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St Aloysius’ College invites you to attend our biennial Open Day. We will demonstrate how St Aloysius’ educates young men of conscience, competence, compassion and commitment. This is an opportunity for you to tour our facilities and to meet our teachers and students, providing an insight into teaching and learning at St Aloysius’. A range of co-curricular activities including Sports, Drama, Music and Cadets will be on display, showcasing the well-rounded school experience the College offers. Staff and students will also be available to share with you the religious and spiritual life of the College, how we care for each student, and partner with their parents as they become “Men for Others”.
Junior School (Years 3 to 6): 9.30am – 12.00pm at 29 Burton Street, Milsons Point
Senior School (Years 7 to 12): 10.30am – 1.00pm at 47 Upper Pitt Street, Milsons Point
Bookings are not required. For further information, please visit the College website www.staloysius.nsw.edu.au or contact: The Registrar – Ph: 9936 5535 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that parking in the area is limited. The College encourages all guests to use public transport.
Is God our genie?
As a school boy I often prayed to God prior and during my exam times. In my innocence, I hoped that God would guide me to do well in my exams and I would get good results. Now as I look back on this, I see that I was picturing God as my magical genie in the famous cartoon movie, Aladdin, who could fulfil all my wishes. I’m sure it was just me imagining God that way!!!
The readings this weekend point out that the imagination of God as our genie is often the case for human beings. The Israelites saw God as a mere material provider for their physical needs – food in this weekend’s first reading and prior to and after this, in the book of Exodus, God provided them water to drink in the wilderness.
The crowds that followed Jesus to Capernaum had similar mentality. They saw Jesus as a genie that could work miracles to feed the multitude with so little. They wanted his miraculous power but not himself. Jesus pointed them to go beyond the miracle, the physical and material satisfaction, to recognise the sign revealing who he was. He was the Word Incarnate, the Word becoming flesh, the flesh that can feed us so we may grow in our maturity and relationship with the reality bigger than ourselves – God.
God at times (or most of the times) works through physical and material signs, not for the sake of fulfilling our physical and material needs and desires, but for the sake of relationship with Him/Her.
So when I prayed for good results for my exams back in my school time, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. The more I grew up, the lesser what I wanted in prayers has been satisfied. It is not because God doesn’t want to answer my prayers. God always answers our prayers, but not in the ways we might expect or hope for. But moreover, I have learnt that God is a lover who cannot be manipulated as a genie from the oil lamp, and I’m continuously called to learn to be in a loving relationship with God more than having all my desires and concerns solved and sorted miraculously. Relationship and shallow satisfaction are very different things.
Lots of people begin their faith journey by experiencing significant miracles that God gives them in their lives. But when these unbelievable miracles stop, their faith also starts to shake. That’s an indication that our faith basically relies on whether we are satisfied or not. And be sure, that’s not what faith is about, that’s not what God wants for us.
God wants to be our lover, a real lover, not our magical genie.
Br Khoi msc
Greetings from the MSC Mission Office Australia.
I am pleased to send links for the latest Mission Outreach newsletter on our web site. Visit the web site at http://www.mscmission.org.au/mission-outreach to View Online or download the PDF. Also, don’t forget to log in to our facebook page from time to time for updates. Please feel free to share with others.
Fr. Adrian F. Meaney MSC
Friday 10 August 12.30pm Lunch at Randwick Golf Club Malabar. All Welcome. Bookings: Martin O’Loughlin – Ph: 9662 8559 or E: email@example.com.
This weekend is a great opportunity for you to help out your parish in a meaningful way by supporting one of its charitable appeals. The Charitable Works Fund (CWF) is the premier charity of the Sydney Archdiocese, covering social and pastoral services, education and training, and advocacy services to all sections of your community – regardless of race, religion or social status. Your gift will help someone in your community who could use a helping hand or be given better opportunities, so please give generously. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible, thank you.
From the 5th -12th August our parish unites with the catholic community in Australia to celebrate Vocations Awareness Week. During this week we concentrate our prayers in praying for more vocations to marriage, the priesthood, religious and consecrated life. What else can you do to pray for Vocations that week?
• Attend an extra Mass that week for the vocation of your children/grandchildren
• Pray a decade of the Rosary or a full Rosary for vocations from your parish
• Visit St Mary Mackillop’s Tomb and pray there
• Visit Eileen O’Connor’s tomb and offer a prayer there
• Make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in St Mary’s Cathedral to pray for Vocations
• Pray for Vocations as a family by praying 1 Our Father and 3 Hail Marys before dinner throughout the week
• Say a Hail Mary for more vocations when you stop at the Red Traffic Light
• Be patient with others and offer your emotions to God as an honest prayer
Join the Sydney Catholic You the Team to raise funds for CatholicCare Sydney’s HOPE program in this year’s City2Surf on Sunday 12 August. We’re aiming to raise $75,000 to help vulnerable young mothers and their babies. Challenge yourself and run or walk for HOPE! Register online at https://fundraise.catholiccare.org/city2surf and join the Sydney Catholic Youth Team today! For further information please contact Ashleigh Green on 0419 954 839 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Wednesday of Every Month 10.00am – 1.00pm. For family and friends who grieve and their companions. Understanding and managing life’s changes in Loss, Grief & Bereavement. Morning tea provided. For further information please contact Bereavement Support Ph: (02) 9646 6908 / email@example.com.