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Wed 27 April - 29 June, 2016
9:45AM & 7:30PM @Narthex


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
Apr302016

Parish Newsletter, 6th Sunday of Easter - C, 1st May 2016

Who’s Peace – Jesus’ or Rome’s?

Peace. As it was defined by Jesus of Nazareth, peace was a dangerous goal for the early Christians who lived in the Roman Empire.

The Roman Empire also brought “peace”. But Roman leaders believed they could bring peace by conquering nations, crucifying rebels, and worshipping Roman gods. That means early Christians were radically different from their culture and their government. They followed a man who said peace comes from healing, forgiving, and serving others. They chose to worship the God who stood for sacrifice and nonviolence instead of the Roman gods, who called for war and domination.
How about us today? Our nation has resorted quickly to military solutions for global problems. Many people seek peace by ignoring their conflicts with others or by shouting down people who disagree with them.
In contrast, I know some Catholic nuns who work full time to further Christ’s peace. They organise nonviolent demonstrations against the use of military force to solve world problems. They teach people about Christian movements that have brought peace to war-torn areas through nonviolence. They train people to solve problems without violent words or actions. Like the early Christians, they look pretty radical to some. They are Christian heroes to me.
Easter is a good time to ask difficult questions about our notion of peace. Do we work for peace by forgiving others or settling conflicts without violent words or actions? Do our national policies reflect Jesus’ style of peacemaking or Rome’s? Are we courageous enough to look as radical as our Christian ancestors.
Where do you – or where does our country – need to change in order to more effectively stand for the peace Jesus offers the world?

GPBS News, http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 1st May 2016>

Wednesday
Apr272016

Altar Server Roster for May 2016

Dear Altar Servers,

The roster for May 2016 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
Apr232016

Parish Newsletter, 5th Sunday in Easter - C, 24th April 2016

The Love Command

He commands the disciples to love one another, but he also reminds them that they will continue to feel his presence despite the fact that he will not be with them. They will exhibit their discipleship by doing what he commands: by loving one another as he loved them. John continues this discourse on love in John 15:1-16:4.
Here is an opportunity this week to talk about the requirement and justice of love. We so often draw lines about who we will love and who we will be tempted to cast in the role of “less loving” in our lives. This happens in the hearts and minds of both individuals -- and the church. An interesting thing to note in this text is that Jesus is reminding the disciples that they will be known to others by their acts of loving (verse 35). We would do well to listen to this commandment. We also are called to love others as a mark of our own discipleship.
The way Jesus talks about loving each other is a precursor of the spread of Christianity. As he loved and that love spread within his inner circle, so too will love spread after he is gone when love is done in his name.
This act, to love others, is a distinguishing mark of the followers of Christ then and will continue to be (verses 34-35). Some would say that one of the weaknesses of the church today is the way many Christians do not embody this commandment -- or the others -- commanding his followers to love their neighbour.
Jesus makes plain his call to the disciples. “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples -- when they see the love you have for each other” (verses 34-35).
Jesus was bold and clear then. How much clearer do we need Jesus to be for our own lives of discipleship now?

Karyn Wiseman, https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1621

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 24th April 2016>

Saturday
Apr162016

Parish Newsletter, 4th Sunday in Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday - C, 17th April 2016

Mirror of Compassion, His Own Example

Ignatius of Loyola had a meditation to offer – that the Divine persons would look down on the world from heaven, and see us all. Many of us were lost. They had compassion and sent one of them, the Son of the Father, to find us and take us home. That was Jesus, Son of God and son of Mary, divine and human, on a life’s mission to guide us to God.
He would do this by his own example and then by leaving the job to us! We are now the ones to be guided and to guide. The good shepherd has made shepherds out of sheep. Only because we are at times lost ourselves can we lead others home. We are in a partnership with God and with each other, each in our own way, and this is the meaning of Vocations Sunday. A vocation in the Christian sense is to take part with God in saving his people and in guiding them at lost times.
People today can get lost in many ways – addictions, pornography, unsatisfying relationships, financial anxiety, suicidal despair – the work of the community of the disciples is to bring the word and the love of God at those points of the journey where we are most lost.
The compassion of God has sometimes not been mirrored in the Christian community’s approach to people when they are at their lowest. Jesus’ heart goes out to all, and especially those in most need, because nobody can steal anyone from God – and nobody can steal God’s love from anyone.
The call today is to give as best we can of ourselves in sharing the best of life we have, in sharing love and compas-sion and knowing that each of us with whatever our talents and goodness are, can partner God in guiding others to him. May I respond as fully as I can at this time of my life to your call, O Lord.

Donal Neary SJ, https://sacredheartmessenger.com/tag/john-1027-30/

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 17th April 2016>

Friday
Apr152016

Church Preparation/Altar Setters (24 APRIL 2016 – 10 JULY 2016)

The 24 APRIL 2016 – 10 JULY 2016 roster for the preparation of church for mass / altar setters is now available. 

 

Friday
Apr152016

Liturgy Roster (24 APRIL 2016 – 10 JULY 2016)

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 (24 APRIL 2016 – 10 JULY 2016)>

Saturday
Apr092016

Parish Newsletter, 3rd Sunday in Easter - C, 10th April 2016

Meal for tired Disciples

Jesus spent time lighting the fire so he could cook breakfast on the seashore. Reminds me of my mother getting the fire ready in the old days so we could make toast with red embers for the long toasting fork. Or the way many people each day spend time cooking for their family. The act of cooking is an act of love and care. This is Jesus, the risen Jesus. No big apparitions in the sky, but just the simple act in the dawn of cooking bread and fish.
The meal was for tired disciples. Often in the gospel stories he talked about people preparing meals and serving them. He seemed to say a lot through meals and at meals. He allowed a woman dry his feet with her hair at a meal, and the big image of his first meeting with people was a wedding meal.
In cooking for people love is active. A mother might count up sometime how many meals she has cooked, and call them hours of love. This too is the mission and identity of Jesus.
After death and resurrection comes the Spirit of love. Love given, love received and love shared.
The breakfast meal will end with questions about love. Anything real about the resurrection always ends in being sent by God on the mission of Jesus. He gives little instruction about the mission nor even what it may entail. But it entails being led by God. Life for Jesus is life with Jesus and with the grace of God. We are never alone.
This is the company and the friendship at the source of the life of the soul, and which keeps our unique personality alive. This love comes in prayer and in love and in our loving service of others. This is mission with and for the risen Jesus Christ.

Donal Neary SJ - http://sacredheartmessenger.com/tag/john-211-19/

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 10th April 2016>