Notice

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

There will also be no mass on Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 (Melbourne Cup Day).


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
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]”

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>