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The Aquinas and CFR Saturday Reflection will be held on Saturday 6 June at 9.30am to 12.30pm at Hunters Hill Villa Maria Rooms cnr 1 Mary St/Gladesville Rd. The Leader is Fr Aloysius Rego ocd who will guide us to: “St Therese and the God of Merciful Love”. Come and enjoy a few hours of peaceful solitude in that Merciful Love. No charge but donation appreciated. Tea and coffee available. Enq: to Michelle on 9958 5963.
You are invited to a morning of quiet reflection at the Grail Centre, 22 McHatton St,mNorth Sydney, on Tuesday 2nd June from 10am to 12 noon. We will be reflecting on the meaning of stability in the context of Benedictine Spirituality. There will be time for silent meditation and the opportunity to share thoughts in a group. We ask for a small donation to cover costs. For more information or to register your interest, please contact the Grail Centre (9955 3053) or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tricia Gemmell (email@example.com).
Amidst all the noise, God speaks to us in the silence of our hearts. Let’s give God some of this precious silent time in order to enhance our relationship with Him and work out where He may be leading us in the next step of our life journey. Join us for this silent retreat as we are led deeper in our spiritual lives by Fr Joseph Chua, a Cistercian monk of Tarrawarra Abbey in Victoria. Fr Joseph currently serves as the vocation director and novice master of his community and has a deep interest in helping others foster a contemplative spirituality in their daily living.
Fr Joseph is travelling to Sydney especially to give this retreat. The retreat will run from 6:30pm Friday 5 June and finish with an optional dinner at 5:00pm Sunday 7 June, with daily mass and spiritual direction available. The retreat will be held at the beautiful BXVI Centre and will cost $215.
Places are strictly limited, to register, please book via www.trybooking.com/HQCB For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 9764 4357.
While I am writing this reflection, I am preparing myself for eighteen days away for my first part of annual leave. Before leaving I would like to make sure that everything left behind would be “okay “while I am away. One of the things was to have the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) Meeting beforehand. Apart from the PPC meeting I also have some other issues that need to be sort out before I go. Before the PPC Meeting last Wednesday, I spoke to the MSC Provincial about some personal concerns that would hold me back from going away. He said to me in very gentle way: “You go for holiday. Enjoy your break. Things behind will be looked after…… “. I personally believe that in my absence, everything will be okay under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. However I realized as well that underneath there is a need of mine “to be in control”. And it is my own issue that I have to deal with personally.
The disciples might be feeling sad and desperate prior to the departure of Jesus that was announced to them by Jesus himself. And in fact similar to the situation after the death of Jesus the disciples were scattered and most of them went back to the home towns to do their own business as they had done before following Jesus. Peter, for example, went with some of his companions to run fishing businesses again. They did that out of desperation and uncertainty. This time they were anxious about what would happen to them when Jesus is no longer with them.
No doubt that Jesus’ departure and Ascension was both an end and a beginning for his disciples. While it was the end of Jesus’ physical presence with his beloved disciples, it marked the beginning of Jesus’ presence with them in a new way. Jesus promised that he would be with them always to the end of time (Matthew 28:20). The Advocate, which is the Holy Spirit will be sent to them, to guide them and to inspire them to continue Jesus’ mission. One thing that Jesus would like them to remember is that they won’t be alone. They will have a special power. He stated clearly: “In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover” (John 16:17-18). Only one thing that was expected by Jesus from his disciples is to “believe”, because this kind of power is only given to those who believe in him and let
his Spirit to be in control.
Coming back to my earlier anxiousness, it is obvious that I would like things to be in my own control and by doing that I don’t allow the Spirit to be in charge. This message is for each one of us – not to worry when we are desperate in facing certain issues of life because Jesus is spiritually with us. Only one thing we should do is to believe in Him and let him be in control of our life.
Rescheduled to 19 May 2015. All young adults are invited to Sydney’s launch of World Youth Day 2016. This will also be the first time that our new Archbishop will be present at an official Archdiocesan event for young adults so it is a great opportunity to meet and welcome him. It will be a huge night of celebration with Polish food, Polish dancing, information stalls, a catechesis from the Archbishop and even a spot of fine Polish vodka! Come and hear about the exciting pilgrimages that Sydney will be taking in 2016 to the City of Mercy. The evening will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral College Hall on Tuesday 19 May from 7.30pm. The Archbishop will also be presiding at City Silence (the weekly young adult holy hour) in the Cathedral from 6.30pm. For more information see the event at
www.facebook.com/catholicyouthservices or email: email@example.com. #getexcited #bemerciful
A big thank you to OLR Parishioners who contributed $2164.45 last weekend to help those affected by the Nepal Earthquake.
Interested in helping/supporting our Missionary endeavours by offering your time, skills and talents? We invite women and men aged 18 to 80 to become part of our team of volunteers at the Sacred Heart Monastery,1 Roma Ave. Kensington 2033. Expressions of interest most welcome.
Please call (02) 9697-0983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Fr Adrian Meaney msc.
YOU’RE INVITED TO OUR 20TH BIRTHDAY! CELEBRATE
Visit this significant heritage site in the heart of North Sydney. Visit Mary’s tomb in the MacKillop Memorial Chapel built in her honour. Enjoy free entry to the Museum which displays the Sisters of St Joseph Collection. Visit the exhibition celebrating 20 years of the Museum, ‘Treasures Under the Southern Cross: Celebrating 20 years of Shared Stories’.
Take part in the Guest Speakers Hour and join in the conversation on a hot topic related to the exhibition Catch a short talk in Alma Cottage on Mary’s life in North Sydney. Take a Museum Highlights Guided Tour.
RELAX AND FEAST
Be entertained in the grounds by roaming musicians
Enjoy a sausage sizzle or light refreshments, tea and coffee in the Café
Shop at the Peruvian stall for special hand-crafted pieces
Find a memento from the Gift Shop – a selection of highly desirable items to tempt you!
Play with the giant Lego game. Create a masterpiece in the arts area.