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Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 127(128); Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16.

 

** Gospel Reading

Some Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, ‘Is it against the law for a man to divorce his wife?’ They were testing him. He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ ‘Moses allowed us’ they said ‘to draw up a writ of dismissal and so to divorce.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘It was because you were so unteachable that he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.’ Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this, and he said to them, ‘The man who divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.’

People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them. The disciples turned them away, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ Then he put his arms round them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.

 

** Further Reading

It has been only recently that we shared with you some of our Founder’s material about marriage. Some weeks ago we have also passed on to you a table containing the various aspects of De Piro’s humility. At the same time this Sunday’s Gospel presents together both the married life and the simplicity of children. In fact the Evangelist Mark, in his ch., 10, presents the life of the little ones as a sine qua non to enter the Kingdom. Rightly so, because the life of the little ones or simplicity is nothing more and nothing less than trust in God … complete trust in God.

Fr Martin Cilia has a whole section about our Founder’s complete abandonment in the hands of God. In his book “Found Among Sinners” (pp. 133-135) Fr Martin writes:

God’s providence meant for Joseph De Piro a deep trust in the Lord of history.  He believed in an attitude of active passivity and of trusting the guiding hand of God.  His trust in God “who does not fail in his promises” translated itself in a deep conviction that all will be well.

De Piro’s trust in Divine providence meant a belief and a certainty “that we can say that our work, in its foundation, was moved and lead by Divine providence.”  Whatever happened to him did not happen just by chance but “in his great providence God reserved this work to the society of missionaries.”  All this points to De Piro’s conviction that mission has its origin in the heart of God.  God is the source of this sending love in which he felt privileged to participate and give his share.

The smallness of his Order did not make him loose heart.  On the contrary he saw the humble beginnings in line with the Gospel:

The gospel event of the widow’s mite encourages us, to look upwards and put our hope in him who is our most beloved father because when God is building those who build the walls do not labour in vain… God’s power, which made everything out of nothing and the power of Jesus who fed thousands of people from five loaves has never changed and is still there forever.

De Piro was convinced that mission did not depend on numbers but on people who were in love with the Lord and were drawn by a desire to share this love with others.  Two important images for De Piro stress this thought.

 

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The combined Parishes of St Peter’s & St James are hosting a Bible Study Ministry. Meetings are currently held weekly on Mondays, 7pm-8:30pm. This will be held online via Zoom. Next meeting this Mon 27 Sept on the Book of Acts. For more information contact Clive on 0490 814 452 or Francis on 0401 787 372.

To join simply click HERE

or use these details:

Zoom Meeting ID: 91984220776
Password: bible

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Conversation Hour – Sun 03 Oct

As lockdown continues to loom, it is important to continue to reconnect with our communities. It has been some time since we met with our parishioners, online or otherwise, so a ZOOM meeting has been arranged to Meet The Priests this Sunday 03 Oct at 3pm.

Fr Jude will give a brief update on our Parish after which the priests will be happy to say G’day and answer any questions. We hope to see many parishioners come to this meeting which we will host fortnightly.

ZOOM Meeting ID: 876 7575 2510
Passcode: meet

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Survey Results

Thank you to those who completed the project proposal survey and those who attended the zoom forum. Your time and contribution is greatly appreciated. It has been wonderful to hear everyone’s thoughts on the different proposal ideas and their views on the strengths and needs of St James as a community. We collated all the suggestions from the survey and presented the ideas at the forum. It was decided that the project proposal will be for a community garden. If parishioners are interested in reviewing the meeting minutes, please email Diane at [email protected]

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Change of Live Stream Details

We are currently live streaming our Weekday Morning Mass at 9.00am from Mon-Sat and Weekend Mass at 6.00pm on Saturdays.

We have updated the process due to technical issues with live streaming on Facebook. The live stream is on YouTube and is now shared live on Facebook. The live stream on Facebook does not come up in your Notifications but will appear in your News Feed similar to other posts you receive. If you click the link on the Facebook post, it will automatically take you to the YouTube live feed.

It is suggested that you LIKE the St James Facebook page: facebook.com/stjamesapostlehcn

Moreover, when you SUBSCRIBE to the St James YouTube page you will receive an email as soon as Mass starts. The YouTube link is: https://www.youtube.com/c/StJamestheApostlehcn.

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Introduction:

Pope Francis’ Message for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2021 is that we ought to work ‘Towards an ever wider “WE”’.

When the men and women of nations feel under threat from forces that seem beyond their control – pandemic, climate change, global economy, terrorism – it is easy to see why they retreat into a stance that is closed and defensive, and which excludes others that makes people self-centred. Yet Jesus has shown us another way; the only way. It is a way that leads us towards an ever wider “we” by helping us see our world and its peoples as God sees us all and loves us all. It is a way that empowers us to reach out and, in the words spoken by Pope Francis in the empty St Peter’s Square all those months ago, “to create spaces where everyone can recognise that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity”.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, gathered together in the Spirit of Jesus, let us pray for a new heaven and a new earth.

Lector: For our Church. Inspired by Pope Francis, may we be faithful to the catholic and inclusive vision of God’s diverse family. Let us pray together in hope.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: For the leaders of our world. May they widen their tents to embrace all who are suffering, and all who seek a safe place of shelter.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: For those who live on the peripheries of our societies. May we become real friends with our neighbours and mutually share our gifts with each other.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: For our local communities. May we discover an ever-wider ‘we’, as we think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those’, but only ‘us’.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: For the lost or excluded, the rejected or discarded. May they know the Good News of Jesus Christ through our efforts to encounter each other and to build communion in diversity.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: We pray for all participants in the upcoming Plenary Council, that they will have the freedom to listen faithfully and speak out boldly.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for all our loved ones who have died, especially while in transit or living far from their loved ones, as well as for the recently deceased; Rudylyn Jimena, Romualdo Macuto and Nazzarene Portelli and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Joseph Thompson Snr, Fred de Guzman, Corazon Paredes, Vince Pinto, Ronald Vincent Rawlins, Edgardo Quizon, Herman Dellemyn, Marie Therese Ngongah, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today. May they enter the new Jerusalem where all peoples are united in peace and harmony.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: God of mercy and power, you cast down the proud and raise up the lowly. Give us the freedom to follow your Son. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Pope Francis’ Message for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2021 is that we ought to work ‘Towards an ever wider “WE”’.

When the men and women of nations feel under threat from forces that seem beyond their control – pandemic, climate change, global economy, terrorism – it is easy to see why they retreat into a stance that is closed and defensive, and which excludes others that makes people self-centred. Yet Jesus has shown us another way; the only way. It is a way that leads us towards an ever wider “we” by helping us see our world and its peoples as God sees us all and loves us all. It is a way that empowers us to reach out and, in the words spoken by Pope Francis in the empty St Peter’s Square all those months ago, “to create spaces where everyone can recognise that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity” .

Prayer for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Holy, beloved Father, your Son Jesus taught us that there is great rejoicing in heaven whenever someone lost is found, whenever someone excluded, rejected or discarded is gathered into our “we”, which thus becomes ever wider. We ask you to grant the followers of Jesus, and all people of good will, the grace to do your will on earth. Bless each act of welcome and outreach that draws those in exile into the “we” of community and of the Church, so that our earth may truly become what you yourself created it to be: the common home of all our brothers and sisters. Amen.

 

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Jose De Piro Kabattang Orkestra

To enhance the Church’s social teaching and provide opportunities for those in need, CaSPA (Catholic Secondary Principals Australia) and its corporate partners have encouraged secondary schools in Australia to apply for the annual Social Action Funding Grant aimed at providing support to those within remote Australia or in neighbouring countries.

The Faith and Mission Team from Thomas Carr College, were recently delighted to learn that their application to support the work of the Jose De Piro Kabataang Orkestra was successful.

This application was aimed at supporting the Missionary Society of St Paul’s Jose De Piro Kabataang Foundation, which auspices the music program of Jose De Piro Kabataang Orkestra (Youth Orchestra) which is comprised of more than 60 talented young musicians from impoverished and disadvantaged families in Dinalupihan, in the Province of Bataan, Philippines.

Thank you to CaSPA for their $5000 grant. Read more about this HERE.

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Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 18(19):8.10.12-14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43.45.47-48.

 

** Gospel Reading

John said to Jesus, ‘Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.

‘If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.

‘But anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone round his neck. And if your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life crippled, than to have two hands and go to hell, into the fire that cannot be put out. And if your foot should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life lame, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye should cause you to sin, tear it out; it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell where their worm does not die nor their fire go out.’

I cannot refrain from referring you to this Sunday’s first words of the collect: “Father, you show your almighty power in your mercy and forgiveness …” These words are really impressive. It was this belief that moved our Founder to leave the law studies and go for the priesthood. In n. 5 of his first “Reasons in Favour or Against” the Servant of God was quite clear: “My wish to be completely dedicated to God, he who had suffered so much for my sins”. But this does not seem to be one of the main themes of the coming Sunday. Rather, I am seeing that “we are called to be prophets of justice”.

 

Further Reading

Was Joseph De Piro a prophet of justice? If he were to write an autobiography he would have undoubtedly put these words somewhere in the beginning:

“The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to:

  • be a father and a mother to the girls and boys of the ecclesiastical charitable institutes;
  • sustain in their various needs the boys and youths of the Birkirkara Oratory;
  • see to it that there is a provision for all the needs of the seminarians at the Mdina Major Seminary;
  • be a real “Padre” to the members of my Missionary religious Institute;
  • help, in their various needs, the families of the girls and boys of the ecclesiastical charitable institutes;
  • follow the old girls and boys of these institutes;
  • create social assistance to the employees of these institutes, of the Mdina Cathedral School and of the Major Seminary;
  • give alms to the many poor and miserable beggars, whether young or old, women or men;
  • help the Maltese workers earn a just wage;
  • help the Maltese families enjoy a decent living;
  • mediate for peace and concord between conflicting individuals or entities;
  • keep strong the faith of the faithful Maltese in Malta, whether young or old, women or men;
  • rejuvenate the faith of the Maltese migrants, whereever they are; and
  • announce God’s love to those who have never heard of it.

The Servant of God was a man whose life was to help others.

 

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