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The fourth and final part of the series by the Missionaries of God’s Love, an Australian Order of priests and religious sisters and brothers.
- Youth Minister – we’ve begun advertising for someone to help organise and drive this project forward. Information is in the parish bulletin and on the website. Please circulate among your contacts and keep this in your prayers as finding the right person is very important to success.
- Program content – there are lots of options and resources available including support from Catholic Youth Services (Archdio of Sydney). Once we have a youth minister, one of his or her first jobs will be to research the different options and make a recommendation for Fr Alo and the Evangelisation Core Group.
- Meeting Time – One of the things that came up was that Sunday nights was probably not the ideal time for the Yr 7-10 group to meet so it will more likely be Sunday afternoon or Friday evening. We’d be really interested in your feedback on this and any other aspects we should consider.
18 February is Ash Wednesday
OLR Kensington will offer two Masses for parishioners and guests:
Mass: 9am, where we will be joined by years 4-6 from the parish school
7pm, which will be a co-celebration with the Indonesian Community.
All are welcome to begin Lent in a prayerful way in our parish community.
For an interesting discussion on Lenten observances, see
We are looking to train up some more catechists to prepare our children for the sacraments. Each program has four sessions so the time commitment is limited to a 4-6 week period. Sessions are run after school
or on weekends according to the availability of the catechist.
If you would like to be join the team, please contact Sarina Capo on email@example.com
Ask and You will be Given | Mark 1:40-45
Today’s Gospel is about asking for God’s help. While reflecting on this gospel, I recalled an experience I had with a couple who were eagerly trying to develop their business. This included property, a palm oil plantation, and an interest in coal mining. As a means of injecting some capital into these business ventures, they decided to sell a piece of land they owned on the outskirts of the city. This land was lent to some farmers to grow crops. The couple approached me and asked me to bless this piece of land. The perception they had was that this “blessing” would not only get them a good price, but also that the land would be sold easily. Whether or not their intention/agenda for having their land blessed was pleasing to God, I did not know. However as a priest who cares for his flock, I carried out their wishes and trusted that God knew what was best for them.
After a few months, the land hadn’t sold. Upset, the husband said to his wife: “You said he was a good priest and the kind that would be good at giving this kind of blessing and yet nothing has happened to this land. I think this priest doesn’t have special gifts related to this kind of business. We should find another priest to bless our land again so that it would bring us a good fortune.” The wife called me and shared her husband’s disappointment. She continued: “Father what can you and I do to help my husband believe in God and in you?” I said: “We leave it to God. God knows exactly what you need. Keep praying and God may show you something else, something unexpected.”
She agreed. A month later, another of their business ventures grew rapidly. This was a venture that they hadn’t put much hope or as much effort into. It was unexpected. Later they called me with great joy and asked that I do their son’s wedding. Last month, I again received a call from them, this time it is do their daughter’s wedding.
No one who sought out Jesus was refused his help. Indeed God knows what we need and the things we want. I believe that God more readily fulfils our needs rather than our wants. Sometimes it is easy to confuse our needs and wants. It is important that before we approach God in prayer, we use reflection and good discernment to identify our needs, then we prepare our petition.
The leper in this Sunday’s Gospel passage expressed his great need to the Lord. “Make me clean.” The leper was desperate for someone to help him. His physical condition was poor and like all lepers he was slowly losing the use of his limbs as they were withering away. Lepers were not only shunned but regarded as “already dead” even by their relatives. The Jewish law forbade anyone from touching or approaching a leper, lest ritual defilement occur. In order to be reconciled with the larger community a leper must be proven to be “clean”.
In one way or another we are all lepers seeking God’s help. What we need to do is identify our sickness and with trust, we humble ourselves before God and ask for help. God knows what we need better than we do. Be healed and cleansed!
Why do we have to confess our sins to a priest? Can’t we just pray to God for forgiveness? If I sin but no one is affected then can I say, “no harm, no foul?”
These questions and more are answered in this edition of “Sacraments 101,” a web video series geared for those who’d like an introduction or refresher course on these important, tangible Catholic experiences of God.
The Sacrament of Penance (aka Reconciliation) is one of the healing sacraments, and celebrates the loving embrace of God when we turn toward him and away from our sins.
Read more from this series | Busted Halo: here
CathFamily – February 2015 edition features the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The third part in the series from the Missionaries of God’s Love, an Australian Order of priests and religious sisters and brothers.