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This Sunday and the following Sunday our children are joining us at the table of the Lord for the first time. They will receive their First Holy Communion. It is a great moment of sharing our communion with God and with one another.
While writing this reflection, I am inspired by the first reading of daily mass of Friday 26th October 2018. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians mentions about the differences as a fact of our life. However, the important thing is not about the differences, but how to see beyond the differences. And it was very clear that beyond the differences there is one body, one Lord, one faith and one baptism (Eph 4:1-6). These are things that unite us.
The gospel reading of this weekend, informing us of a blind man who desired to see again. When Jesus asked what he wants, he made it clear: “Master, let me see again”. I suppose that Jesus was showing his compassion towards Bartimaeus based on his own feeling of being part of Bartimaeus’ journey of life. Jesus’ compassion shows that he is suffering with Bartimaeus. Every time I hear a parishioner is sick, I can’t help but feel like I’m a part of that person’s journey. It is disturbing and unpleasant but I thank God for that kind of feeling, because I feel like I am being united with that person. I cannot do anything about it except finding my time to visit and put that person’s name on my list for prayer.
I hope that the moment of celebration of the First Holy Communion would be a time to celebrate our communion with God and to one another not just “liturgically” but also in our daily living. Last Sunday in my homily when I shared about “clericalism” and read the letter of apology from my provincial, some of you might have seen that I was moved, saddened and in tears. After mass, some parishioners approached me and showed their love, caring and support. I experienced huge amounts of support from you. In my sharing with our MSC Community last week, I said: “In the middle of our brokenness and failures, there is enormous amount of support of our people who love us”. This is another way of sharing our communion with the suffering members and suffering Lord. Once again thanks for being so supportive. When we are united, we will be strong.
The Month of November is a time of special remembrance of those who have died.
We invite you to write in our Book of Remembrance the names of your deceased family and friends that your wish to remember. We will prayer for them during the month of November.
Offerings can be dropped off at the Parish Office, given to Fr Alo or to Fr Khoi.
Join us on Saturday 3rd November at 3pm in the Rosary Room for the Rosary followed by afternoon tea. Children welcome.
Our Lady Of The Rosary school is hosting a family fun day on Saturday, 10 November from 3pm to 7pm. The event is open to the whole community and we hope to see many of our parishioners come along to support the school.
The afternoon will offer something for everyone:
lots of fun rides for all ages
exciting games and activities
tasty food stalls
coffee and ice cream carts
amazing prize draws to be won!
We hope to see you all there.
We are in need of extra people to take Communion to the Sick in their homes. It involves no more than one hour a month, following the 9:30am Mass.
For those who have completed the Eucharistic Minister training please give some consideration to this very important Parish Ministry. Contact Maria: 9663 1070.
JOY OF COMMITMENT – SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER 2018
God of love, We ask that all married couples are faithful to each other, honouring and keeping their promise to love, through both good times and bad times. Help us to always be witnesses of your love and joy in the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Next weekend is a great opportunity for you to help out your parish in a meaningful way by supporting one of its charitable appeals. The Charitable Works Fund (CWF) is the premier charity of the Sydney Archdiocese, covering social and pastoral services, education and training, and advocacy services to all sections of your community – regardless of race, religion or social status. Your gift will help someone in your community who could use a helping hand or be given better opportunities, so please give generously. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible, thank you.
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary,
Stage 3W would like to share some of our learning in Religion with you so far this term. We have been very busy learning how to be more like Jesus through the RE unit Reign of God. Every person created in the image of God has dignity and worth. Jesus calls us to act with justice and love. The spirit of God empowers us to continue the mission of Jesus. Through baptism we are called to live the Christian way of life. Please pray for us as Term Four begins and as Year 6 are in their final term and we will make sure our parish ministers and community are included in our class prayers at school.
Yours in Christ,
Aaliya, Alex, Audrey, Camilla, Chantel, Charlie, Christian, Eva, Georgie, Holly, Jack, Joshua, Jovan, Laura, Lachlan, Madison, Marcus, Mary, Megan, Melissa, Mica, Nicolas E, Nicholas G, Stella, Trinity, Will and Miss Farrelly.