Fr. John’s 50th Birthday Fr. Tadgh’s 80th Birthday Fr. Tadgh celebrates his 80th birthday Mass Parish staff celebrating Fr Greg’s 50th Profession and 70th Birthday Infant Jesus Church Tom cantors the Psalm at 9.30am Mass Hospitality Ministers at work Infant Jesus Columbarium gardens Fr. Gregory Burke, OCD Infant Jesus Church

30th Anniversary of the Dedication of our church

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It’s been a while since we have come together as a whole parish community, so the 30th anniversary of our beautiful church is reason enough to have some fun together after the difficult years we have been experiencing. So let’s celebrate with a gala day! Read more…

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Mass for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Monday 15 August

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 Monday 15 August

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Masses will be celebrated at

7am, 9am (with the whole school) and 7pm.

 

The Assumption is a holy day of obligation in Australia. Every Sunday of the year is a holy day of obligation as well as Christmas and the Assumption. The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Blessed Virgin Mary was “assumed” body and soul into heavenly glory when she died.

Although the Church in Jerusalem celebrated the death of Mary from the 5th century, the doctrine of her assumption was not formulated in the west until the late 6th century. In Rome there was only one feast in honour of Mary (on January 1) until the Byzantine feast of the Assumption on August 15th was introduced into the universal calendar at the end of the 8th century. In the Eastern Church, the feast is called the Dormition (literally ‘falling asleep’) of Mary and is included among the twelve principal feasts of the year.

The earliest form of the celebration focussed on Mary’s death as a share in Christ’s paschal mystery. Later developments used scriptural imagery to make Mary’s entrance into heaven more explicit.
On 1st November in the Marian year 1950 Pope Pius XII defined the doctrine of the Assumption and provided a new Mass for the feast which portrayed Mary as an image of the Church. Vatican II enriched the celebration with an extensive selection of readings and prayers and a new preface.

The Feast of the Assumption is one of those few occasions in the Church year when two sets of readings are provided, one for the Vigil Mass and another for Masses celebrated on the day. The only time when the Vigil readings must be used is at the Easter Vigil. On other occasions, the texts of the day can be used at an evening Mass for pastoral reasons – the main one being to spare the preacher having to prepare two different homilies!

The readings of the day for the solemnity emphasise what God did in Mary. The first reading, from the book of the Apocalypse, depicts “the woman” in the process of giving birth to a son and being threatened by a dragon. God rescues them, evil is foiled, God’s reign is established and Mary rejoices. In the second reading from Corinthians, Paul reminds us that what was granted to Mary will be shared by all who follow Christ.

The Gospel emphasises that Mary’s greatness comes from her participation in God’s plan. Mary responds to Elizabeth’s greeting with a splendid hymn of praise, the Magnificat, which Christians have sung at Evening Prayer from earliest times.

The preface of the Assumption gives us words of hope:
“Today the virgin Mother of God was taken up into heaven
to be the beginning and the pattern of the Church in its perfection,
and a sign of hope and comfort for your people on their pilgrim way.”

Article by Elizabeth Harrington                                   ©Liturgy Brisbane

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Parish Bulletin 14 August 2022 – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Prophets like Jeremiah and Jesus have no ambitioned for such a role. True prophets are not well rewarded. They speak the truth to people with power and instead of being acclaimed are seen as threats to the establishment and so are blamed and persecuted. Read more…

 

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Parish Bulletin 7 August 2022 – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Dear brothers and sisters,

 

Biblical faith is personal. It is not about certitude regarding propositions but believing in someone. Believing in this sense is about discovering someone trustworthy and being able to be with them and to confidently follow them.  Read more…

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Pastoral Letter on the Fifth Plenary Council from Archbishop Timothy Costello

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All parishioners are encouraged to read this important letter from our Archbishop. Pastoral Letter on the Fifth Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia

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Parish Bulletin, 31st July, 2002 – 18th Sunday in ordinary time

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today’s readings centre around true wisdom as opposed to folly. Folly comes from attempts to escape anxiety and distress in a frantic search for security and comfort. We are very insecure. People commonly turn to things that distract us or make us comfortable in the short run. Many of these ‘solutions’ can become addictions: money, alcohol, work, food, gambling, drugs, fitness and so on. We desire to have more and more but we can never get enough. We fail to notice and appreciate what we have and what we are offered. We become increasingly insensitive and oblivious to the needs of our fellow human beings and our relationship with God. Read more…

 

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