Pop, Rock and Roll, Dance Night, for all ages.
All profits will be shared by three deserving groups:
1) Goonawarra Neighbouring House Mentoring Program – for young girls bullied in schools.
2) Chaplaincy program in local schools and
3) Youth Group.
Your support will allow the above groups to continue to deliver their programs to deserving youth.
Please circulate to family and friends.
This article has been on the Parish Facebook page for a while but it seems some parishioners don’t look there so now it’s here…….or at least a link to the Archdiocese Facebook page is here.
As we celebrate the risen Jesus, can we also think about returning our Project Compassion donations to the parish for forwarding to Caritas.
We meet at St Anne’s Church at 10.00am on Thursdays. All welcome, including children. For further info/transport please contact Lambert & Elaine van der Weerden on 0418 322 596.
The closing Mass for the Northern Region of the Jubilee Cross will be celebrated by Bishop Curtin and will be held at St Mary’s, 204 Grimshaw Street, Greensborough on Sunday 23 April com- mencing at 2.00pm. If attending please bring a plate for afternoon tea.
CATHOLIC STEWARDSHIP IN TODAY’S READINGS
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord. This officially brings to an end the season of Christmas. You might say this is a second Epiphany. It is important to us as Catholics and Christians because it represents a second creation involving the entire Trinity.
In fact in the Eastern Church this feast is called Theophany because God appears in three persons. Jesus the Son is baptized; the Holy Spirit descends upon Him; and God declares “You are my beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.”
We recall our own Baptism on this day, because Christ’s Baptism represents in many ways what occurred at our Baptism. At Christ’s Baptism the Holy Spirit descended upon Him. At our Baptism the Trinity occupied our soul; Christ was declared the “Beloved Son”; at our Baptism we became a child of God. At Jesus’ Baptism the heavens were opened, and at our Baptism heaven was opened to us.
On this Holy Day we need to reflect upon our own Baptismal calls — calls to live and love on this earth, a command to seek holiness, to actively be disciples of Christ, calls which can be achieved in part by embracing stewardship as a way of life. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1213) states: “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the door which gives access to the other sacraments. We are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.”
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Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.
This Sunday’s Reflection provided by Sr Kym Harris osb
Tanby via Yeppoon, Capricorn Coast
Queensland Australia 4701
Les Misèrables tells the story of people with hopes and ideals living in a squalid world marred by sin. We follow them in their differing response to the challenges of life. We see Inspector Javert who believes that adherence to the law reveals goodness, fosters peace in society and will be rewarded both in this world and the next – but his narrow understanding fails to recognise the compromises people must make just to survive in a complex world. We see the revolutionaries who place their hopes in a changed political system bringing justice to the poor and destitute but who fail to realise that hunger and destitution can undermine the courage and tenacity needed for political change. In contrast to these, we see Jean Valjean. His heart and life had been transformed by the generosity and love of Bishop Myriel and, in consequence, he is able to sustain the love and care of his brothers and sisters beyond what seems humanly possible – and indeed is humanly impossible. Having been loved so extraordinarily as a child of God, he was able to love all as children of God. That, for us, is the essence of our baptismal call. We are washed into the life and love of God. In the story of Jesus’ baptism, we are given a sign of what baptism means to us. As Jesus stood with us, so we are to stand with him and hear the words: “You are my beloved.” In hearing and owning this reality, we are given the power to love in ways beyond what may seem humanly possible. Our lives may not be as dramatic as Jesus’ or Jean Valjean’s, for that matter, but we still have the call to offer love in the small and great events of life.
PARKING BEHIND CONVENT SUNDAY
The Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel cordially invite you to join us in Thanksgiving celebration for a Hundred Years of service of the Sisters of St Joseph since 1916. Commemorative Mass will be celebrated at St Anne’s Church on Sunday 21 February 2016 at 10.30am.
Light refreshments served at the convent to renew acquaintances and share memories from 12.30pm.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and School will be open from 2.0pm-3.0pm.
Please bring a plate to share.
tea and coﬀee will be provided.
NOTE: After a great meeting last Thursday, we are seeking those who would like to share their memories of the Josephites in Sunbury. We would also like to hear from those who are able to help on the day. Please contact the Parish Office on 9744 1060.
Next meeting will be on Wednesday 5 March at the Parish House, Sunbury. Meeting will commence after Ash Wednesday Mass.
The small group of care workers established by the Catholic University in Jakarta is dedicated to reducing the mortality of children living with HIV-AIDS by providing nutrition and medication to those most in need.
The group operates at the “grass roots” level and, hence, has no “Marketing Team” to attract donors. Rather, they rely on the generosity of individual people to fund their critical work. That’s why our Parish has committed to support them, beginning with a fund-raising appeal next month.
Like to help in organising the appeal? – We would really welcome your support. You can “sign up” at the Parish Expo over the next two weekends.
… Parish Coordinating Team
See our Parish WebPage with more information here