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My name is Margaret Vella and I am from St Michael`s Mission Society at Hurstville. Your parish priest has kindly allowed me to come to your church on the 20th and 21st Feb. to tell you my story about the Mission`s in PNG. I will be bringing with me a great selection of wine which has been donated to our charity. You are more than welcome to receive a bottle of this superb wine by giving a donation of $10. I am looking forward to my visit to your parish.
At Our Lady of the Rosary, we are ‘People of the Heart’. We believe in the dignity of every human person, which means that we actively work towards building a just community, both local and global. Until we acknowledge that everyone is important, we have not achieved Jesus’ mission: ‘I have come that you may have life and have it to the full’ (John 10:10). In 6 Maroon this Term, we are exploring the unit: 6.1 The Reign Of God: Breaking down the Barriers. This unit is important because it links the living word of God in our own lives and times to the living word of God through the scriptures. Jesus broke down social barriers that prevented people from developing just and right relationships, both with God and with each other. It is important that we understand that relationships with other people reflect the reign of God on this earth. It is therefore necessary to identify the things that prohibit our relationships with each other, as these same things prohibit our relationship with God.
Mature aged non-smoking UNSW 1st year aviation student and mother of primary school age daughter is seeking (urgently) safe and secure accommodation within a reasonable proximity to the university. All accommodation types considered including share accommodation and house-sitting opportunities. Reference contacts available upon request. Please contact Deborah-Anne on 0263377024 or 0438 521 098 or email deb.mcgee20072gmail.com.
This week on The Journey we have a great program starting with a Gospel reflection for the 2nd Week of Lent from Fr Ken Cafe; we hear from Sr Hilda Scott OSB, Peter Gilmore challenges us with the old saying, “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.” Bruce Downes The Catholic Guy challenges not to follow the “wrong map” – Jesus is the Way, the truth and the life. We also get some great marriage advice from The Pirolas Smart Loving and Sam Clear in Walking the Walk. Go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.
Welcome back for those who just got back from holiday. It is good to have some time with the family especially when the children and grandchildren are on holiday from the school. A Special welcome back to Maria, the secretary of the parish who took one month off. You may have noticed that while Maria was away, we didn’t have a weekly bulletin for some time. While she was away, the website of the parish was not updated weekly as usual.
This weekend the Chinese community celebrates “Chinese New Year”, the year of Monkey. We wish them every blessing. We should remember also that this year has been announced by Pope Francis as the “Year of Mercy”. It reminds us to recall our experience of God as a Merciful Father that leads us to practice mercy in our daily lives. I hope that all the parish plans should be in the spirit of the Year of Mercy.
We are also coming closer to Lenten Season which begins with Ash Wednesday on 10 February 2016. Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP in his Lenten Penance Letter gives us some practical guidance in observing Lenten penance. I quote the last part of it:
Days of Penance
- Abstinence from meat, and fasting, are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. All who have completed their eighteenth year and have not yet begun their sixtieth year are bound to fast. All who have completed their fourteenth year are bound to abstain.
- On all other Fridays of the year including the Fridays of Lent, the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by performing any one of the following:
- Prayer – for example, Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to a church or chapel; reading the Bible; making the Stations of the Cross; praying the rosary.
- Self-denial – for example, not eating meat; not eating sweets or dessert; giving up entertainment to spend time with the family; limiting food and drink so as to give to the poor of one’s own country.
- Helping others – for example, special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened.
Each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This is to be done between Ash Wednesday, 10th February and Trinity Sunday, 22nd May 2016 unless for a good reason it is done at another time during the year. All the faithful are obliged to confess their grave sins at least once a year.
Interested in going to World Youth Day? Contact Snez for details. 0434 620 346