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Mother’s Day Message

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Mother’s Day Message

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 Mario, Fr Brendan,
Dcn Royden and the Parish Council.

 

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Dear Parishioners and non-Parishioners,

On behalf of the Young Paulists of St. James the Apostle Parish, I would like to immensely thank you for your kind support in purchasing the Hot Cross Buns. A total of $2310 was raised.

I trust you will enjoy them with your family and friends and would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very joyous and peaceful Easter season. May the Risen Lord fill our hearts with faith, hope and love.

Again, sincere and heartfelt thanks.

Anthony Muscatello
Young Paulists Leader

 

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Dear Parish Family at St James the Apostle,

If there is one thing that COVID has taught us, it is this: that this great Easter mystery cannot be lived in isolation. It requires the bonds of community to support us and to challenge us. Every Sunday the Church gathers us as the Body of Christ at the Table of God’s Word and celebration of the Eucharist. We gather every Sunday as active participants in the life of our Resurrected Lord. Jesus has conquered death and everything that diminishes the divine life in us and among us. His resurrection from the dead is not simply a fact of history to be retold at Easter. It is a mystery to be lived every day. As Christians, we are just as inspired by the presence of Jesus among us as those who first saw the empty tomb.

Like them, we know that Jesus is not found among the dead. He lives among us in the community gathered to celebrate the Eucharist. He lives in the gospel proclaimed by word and deed. Through the sacraments of the Church, he gathers disciples, heals the sick, reconciles sinners and calls us to service. In our outreach, it is the hand of Jesus that lifts up the poor, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless and visits the confined. In these ways, and many others, we give witness to the mystery of Jesus living among us.

On the 18th of April we look forward with excitement as we gather in community around our Archbishop to bless our newly refurbished church building which will carry us into the future. We look forward to as many as possible to join us in this celebration – within and outside this building! May I take this opportunity to thank Fathers Silvio, Mario, Brendan and Deacon Royden, Geralyn McCarthy, the Parish Staff and Tess Mijares who takes care of the priests. Thank you to our many parishioners, including our young parishioners, who have so generously given of their time and talents to assist us to celebrate our holy week and Easter liturgies prayerfully and enabling us to be immersed in the beauty of these great liturgies. Thank you also to Kevin Lloyd and our Ushers who have enabled us to gather in a COVIDsafe manner.  Thank you to the Parish Council, Altar Servers, Carpenter’s Club, Environment Helpers (both outside and inside the Church), those involved in Music Ministry, Liturgical Ministers, Counters, Music Ministry RCIA Team, Anna Sia and the Cleaning Ministry,  those who donated palm and olive branches, people working behind the scenes and all who have been involved. We say a heartfelt thank you to all; we couldn’t manage without you.

So, dear sisters and brothers in Christ, may Easter 2021 be a time of great peace and joy for you, your families and friends. May we rediscover that despite the unpredictability of life at times, God is always faithful. God is good, good indeed!

Fr Jude Pirotta mssp

 

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Fr Jude’s Message

Dear Parishioners and friends,

Last weekend we gathered at last in our beautifully renovated and expanded Parish Church Building. For many people, not to be able to enter our church building over the last year, has been a serious depravation. Re-entry felt like a joyful homecoming, a long awaited return from exile, with an opportunity to celebrate the presence of the risen Christ in our midst. New challenges and opportunities continue to emerge as a result of the pandemic including new ways of being Church and of worshipping together.

Though we are in the middle of the penitential season of Lent, it is surely a day of thanksgiving to God, gratitude and joy. It is no small thing for a Parish to spend a great deal of money on a renovation and indeed the expansion of its church building, especially at a time when finance is tight and social distancing, because of the pandemic, is still in force. Yet our Parish community had chosen to do so because the church is significant for the people’s hope and faith. St Paul reminds us that we are the Body of Christ. Now God dwells among his people, the Church, the early Christians were so convinced of this that they called the building constructed for worship ‘the house for the Church’ Domus Ecclesiae, or, as we are often reminded, it is the people who are the church and not the building. The building simply houses the Church. It was very pleasing to hear many of our Parishioners affirming the newly refurbished sacred space, with messages of gratitude through emails and text messages.

Once again I express my gratitude to the architects from Smith and Tracey, Raysett the builders, the Parish Council, the Building Committee, St James the Apostle Primary School, Thomas Carr College, and the many volunteers and donors who generously offered their time, energy and financial support to see this project through.

 

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Advent Angels – Thank You

Thank you to all who supported this project in Dec 2020, by buying an Advent Angel, bookmark or keychain and those who donated materials.

Special thanks to Angel Hartanto and Fr Mario who helped set up our online sales and FaceBook pages, Chris Innocenzi and Denise Falzon for their contributions, and to Jannine Warwick who helped with sales during a challenging Advent period.

A total of $3444 has been donated to the Mssp in the Philippines to help support the victims of the devastating typhoons. We appreciate your affirmations and generosity during a very difficult year.

Advent Angels Team

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Local councils and shopping centres have begun ‘dressing up’ their community spaces for Christmas. What a lovely surprise to find the nativity scene displayed amidst the lights and colour of the commercial world. Some nativity scenes are small and insignificant, perhaps found in one shop window but how wonderful to find larger, well-placed displays in shopping centres. Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus are there and often the three well-dressed Kings with their gifts tastefully presented.

But where are the shepherds?

I went checking the Christmas cards available and found that Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the Kings and a star are there in varying combinations but no shepherds.

We sing about shepherds in traditional Christmas Carols. When we coordinate children’s pageants, we have plenty of shepherds. We knew the shepherds well once, but it seems they are disappearing from public display and possibly from our consciousness.

The shepherds were the first to witness the birth of Jesus and in the Gospel of Luke we find them front and centre. It was within the ordinariness of their daily lives that they met Jesus. They were not the important kings or leaders; they were simple ordinary folk doing the hard-daily task of caring. They would have been tired and shabby after days watching the sheep. They knew the landscape and their flock well, but they were drawn to Jesus.

This year, the shepherds remind me of those many ordinary workers who have been working tirelessly day after day, caring and protecting those who come into their care.  During COVID-19, we have been made aware of the many, many ordinary workers who are now heralded as the heroes:

The aged care workers, the cleaners, the lowly paid hospital workers, the security people and nurses, have a new-found dignity in the public eye.

Those who have supported refugees, asylum seekers, prisoners, the homeless, those suffering domestic violence and those in quarantine.

Those seamen stranded on boats throughout the world keeping imports and exports flowing, not able to disembark anywhere.

Teachers, parents and grandparents who took on the task of education of children when schools were closed.

You know all these people and many more who are the ordinary, often low paid workers or volunteers who have been drawn to service and care as were the shepherds.

The Shepherds need to be in the nativity scene this Christmas, if not in our towns and cities, then in our minds and hearts. The good news of the Christmas story is that the Shepherds had the best view and ever since, have announced to the world that God loves the humble and lowly ordinary worker.

On behalf of Fr Silvio, Fr Mario and the Parish Council, thank you and wish you all and your family a very Blessed Christmas.
Fr Jude Pirotta mssp

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Message from Fr Jude

Dear friends,

This second lockdown has been more of a challenge than the first. I certainly have struggled this time. Even though we have not been able to gather physically, we are conscious that our Parish Community continues to gather as a domestic church linked together by our faith. Our webpage has the latest news and daily reflections. As a Parish Community, we continue to hold each other in our prayers, mindful of those Parishioners who are sick and in hospital, and those who have died.

We are looking forward to when we can finally gather as a community in prayer and fellowship. Until that time, keep safe, keep well, be people of prayer and know that we think of you and pray for you each morning.

On behalf of Frs Silvio, Mario and myself, go gently.
Fr Jude Pirotta

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St James Parish Feast Day

This weekend we celebrate our Parish Feast Day in honour of St James the Apostle. We reflect on his missionary zeal and his love for Jesus. May we take up the invitation to be a parish that is missionary-minded, and foster the same spirit of our patron St James.

We can achieve this, I feel, when we are open and willing to become missionary disciples. Our Patron St James had a transformational encounter with Jesus, and chose to surrender and follow Him. It is this model of encounter, surrender and following that we too as parishioners of St James are invited to encounter Jesus through a personal experience of the love and presence of God.

Within our parish we are also given the opportunity to taste and live out the MSSP charism as missionary disciples allowing our entire life to be transformed by this encounter with Jesus.

Hopefully as we journey through this pandemic, longing for our return as the whole body of Christ, we may come prepared and open to make a deliberate decision to follow Jesus Christ as a missionary disciple in the midst of His church.

On behalf of Frs Silvio, Mario and the Parish Pastoral council I wish you all a blessed and joyful St James Feast Day.

God bless you and your families, go gently and safely, Fr Jude.

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Next weekend (Sat 25 July) we celebrate our Parish Feast Day in honour of St James the Apostle. We reflect on his missionary zeal and his love for Jesus. May we take up the invitation to be a parish that is missionary-minded, and foster the same spirit of our patron St James.

We can achieve this, I feel, when we are open and willing to become missionary disciples. Our Patron St James had a transformational encounter with Jesus, and chose to surrender and follow Him. It is this model of encounter, surrender and following that we too as parishioners of St James are invited to encounter Jesus through a personal experience of the love and presence of God.

Within our parish we are also given the opportunity to taste and live out the MSSP charism as missionary disciples allowing our entire life to be transformed by this encounter with Jesus.

Hopefully as we journey through this pandemic, longing for our return as the whole body of Christ, we may come prepared and open to make a deliberate decision to follow Jesus Christ as a missionary disciple in the midst of His church.

We look forward to celebrating the feast of St James with you next weekend, with a special online liturgy.
Fr Jude

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We greeted our Prep – 2 students back on Tuesday.  It was wonderful to see the smiles on their faces as they were dropped off. Later in the morning I visited the P-2 home groups to welcome each of the students back to school and what amazed me was how well they transitioned back into onsite learning.  I put this down to the relationships and connections to St James that were maintained over the past six weeks when the staff held an online meeting with the students each morning.  The sad part at the moment is not being able to spend time with families and having them in the grounds as part of the St James community.  We are looking forward to the whole school being together on Tuesday 9 June, 2020. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at St James who have worked hard this term with remote learning to provide the best possible learning for the students.

Mary Abbott, St James Primary Principal

We are excited to be back on site and welcoming our youngest members of the community. Our P – 2 students have settled back in well at SFA.  Lots of bright, smiling faces and eager children ready to start face to face learning again.  We are looking forward to June 9 when all our students will be back with us.  The SFA staff have risen to the occasion during remote learning and in the transition back to site.  We are blessed and proud to have staff who are capable, confident and do their job with enthusiasm and positivity which has made this term an experience like no other, but also a great success.

Michelle Gillett, St Francis Primary Principal

‘It was wonderful to see the happy and excited faces when the children in Years Prep, One and Two returned to St Clare’s Catholic Primary School on Tuesday. Happy and excited faces on the students, parents and staff!  The students and staff have settled back very quickly into learning routines.  The normal practice for drop off time in the morning has worked well with students arriving at a steady flow.  We have also been pleased with how well the staggered pick up times in the afternoon have worked.  Thank you so much to parents and families for your support and cooperation. Wwe have had the vast majority of students in Years Prep – Two in attendance.  Remote learning continues for Years Three – Six until they also resume learning onsite on Tuesday, 9 June.

Andrew Leighton, St Clare’s Primary Principal

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