• Bulletin Weekend 08-09 Jul 2017


    Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ Year A


    Loving Father, never let sin ensnare us with empty promises of passing joy.



    What’s the first word that comes to mind when the following word is mention? And the word is “yoke”. So what word came to mind? Could it have been the word “egg’? Most likely! Yet back in biblical times, people may also have  thought of the wooden appliance that was placed across the backs of a couple of oxen.


    This appliance – known as a yoke – was fitted because it was much easier for a big load of grain to be hauled along by two oxen working together, rather than by one, or even by two oxen working individually. When working together, these animals drew strength from each other.


    Similarly, Jesus teaches that Our Heavenly Father invites us to share a yoke when we have been overcome with sorrow, and are now required to carry heavy burdens of hardship. But to share a yoke with God, we need to be people of prayer, people of faith, and people of trust.


    And the verse continues “…for my yoke is easy and my burden light”.



    Baptisms 9th July


    Marcus Bereton, son of Kyle & Kim


    Steven Seth Julian Browning, son of Ray & Marie-Ann


    Victoria Rose Espino, daughter of Alberto & Kateryna


    Archie Jim and Callum Garry Lasker, sons of Scott & Fiona




    Parish Finance Council


    The next meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday 25 July at 6:30 PM. This meeting will be the first since the most untimely and unexpected death of the Chairperson, Mr Ken Searle. The main reason for the meeting is to review the parish finances. The second half of 2017 is expected to be a time of saving and consolidation without any substantial miscellaneous expenses.



    Parish Pastoral Council


    The next meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday 26 July at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be an opportunity to review the pastoral life of the parish over the past six months and share any thoughts for the future. It will also be the final meeting before Father Joe’s 25th Anniversary on 27th August.



    Seasonality of the Parish Year


    In a comparable way to Mother Nature in which we have the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter, the Church also has important seasons, being Advent, Christmastide, Ordinary Time, Lent, Eastertide and Ordinary Time.


    There is, however, an added seasonality to the rhythm of parish life here in Camden. Our large sacramental programmes invariably lead to quite a few extra people having a presence at Mass, even if only temporarily. And it is to these people, especially, that we extend hospitality and encouragement.


    Between the sacramental programmes, there are the quieter months of January, July and August. In terms of Mass attendance, these months will probably be a little like a seasonal low. But as sure as night follows day, numbers will rise again during the springtime with the beginning of the First Holy Communion programme.



    Midweek Mass at St Clare’s


    Because of the Clergy in-service, it is not possible this coming week to have morning Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Divine Office and Mass will be celebrated on Friday morning.


    There is a strong expectation from Bishop Peter that priests have a presence on these occasions for their professional development, as well as for a little fraternity. The normal midweek Mass timetable will apply at St Paul’s. Apologies for any inconvenience.




    Prayers of the Faithful


    Celebrant: The Jewish religion was one of enormous burden placed upon each individual. Jesus tells us that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. Let us try and follow Jesus who helps relieve us from our burdens.

    1. Help us to have patience with ourselves in our search for Christ,
    Lord hear us.

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

    2. Help us to trust in the words of Christ,
    Lord hear us.

    3. Help us to take up the burdens of others with willingness and gladness,
    Lord hear us.

    4. Help us to be grateful for the divine offer of heavenly grace,
    Lord hear us.

    5. Help us to remain loyal to Jesus’ invitation of love,
    Lord hear us.

    Celebrant: Lord, our God, create in us contrite and loving hearts. Grant that we, who are sorrowful in our sins, may obtain your gifts of mercy, forgiveness and newness of life. We make all these prayers through Christ our Lord.




    Labourers in the Lord’s Harvest

    Next Week 15/16 July    Year A

    Saturday Morning Mass and Confessions



    Father Whitty

    Mark Coleman

    St Paul’s Saturday 5:00 Vigil            




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Syd Hyett

    Jim Gallagher, Ken Potter

    Veronica Moore, Alison Galea, Sharon Picken, Trish Hyett

    Andre Ravino, Patrick Ward

    Belinda & Jen

    St Paul’s 8:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Michael

    Larry Johnson

    Cheryl Carroll, Maria Kosiak

    Lisa McFadzean, Cheryl Carroll, Lucy Aquilina, John Tannous

    Eugene Kosiak, Olivia Kosiak


    St Paul’s 10:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers



    Father Joe

    James McFarlane

    Oscar Marimbe, Julie Sligar

    Julian Farias, Michael Reardon, Gemma Sremchevich, Julie Sligar

    Michelle Maldonado, Kevin Maldonado

    Trent, Damien, Betty

    St Clare’s at St Paul’s 5.00 PM


    Special Ministers






    Altar Servers



    Father Michael

    John Walsh, Noel Vinoya, Clare Power, Celene Watson

    Angela Marshall, Brian Jenkins

    Hans Ede

    Clare Power

    Volunteer required

    Hayden Abernethy, Anthony Zappia

    Jenny & Tasha

    General – 9 July


    Cleaners (chapel)

    Altar Linen

    Group 2 (Second Tuesday)

    Christine Fabricato, Kerry Cahill

    Ersilia Martincich

    8-9 JULY 2017



    Reading I      Zechariah 9:9-10


    Prophets were not popular in ancient Israel because they usually brought a word of judgement against the nation and its leaders.  Often the most resistant to hearing the prophets’ message were the religious leaders.  They did not like to be told by theological amateurs what to do, much less to be told to repent of their sins.



    Response to the Psalm.

    I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.




    Reading II         Romans 8:9, 11-13


    The Apostle Paul was clear that God’s plan was to bring all things in heaven and on earth into oneness under Christs’ lordship.  Paul emphasised the human nature which rebelled against God’s will.  And he emphasised also living the life to which we are called in Christ.





    Gospel Acclamation

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,

    you have revealed to little ones

    the mysteries of the kingdom.






    Reading III        Matthew 11:25-30


    Jesus has an invitation to those who are weary of a life full of burdens.  The rest he offers is spiritual rest and renewal that we find by letting go of our attempts at self-sufficiency and trusting in God.




    For Our Faithful Departed

    Laurie Giles, Alfred Petersen, Carmen Vella, Robert Ryan, Maree Grothe and Ken Searle who died recently. Apolinar E. Abasolo, Joe Sholte, Daniel Perinich, Ralph & Margaret Coppock, Kevin Peter Ryan, Lucia Faraone, Ron Jurd, Jenni Byles, Zeljko Nimac, Giuseppa Giacinto, Pepe Caracalli, Mara Grech, Tony Carr, whose anniversaries are remembered at this time. Rino & Assunta Zanatta, 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 Phoenix Leetch, Gregory Flood, June Clapson, 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, Laurie Giles, 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.


     Sunday Readings


    First Reading                            A reading from the prophet Zechariah 9:9-10 


    The Lord says this, 'Rejoice heart and soul, daughter of Zion! Shout with gladness, daughter  of Jerusalem! See now, your king comes to you; he is victorious, he is triumphant, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. He will banish chariots from Ephraim and horses from Jerusalem; the bow of war will be banished. He will proclaim peace for the nations. His empire shall stretch from sea to sea, from the River to the ends of the earth.'

    The word of the Lord




    Second Reading,                        A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 8:9, 11-13 


    Your interests are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you.  In fact, unless you  possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him, and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you. So then, my brothers, there is no necessity for us to obey our unspiritual selves or to live unspiritual lives.  If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put an end to the misdeeds of the body you will live.

    The word of the Lord.




    Gospel                                      A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 11: 25-30 


    Jesus exclaimed, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.  Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do.  Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.  'Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.  Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.'

    The Gospel of the Lord.





    Posted by 8 July, 2017
    Updated 10 July, 2017

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