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A wealthy business man and his wife whom I know personally had a big dream for their only daughter’s future. They had a dream that one day she would have a good husband who is interested in running the family business. To fulfill their dream, they sent their daughter to do her studies overseas in several countries like United States, Germany and Taiwan. The girl was remarkably intelligent. She got several degrees in different areas. However in Taiwan she came to know the Missionaries of Charity Congregation that was founded by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. After some long discernment, she then decided to join this congregation in Taipei. This community is focusing on serving poor and the sick, the dying, tramps, and orphans, in keeping the charism of Mother Teresa. Decision to join religious life was really a big shock for the parents who had a different dream. After a few years they came to realize their daughter’s call. In his will, the man donated three thirds of his wealth for any kind of charity, not necessary to his daughter’s congregation.
In today’s gospel Jesus once again calls himself as the “True Bread” that gives life to the world. Whoever eats this bread and believe in him will have eternal life (John 6:47-48). It is an invitation to us to attach ourselves to him if we desire to have life. This is similar to the parable of the “Vine” when Jesus describes himself as the vine and we are the branches. He says: “I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Jesus has given himself to us as our food for eternal life. He gave assurance that attached to him we will have life. In commissioning his disciples he said: “As the Father has sent me, now I am sending you” (John 20:21). Earlier he said: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you” (John 15:9) and “you may love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12).
Being a follower of Jesus means to live in his own sentiments and understanding. It was clear to us that he has given his life to us by loving us unconditionally, and now it is our turn to give our own life of own flesh to become food for others. The story above has shown that the daughter of the business man has become a bread of life for others. And not just herself but the parents as well have been involved in charity works for the poor and the needy ones. They have also become a bread of life for others. We may not have to become like them. We have our ordinary way of making ourselves “bread of life” for others. I may quote what Fr. Michael Fallon says in his homily of today: “We give our ‘flesh’ to someone when we give ourselves in all that it means to be part of the human condition. We give our flesh when we give our time, our activity, our energy, our work. We give our flesh when we give our real self in all its weakness. We give our flesh when we keep loving even when it causes us pain” (Michael Fallon MSC: Homily on 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday 16 August at 6pm – followed by pizza and games night in the Parish Hall.
We are not just the future of the church. We are the present.
Congratulations to all the young people who received the sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday night. May they continue on their faith journey as they experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN YEAR 1B
This Term, Year One are presented with stories from both the Old and New Testaments. The parables of the Kingdom – Yeast, Hidden Treasure and Precious Pearl – are told. From listening to these parables, students learn what the Kingdom of God is like – special, precious, beautiful and that it grows.
Then stories of ‘Joseph’ and ‘Moses and the Burning Bush’ are told. The unit develops the concept of the Bible as sacred, about people’s experiences of God and how God is involved in the life of people. In both the stories of Moses and Joseph, God calls the unexpected person. Both Joseph and Moses experience danger and God’s saving help. Through the actions of both, God saves Israel. It is not by their skill or power that Israel is saved but by the power of God. Students learn that we are all called to be instruments of God in living the covenant – in living the gospel.
Caroline Simons – Year 1B Class Teacher
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN YEAR 2B
In 2B this term, we are learning about the topics: Reflecting God’s Goodness and preparing to make our Sacrament of Reconciliation. Currently we are concluding: Reflecting God’s Goodness. This unit explores the concept of living as a follower of Jesus. It introduces Jesus’ commandment to love others as Jesus loved us. It draws on the children’s knowledge of stories about Jesus and of their experience of people who reflect God’s love. The unit introduces saints as ordinary people who reflected God’s goodness to the world and brought God’s love to others.
Year 2 will be making their Reconciliation in September. As a Parish community, we ask that you pray for us as we prepare to make our second sacrament.
Sarah Clayton Wilson – Year 2B Teacher
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CHRISTMAS FAIR – SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
From 10am – 3pm on Sunday 8 November the entire OLR school community invites you to spend the day at the OLR Christmas Fair. There will be • 7 Great Carnival Rides • Hot Food • Sweet Treats • Games • Face Painting • Entertainment • Devonshire Tea • Great Prizes • Christmas Crafts • Raffles. All funds raised will be used to update the reading resources used in the classrooms at OLR.
If you are interested in supporting the school in the lead-up to the Christmas Fair we would welcome your help. There are many ways you can get involved in The Christmas Fair. If you own a business, join other local businesses and supporters and become a sponsor. If you enjoy baking, join our group of Yr 3 parents and share your Christmas cake/pudding recipes. If you want a good day out, invite family/friends/local community members to join you at the Fair!
Presented by Bishop David Walker at The Centre for Christian Spirituality, Randwick. Dates: Wednesdays 12, 19, 26 August and 2 September, 7.00-8.30pm. Course Cost: $40 Limited Spaces- Bookings Essential. To register: http://trybooking.com/HYDB or Ph: 9398 2211.
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