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If you or a person close to you has been abused by someone working or ministering within the Archdiocese of Sydney we invite you to contact us. We will listen to you respectfully, offer support and discuss the options you have available to you. Please contact the Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office on ph 02 9390 5812.
This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi. Every time we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, my immediate thought goes to the children who are to receive their First Holy Communion. They have a great sense of excitement and curiosity. Apart from the awareness that they are going to receive Jesus, they consistently ask about the taste of the ‘host’, which is natural for children their age. The term Corpus Christi (Latin) refers to the “Body and Blood of Christ” which is Christ’s life given for us. What does this feast mean for us?
Firstly, it refers to the celebration of the Eucharist, which we celebrate with Christ and the Christian community. This Eucharistic celebration is not just a memorial or remembrance of Jesus’ own suffering, death and resurrection, but also our own (and the community’s) experience suffering, loss/death, and resurrection. Secondly, it is a proclamation of Christ as the “Bread of Life” given for the world. Therefore, we as Christians are a community that are to be that life-giving bread for the world.
How can I personally be life-given for the world? Husbands, wives, and parents, when dedicating their lives to nurturing their families are life-givers. When priests or vowed-religious commit their life in totality for the service of others, they are life-givers. When a person working in public service carries out their duties with honesty and integrity, they are life-givers. When a student puts energy and time into their studies in preparation for a future of service beyond themselves, they are life-givers.
I know that we are all innately good people, and that we all try our best in our own way to be life-giving. May the Corpus Christi inspire us to continue being “Life-Givers” for the world.
Written by Rev Khoi Doan Nguyen msc
A Quiet Place Within is a collection of short reflections and poems that anyone – young and old, religious or spiritual – can read, reflect upon and absorb even amid the humdrum and busyness of everyday life. The writings are the result of years of praying, reflecting and contemplating on the ordinary experiences of life as well as the social and political issues of the day. Most of all, they reflect the author’s awareness of the delicate and gentle presence of the Divine within one’s heart and soul.
The author acknowledges that a gift with words is a special grace in his life, a precious gift because he believes that such words – expressed as reflections or as poems represent bread for his journey and the fruits for a reflective life.
He asserts the centrality of serious, daily reflections because he believes that without reflection, life is no longer worth living. Yet he acknowledges that reflection is not done only through our own ability and effort; it is always a gifted grace in which one sees everything in the light of God and understands everything according to the Spirit.
This book is offered as a practical help for the reflective life of the reader, not only for Christians but for anyone who searches for meaning and purpose in their everyday life; and for those who genuinely want to discover fresh ways of affirming the presence of God in our world.
Books available for sale from the Parish Office – $20 per book.
Last year, Our Lady of the Rosary did its part for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea by hosting this event after the 9:30am Mass on 28 May 2017. We were able to raise $345.50.
This year we’re hoping to get more people involved. It is expected that more than a million people across Australia will be having fun sipping their way through morning teas at work, school, home and in the community while helping raise funds for cancer research, prevention and support services for those affected by cancer.
This year, we at Our Lady of the Rosary of Kensington Parish Community will again show unity with the many members of this Parish whose lives have been affected by cancer. We are holding our morning tea on 10 June after the 9:30am Mass.
We hope that you will all be generous participants to this event by coming along, bringing your sweet morning treats and giving your donation in for a bigger and better outcome!
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Ana Corpuz on firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile number 0416 166 149.
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.
Father Peter Carroll, Chaplain at Long Bay Correctional Centre, is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to the inmates at the Downing Centre Sydney. Training and support will be provided for volunteers. If you would like to learn more about this ministry please come to our information session after the 11.30 Mass, 8th July at St. Mary’s Church 21 Swanson Street Erskineville.
Confirmation photos taken on Sunday 27th May 2018 at St Mary’s Cathedral are available from AdvancedLife. Orders for photography packages can be placed securely online at www.advancedlife.com.au using the online code QEK P4V VXR. Orders can be placed up until 6th June. For further information contact Parent Enquiry Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are invited to hear Bishop Vincent Long , an ardent supporter of Pope Francis, speaking about “the New Dawn of the Church” at ‘Winbourne’, the Edmund Rice Retreat and Conference Centre, 1315 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa 11.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturday 16th June 2018. Entry by donation. Registration 10.00 am. For further information contact Dennis Farrar 0425209840. Organised by the Passionist Family Group Movement.