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Easter celebrations remind me of the ministry as priest to those who are dying and the families who have lost their loved ones. Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter) can become a mirror to our life till we reach the resurrection.
1. Dying: Facing someone who is dying is like the experience of “Holy Thursday”. People gathered around the dying person giving him or her assurance of their love, support and prayer. At the same time the family would like to attend to the needs of the dying person. Remember what Peter said to Jesus at the last supper when Jesus spoke about his betrayal? Peter said: “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will” (Matt 26:33). We know that Peter wouldn’t do anything to protect Jesus, like we who are powerless in facing the fact of our loved one dying. Like Jesus and his disciples there was a service among them: giving food and washing of the feet.
2. Death: The powerlessness would become worsen at the death of our loved one. Some people find it hard to accept the fact and even question God for the loss. Even Jesus himself was expressing his sadness by saying: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt 27:46). This is the experience of “Good Friday”. The disciples went away to where they came from before following Jesus. They were sad and did not see their bright future as they had imagined when they came to follow Jesus.
3. Words of Remembrance: Every time during a funeral and a member of the family of the deceased person gives “words of remembrance” people feel sad but at the same time make the person alive and people feel alive too with funny and touching stories of the deceased. This is the “Easter: resurrection”. The same thing happened to the disciples when they talked about Jesus on their way to Emmaus. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32).
The message for us today is that there are times of “Holy Thursdays, Good Fridays and Easter” in our lives. We ask Jesus of the Thursday to wash our feet and feed us with his body and blood. We ask Jesus of the Friday to fill our emptiness, calm our fear and sadness through his passion. We also ask Jesus of the Resurrection to give us light, life and hope of endless joy. Keep telling the stories of Jesus which will make him and us alive at the same time.
Join us on Saturday 7 April at 3pm in the Rosary Room for the Rosary followed by afternoon tea. Children welcome.
Have you ever considered supporting a seminarian as they prepare for their priestly ministry? The MSC Mission Office actively seeks to provide assistance to students in Vietnam, PNG, Fiji, Indonesia, Philippines, and many parts of Africa. As our reliance on overseas-born Priests increases (currently 1 in 4 across Australian parishes), we can do our part in ensuring that their formation and education is of the highest standard. Help us support the young men who have answered the call and chosen the path of priestly and religious life. They are the lifeline in maintaining the gift that is the Eucharist in our lives. For more information please contact email@example.com, Tel: 9697 0983 or place gifts in MSC Mission Office envelopes at the entrance to the Church. Thank you.
We are inviting new children from year 4 and up who have made their First Communion to join as altar servers. This is a wonderful learning experience for our young members to learn about their faith and take on responsibility. Training will take place in the church on Saturday at 7pm (after Saturday evening mass). The training dates will be on 7th and 14th April 2018 (new children need to attend both sessions). If you are interested in becoming an altar server, please contact Caroline on
0433 186 125.
The De La Salle Brothers in Kensington are seeking to employ a cook Mondays to Fridays, 11am to 2pm. It is a permanent part-time position. Salary and conditions are according to industry standards. If you are interested, please submit an application to The Director, PO BOX 802, Kensington NSW 1454.