 2018, Brother Christian Moe FSC, who has often spoken at the library in past years and until recently came by bus from Mentone to use the library, celebrated 80 years – an astonishing milestone! – as a De La Salle Brother. And yet, he was not unique. His fellow Brother, Julian Watson FSC, also celebrated his same 80th anniversary on the same day.
Brother Christian is 96. He and Brother Julian are alert, erect, active and still very much engaged in living faithfully the vocation they began – astoundingly - in 1938.
Since the launch of Robert James Stove’s organ CD “The Gates of Vienna” at the Library in July, there have been many favourable comments and reviews of this excellent musical production. Amazon rated the CD with 5 stars.
There is also a YouTube clip of the launch which features jazz organist Joe Chindamo and of course Rob Stove himself available on Robert James Stove’s Facebook page.
Reviews, information and sales information for this CD are available at Rob's website.
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12
The Church needs active lay organisations that will support Catholic faith and culture. The Friends of the Caroline Chisholm Library are those who make a small regular donation to the Library. Can you become a Friend for as little as $10 a month? That's less than three cups of coffee!
David Kehoe will open the library on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm, starting on July 7. This is aimed at members who work or study during the week, students living in and near the CBD, and anyone travelling to and through the CBD on Saturdays.
Please use whatever opportunity to spread the word that the Library will be open on Saturdays from the 7th of July.
We are delighted to welcome Bishop Peter Comensoli as the ninth Archbishop of Melbourne, appointed as the apostle of Melbourne on the Solemn Feast of Saint Peter, his patron, and Saint Paul, apostle to the far flung nations - including Australia.
At the Annual Dinner for the Catholic Theological College (Melbourne University of Divinity), special mention was made of two young theological students who also support the Caroline Chisholm Library in different ways.