Live Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass – Sat 15 Aug – 6pm

 

On Sat 15 Aug we will celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a live Zoomed Mass at 6:00pm.

It will also be available to view on Facebook.

To join, simply click HERE on the day.

Zoom meeting ID: 882 9576 6710
No password needed.

For the Missionary Society of Saint Paul, Mary has always acted as a most kind mother who never denies her children anything.  – Joseph De Piro

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Joint parishes of St James & St Peters are excited to announce that the HSI School of discipleship will recommence over the ZOOM platform from Sun 2 Aug from 7 PM. The session consists of prayer, song, video talk, discussion, sharing and blessing. This week the session is on PRAYER. New comers welcome. Enquiries Deacon Royden 0426071375

ZOOM Meeting ID: 843 9084 5271.
No password required.

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First Friday Service over the Zoom platform on Fri 07 Aug from 7 pm to 8 pm.

Let us come and spend some quiet time with the Blessed Sacrament and especially pray for all the people impacted by the COVID virus.

Service consists of prayers, hymns, adoration, scripture readings, talks and silent adoration.

Zoom Meeting ID 835 0838 9756.

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Introduction:
In today’s readings we celebrate the great love of God, who not only give us life, but desires to sustain and nourish us generously too.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, perhaps its timely to ask ourselves whether we’re responding with the generosity of Christ in our dealings with family, friends and in the community.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, no trial or power can deprive us of the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus. With renewed faith in God’s goodness let us pray for all our needs.

Commentator: For the world-wide church, that it will feed the human hunger for love, truth and mercy as abundantly as Jesus.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For the people of Australia, that they will be inspired by St Mary MacKillop to work for a community of justice, compassion and dignity.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For all who are struggling with hard lockdown conditions, especially detainees and the disadvantaged, that they will receive the material and pastoral care they need.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For the staff and residents of aged care facilities, that they will draw strength from the loving support of the whole community.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Carlton Johnson, Christian Fullarton, Nestor Arcibal, Mary Pace and Girigoris Fernando, and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time, Giuseppe Ricci, Natu Portelli, Collinette D’Cruz, Marianne Ricci, Darrel D’Monte, Fr George Scerri mssp, Sam Pirotta, Guzeppi Spiteri, Emmanuel, Salvina, Helen and Tony Tonna, Spiteri Family, Mary Frendo, Joe and Lina Dimeck, Angelina, Gerard and Kaithan Almeida, Maria, Pius, Rufes, John, Stanislus and Eupracia Perera, Alfonso Puato, Antonia Diosy, Giovanni Saliba, Anna Saliba, Alphonse Sultana, Mary, Charlie and Joseph Xerri, Angela and Salvatore Sacco, Emy Saffarese, Bevan Wilson, Ron Gamble and Jeff Ruthburn, that they will share to the full in Christ’s victory over sin and death.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: From of old, O Lord, you have been full of kindness and compassion for all your creatures. Help us put your boundless love to work. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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The combined Parishes of St James and St Peters is hosting their next Bible Study session on Mon 20 July from 7pm-8pm via ZOOM:

You can join by clicking HERE

or using the details:

Meeting ID: 968 942 7525
Password: 2Vp4ef

This session will be on the Gospel of John, Chapter 9. For more information please email gonsalvesclive@hotmail.com.

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Exemple

PATIENCE IS BETTER THAN MISPLACED ZEAL

Today’s Gospel presents a further image from agriculture in Palestine. A poisonous weed called darnel affects wheat crops. In the early stages it looks very like the young shoots of wheat. By the time both plants can be distinguished their roots are so entwined as to make tearing out the darnel very injurious to the wheat.

The parable addresses the disciples’ dismay at the continuing prevalence of evil in the world. If, as Jesus teaches, the Kingdom of God has dawned, why has God not intervened to root out evil once and for all?

Like the wheat and darnel in the field, good and evil are at present so inextricably co-existent as to make too ruthless an attempt to eradicate the one fatal to a successful harvest of the other. In the harvest time to come, however, God will deal once and for all with evil, before gathering in the “wheat” of the kingdom.

The parable also challenges the kind of religious zeal that, filled with moral outrage, wants to go in and root out from the community of believers any considered unworthy to be there.

It can even apply on an individual level. So often a person’s good qualities spring from the same source as their less desirable ones. An irascible person may struggle vigorously for justice; a laid-back character may be a good listener—and so on.

Christianity’s long history of intolerance—the Inquisition, etc.—shows the tragedy and folly of being more zealous to root out evil than to encourage good. The final judgment belongs to God.

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Introduction:
As we gather for our Eucharist on this 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time we are mindful as we return to stage three restrictions that this is a time of attentiveness to the care of one another.

In the face of our own despondency and fears, our fatigue and anxieties, may we learn to hold firm in faith and hope, and experience sustaining moments of love.

This week, we might want to focus our prayers on the needs of our environment, the Lord’s creation. We might pray for those who care for it, but also for those who seem intent on destroying it.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, an abundance of God’s word has been sown in our hearts. Let it now bear a rich harvest of prayer for the whole of creation.

Commentator: We pray for all who sow the word of God as preachers, evangelisers and catechists. May their proclamation of the Gospel spread the peace and joy of Christ.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for parents and teachers. May the seeds of love and wisdom they sow in young children bear life-long fruit.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for the earth, our common home. May we heed its cry of pain and fulfil our duty of care for the world that has been entrusted to us.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for peoples thrust back into poverty by the coronavirus pandemic. May world leaders pledge their full support for a new international plan of development.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for youth workers serving culturally diverse communities. May they win young people’s trust and show them pathways to the future.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Peter Thai, Richard Catania and Giuseppe Ricci, and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time, Lorna Juarbal, Arthur Leslie, Charlie Debrincat, Marianne Ricci, Massako Alphonse, Besseke Berthe, Ebelle Marie, Ngongah Marie Therese, Yepmout Henri, Djoki Alexandre, Tonye Bruno, Douka Michel, No Zita Raymonde, Ebaha Leonard, Lugrezia Attard, Brenda Morgan, John Borg, Margaret Grima, Georga Refelo, Madeline and Julieann Tanti, Madeline and Joseph Abela, Doris and Silvio Farrugia, Joseph and Emedio Bartolo, Olimpia Anderson, Mary and Victor Gatt, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Bevan Wilson, Ron Gamble, Jeff Ruthburn. May they enjoy the freedom and eternal glory of the children of God.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: By your word, O God, you made all things, and by your word redeemed us. Hear our prayers and send us out to sow your seeds of love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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