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Forced & Early Marriage. Come and learn more about this issue and its occurrence in Australia. We can make a difference in our communities. Wednesday, 14 October 2015 at 7.00pm. St Joseph’s Parish, Enfield, 126 Liverpool Rd (Baker St Carpark Entrance) – School Multipurpose Centre. For more details phone 9747 4884 or refer to the notice board in the church foyer.
Australian Catholic University is holding a panel on Monday, 12 October 2015 to bring together Catholic and other perspectives to explore the topic of marriage in a respectful conversation. 6pm to 7.30pm North Sydney Campus, Ryan Auditorium, 40 Edward Street, North Sydney. The panel will be moderated by ACU Vice Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven and will hear from: Bishop Peter Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay; Paul Kelly, Editor at Large, The Australian; The Hon Kristina Keneally, Adjunct Professor and Director for Gender Inclusion at Macquarie University and former NSW Premier; and Tim Wilson, Australian Human Rights Commission. Members of the audience will be given the opportunity to submit questions to the panel. Register your attendance at: www.acu.edu.au/marriagesydney. Seating will be limited so people are encouraged to register to attend as soon as possible.
The Catholic Institute of Sydney (CIS) – 99 Albert Rd, Strathfield will hold its annual Information Evening on Friday, 30 October at 6.00pm. It is an opportunity to learn about the courses taught at CIS. A course in theology will allow you to delve deeply into the rich Catholic philosophical and theological tradition. It is an opportunity to develop and deepen your faith. It will also equip you for service and ministry in the Church.
The 2016 Veech Lecture at the Catholic Institute of Sydney will be held on Thursday, 15 October 7.30-9.00pm. The lecturer will be Rev Dr James McEvoy, a priest of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, and lecturer at the Adelaide campus of Australian Catholic University. The title of the lecture will be “The Conversation’s the Thing: The Gospel in Australian Culture”. The lecture coincides with the ending of the Second Vatican Council fifty years ago, and the publication of its final document, “The Church in the Modern World”. The Catholic Institute of Sydney is at 99 Albert Rd Strathfield.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has released a Smartphone App for parishioners in the Archdiocese, featuring parish Mass times, the latest news from the Archdiocese of Sydney and the Catholic Church in Australia, information about upcoming Archdiocese events, as well as announcements from Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney. Download the App for free – search for “Archdiocese of Sydney” in the Google Play and App stores.
This year many couples asked me to do their weddings. Every time I prepare myself for a wedding I tend to reflect on my own call as a religious priest. Many times I think that religious life is the only way of life that called “consecrated life”. Lately I strongly believe that married couples also are “consecrated people” in family life. While thinking about my own vocation, in one hand I am grateful to my own call, but the other hand I admire those couples for being so truthful and taking risk to decide to live together for the rest of their life.
Today’s gospel is about “marriage”. Husband and wife are united by God in love. They are to love one another as Jesus has loved them. And Jesus once again said: “But from the beginning of creation, `God made them male and female.’ `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mark 10: 6-9). Jesus’ words are very challenging ones. The couples are to find ways to protect, maintain and support their union of marriage. Sometimes it seems to be easy but there are times they may struggle to do this mission. In difficult times they are required to seek God’s help, for he is the one who unites them. And the prayer is one of the ways of being in touch with God. Blessed Pope John Paul II once said: “The family, who prays together, stays together”.
It is good to know what Pope Francis said about family in his recent to USA. I may quote one of the events when Pope spoke about family:
“In his homily to the bishops, clergy, and consecrated men and women from Pennsylvania gathered for Mass, Pope Francis stressed the call that each and every baptized man and woman has to serve the Lord and build up the Church. Toward the end of his remarks, the pope’s attention turned once again to the World Meeting of Families, and he encouraged the leaders in attendance “to reflect on our ministry to families, to couples preparing for marriage, and to our young people.” Acknowledging the good work already being done in the local Churches “to respond to the needs of families and to support them in their journey of faith,” the Holy Father asked his listeners to pray fervently for families, as well as for the upcoming Synod on the Family” (Reported from the visit of Pope on Saturday, September 26: Philadelphia, PA – MASS – CATHEDRAL OF STS. PETER AND PAUL).
The family who is united will ensure the feeling of acceptance and protection of the “little ones” (Mark 10:14-16).
A very grateful thank you to you all for your prayers and generous practical assistance to our family, as we care and support our brother James, during this precious time.
From the Maher Family.