• Bulletin Weekend 07-08 Oct 2017


    Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ A

    Almighty and eternal God, give us the courage to stand before your truth.



    Congratulations Ciara & Jack


    Best wishes are extended to Jack and Ciara who married on Friday 29th September (Feast of the Archangels) in the parish church. The Nuptial Mass was enhanced rather beautifully by the sacred music provided by the family. And to round-out a wonderful wedding day, the reception was just perfect with heartfelt speeches containing a touch of humour. Such a memorable day!



    Parish Pastoral Council


    The following two items were tabled for discussion at the most recent meeting of the PPC on 27 September


    1. Proposal for a Readership Fellowship Group


    This proposal emerged following a suggestion to assist readers with the following objectives: (a) fraternity among readers, (b) deeper understanding of the Scriptures, and (c) better quality of reading at Masses.


    A resolution was reached that all readers, through personal email, be invited to a meeting on Thursday 26 October at 7:00 PM in the parish meeting room. It is envisaged that the evening will consist of two parts (a) discussion and sharing led by one of our parishioners Chris Keun, and (b) fraternity and refreshments afterwards.


    The first part of the evening might involve participants volunteering their thoughts and feelings about the following two questions (i) why did I become a reader? and (ii) how have I changed, if it all, since becoming a reader? The night is intended to foster prayer, fraternity, reflection and sharing among the readers.


    2. Advent Event


    There was unanimous agreement to stage another Advent Event after the Vigil on the First Sunday of Advent which, this year, is 2nd December. The format of past years was regarded as quite successful, especially with the discussion questions which help to foster conversation across the tables. The aim is to invite parishioners who may not be so involved in the life of the parish. The fraternity has always been lots of fun. Please come along.



    Baptisms 8th October


    Mila Sophia Alexander, daughter of Neville & Trudie


    Evelyn Maria Brancato, daughter of Antonio & Shardan


    Cody Michael Flint, son of Craig & Lisa


    Jackson Philip Rouse, son of Matthew & Thi Nhiem


    Olivia Nicole Wickert, daughter of Gavin & Nicole





    Acolytes and Special Ministers of Holy Communion


    Gratitude is extended to the many parishioners who assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. We’re now in need for a few people from among our acolytes and special ministers to be part of a team in assisting with taking communion to older parishioners who are no longer able to attend Mass. Please take this invitation seriously. The spiritual care of our elderly parishioners is extremely important.



    Mater Dei Country Fair


    Mater Dei in our own parish is a most beautiful school in which the grace of God abounds. There is within the school a wonderful fraternity of teachers and ancillary staff who educate and care for children and teenagers with special needs.


    On Sunday 15 October there will be the 2017 Country Fair from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, featuring over 50 stalls, raffles, chocolate wheel, Devonshire tea, food stalls, rides and live entertainment. And there’s lots more – attractions everywhere. Not to be missed! Please try to be supportive. The grounds at Mater Dei are quite beautiful and well worth a visit.




    Prayers of the Faithful

    Celebrant: Stewardship means being good manners of the resources we have been given by God. As good stewards we know that when we chose to spend our time, talents and resources there are always opportunities that we have missed. Let us consider our choices and use our resources in keeping with the values and our life mission as according to God’s standards.

    1.      For those who are scientists, that they may expand the knowledge and wisdom for all,
    Lord hear us.
    Response: Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer.
    2.      For those who are musicians, that they may lead and inspire us with beautiful music,
    Lord hear us.
    3.      For those who are technicians, that they may build machines for the well-being of humanity,
    Lord hear us.
    4.      For those who are in the health care fields, that they may help heal humanity’s illnesses,
    Lord hear us.
    Celebrant: Lord God, you have given each of us special gifts and talents. Help us to know that these are gifts given by you to be used for the welfare of all of humanity. And give us strength to do Your will. We pray in the name of Christ our Lord




    Labourers in the Lord’s Harvest

    Next Week 14/15 October    Year A

    Saturday Morning Mass and Confessions



    Father Whitty

    Mark Coleman

    St Paul’s Saturday 5:00 Vigil            




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Michael

    Brian Ovington

    Maria Cavallaro, Chris Keun

    Sharon Picken, Carol Walsh, Marita Maloney, Trish Hyett

    Lachlan Tucker, Oliver Tucker

    Maria Cavallaro, Sarah Vella

    St Paul’s 8:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Michael

    Syd Hyett

    Leonie Gray, Ken Potter

    Lucy Aquilina, Larry Johnson, Cheryl Carroll, Lisa McFadzean

    Patrick Ward, Teagan Pritchard


    St Paul’s 10:00 AM




    Special Ministers



    Altar Servers



    Father Michael

    Mark Coleman

    Lisa Saunders, James McFarlane

    Gemma Sremchevich, Julie Sligar, Fabian Menolotto, Gerald Kenneally

    Michelle Maldonado, Kevin Maldonado

    Steve, Damian, Betty

    St Clare’s at St Paul’s 5.00 PM



    Special Ministers



    Children’s Liturgy


    Altar Servers


    Father Michael

    Hans Ede, Brian Jenkins

    John Walsh, Clare Power, Joseph Hanson, Brian Jenkins

    Hans Ede

    Clare Power

    Volunteers required

    Isabella Quinlan, William Winsor

    Tony Lo Cascio

    General – 8 October


    Cleaners (chapel)

    Altar Linen

    Group 2 (Second Tuesday)

    Jeff & Rina Beranek

    Patricia Howe


    7-8 OCTOBER 2017



    Reading I      Isaiah 5:1-7



    Isaiah introduces a series of woes levelled against Judah for their infidelity to Yahweh.  The allegorical nature of the song shows that Yahweh is the owner of the vineyard and the people of Judah are his choice plantings.  The vineyard of Christ’s church produces fruit only when the Church is in complete dependence on the vine.



    Response to the Psalm.

    The vineyard of the Lord is the House of Israel.




    Reading II         Philippians 4:6-9


    The apostle Paul seeks to impress on his readers that they must have certain right standards of action.  Paul tells his audience to make room in their lives for some wholesome, healthy experiences.  The Apostle knew that what we bring to the room where we live will determine much of the peace we know or fail to find.




    Gospel Acclamation

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    I call you friends, says the Lord, because I have

    made known everything I have learnt from my Father.  







    Reading III        Matthew 21:33-43


    This parable illustrates the deliberateness of human sin.  Sin is the deliberate taking of our own way, when we know quite well what the way of God is.  The cultivators in this story carry out a deliberate policy of disobedience to the Landowner to their own peril.



    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, 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 Isaiah 5:1-7


    Let me sing to my friend the song of his love for his vineyard. My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. He dug the soil, cleared it of stones, and planted choice vines in it. In the middle he built a tower, he dug a press there too. He expected it to yield grapes, but sour grapes were all that it gave. And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, I ask you to judge between my vineyard and me. What could I have done for my vineyard that I have not done? I expected it to yield grapes. Why did it yield sour grapes instead? Very well, I will tell you what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge for it to be grazed on, and knock down its wall for it to be trampled on. I will lay it waste, unpruned, undug; overgrown by the briar and the thorn. I will command the clouds to rain no rain on it. Yes, the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the House of Israel, and the men of Judah that chosen plant. He expected justice, but found bloodshed, integrity, but only a cry of distress.

    The word of the Lord




    Second Reading,                          A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians 4: 6-9


    There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good and pure, everything that we love and honour, and everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise. Keep doing all the things that you learnt from me and have been taught by me and have heard or seen that I do.  Then the God of peace will be with you.

    The word of the Lord.




    Gospel                                           A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 21:33-43


    Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, 'Listen to another parable.  There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower, then he leased it to tenants and went abroad.  When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third. Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger number, and they dealt with them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them.  "They will respect my son" he said.  But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, "This is the heir.  Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance." So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.  Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?' They answered, 'He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will deliver the produce to him when the season arrives.' Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the scriptures: It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone. This was the Lord's doing and it is wonderful to see?  'I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.'

    The Gospel of the Lord.



    Posted by 5 October, 2017
    Updated 5 October, 2017

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