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Applications are invited for the role of Parish Support Officer, part of the Parish Support and Development Team located at the Polding Centre, Sydney. For further information, the advertisement for this role can be viewed at https://catholicjobsonline.com.au/jobs/parish-adviser-parish-support-and-development-sydney.
MenAlive and the Young Men of God Movement (YMG) have united to host a life changing event for men. The conference will bring the very best of MenAlive’s hugely successful MAX conference, and the unrivalled strength of the Young Men of God National Conference. There will be great speakers, worship, prayer, sacraments, sports and brotherhood time. Be inspired, be transformed. This will be an extraordinary event that is not to be missed! To register go to menalive.org.au or ymgmovement.org. 19-21 October. Promotional Link: https://youtu.be/e19HV5mUW2Q.
Next week on The Journey, we reflect on the Gospel of Mark, Sr Hilda shares her Wisdom from the Abbey with “The unexpected Gift”, The Peaceful Parent, Marilyn Rodrigues reminds us to have “Realistic Expectations of Ourselves”, and we are encouraged by Bruce Downes, The Catholic Guy of the importance of “Deeper Prayer”. Our music this week is a gentle reminder of the amazing Christian music artists we are lucky to have on our program and it is where faith, hope, love and life come together in the Journey. Go to WWW.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.
The “Word of God” is also called “Good News” or in Greek εὐαγγέλιον • (euangélion). Reading the gospel of this weekend, especially the passage:
“ …if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell” (Mark 9:45-47).
I stopped for a while and thought: “is this what we call good news? Isn’t it that good news brings joy, peace, comfort and hope?” These couple of questions were with me for a couple of days until I had a great opportunity to be in solitude at Mount Schoenstatt Spirituality Centre in Mulgoa last Thursday afternoon. I brought up these two questions in my prayer. Then I felt strange that my memory went to a man who was my parishioner in 1993. At that time, I had some differences with some parishioners and I tended to show my “power” in dealing with them. I was even a bit arrogant which did not help to solve the problem, instead it made things worse. This wise man had the courage to talk to me and in our conversation he “challenged” me by saying: “Father probably you did not pray enough”. I was shocked with this kind of comment. I did not say anything but after sometime I realized that my prayer life was really dry. He had shot a bullet into my very “core issue”. And his “challenge” had become good news for me to shape up and be renewed.
At the end of my prayer in Mulgoa, I came to realize that “Good news is about peace, joy, comfort and hope, but also a challenge to bring the best out of oneself”. Jesus’ words today are not a condemnation or curse, instead they challenge us to shape up and to bring the best out of ourselves for the better world.
A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land
Today we celebrate Social Justice Sunday. This year, the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is titled: A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land. The Statement challenges us all to confront Australia’s growing rate of homelessness and unaffordable housing.
Copies of the Statement are available in the church foyer; pick up your copy today.
For for further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website (www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au) or call (02) 8306 3499.
Join us next Saturday, 6th October at 3pm in the Rosary Room for the Rosary followed by afternoon tea. Children welcome.
A Healing Mass, followed by morning tea, will be held at OLR Church on Thursday 4th October at 10:30am. There will be a sit down Morning Tea in the Foyer of the Church after the Mass.
If you can help with transport to and from Mass please contact Jan on 0407 218 072.
‘A Place to Call Home: Making a Home for Everyone in our Land’
Come and join us for our last Social Justice Gathering of the year! We will have speakers on a variety of topics related to the 2018-2019 Social Justice Statement, ‘A Place to Call Home: Making a Home for Everyone in our Land’. Speakers will talk about the problems surrounding rough sleeping, practical steps one take and stories of successes. There will also be time to renew or begin relationships with social justice representatives from other parishes. We will also have copies of the Statement and practical resources to take home with you. 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. WHEN: Saturday 20th October 2018, 10:30 for11:00am-3:30pm. WHERE: St Columba’s Parish Hall, 213 Elswick St, Leichhardt North. COST: Free. RSVP: Essential for catering: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 9307 8465.