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The Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Finance Committee together with Fr Alo, have agreed to a request for a donation towards the education of MSC seminarians in Fiji. A donation of $5000 from OLR Parish Kensington will be forwarded for this worthy cause.
A Healing Mass, followed by Morning Tea, will be held at OLR Church Kensington on THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER at 10:30 am. Please pass on this information to neighbours, or people you know who are housebound or unwell. The Healing Mass and morning tea provide an opportunity, particularly for the elderly, to stay connected with our Parish Community. Please contact Maria at the Parish Office if you require transport: 9663 1070.
Be united in prayer with Pope Francis and the families of the world as they reflect, pray and celebrate together at the conclusion of this massive world gathering.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher, OP invites you to an enjoyable and informative evening with an opportunity to talk about the priesthood. During the night the Archbishop will share his testimony and will answer all your questions about this vocation. Tuesday, 06 October, St Mary Cathedral’s House. Registrations are essential: email@example.com RSVP: Wednesday, 30 September.
Australia has just had a new prime minister sworn in after winning the Liberal Party’s leadership spill. It was very evident that members of the party were divided in two. Indeed each member had made calculations as to which leader would be personally beneficial for them. One could assume that those loyal to the former prime minster would have little hope of getting a senior posting in the new cabinet lineup. I am certain that some of Jesus’ disciples chose to follow him based on their calculation/perception of what they could gain from following Jesus. This is quite clear in the person of Peter who exhibited reluctance after hearing from Jesus that he was to undergo suffering. It was obvious that Peter wasn’t prepared for that.
Continuing his teaching on the suffering Messiah and the Kingdom of God, Jesus once again challenged his disciples to be aware of their call. He continuously emphasised that a disciple was not to look for positions of power but instead were to be servants to the call of the Kingdom. Accepting Jesus as the Messiah is like receiving a “little child” who is powerless. Jesus says: “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me” (Mark 9:37). Why? It is because when welcoming a little child, one will not expect to be rewarded with position, possession, and other benefits. As adults we are able to put a monetary value on ourselves and the value of our work and therefore may be inclined to expect to receive something in return or at least be accorded some kind of appreciation. However in accepting a baby/child we wouldn’t expect anything in return.
Are we prepared to accept, love and welcome everyone as we would for a child? As we face a flood of refugees into Australia and other parts of the world, let us try to heed the call of Pope Francis when he urged Catholics, parishes and religious institutions to open the doors of their churches, convents and monasteries to accommodate those refugees who seek shelter and a place to call home. Are we in Australia, and particularly are we as a parish prepared to assist refugees who might come here one day? Are we willing to share our property (shelters) and possessions with them without calculating what we might be blessed with in return? If we are not willing then probably Jesus’ rebuke of Peter might be what we need to hear: “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men” (Mark 8:33). However from my experience of being a part of this parish, I am very optimistic that our parish will be prepared to respond because I know I have encountered many generous hearted parishioners here. This is already evidenced in the great welcoming attitude we have shown the young students of OLSH College, Indonesia, who are here for few days for home stay. These students have been accommodated by parishioners without hesitation or calculation of what they might get in return.