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From the Heart of Your Loving Shepherd

FORDHAM SPIRITUAL AWAKENINGS
REFLECTION SERIES
Spirituality on the Streets

Christian identity: The temporary crosses internally and externally.

Our Christian Identity has got dual identities which are equally important and inevitable, internal and external dimensions of Catholic identities as well. In contrast to my last week’s most beautiful experience in the Divine complex of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, now I am most humbly sharing with you the other side of external identity in the following experience, which taught me another dimension of willingness and courageous acceptance of the crosses which all of us could encounter in this process.

TOWARDS THE JFK AIRPORT, NEW YORK

My heart was filled with great joy and the thought of returning to my home back, St. Luke’s! The Uber driver, whom I had reserved the previous night picked me up on time! We had a lovely conversation during the forty-five minutes of ride to JKF, after my concelebrated mass of thanksgiving with the Bronx community in Spanish! During our conversation he told me that he was a Catholic from Dominican Republic! He said that he was delighted to see me with the clear external identity of a clergy! I was humbled once again but was happy internally that I witnessed Christ both internally and externally. He spoke in glowing terms about his Catholic inheritance too! I was highly impressed by his great witness to his Catholic Faith and of both the external and internal identity too, when he shared with me that as an American citizen now for the past 25 years he always made it an important part of his Catholic identity to help economically his own needy and the disadvantaged brothers and sisters back in the land of his origin. He shared with me that he too had to walk through sometimes ‘way of the crosses’ in standing up courageously for his Catholic identity, both in the home front and among his professional colleagues!

AT THE JFK CHECK-IN: Agony and Awakening

I marched into the grandiose JFK, eagerly looking forward to shedding off my load at the check-in counters early and to sit down with a coffee wanting to reminisce all the experiences of the past months, inch by inch! Hence, I made sure that I was first in the line! The team came in, but three of them were quite often looking at me in an unfriendly manner. I felt that they were having a secret smile, glaring at me up and down, intermittently sharing some comments, I hope it was not my unchristian judgement that it was about the Clergy identity of my collar! When it was my turn, I exchanged my usual friendly Australian greetings and smile, which in turn was returned with a stern reactionary look and unfriendly professionalism! I found the right reasons, when I noticed few objects and the tatoos on their hands. I don’t wish to dwell at length for time being about them now! The gentleman told me that my baggage was overweight. I tried to explain him that my travel agent told me that I would have a concession as a student to carry more and still I was below the weight prescribed by the travel agent! I also explained to him that while I entered New York, the Melbourne authorities, permitted me with the same weight, with out any difficulties! They forced me to unpack twice, while the entire line was looking at me! I went through a great ordeal of being ‘pushed and pulled,’ for more than an hour. At the end of paying the extra money for the overweight, one among them said very indignantly, “So you are a Catholic Priest,” and all the three of them burst into a big laughter which was the end of my ‘way of the Cross.’

When I reached the gates in a hurry just before 20 minutes of the take off and settling down in my seats, I recollected the words of Jesus, “You may be reviled on account of my name. But REJOICE.” I certainly rejoiced that my Catholic, Priestly identity gave me a great Joyous way of the cross!

I have another interesting piece to share with you in my next reflection!! Please stay tuned!!

God's Blessings and prayerful wishes,

Fr. Joseph Amal SDB

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We Care – Responding to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act

From the earliest times, Christ’s followers have set themselves apart by their care of the vulnerable (Acts 4:34). On 19 June 2019, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (VAD) comes into effect. It legalises euthanasia and assisted suicide. Despite what the law may say, our Christian tradition affirms that every life, including those of the sick and suffering, is sacred. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are never part of end of life care.

Pope Francis has encouraged ordinary Catholics everywhere to resist euthanasia and to protect the old, the young and the vulnerable from being cast aside in a “throw-away culture.” We are called to follow Christ by accompanying people with compassion, sharing hope not fear.

The Bishops of the Catholic dioceses of Melbourne, Ballarat, Sale and Sandhurst, echoing Pope Francis, have published a pastoral letter including practical guidance on ways we can be conscientious objectors to euthanasia. Copies of the letter are available online: www.cam.org.au/euthanasia or

Pastoral Letter - Voluntary Assisted Dying

We Care

Please read and share it.

Australia Moves Into The Second Phase
Of The Plenary Council Preparation

Six national themes for discernment announced.

Discernment on the national themes will be key to informing and shaping the agenda for the Plenary Council meetings in 2020 and 2021. These themes have been drawn from the data gathered from 17,457 submissions (taken from over 220,000 people across the country). The six national themes for discernment seek to address how God is calling us to be a Christ-centred Church that is:

  • Missionary and evangelising
  • Inclusive, participatory and synodal
  • Prayerful and Eucharistic
  • Humble, healing and merciful
  • A joyful, hope-filled and servant community
  • Open to conversion and renewal

National Theme for Discernment #1 – How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church that is Missionary and Evangelising?

This National Theme for Discernment is inspired by the voices of the People of God who shared a passion for participating in the missionary nature of the Church and desire stronger support, involvement and formation among all the baptised who make up the Church.
Find out more at:
www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au

Melbourne Archdiocese Backs Significance Of Young People Attending ACYF 2019
The Archdiocese of Melbourne has plans to send around 2500 of their young people to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) that is scheduled to take place in Perth from 8 to 10 December this year.

This festival is the largest Catholic gathering for young people in Australia and is an important opportunity for young people to encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia, that they are a critical part of,’ Archbishop Comensoli said.

‘Catholic Education Melbourne is providing a generous 50 per cent subsidy for each Catholic Secondary School in the Archdiocese of Melbourne for up to 20 students and two teachers.

https://melbournecatholic.org.au/News/melbourne-archdiocesebacks-significance-of-young-people-attending-acyf-2019

We Can Love Because We Were Loved First - Pope Francis
Pope Francis noted that we are also indebted to God because none of us is able to love without the grace of God. The Pope described this as the mysterium lunae, the “mystery of the moon,” which does not shine with its own light, but can only reflect the light of the sun. If we love, the Pope said, it is because we were loved first. If we forgive, it is because we have been forgiven.

“None of us loves God as He has loved us,” the Pope said. “It is enough to place yourself before a crucifix to grasp the disparity: He has loved us, and He always loves us first.” Pope Francis concluded by inviting us all to pray, “Lord, even the most holy among us do not cease to be debtors to you. O Father, have mercy on us!”

https://catholicoutlook.org/pope-at-audience-we-are-all-sinners-who-need-forgiveness/

Need For Volunteers
We are in urgent need of volunteers to:
  1. visit and bring Holy Communion to the sick and elderly in the nursing homes.
  2. clean the Parish Centre on a fortnightly basis.
  3. set up the Altar and arrange flowers.

Please see father or let the parish office know if you are able to help.

Thank you.

Melbourne Catholic App Now Available
The new Melbourne Catholic app is now available for download in your app store.

The app is your one stop shop for all things Melbourne Catholic, featuring Melbourne Catholic trending news, a search function for Mass times, Archbishop's Homilies, Daily Readings, Prayers and Weekly Reflections as well as local events and news about Plenary Council 2020.

Stewardship Corner

"Brothers and sisters: I should like you to be free of anxieties."

1 Corinthians 7:32

How much anxiety do we bring upon ourselves by constantly worrying about not having enough or attaining more things?

God won't necessarily give you everything you want, but He will provide everything you need.

Try this – use the word "pray" instead of the word "worry" in the future.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Piety Stall

Come and check out the new piety stall, which is located in the former Sacristy.
Any profit made on items in this stall will support the work of the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Big thank you to those who very generously donate to the St Vincent De Paul Society (Vinnies) through the poor box. Through your donations we are able to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves and have asked for our assistance in our Wantirna area. You can also leave donations of non-perishable food items in the basket provided in the Church foyer.

Either way, you are making a huge difference in the lives of many people.

Do you have some spare time, and feel you could be called on to help those experiencing difficulty? Then maybe joining Vinnies could be for you. We meet twice monthly and visit those needing assistance in pairs or on a demand basis. Don’t just think about it, take the next step, ask some questions!

Christina Williams,
Conference President

Priests' Retirement Foundation Fund

Some 40 years ago with the introduction of the new canon law, Archbishop Knox introduced the practice of priests retiring at the age of 75.

In 1990 Archbishop Little established the Priests Retirement Foundation with the motto “caring for those who cared”. 85 Melbourne priests are currently retired. They have ministered in most Melbourne Parishes.

The PRF meets the needs of these retired priests who have served us well.

Envelopes are available from the table.

Donate Online

Pope Francis: Jesus Journeys With Us Even In Bad Times
Pope Francis has told pilgrims that God walks with us always, “even in the most painful moments” of our lives as he did with the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

Pope Francis continued his series of reflections on Christian hope at his Wednesday General Audience shortly after his meeting with US president Donald Trump. The Pope spoke about the disciples’ meeting with Jesus on the Road to Emmaus, in Luke’s Gospel, as “a journey of hope”.

He told pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square that Christians today are a bit like those two disciples: so often we find ourselves “a step away from happiness” but then experience sadness and disappointment.

The Pope said Jesus’ accompaniment of the two disciples shows a “therapy of hope” which “gradually opens us to trust in God’s promises”. Hope, the Pope said, is “never a small price” to pay and always involves defeats and sufferings. However, walking with the disciples in a discreet way, he said, Jesus is able to rekindle their hope.

Pope Francis explained that it was only when the disciples witnessed Jesus breaking the bread that he is revealed to them as the Risen Lord, who is present in their midst. This, the Pope said, “shows us the importance of the Eucharist in which, like the bread, Jesus ‘breaks our lives’ and offers them to others”.

Noting how the disciples return to Jerusalem after their encounter with the Risen Lord to proclaim the good news, the Pope said that “we too are sent forth to encounter others, to hear their joys and sorrows, and to offer them words of life and hope, based on God’s unfailing love.”

“All of us,” the pope said, have had difficult and dark times, when there is “just a wall in front” of us. But “Jesus is always beside us to give us hope, warm our hearts and say, "Go forward, I'm with you. Go forward.”

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/05/24/pope_francis_jesus_journeys_with_us_even_in_bad_times/1314538

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 Mary

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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

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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.

Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
please protect us.

Pope Francis Urges Young people To 'Download A Good Heart' and Pay Less Attention to Technology
Pope Francis has wrapped up his Polish visit with a huge outdoor Mass where he told young people to look beyond the instant gratification afforded by technology and instead try to change the world.

Hundreds of thousands of young people, many of whom camped out for the night, waved national flags and cheered as Pope Francis arrived to say the mass in a large field on the outskirts of Krakow at the end of his five-day trip to Poland where he presided at the Catholic Church's World Youth Day festivities.

He urged the young people to "download the best link of all, that of a heart which sees and transmits goodness without growing weary".

He said their response to the challenges of life cannot be "texting a few words", that prayer should be given pride of place over their internet "chats", and that God's memory was not a "hard disk" filled with files on everyone, but more of a compassionate heart that wants to help them "erase" evil.

Pope Francis encouraged them to continue "to be dreamers [who] believe in a new humanity, one that rejects hatred between peoples, one that refuses to see borders as barriers".

He announced the next World Youth Day would take place in Panama in 2019.

For full story: www.abc.net.au/news

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.

www.businessinsider.com/afp-pope-tells-teens-happiness-not-an-app-2016-4?IR=T

SVDP - Winter Appeal

22/23 June 2019

Your donation will provide support and assistance to the needs of the disadvantaged in our community, especially those in Wantirna Conference.

Thank you for your generosity and ongoing support

Honor Tanner
President - St. Vincent de Paul Wantirna Conference

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Serra International - Prayer for Vocations

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.
Amen."

For information about Serra or Vocations:

www.scanzspac.org

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Pope Invites The Deaf To Help Others ‘Hear’ The Voice Of God

Inclusion and quality of life

Pope Francis met with members of the Federation in the Vatican on Thursday and expanded that mission, saying the Federation is now dedicated to ‘tackling the culture of waste, and encouraging greater inclusion in all environments’. This work is necessary, he said, in order ‘to ensure a better quality of life for the deaf person and the overcoming of this disability by valuing all dimensions, including the spiritual one’.

Fragility and encounter

While his words were simultaneously translated into sign language, Pope Francis said: ‘Deaf people inevitably experience a condition of fragility’. Like so many other people with disabilities, they also often experience forms of prejudice, even in Christian communities. ‘This is not right’, insisted Pope Francis. The deaf teach us that only by accepting our limitations and fragilities can we help build ‘the culture of encounter’, as opposed to widespread indifference, he said.

‘Hearing’ the voice of God

‘God’s presence is not perceived with the ears, but with faith’, said Pope Francis. God’s voice resounds in each person’s heart, ‘and everyone can hear it’. The Pope invited those present to ‘help those who do not ‘hear’ God's voice to be more attentive to it’.

https://melbournecatholic.org.au/News/pope-invites-the-deaf-to-help-others-hear-the-voice-PARISH

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.

Rosy Paul

Facing Facts, Coming to Terms With One’s Past Brings Peace, Pope says
People need to make peace with their lives and anything they are running from, rather than lose themselves to escapism and playful distraction, Pope Francis said. There is an ‘industry of distraction’ in full force today, which paints the ideal world as being ‘a big playground where everybody has fun’ and the ideal individual as one who ‘makes money in order to have fun, find satisfaction’ in the many ‘vast and diverse avenues of pleasure,’ he said during his weekly gen-eral audience. Such an attitude leads to ‘dissatisfaction with an existence anesthetized by fun, which isn't rest, but alienation and escaping from reality,’ he added.

Finding peace is a choice, he said. It is not changing one's past, but is becoming reconciled with what has happened, ‘to accept and give value’ to one's life.

https://melbournecatholic.org.au/News/facing-facts-coming-to-terms-with-ones-past-bring-peace-pope-says

Making A Home For Everyone
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2018–19 is titled
"A PLACE TO CALL HOME: MAKING A HOME FOR EVERYONE IN OUR LAND".
It confronts the growing challenge of homelessness and housing insecurity in Australia.

Copies of the statement, prayer cards and Ten Steps are available from the table on the church foyer, or

Download Social Justice Statement 2018-19

A Teaching With Authority Behind It

Power and authority usually go together and are often confused.

If Jesus exercised authority it was not in the oppressive fashion of many earthly rulers but in service of the poor. His power was directed towards liberating people from unjust laws, evil spirits, debilitating illnesses and the slavery of sin.

It is this power that is at work in us.

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions
In his prayer intentions, Pope Francis is calling for greater solidarity with the marginalised, the homeless, the poor and the lonely. The Pope asks the faithful have a spirit of solidarity and encounter towards others, especially those most in need.
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.

No Parking in the Driveway for Mass
Please do not park in the driveway or in front of the office for Weekday/Sunday Masses.  

Please leave this space for those who, due to their health, need to park close to the door.

You may park in the Church parking lot in front of the school, behind the Church when school is not in session or on the street.   Thank you for your consideration.

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.

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)

To Love To The End: Who will make your choices?
is a 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 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: We Must Ask the Lord for the Gifts of Love and Joy
Pope Francis has reminded believers that Jesus' love is infinite and true, unlike worldly passions that seek power and vanity. "As the Father loves me, so I also love you" said Pope Francis quoting from the Gospel reading of the day to highlight the fact that the Lord’s love is infinite.

He said the Lord asks us to stay close to Him and to observe His Commandments: “the Ten Commandments of course are the foundation, but we are also called to follow all the things that Jesus has taught us, the commandments of daily life that represent a Christian lifestyle.

There are “passions” that distance us from the true love of Jesus. “There are other loves. The world itself offers many other loves: love of money for example, vanity, boastfulness, pride, love of power which can even lead to unjust actions to achieve more power…” he said.

For full article: For full ull article: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/05/18/pope_‘we_must_ask_the_lord_for_the_gifts_of_love_and_joy/1313086

Pope Francis' Five Finger Prayer
  1. The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember.
  2. The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show directions to others. Always keep them in your prayers.
  3. The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God's guidance.
  4. The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even though it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.
  5. And finally we have our smallest finger. The smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.
Morning Tea After Mass
Just a reminder that on every first Sunday of the month there is tea after the 10:00am Mass.

Come and join us for a cuppa!

Pope Francis' Letter to Young People

Pope's Letter to Young People on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Preparatory Document of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

My Dear Young People,

I am pleased to announce that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops will take place to treat the topic: "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment." I wanted you to be the centre of attention, because you are in my heart. Today, the Preparatory Document is being presented, a document which I am also entrusting to you as your "compass" on this synodal journey.

I am reminded of the words which God spoke to Abraham: "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you." (Gen 12.1). These words are now also addressed to you. They are words of a Father who invites you to "go", to set out towards a future which is unknown but one which will surely lead to fulfilment, a future towards which He Himself accompanies you. I invite you to hear God's voice resounding in your heart through the breath of the Holy Spirit.

When God said to Abram, "Go!", what did he want to say? He certainly did not say to distance himself from his family or withdraw from the world. Abram received a compelling invitation, a challenge, to leave everything and go to a new land. What is this "new land" for us today, if not a more just and friendly society which you, young people, deeply desire and wish to build to the very ends of the earth?

But unfortunately, today, "Go!" also has a different meaning, namely, that of abuse of power, injustice and war. Many among you are subjected to the real threat of violence and forced to flee their native land. Their cry goes up to God, like that of Israel, when the people were enslaved and oppressed by Pharaoh (cf. Ex 2:23).

A better world can be built also as a result of your efforts, your desire to change and your generosity. Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master. The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard, let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls. St. Benedict urged the abbots to consult, even the young, before any important decision, because "the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best." (Rule of St. Benedict, III, 3).

Such is the case, even in the journey of this Synod. My brother bishops and I want even more to "work with you for your joy'' (2 Cor 1:24). I entrust you to Mary of Nazareth, a young person like yourselves, whom God beheld lovingly, so she might take your hand and guide you to the joy of fully and generously responding to God's call with the words: "Here I am" (cf. Lk 1:38).

With paternal affection,

FRANCIS

For full version:
https://www.catholic.org.au/commissions/pope-francis-letter-to-young-people

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Catholic Mission

We are invited to support the world wide missionary network of the Catholic Church (known as the Propagation of the Faith) that reaches out to people in 160 countries supporting initiatives in 1,100 Dioceses including outback Australia..

"I was hungry and you fed me."

"Something beautiful for God" was an expression of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

About Catholic Missions

Catholic Mission is the official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church, continuing the mission of Jesus Christ in the world to share faith, care for people in need, and act for justice and creation.

As the Australian arm of the Pontifical Mission Societies, we raise funds and form people for mission. This enables us to reach out through dedicated missionaries to help oppressed children and communities, and provide vital training for emerging Church leaders. In Australia we provide mission formation training, overseas immersion opportunities and advocate for children, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Catholic Mission internationally operates in 160 countries to support initiatives in 1100 dioceses, including outback Australia. Grassroots needs are identified by local Catholics, so all people have the opportunity for a full, enriched life- spiritually and physically- regardless of race, stigma, religion or gender.

The Church exists to continue Jesus' saving mission on earth. The principal means for supporting the Church's work on a global scale is the Catholic Mission Appeal.

This Appeal is instrumental in establishing and sustaining parish communities and their priests, as well as supporting the catechists who share their faith and lead their local village community. Last year with your help, Catholic Mission in Australia supported the training of 9,203 catechists in their ongoing regular formation and the building, upkeep and maintenance of 79 churches, presbyteries and pastoral centres, and 15 religious convents.

Other funds raised supported the training of 3,572 seminarians in 34 seminaries for priesthood and religious life. Programs of education, health care, shelter, personal development and faith formation helped care for 507,414 children last year.

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?

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Pope Francis
17 September 2014

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