• Bulletin Weekend 24-25 Jun 2017


    Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ Year A


    The Lord is the strength of his people, a saving refuge for the one he has anointed.



    This weekend brings to completion the Confirmation programme in the parish for 2017. It began with enrolments in early April and has been steadily gathering momentum over the weeks with a noticeably strong commitment from the overwhelming number of families. Thank you.  

    Organization throughout the programme has been of the highest standard, especially with operation of the various groups and workshops across the parish. 

    The new books have been very well received and feedback has been extremely positive. Parents are encouraged to continue bringing their children to Mass so as to further assist their spiritual formation and, in this way, invest seriously in their future happiness.



    Marian Movement of Priests


    On May 8, 1972, Father Gobbi, an Italian priest from Milan, was on a pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal and was praying in the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima for some priests who had given up their vocations and were reportedly planning to rebel against the Roman Catholic Church. On that day he reported his first alleged communication from the Virgin Mary urging him to have confidence in the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to gather those priests that would be willing to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and be strongly united with the Pope and the Catholic Church.


    From this time, the Marian Movement of Priests (MMP) was established as an association of clergy and devoted laity. And it was from the MMP that meetings were held in which prayers were offered for priests & Catholics in general. These prayer meetings were called Cenacles.


    The Vatican has not taken an official position on the many communications that Father Gobbi believes he has received from Mary. However, various cardinals have been members of the MMP which continues to meet regularly in Rome. Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass with Father Gobbi each year.


    The three fundamental spiritual values of the MMP are formally expressed in Father Gobbi’s circulars as: (1) personal consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, (2) unity & devotion to the Pope, and (3) leading the faithful to trust the Virgin Mary. The MMP places special emphasis on the power of praying the Holy Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration as effective means of strengthening the Church.


    In our own parish members of the MMP have been meeting in cenacles for approximately seven years. Parishioners who are interested in the MMP are welcome to attend the Cenacle after 9.00am Mass on Wednesday mornings.



    Pilgrimage to Rome: A “Meet & Greet” luncheon has been organised in the Heritage Hall for Sunday 2nd July. Participants are invited to gather for about an hour from 12:30 PM. Father Sean and Father Michael will both be present to meet the pilgrims and to attend to a few minor formalities. The Sydney-based organizer of the tours, Mr Trevor Kenneally, will also be present to share information. It’s also understood that a large number of people will be travelling from the Southern Highlands for this auspicious occasion.

    Apparently, the numbers travelling for the two pilgrimages – each for a week over two consecutive weeks – are very large with around 25-30 in each party.  

    In terms of the gathering on 2 July, beverages will be available upon arrival and followed by a light meal. The occasion also offers the opportunity for our own parish to return a little hospitality in response to the superb hospitality that has been provided on the many golf days that have been hosted over the years at Bowral and Mittagong.



    Church Computer & Overheads Screens


    The operation of our church computer to service the overhead screens has become an increasingly important part of Mass. With the words to prayers and sacred music on the screens, participation from among the many people in the congregation is noticeably better. And the words are, of course, especially useful for those who are not so familiar with the Church’s sacred liturgy.  

    An appeal is again being extended to parishioners – especially from among our youth – to learn the rather simple procedure of providing this service. If interested, please contact Elizabeth during parish office hours or see Father Joe or Father Michael after Mass. If not so interested, still ring anyway. It won’t cause any suffering.



    Prayers of the Faithful


    Celebrant: Many people feel much unloved in an unloving world. They experience life’s hardships and life’s struggles as seriously debilitating. Let us pray for all of those who feel unloved and unnoticed.

    1. For those who are consigned to very demeaning jobs,
    Lord hear us.

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

    2. For those who live in loveless marriages,
    Lord hear us.

    3. For those who suffer from abuse, physical and emotional,
    Lord hear us.

    4. For those who live alone and are subjected to unending loneliness,
    Lord hear us.

    5. For those who have never been told that God loves them,
    Lord hear us.

    6. For those whom no one notices,
    Lord hear us.

    Celebrant: Heavenly Father, while we are all children of a loving God, many never hear the words of love and appreciation that are so desperately needed.

    Open our eyes to those who go unnoticed. Open our ears to the silent cries of need. Open our hearts so that we may know that every person we meet is a child beloved by your most Sacred Heart. We make all these prayers our Lord




    Labourers in the Lord’s Harvest

    Next Week 1/2 July    Year A

    Saturday Morning Mass and Confessions



    Father Michael

    Larry Johnson

    St Paul’s Saturday 5:00 Vigil            




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Brian Ovington

    Noella & Matthew Gadd

    Veronica Moore, Alison Galea, Sharon Picken

    Amelia Sammarco, Caitlin Old

    Belinda Vaccaro, Jen Charadia

    St Paul’s 8:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Whitty

    Larry Johnson

    K Logue, K Hampton

    Lorraine Phillips, Lisa McFadzean, Cheryl Carroll, Maryann Ace

    E Kreltszheim, T Pritchard

    Cheryl Carroll

    St Paul’s 10:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Mark Coleman

    Lisa Saunders, Joseph Hanson

    Julian Farias, Joseph Hanson, Christine Mills, Warwick Suters

    Dylan Burgess, Tim Saunders


    St Clare’s at St Paul’s 5.00 PM


    Special Ministers




    Child’s Liturgy


    Altar Servers


    Father Michael

    Simon and Lachlan Abernethy, Celene Watson, Nicole Malone

    Nicole Malone, Ola (Alex) Wojcik

    Anne Lonsdale

    Sheereen Brunetta, David McCarthy

    Declan Malone, Simon McCarthy

    Craig Davidson

    General – 25 June


    Cleaners (chapel)

    Altar Linen

    Group 4 (Fourth Tuesday)

    Noella Gadd, Pete Williams

    Ersilia Martincich

    24-25 JUNE 2017



    Reading I      Jeremiah 20:10-13


    Jeremiah is fearful of others who would do evil to him.  He feels the terror around him on all sides.  But he is reassured that God delivers the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.




    Response to the Psalm.

    Lord, in your great love, answer me.




    Reading II         Romans 5:12-15


    Sin came into the world through one man.  But if many have died through one man’s sin, many more have received the gift of grace from God through the sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ.





    Gospel Acclamation

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    The Spirit of Truth will bear witness to me,

    says the Lord, and you also will be my witness.







    Reading III        Matthew 10:26-33


    The courage of the King’s messenger is based on the conviction that whatever happens, he or she cannot drift beyond the love and care of God.  And, if that is so, of whom then shall we be afraid.






    Paschal Transformation ~How the Paschal Mystery


    (Our Lord’s Passion, Death & Resurrection) Applies in our Lives


    The following is from The Holy Longing by Fr Ron Rolheiser p.142f who cites a story from Novelist, Brian Moore



    Once upon a time, in Dublin, there lived a woman named Judith Hearne. In many ways, Judith is a very gifted woman. Healthy, bright, attractive, a respected teacher, comfortable financially, & solidly connected to family and a number of trusted friends, she is loved and respected.


    There is one problem, however. She is approaching menopause, is unmarried and without children, and both her biology and psyche are consciously and unconsciously reminding her of that fundamental anthropological axiom, “It is not good to be alone” – especially when your biological clock is running down!


    Hence, without really realising it, Judith becomes desperate. Everything in her life – her health, her job, her family, and her friends – begins to count for nothing in face of the fact that what she really wants, a husband and children, is denied her. A great restlessness besets her, and in that unconsciously desperate state, she meets a man, an American, with whom she falls in love. The man, however is not interested in her romantically and is pursuing the relationship only because he thinks she has money and that they might open up a restaurant together.


    One night, after a date, Judith takes the initiative. She proposes marriage to the American. But he rejects her offer, telling her the truth of his intention. That rejection is the final straw. Judith snaps. She goes on an alcoholic binge, has a nervous breakdown, and ends up in a church, cursing at God and trying to tug the Blessed Sacrament out of the tabernacle. She is taken away to a hospital where she received good care and eventually recovers



    The story has a redemptive ending. Shortly before she is to be released from the hospital, she receives a visit from her American friend, the man who had previously rejected her.  He arrives in her room contrite, carrying a dozen roses, telling her he has been wrong, and proposing marriage.


    Her response to him, far better than most theology books, lays out the dynamics of Pentecost. She hands the roses back to her friend with these words: “Thank you, but no thank you. I am not interested in marrying you and, to tell you why, I need to tell you a story.


    When you are a little girl you dream of the perfect life you will have. You will grow up to have a beautiful body, meet the perfect man, marry him, have wonderful children, live in a wonderful home in a wonderful neighbourhood, and have wonderful friends. But as you get older and that dream doesn’t happen, you begin to revise it, downward. You scale down your expectations and begin to look for someone to marry who doesn’t have to be so perfect until you get to be like I was, where unconsciously you get so desperate that you would marry anyone, even if he’s common as dirt! 


    Well, I learned something by losing myself and then re-finding myself; I learned that if I receive the spirit for who I am, it doesn’t matter whether I am married or unmarried, I can be happy either way. My happiness doesn’t depend upon somebody outside of me, but upon being at peace with what’s inside of me.” The story ends with her leaving the hospital strong and happy again, making a paper airplane out of the man’s business card and floating it out of the cab window.







    Posted by 22 June, 2017
    Updated 22 June, 2017

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