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Fr Sebastian is still away. Until he returns, Fr Tony Doran will be celebrating all weekend and weekday masses from Tues 14 Oct, except for Mondays. There will be no Monday masses.


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
Oct182014

Parish Newsletter, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 19th October 2019

TWO SIDES OF THE COIN TELL THE STORY OF OUR FAITH

“The Jewish people had an uneasy relationship with the Romans but, as an established religion were allowed to continue their religious practices. In trapping Jesus, they also had to distance Him from themselves - they had to be seen as accepting the rule of Rome or risk losing the religious freedom they had. By ‘discovering’ His revolutionary tendencies and handing Him over to the Romans, they would be shown to be loyal subjects and their religious rights would continue to be protected.

“This may seem wrong in relation to Jesus - but still happens in countries where churches collude with governments to maintain religious ‘freedom’

“Jesus is unruffled. He sees the hypocrisy of the questions and, as the Pharisees and Herodians themselves had recognised, being an honest man, unafraid of anyone regardless of rank, tells them so. Then, He picks up the coins and points out that this belongs to the Roman rulers. They have become part of the Roman economy and so can reasonably be expected to contribute to it through taxation. This is not a Godly matter at all.

“Living in society places obligations on people - but they must not confuse those obligations with their obligations to God.”

Saturday
Oct112014

Parish Newsletter, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 12th October 2014

Good or bad, we are all welcome

“A banquet... is an outstanding moment of fellowship. In the traditions of Israel, familiar to Matthew’s community, the blessings promised by God to those who have been faithful were likened to sharing in a banquet at the Lord’s table – as we hear in the reading from Isaiah in today’s liturgy. As they heard this reading, and rejoiced in its fulfilment in Christ, this community would have given thanks for the universality of God’s generous designs: ‘all peoples and nations’ will share in God’s blessings ‘everywhere on earth’, the prophet declares. 

Already, they knew, the faith was beginning to spread. Long familiar with the biblical themes, they would have seen the prophet’s associating of the messianic blessings with, ‘this mountain’ as a reference to the old temple. But if, as is likely, the old temple had already been destroyed by the Romans (AD 70) when Matthew’s gospel was written, they would have been reminded that the shared life of Old Testament faith was only a foreshadowing of the eternal realities brought by Christ.

Matthew’s account includes the note of urgency characteristic of the outlook of the first Christians – three times, the king declares that all is ‘ready’. The final age has come, all must be ready to respond to the Lord’s call. And so, along the same lines, Matthew concludes his presentation by adding the short parable about ‘the man 

without a wedding garment’ – that would originally have been quite independent of the original story. Again the lesson is clear: although, in the present age, Matthew’s Church receives ‘the good and bad alike’ to rejoice at the wedding feast of the Lamb, let them know that their presence must be more than nominal adherence – they must be converted and live a life worthy of their calling.”

--From a sermon by Fr John Thornhill SM

<click here for Parish Newsletter 12th October 2014>

Wednesday
Oct082014

Powerpoint Operator Roster (Oct - Dec 2014)

The October - December 2014 roster for powerpoint operators is available.

<Click here for Oct - Dec 2014 Roster>

Saturday
Oct042014

Parish Newsletter, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 5th October 2014

GOD IS GENEROUS TO A FAULT

What is the point of the parable of the vineyard? Jesus’ story about an absentee landlord and his not-so-good tenants would have made sense to his audience. The hills of Galilee were lined with numerous vineyards, and it was quite common for the owners to let out their estates to tenants. Many did it for the sole purpose of collecting rent at the right time. Why did Jesus' story about wicked tenants cause offence to the scribes and Pharisees? It contained both a prophetic message and a warning. Isaiah had spoken of the house of Israel as "the vineyard of the Lord" (Isaiah 5:7). Jesus' listeners would likely understand this parable as referring to God's dealing with a stubborn and rebellious people. 

This parable speaks to us today as well. It richly conveys some important truths about God and the way he deals with his people. First, it tells us of God's generosity and trust. The vineyard is well equipped with everything the tenants need. The owner went away and left the vineyard in the hands of the tenants. God, likewise trusts us enough to give us freedom to run life as we choose. This parable also tells us of God's patience and justice. Not once, but many times he forgives the tenants their debts. But while the tenants take advantage of the owner's patience, his judgment and justice prevail in the end. 

Jesus foretold both his death and his ultimate triumph. He knew he would be rejected and be killed, but he also knew that would not be the end. After rejection would come glory... We can expect trials and even persecution. But in the end we will see triumph.

--This is taken from a reflection on this week’s Gospel by Don Schwager

<click here for Parish Newsletter 5th October 2014>

Thursday
Oct022014

Church Preparation for Mass/Altar Setters - Roster (12 October - 28 December 2014)

The 12 October 2014 to 28 December 2014 roster for the preparation of church for mass / altar setters is now available. 

 

Tuesday
Sep302014

Altar Servers Roster for October 2014

Dear Altar Servers,

The roster for October 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
Sep272014

Parish Newsletter, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 28th September 2014

PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE

“What kind of future are you preparing for? Jesus encourages us to think -- to think about the consequences of our choices, especially the choices and decisions that will count not just for now but for eternity as well. The choices we make now will affect and shape our future, both our future on earth as well as in the life of the age to come. 

“Jesus tells a simple story of two imperfect sons to illustrate the way of God's kingdom. The father amply provided for his sons food, lodging, and everything they needed. Everything the father had belonged to them as well. The father also rewarded his sons with excellent work in his own vineyard. He expected them to show him gratitude, loyalty, and honor by doing their fair share of the daily work. The "rebellious" son told his father to his face that he would not work for him. But afterwards he changed his mind and did what he father commanded him. The "good" son said he would work for his father, but didn't carry through. 

“He did his own pleasure contrary to his father's will. Now who was really the good son? Both sons disobeyed their father; but one repented and then did what the father told him. Jesus makes his point clear: Good intentions are not enough. And promises don't count unless they are performed. God wants to change our hearts so that we will show by our speech and by our actions that we respect his will and do it. God offers each of us the greatest treasure possible– unending peace, joy, happiness, and life with him in his kingdom. We can lose that treasure if we refuse the grace God offers us to follow in his way of truth and righteousness. Do you respect the will of your Father in heaven?”