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When I was reading this weekend Gospel, I remembered a friend who came with the whole family to Sydney to attend the son’s graduation at UTS. After graduation I had a chance to meet them and took them around to see some exotic places in New South Wales and Canberra. Since they were very much involved in the parish where they come from, they would know about priests. One of the comments addressed to me was, oh so you are religious therefore you have the vow of poverty, meanwhile diocesan priests have no vow of poverty. I said yes and no. Yes, I took that vow but “evangelical poverty” is addressed to everyone not just religious.
That is precisely what Jesus said in the Gospel today. At the end of his conversation with a man (not with a religious), he said: “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the Kingdom of God” (Mark 10:24). This doesn’t mean that people who have things are not worthy for the kingdom of God. What I explained to those friends of mine was that it is not about having things, but it is about allowing things to own us. And this message is to each one of us not just for those who pronounce their three religious vows publicly. Evangelical poverty frees us from “being owned” & “competing desire”: (Mat 4:20 – The disciples left everything). Mere things must not own us or block us from hearing divine call (Mat 19:16-30 – rich young man went away sad).
Evangelical poverty also helps me to have an attitude of solidarity. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said: “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty”. And solidarity is the way to remedy this poverty.
A MUSIC WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 31 OCTOBER, 2018 7:00PM – 9:00PM
(followed by Supper) OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CHURCH, KENSINGTON
– The importance of Music in the Liturgy
– Practical Techniques to effect real change
– Ways to highlight the beauty of the liturgy
– Use of microphones/amplifiers
Workshop will be presented by Michael Paton.
About the Speaker – Michael Paton is a graduate of Composition and Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Having studied under the guidance of many acclaimed Australian composers, he has composed for the Chamber Opera and the Sydney Chamber Choir and has taught music education in several high schools.
Michael currently works as the Youth and Music Minister at the Parish of Our Lady of the Way in North Sydney, administering to over 100 musicians and has overseen the growth of weekly Catholic Youth Mass attendance from 150 to 500 people.
Lunch Friday 19 Oct from 12.30pm at the Lakes Hotel Rosebery. All welcome. Bookings: Martin O’Loughlin ph: 9662 8559 or e: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOY OF CHILDREN – SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER 2018
Creator God, We thank you for the joy we receive from those we love, especially the children in our lives. Help all children to see you by the examples that we give to them, so that their hearts are filled with joy as they come to know, love and worship you. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Stanwell Tops Conference Centre, 19-21 October. MenAlive and the Young Men of God Movement (YMG) have united to host a life-changing event for the men of this nation. There is nothing like the journey of growing in faith alongside your brothers. There will be great speakers, worship, prayer, sacraments, sports and brotherhood time. It is a space which will allow men to encounter Jesus Christ, be it the first time or a renewal. This is an excellent opportunity to deepen our faith and grow in Gods call and challenge for our lives. Be inspired, be transformed. This will be an extraordinary event THAT IS DEFINITELY NOT TO BE MISSED! To register go to menalive.org.au or ymgmovement.org. Promotional Video Link: https://youtu.be/e19HV5mUW2Q.
Are you expecting a baby or know someone who is? You are warmly invited to attend the annual Mass for Pregnant Mothers to be celebrated by Most Rev Richard Umbers, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday 18th of November at 10:30am. RSVP and enquiries can be directed to LMFevents@sydneycatholic.org or call 9307 8401.
Calling all Men! We all need the supportive brotherhood of other good men. Come and find out more about men’s ministry in Sydney archdiocese. Find out how you can start or join a local men’s group in your area with support from us. Hosted by Bishop Richard Umbers, hear from Tristan Ross, former lieutenant in the Army on his experience of Catholic brotherhood. Ben Galea from Young Men of God will facilitate a discussion on growing new men’s groups. Friday night November 23, 6.30pm Mass, 7.30pm Dinner, 8.30pm Presentations. St. Paul of the Cross Parish, 532 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill. Register: www.trybooking.com/431767 More Info: email@example.com.
A Symposium on St John Paul II’s encyclical VERITATIS SPLENDOR 25 years on
To acknowledge and celebrate the 25th anniversary of VERITATIS SPLENDOR, the University of Notre Dame-Australia, will sponsor a multi-disciplinary Symposium on the legacy of this encyclical. Speakers include: Prof Renee Kohler-Ryan “Why Splendor: On the Art of the Moral Life” Dr Paul Morrissey: “Freedom, Truth and the Moral Law.” Dr Mariusz Biliniewicz: “Veritatis splendor and the Universal Call to Holiness.” Prof Isabell Naumann: “Ordered to the One who alone is good” (VS 73) and the Beauty of the Immaculata.” Dr Conor Sweeney: “The mystery of evil and the truth of the acting person.” Opening remarks from Most Rev. Richard Umbers, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney. https://www.notredame.edu.au/events-items/the-splendour-of-truth . Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney School of Philosophy and Theology Moorgate Building (NDS16) 10 Grafton Street, Chippendale. Date: 18-19 October 2018. Cost: $50 for Academics, $20 for Students.