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The final Healing Mass for 2017 will be at OLR Church on Thursday 21 December at 10:30am. All welcome!
Following the Healing Mass there will be Morning Tea in the Foyer of the Church, a celebration of Christmas.
Come and join the Sisters on 25th December for Christmas dinner at 12 noon,OLSH Convent, 2 Kensington Rd Kensington. Please ring 9662 1777 as soon as you have decided. Transport available if necessary.
6 – 25 DECEMBER 2017 | 8.30PM-MIDNIGHT | Celebrate the season at Sydney’s most popular Christmas lights show
Join us at the annual Lights of Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral Square, in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, for a spectacular free sound and light show every night from Wednesday 6 December until Christmas Night 2017. Choirs will sing Christmas carols from 7.30pm, and the new sound and light show celebrating the season of peace, joy and goodwill will illuminate the huge 75m façade of St Mary’s Cathedral at 8.30pm and continue through until midnight. This event continues to capture the imagination of adults and children alike and is now firmly Sydney’s most popular Christmas lights show. For more details: http://lightsofchristmas.com.au/
All are welcome to join in St Mary’s Cathedral as we remember and pray for all those who have died and whose memory we cherish over the Christmas season.
Next week on the Journey, our Christmas Eve edition, we have our very own Bishop Peter Ingham sharing his Christmas message with us, Sr Hilda shares her Wisdom and wishes us Happy Christmas from the Nuns at Jamberoo Abbey, and during this very busy yet very Holy time, Marilyn Rodrigues, The Peaceful Parent, reminds us to Pray, Hope and Don’t worry. It has been our pleasure to bring you Journey Catholic radio this year, and look forward to 2018. God Bless and Merry Christmas. Go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.
ACYF was a great opportunity for us to deepen and strengthen our connection with God and others. It proposes engaging activities for the youth to keep our Catholic Faith alive. At ACYF the atmosphere was uplifting with so many passionate young people gathered as one. We were able to find what we love about the Catholic community and to get involved in Catholic envangelisation. Speakers such as Archbishop Maelona, Emily Wilson and Matt Maher were such an inspiration and made us realise the things we take for granted. The atmosphere during Adoration was good for our soul and a relaxing way to develop our faith. At ACYF we also had the opportunity to give back by packing bags for Vinnies Night Patrol. When we were packing the bags at the back of our minds we knew that we were making a difference – having been inspired by Steve Agrisano’s song ‘Go Make a Difference.’ We highly recommend those who are interested in attending ACYF to come to the next one in 2019! Michelle, Nadine and Jazel.
This weekend we are on the second week of Advent. Many things are happening this week. Apart from the euphoria of the Australian Youth Festival, we also had children from both primary school and high school graduating. Snez, the parish Youth Coordinator who is attending the Youth Festival with some of our young people, sent me a picture of the crowd at the stadium in Olympic Park. Snez said that there are about 19,000 young people from different parts of Australia gathered to express their faith and unity. This event gives us joy and hope.
For the graduation Mass of year six, they chose the Gospel of John quoting Jesus who gave his assurance of being with his disciples and all of us in our faith journey. Jesus also mentioned that the world wouldn’t recognize the presence of the Spirit. Therefore, we are to witness his presence. This is good news for the graduates and the youth, and at the same time he is commissioning us to proclaim his presence in the middle of this ignorant world (John 14:16-18).
This week also I remember how God is so faithful in my faith and vocation journey. Indeed, only by the grace of God I am able to reach 25 years of my priesthood life. A few years back when I attended some of my confreres’ 25th anniversary of priesthood I questioned myself whether I am able to reach 25 or not, thinking about my weaknesses and unworthiness. The more I think about my weakness and unworthiness; I came to feel the hidden strength within me that keeps me going. He is the one who called me and keeps calling me to follow him.
The gospel of this weekend tells us about John the Baptist who prepares the way for the Messiah. He is the “messenger of God”. Sometimes I think that I am one of the people in the crowd who is listening to the “messengers of God”. Those messengers are people around me who have taken part in my life’s journey. They remind me to be a better person for the Messiah. On the other hand, I sometimes in my ministry act like a messenger of God for people entrusted to me. We become messengers to one another.
While thanking God for loving me, I would like to thank everyone for being part of my journey. You are “messengers of God” to help me to grow maturely as a “disciple and messenger” of him. Many thanks and God bless you abundantly.
This year we have a Christmas Giving Tree in the Church. Currently located in the foyer of the Church. It reminds us that there are many individuals and families who will do without food and gifts at this time of year. You can help us make a difference to someone’s Christmas and spread a little joy. Please take a tag from the tree and purchase the gift detailed on the tag. Return it under the tree unwrapped, but in a gift bag please. Our St Vincent de Paul committee will be collecting your generous donations and distributing them to those who are really in need this Christmas. If you have any questions, please contact Jane on 0477 017 726.