Interested in becoming a Catholic?
Sacraments For Children
What, when and how to go about it?
Jump in and join our youth group (Yrs 7-10)
Subscribe to our Newsletter
What Jesus said in today’s gospel is a reminder for us clergy and religious like the scribes and the Pharisees to do what we preach. As a prophetic peacemaker, Jesus challenges those who pervert religion into an opportunity to gain personal honor, glory and power. This message could be interpreted as condemnation or criticism or invitation of Jesus to be consistent in what we say and what we do especially in relation to other people under our care.
This message is very important for those who are in charge of the care of others like parents, teachers and public servers. We may find some examples of those who do not do what they say. I quote what the Daily Telegraph reported on the 1st November 2017: “Former roads minister Michael Daley will have his licence suspended after he was caught driving 78km/h on the Eastern Distributor on August 8 — a whopping 38km/h over the limit as there were roadworks at the time. In 2009, when he was roads minister, Mr Daley introduced the demerit points scheme that means a driver caught speeding 31km/h to 45km/h over the limit receives “a three- month suspension, five demerit points and a $647 fine”.
How could we apply this message to us as a community? It is easy to read today’s Gospel and start pointing fingers at others. Of course, I can point a criticizing finger at all the officials I know, political, religious or otherwise. But let me ask the question: am I so different from them? It is important that I see how this applies in my own life. The Gospel is addressed to ME. How touchy am I about the way people treat me, especially if I have some title or responsibility, even if it is just that of a parent or teacher? Respect cannot be demanded — it must be earned. WE NEED TO LIVE THE FAITH WE PROFESS. For me personally this is an invitation for renewal of my life as a priest, trying my best to be consistent with what I have promised as a religious priest and what I do in my life.
This Sunday we welcome Year 3 and their families to Mass. After Mass there will be a cake stall to raise funds for the school.
Kindergarten M – Religious Education
The first unit explored by Kindergarten this Term was K.7 God’s Creation. This unit explores the wonder and beauty of God’s creation. It presents creation as God’s gift to God’s people and a reflection of God’s goodness. The children listened to and responded to the creation story. Prayers of praise for creation and ways to care for it were introduced and discussed. The story of Noah and the Ark is also explored. The students will be able to listen to the story and retell the story using the Noah’s Ark Godly play set.
The Cemetery Mass for the deceased will be celebrated in the South Chapel, Eastern Suburbs Memorial Gardens & Crematorium, Botany, on Saturday, 11 November 2017 at 11 am.
With just over a month to go before the Australian Catholic Youth Festival kicks off in Sydney, Pope Francis has sent a message to Australia’s young people assuring them of his prayers and spiritual closeness and his hope that the festival will be an occasion for them to “deepen their relationship with the Lord”.
Imparting an apostolic blessing, he wrote that he hoped “the graces of this meeting may increase in young people the desire to recommit themselves to daily prayer, to reading of the Sacred Scriptures, and to a faith-filled participation in the Eucharistic Sacrifice. In this way, the festival will be an occasion for young Catholics of the nation to deepen their relationship with the Lord and to offer the Church and society the message of faith which is a ‘flame that grows stronger the more it is shared and passed on, so that everyone may know, love, and confess Jesus Christ, the Lord of Life and History’,” the Holy Father wrote.
Pope Francis sees Catholic youth around the globe as essential to the new evangelisation called for by all popes of the last several decades. He commended all present throughout the festival and their families to the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church.
For more information about the ACYF, visit www.acyf.org.au.
Are you looking for a different way to start the new year? Maybe to meet some new people, get fit and conclude the Christmas season on a spiritual high? The Epiphany Pilgrimage is a 7 day, 110 km Catholic pilgrimage through the Blue Mountains which coincides with the Feast of the Epiphany in early January. The pilgrimage begins at Our Lady of the Way Parish in Emu Plains on January 2 2018 and finishes at the Chapel of the Magi at the top of the mountains in Bell on January 8 2018. Throughout the journey pilgrims walk through the beautiful Blue Mountains bushland and engage in daily Mass and Adoration at each of the six parishes along the route. For further information and to register see www.epiphanypilgrimage.org or for general information and current news see https://www.facebook.com/epiphanypilgrimage/ journey in faith. encounter the Christ-Child. live for Him.
The Archdiocese of Sydney’s Encore Rome Pilgrimages is offering a competitive land tour package to Rome at $500 off the normal price. Starting from Rome on 18th January, the 7-night Encore Rome Pilgrimage which will be led by Father Tom Carroll, has been designed for people who may have been to Rome before and offers inclusions such as the Mamertine Prison, St Peter in Chains Church, Borghese Gardens, Scavi tour, Vatican Gardens, Castel Gandolfo and much more. Price starts from $1,790 per person.
Hurry, registrations must close soon so phone for a brochure on 1800 753 959 or go to www.romepilgrimages.com.
Why do Catholic Christians commemorate the dead during the month of November? Abbot Odilo of the great French Abbey of Cluny introduced the festival of All Souls in 998 for members of his own religious order. Later, in the 14th Century, All Souls was adopted by Rome for the entire church. It is dedicated to the memory of all the faithful departed. All Saints Day and All Souls Day set the tone for the month of November. All Souls are our family and relatives, our neighbors and friends, our ancestors that “cloud of witnesses” who accepted the godly realism of their lives, shared it with others already on earth, and continue to do so now before the throne of the Lamb in heaven.
For this reason, they are truly blessed, and give us a reason to hope, to believe, to struggle and to live. The feast of All Souls and the month of November is a source of consolation for each of us. The consoling doctrine of the Communion of Saints allows us to feel ever close to those who have died and gives us much hope in moments of despair and sadness. The holy souls in purgatory see ever more clearly what we intuit from afar. They are already within reach of eternal life, the loving arms of Jesus; but they are not yet closely within his embrace. The sting of death has been removed, but they are still sensing the pain of love which only complete union with Jesus can heal. The healing process is accomplished by the same love which makes the separation momentarily very painful. Our prayers for the faithful departed increase faith and love within us; they draw us to look upon the Son with ever greater longing.
In a very moving, personal reflection on his imminent death in 1996, the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago wrote the book “The Gift of Peace” several weeks before going to God. At the end of his personal testament he wrote:
“Many people have asked me to tell them about heaven and the afterlife. I sometimes smile at the request because I do not know any more than they do. Yet, when one young man asked if I looked forward to being united with God and all those who have gone before me, I made a connection to something I said earlier in this book.
The first time I traveled with my mother and sister to my parents’ homeland of Tonadico di Primiero, in northern Italy, I felt as if I had been there before. After years of looking through my mother’s photo albums, I knew the mountains, the land, the houses, the people. As soon as we entered the valley, I said, “My God, I know this place. I am home.” Somehow I think crossing from this life into eternal life will be similar. I will be home.”
Let us spend our earthly pilgrimage filling our minds with the thoughts of heaven, so that when we finally cross over into eternal life, the images we see may not be foreign, startling or strange. Let us pray that we, too, may be able to say: “My God, I know this place. I am home.”
Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B.,
C.E.O., Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation
Once again we welcome Fr Adrian Meaney msc who will say all the weekend Masses while Fr Alo continues his annual leave. Fr Alo will be back on deck from Thursday 2nd November.