• Bulletin Weekend 01 Oct 2017


    Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ A

    Let us pray with contrite hearts for God’s forgiveness & for the happiness it brings.



    Conducting Funerals Compassionately


    The matter of eulogies over the past two weeks has certainly generated plenty of interest and comment. You would already have noticed that the results of last week’s survey have been included as an insert within this week’s PCN. Thanks to all who participated. For parishioners who may not be aware, the following process applies when there is a request for a funeral in the parish church:


    The Funeral Director (FD) acts on behalf of the family of the deceased and contacts the parish office or Father Michael, or Father Joe. Requests for visiting priests require the permission of Father Michael.


    By this time, the family would be aware that funerals in the church are sacred and that secular music is not permitted.


    In collaboration with the family, the FD and the priest determine a mutually agreeable time for the funeral. Contact details and basic information are passed on from the FD to the priest who will soon after contact the family. A meeting time is organised in the presbytery.


    The meeting between the family and the priest is usually about an hour, but sometime longer. Generally, the priest tries to understand a little about the life of the deceased, as well as other family details according to circumstances. He will be able to discern, even if only minimally, the impact of the death upon other family members. In the case of a family member who had reached a venerable old age and suffered considerably, the family invariably feel a mixture of loss and relief. In the unexpected death of a younger person, the family are almost certainly traumatised, an experience that will remain for at least a few years.


    It is from this time together that the priest will then be able to prepare his homily. This may be relatively easy in some circumstances, but much more demanding and time-consuming in really tragic deaths such as motor vehicle fatalities. Words need to be chosen very carefully. It would not be unusual for a priest to dedicate at least a few hours to the preparation of a 12 minute homily. Spiritual content is important. Paternalistic and sanctimonious statements are very counter-productive.


    During this meeting, the funeral ceremony is also discussed in detail including choice of readings, intercessions, sacred music, a visual tribute and so on. Advice and guidance about eulogies are often disregarded.


    On behalf of the family, the priest will organise the musician and vocalist. This ensures that there will be order and beauty to the ceremony. For the benefit of the family, the priest will also advise on how to prepare a booklet which may vary in length from four pages to eight or possibly even twelve. Once again, this is undertaken in detail, and the family is then provided with a template which is emailed by the priest soon after the meeting.


    In the case of a Requiem Mass, the priest is normally present in church at least 45 minutes before the scheduled starting time to set up for Mass, receive the funeral directors and then greet those who will be attending. The duration of Mass is generally under an hour but the total time of the funeral can be way over 90 minutes depending upon the number of eulogies. In extreme cases, a funeral can take longer than two hours.


    When the coffin is brought to the hearse, there is a transition time of about 20 minutes before continuing on to the cemetery which, if Forest Lawn Leppington, is about a 20-25 minute drive. The time at the graveside or, in the case of a cremation, in the chapel is about 25 minutes.


    The point is, is that on behalf of the church, the priest accompanies and supports the grieving family in many different ways before and during the funeral and, sometimes, afterwards as well. indeed, before the death, he may have administered the sacraments to the dying person in hospital, at home or in palliative care. Most families are very grateful, but not all.


    The matter of eulogies has been discussed by the parish pastoral council and will continue to come under discernment. Thanks for your interest.



    Baptisms 1st October


    Liana Santos Coelho, daughter of Mauro & Kimberley


    Madeline Simone Dowdell, daughter of Matthew & Simone


    Valentino Frisina, son of Vincenzo & Antonia


    Leticia Belen Salas, daughter of Sussy


    Eli Shanahan, son of Montana




    Bishop’s Annual Appeal ~ With Gratitude in Anticipation


    In response to the growing number of sick and retired clergy, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal has become increasingly necessary to meet continuously rising costs. There are now many priests in the diocese who are over 70 and, who within five years, will require accommodation. Resettlement costs are so often quite substantial – requiring, for example, the purchase of furniture – and demand a sizable investment of capital. The Bishop has ultimate responsibility for the support and care of retired priests and, therefore, relies upon the generosity of the wider Catholic community to assist him through financial support. Last year’s appeal was very encouraging and a tribute to all who were so supportive.


    For this year’s appeal, envelopes have been set out in the pews. You may wish to simply insert a cash contribution. Alternatively, you may wish to make a contribution in some other form. If you provide all your contact details, then you will invariably become part of a data base and be contacted at other times for other reasons. So please be reflective about the way in which you may decide to assist. At Masses this weekend, a short video will replace the homily. It’s a comparatively brief video with a little local flavour.



    Prayers of the Faithful


    Celebrant: We are never asked to do something beyond our abilities or skills.  What God asks of us, is to do what we can to help others with His help and with His grace. Let us pray to do the work asked of us as Christians in the world with the help of God.

    1. For God’s grace to help us in all that we do in His name,
    Lord hear us.

     Response:     Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer.

    2. For the church in the goal of uniting all the people of God,
    Lord hear us.

    3. For the humble who do the work of Christ without expecting praise,
    Lord hear us.

    4. For the leaders of the world to further justice and peace,
    Lord hear us.

    5. For all those who need our care, that we serve Christ in them and love one another as he loves us,
    Lord hear us.

    Celebrant: Direct us, O Lord, in all that we do.  Further us with your continual help, that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name.  And finally, by your grace, obtain life everlasting, through Christ our Lord




    Labourers in the Lord’s Harvest

    Next Week 7/8 October    Year A

    Saturday Morning Mass and Confessions



    Father Whitty

    Pat O’Flynn

    St Paul’s Saturday 5:00 Vigil            




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Michael

    Pat O’Flynn

    Jim Gallagher, Ken Potter

    Trish O’Flynn, Brian Ovington, Robin Roberts, Carol Walsh

    Patrick Ward, William Winsor

    Belinda Vaccaro, Tasha Hodges

    St Paul’s 8:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Larry Johnson

    Kimberley Logue, Glenn Crawford

    John Tannous, Maryann Ace, Denise Carney, Lorraine Phillips

    Ruby Thompson, Katie Peters


    St Paul’s 10:00 AM




    Special Ministers



    Altar Servers



    Father Michael

    James McFarlane

    Julie Sligar, Karen McFarlane

    Michael Reardon, Joseph Hanson, Christine Mills, Kylie Crnek-Georgeson

    Jordan-Leigh Estephan, Isabella Quinlan


    St Clare’s at St Paul’s 5.00 PM



    Special Ministers



    Children’s Liturgy


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Angela Marshall, Ola Wojcik

    Adam Rafferty, Noel Vinoya, Celene Watson, Arron Fitzsimmons

    Joanne Knowles

    Eileen Shuttleworth

    Volunteer required

    Zac Gunner, Alexander Cooper

    Craig Davidson

    General – 1 October


    Cleaners (chapel)

    Altar Linen

    Group 1 (First Tuesday)

    Noella Gadd, Pete Williams

    Slava Brcic


    30 SEP – 1 OCT 2017



    Reading I      Ezekiel 18:25-28



    The Lord will judge each of the Israelites according to his ways. On this is grounded an exhortation to repent, and to make them a new heart and a new spirit. God does not command what cannot be done, but admonishes us to do what is in our power and to pray for what is not. Ordinances and means are appointed, directions and promises are given, that those who desire this change may seek it from God.





    Response to the Psalm.

    Remember your mercies, O Lord.





    Reading II         Philippians 2:1-11


    Paul exhorts them to live in unity and love so that they may enjoy the highest degrees of the consolations of the Spirit.





    Gospel Acclamation

    Alleluia, alleluia!  

    My sheep listen to my voice, says the Lord;

    I know them, and they follow me.   







    Reading III        Matthew 21:28-32



    God expects us to do our work in the world as professed Christians. As Christians we are called to readily follow in the footsteps of Jesus.



    For Our Faithful Departed

    Pamela Smith, Patricia Plant, Clive Pickup, who died recently. Nell Thurn, Maureen Ovington, Paul & Sonta Saliba, Edwina Powell, Patrick Kerr, Edwin Roach, Nancy Roach, Josephine Albany, Peter X. Cordeiro, Andy Stubbs, Dominic Vitocco, whose anniversaries are remembered at this time. Rosalind D’Silva, Elsie Anderson, Len Burke, Joan Burke, Victor Vella, Joseph and Maria Vella, Michael Vella, Nazzareno Vella, Karol Rozowicz, Nathan Giles, Therese Carroll, Rennie Vella and Diane Vella.  Requiescant in Pace.

    We Pray For Those Who are Unwell

    Especially Maureen Catania, John McMahon, Sue Johnson, Colin Host, Julie Xuereb, Liam Donohoe, Deidre McCabe, Rosa Maria Santos, Suzie Ciol, Grant Koens, unwell members of the McFadden and McKavanagh families, Catherine Mary Raymond, Deanne Saros, Darryl Ellis, Ian Goes, Shirley Gomes, baby Charlize Gravina, Keith Smith, Terry White, Paul Matanovic, Annie Azzopardi, Helen Parragi, Kelvin Huitt, Mary Burne, Heather Crosland, Anthony Dantu, Mary Elbro, Father O’Neil, Bev Steinhour, Margaret Heininger, Marguerite Spradley, Wanda Sharpe, Michael Thornton, Beryl Coles, and all our unwell family and friends.


    First Reading                              A reading from the prophet Ezekiel 18:25-28

    The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows: ‘you object, "What the Lord does is unjust." Listen, you House of Israel: is what I do unjust? Is it not what you do that is unjust? When the upright man renounces his integrity to commit sin and dies because of this, he dies because of the evil that he himself has committed. When the sinner renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest, he deserves to live. He has chosen to renounce all his previous sins; he shall certainly live; he shall not die.'

    The word of the Lord


    Second Reading,                          A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians 2:1-11

    If our life in Christ means anything to you, if love can persuade at all, or the Spirit that we have in common, or any tenderness and sympathy, then be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind. That is the one thing which would make me completely happy. There must be no competition among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be self-effacing. Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his own interests first but everybody thinks of other people's interests instead. In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus: His state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave, and became as men are; and being as all men are, he was humbler vet, even to accepting death, death on a cross. But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all other names so that all beings in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, should bend the knee at the name of Jesus and that every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    The word of the Lord.


    Gospel                                              A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 21:28-32

    Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, 'What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, "My boy, you go and work in the vineyard today." He answered, "I will not go", but afterwards thought better of it and went. The man then went and said the same thing to the second who answered, "Certainly, sir", but did not go. Which of the two did the father's will?' 'The first' they said. Jesus said to them, "I tell you solemnly, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you, a pattern of true righteousness, but you did not believe him, and yet the tax collectors and prostitutes did. Even after seeing that, you refused to think better of it and believe in him.'

    The Gospel of the Lord.



    Posted by 29 September, 2017
    Updated 29 September, 2017

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