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The Marriage Mass and Renewal of Vows will take place on Sunday, 8th July at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, at 10.30 am. All married couples are welcome. Mass will be celebrated by His Grace, Archbishop Anthony Fisher. Married couples wishing to attend to renew their vows should register with the Life, Marriage and Family Centre on 9307 8404 or LMFevents@sydneycatholic.org. Registered couples celebrating 50th, 55th, 60th, or 65th wedding anniversaries will receive a special certificate from Archbishop Fisher. Special recognition will also be given to couples who were married at the Cathedral.
Father Peter Carroll, Chaplain at Long Bay Correctional Centre, is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to the inmates at the Downing Centre Sydney. Training and support will be provided for volunteers. If you would like to learn more about this ministry please come to our information session after the 11.30 Mass, 8th July at St. Mary’s Church 21 Swanson Street Erskineville.
St Anthony of Padua Parish Toongabbie will receive a First Class Relic of St Anthony of Padua for public veneration, which will then be permanently kept in the Church.
The Reception of the Relic will take place on Thursday 21st June at 6.30pm at the courtyard of St Anthony’s School by Bishop Vincent. This will be followed by a solemn candle light procession to St Anthony’s Church where Mass will be concelebrated by the Most Rev. Vincent Long ofm conv and other priests. Those who are attending will be invited to approach the Relic to receive extraordinary blessings. The evening celebration will end with a light meal.
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Next week on the Journey Fr Steve Varney reflects on the parable of The Mustard Seed, Sr Hilda from the Abby talks to us about “The Giver of Life”, and Fr Dave Callaghan in his God spot, The Call uses the words “My Sheep, Listen To My Voice”. We bring this all together with music and fun to create a show about faith, hope, love and life. Go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.
Year 1M Religious Education
The Easter Season
Year One have recently completed the Easter unit. Students are more familiar with the story of the Resurrection including how the women at the tomb discovered that Jesus had risen and the story of the two disciples journeying to Emmaus. The two disciples had not recognised the man who journeyed with them until later, at the breaking of the bread, when they knew that it was Jesus. The Easter unit also introduced the stories of the Ascension and Pentecost. Students learnt about Jesus’ promise to send us His Spirit and how the Holy Spirit helped the apostles to be more courageous, kind, gentle, and good. Through these stories, students continued to engage with the mystery of God’s abiding presence.
Love one another
Year One are currently exploring the unit ‘Love one another’ which focuses on the concept of ‘Relationships’. It begins with the children’s experience of friendship and extends to the Christian way of relating to others. The children are developing their understanding of forgiveness and gratitude in their relationships, through two Gospel stories – ‘How many times must we forgive?’ and ‘The Ten Lepers’.
Year Two Maroon Religious Education
Year Two students have recently completed exploring the Easter Unit. They recalled the Resurrection story and were able to explain the instructions given by Jesus to spread the Good News. In recalling Pentecost the students examined the presence and significance of the Holy Spirit.
For the remainder of the term the students will be exploring the unit on Reconciliation. This unit reflects on the human experience of forgiving others and being forgiven. The parable of the Prodigal Son is presented and explored. It presents God as loving and forgiving. The unit considers the concept of reconciliation and living together in peace. It introduces the Sacrament of Penance, exploring how the Catholic community celebrates reconciliation with God and one another.
The Year two students will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation next term. We ask that the parish community keep them in their prayers.
You are invited to hear Bishop Vincent Long , an ardent supporter of Pope Francis, speaking about “the New Dawn of the Church” at ‘Winbourne’, the Edmund Rice Retreat and Conference Centre, 1315 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa 11.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturday 16th June 2018. Entry by donation. Registration 10.00 am. For further information contact Dennis Farrar 0425209840. Organised by the Passionist Family Group Movement.
If you or a person close to you has been abused by someone working or ministering within the Archdiocese of Sydney we invite you to contact us. We will listen to you respectfully, offer support and discuss the options you have available to you. Please contact the Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office on ph 02 9390 5812.
This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi. Every time we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, my immediate thought goes to the children who are to receive their First Holy Communion. They have a great sense of excitement and curiosity. Apart from the awareness that they are going to receive Jesus, they consistently ask about the taste of the ‘host’, which is natural for children their age. The term Corpus Christi (Latin) refers to the “Body and Blood of Christ” which is Christ’s life given for us. What does this feast mean for us?
Firstly, it refers to the celebration of the Eucharist, which we celebrate with Christ and the Christian community. This Eucharistic celebration is not just a memorial or remembrance of Jesus’ own suffering, death and resurrection, but also our own (and the community’s) experience suffering, loss/death, and resurrection. Secondly, it is a proclamation of Christ as the “Bread of Life” given for the world. Therefore, we as Christians are a community that are to be that life-giving bread for the world.
How can I personally be life-given for the world? Husbands, wives, and parents, when dedicating their lives to nurturing their families are life-givers. When priests or vowed-religious commit their life in totality for the service of others, they are life-givers. When a person working in public service carries out their duties with honesty and integrity, they are life-givers. When a student puts energy and time into their studies in preparation for a future of service beyond themselves, they are life-givers.
I know that we are all innately good people, and that we all try our best in our own way to be life-giving. May the Corpus Christi inspire us to continue being “Life-Givers” for the world.