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On behalf of St. Michael`s Mission Society my parish priest Fr. Janusz and myself would like to thank you one and all for your wonderful support and generosity. A big thank you to your parish priest for allowing me to come. After speaking at the five Masses over the weekend the total of money that was taken came to $3,731.00. Now we have four wheels for the bus. Wishing you one and all a very happy and blessed Easter. Thank you once again. Margaret Vella.
The next Quarterly Cemetery Mass for the deceased interred in the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, Botany will be celebrated in the Crematorium South Chapel at 11am on Saturdays of 12th March.
Welcome to SIP’s 21st year! Wed. 2nd March 2016. 7.30 – 9pm at the PADDINGTON RSL CLUB 220-232 Oxford St, Paddington, opposite the Town Hall. Topic: “LOVE…LIVE…LISTEN…LEARN…” Speakers: Fr Geoffrey Plant, former Parish Priest at St Francis’ Catholic Church, Paddington, now PP at Lane Cove, & published author; and Annalee Del Vecchio, a Psychology and Medical Science Uni Student, with recent volunteering experience in Sri Lanka. Donation entry.
Info Marea 0414 873 910.
Being sorry is not enough
This example suggests that putting things right after we have done really hurtful and damaging things is not simple. It is not enough to acknowledge to ourselves that we have acted badly, and to be sorry for it. It is often not enough to be forgiven by the person we have betrayed. The consequences of what we do touch many other people and groups: these relationships, too, need to be healed. And even when we have addressed all these things, we may be left with feelings of shame and worthlessness.
The sacrament of reconciliation addresses all these things. It does not allow shame and worthlessness to have the last word. It provides us with a way to say openly that we have acted badly and to be assured that God loves us, forgives us and considers us precious.
Because confession is not simply a private conversation with God but takes place within the church community, it also allows us to acknowledge the consequences of our sins for the community and to put things right with our brothers and sisters. If the sacrament is a regular part of our life, too, it helps us turn our feelings of shame and worthlessness into gratitude and joy at God’s compassion for us in the messiness of our lives. It also helps us to follow Jesus ‘ way more closely.
Fr Andrew Hamilton sj
Next week: Jesus’ compassion and forgiveness
Training for Altar Servers will be provided on 13 March, after 9.30am Mass for Year 4 & 5 children, or the ones who have just joined in. The training will be delivered in a fun and interactive way from 10.30am to 11.45am. Light lunch will be provided for the children after, so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes.
Enrolments for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist commence next week. Further details will be available on the website in the coming week or by contacting Sarina on email@example.com.
Sacrament of Confirmation will be held in the OLR parish on Wednesday, 18th May at 6.30pm with Bishop Brady.
Parish children in Year 6 who attend schools other than OLR Primary school, are invited to register their interest with Virginia Black (firstname.lastname@example.org). Further details are available on the Parish website. Please note, the Commitment Mass for Confirmation candidates will be held on Sunday, 20th March (Palm Sunday) at the 6pm Youth Mass.