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This weekend marks the annual appeal. In Pope Francis we have a truly inspirational leader who leads not only in words but in deeds. Here is a humble servant of God who demonstrates the practice of his faith through his mercy, compassion and generosity. His global charitable causes reflect this genuine commitment to help the least of our brothers and sisters. Your donation to the Holy Father’s Appeal would be greatly appreciated, and our parish thanks you for your generous partnership in our common mission.
First Eucharist Enrolments are being taken. Please refer to the Parish Website for details.
A Healing Mass followed by Morning Tea, will be held at OLR Church on THURSDAY 2 JULY at 10:30am. Please pass on this information to neighbours, or people you know who are housebound or unwell. The Mass and Morning Tea provide an opportunity, particularly for the elderly, to stay connected with our Parish Community. Transport, if required, is provided to and from the Church. Please contact Maria at the Parish Office.
Wed 1st July 2015 7.30pm – 9pm at the PADDINGTON RSL CLUB, 220 – 232 Oxford St, Paddington, opposite the Town Hall. Topic: “Creating Life – choices and implications?” Discussing surrogacy. Speakers: John Pascoe Chief Judge, Federal Circuit Court; and Jane Jeffries, Executive Producer, ABC Religion Network. Donation entry. Info Marea 0414 873 910.
There are two MSC confreres of mine that I met recently. One of them is physically not well and the other is going to celebrate his 100 years of age in October 2015. Both of them are very devout religious who have a very good spiritual life. I remember these two confreres while I was praying for family friends who are looking for a property to buy. I and my two confreres are having similar spiritual journeys where in the stage of struggle question the presence of God. The one who is unwell saying: “I don’t know what God is doing. I have been asking for healing but there is no sign of it”. The older confrere said: “You know I feel embarrassed every time I am about to celebrate my birthday especially in the last ten years. I questioned God whether my name is still in his list as one of the living creatures or not. Sometimes I think that God forgets that I am still alive. I am healthy but I am too old to keep going. I would like God to call me soon”. When I prayed for my friends’ intention for buying property, I was frustrated as well because God seems “asleep” and doesn’t listen to my prayers. I and my two other confreres have been following God in religious life for many years and yet still complain for we think that God is asleep and doesn’t care. It is like the disciples who complained: “Teacher, you do not care if we perish?” (Mark 4:38).
The Gospel of today is also speaking about the disciples of Jesus who have been following Jesus closely and trained by Jesus (physically, spiritually and mentally) and yet complained when they thought that Jesus was asleep in the middle of their struggles (facing natural disaster) of life. In those times we tend to think that God is asleep. We think that he doesn’t care or doesn’t pay attention to what we are asking for. Is it true that God is asleep? Is it true that he is not listening or not paying attention to our prayers? Looking at the experience of the disciples in the Gospel today, it might be true that Jesus physically was asleep. However he was present in the midst of their struggle. And spiritually we can say that the disciples and we are asleep for we are not aware or do not acknowledge his presence. That’s why Jesus said to his disciples and to me and my confreres: “Peace, be still…….Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” (Mark 4:39-41). Jesus firstly calms down our tension or anxiety by giving peace, and later when our hearts calm down he begins to chat with us in the hearts level. He began by questioning our faith which is about our understanding of his presence and his will. The disciples might realize later on that it wasn’t Jesus who was asleep but they were asleep for not recognizing his presence.
Do you recognize the Lord’s presence with you, especially when you are facing storms of adversity, sorrow, anxiety and temptation? Jesus gives us assurance of his presence by saying: “It is I, do not be afraid” There is a saying: “There is nothing to be feared but fear itself”.
There will be no Holy Hour in July. We look forward to seeing you on August 6th.
Our parish will be holding a special appeal next weekend for the Holy Father. The Holy Father’s Appeal supports Pope Francis’ charitable works around the world and is an important source of funding that allows the Church to extend its help to where it’s most desperately needed. Your support with this appeal would be greatly appreciated.
A Healing Mass followed by Morning Tea, will be held at OLR Church on THURSDAY 2 JULY at 10:30am. Please pass on this information to neighbours, or people you know who are housebound or unwell.
The Mass and Morning Tea provide an opportunity, particularly for the elderly, to stay connected with our Parish Community. Transport, if required, is provided to and from the Church. Please contact Maria at the Parish Office.