Week beginning: Sunday, 29th of May 2022
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From The Heart Of Your Loving Shepherd
FAMILY, FAITH AND FULLNESS OF LIFE
The YEAR OF THE FAMILY we are celebrating as God's and of St. Luke's 'Family' and the Faith community invites us to consider seriously the role of the Fathers in our Faith life and in the life of our homes! Hence after we have seriously reflected in the past weeks on the PSYCHOLOGICAL DIMENSIONS of MOTHERS in our families, may I most humbly now journey with you to reflect seriously the PSYCHOLOGICAL DIMENSION OF FATHERHOOD and the commitment of the Father in our families in it as well please? We are all very well aware of the Psycho-logical distinction that fathers bring into our families and into the art of nurturing the lives of kids at home which is very evident, it is one of Masculinity of life, lived in both the Psychological and Theological dimensions of life! Hence I think it's needless to harp around much about that evident scientificity of the great commitments of Dads in every home! Therefore, I move directly into the art of strengthening the understanding of Fathers themselves individually as psychological persons who are entrusted with the art of safeguarding and mentoring the psychological health of their kids! It is of utmost importance for the Fathers to comprehend their commitment in freedom and total availability to learn to handle their own Psycho-Sexual life to be a great role models and examples to their children and specially to the young people at home.
The psychological health of the Fathers in today's demanding pressures and stress filled world of work clearly evinces that their Physical health is intrinsically and evidently connected with their Psychological health. Hence I would strongly recommend to the Fathers of all our homes to concentrate much in their Physical upkeep of their bodies through well regulated eating and drinking habits in addition to their Sports related routine program of lives. Unfortunately, I have observed and read in research materials that most of the Young Fathers get swept off their feet with the MACHO psychological attitudes in to so many unwanted habits and 'adventures' which not only corrodes their Physical self, but also paves the way into ruining of their Psychological self, which in tern destroys the very fabric of a Happy, Health and Faith filled families.
The Faith life of a Father in a family truly also helps in maintaining his own psychological health, which also becomes the nursery of maintaining the Psychological health of the entire family too. Hope you will recollect at this juncture about a series of research proven based reflections, I shared with you about the correlations, between Faith, Physical health, Curing of illnesses and Psychological balancing of life?!
I was recently studying as a secondary source material for one of my assignment works, which was titled: ‘GOD AND MENTAL HEALTH. Managing Stress, Anxiety & Depression ’.
I haven't read the book fully well to share with you all the concepts about which I have been reflecting in the above paragraphs. But however, I was attracted by this book, since it provides practical guidance from God’s Word on three Important mental health challenges affecting millions today – STRESS, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION. Every fathers of the family, will always find in this Psycho-Spiritual book as a great tool for personal study and growth. In my Psychological studies and researches that I am doing as part of not only as studies, but more so for better comprehension of my own Psycho-Spiritual seekings of the Divine and life. I do conclude very emphatically the following in line with the thoughts of the book: "Stress: How to Cope at the End of Your Rope – Discover how God can help bear your burdens and give you rest – and learn practical tips for reducing stress in your life. Anxiety: Calming the Fearful Heart. " It is very important for Fathers today to learn how to manage anxiety physically, emotionally, and spiritually while staying anchored in God’s truth. Depression: Walking from Darkness into the Dawn. This book is filled with insights into the nature and causes of depression. I also found that the book also provides practical steps to help walk through it and how God’s Word can give Dads of our Homes, hope and purpose in the midst of their pain.
Seeking God's Special BLESSINGS on every family,
Your Loving Shepherd Servant,
Fr. Joseph AMAL SDB., Parish Priest
- Family Mass
Sunday 15 May 2022
As we continue to celebrate the Year of the family in 2022, Fr Joseph and St Luke’s Parish Committee would like to welcome all St Luke’s families to our Family Mass this Sunday 15th May at the 10:00am Mass.
You are invited to join in for a cuppa after Mass outside the Church. Sausages will also be available for purchase at $2.50 each from the Sausage Sizzle.
This will be a great opportunity to meet new friends and to get to know others in our community.
- Two Special Masses
As we emerge from COVID, and reflect on the experiences of the past two years, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli invites the community to come together for two special Masses in May 2022.
MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR HEALTH
& AGED CARE WORKERS
Sunday 1 May, 11:00am - St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne
Sunday 1 May, 10:00am - St Luke’s, Wantirna
Mass will be offered in thanksgiving for their ongoing care and those working in these sectors are especially invited to attend.
MASS TO COMMEMORATE THOSE WHO HAVE DIED DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
Sunday 22 May, 11:00am - St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne
Sunday 22 May, 10:00am - St Luke’s, Wantirna
In recognition of the significant impact of COVID in our families and communities, Archbishop Comensoli will celebrate a memorial Mass for all those who have died during the COVID pandemic and could not be mourned properly due to pandemic restrictions. You are invited to submit the name(s) of those you would like remembered during the Mass by:
- Visiting the Holy Souls Chapel (inside St Patrick’s Cathedral) during May or online https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GZKP7QF. The names will be placed in a basket at the base of the altar, to be prayed for during all Masses over the weekend of 21–22 May.
- Adding their names in the book provided in St Luke’s Church near the Baptism font.
- An Opportunity For Your Youth To Reflect On The Covid-19 Pandemic
For Australian Catholics this is a timely reminder of the economic and social challenges of the Pandemic; and of the need to act.
Catholic organisations around Australia have been responding in various ways to the crisis which has laid bare old injustices and unmet needs. For Catholics, the challenges of the Pandemic go beyond the delivery of education, health and welfare services.
Earlier in June 2021 the Australian Young Christian Students (YCS) in Melbourne published a Pandemic Enquiry aimed at this very task.
The Pandemic Enquiry is entitled Shaping our Post-Pandemic World, An Enquiry for Secondary Students. It comprises five sessions, which explore “How the Covid-19 Pandemic has affected me, my country and our world; why it should concern me; and what I might be able to do about its consequences”.
The social effects of the Pandemic may last for years. The Pandemic will be a major reality, if not the overarching reality, in the lives of students for some time yet. It will particularly affect students; in their studies and in its impact on their hopes and plans for their future lives.
The Pandemic Enquiry is designed for use in classrooms and parishes (in RE classes and in parish youth groups) and not just for YCS groups.
The Pandemic Enquiry is free and can also be downloaded from the YCS website, which includes a promotion by Archbishop Mark Coleridge; https://www.aycs.org.au/pandemic-enquiry
For further enquires please contact Lys Crowe, Project Officer, Melbourne YCS,
- Need For Volunteers
We are in urgent need of volunteers to:
- visit and bring Holy Communion to the sick and elderly in the nursing homes.
- clean the Parish Centre on a fortnightly basis.
- set up the Altar and arrange flowers.
Please see father or let the parish office know if you are able to help.
- Stewardship Corner
"After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God...."
Do you ever think about how difficult it must have been for Jesus to come into Galilee, knowing that John had just been arrested for teaching the same message that Jesus was proclaiming. It must have taken great love and trust for Jesus to do what the Father had sent Him here on earth to do.
In the same way, following a life of stewardship takes great love and trust from us. We must be willing to surrender completely to God, trusting that God will always give us all that we need to fulfill His plan for us.
- Happy Families Pray Together
"The family that recites the Rosary together reproduces something of the atmosphere of the household of Nazareth: its members place Jesus at the centre, they share his joys and sorrows, they place their needs and their plans in his hands, they draw from him the hope and the strength to go on."
- John Paul II, Apostolic Letter on the Rosary of the Virgin MaryView Rosary Prayer Card
- Individual Confession vs. "General Absolution"
The Church hasn't banned the Third Rite which, by the way, consists in the general
absolution of a large number of people at once without individual confession.
The rite was first introduced during World War I to allow priests to absolve a large number of soldiers before they went into battle when it would have been impossible to hear all the confessions individually. At the time of the World War II the conditions were extended to other circumstances of imminent danger of death, and finally in 1972 they came to include situations such as those in mission territories where, if the priest did not absolve a large number of people at once, they would have to go for a long time without the grace of the sacraments through no fault of their own.
The norms on what has come to be called "general absolution" were incorporated into the 1983 Code of Canon Law in Canons 961-963 and into the Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraphs 1483-1484 (cf. J. Flader, Question Time 1, Connor Court 2012, q. 80).
Up until some 15 years ago the Third Rite was used in many parishes in Australia. Significant numbers of people took advantage of it, partly because they were helped by the readings from Scripture, prayers and often a homily, and because many others were attending as well, emphasising the communal, ecclesial aspect of the sacrament. And since there was no need to confess their sins individually to the priest, they found it much easier than going to individual confession.
Why did it suddenly stop? Perhaps the more apposite question would be why it began in the first place. It is clear that the conditions required for its use simply do not exist in Australia, particularly the condition that if the priest did not absolve a large number of penitents collectively they would have to go for a long period of time without the grace of the sacraments through no fault of their own. While the number of priests has diminished somewhat, we are still well served with priests and parishes so that the sacrament of Reconciliation is readily available all over this country.
By the late 1990s the use of general absolution was fairly widespread, especially in some dioceses. During their five-yearly ad limina visit to Rome in 1998, the Australian bishops discussed this matter, along with others, with Pope [St.] John Paul and Vatican officials. At the end of their visit a long Statement of Conclusions was signed by representatives of the Australian bishops and of the Roman Curia. Among other matters, it encouraged the use of individual confession and, with respect to general absolution, said: "Unfortunately, communal celebrations have not infrequently occasioned an illegitimate use of general absolution. This illegitimate use, like other abuses in the administration of the sacrament of Penance, is to be eliminated. The bishops will exercise renewed vigilance on these matters for the future, aware that departures from the authentic tradition do great wrong to the Church and to individual Catholics" (n. 45).
Naturally, while general absolution is not to be used in this country, it still remains an option in countries where the conditions for its use exist.
Those who do take regular advantage of individual confession know how much good it does them. Apart from receiving forgiveness of their sins, they have an opportunity to do a thorough examination of conscience, to tell their sins personally to God through the priest and to receive helpful spiritual direction and encouragement. With the abundant grace the sacrament gives them, they begin their spiritual struggle anew each time, with their soul free from sin and filled with hope.
Pope [St.] John Paul II, in an address to priests at the beginning of Lent in 1981, said that "confession periodically renewed, the so-called confession 'of devotion', has always accompanied the ascent to holiness in the Church." And on 13 March, 1999, he told priests hearing confessions in the patriarchal basilicas of Rome: "It should not be forgotten that the so-called confession of devotion was the school which formed the great saints."
Would that more people made frequent use of this sacrament. Their growth in holiness through it would be a great blessing for themselves, for their families, for the Church and for the whole of society.Fr John Flader
The Catholic Weekly, www.catholicweekly.com.au
12 May, 2013
- Consecration of The House To The Sacred Heart of Jesus
Please speak to Fr. Joseph or the parish office to organize day and time.
Fr Joseph would like to congratulate everyone who had their house consecrated recently.
- Consecration Of The Family
- Daily Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I consecrate my entire self to the Most Holy Love of Your Two Hearts. I wish to make reparation for all the sins of the world, including my own. I offer these things for the love of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
I will keep my mind on beauty and turn my thoughts from evil things. I will hold my temper and bear the mistakes of others with love and a forgiving heart. I will admit when I am wrong and ask others to forgive me. I will not show off, but remain humble. I will offer up all my sufferings, sicknesses and hurts and seek God’s Will, not my own. I will show appreciation for the kindness and blessings that I receive, and thank God for all things. I will do everything in my life for love of God and I will love others as God has loved me.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the intercession of the Im-maculate Heart of Mary, receive the offering and consecration I now make of myself to You. Keep me faithful until death and bring me one day to the happy home in heaven. I desire to live forever with God the Father and the Most Holy Spirit and You my Lord Jesus, together with Your Most Immaculate Mother.
Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
please protect us.
- Pope Tells Teens:
Happiness 'Is Not An App'
Happiness is not an app you can download on your mobile phone, Pope Francis told thousands of teenagers on Sunday at a mass to mark a weekend dedicated to youth.
"Freedom is not always about doing what you want. In fact it is the gift of being able to choose the right way," he said in a homily punctuated by regular bursts of applause from the crowd on a packed St Peter's Square.
"Your happiness has no price. It cannot be bought and sold: it is not an application you download on a mobile phone. Even the latest version cannot help you to grow and become free in love."
An estimated 70,000 teenagers were in Rome for a weekend of events to celebrate Francis's Jubilee year dedicated to the theme of mercy.
In a surprise move on Saturday, the 79-year-old pontiff heard confessions from 16 of them and a video message from him was broadcast at a rock and rap concert in the Stadio Olimpico.
One of the teenagers chosen to confess to the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics said she had been trembling as she approached the chair on which the pope was sitting in St Peter's Square.
"But as soon as I sat down I had the feeling of being next to a normal person rather than the pope. Francis is really one of us," Anna Taibi, 15, told La Repubblica newspaper.
The Sicilian teenager said she had been touched by Francis's tenderness as he listened to her confession.
"I expected him to give me a penance ... instead he absolved me and let me go."
The importance of mobile phones to contemporary teenagers was also reflected in Francis's message to the concert.
Clutching an iPhone, he told his audience that living without Jesus was like not having any signal. "Always be sure to go where there is a network: family, parish, school," he said.
- Mothers Who Pray for Their Children
Come Mothers to Pray for our Children and for the Children of the whole world!
We will be at St. Luke's church, in the Chapel, every Wednesday at 9am from 25th May 2022.
Straight after school drop off, this is a great opportunity to reconnect with God and strengthen ourselves for daily battles we face.
"On my knees I beg you, let my children stand brave. God you sustain me and please increase my faith!"
Please contact Giovanna Perrone, 0424-945-130, for more information.
- Trivia Night
In August our parish will be hosting a trivia night.
As we are currently in the planning stage, we are seeking sponsorship or donations from businesses, so that we may be able to have raffle prizes, and other items drawn on the night.
Donations may include vouchers, hamper packs, a discounted or free offer on a service, etc. In return, the business will be advertised in our weekly newsletter through August and September.
If you, or someone you know may be interested or would like more information, please contact Giuliana on 0402-655-187 or Maria on 0411-445-558.
- St. Vincent de Paul
Our St. Vincent de Paul team are asking for help with various items for our food store room, that people in our community so desperately need. Items may include: sandwich spreads (not peanut butter), breakfast cereals, snacks for kid’s school lunch boxes.
These can be placed in the Vinnies basket, located on the left hand side of the Piety Shop, or to the Parish Office.
- Celebrating the Year Of The Family in 2022
2022 marks a special year in our parish of St Luke’s where we will be celebrating the Year of the Family.
To help make this year memorable, Fr Joseph invites each family to share stories about their family by inviting each family to briefly compose a short paragraph about your family. Information would include the following: family photo, family name and names of those in your family, pets, family hobbies, how your family relaxes together and a brief explanation about what faith means to your family.
Please submit these to the parish office via email to Linda at , so that each week a different family may be represented in our weekly newsletter. It is a lovely way to see our similarities and differences that make each family unique while uniting us closer into our wider Catholic St Luke’s family.
- Catholic Church urges action to care for the earth, the poor
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has made an historic commitment to work towards a more sustainable Church in its annual statement promoting social justice.
In the Social Justice Statement 2021-22 launched today, Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, the bishops commit to a seven-year journey towards seven Laudato Si’ Goals.
‘We are facing an ecological crisis and Pope Francis wants the whole Church globally to act with a greater sense of urgency,’ said Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service.
‘In Australia, passionate individuals, religious institutes, schools and organisations have been working on ecological issues for a long time. I want to affirm and thank them all, and to urge the whole Catholic community to join them.’
Bishop Long pointed out that ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been caring for country from time immemorial. The rest of us need to listen, and to learn how we can walk together to care for the whole of creation – in-cluding one another.’
To listen to Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor Podcasts, go to: https://socialjustice.catholic.org.au/2021/08/05/cry-of-the-earth-cry-of-the-poor-podcasts/
- Help for Marriages Under Stress
The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown may have caused stress to many marriages. Restore hope for your relationship’s future.
- Serra International
Serra International - Prayer for Vocations
"Heavenly Father, help us respond to and live out our mission in the Church. Help all your people to know their vocation in life, and assist them to prepare for it.
For your greater glory, and for the service of your people, call many to be Priests and Religious. Give those whom you call the grace to respond generously and to persevere faithfully. We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
View / Download Prayer Card (296kB)
- Altar Servers
Presently the parish has few altar servers.
Their service and prayerful presence enhances the liturgical celebration.
Fr. Joseph is calling for more children to take up this ministry.
What It Means To Be An Altar Server (Video)
- Take Mary Home
As we noticed that our lady statue (Take Mary Home) has been on the bench every couple of weeks in a month. With great thoughts and inputs from various members in the leadership team, considering the weight of the original statue as it is quite heavy to be carried, we would like to make it much easier for our parishioners to take an alternative statue (Our Lady of Fatima) which is much lighter to carry and it also comes in a box where the statue could be handled more safely. We are happy to leave both the statues on the bench behind the divine mercy image. Make yourself comfortable to put your name in the book with your contact details, the tone of the mass which you are planning to take and also which statue as well based on your convenience. I hope and pray that the above arrangement would help the parishioners to take the statue every week so that Our Lady visits every family in our community to intercede for our families and community.
Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.
- Called By Name
It can be hard to believe that God knows each of us by name.
Sometimes we need a wise guide, like the old priest Eli or John the Baptist, to help us recognise that voice of God in our life.
Let us try to hear God's personal call to us in this Mass and in the events of this day, a call which says in different ways, 'come and dwell with me, share my life'.
- We Need Your Help
We would like to hear from tradies, handymen and technicians in our community who would like to be included in our directory.
We may have odd jobs around the Church and would very much appreciate your help.
Please contact the parish office or get in touch with Fr Joseph.
- Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, Readers & Counters
Our parish would like to invite parishioners to become Readers and Extraordinary Ministers for our Masses. These roles are a small but significant way to quietly participate in our parish community and your contribution would be greatly appreciated.
If you are able to assist, please contact Daphne Cheah (9720-3956) or the Parish Office (9801-8411).
Thank you to all who contribute their time and talent in this way.
- To Love To The End: Who will make your choices?
Melbourne Archdiocese initiative to focus on an area of bioethics
where we can positively contribute to building up a civilization
of life and love.
The theme, "To Love to the End", deals with issues about dying and caring for our loved ones, the meaning and purpose of suffering and our duty as Christians to show love to every human being to the end.
Please collect a copy of the informative brochure and prayer card on this theme from the tables at the church entrances or you can view/download the brochure and card below.View 'Love To The End' Brochure (927 kB)
View Respect Life Prayer Card (359 kB)
- Overcoming Despair With Hope
Through Respect Life Sunday the church aims to equip
Catholics to better love those around us by providing vital information about the dangers of
the new abortion drug, RU486.
Pope Francis provided a beautiful example of how we reach out to women facing an unplanned pregnancy recently, when he took the time to listen to a story of a 35 year old Roman woman, then telephoned her to offer a listening ear, hope, encouragement and practical support for when the baby was born.
Read more when you pick up your copy of the green Respect Life brochure in the foyer, or
- Pope's Wednesday General Audience
The Church Was Born Catholic and Apostolic.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
When we profess our faith, we affirm that the Church is "Catholic" and "Apostolic." But what, effectively, is the meaning of these two words, these well known characteristic of the Church? And what value do they have for the Christian community and for each one of us?
Catholic means universal. A complete and clear definition is given us by one of the Fathers of the Church, Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, when he states: "Without a doubt, the Church is said to be Catholic, that is, universal, because of the fact that she is spread everywhere from one end to the other of the earth; and because universally and without defection she teaches all the truths that must come to the knowledge of men, be it in regard to heavenly or earthly things"
(18th Catechesis, 23).
A clear sign of the Church's catholicity is that she speaks in all languages. And this is nothing other than the effect of Pentecost (cf. Acts 2:1-13). It is the Holy Spirit, in fact, who has enabled the Apostles and the entire Church to resonate with all, to the ends of the earth, the Good News of salvation and of the love of God. The Church was born Catholic, "symphonic" from her origins, and cannot but be Catholic, pointing to evangelization and the encounter with all. The Word of God today is read in all languages, everyone has the Gospel in their own language to read. And I say again: it's always good to take with you a small Gospel, to have in your pocket or purse and read a passage during the day. This is good for us. The Gospel has spread in all languages because the Church, the proclamation of Jesus Christ the Redeemer, is in all the world. And for this reason we say the Church is Catholic because it is universal.
If the Church was born Catholic, it means that she was born "outgoing," missionary. If the apostles stayed in the Upper Room, without going out to pray the Gospel, the Church would just be the Church of those people, of that city, of that cenacle. But all have gone out into the world, from the moment of the Church's birth, from the moment the Holy Spirit came down. And so the Church has been born "outgoing", that is, missionary. It is what we express qualifying her as Apostolic. This term reminds us that the Church – on the foundation of the Apostles and in continuity with them – is invited to take to all men the proclamation of the Gospel, accompanying it with the signs of the tenderness and the power of God. This also stems from the Pentecost event: it is for the Holy Spirit, in fact, to surmount every resistance, to overcome the temptation to be closed-in on oneself, among a few elect, and considering oneself the sole recipients of God's blessing... If a group of Christians does this – "We are the elect, only us" – they die in the end. They die before, in their soul, then their body dies, because they don’t have life, they don’t have the capacity to generate life to other people, other peoples. They are not apostolic. It is the Spirit that leads us to encounter our brothers, including those most distant in every sense, so that they can share with us the love, peace, and joy that the Risen Lord has left us as a gift.
What is entailed, for our communities and for each one of us, in being part of a Church that is Catholic and Apostolic? First of all, it means taking to heart the salvation of the whole of humanity, not feeling indifferent or strangers in face of the fate of so many of our brothers, but open and in solidarity with them. Moreover, it means having the sense of the fullness, the completeness and the harmony of Christian life, rejecting always partial, unilateral positions that shut us in on ourselves.
To be part of the Apostolic Church means to be aware that our faith is anchored in the proclamation and witness of Jesus' Apostles themselves and, therefore, always to feel sent, in communion with the successors of the Apostles, to proclaim, with a heart full of joy, Christ and His love for the whole of humanity.
And here I would like to remember the heroic lives of many, many missionaries that have left their homeland to go and preach the Gospel in other countries, in other continents. A Brazilian cardinal who worked in the Amazon once told me that when he goes to a place, to a city in the Amazonian area, he always goes to the cemetery to see the tombs of those missionaries, priests, brothers, sisters that have gone to preach the Gospel, apostles. And he thinks: all these could be canonized now, they who have left all to proclaim Jesus Christ. Let us give thanks to the Lord because our Church has many missionaries, has had many missionaries, and needs yet more! We thank you Lord for this. Perhaps among many young people, boys and girls who are here, someone has the desire to become a missionary: go ahead! It's a beautiful thing to bring the Gospel of Jesus. Be brave and courageous!
Let us ask the Lord now to renew in us the gift of His Spirit, so that every Christian community and every baptized person is an expression of Holy Mother Church, Catholic and Apostolic.
17 September 2014
- Tweet Others As You Wish To Be Tweeted
Tweet others as you would wish to be tweeted is a scripture based guide to social media for the Church.
It takes the command from Luke's Gospel to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and applies it to social media.
Further information: https:www.catholic.org.au/world-communications-day2015/