• Bulletin Weekend 29-30 Jul 2017


    Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time  ~  Year A


    Let us pray that we will make good use of the gifts that God has given to us.






    Kingdom of Heaven




    This week’s Gospel, reproduced at the bottom of the page, recalls the teaching of Jesus about the Kingdom of Heaven as a treasure beyond all else.





    Parish Projects: At the beginning of the year, an amount of $3.1m had been quarantined for the new church at St Clare’s. A financial plan had been formulated to grow this amount at the rate of $150,000 every six months.


    Unfortunately, this plan may have been a little optimistic. However, after the first six months of 2017, the amount of $3.1m had grown by $100,000 to $3.2m. With the continued financial commitment from parishioners, a total of at least $3.3m is assured by the end of the year, and possibly more.


    Our target was $3.4 so every effort will be taken to try to achieve this goal. An architect will be commissioned once savings reach $4m, hopefully within three to four years. When the finance plan was formulated late last year, there was an expectation that work on the church would begin in 2020. At this stage, it’s not possible to be too exact. But parishioners are asked to continue to be seriously committed to try to achieve this timeline.


    In terms of parishioners’ contributions, and if in a stable and comfortable financial position, Father Michael’s feels that from a rather modest income, his own monthly contribution of $125/month may be helpful as a guide. Parishioners on a pension might find half that amount affordable. Many thanks!


    With Gratitude


    Almsgiving is a form of holiness. And our parish has been blessed with so many genuinely charitable parishioners – and not just occasionally – but consistently over the long term. Many thanks are extended to the very large number of parishioners who continue to be so loyal, generous and committed to the parish. Holy charity is at the heart of parish life.



    Parish Pastoral Council


    The most recent meeting last Wednesday had a special focus upon Father Joe’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. The committee entrusted with the various details were able to report that everything is developing according to plan. Our parishioners are invited to the celebrations with the 10:00 AM Mass on the 27th August followed by a three-course meal with beverages across the road in the Council Auditorium at 12 noon. There will be a few formalities that can be expected to be most interesting. The cost is just $50/person, and all would be placed at a table in advance. ’Should be another wonderful event for the parish, as well as for Father Joe and for his many family and friends. Please ring the parish office for more information.



    Baptisms 30th July


    William David Brett, son of Adam & Sarah


    Ava Brown, daughter of Colin & Jennifer


    Elianna Celia Di Mascio, daughter of Renato & Media


    Annabelle Fallon, daughter of Matthew & Kerrianne


    Darcy Rooney Lawrence, son of Jordan & Tanya


    Amelia Lily Zilpah Mackechnie, daughter of Dean & Tuneil


    Lily Willow Mackechnie, daughter of Grant & Sarah



    Retirement Living


    Demolition is about to begin upon the old Camden high school at the lower end of John Street. The demolition is expected to take about three months. A new retirement complex will be built. Any parishioners who may be interested can ring 9252 5595.



    Mass of Anointing


    Reminder to our parishioners, especially to those who are retired, that on the First Tuesday of each month at 9:00 AM, Father Whitty offers the Sacrament of Anointing during Mass to those in need of some kind of physical, emotional and spiritual healing. All most welcome.



    Prayers of the Faithful


    Celebrant: We must not base our faith on only the good fortunes of life. It is not a Christian faith nor a biblical faith to believe that good experiences of life belong only to those who love and serve God. Let us ask God to help us remain loyal, and to make us brave disciples no matter what hardships we might encounter.

    1. Help us to maintain reverence for truth and beauty,
    Lord hear us.

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

    2. Keep us from cowardice that dares not face truth,
    Lord hear us.

    3. Help us from taking the easy path when the more difficult path leads to Jesus,
    Lord hear us.

    4. Deliver us from all that is hollow or insincere,
    Lord hear us.

    5. Keep us from being pompous or rude and insensitive to others,
    Lord hear us.

    6. Help us to have concern for the poor, the lonely and the loveless,
    Lord hear us.

    Celebrant: Heavenly Father, we offer our gratitude for the life and death of your Son who was persecuted for what he said and did. May we stand with him in justice and love, and follow where he leads, even to a cross. Happy are they who are persecuted in the cause of right. We make all these prayers through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,




    Labourers in the Lord’s Harvest

    Next Week 5/6 August    Year A

    Saturday Morning Mass and Confessions



    Father Whitty

    Larry Johnson

    St Paul’s Saturday 5:00 Vigil            




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Eddie Ravino

    Diane Kennaugh, Trish Hyett

    Maree Durrington, Brian Jenkins, Veronica Moore, Alison Galea

    Amelia Sammarco, Andre Ravino

    Belinda and Tasha

    St Paul’s 8:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Whitty

    Syd Hyett

    Kathryn Hampton, Rebecca Ward

    Lucy Aquilina, John Tannous, Glenn Crawford, Larry Johnson

    Patrick Ward, Emily Kreltszheim


    St Paul’s 10:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers



    Father Joe

    Mark Coleman

    Oscar Marimbe, Chris Keun

    Joseph Hanson, G Sremchevich, Julie Sligar, Michael Reardon

    Dylan Burgess, Jordan-Leigh Estephan


    St Clare’s at St Paul’s 5.00 PM



    Special Ministers



    Children’s Liturgy


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Judith Madsen

    Noel Vinoya, Clare Power, Arron Fitzsimmons

    Anne Lonsdale

    Sheereen Brunetta, David McCarthy

    Declan Malone, Simon McCarthy

    Craig Davidson

    General – 30 July


    Cleaners (chapel)

    Altar Linen

    Group 1 (First Tuesday)

    Christine Fabricato, Kerry Cahill

    Lucy Aquilina

    29-30 JULY 2017




    Reading I      1 Kings 3:5, 7-12


    God offers Solomon in a dream any request he may ask.  Solomon asks for wisdom to govern wisely and well according to a true and righteous king.  His request for wisdom rather than or wealth and military success, brings him wealth and honour also.




    Response to the Psalm.

    Lord, I love your commands.




    Reading II         Romans 8:28-30


    This reading helps us to realise that faith is not believing that only good things happen to those who love God.  God calls us all according to His redemptive purposes and this might also involve great suffering.




    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 13:44-52


    The entire chapter of Matthew 13 shows a turning point in Jesus’ ministry.  At the beginning of his ministry, he is teaching in synagogues, but now we find him teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven in parables on the seashore.  In this way, he was reaching all the people.




    For Our Faithful Departed

    Gregory Flood, Herman Berendsen, Jocelyne Ucar, Rick Wade, Laurie Giles 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, 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, 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.



    First Reading                            A reading from the first book of the Kings 3:5,7-12


    The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, ‘Ask what you would like me to give you.’ Solomon replied, ‘Lord, my God, you have made your servant king in succession to David my father.  But I am a very young man, unskilled in leadership.  Your servant finds himself in the midst of this people of yours that you have chosen, a people so many its numbers cannot be counted or reckoned.  Give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil, for who could govern this people of yours that is so great?'  It pleased the Lord that Solomon should have asked for this.  ‘Since you have asked for this’, the Lord said ‘and not asked for long life for yourself or riches or the lives of your enemies, but have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself, here and now I do what you ask.  I give you a heart wise and shrewd as none before you has had and none will have after you.’

    The word of the Lord.





    Second Reading,                          A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 8:28-30


    We know that by turning everything to their good God cooperates with all those who love him, with all those that he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers.  He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.

    The word of the Lord.





    Gospel                                              A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 13: 44-52



    Jesus said to the crowds, 'The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.’


       ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds. When it is full, the fishermen haul it ashore; then, sitting down, they collect the good ones in a basket and throw away those that are no use. This is how it will be at the end of time: the angels will appear and separate the wicked from the just to throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. ‘Have you understood all this?’ They said ‘Yes’. And he said to them, ‘Well then, every scribe who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out from his storeroom things both new and old.’

    The Gospel of the Lord..





    Posted by 28 July, 2017
    Updated 28 July, 2017

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