We just successfully hosted the MSC APIA (Asia Pacific Islands and Australasia) Mass and dinner on the 17 September 2018. I was congratulated by various groups, MSCs, parishioners and guests for this successful event. Most of them said: “Well done Alo”. I was feeling good for a few days. Reading this weekend‘s Gospel, I felt something different within me. The good feeling turned to a kind of embarrassment, since knowing that all the works were done by various people not just “me”. The disciples of Jesus argued about who is the greatest among them. Jesus came up with a very clear answer to that matter. He said: “If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all”.
Looking back at the recent event I mentioned above, I would like to say that those best wishes shouldn’t be addressed to me, instead to those who have been at service for the event. They are the greatest for being servants for others and making the event a successful one. Therefore, I sincerely thank those who have been planning, preparing, contributing and working tirelessly for that event. They are Liturgy Committee (Lena and friends), Mission and Outreach Committee (Jan Nicholas and friends), Building and Maintenance Committee (Claude Khoury, Stephen Chiew and friends), donors like Niji Restaurant and personal donors who have donated money, drinks and food. Those who gave their time to decorate the church and the hall like Sr Carmel OLSH. Those who were part of the liturgy such as John Allen (Smoking Ceremony), Henry Martin from OLR Primary School, OLSH College Choir, Patricia Reyes, Lily Murcutt, Moon Dunlop, Ricardo Sanchez and Jane Marmotta, Indonesian Community Angklung Choir, Amanda Janturi and the young Indonesian liturgical dancers, John, Susana and granddaughter (Tongan Family), Maria who worked behind the scenes and all others who helped.
You are all great among us. I sincerely and humbly thank you for your dedication and commitment to the life of the parish. Well done. Good on you.
Join us at 3pm in the Rosary Room for the Rosary followed by afternoon tea. Children welcome.
Twice a year, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Kensington helps in the roster to prepare and serve free meals at St Canice’s Kitchen in Kings Cross. This roster is filled up by other groups across all of Sydney working different days so that those who need this service are able to access it free.
Our team of around 10 people reserve one Sunday in around July and another Sunday in November to cook and serve snags, mash and veggies to anyone that comes into the Kitchen. We wish to extend the opportunity for more members of the OLR community to do the same. Having done this for many years, the members will attest how much this service has given them more than they give to the service. Twice a year for around 4 hours each roster is all the service asks from you. Notices for the schedules are sent months ahead to allow people to squeeze this in their hectic calendars.
So if you wish to experience the bliss of doing something good and something different, contact Dennis Fenech, Coordinator, St Canice’s Kitchen, OLR Kensington on 0400 810 400.
In this case, it is not true that too many cooks spoil the broth!
Hope to welcome you to the team for the next roster in November.
Year 3 students are preparing to receive the sacrament of Eucharist for the first time, and are building their knowledge and understanding of the four mains parts of the Mass and Jesus’ presence throughout it. In particular, they are developing their understanding of the celebration of the Eucharist and the Mass as central to the life of the community.
The students are learning to remember and make present the saving act of God in Christ and give thanks and praise. In sharing the Eucharist they become one body in Christ. As this is a very special time for the children, we ask the parish community to keep all the children making their First Eucharist in their prayers.