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Last weekend we welcomed all the candidates who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation as a part of our Parish this year. The Confirmation Enrolment Mass was an opportunity for them to commit themselves in preparation to receive the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. Please pray for them as they undertake this spiritual journey.
Renovation on the new bathroom will commence immediately after Easter at a cost of $25-$30k and take about 6 weeks. The bathroom will be completely renovated for the first time since the Church was built in 1906 and include:
• doubling capacity of toilets (two toilets)
• large wash basin
• floor to ceiling tiles
• new lights
• new plumbing
• new entrance door
• new window
• external awning
• external rail support
You can still donate through the weekly collections in an envelope marked ‘OLR Church Bathroom Renovation’.
Special thanks so far to all parishioners that have donated materials, time or money towards the renovation, in particular:
Parishioner donations $1,680
Indonesian Community donation $2,000
Eka Adriani – Architect design
Classic Ceramic Tiles (Michael Scardilli)
The students in Year Three have been exploring Lent as a time of renewal. Students are learning how Lent is a time to reflect on the ways we can change and follow Jesus more closely through the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In the Gospels we have been identifying how Jesus gave himself for others. In the next few weeks the students will be given the opportunity to reflect on the events of Holy Week, in preparation for the great celebration of the Easter Triduum and Easter season.
Wed. 4th April 2018. 7.30 – 9pm at the PADDINGTON RSL CLUB 220-232 Oxford St, Paddington, opposite the Town Hall.
Topic: “Wounds and Vulnerability”
Speakers: Fr Jamie Calder sj, Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University – a registered and practicing psychologist whose clinical specialisation is with men recovering their lives from practices of violence and abuse; and Barry & Fay Dalton, who are active in Prison Ministry; Moderator: Sr Anne Jordan pbvm from CANA. Donation entry. Info Marea: 0414 873 910.
The MSC Mission Office Australia has already sent $20,000 but we would like to send $100,000. CAN YOU HELP?
At least 90 people have been killed, 500 Injured, and many thousands are displaced. Roads, bridges, airstrips have been destroyed. The infrastructure of over 30 parishes and 350 sub-stations in the Catholic Dioceses has been severely damaged. Schools – primary and secondary, health centres, presbyteries and convents, water tanks and churches are amongst those buildings that have suffered extensive damage. Let us reach out to our friends in need.
MSC Mission Office Inc. 1 Roma Avenue. Kensington NSW 2033. Donations to this appeal are Tax Deductible. Phone 9697 0983 Email: email@example.com, Website : www.mscmission.org.au.
When I was a little boy in the village, there were a set of rules that we had to obey if we didn’t want to be punished by God. Those rules were, going to pray every day in the church and not being late; once we were inside the church we shouldn’t say a word except prayer; we shouldn’t turn around and see the back side of the church. We should focus our eyes and minds on the tabernacle where the sacrament of the Body of Christ was kept. Turning your back on the tabernacle meant disrespect to Jesus. There were some other activities that before and after we did them, we should make the sign of the cross; passing through a church and statues of Jesus or saints, before and after meals, before going to bed and after getting up, before taking bath/shower, before swimming, before fishing and even when we went to the toilet etc. We were reminded by the school teachers that if we didn’t comply with those rules, we were committing sin and would be punished by God. The local authority and the pastoral council would become like the agents of God to spy on people and punish them when they didn’t comply with these rules. One day my two friends and I, (year 2 in primary school) went fishing instead of attending weekday Mass (There was no Mass every Sunday. People only had Mass once a month when the priest visited the village). We were caught by some villagers. They reported us to the local authority. We were then punished by the local council who told us to carry water from the well to fill the tank of the presbytery. It was about 1km in distance. We had to do that the whole day to fill the tank. While doing that, people mocked us as lazy ones who did not have faith.
It’s very obvious that what I experienced in the past of God was that of a punishing God, who condemned those who commit sin or made mistakes or failed. I am glad that I later found in my experience especially as an MSC that my God is not a punishing God but a “Loving and Compassionate” God. My faith in the early years was based on fear. After being liberated I felt that my faith was not based on fear but on “love”. God loves me so much, and I have experienced that love. I do things not based on fear to be condemned and punished but out of Love that liberates.
The Gospel of this weekend is clear: “God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved” (John 3:16-17). This message is really comforting. It’s because he loves the world. Some people may ask, ‘what about judgment that was also mentioned in some other parts of the Scriptures’? Judgment is not so much about something that will be executed in the future, but it happens now. When we do things that hurt others or contrary to life-giving, we may feel something that is not right within us. The judgment happens in our heart when we feel uneasy with ourselves. This is the kind of “judgment” that Lent invites us to.