Key Times
Mass times:
Sat: 6:00pm (Vigil)
Sun: 8:00am, 10:00am, 5:00pm
Mon: 9:00am
Tue: 7:30pm (followed by Adoration, Divine Mercy & Benediction)

Wed, Thu & Fri: 9:00am (followed by Adoration on First Friday)


Rosary:

20mins before all weekday masses

Reconciliation:
Tue 7:00pm,  Sat 5:15pm

 

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Saturday
Jul042015

Parish Newsletter, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 5th July 2015

Family conflict sparked by lack of understanding

The people of Capernaum had accepted the teaching of Jesus (Mk 1, 22), but the people of Nazareth did not like the words of Jesus and were scandalised. For what reason? Jesus, the boy whom they had known since he was born, how is it that now he is so different? They do not accept God’s mystery present in Jesus, a human being, and common as they are, known by all! They think that to be able to speak of God, he should be different from them! As we can see, not everything went well for Jesus. The persons who should have been the first ones to accept the Good News were precisely those who had the greatest difficulty to accept it. The conflict was not only with foreigners, but also, and especially with his own relatives and with the people of Nazareth. They refused to believe in Jesus, because they could not understand the mystery of God embracing the person of Jesus. “From where do all these things come to him? And what wisdom is this which has been given to him? And these miracles which are worked by him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joseph and Jude and Simon? His sisters too, are they not here with us?” And they would not accept him, they do not believe in Jesus!

A reflection on the Gospel from the Order of Carmelites

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 5th July 2015>

Wednesday
Jul012015

Altar Servers Roster for July 2015

Dear Altar Servers,

The roster for July 2015 is now available. 

As usual, please organise directly with another altar server to fill in for you if you are unable to serve. 

God Bless,

Danny

Saturday
Jun272015

Parish Newsletter, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 28th June 2015

Healing of woman, and bringing a girl back to life

Mark concludes his account of the ministry of Jesus in Galilee with descriptions of some remarkable miracles worked by Jesus during this ministry. In today’s reading Jesus shows himself the Lord of life and death – healing the woman ‘who had suffered from a haemorrhage for 12 years’, and bringing back to life the young daughter of one of the elders of the local synagogue.
Again, the words of Jesus and Mark’s telling of the story emphasise the importance of ‘faith’ in what is to unfold – a trusting openness to the fact that, in the ministry of Jesus, God’s great promises to Israel were being fulfilled. This faith, however, finds very different expression in the two cases. The synagogue official, well versed in the traditions of Israel, and with an openness that expresses the true spirit of Israel’s faith, makes his request: ‘Make my little daughter better and save her life’. His trust in what Jesus can do for him is in stark contrast with the attitude of those who report that the girl is already dead and urge him not to trouble Jesus further, and with the mourners already gathering in his home. The woman’s faith is less informed; naïve perhaps, very like the faith of so many simple believers. But what she knows of Jesus inspires her to seek a healing by ‘touching his clothes’. The reaction of Jesus is to lead her to the personal meeting with him that should take place in an authentic faith.

From a homily on the Gospel by Fr John Thornhill sm

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 28th June 2015>

Saturday
Jun202015

Parish Newsletter, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 21th June 2015

A Lesson About Storms

The crises of life have often been compared to stormy seas. They come upon us whether we like it or not. They terrify us. They knock us around and threaten to destroy all our stability and security. We don’t know whether we can survive them. And we don’t know how long they will last. At least, that’s how a storm at sea would be for most of us. For Jesus, it was just a chance to grab 40 winks.

As Mark tells the story, the disciples were terrified that the boat was going to break up and everyone would die.
Some of the lessons in the story are obvious. Jesus has power over the storms of life, experiences them alongside us, loves us, saves us from them and wants us to trust him more than we do.
Let’s look at a lesson that might not be so obvious. Storms don’t worry Jesus. He’s right there with us during them, but he’s perfectly calm about them. He isn’t terrified; he isn’t impatient; he isn’t worried. In fact, he’s so calm, he’s asleep. To us, he seems to be asleep at the switch. We wonder why on earth he doesn’t get up and do something. We start to wonder whether he even knows the trouble we’re in. Whether he cares. Whether he even can do anything about it. Whether he’s really all he’s cracked up to be.
Like the disciples, we believe he’s there. In the disciples’ case, they could actually see him lying there asleep. We don’t have that luxury. We believe he’s there, but most of the time he seems just as asleep as he was during the storm that day on the Sea of Galilee.
Maybe that’s why Mark included this story. The not-so-obvious lesson is that Jesus was just as much in control, and the disciples were just as safe in his hands, while he was asleep as while he was awake.  Most of the time, life seems like a relentless voyage from one storm to the next.
He might be asleep, or he might not be, but either way, like the song says, "He’s got the whole world in his hands." Even if he doesn’t wake up and quiet the storm, I’m safe with him. And if he does wake up and quiet the storm, he’s probably going to say: "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?

www.gci.org/bible/mark4f 

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 21th June 2015>

Saturday
Jun132015

Parish Newsletter, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 14th June 2015

God grows the Kingdom – in His own time, at His own pace

Today’s gospel passage comes from a sequence called Mark’s ‘day of parables... Mark begins his “day of parables” with three “seed” parables. The familiar parable of the sower is not included in today’s passage; it gives us the parable of the seed that grows mysteriously to produce a full harvest, and the parable of the mustard seed, the smallest seed familiar to Palestinian farmers, which can produce a bush 3-4m high. The most striking feature of these parables is the contrast between the tiny seed and what it goes on to produce. The Kingdom Jesus announces is not a worldly triumph (something we need constantly to be reminded of); of its nature it has beginnings which are unimpressive and obscure by human standards. But in the end it initiates the realization of the final achievement of God. Reference to the sickle and harvest echoes what the prophets had said about the End-time. Mark’s audience, who had already seen the Church grow from being a marginal Jewish movement into an international fellowship, would have appreciated the prophetic promise of the original parable of Jesus. The ‘birds of the air’ may be an echo of this. The seed growing mysteriously has a lesson for every age. The growth of the ‘kingdom’ is God’s work, a work that is vast and mysterious.

Saturday
Jun062015

Parish Newsletter, Body and Blood of Christ - B, 7th June 2015

Blood marks a union with God

To grasp what these readings have to say to us, we must take account of the profound symbolism blood had for old Israel – not a symbol of violence, but the sacred embodiment of life. As Moses ratified the old covenant with Yahweh, therefore, the blood – sprinkled on the altar (representing God) and on the people – expressed the life-giving union with God that was to become the very destiny of Israel.
For many people, the blood of Calvary has been associated almost exclusively with Christ's horrendous suffering. While not denying that awareness of the Saviour's passion is essential to Christian faith, the message of the Scriptures invites us to enlarge our perspective.
The Church has always seen the Eucharistic banquet as a foretaste of the joys of the Kingdom.
Today's liturgy, therefore invites us to reflect upon a theme of great importance for the renewal of the Church's liturgy. The Eucharist is far more than Christ's “real presence” among us, as a kind of substitute for the fact that he is no longer among us as he was in his earthly life.  In its fullness, the Eucharist is an action (“Take and eat,” “Take and drink,” “Do this”).  It is the central action of the Church's life because of the presence of the Lord himself, giving himself into the hands of his Father, as creation's perfect act of worship, and giving himself to us as food and drink, that we may make his Paschal Mystery our nourishment for eternal life.

 --   From a homily by Fr John Thornhill sm

Wednesday
Jun032015

Altar Servers Roster for June 2015

Dear Altar Servers,

The roster for June 2015 is now available. 

As usual, please organise directly with another altar server to fill in for you if you are unable to serve. 

God Bless,

Danny