News & Bulletin

Murder in the Cathedral:

Artes Christi presents T. S Eliot’s play of St Thomas Becket directed by internationally acclaimed actor & writer Donald Macdonald. The play is being staged to coincide with the Canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romero who was the first Archbishop since Becket to be martyred at the altar. The play is also supporting persecuted people today via Aid to the Church in Need. Shows: 27 Sept-14 Oct | Venue 1880 Hall, St Peter’s Surry Hills. Group Tix from $30, BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL via www.theword.org.au or Ph: 1800 101 201.

Full Tuition Scholarships to St Mary’s Cathedral College

Boys currently in year 2 are invited to audition as members of the prestigious St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir to begin in 2019. All students receive full-tuition scholarships to St Mary’s Cathedral College when placed as Cathedral Choristers. Please contact our Music Administrator to arrange an audition or for more information at music@stmaryscathedral.org.au or by visiting https://cathedralchoir.sydney/about/choristers/.

Visiting Rome? Stay at Domus Australia

Domus Australia is a 32-room Boutique Pilgrim Guesthouse established by the Australian Catholic Church, welcoming travellers to Rome seeking comfortable accommodation and an ideal base from which to explore historical and cultural sites of the Eternal City. Centrally located with a magnificently restored Chapel featuring daily Mass in English, Domus Australia is the perfect oasis in the heart of Rome for Aussie pilgrims. Enquiries: reservations@domusaustralia.org www.domusaustralia.org.

“Hidden Potentials of a Father”

A young lady goes overseas to see one of her parents who is sick and at the same time she would like to have a break. She was worry about her husband who she left behind with two beautiful children who are still in primary school. Now the husband has to do things that his wife usually does such as preparing meals for the family especially the lunch boxes for children, making sure that they study at certain times and some other housework. Interestingly that the husband would do those things even though he never did them when his wife was around. There are few possibilities why he didn’t do those things when the wife was around: firstly, maybe he did not know how to do those things, or secondly, he wouldn’t bother to do so since his wife could do, thirdly, because he is too busy with his work, so there is no time for that or fourthly, because he knows that his wife would do better that him. For the last reason, then we would say that the husband has hidden potentials. Therefore, we shouldn’t undermine Father’s role in our family.

Today we celebrate Fathers’ Day. A day of thanks for having a father as a special gift from God. They may not do things like mothers do, but they have played different roles in the family. Fathers are caring, protecting, supporting, patient and forgiving.

Children depend on their fathers for their spiritual, emotional, physical, financial and social well-being. Therefore, the role of father is to demonstrate a positive role model. Daughters see their fathers as the ideal man they intend to marry. Equally, for sons, a father is seen to be a ‘man of honour’ they intend to imitate as they grow older. Let’s remember fathers in our prayers every day. They deserve that.

“God our Father,
in your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless those fathers who have taken upon themselves, the responsibility of parenting.
Bless those who have lost a spouse to death … or divorce
who are parenting their children alone.
Strengthen them by your love that they may be and become
the loving, caring persons they are meant to be.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Many times we think of single mother’s raising children, but there are also many single father’s raising children,….today we honor and pray for them, along with all the fathers this special day”.

Priests’ Retirement Foundation Pastoral Appeal

This weekend we have the annual appeal for the Priests’ Retirement Foundation. This appeal was established in 2007 to ensure all priests can receive the accommodation, health care and support they need in their retirement. We will have more priests retiring over the next few years and the Foundation covers needs such as: Convalescent care, nursing home and hostel care for frail priests, assistance in transitioning to retirement, Health insurance, medical and dental expenses, assistance with board and lodging expenses and minor repairs and maintenance of accommodation. Your gift, no matter how large or small, will make a difference. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.