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Urgent Request

Are you looking for something different to do this year? Do you have a spare half an hour on Wednesday afternoons during school terms? Do you have a love of children? Would you be interested in sharing our Catholic faith? Then we need you as a catechist!

For more information please speak to us after mass this Sunday morning. We will have a display of the resources that are provided for you in the foyer of the church after mass or please feel free to ring Toni McGuinness on 9669 5884 or 0408 166 221.

The Australian School of Celtic Learning

Founded in December 2017 by Dr Pamela O’Neill, the Australian School of Celtic Learning is a community-oriented educational venture. Our vision is for a world where everyone has affordable and accessible opportunities to learn about the Celtic cultures. We present the latest and best research in the field of Celtic learning to all of our students, whether their interest is genealogical, spiritual, historical or linguistic. Our programmes are arranged in four terms each year, each beginning on one of the Celtic festivals of Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain. We offer study days, evening courses, residential immersion schools and overseas study tours. Topics for our programmes range widely over topics of Celtic interest, with a particular focus on the early medieval period, and on medieval and modern Celtic languages. For further information or to enrol: www.celticlearning.com.au.

Chanel College 60th Anniversary Reunion

Chanel College 60th Anniversary Reunion for students of THE MARIST FATHER ERA [1958-1970]. For details send your email to address chanel.geelong@gmail.com OR your postal details to PO Box 3069 Geelong West 3218.

LEPERS IN OUR MIDST

The first reading and the Gospel are usually connected in theme. This weekend is no exception. Both talk about leprosy and those who are contracted with it.

According to HarperCollins Bible Dictionary and some scripture scholars I have come across, it is unclear what leprosy really is but it is certainly not modern leprosy (Hansen’s disease). This information can help us reread the readings this weekend in broader terms. Leprosy can be interpreted as any kind of physical disorder that makes people excluded or left out in many ways, not only physically but also socially. The person, as mentioned in the first reading from the book of Leviticus, who is leprous must be declared “unclean”. Uncleanliness in this context is not only about hygiene but also and moreover about ritual and social state: being outcasts in the community and society.

The only barrier between healing and the leper in the Gospel story is Jesus’ willingness. The only barrier between inclusivity and those who are left out, looked down, discriminated against in community and society is our willingness to make a change. We may not be able to “cure” diseases or disorders people have like Jesus was able according to the Gospel story, but we are capable of “healing” the social judgements and discriminations against those who are different from the majority. The outcasts are also human beings; but they are different to us, so different that we can’t accept them in our midst. Unless we can see that at times in our life we have been also outcasts, unless we can see that within ourselves we have some parts of us as strangers, we will never be able to have a genuine compassion for those who are strangers in our midst.

Br Khoi Nguyen msc