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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
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>

Friday
Nov142014

Working Bee

WORKING BEE

SATURDAY
22 Nov 2014
8:30am to 12 noon.

Any help, even in a small way, will be very much appreciated.

Great way to get to know fellow parishioners.

Come join us - you might actually enjoy it!

Saturday
Nov082014

Parish Newsletter, Dedication of the Basilica of St John Lateran - A, 9th November 2014

DEDICATION OF THE BASILICA OF ST. JOHN LATERAN

As a rebellious teenager, I thought the Catholic Church should stop wasting its money on expensive churches. We ought to sell them all and buy food for the poor, I argued. Funny thing. Jesus, who cared much for the poor, did not have this attitude. As an adolescent he yearned to spend time in Herod’s sumptuous Temple (Luke 2). As an adult, he defended its integrity against the moneychangers (John 2). Francis of Assisi, who gave away all his possessions, begged for money to buy materials to restore ruined churches which he rebuilt with his own hands.

Why this high regard for church buildings? Ezekiel 47 gives us one important reason. Because the liturgical worship that goes on inside, most especially the Eucharist, is the “source and summit” of our entire Christian life.

Saint Paul, in I Corinthians 3, gives us another reason to honor Churches. George Fox, the founder of the Quakers, concluded from this passage that if we Christians are the Church, we should call our places of worship “steeple-houses.” To call buildings “churches” obscures the fact that we are the Church. 

The Judeo-Christian Tradition see it differently. The Church building is a mirror that, held up before us, reminds us of who we are. The Church building is an icon that reminds us of our deepest identity. As we gather for Sunday worship, we are united as the Body of Christ and dwelling place of the Spirit. 

In Texas, we have a homestead law that seeks to guarantee that no matter what financial misfortunes might befall people, they will not lose their homes. The loss of one’s home is a loss of one’s dignity. Our churches, from the local chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica, belong not to the hierarchy, but to the whole family. They’ve been given to us by the hard work and contributions of our forebears to remind us of our dignity as sons and daughters of the living God.

The Lateran Basilica, was donated to the Church by Constantine soon after he legalized Christianity in 313AD. Ever since it has been, as the official cathedral of the Pope, the mother church of all Christendom, the cathedral of the world.

It is there that the most powerful pope of the middle ages, Innocent III, had a dream of a magnificent church breaking apart only to be shored up by a poor man in a beggars robe. Soon afterwards, a group of beggars from Assisi arrived, led by a man named Francis, asking for his approval for their lifestyle and work. Prepared by his dream, he recognized the hand of God, and encouraged a movement that renewed the Church. 

As we meditate on this feast, let us allow zeal for his house to consume us as it did Jesus and Francis, that we may embrace the task of purification, renewal and rebuilding given us by the Council that met in another great Roman basilica some forty years ago.

--Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio (The Crossroads Initiative)

<click here for Parish Newsletter 9th November 2014>

Saturday
Nov012014

Parish Newsletter, All Souls' Day - A, 2nd November 2014

PURGATORY AND PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD

On the first two days of November the Church leads us to confront the mystery of death. These days remind us that love is stronger than death, that Christ’s death for us means that our beloved deceased who believed in Christ are very much alive.  They may be among those whose lungs breathe the exhilarating air of heaven and whose eyes gaze upon the glory of God.   In this case, they help us through their prayers. 

Yet they may also be among those whose lungs were not ready for breathing and whose eyes were not ready for the brilliance of the beatific vision, whose body carried an infection that needed to be eliminated.  In which case, we must help them through our prayers.  Our loving intercession can hasten the purification and preparation necessary for the full enjoyment of their inheritance.

The Catholic Church has always been very reserved in its teaching about the mystery of life after death, including the mystery of purgatory.  Here’s what we know.  Christ’s death and resurrection won eternal life for everyone.  Yet the fruit of his redeeming work needs to be personally appropriated.  Each person must say yes to Christ, and yield to the liberating power of his grace which progressively breaks the sin’s power and heals sin’s wounds.  Everyone is obliged to actively participate in this process and to renounce all sin, great or small.  God, through his church, provides all the means of grace necessary to facilitate this purification and healing.

Yet what about people who say a fundamental yes to Christ, but drag their feet, clinging to some “small” sins, nursing some attachments to the evil that they’ve supposedly renounced?  Purgatory is the process after death where these attachments, the umbilical cord which binds people to the old world, are cut so that people can be free to enter into the life to come.  It is the hospital where the infection of sin is eliminated.  It is the incubator where heart, lungs, and vision is made ready for a much larger life.

Purgatory is not a temporary hell.  The Church does not teach that there is physical fire there (how could fire hurt spirits, anyway?) or that people spend a certain number of years or months there (after death, how do we measure time?) or that everyone but the greatest saints must go there after death (all the means are provided for it to happen here!).

We can’t know for sure where our beloved deceased are, unless they happen to be canonized saints.  So when in doubt, we pray for them.  If they happen to need our help, our act of kindness can have great impact on them.  If not, this kind act still has great impact on us, exercising our love muscles so that we will be ready to enter directly into the wedding feast of the Lamb when our own time inevitably comes.

--Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio (The Crossroads Initiative)

<click here for Parish Newsletter 2nd November 2014>

Tuesday
Oct282014

Altar Servers Roster for November 2014

Dear Altar Servers,

The roster for November 2014 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
Oct252014

Parish Newsletter, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 26th October 2014

LET’S MAKE ACTS OF CHARITY A FORM OF WORSHIP

“As God loved his people, his people should love each other. If love for God meant faithful adherence to his covenant, love for neighbour meant acts of charity. As the centre of the Torah, Leviticus 19:18 made that point explicit. Leviticus 19 was called the Holiness Codes, for the name of God is invoked many more times in this chapter than in any other book in the Bible. At the very centre of the commands laced with the holy name, stood one simple command, "Love your neighbour as yourself." One rabbi remarked that the Holiness Codes of Leviticus 19 were the mountain top of the Torah. The command to love one's neighbour would be the peak of the top. Love of neighbour (ie fellow Israelites), then, was intricately interwoven into the love of God. For the Israelite, an act of charity was an act equal to that of worship. No wonder Jesus could state Leviticus 19:18 was like Deuteronomy 6:5! [22:37-39]

Indeed, when one acts charitably to those in need, one demonstrates love for God. Without charity, worship, scripture study, and prayer become hollow. And, the covenant loses it force. The Bible that recorded the faith life of God's people does hang on the precepts of love. [22:40]”