• Bulletin Weekend 12-13 Aug 2017


    Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time  ~  Year A


    Look to your covenant, O Lord, and forget not the life of your poor ones for ever.



    Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 15 August


    Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary this year falls on Tuesday 15 August.  This is a holy day of obligation for all the faithful.  Come to celebrate at one of these Masses: 9:30AM Mass with the School at St Clare’s; 9:30AM Mass with the School at St Paul’s Church; 7:00PM Parish Mass at St Paul’s Church.

    At times storms of one kind or another blow up and threaten not only our peace and our security, but our very life.  At such moments we know we cannot save ourselves.  Only God can save us and restored calm to our trouble lives.



    Baptisms 13th August


    Lola Rose Crouch, daughter of Matthew & Eleanor


    Ronan Lavelle-Alfonso, son of Martin & Norma


    Matteo Luca, son of Rocco & Melina


    Kye Tevita Micallef, son of Jason & Tahlia


    Alexander Polmeni, son of Robert & Julia




    Father Joe’s Silver Jubilee – Sunday 27 August 2017


    On Sunday 27 August there will be a celebration Mass at the normal 10.00am Mass time that everyone is most welcome to attend and show how much Father Joe means to us all.  You may have had the opportunity to see the notice in this week’s bulletin with regard to the luncheon planned for 12.00 after Mass over in the Civic Centre, if you would like to attend, it is not too late, but you will need to contact the office this week to put your name down, tell us if you would like to sit at a specific table and pay so that we can give the caterers final numbers.  If you have put your name down to say that you will be coming and have not yet paid, could we please also ask you to come to the office this week and finalise your payment.  This is going to be a really special day and we hope that as many parishioners as possible can come along and join in the celebrations.  $50 a head for adults and $25 a head for children under 12 years of age.



    Young Women Retreat Day, Mount Schoenstatt – 7 October 2017


    Inviting Young Women (aged 17-30) to a Grace & Silence retreat day.  Aimed to help prepare your heart for your vocation to Marriage and Family, Single Life or Consecrated Life. The theme is Love is Faithful, My "Faithful" Yes at Joseph Kentenich House, Mount Schoenstatt, 230 Fairlight Road, Mulgoa.  The cost is $30 and includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and materials. Registration Essential a week prior to each date via email to juliebrcar@gmail.com.



    Children’s Liturgy Helpers Required


    A callout is being sent to anyone who has a vested interest in continuing Children’s Liturgy within our parish for the Sunday evening St Clare’s Mass 5.00pm.  After many dedicated years to this ministry, we are in need of some new faces.  To help, or for more information, please contact Elizabeth in the Parish Office.



    East Africa Food Crisis – Caritas Appeal


    The United Nations has said this is the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War. Tragically, 23 million people are facing starvation.  With the support of the ACBC, Caritas Australia is responding to Pope Francis’ call for assistance to these people. Caritas Australia will contribute to the work of Caritas International, which is closely involved with those most in need. The immediate need is for food and water, shelter and medical supplies to help reduce the loss of life due to malnutrition and disease.  Responding to this call, it has been agreed that Caritas will conduct an appeal for East Africa throughout our Diocese during this time. Our parish will be collecting for this important appeal this weekend.  Special envelopes are available throughout the church.



    Prayers of the Faithful


    Celebrant: We all would like to escape life’s troubles and pains, but this is an impossible wish. Let us ask God to help those who pray for deliverance yet experience extreme trials.

    1. For those who prayed that God would save a spouse who had died,
    Lord hear us.

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

    2. For those who prayed for a child’s cure yet the child remained ill,
    Lord hear us.

    3. For those who prayed for peace and war continued instead,
    Lord hear us.

    4. For those who prayed for employment and remained unemployed instead,
    Lord hear us.

    5. For those who prayed for life giving rain and received drought instead,
    Lord hear us.

    6. For those who prayed for forgiveness from others and received rejection instead,
    Lord hear us.

    Celebrant: O God, our Creator and Redeemer, we often pray for things we think we should receive.  We know that you hear all prayers.  Help us to know that you always know what is the best for us in this life and in the next, and even when we feel our prayers are not answered, you are there with us, in happiness and sorrow.  Teach us to pray wisely and remember “Not my will, but thine be done.”



    Labourers in the Lord’s Harvest

    Next Week 19/20 August    Year A

    Saturday Morning Mass and Confessions



    Father Whitty

    John Roberts

    St Paul’s Saturday 5:00 Vigil            




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    John Roberts

    Jim Gallagher, Ken Potter

    Brian Ovington, Carol Walsh, Trish O’Flynn, Sharon Picken

    Caitlin Old, Patrick Ward

    Belinda Vaccaro, Jen Charadia

    St Paul’s 8:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Whitty

    Syd Hyett

    Leonie Gray, Anne Hyeronimus

    John Tannous, Lorraine Phillips, Cheryl Carroll, Anne Hyeronimus

    Katie Peters


    St Paul’s 10:00 AM




    Special Ministers



    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    James McFarlane

    Joseph Hanson, Lisa Saunders

    Jenny Farias, Christine Mills, Warwick Suters, Kylie Crnek-Georgeson

    Ruby Thompson, Natalia Farias

    Trent, Damian, Betty

    St Clare’s at St Paul’s 5.00 PM



    Special Ministers



    Children’s Liturgy

    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Ola (Alex) Wojcik), Brian Jenkins

    Noel Vinoya, Simon Abernethy, Lachlan Abernethy, Clare Power

    Volunteer required

    Clare Power, Volunteer required

    Hayden Abernethy

    Jenny & Tasha

    General – 13 August


    Cleaners (chapel)

    Altar Linen

    Group 3 (Third Tuesday)

    Noella Gadd, Pete Williams

    Lucy Aquilina

    12-13 AUGUST 2017



    Reading I      1 Kings 19:9, 11-13


    We seem to want to always see and experience a miracle.  But God seldom overwhelms us with His might and majesty.  God speaks to us in the things and tasks of ordinary life.  We must try and be attuned to the extraordinary in the very ordinary.




    Response to the Psalm.

    Lord, show us your mercy and love, and grant us your salvation.




    Reading II         Romans 9:1-5


    It is easy to sympathise with Paul in retrospect.  He could not understand why so very many people of his time were not able to see the glory and majesty of God in Jesus.  He wondered why God would not show the people in a very direct way that Jesus was the Messiah.  Even so, Paul held on to his faith even to the end of his life.




    Gospel Acclamation

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    I hope in the Lord, I trust in his word.





    Reading III        Matthew 14:22-33


    The whole point of this parable of Jesus is that we can rely on God to be with us in our difficulties.  It however does not mean that we may be rescued from our difficulties, but that we can trust God through faith to do what is right for each one of us.





    For Our Faithful Departed

    Salvatore Lauricella, June Clapson, Keith Millar, Julie Bracken, Gregory Flood, Herman Berendsen, Jocelyne Ucar, Rick Wade who died recently. Dominic Vitocco, Julie Jenkins, Anne Kozicki, Maria Vaccaro, Harold Angilley, Mary Muller, Don Ray, Mary Winifred Thurn, Vera & Jack Cascarino, Carmela & Carmen Spiteri, Jane & Victor Spiteri, Jean Pickup, Deceased members of the Lillis family, Chris Bird, whose anniversaries are remembered at this time. 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, 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 first book of the Kings 19:9, 11-13


    When Elijah reached Horeb, the mountain of God, he went into the cave and spent the night in it.  Then he was told, 'Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.' Then the Lord himself went by.  There came a mighty wind, so strong it tore the mountains and shattered the rocks before the Lord.  But the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind came an earthquake.  But the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire.  But the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire there came the sound of a gentle breeze.  And when Elijah heard this, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

    The word of the Lord.





    Second Reading,                             A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 9:1-5


    What I want to say is no pretence; I say it in union with Christ - it is the truth - my conscience in union with the Holy Spirit assures me of it too. What I want to say is this: my sorrow is so great, my mental anguish so endless, I would willingly be condemned and be cut off from Christ if it could help my brothers of Israel, my own flesh and blood. They were adopted as sons, they were given the glory and the covenants; the Law and the ritual were drawn up for them, and the promises were made to them. They are descended from the patriarchs and from their flesh and blood came Christ who is above all, God for ever blessed!  Amen.

    The word of the Lord.





    Gospel                                                    A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 14:22-23



    Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray.  When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind.  In the fourth watch of the night he went towards them, walking on the lake, and when the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified.  'It is a ghost' they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, 'Courage!  It is I! Do not be afraid.' It was Peter who answered.  'Lord', he said 'if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.' 'Come' said Jesus. Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but as soon as he felt the force of the wind, he took fright and began to sink.  'Lord!  Save me!' he cried.  Jesus put out his hand at once and held him.  'Man of little faith,' he said 'why did you doubt?' And as they got into the boat the wind dropped.  The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, 'Truly, you are the Son of God.

    The Gospel of the Lord..












    Posted by 11 August, 2017
    Updated 11 August, 2017

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