• Bulletin Weekend 16-17 Sep 2017


    Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time  ~  Year A


    Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true.




    Whenever you are able to see an Anniversary of Marriage - 25, 50, 60 years or even more – you can be assured that the ingredient of forgiveness has been kept in excellent working order. As human beings, we all have a fragile human nature and invariably make mistakes. If we live long enough, we will probably make some big mistakes. Every relationship requires forgiveness. And knowing this, Our Lord died on the cross for the forgiveness of sins.



    First Holy Communion Programme


    Registration for the programme began last weekend with the recording of names and the distribution of timelines. Parents are still able to register. For this weekend, enrolment forms will be available for collection. Please take home the enrolment form to complete, and return next week with $20. The programme offers a wonderful opportunity for parents to have a most valuable part in preparing their children.



    Baptisms 17th September


    Noah Ronald Franklin-McNaughton, son of Luke & Rebecca


    Verona Lisa Theresa Furiglio, daughter of Andrew & Lisa


    Julian David Iofrida, son of Giuseppe & Jill


    April MaKinley & Owen Andrew, children of Darren & Jacinta Jones


    Peyton Grace Kovalik, daughter of Matthew & Jessica


    Nathaniel Lampasi, son of Tyrone & Natalie


    Luis Gabriel Rosasqui, son of Paul & Renee


    Georgia Stevie Plumb, daughter of Steven & Marie




    Eulogies ~Reflections from the Parish Pastoral Council


    The matter of eulogies was raised for discussion at the meeting on 26 July, with a proposal to discontinue them in the parish from some date in the future. From eulogies at funerals in recent times, the following observations were shared:


    That various funerals had eulogies that were:


    1. Very lengthy of at least 20 minutes, and often much longer;
    2. Many in number, sometimes three or more, totalling well over half an hour;
    3. Many in number because adult sons and daughters all felt the need to say something;
    4. Quite often poorly prepared and repetitive;
    5. Inclusive of content that was inappropriate to be shared from the Ambo (Lectern).
    6. Provided by family members and friends who at times would approach the Ambo – not with a page or two of notes – but with a folder or iPad.



    Increasingly, eulogies were being endured by people in the congregation. A few months ago, there was a particular Requiem Mass in our own parish that went for over two hours. It was also acknowledged that more and more families were regarding the eulogy as an absolute right. It was noted that during pre-funeral interviews, families were agreeing to contain eulogies to a short period of time, only to go on their own merry way at considerable length once the opportunity arose.


    In response, it was noted that other options could be available such as the delivery of eulogies at the wake, or the inclusion of eulogies in the booklet. The latter option, especially, could make the booklet quite a beautiful keepsake. Agreement was reached that the possibility of discontinuing eulogies could be presented to all parishioners in the Parish Community News (weekly bulletin), inviting feedback. The issue will be highly sensitive, requiring ample time and careful management.


    A survey will be included in next week’s PCN as a way of inviting parishioners to contribute to the evaluation process. The communication of thoughts and feelings from parishioners is very necessary and will be most appreciated.



    Bishop’s Annual Appeal ~Next Weekend.


    Each year the Bishop has requested an appeal to support his work in the care & provision of sick & retired priests. Clergy in active ministry are comfortably accommodated by the parishes, especially from the offerings to the first collection. But those priests who have reached a venerable old age after many decades in active ministry become, primarily, the responsibility of the Diocese. The Bishop sincerely values this financial support.



    Parish Pastoral Council


    Further reminder of the next meeting on the 27th September at 7 PM. Always a good night with refreshments afterwards.



    Prayers of the Faithful


    Celebrant: Forgiveness requires us to live with some ambiguity because strengths and weaknesses reside in every human life. People can be morally upright yet still fall into sin and failure. Let us be prepared and willing to extend forgiveness and to seek forgiveness according to circumstances

    1. Help us to love our neighbours,
    Lord hear us.

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

    2. Help us to turn the other cheek,
    Lord hear us.

    3. Help us to love our enemies,
    Lord hear us.

    4. Help us to forgive those who have sinned against us,
    Lord hear us.

    5. Help us to love the least of our brothers and sisters,
    Lord hear us.

    6. Help us to find ourselves by giving ourselves,
    Lord hear us.

    Celebrant: O God, help us so to live that one day we may freely pray: Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. We make all these prayers through Christ our Lord.




    Labourers in the Lord’s Harvest

    Next Week 23/24 September    Year A

    Saturday Morning Mass and Confessions



    Father Joe

    John Roberts

    St Paul’s Saturday 5:00 Vigil            




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Michael

    Eddie Ravino

    Marita Maloney, Brian Jenkins

    Veronica Moore, Alison Galea, Robin Roberts, John Roberts

    Andre Ravino

    Maria Baric, Sally Quinnell

    St Paul’s 8:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Syd Hyett

    Trish Hyett, Glenn Crawford

    Kathryn Hampton, Lorraine Phillips Denise Carney, Anne Hyeronimus

    Katie Peters, Anthony Zappia


    St Paul’s 10:00 AM




    Special Ministers



    Altar Servers


    Father Michael

    Mark Coleman

    Chris Keun

    Jenny Farias, Gemma Sremchevich, Michael Reardon, Kylie Crnek-Georgeson

    Jordan-Leigh Estephan


    St Clare’s at St Paul’s 5.00 PM



    Special Ministers




    Children’s Liturgy


    Altar Servers



    Father Joe

    Ola (Alex) Wojcik, Judith Madsen

    Hans Ede, Simon Abernethy, Lachlan Abernethy, Joseph Hanson

    Joanna Knowles

    Sue Hansen-Gunter, Samantha Vergara

    Hayden Abernethy, Alexander Cooper

    Craig Davidson

    General – 17 September


    Cleaners (chapel)

    Altar Linen

    Group 3 (Third Tuesday)

    Lee Matthews

    Slava Brcic


    16-17 SEPTEMBER 2017



    Reading I      Sirach 27:30-28:7


    Oftentimes, we try to hold on to our feelings of anger as a self-justification against those whom we feel have harmed us.  We must relinquish our feelings of anger so that we too may be forgiven.




    Response to the Psalm.

    The Lord is kind and merciful;

    slow to anger and rich in compassion.




    Reading II         Romans 14:7-9


    Paul’s call for the people to love your neighbour as yourself emphasises the law of the prophets and of Christ Jesus.  If we do this Paul says, we have fulfilled the commandment.





    Gospel Acclamation

    Alleluia, alleluia!  

    I give you a new commandment:

    love one another as I have loved you us.  







    Reading III        Matthew 18:21-35


    We see violence and hatred all around us.  It seems that countries will never be at peace.  Yet, violence and hatred are contrary to Jesus’ teaching of forgiveness.  The Christian commitment to love others as we love ourselves is primary.






    For Our Faithful Departed

    Patricia Dixon, who died recently. Edwina Powell, Patrick Kerr, Edwin Roach, Nancy Roach, Josephine Albany, Peter X. Cordeiro, Andy Stubbs, Yvonne Hoad, Mary, Vere & Patrick Walton, Telipa Abasolo, Apolimar E. Abasolo, Horace M. Adams, Larry Gorton, Mary Farrugia, Anne Crouche, Charlotte Vella, Carmela Ottobre, Joan Blewett, deceased members of the Ryan and Lewis families, Dominic Vitocco, whose anniversaries are remembered at this time. Maria Grech, 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, 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 book of Ecclesiasticus 27:30-28:7   


    Resentment and anger, these are foul things, and both are found with the sinner. He who exacts vengeance will experience the vengeance of the Lord, who keeps strict account of sin. Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven. If a man nurses anger against another, can he then demand compassion from the Lord? Showing no pity for a man like himself, can he then plead for his own sins? Mere creature of flesh, he cherishes resentment; who will forgive him his sins? Remember the last things, and stop hating, remember dissolution and death, and live by the commandments. Remember the commandments, and do not bear your neighbour ill-will; remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook the offence.

    The word of the Lord.




    Second Reading        A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans. 14: 7-9

    The life and death of each of us has its influence on others; if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord.  This explains why Christ both died and came to life, it was so that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

    The word of the Lord.




    Gospel                         A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 18: 21-35 


    Peter went up to Jesus and said, 'Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me?  As often as seven times?' Jesus answered, 'Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.  'And so the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts with his servants.  When the reckoning began, they brought him a man who owed ten thousand talents; but he had no means of paying, so his master gave orders that he should be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, to meet the debt.  At this, the servant threw himself down at his master's feet.  "Give me time," he said, "and I will pay the whole sum." And the servant's master felt so sorry for him that he let him go and cancelled the debt.  Now as this servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow servant who owed him one hundred denarii; and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him.  "Pay what you owe me," he said.  His fellow servant fell at his feet and implored him, saying, "Give me time and I will pay you." But the other would not agree; on the contrary, he had him thrown into prison till he should pay the debt.  His fellow servants were deeply distressed when they saw what had happened, and they went to their master and reported the whole affair to him.  Then the master sent for him.  "You wicked servant," he said, "I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me.  Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow servant just as I had pity on you?" And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt.  And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.’

    The Gospel of the Lord.





    Posted by 14 September, 2017
    Updated 14 September, 2017

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