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How do we renew our pastoral structures to draw and give life in the post Royal Commission Church? In what ways are we called to move forward and strengthen our ministries to serve the mission of Jesus Christ?
The day includes networking with ministry leaders around NSW and two opportunities to engage with a variety of workshops with on the ground practitioners who offer strategies for renewing and strengthening our pastoral mission.
Conference Rates: Early Bird $65 (booking made prior to 17 December 2018). Normal rate $75 (bookings after 17 December 2018). Dooleys Catholic Club Lidcombe. Tuesday 26th February 2019 / 9.30am To 4.30pm.
(1st Sunday of Advent)
Tuesday is my day off. Last Monday I decided to travel by train to Newcastle on Monday afternoon and spend over night there with a bit of reflection before entering into the Advent season. The next day, I went to the beach and had quiet time and reflection at the beach. It was great opportunity to encounter with my own self and God. It was indeed a great time to be with myself and to be myself before God. My reflection during that time was not so much about my ministry in the parish, but mostly about whom I am now and what God expects me to be.
Coming to the Advent season people tend to look forward to Christmas and it is true. Advent is indeed a preparation for the Lord’s coming (Christmas). However, looking towards Christmas can take us away from the present moment of Advent. While I am writing this reflection I recall the words of the parishioners, I met a few years back saying: “We spend so much time looking towards the future and contemplating the past, meanwhile we live in the present moment. The danger is that we are not aware of what is going on NOW”. We can miss the point of enjoying the present moment.
Last Tuesday, I really enjoyed my present moment with myself and God with the spirit of gratitude. I felt fresh, rejuvenated and energised. During the dinner with the “family group” of the parish on the same day some people gave the same comment on me: “You looked fresh”. I smiled at them with sense of happiness and whispered to my own heart: “I know the secret. Being myself and enjoy the present moment”.
This Sunday we begin our new liturgical year (C). This Sunday is the first Sunday of the four weeks of Advent. It is a rich and powerful season of the Church year. This is the time of “WAITING” but also a “time to be ALERT with ourselves”, time of RETREAT for the whole church.
Jesus is inviting us to take our time to encounter ourselves. He says: “Take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down …… praying that you may have strength ………to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:34-35).
Enjoy your four weeks time of retreat. God bless you.
Volunteers and friends from Cana Communities will be with us this weekend seeking our help. Cana Communities provide family-type support for people from the streets. Cana Communities is one of the largest providers of crisis beds in the inner city. They will be holding an appeal at all Masses this weekend. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Even if you don’t donate, they would love to tell you about their community.
Each Christmas we like to invite the children of Our Lady of the Rosary to help decorate our Church. Today we have handed out packs for the children who attend Kids Church. At the back of the Church there are more drawings that can be coloured in and the children are welcome to add stickers or shapes you may have at home. Once your child has finished their decoration, please leave it in the Christmas box at the back of the Church so we can hang it up for them.
Thank you for helping us prepare our Church for the arrival of the baby Jesus.
Blessings from the Kids Church Team xo
Our Giving Tree has arrived in the Church this weekend. This year we are helping those in need at Christmas through St Vincent de Paul. Please take a tag from the tree and purchase a gift for someone who may receive nothing this year. The Vinnies team also encourage you to purchase a gift card instead of an actual gift – they are easier to transport and distribute. Gifts cards might be $10 or $20 or greater and from places like Kmart, Coles, Big W, Woolies etc. Please place your gift or gift card UNWRAPPED and in a gift bag under the tree. Please note that gifts should be for adults. There are spare empty gift bags under the tree if you don’t have one. Thank you for your generous support at this time of year. It is greatly appreciated.
Advent has begun this weekend and we have begun rehearsing for our Kids Christmas Carols. This year we are performing two carols: Little Drummer Boy and Silent Night. Please encourage your children to practise at home. Word sheets are at the back of the Church if you need them. The children will be performing at the 6pm Christmas Eve Family Mass. We will also be performing a small enactment of the Christmas Story.
Next week on The Journey, the Gospel reflection is from the Dioceses of Wollongong Advent reflection booklet, Marilyn Rodrigues, The Peaceful Parent reminds us of the importance of “One On One Time” and the Pirolas in their “Smart Loving” God spot encourages us to make a change for the better. Our music selection goes hand in hand with our Journey Catholic Radio program, where faith hope, love and life come together. Go to WWW.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.