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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Sunday
Aug302015

Altar Servers Roster for September 2015

Dear Altar Servers,

The roster for September 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
Aug292015

Parish Newsletter, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 30th August 2015

Focus on the spirit of the heart, not the letter of the law

It seems to be a deep human instinct to treat the one who faces us with our sinfulness, or who challenges our behaviour, as our enemy and to divert attention from the real issue by imputing guilt and evil to the accuser. How often we meet people who justify their anger against the Church and its teachings, by pointing to the misbehaviour of some individual in the Church. In the Gospel we see Jesus constantly challenging the Jewish leaders because of the inconsistency between their words and their behaviour. Today, in the Gospel, we find them making a big issue out of the fact that the disciples of Jesus eat without washing their hands according to the Jewish custom and making that a reason for not listening to the challenging teaching of Jesus. He loses his temper with their hypocrisy and lashes out in the words of Isaiah, “this people honours me only with lip-service, their hearts are far from me. The worship they offer is worthless, the doctrines they teach are only human regulations.”
Jesus goes on to talk about the importance of the heart. What is important is not what goes into a person but what comes out of them - their behaviour. Our behaviour shows what is inside us. “It is from within, from people’s hearts, that evil intentions emerge; fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, pride, folly.”
The precise difference between Jesus and the Pharisees was that they looked at the external activity whereas Jesus looked at the heart, the source of activity. They looked to the fulfilment of law and tradition while he looked to love and commitment. They looked at the letter of the law while he looked at its spirit.

From a reflection on the Gospel at the Sundays Into Silence website

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 30th August 2015>

Saturday
Aug222015

Parish Newsletter, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 23rd August 2015

Perseverance is the key to the decision to follow Jesus

There is a great tendency to resist the call of Jesus to be with him and to follow him: To be like him as bread; to be called, blessed, broken and given for others. It is so easy to opt out of the race or to settle for a halfway house along the way.
In his book Further Along the Road Less Travelled, Dr M. Scott Peck describes four stages of spiritual growth. I would paraphrase him by calling the stages 1) the self-centered, 2) the religious, 3) the searcher and 4) the spiritual.
The Stage 3 people are those who begin to question the box that the organization has put them into, or to which they themselves have clung for some kind of security. They become individualists who are searching for truth and not hemmed in by past structures. They can be very socially involved and committed to action for the poor rather that to mere do-good talk...
People in this stage have a greater appreciation of mystery. They can see a kind of cohesion behind the surface of things; they are at ease with paradox and are not upset by truths that for others seem to be contradictory.
This discussion of fixation in Stage 3 is relevant to the topic of meditation. About 10 years ago I began to meditate twice daily and expected that it would bring me to greater peacefulness quickly. However, the contrary was my experience. As I continued to meditate I experience much turmoil in the area of sexuality and relationship for about two years. Looking back on it I think that this is what was happening. I spent my adolescent years in a seminary setting and there were certainly some aspects of that environment that were not conducive to working through
adolescent conflicts. What was happening when I created the space in meditation was that I was catching up on that development and sorting out unresolved conflicts of years before.
Jesus asked the disciples "Will you also leave me?" The work of meditation can be painful and frustrating. There are two possible responses: abandon in anger or persevere in patience. In the latter is the secret of life, here and hereafter.

From a reflection on the Gospel at the Sundays Into Silence website

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 23rd August 2015>

Saturday
Aug152015

Parish Newsletter, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 16th August 2015

Eucharist is a unique part of our human experience

One of the many reasons that you and I need to celebrate the Eucharist faithfully is so that more and more we will allow this story – the story of God’s faithful, saving love in Christ – to become the guiding narrative of our lives. If we truly enter into the mystery of the Eucharist, the truth of Jesus Christ begins to shape our vision of ourselves, of others, of what is really significant in life. This story reminds us again and again how important -- how treasured -- each one of us is in the eyes of Christ. Through our communion with Christ in this sacrament, we deepen our friendship with him and allow him to shape the ways we see, decide, and act.
In and through the Eucharist, we experience communion with Christ and communion with one another. There is a oneness with Christ in receiving him that is unique in our human experience.
At the end of every celebration of the Eucharist, the priest or deacon says, “The Mass is ended. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” The Eucharist never simply ends, as a play, movie or baseball game ends. No, we are sent forth, sent forth with a mission . In every celebration of the Eucharist, you and I are commissioned to go forth and to proclaim the story of Jesus Christ with our lips and our lives. As we have been blessed with the real presence of Christ in the sacrament, so we are sent forth to make Christ’s presence real to others. As Christ the Bread of Life has given us himself to be food for the journey of our lives, so we are sent forth to feed the hungry people we meet. As we have experienced communion in this celebration, we are sent forth to work to strengthen the bonds of communion between the people with whom we live and work. As a Eucharistic people, we Catholic Christians are a people with a mission.

From a reflection on the Catholics On Call website

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 16th August 2015>

Saturday
Aug082015

Parish Newsletter, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 9th August 2015

All are welcome to come to the table

Feasting is a word that many in our world do not comprehend on a personal level. We live in a world with staggering poverty. In Philadelphia, where I live, the most recent hunger statistics state that one-in-three in my city are "food insecure or hungry." This is stunning to me. We live in a land of plenty, despite the economic downturn. We live in a world of abundance, but far too many of our brothers and sisters live without.
Looking more globally, there are places in our world where starvation and poverty are the reality for most. One-in-seven people on our planet are undernourished or hungry, according to WorldHunger.org. How do we talk about feasting in this environment?
I want to be who God calls me to be and make an impact in the world, sharing resources and offering assistance to those in need. Many will call me a socialist and deride my genuine care as a political agenda, but I believe no one should go hungry. Spiritually or physically.
I know that one of the best ways to help is to instill a sense of worth that all are welcome to come to the table -- to come to the Bread of Life. All persons deserve to receive the gift of abundant life.
The truth is, everyone -- in spite of their life circumstances -- needs to have hope. They need to see options for a better world. They need to envision a time and place when they are gifted with what God intends for them. This passage reminds me of that hope, that vision, and that gift. It brings us into deeper relationship with the one who is the Bread of Life -- the one who feeds us over and over again.

From an article in the Huffington Post by Karyn L. Wiseman

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 9th August 2015>

Friday
Aug072015

Liturgy Roster (16 Aug - 1 Nov 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 (16 August 2015 - 1 November 2015)>

Friday
Aug072015

Church Preparation for Mass/Altar Setters - Roster (16 Aug - 1 Nov 2015)

The 16 August 2015 to 1 November 2015 roster for the preparation of church for mass / altar setters is now available.