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Come and join us for our first Social Justice Gathering for 2018!
We will have panels of speakers on a variety of topics related to our theme for the day which will focus on solar energy and anti-slavery projects. There will be a mix of practical and informative sessions and time to renew or begin relationships with social justice groups from other parishes. We will also have some time to hear from existing leaders about how to start and run a social justice group in your parish. Our full line-up of speakers will be announced shortly!
There will be a delicious lunch and refreshments throughout the day. There is plenty of street parking and the venue is easily accessible by public transport as well.
All most welcome!
St Canice Parish has operated a soup kitchen – St Canice’s Kitchen – for the past
30 years. The kitchen serves meals every day to homeless and those in need. The kitchen is open 7 days a week for lunch and 1 night for dinner thanks to the generosity of its numerous volunteers and donors. For many years we have had a tradition where the Sunday lunch for the poor and homeless is provided by groups from other parishes throughout Sydney. It has proved to be a highly rewarding experience for them. The kitchen is currently in need of some new Sunday teams of volunteers (approximately 7 people each shift) to run a shift providing around 120 lunches and desserts and be available from 9am to 1.30pm (the kitchen is open from 11am to 1pm).
Kensington Parish already have a team serving but if anyone else is interested in starting a new team, please contact Lynelle Lembryk on 0403 795 381 to discuss.
Easter celebrations remind me of the ministry as priest to those who are dying and the families who have lost their loved ones. Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter) can become a mirror to our life till we reach the resurrection.
1. Dying: Facing someone who is dying is like the experience of “Holy Thursday”. People gathered around the dying person giving him or her assurance of their love, support and prayer. At the same time the family would like to attend to the needs of the dying person. Remember what Peter said to Jesus at the last supper when Jesus spoke about his betrayal? Peter said: “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will” (Matt 26:33). We know that Peter wouldn’t do anything to protect Jesus, like we who are powerless in facing the fact of our loved one dying. Like Jesus and his disciples there was a service among them: giving food and washing of the feet.
2. Death: The powerlessness would become worsen at the death of our loved one. Some people find it hard to accept the fact and even question God for the loss. Even Jesus himself was expressing his sadness by saying: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt 27:46). This is the experience of “Good Friday”. The disciples went away to where they came from before following Jesus. They were sad and did not see their bright future as they had imagined when they came to follow Jesus.
3. Words of Remembrance: Every time during a funeral and a member of the family of the deceased person gives “words of remembrance” people feel sad but at the same time make the person alive and people feel alive too with funny and touching stories of the deceased. This is the “Easter: resurrection”. The same thing happened to the disciples when they talked about Jesus on their way to Emmaus. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32).
The message for us today is that there are times of “Holy Thursdays, Good Fridays and Easter” in our lives. We ask Jesus of the Thursday to wash our feet and feed us with his body and blood. We ask Jesus of the Friday to fill our emptiness, calm our fear and sadness through his passion. We also ask Jesus of the Resurrection to give us light, life and hope of endless joy. Keep telling the stories of Jesus which will make him and us alive at the same time.
Join us on Saturday 7 April at 3pm in the Rosary Room for the Rosary followed by afternoon tea. Children welcome.
Have you ever considered supporting a seminarian as they prepare for their priestly ministry? The MSC Mission Office actively seeks to provide assistance to students in Vietnam, PNG, Fiji, Indonesia, Philippines, and many parts of Africa. As our reliance on overseas-born Priests increases (currently 1 in 4 across Australian parishes), we can do our part in ensuring that their formation and education is of the highest standard. Help us support the young men who have answered the call and chosen the path of priestly and religious life. They are the lifeline in maintaining the gift that is the Eucharist in our lives. For more information please contact email@example.com, Tel: 9697 0983 or place gifts in MSC Mission Office envelopes at the entrance to the Church. Thank you.