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Official Blessing of St James Church Refurbishments – Sun 18 April

Archbishop Peter Comensoli will be joining us to celebrate at our Special Mass on Sunday 18 April at 3pm for the Official Blessing of our newly renovated church.

People who were successful in the Ballot for a place inside the church for our Church Blessing have been notified.

People who were unsuccessful in the ballot or who did not register for the Ballot that still want to attend can book an overflow place outside the church or in the Paulist Centre where it will be livestreamed. Bookings are now open online (click HERE) and close 5pm Wednesday 14 April.

 

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Archbishop Peter Comensoli will be joining us to celebrate at our Special Mass on Sunday 18 April at 3pm for the Official Blessing of our newly renovated church. Due to COVID restrictions limiting the number of people allowed in the church, a Ballot will be drawn to determine who can attend within the church. Successful parties will still need to find their own seats within the church according to their group size on a first come first served basis like any other Sunday Mass.

People unsuccessful in the Ballot and those who did not register will be able to book places for either:

  • Standing room outside on the northern side of the church; or
  • seating in the Paulist Centre where Mass will be livestreamed onto the big screens

Ballot Registration

To register for the Ballot, book through the regular weekly link for Masses (preferred method) or alternatively, leave your details on the Ballot Registration Sheet after Mass. You must provide the name of each person requiring a seat. Details from your Ballot Registration will also be used as a record for COVID contact tracing purposes.

Parishioners can only register once either on the Registration Sheet or online.  Please do not register on both systems.

Any person allocated a seat in the Ballot who cannot attend is requested to notify the Parish Office so their seat(s) can be redrawn and allocated to someone else who registered.

Ballot closes 8pm Sun 4 April (Easter Sunday).

 

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time for this event.

There will be a special Mass on Sunday 18 April at 3pm for the Official Blessing of our newly renovated church. Due to COVID restrictions limiting the number of people allowed in the church, a Ballot will be drawn to determine who can attend within the church. Successful parties will still need to find their own seats within the church according to their group size on a first come first served basis like any other Sunday Mass.

People unsuccessful in the Ballot and those who did not register will be able to book places for either:

  • Standing room outside on the northern side of the church; or
  • seating in the Paulist Centre where Mass will be livestreamed onto the big screens

Ballot Registration

To register for the Ballot, book through the regular weekly link for Masses (preferred method) or alternatively, leave your details on the Ballot Registration Sheet after Mass. You must provide the name of each person requiring a seat. Details from your Ballot Registration will also be used as a record for COVID contact tracing purposes.

Parishioners can only register once either on the Registration Sheet or online.  Please do not register on both systems.

Any person allocated a seat in the Ballot who cannot attend is requested to notify the Parish Office so their seat(s) can be redrawn and allocated to someone else who registered.

Ballot closes 8:00pm Sunday 4 April (Easter Sunday).

 

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There will be a special Mass on Sunday 18 April at 2pm for the Official Blessing of our newly renovated church. Due to COVID restrictions limiting the number of people allowed in the church, a Ballot will be drawn to determine who can attend within the church. Successful parties will still need to find their own seats within the church according to their group size on a first come first served basis like any other Sunday Mass.

People unsuccessful in the Ballot and those who did not register will be able to book places for either:

  • Standing room outside on the northern side of the church; or
  • seating in the Paulist Centre where Mass will be livestreamed onto the big screens

Ballot Registration

To register for the Ballot, book through the regular weekly link for Masses (preferred method) or alternatively, leave your details on the Ballot Registration Sheet after Mass. You must provide the name of each person requiring a seat. Details from your Ballot Registration will also be used as a record for COVID contact tracing purposes.

Parishioners can only register once either on the Registration Sheet or online.  Please do not register on both systems.

Any person allocated a seat in the Ballot who cannot attend is requested to notify the Parish Office so their seat(s) can be redrawn and allocated to someone else who registered.

Ballot closes 8:00pm Sunday 4 April (Easter Sunday).

 

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Happy Father’s Day

We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives. Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others find it challenging. We ask for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed.

This Father’s Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways—both big and small—they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.
So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; step fathers and foster fathers, grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, priests and coaches and the women of our families. For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting.  Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You.  In Your Holy name, O God, we pray.  Amen.

The Parish Pastoral Council, Frs Jude, Silvio and Mario and Dcn Royden wish all our fathers a happy and blessed Father’s Day.

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Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me. Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged.

To all the mothers in our Parish Community we say thanks for the many ways you model the love of Christ in our lives. We wish you a very peace-filled and special day.

Fr Jude, Fr Silvio, Fr Brendan, Dcn Royden and the Parish Pastoral Council

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Prayer for Church Extension

Gracious God,

We praise You and thank You for the abundance of blessings You have given our St James family. We ask You to continue to pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us, and to guide our renovation plans. You have called us to this mission at this time. May we hear and answer in a way that is pleasing to You.

Grant that our hearts be open to You, and that we be willing to bring this church renovation to fruition. May each of us respond in true generosity, that our church may be a beautiful place of worship built on the firm foundation set by others before us. May our participation be so generous that future generations may continue to worship and adore You here.

May our mission to build up Your Kingdom always be foremost in our midst. May we welcome the stranger, and always share Your love with others, especially those in need. Bless the work of all involved in designing, repairing ad renovating our church home. May it give glory to Your name.

We pray that all who join us in worship come to know a personal and loving relationship with You. May we follow where you lead.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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Mother’s Day Prayer

Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me.

Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged.

To all the mothers in our Parish Community we say thanks for the many ways you model the love of Christ in our lives. We wish you a very peace-filled and special day.

Fr Jude and the Parish Council

 

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Father’s Day

We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives. Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others find it challenging. We ask for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed.

This Father’s Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways—both big and small—they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.

So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, priests and coaches and the women of our families. For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You. In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. Amen.

 

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Exemple

Dear Parish Family of St James, as 2016 comes to an end, it’s time to celebrate Christmas and send greetings for 2017.

Pope Francis, with his sense of joy and endearing smile, continues to present us with positive words and actions of how we can make a difference in our world. The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy which we began last December came to an end on the Feast of Christ the King this year. Pope Francis continually reminds us of our Christian calling to go out and be witnesses of mercy. The Year of Mercy has provided our whole Church with the chance to be renewed in this mission and to become more aware of Christ in our midst.

Again, the Christmas spirit reminds us of the need to be generous of heart in ourselves, and to focus on the Christian perspective of the ‘summer holiday season’. The peace and love, simplicity and openness of the manger scene of Bethlehem challenges us to reflect on what is important in our lives and appreciate the fragility of life and to make the most of the opportunities we have to live life well.

It’s a time to give thanks too, for all the good things that have happened during the last year, and to those who have enabled growth and support in our welcoming communities. We also thank all those who have put in so much in so many ways in making our Parish and school communities the happy and welcoming places they are, in all our diversity as we continue to live the Gospel as Good News in our lives.

I also thank those who have been involved in leading and participating in the many different ministries and activities in Parish and school life during the past year. It’s terrific to see the building works in our schools rising rapidly to enhance our educational endeavors for our young people for the future. Also, we rejoice in the initiatives and planning taken by our Church Building Extension Committee thus far.

May I take this opportunity to thank all our parishioners and friends here at St James for helping us along the journey; a special thank you to the Parish Council and the Parish Staff for their support throughout the year. To all parishioners, for your prayers, gifts, cards, and good wishes and for all that you do in actively revealing Emmanuel – God with us.

I ask you to keep Mission 17 in your prayers as we unite with our mssp communities in the Philippines on Tues 03 Jan and I look forward in continuing the journey on our return on Mon 16 Jan.

At this time of peace and good will, so needed in a complicated world, Fr Ivan, mssp Provincial, Fr Brendan, the Parish Council and I wish you all, along with your families, a happy and holy Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year in 2017.

Yours in the Christ Child,

Fr Jude Pirotta mssp

 

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