• Bulletin Weekend 19-20 Aug 2017


    Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time  ~  Year A


    Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed one.




    In today’s Gospel we meet a woman who really had no right to come to Christ asking for a favour.  She was an outsider and a pagan.  But she had the most extraordinary faith in him, and that faith was rewarded.  Week after week we come to Mass where we meet Christ our Saviour.  Do we pour out our needs to him with the utmost confidence?




    Baptisms 20th August


    Cooper Tom French, son of Tom & Monika


    Charlie Robert Miller, son of Ryan & Courtney


    Valencia Rose Oliveri, daughter of Giovanni & Kathleen


    Georgia Lee Sgro, daughter of Domenico & Amy-Lee


    Indiana Grace Young, daughter of David & Joanna



    Wedding Saturday 12 August – Mater Dei


    Congratulations are extended to the happy couple Ben & Jessica, who celebrated their wedding at Mater Dei Chapel last Saturday.  Father Joe officiated the wedding, the afternoon was picture perfect, with the couple planning on continuing to reside in the parish with their family for the long term.



    Postal Plebiscite on “Same sex marriage” announced.


    The Australian Government has announced there will be a postal plebiscite on whether the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 should be changed to include “same-sex marriage”. Ballot papers will be sent out to households on Tuesday, 12 September and all votes must be received back by Tuesday, 7 November. If you are not enrolled to vote, or if you need to update your postal address, go to www.aec.gov.au/enrol/ before the cut-off date of Thursday, 24 August. To keep marriage as a unique relationship between a woman and a man, vote no.



    Why is it so easy to complain?


    It must have begun in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. They had all of the trees of the Garden to eat from but one. But that wasn't good enough! They wanted that one too. And so they complained. God Set the Israelites free from slavery. But that wasn't good enough. Settling into the Promised Land might not be as easy as they thought. And so they complained. Numbers 13 Jesus died on the cross for us, so that we could have eternal life. But that wasn't good enough. We want a cross free life in this world, And so we complain. Complaining not only solves nothing but blinds us to all the good things God has done for us. The Israelites complained and so they had to wander in the desert for 40 years. Maybe we should take a short cut, and give thanks to God instead.

    Because like the Israelites who wandered in the desert for 40 years. Complaining will get us nowhere either!


    Prayers of the Faithful


    Celebrant: Our circle of friends and relatives may keep us involved only with those who think and act as we do.  We may not have a full understanding of others or even see those who are different from us.  But God does not exclude anyone.  Let us pray for those who are neglected by our and others short sightedness.

    1. For those whose customs and lifestyle are different from ours,
    Lord hear us.

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

    2. For those who live near us but live in poverty,
    Lord hear us.

    3. For those who have a religion that we may not understand,
    Lord hear us.

    4. For those we ignore because of political differences,
    Lord hear us.

    5. For those who we believe are our enemies,
    Lord hear us.

    6. For those who are left without food and health care,
    Lord hear us.

    Celebrant: Dear God, who has made us all one people, and who sent your Son to preach to, and love everyone, near and far, grant that people everywhere will know that they are one people in Christ.




    Labourers in the Lord’s Harvest

    Next Week 26/27 August    Year A

    Saturday Morning Mass and Confessions



    Father Whitty

    Mark Coleman

    St Paul’s Saturday 5:00 Vigil            




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Brian Ovington

    Chris Keun, John Roberts

    Robin Roberts, John Roberts, Marita Maloney, Maree Durrington

    Lachlan Tucker, Oliver Tucker

    Maria Baric, Sally Quinnell

    St Paul’s 8:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Whitty

    Larry Johnson

    Ken Potter, Kimberley Logue

    Lucy Aquilina, Glenn Crawford, Lisa McFadzean, Cheryl Carroll

    Eugene Kosiak, Olivia Kosiak

    Cheryl Carroll

    St Paul’s 10:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Syd Hyett

    Julie Sligar, Deanna David

    James McFarlane, Julie Sligar, Michael Reardon, F Menolotto

    Tim Saunders, Emmanuel Aquilina

    Choir, Tasha Hodges

    St Clare’s at St Paul’s 5.00 PM



    Special Ministers



    Children’s Liturgy


    Altar Servers


    To Be Advised

    Judith Madsen, Angela Marshall

    Adam Rafferty, Celene Watson, Arron Fitzsimmons, Joseph Hanson

    Sue Hansen-Gunter, Samantha Vergara

    Isabella Quinlan, William Winsor

    Craig Davidson

    General – 20 August


    Cleaners (chapel)

    Altar Linen

    Group 4 (Fourth Tuesday)

    Christine Fabricato, Kerry Cahill

    Lucy Aquilina

    19-20 AUGUST 2017




    Reading I      Isaiah 56:1, 6-7


    The prophet Isaiah preached a message of inclusiveness.  The community of faith in every age tends to think it is the only one that knows the truth in Christ.  Isaiah’s faith helped him to realise that God loved everyone and extended his love to everyone.




    Response to the Psalm.

    O God, let all the nations praise you!




    Reading II         Romans 11:13-15


    St Paul took the Gospel to the Gentiles, at the great risk of receiving criticism from the Jews.  Even though Paul was persecuted and criticised, he continued to spread the news of God’s love for everyone.




    Gospel Acclamation

    Alleluia, alleluia!  

    Jesus preached the Good News of the kingdom

    and healed all who were sick.  







    Reading III        Matthew 15:21-28


    The instructions in Matthew to us are clear.  We are to take the message of grace to the world, whomever is seeking mercy and will believe.






    For Our Faithful Departed

    Patricia Dixon, Salvatore Lauricella, June Clapson, Keith Millar, Julie Bracken, Gregory Flood, Herman Berendsen, Jocelyne Ucar, Rick Wade who died recently. Mary Farrugia, Anne Crouche, Charlotte Vella, Carmela Ottobre, Joan Blewett, deceased members of the Ryan and Lewis families, Dominic Vitocco, Julie Jenkins, Anne Kozicki, Maria Vaccaro, Harold Angilley, Don Ray, Mary Winifred Thurn, Vera & Jack Cascarino, Carmela & Carmen Spiteri, Jane & Victor Spiteri, 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 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 prophet Isaiah 56: 1, 6-7


    Thus says the Lord: Have a care for justice, act with integrity, for soon my salvation will come and my integrity be manifest. Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord to serve him and to love his name and be his servants - all who observe the Sabbath, not profaning it, and cling to my covenant - these I will bring to my holy mountain.  I will make them joyful in my house of prayer.  Their holocausts and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.

    The word of the Lord.




    Second Reading          A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans. 11: 13-15, 29-32.


    Let me tell you pagans this: I have been sent to the pagans as their apostle, and I am proud of being sent, but the purpose of it is to make my own people envious of you, and in this way save some of them.  Since their rejection meant the reconciliation of the world, do you know what their admission will mean?  Nothing less than a resurrection from the dead!  God never takes back his gifts or revokes his choice. Just as you changed from being disobedient to God, and now enjoy mercy because of their disobedience, so those who are disobedient now - and only because of the mercy shown to you - will also enjoy mercy eventually.  God has imprisoned all men in their own disobedience only to show mercy to all mankind.

    The word of the Lord.




    Gospel                        A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 15: 21-28



    Jesus left Gennesaret and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  Then out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, 'Sir, Son of David, take pity on me.  My daughter is tormented by a devil.' But he answered her not a word.  And his disciples went and pleaded with him.  'Give her what she wants,' they said 'because she is shouting after us.' He said in reply, 'I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.' But the woman had come up and was kneeling at his feet. 'Lord,' she said 'help me.' He replied, 'It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the house-dogs.' She retorted, 'Ah yes, sir; but even house-dogs can eat the scraps that fall from their master's table.' Then Jesus answered her, 'Woman, you have great faith.  Let your wish be granted.' And from that moment her daughter was well again.

    The Gospel of the Lord.







    Posted by 18 August, 2017
    Updated 18 August, 2017

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