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
Aug162014

Parish Newsletter, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 17th August 2014

WE NEED TO TOTALLY TRUST JESUS

'There are a number of lessons from today’s reading. The first is that there is a need for total trust and confidence that Jesus really does care for us, in spite of indications to the contrary.

‘There is also the need for us to persist in prayer. We must realize that this does not always result in getting what we have asked for. It helps us to see more clearly what God wants for us and what really is best for us. What we need most is not the carrying out of our own wishes but having the peace and security that can only come from our being in total harmony with God’s will for us, so that his will and mine are identical. I want what he wants.

‘Thirdly, today’s Gospel is an affirmation that God’s love and mercy are extended to all who call on him in faith and trust, no matter who they are or where they are.’

-- From a reflection on the Gospel by the Irish Jesuits, at Living Space (a part of A Sacred Space)

<click here for Parish Newsletter 17th August 2014>

Saturday
Aug092014

Parish Newsletter, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 10th August 2014

ALLOW JESUS TO CALM THE INNER – AND OUTER - STORMS

'There is something for us to reflect [on in today’s Gospel]: Jesus is not in the boat; he is in that hostile environment into which we often fear to enter and instead huddle in the security of our church…Too often we Christians spend much, if not all, of our time in the shelter of the boat, taking care of ourselves and neglecting those in the stormy sea who need to hear the words of life. “Man of little trust, why did you doubt?” How often has Jesus had to say those words to each one of us?

Jesus and Peter now step into the boat and the wind drops. There is peace and calm. In Mark’s version of this story, the disciples are simply amazed at the sudden change but do not draw the obvious conclusion. In Matthew’s version, however, they understand and believe. They even anticipate Peter’s later confession (in chap. 16), “Truly, you are the Son of God”. The conclusion, then, is that Jesus can also be found in the boat but only when we also are ready to leave the shelter of the boat to find him in the ‘world’, that place which is at least indifferent and at its worst very hostile to the Christian vision…One important lesson of today’s readings is that, in our turbulent world (and much of the turbulence is in our own hearts), Jesus is the source of peace.’

-- From a reflection on the Gospel by the Irish Jesuits, at Living Space (a part of A Sacred Space)

<click here for Parish Newsletter 10th August 2014>

Saturday
Aug022014

Parish Newsletter, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 3rd August 2014

Feeding miracle is a chance for formation

'The miracle of the feeding of the multitude must have been remembered as of great significance by the first Christians – it is recounted in all four gospels. This incident, it seems, gave rise to different traditions of presentation, both of which are included in Matthew’s gospel. Today’s presentation is for a Palestinian community – the 12 baskets symbolize the feeding of the tribes of Israel. The other narrative is the telling of the story in a gentile context – with seven baskets symbolizing the seven gentile nations referred to in the biblical traditions.

As the only miracle in which the disciples are called by Jesus to play a part, it is an excellent introduction to this narrative of the formation of the disciples by Jesus. When they suggested that the people leave Jesus to find food, he replies, “Give them something yourselves”. Then, when they produced two loaves and two dried fish, he broke the loaves and handed them to his disciples, who gave them to the crowd. As we listen to this reading, it is not difficult to recognize that the early Christian communities looked back on this incident as a foreshadowing of the Eucharist.’

-- From a homily by John Thornhill sm

<click here for Parish Newsletter 3rd August 2014>

Wednesday
Jul302014

Altar Servers Roster for August 2014

Dear Altar Servers,

The roster for August 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
Jul262014

Parish Newsletter, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 27th July 2014

CONVERSION IS PARAMOUNT

'The parables of the treasure in the field and the pearl of great price emphasize this need for conversion. Identification with the ways of God that shape the Kingdom must be unconditional. In our Australian land, buried treasure is the stuff of fairy tales; but in Palestine, with its long history of kingdoms and empires, the possibility of finding a treasure trove was real. And if this happened, the treasure belonged to the owner of the site. One who had such a stoke of good fortune, Jesus says, would do all that he could to buy the field - and in a similar way, no other allegiance will rule the life of one who has found the joy of letting God’s word and God’s ways to be the measure of his or her life. The pearl for which the merchant sells everything has the same lesson. For ancient peoples, a pearl was the loveliest of possessions. The merchant of the parable will do whatever is necessary to acquire the pearl he has found that is without compare. This does not mean that he saw no beauty and value in the other pearls that he came across. Our choice of the values of the Kingdom does not mean that we should despise other worthy causes. The parable teaches us, however, that identifying with the Kingdom announced by Jesus means getting our priorities right.’

-- From a homily by John Thornhill sm

<click here for Parish Newsletter 27th July 2014>

Saturday
Jul192014

Parish Newsletter, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 20th July 2014

Be open to the weeds and the wheat

'While we must speak out for the truth, we may well be tempted to emphasize our faithfulness by our impatience and intolerance towards those who do not journey with us. The parable of Jesus warns us that this is not God’s way. The reading from the book of Wisdom shows us that, as the Old Testament was drawing to a close, devout thinkers in old Israel were recognizing that the virtuous person must be kindly to others, learning from the mysterious patience of God. 

Only the Lord of the harvest – whose grace is at work in a hidden way in every human heart – can sort out the good from the bad when all is gathered in at the end. We who are blessed with the gift of faith must prepare for the final harvest by becoming an exemplary crop ourselves. There is a lesson here, also, for those who belong to the new movements emerging in the today’s Church. They must avoid a sectarian spirit that would see their way as the only way. There is room in God’s Church for many spiritualities and traditions. True ‘catholicity’ shows an openness to this.’

-- From a homily by John Thornhill sm

<click here for Parish Newsletter 20th July 2014>

Saturday
Jul122014

Parish Newsletter, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 13th July 2014

IMPORTANT TO HEAR AND THEN TO ACT

‘The key word today is ‘hear’. It is a very scriptural word and contains essentially four elements:

- to listen with a totally open and unconditional mind 

      (“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God”)

- to understand what one hears

- to accept and appropriate fully what one understands and, finally,

- this acceptance flows out into our behaviour.

One can listen but not understand and one can understand without accepting and one can accept without implementing. All four are necessary for conversion and healing. All four are necessary for full hearing.'  

-- An extract from a reflection on today’s Gospel, by the Jesuits at Living Space

<click here for Parish Newsletter 13th July 2014>