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His Grace, Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney will be talking on an issue of great contemporary importance, covering marriage and family and their role in the social fabric. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start in The School Hall, St Mary’s Cathedral College, Cathedral Street, Sydney NSW 2000 (entrance near the Cook & Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness centre carpark). To RSVP or for further enquiries please email email@example.com.
Today’s gospel is inviting us to reflect on our call which is not just a personal spiritual journey with Jesus and towards Him but as a community, the Church. Jesus summoned his disciples to go out to spread the “GOOD NEWS” which is not just words but also pastoral work among the people especially the marginalized and the needy ones. For that he gave them “authority over sickness and unclean spirits”.
Pope Francis in “Evangelii Gaudium” reminds us of the missionary dimension of our call. We have to be “missionary disciples”. In the line to that, it’s worth to reflect on what was written by John O’Malley SJ, the finest contemporary historian of Vatican II. He has provided us with ‘a simple litany’ of the changes in church style indicated by the council’s vocabulary:
“The Church has to change
from commands to invitations,
from laws to ideals,
from threats to persuasion,
from coercion to conscience,
from monologue to conversation,
from ruling to serving,
from withdrawn to integrated,
from vertical and top-down to horizontal,
from exclusion to inclusion,
from hostility to friendship,
from static to changing,
from passive acceptance to active engagement,
from prescriptive to principled,
from defiant to open-ended,
from behaviour modification to conversion of heart,
from the dictates of law to the dictates of conscience,
from external conformity to the joyful pursuit of holiness.’
(see ‘What happened at Vatican II?’, Harvard Uni Press 2010, page 307)
And Pope Francis added: “I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security,” he wrote. “I do not want a church concerned with being at the center and then ends up by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures.”
Enrolments for First Eucharist for children who do not attend OLR Primary School will be closing this weekend. Please refer to the Parish website for more information.
New planned giving envelope boxes are available for collection in the church foyer for those who subscribe to the scheme.
Receipts for the financial year 2014-2015 are also available for collection in the church foyer.
after the Sunday 9am mass is a firmly established tradition at OLR. Today we would like to sincerely thank Myrna and Domingo who have resigned from the roster after several years of contributing generously to the catering. Also Eileen who resigned some time ago.
All the volunteers who help on Sundays provide much of the refreshments at their own expense and all parishioners are deeply indebted to them.
We are now seeking any additional volunteers who would be prepared to help on the basis of one Sunday per month. Also we welcome any donations of cake, biscuits, dips, etc at any time. Please contact Margaret or Roy 9313 8334.
Tuesday 14 July 6.30pm, dinner at the Chinese Restaurant East Village Zetland (NOTE: Level 3). Bookings: Martin O’Loughlin 9662 8559 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All Welcome.
LEARN, RESPECT & CELEBRATE
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique and timeless connection to land is the special focus and theme of this year’s National NAIDOC Week celebrations. The theme highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea.
The National NAIDOC Committee encourages all Australians, young and old, to embrace the 2015 National NAIDOC theme and to respect and celebrate local and national sites of significance or ‘sacred places’ and to learn of their traditional names, history and stories.
Speaker: Archbishop Anthony Fisher
Date & Time: 22nd July, 6:00pm
Venue: The School Hall, St Mary’s Cathedral College
All people of goodwill are welcome to attend and hear from this our Archbishop on this topical issue. We especially encourage you to bring friends and family who have an innate understand what marriage is, but do not fully understand why the Church has such a clear position on its definition. All those wishing to attend are urged to register as soon as possible by emailing email@example.com.