Christmas Services

Thurs 18 Dec:
2nd Rite Reconciliation: 7:30pm
Sat 20 Dec:
Reconciliation: 10am - 12noon
Wed 24 Dec:
No morning mass
Family Mass: 6pm
Christmas Vigil Mass: 8:30pm & 12 midnight 
(Carols half an hour before Vigil masses)
Wed 25 Dec: 
Christmas Mass: 9am
NO afternoon mass

New Year Services

Wed 31 Dec 2014:
Mass: 9am

Thurs 1 Jan 2015:
Mass: 9am

PARISH OFFICE Closure

The Parish Office will be closed from Wednesday 24 Dec 2014 and will reopen on Friday 2 Jan, 2015. 
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
 

Rosary:
20mins before all weekday masses

Reconciliation:
Tue 7:00pm,  Sat 9:00am

Adoration: 
Available whenever Church is open

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Saturday
Dec202014

Parish Newsletter, 4th Sunday Advent - A, 21st December 2014

Responding promptly with a ‘yes’ enables God’s grace to act

“How does Mary respond to the word of God delivered by the angel Gabriel?  She knows she is hearing something beyond human capability. It will surely take a miracle which surpasses all that God has done previously. Her question, “how shall this be, since I have no husband” is not prompted by doubt or scepticism, but by wonderment! She is a true hearer of the Word and she immediately responds with faith and trust. Mary's prompt response of ‘yes’ to the divine message is a model of faith for all believers. Mary believed God's promises even when they seemed impossible. She was full of grace because she trusted that what God said was true and would be fulfilled. She was willing and eager to do God's will, even if it seemed difficult or costly. Mary is the ‘mother of God’ because God becomes incarnate when he takes on flesh in her womb.  When we pray the Nicene Creed we state our confession of faith in this great mystery: ‘For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man’.  God gives us grace and he expects us to respond with the same willingness, obedience, and heart-felt trust as Mary did. When God commands he also gives the help, strength, and means to respond. We can either yield to his grace or resist and go our own way.”

Saturday
Dec132014

Parish Newsletter, 3rd Sunday Advent - A, 14th December 2014

John guides us to a New Evangelization

“John the Baptist is again our Advent guide, in today’s gospel reading from John. Because he has revived the ways of Israel’s prophets he has caused quite a stir, and the authorities of Jerusalem send interrogators who ask him to give an account of himself. His selfless response is disarmingly frank: he is not the messiah; he is not one of the old prophets come back to life; he is not the New Moses of Israel’s expectations. His role is that of a herald, ‘a voice crying in the wilderness’, that announces one who stands among the crowd, still ‘unknown’ to them. The description of his witness in this passage leaves his hearers hungry to know more of the one to whom this great figure shows such reverence – a prelude to a great theme of John’s gospel, ‘the true light’ that is going to transform a darkened world.

“Today’s liturgy can serve to remind us of today’s call to a ‘New Evangelization’ – bringing the true joy of the light of Christ to a world in which there is so much darkness and pain. When the task seems beyond us, let us remember with the old prophet, that we are working for God’s future; let us understand with Paul that it is first and foremost the quality of our lives together that will bring people to share our faith; and let us learn from the Baptist that the effectiveness of our outreach will depend upon the unselfish commitment we have made to the Saviour and what he stands for.”

Saturday
Dec062014

Parish Newsletter, 2nd Sunday Advent - A, 7th December 2014

Parable points out perils of complacency

“The sharp edge of the parable, as Matthew reports it, seems to indicate a background of controversy. It may well be that the original parable of Jesus was a challenge to the Sadducees ...In their self-centred conservatism, the Sadducees had no concern to carry forward Israel’s mission to be ‘a light to the nations’. As the parable was recalled in Matthew’s community, however, it may have been directed against the dangers of complacency in that community - that settled for the minimum requirements of life as the Lord’s disciples, and was not ready to set out upon the great adventure of putting into practice the program of the Sermon on the Mount. 

The conclusion, ‘To anyone who has will be given more; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away’ – a saying of Jesus that appears several times in the gospels – was probably added by Matthew, to drive home the point of the parable. Its meaning for Jesus was that one who is spiritually open will enjoy God’s on-going blessings; whereas one who is closed will miss the opportunities offered them.”

Saturday
Nov292014

Parish Newsletter, 1st Sunday of Advent - A, 30th November 2014

PREPARE FOR THE ADVENT OF CHRIST’S RETURN

"Today's passage comes at the conclusion of Jesus' warnings to his disciples. Jesus emphasises the need for watchfulness. The Son of Man will come without warning; only the Father knows the exact hour. The disciples must not be caught unprepared when this time comes.

“Scholars believe that Mark's Gospel was written around the time of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70. Mark's audience consisted of Christians who were living in difficult social and political times, times of conflict. They were likely beginning to face persecution as followers of Jesus. In this difficult time, it helped to recall that Jesus had foretold of such difficulties. Early Christian communities took courage from Jesus' warning to remain alert and watchful, and they found in his words a way to persevere through suffering.

“Today's Gospel reminds us that Advent is about more than our preparation for the Church's celebration of Christ's birth at Christmas. Advent is also about preparing ourselves for Christ's return in glory at the end of time. Like the disciples and the faithful in Mark's community, we must also stay alert and watchful. Our faithfulness to God, through the good times as well as the difficult times, shows us to be ready for the coming of the Son of Man.”

-- From the Loyola Press website

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 30th November 2014>

Friday
Nov282014

Liturgy Roster (7 Dec 2014 - 22 Feb 2015)

The new liturgy roster is available for Proclaimers of the Word (Readers) and Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers.

If you cannot be present for your rostered mass, please arrange directly with another person.

<Click here for Liturgy Roster (7 December 2014 - 22 February 2015)>

Saturday
Nov222014

Parish Newsletter, Christ the King - A, 23rd November 2014

IT IS OUR CHOICE WHETHER WE ARE IN OR OUT OF THE KINGDOM

[Jesus’] criteria for separating people are based on what they did during the course of their lives.

Those who quietly got on with Kingdom living - feeding those who were hungry, clothing those who were naked - visiting those who were sick or in prison - these people were taken to one side and told that, in fact, they had been doing those things to Jesus Himself. This came as news to them! 

Equally, those who had not done those things were told that when they had refused to do those things, they had been neglecting to do it to Him. This came as a surprise to them too!

The fact Jesus was pointing out to them was a fundamental rule of Kingdom living. We are the Body of Christ - and so, deeply united in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. What we do - one for another - heals and builds up the Body of Christ. What we do not do - one for another - weakens and diminishes it. 

Jesus is a king who does not lord it over His people but invites them into the fullness of life that is His Life. Those who already live with that sense of mutual dependence will find this natural and delightful. Others, who see themselves as entirely laws unto themselves, would find this intolerable.

The choice is ours - Christ accepts it - to be Kingdom people - or to prefer to live outside it.

-- Extracted from a reflection on the Gospel by Catherine McElhinney and Kathryn Turner, from the Weekly Wellsprings website

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 23rd November 2014>

Saturday
Nov152014

Parish Newsletter, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 16th November 2014

PARABLE OF THE TALENTS

A Scripture that shatters the picture of Christianity as passivity is the famous parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). Note that it is money (yes money!) that the master entrusts to his various servants, different amounts according to varying abilities. Two servants realize that the master wants a return on his capital, so they each invest it and each it. The master does not expect to get the same sum back from these two because they started with different amounts. But they both received the exact same praise because they both gave him a hundred per cent return.

The servant of least ability, on the other hand, buried the money for fear of losing it. Instead of praising him for being conservative, the master is outraged. If you entrusted your retirement nest egg to a stockbroker, and years later it had not grown at all, would you be happy?

The master was angry because the servant had allowed fear to paralyze him. So afraid was he of losing money that he did not even take the very modest risk of depositing the money in the bank.

The Lord has entrusted lots of things to us: money, natural talents, spiritual gifts, the saving truth of the Gospel. He expects us not just to conserve these things but to grow them. In the Last Supper discourse (John 15) he speaks of the disciples as bearing much fruit. In the parable of the sower and the seed he speaks of grain that bear 30, 60, and 100 fold. Whatever labor we are involved in–economic, parental, apostolic–the goal should be to develop, increase, and grow what God has given us, for his honor and glory.

This inevitably involves taking risks. It means not letting the fear of failure and ridicule stop us from pursuing success.

One of the greatest Catholic thinkers of the 20th century was a Swiss priest named Hans Urs von Balthasar. He pointed out that one of the most frequently used words in the book of Acts is the Greek word parrhesia, meaning cheerful boldness in the face of danger and opposition. Without such boldness, Christianity would have stalled in Palestine. It never would have made it to Antioch, Greece, and Rome.

Faithfulness to God means having the courage to take bold initiatives, in pastoral life, family life, and business, to be creative, even entrepreneurial, to express our gratitude to God for all that He has given us by making it grow.”

-- By Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 16th November 2014>