• Bulletin Weekend 22-23 Jul 2017


    Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ Year A


    Father, keep us watchful in prayer; & true to the teaching of your Son, Jesus.






    The accompanying picture is best appreciated by reading this Sunday’s Gospel which is reproduced on last page. It tells of how good and evil co-exist in the world, and how they can at times be unrecognisable from each other. This is a continuous theme throughout the history of humanity. However, there is nothing that is concealed from God. In the end, God will be the supreme judge, and administer justice.





    Saturday Morning


    At Mass this coming Saturday morning, 29 July, a young adult will be fully initiated into the Catholic Church by receiving the sacraments of Holy Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Accordingly, the duration of Mass will be more like about 45 minutes. Notwithstanding the little extra time, our regular parishioners are encouraged to still come along and provide prayerful support for this young man.



    Baptisms 23rd July


    Joseph Adriano Gurina Camilleri, son of Jimmy & Monique


    Marco Joseph Goldsmith, son of Andrew & Jennifer


    Alice Monique Johan, daughter of Lance & Jacqueline


    Rose Jane Lappan, daughter of Brendan & Eliza


    Harvey James Morrish, son of Jamie & Amanda


    Olivia Clare Palmer, daughter of Timothy & Leisa-Marie


    Tristiano John Sanzoni, son of Thomas & Angela




    Parish Finance Council


    PFC: Reminder that a meeting of the PFC has been scheduled for this coming Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM. The meeting will provide an opportunity for a roundup, and should be over within 60 minutes.



    Parish Pastoral Council


    PPC: Reminder that the next meeting of the PPC has been scheduled for this coming Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM. The meeting will have a special focus on Father Joe’s 25th Anniversary to be celebrated on Sunday 27 August. But otherwise, the meeting will be relatively quiet. The customary refreshments will be available afterwards. Parishioners who may be interested in the operation of the PPC are welcome to come along.



    First Holy Communion (FHC)


    Advanced notice that enrolment into the FHC programme will be in early September. Parents should continue to assist with their children’s spiritual formation by bringing them to Mass weekly, or as regularly as possible. FHC will be celebrated in the parish on the Feast of Christ the King which this year is 25/26 November. Parents are strongly encouraged to have regular dialogue with their children about the faith. So important!



    Blue Tac:    At different times throughout the year, various events and apostolates are promoted with the use of big glossy flyers. Parishioners are advised that these posters can be attached to the glass windows or to the timber work with the use of blue-tac or sticky tape. However, the use of blue-tac upon the brickwork is strictly forbidden. In our church, both internally and externally, the sandstock brickwork is quite a feature, and very much in keeping with Camden’s historic charm. The appeal and quality of the brickwork shouldn’t be diminished by large fragments of fluorescent blue-tac that are virtually impossible to remove. Thanks for everyone’s cooperation.



    Men’s Movie and Pizza Night


    Our organiser Mr Ken Garland – well known from his acolyte duties at the 5:00 PM Sunday evening Mass – wishes to advise that the next social gathering has been scheduled for Friday 28 July in the Heritage Hall. Those who would like to come along are very welcome to arrive at 7:00 PM for pizzas, refreshments and, of course, a little fraternity. The movie will begin at 7:30 PM. For catering purposes, bookings are essential by noon Friday 28th. Please ring Ken on 0417 244 059 to register. The cost of the evening is just $10, with a special offer of being able to bring a new friend for free. Most enjoyable evening assured.



    Prayers of the Faithful


    Celebrant: Jesus is teaching his disciples that they should not be discouraged, and should continuously resolve to serve & witness to each other according to the various circumstances of their lives. And that teaching remains true for ourselves. Let us ask God to help us in our journey, and in being of service to others.

    1. That we may discover and nourish our capacity for growth in the face of adversity,
    Lord hear us.

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

    2. That our enthusiasm for the kingdom of God will not wane under difficult circumstances,
    Lord hear us.

    3. That the faith we profess may be visible to others,
    Lord hear us.

    4. That we will experience the consoling power of God in times when we might fail,
    Lord hear us.

    5. That we will trust in God and in His strength, and not our own powers,
    Lord hear us.

    6. That we will praise God in the fearful times of our lives as well as in times of safety,
    Lord hear us.

    Celebrant: Gracious God, you have invited us to feast in your promised Kingdom. May we never be so busy attending to those tasks that are of little concern to You. May we always thankfully celebrate the power of your Son? We make all these prayers through Christ our Lord




    Labourers in the Lord’s Harvest

    Next Week 29/30 July    Year A

    Saturday Morning Mass and Confessions



    Father Michael

    Pat O’Flynn

    St Paul’s Saturday 5:00 Vigil            




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Pat O’Flynn

    Kerry Todd, Julianne Ball

    Veronica Moore, Brian Jenkins, Maree Durrington, Trish Hyett

    Lachlan Tucker, Oliver Tucker

    Belinda Vaccaro, Tasha Hodges

    St Paul’s 8:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers



    Father Michael

    Syd Hyett

    Anne Hyeronimus, Glenn Crawford

    Larry Johnson, Lisa McFadzean, Cheryl Carroll, Lorraine Phillips

    Emily Kreltszheim, Teagan Pritchard

    Cheryl Carroll

    St Paul’s 10:00 AM




    Special Ministers



    Altar Servers


    Father Whitty

    James McFarlane

    Jenny Farias, Deanna David

    Gerald Kenneally, Kylie Crnek-Georgeson, Gemma Sremchevich, Jenny Farias

    Natalia Farias, Emmanuel Aquilina


    St Clare’s at St Paul’s 5.00 PM


    Special Ministers




    Children’s Liturgy


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Adam Rafferty, Hans Ede, John Walsh

    Angela Marshall, Judith Madsen

    Hans Ede

    Sheereen Brunetta, Samantha Vergara

    Zac Gunner, Hollins Eastgate


    General – 23 July


    Cleaners (chapel)

    Altar Linen

    Group 4 (Fourth Tuesday)

    Noella Gadd, Pete Williams

    Ersilia Martincich

    22-23 JULY 2017


    Reading I      Wisdom 12:13, 16-19


    Written between 150 BC to 100 AD in Alexandria, Egypt, the author reflected on the precarious situation of his fellow Jews in the city.  The questions that are raised here are universal.  Why does God allow the good to suffer at the hands of the wicked?  The writer emphasises that the people need to have faith in God and His power.



    Response to the Psalm.

    Lord, you are good and forgiving.




    Reading II         Romans 8:26-27


    Though the infirmities of Christians are many, so that they would be overpowered if left to themselves, yet the Holy Spirit supports them.  The Spirit teaches us what to pray for and works with us.  It comforts us and helps us through all discouragements.  The Spirit makes intercession with God so that the enemy will not prevail.





    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 13:24-43


    Jesus’ parables are lessons on how to overcome evil in this world.  He explains that God alone is the judge an we are to leave judgement to Him.  He also shows how with the example of the most normal of everyday things, God is able to transform even the worst of us.



    For Our Faithful Departed

    Rick Wade, Laurie Giles, Alfred Petersen, Carmen Vella, Robert Ryan ad Maree Grothe who died recently. Don Ray, Mary Winifred Thurn, Vera & Jack Cascarino, Carmela & Carmen Spiteri, Jane & Victor Spiteri, Jean Pickup, Deceased members of the Lillis family, Chris Bird, 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 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.


    Gospel     A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 13: 24-43



    Jesus put a parable before the crowds, 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.  While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off.  When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well.  The owner's servants went to him and said, "Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field?  If so, where does the darnel come from?" "Some enemy has done this," he answered.  And the servants said, "Do you want us to go and weed it out?" But he said, "No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it.  Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn." 'He put another parable before them, 'The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field.  It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the biggest shrub of all and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and shelter in its branches.'


    He told them another parable, 'The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour till it was leavened all through.'

       In all this Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables - indeed, he would never speak to them except in parables.  This was to fulfil the prophecy:


       I will speak to you in parables and   expound things hidden since the foundation of the world.


    Then, leaving the crowds, he went to the house; and his disciples came to him and said, 'Explain the parable about the darnel in the field to us.' He said in reply, 'The sower of the good seed is the Son of Man.  The field is the world; the good seed is the subjects of the kingdom; the darnel the subjects of the evil one; the enemy who sowed them, the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; the reapers are the angels.  Well then, just as the darnel is gathered up and burnt in the fire, so it will be at the end of time.  The Son of Man will send his angels and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that provoke  offences and all who do evil, and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. Then the virtuous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Listen, anyone who has ears!'.’

    The Gospel of the Lord.





    Posted by 22 July, 2017
    Updated 22 July, 2017

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