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First Friday Adoration – Fri 03 Dec

De Piro Reflections

As we approach the conclusion of another liturgical year, this Sunday we celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Gospel speaks about the end of times in strange apocalyptic terms.  Our world will surely end when we are called to meet God who created us and called us to himself.  November is the time when we remember those who have completed their pilgrimage before us, sure in hope that we too will one day encounter God face to face.

In the Magazine Rack you will find reflections from the life and writings of Servant of God Joseph De Piro which will assist us in continuing our journey in our discipleship of Jesus.  We invite you to take a copy home with you this week.

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The combined Parishes of St Peter’s & St James are hosting a Bible Study Ministry.  Next meeting this Mon 15 Nov, 7pm-8:30pm via Zoom on the Book of Acts. For more information contact Clive on 0490 814 452 or Francis on 0401 787 372.

To join simple click HERE

or use the following Zoom detaisl:

Zoom Meeting ID: 91984220776
Password: bible

 

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As we celebrate Mary’s assumption, the patroness of the Paulist Missionaries, we remember God’s taking up into Heaven the physical body of Mary at the end of her physical life. We honour Mary and all women of faith who lead us to Christ by their examples of hope, courage and love.

Like Mary, we too may experience uncertainty and fear in our lives, especially when confronted with things over which we have no control, like this pandemic. Mary leaned on God’s Word and trusted in God. Mary knew that God would keep his promise. This was the ground of her hope. May our trust in the promises of God be the ground of our hope .

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Last weekend on 24/25 July, our Parish celebrated the Feast Day of our Patron Saint, St James the Greater.  Like last year, our celebrations were more subdued than previous years, but were no less meaningful.

Here were some thoughts on the celebration:

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A Reflection from those who joined us online:

Covid lockdowns have provided an opportunity for many people of faith to tune in to week-end Mass at a parish other than their own. Today Michael and I decided to attend Mass at St James on YouTube, looking for the comfort of a pastoral leader in Fr Jude and revisiting the western suburbs.

What a treat to find you celebrating your parish feast day of St James. The readings about James and his brother John leaving their fishing business to follow Jesus were so pertinent as I have been doing an Alpha program and thinking so much about discipleship these past few weeks. So I smiled when I heard that St James parish is also embarking on an Alpha program.

But I write mainly to tell you how much we enjoyed and appreciated your presentation on St James the Apostle Parish as a true Christian Community. Some of our old friends from Werribee have been parishioners there for a long time and I know how strongly connected they feel. You expressed so beautifully the importance of looking out for one another, especially in these challenging times, and of everyone pitching in to make things happen. Then you hit on a key point –  sometimes conflict arises in large, lively communities and occasionally people brush up against each other but forgiveness leads to new growth and stronger relationships. It is at the heart of the gospel and even amongst Jesus’ disciples there needed to be give and take.

You painted a lovely word picture of what would have been taking place at St James this week-end were it not for Covid restrictions – the music, young people, food in the parish centre. You are blessed to live in such a wonderful parish …. made all the more so by your faithful and energetic leadership of the Parish Council.

Thank you for making our Sunday special,

Judy and Michael Cain

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St Clare’s Primary School Reflects:

Dear Fr Jude and team,

Thanks for the celebration of Mass being live streamed on Saturday night.

At St Clare’s Primary School last Friday we asked students to share what they liked about being a part of the Parish of St James.

Here are some of the students responses:

– The Priests are kind, funny, helpful, understandable, always willing to say hello, really nice;
– We love that we can come to Mass online in lockdown;
– That love and care is shown to all at our parish;
– The church is a wonderful space to be in God’s presence;
– We love that the school and parish work together;
– It is great that the priests take the time to visit us at school;

St Clare’s is truly blessed to be a part of such a vibrant parish. Have a great week.

Stay awesome!

Beth
Religious Education Leader.

 

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Bible Study – Mon 29 Mar

The combined Parishes of St Peter’s and St James are hosting a Bible Study Ministry.  This year, the meetings will be held at St James at the Ray Centre.

Meetings will be held every 1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays of each month, 7pm-9pm. Next meeting this Mon 29 Mar on the Gospel of John. For more information contact Clive on 0490 814 452 or Francis on 0401 787 372.

 

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The combined Parishes of St Peter’s and St James are hosting a Bible Study Ministry.  This year, the meetings will be held at St James at the Ray Centre.

Meetings will be held every 1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays of each month, 7pm-9pm. Next meeting this Mon 15 Mar on the Gospel of John. For more information contact Clive on 0490 814 452 or Francis on 0401 787 372.

 

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Australia Day Reflection

As one nation this past week we were invited to stop and celebrate Australia Day, we did this as we acknowledged the different sentiments that this celebration evokes. Life in the nation is not static and we grow and mature in the understanding of who we are and where we come from. This year we recognise that symbolically we have made another big step forward; in our national anthem we now acknowledge that we are an ‘old’ nation as we celebrate the longest living culture on earth, and although we now sing that we are ‘one and free,’ like the kingdom of God, that ‘oneness’ is something we need to work at together to achieve.

The readings chosen for our liturgical celebration of Australia Day reminded us that we are ‘the land of the Holy Spirit.’ The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God sends his Spirit upon us, as a nation, and, if we allow the Spirit to work, the Spirit will change our dry and arid landscape into lush and fertile raintree forests. The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of love and unity and when we allow the Spirit to live in our midst, it will burn away all our divisions and allow for new growth.

Paul speaks of the different gifts the Spirit showers on us, his people. Paul lists some of these gifts of the Spirit, yet the Spirit of God is certainly not limited by Paul’s list and continues to come up with newer gifts that help us come together as one family, one people. Paul insists that although the gifts look different in each of us, they are the fruit of the one Spirit. We come as one nation, first peoples and recent arrivals, together we celebrate the gifts we have been given. We celebrate and thank God for these old and new gifts. Together they make us one nation.

The gospel reading speaks of the attitude we need in order to be able to welcome one another and grow as one people. We are the ones who need to approach our ‘Great South Land’ with a spirit of poverty so that we can accept and acknowledge all that we have been given. We need to have a hunger and thirst for justice and mercy as we grieve the great mistakes of the past. We need to have a purity of heart and a resolve to look for peace so that we can welcome each other, regardless of faith or culture, and together grow into one nation in the Spirit.

Fr Mario Zammit mssp

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