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“Join Kylie Cullen from the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity as she helps us to Discover the Prophets and Open the New Testament.” Tuesday, 14 July to 01 September 2014. Discovering the Prophets (6.30-8.00pm) and Opening the New Testament (8.15-9.45pm). $110 for one course or $200 for both courses. 3 Keating St Lidcombe. Enquiries – (02) 9646 9010, firstname.lastname@example.org , www.caec.com.au.
For the past 15 years, Ana Corpuz has dedicated so much of her time and effort into preparing and co-ordinating beautiful liturgies for the Big Kids Church Mass which took place on the last Sunday of each month. The Kensington Parish Community thank you Ana, for your many years of commitment and service to the parish and to Big Kids Church.
Explore the four Gospels with biblical experts from the School of Theology at Australian Catholic University: Rev Prof Francis Moloney SDB, Dr Laurie Woods, Dr Alan Cadwallader and Dr Emmanuel Nathan. Wednesday 5, 12, 19 and 26 August 2015. 6.30-8pm, with refreshments from 6pm. ACU Strathfield Campus (25A Barker Road, Strathfield, NSW 2135). Fee: $40. Registration is essential and closes Friday, 31 July. This course consists of four public lectures meant for parishioners and a general audience. It does not involve any assessment. More information at: www.acu.edu.au/theology/shortcourses or contact: Emmanuel.Nathan@acu.edu.au.
Ever wondered what it is like to live in community as a sister, brother or religious priest? Young people who are thinking of religious life and priesthood are invited to come along to get some answers to their questions. A panel of Marists (brothers, sisters and priests) will be available to respond to the questions raised. Soup, bread rolls and coffee/tea will be available. The first session will take place from 6.30pm on 16 June in the Crypt at St Patrick’s, 20 Grosvenor Street, The Rocks. Please ring 9254 9855 for further enquiries.
Move to the Eastern Suburbs…Daceyville (Kingsford) Parish of the Archdiocese of Sydney has available a 1-bedroom unit in their Foley Gardens Retirement Village. Close to Prince of Wales hospital and amenities. Please ring Parish Office on 02 9349 1292 for terms and conditions.
The feast of the Body and Blood of Christ that we are celebrating this Sunday brought me to a reflection on how Jesus gave his own life to his people. There are few things to be reflected in relation to this feast. A few years ago when I was just newly ordained, I lived in a small parish. On one Christmas Eve, there was a phone call from a person who belonged to another nearby parish. She asked if I could have time to anoint her son who was dying in the hospital. She said that she had been ringing his parish priest and some other priests but everyone was busy preparing for Christmas Eve mass. She begged that I would make an effort to come to anoint her son. It was just ten minutes before the mass in my parish started. I asked the sacristan to let people know that the mass
would be delayed for this reason. From the presbytery I could hear some people were not pleased with the delay. The mass finally was celebrated after one hour delay. It was interesting that even though some people complained and yet no one left the church at that time.
No doubt I strongly believe and feel the presence of Jesus every time I celebrate the Eucharist. And my spiritual life is growing through celebrating mass and some other liturgical celebrations. Focusing on the presence of Jesus in the mass and the Most Blessed Sacrament shouldn’t prevent us from seeing his presence in those poor, sick, marginalized and the needy ones. This understating has led me to leave the congregation who were ready for mass and attended to the need of the desperate woman who was seeking a priest to anoint her dying son. This decision was done with the risk of being bullied by some people who had set their schedule for family gathering after mass on that Christmas Eve. As I strongly believe the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, I strongly believe his equal presence in the people around us. Jesus himself said: “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers (and sisters) of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me” (Matt 25:40).
Therefore this feast reminds us of Jesus giving his own life to us in a very personal way through the Blessed Sacrament, people around us as well as our experience of personal spiritual encounter with him. Let us contemplate these significant ways of his presence and ask him to draw us to live in his presence. My story above continues with the great news during the mass. The sacristan came to the altar with a piece of paper saying that the person whom I anointed just passed away half an hour after I left the hospital. His mother was grateful for being able to minister her son, and she asked that I may pray for the deceased. I did pray for him and the congregation was really touched with the news. Some said after mass that I had made a good decision to attend to him and they were really pleased to hear that he was anointed before leaving for eternal life. I spontaneously remembered what I was saying in the Eucharistic Prayer quoting the words of Jesus: “Do this in memory of Me”. It is great news for us when we do good things for others and sometimes with the risk of being hurt. However when we do those good things with love and for the life of others, we do that in remembrance of HIM.
Are you a young adult Catholic (18-35) wondering what direction you want to take in life? If you are why not come along to our Vocations’ Retreat at Mount Carmel Retreat Centre (SW Sydney) on July 24th-26th. If you want more information or to speak with one of the team giving the retreat contact the Centre: 02 8795 3400
Celebrating the contribution of refugees and asylum seekers. The Asylum Seekers Centre is holding an evening of stories, music and inspiration on Thursday 18 June from 6.30-8.30pm in Lower Town Hall. Guest speakers will include
Thomas Keneally, Hugh Mackay and artist Wendy Sharpe. Asylum seeker Gerald Magala Mukiibi and refugee Prosper Gateretse will share their stories and there will be entertainment by singer songwriter Miriam Lieberman. Tickets are $10, please visit asylumseekerscentre.org.au for more information and tickets.