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Year A
Feast of Christ the King
Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17; Psalm 22(23):1-3a,5-6; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28; Matthew 25:31-36.
At the end of our Liturgical year, the Church invites us to reflect on the image of Jesus Christ, our king. At a time when kings ruled in many countries, the relationship between king and citizens was one of servitude. The king owned, not only the land of his kingdom, but also the people on the land. By declaring that Jesus Christ is our king, we accept to enter into this same relationship with Jesus. Jesus is our Lord; we belong to him. On the day of our Baptism, we are sealed, branded with the mark of Jesus Christ, so that, forever, we belong to his flock.
Paul reminds us what this following of Jesus implies; he is the first one to rise from the dead into the eternal glory. We, members of his body and sheep of his sheepfold, will also participate like him, in his glorious resurrection.
In the gospel reading, Jesus reminds us that the easiest way of recognising him and of following him is by seeing him in the poor and the weak around us. Whatever we do to the least of his sisters and brothers, we do to him. Belonging to his kingdom, we need to reach out and be of service to our sisters and brothers.
Further Reading.
With the encyclical letter ‘Quas Primas,’ Pope Pius XI in 1925 instituted the feast of Christ the King, in response to growing nationalism and secularism. In 1969, with the motu proprio ‘Mysterii Paschalis,’ St Pope Paul VI gave the celebration a new title: ‘Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe.’ Paul VI also transferred this feast to a new date: the last Sunday of the liturgical year, before a new year begins with the first Sunday in Advent, the earliest date for which is 27th November. Through this choice of date, “the eschatological importance of this Sunday is made clearer.”
In 1926, the year after the institution of this feast, Joseph De Piro published an article ‘The Feast of Christ the King’ in the Almanac.
Who does not recognise the present upheavals? After the war, the whole world remained in utter confusion. A great disorder was the consequence of this terrible scourge. All the peoples were set against each other, trying to destroy one another. Society is corrupted and infected with so many false and deceptive doctrines, seeking to eliminate all good religious feeling, promising peace, which can never be achieved.
The pope recognises very well the present state of the world. He wishes to see all the nations united together in the love of Jesus Christ. Thus he established the feast of Christ, king of all nations. This way, all who are separated from each other may unite under one reign and recognise Jesus as their king. Jesus is the true king as both God and man. As God, he is one with the Heavenly Father; as man, he has all power given him by the Eternal Father. Jesus must be the king of the world and extend his reign over all nations. The world can find peace only in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, and it is in vain to seek it away from its divine king.
Was not this feast of great importance and really necessary? It shook the world from its ugly state of drowsiness and opened in front of it the true way that leads to peace. It confounded the wicked to the great consolation of the just and encouraged many missionaries to always expand the kingdom of Christ.
Your kingdom come! May the kingdom of Jesus grow and attract to it the whole world which prostrates in adoration of the Divine King, and sing praises due to him, united in love.

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During this season of Advent, Garratt Publishing are once again pleased to present a series of talks by four Australian biblical scholars from Yarra Theological Union, a College of the University of Divinity. Each week this group of accomplished guides will work together to shed light on each of the readings for the week. This is a perfect opportunity to grow in your understanding as disciples and should not to be missed!


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Year A
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31; Psalm 127(128):1-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30.
The woman in the first reading from the book of Wisdom, and the first two servants in the gospel parable, are praised because they engaged in the gifts they have been entrusted with and produced ‘a hundredfold.’ The third servant in the gospel is condemned because he refuses to participate in the venture proposed to him by the master.
The talents in the gospel parable are by no means small amounts of money. One talent is the equivalent of one hundred days’ worth of wages. The master entrusts his servants with a share in his business and life. To produce a hundredfold is to have the best outcome possible. The reward is to participate in the master’s life in its fullness, the master’s ‘happiness.’
The third servant is chastised because he refused the invitation to participate in the master’s life, hence he has cut off himself from the master’s happiness. Investing in the master’s business is a risk, but if we want to be part of the kingdom, we need to take this risk. We cannot just sit lazily around and still expect our reward.
Further Reading:
Joseph De Piro was zealous, dedicated, responsible, determined, courageous and consistent. In front of the Maltese Ecclesiastical Tribunal, Dr Alexander Cachia Zammit testified that De Piro had the gifts necessary to face the many difficulties in running the orphanages in his care. On 2nd August 1907 Archbishop Peter Pace, appointed the Servant of God director of Fra Diegu Orphanage. In the letter of appointment, the archbishop referred to several of the virtues of Fr Joseph; among these, he mentioned his zeal. The author of the article ‘Giubileo Sacerdotale,’ published in the journal ‘Malta’ on the 19th April 1927, mentioned ‘the devoted dedication’ of the Servant of God. .
By the year 1920, De Piro was director of Fra Diegu Orphanage, a canon of the chapter of the metropolitan cathedral, a member of the National Assembly, had helped settle the issues around the riots of the 7th June 1919, and was busy looking after his nascent society. He was also nearing the end his two-year term as rector at the major diocesan seminary. Despite this, he possessed such a virtue of responsibility that he did not refrain from giving the archbishop a detailed report about the various aspects of the life at the seminary.
Loreto Rapa, who, as a young boy, had been at the orphanage in Gozo, said that De Piro had three important virtues which helped in his limitless incentive and creativity; among these he mentioned the determination and courage.
The Servant of God lived his determination and courage particularly when dealing with the foundation of his missionary society and during the first years of its existence. The founder encountered many difficulties as he started the Society and assisted it to develop further. The Vatican congregation of Propaganda Fide struggled to understand how the society could be ad gentes and also be destined to work, first and foremost, among Maltese expatriates.
De Piro tried to clarify this a number of times and even visited the Vatican to explain well his plans to the congregation. Although he thought he had made himself clear, the congregation still did not accept De Piro’s society as a one for ‘ad gentes’ countries. The founder was not disheartened and did not give up, rather he kept trying until he his society was approved. This was the fruit of his perseverance, which helped him face this and many other challenges that came his way, such as the departire of several of the first members of his society.
During the ‘Sette Giugno’ riots in 1919, De Piro demonstrated perseverance and consistency. The National Assembly, set up by Sir Filippo Sceberras, was composed of 270 members. During its second meeting, on 7th June 1919, some of the Maltese who were in Valletta demonstrating to obtain their fundamental rights, entered the assembly hall and asked their representatives to intervene on their behalf. Six of those present accepted to mediate between the Maltese and the British government; De Piro was one of those six. Out of these six, only three continued with their endeavours until Sunday, 8th June. On Monday, 9th June, the Servant of God was the only one left to defend the archbishop.
Perseverance, consistency and determination helped De Piro see things through to the end. De Piro also needed a great amount of patience during the first years of the life of his society. Some members of the Maltese clergy did not understand what he wanted to achieve. The Congregation of Propaganda Fide did not understand how he could set up an ‘ad gentes’ society and insist on ministry among Maltese expatriates. After founding the society in 1910, he and the first members had to change their residence three times, as it was not possible to start the building of the main residence until 1932. Many who joined the society left after a few years; even the first priest left the society and was incardinated in the diocese.
When Archbishop Peter Pace appointed the Servant of God as Director of Fra Diegu Orphanage, he referred to De Piro’s gift of prudence. De Piro’s prudence could be observed each time he was embarking on a new project. When started his society, he was quite clear about its aim: he wanted an ‘ad gentes’ religious institute. He wanted this aim to be acheived in stages: the members first had to minister among Maltese expatriates, then, when they were accustomed to working overseas, they would be sent to work in ‘ad gentes’ missions.
The Servant of God was totally dedicated to work in the orphanages; he wanted that the members of his society also shared in the ministry in these charitable institutions, both in Malta and abroad. Still, when the parish priests from the Gozo diocese invited him to take over the administration of the new boys’ orphanage they wanted to start, he did not rush in giving an answer; he wanted to know things more clearly. He accepted to run this orphanage only after he had been given this information.
De Piro was very prudent with regards to the mission in Abyssinia. On 4th March 1927 Fr Angelo Mizzi, the Capuchin priest who was responsible for that mission, wrote to De Piro for the first time, asking him to send members able to teach catechism in that African country. We do not have the letters written in response by the Servant of God to Mizzi, but from Mizzi’s letters we know that De Piro, although for more than 17 years he had been waiting for such an opportunity, proceeded very cautiously. Before taking any action, he wanted to have the necessary information about the Ethiopian mission in general, and what was expected of the member of his society he was sending. When eventually Mizzi invited De Piro to take the responsibility for one of the stations in the Abyssinia mission, the founder was even more cautious. He continuously asked for more information from Mizzi himself. The founder also wrote several letters to Fr Ireneè ofmcap, Fr Joachim ofmcap, and Mgr A. Jarosseu, the bishop responsible for the mission. He also wrote may letters to Br Joseph Caruana, the member who was working in Abyssinia. Furthermore, he was planning to visit the mission in Abyssinia, to see the mission for himself.

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Year A
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 6:12-16; Psalm 62(63):2-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13.
The readings this Sunday encourage us to be wise and to look for wisdom. In scripture, wisdom is not intelligence or academic excellence, but an openness to listen to the word of God and to be ready to participate in the life of God.
In the first reading, from the book of Wisdom, wisdom itself, often characterised as the Spirit of God, goes out looking for those who search for her. Wisdom helps the person who receives it to encounter God and become familiar with his word and his will.
In the gospel parable, Jesus declares that they are wise those who ‘stay awake’ and are prepared to meet the bridegroom. The kingdom of God, living in God’s presence, can only be achieved if we are always awake, waiting to welcome the bridegroom into our lives. If we go to sleep, then the bridegroom will come, and we are left out of the wedding feast. The wise person is prepared and alert, ready to see the signs of God in this life, so that he or she can then be able to enjoy his presence in the fullness of the kingdom.
Further Reading.
Joseph De Piro did not excel in his studies. Although at the beginning of his studied he had estimated to spend ten years studying in Rome, ending up with a doctorate in Canon Law, in his discernment whether to join the ecclesiastical diplomacy or to live at St Joseph’s Orphanage, he admitted that he was not doing too well in his studies. Yet he had scripture wisdom, the wisdom from the Spirit.
The Servant of God belonged to a noble and wealthy family. In Malta, his family owned houses and mansions at Mdina, Valletta, Attard, Birzebbugia, Lija, Qrendi and St Paul’s Bay. They also owned a house in Rome and one in Florence, Italy. All these were big, well-furnished residences. Joseph’s brothers and sisters, including Fr Sante, had their own spacious and rich mansions. Like his sisters and brothers, Joseph could have owned his own house. Instead, he had at his disposal rooms in his mother’s residences; these rooms were well furnished, with all that was necessary. He did not live in any of these residences, but in the orphanages he was responsible for, or with the members of his society at Mdina, Rabat, or Birkirkara. Unlike the rooms in his mother’s mansions, the rooms he used at the orphanages or in the society’s residences were not well appointed.
Ursola De Piro employed five maidservants and a butler. Even Fr Sante had servants in his two residences. Br Calcedon Zammit, one of the first members of the society, who was himself a cook, said that the servants prepared very good food. Some contemporaries remarked that food in the orphanages and in the houses of the society was good; others disagreed. De Piro had his meals at the orphanages and with the members of his society and shared the same food with them.
When the Servant of God lived with his mother, she looked after his clothes. Francoise Marie Leopardi, one of Joseph’s nieces, said, “his mother ensured that one of her maids (Nuzzi) washed his white vestments and kept his Dean’s vestments in order.” Joseph De Piro did not spend too much time at the family home, and his mother could not look after his daily garments. Some witnesses noted that he always dressed up neatly, but other said the opposite. His niece, Sr Marie De Piro said that, “Once, when my uncle came to see my mother, he was wearing a simple scarf and carried a broken umbrella. It was raining. He was very shabbily dressed, but this did not concern him. We thought that he should be more neatly dressed, not wearing an old overcoat.” Anna Sant Cassia, another niece, said, “… he did not spend money on his own clothes. He kept wearing his clothes as long as they were good.” Anthony Scerri, one of the boys who attended the catechism classes in Mdina, said, Jospeh’s mother “… complained because he did carry himself with the dignity of a monsignor, and his shoes were torn. At times I noticed that his torn shoes. I believe that if he had any money he saved it for the orphanages because he was more concerned about them than about his clothes or shoes.” Fr Alexander Bonnici ofmconv, his biographer, tried to strike a balance between these two groups of witnesses, “he wore a tidy cassock; but the clothes he wore underneath were patched up.”
For De Piro, sacrificing the above-mentioned basic needs effected his health.
Joseph’s relatives, especially his mother, trusted him greatly; he was his mother’s favourite son. Beatrice Cremona, one of grandchildren said that Joseph confided in his mother. She was the first to know about his decision to become a priest, and, he often wrote to his mother from Rome, and often these letters were quite intimate.
When Joseph returned from Switzerland he lived in Qrendi. In 1907 he was appointed director of Fra Diegu Orphanage. A few years later, Ursola thought of promoting her son. Through the archbishop’s secretary, she asked the archbishop to appoint Joseph canon of the metropolitan cathedral. Archbishop Peter Pace agreed and in 1911 Fr Joseph was made a canon of the cathedral, with the title of Monsignor. De Piro was only 33 years old.
The Servant of God could have lived a tranquil, comfortable and challenge-free life. He never declined the support of his relatives in the various ministries he carried out in the local Church, yet, when he started his society, he found little backing from the Church hierarchy and his companion priests. Instead, he met with discouragement from some of the Maltese bishops. Fr John Vella, the first priest-member of the society, said:
“I was asked to visit the Vicar General, Bishop Portelli. ‘You know which society I belong to,’ I said. ‘What a mess!’ Portelli answered…. Bishop Pace did not like to do De Piro any favours. More than once, the founder had asked Pace to approve the habit of the society. Pace always answered him, ‘Let them be an example.’ De Piro wished us to wear the habit; he tried to get this for a long time. The ecclesiastical authorities delayed his progress, they did not express much hope in what De Piro wanted to achieve. Portelli was as sceptic as his predecessor.”
Some young men joined the society started their formation, but left the Society after they got a good education. John Vella joined the society, finished his formation, and was ordained the first priest of the society, but four years later he left the society and became a diocesan priest.
To the above-mentioned challenges, one can add others like lack of money when De Piro needed to find a residence, provide food and clothing for the members of his society. He needed to provide for their academic, spiritual and religious formation and provide for their recreation. He faced the discomfort of not having time for himself, as he had to spend time the members and even to sleep with them. Often he had to travel as most of his work was in the southeastern part of Malta, while the society’s first houses were in Mdina, in the South west of the island. Transport was not comfortable, and De Piro used the public transport. He faced the discomfort of not having companions with whom to share his ideas, the first members were still young and coming from low-income families, and therefore not very educated.
If Joseph De Piro had lived with his family, he would have enjoyed popularity in the Maltese Church and society. Setting up the missionary society meant a detachment from honours and promotions in the Church. In the constitutions he prepared for the members of his society, the founder did not want them to accept any honours. To be an example for them he would have preferred not to have title of Monsignor.
Various civic opportunities would have placed the Servant of God in a highly esteemed position by those around him, with the possibility of becoming influential and powerful in society. Whenever a priest was given civil recognition, he was also promoted in the Church. De Piro was entrusted with several such responsibilities and but he could have been entrusted many more had he not accepted to run the orphanages and to start his society.
Living as a priest in his family environment would have provided the Servant of God with a sense of security; leaving that environment behind, and opting for a life dedicated to the poor and for evangelisation, offered De Piro discouragement, difficulties and opposition.

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Year A
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Malachi 1:14-2:2.8-10; Psalm 130(131); 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9.13; Matthew 23:1-12.
In the gospel and in the first reading this Sunday, we are reminded that we have only one Father, God who is in heaven, and that on earth, we are all equally sisters and brothers, children on this one Father. Often, in our conversation, we refer to some among us as ‘father.’ This happens especially within family circles, where the male parent is invited to be ‘father’ in the same way as God is Father, guiding and instructing the members of his family with love. Moreover, we also give our spiritual leaders the title of ‘father.’ This title reminds them, and the rest of the community, of the great responsibility they carry as they represent God the Father here on earth among their sisters and brothers. The title ‘father’ does not place them on a pedestal, above the rest of the community, but makes them servants of the community, following the example of Jesus Christ himself.
In the first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul reminds the community that he had lived out God’s motherhood during his ministry in the Church of Thessalonica. In his ministry among them, he was like a mother, caring for her children, feeding them and proclaiming God’s word to them. Paul is a model for all who are called ‘fathers’ here on earth.
The success of ministry is always attributed to God. We are only instruments in God’s hands, and we should always be grateful for the good that happens in our community.

Further Reading:
Joseph De Piro’s contemporaries felt that he had always been gentle towards them, caring for them like a nurse who tenderly cares for her children. The first members of his society called De Piro ‘Padre,’ or ‘Father.’ He was everything for them and they were totally dependent on him.
Paul shared the gospel of God and his own self with the Church in Thessalonica (cf 1Thess 2:8). Similarly, the founder shared the gospel with the first members. He regularly visited the community at Mdina, and spoke to them about religious life, or the missions. De Piro too shared the gospel with the first members and his very self; he gave them all that he was and had. The members of the society were very dear to De Piro.
Paul was grateful to God for the way the Christians at Thessalonica had received God’s Word (cf 1Thess 2:13). De Piro was always grateful to God and his providence. He had been discerning his vocation since he was 14. For some time he did not think about it anymore, until he wrote the reasons in favour and against the priesthood. In reason five in favour of this call, the Servant of God showed his gratitude to the suffering love of Jesus Christ, “The wish to give myself completely to God, he who has suffered so much for my sins.”
In his sermons, De Piro often spoke about his gratitude towards God and the divine love. This can be seen especially in his sermons about the Incarnation of the Son of God, the Eucharist, and the Sacred heart of Jesus. Here the whole sermon was an acknowledgement of divine love. Although in his other sermons the Servant of God preached about other topics, he still spoke about the divine love. In the almanac, De Piro published an article called ‘Treasures.’ Here, the Servant of God spoke about some of the gifts given to us by God: faith, fatherland and the virtue of charity. In relation to charity he wrote that it: “… is treasure above all treasures. It is queen among virtues. The fullness of perfection. God himself. Who is like God? Humanity’s first and foremost obligation is to love God our Lord. We owe Him all that we are, and all that we have.”
In the first entry in his diary, Joseph De Piro wrote that after his priestly ordination he desired to return to Malta and form part of the community of priests living at St Joseph’s Orphanage. Later he again mentioned the orphanage, this time speaking about the foundation of his missionary society. Here he clearly acknowledged that this congregation was not his but God’s initiative, “in this orphanage, God, wants to start a congregation in Malta.”
The founder also spoke about his gratitude towards God in his letters to the diocesan and the Vatican officials. In a brief note about the history of the society, written on 22nd August 1916, the founder wrote, “… Divine Providence did not fail to soothe our troubles by including sweet consolations among our setbacks….”
In his letters he often used expressions like: ‘thanks to God’ and ‘I thank Divine Providence.’
Francis Scerri, a lay catechist at the Birkirkara Oratory, spoke about De Piro’s acknowledgement of God’s help in his life, “Whenever he finished something, he went to the chapel to pray.”
De Piro’s acknowledgement of God’s help in the life of the society is witnessed most clearly in the quote from Psalm 127(126):1 at the opening of each one of the three sections of the constitutions, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain.”

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This week Catholic Mission will offer the opportunity to be part of a life-changing program—The Maria Auxiliadora Clinic.

The Maria Auxiliadora Clinic is a vital project for the Salesian Sisters and the Church in Venilale.  Since its establishment, the clinic has provided life-saving treatment for many in need, like Jose, who became severely malnourished at 8 months old.  But, with an increase in the demand for treatment, the Sisters resources can only carry them so far.

Please give generously today to help continue this life-giving program by by going online at or using the appeal envelope. Your gift will also help many other similar Church-run mission programs around the world.


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Twenty-Ninth Sunday, Year A (2023)
“Whose image is this?”

It is perhaps appropriate that at the end of a week that has been so highly charged politically following the referendum last weekend that we should be reading this Sunday Gospel where Jesus is placed in something of a political trap. If he agreed that taxes should be paid to Caesar, he would lose his standing with the people, who resented being taxed by the foreign occupying power. If he forbade paying taxes to Caesar, he would be in trouble with the Romans themselves as a dangerous threat to their rule.

Jesus refused to endorse either choice. He avoided the trap by asking his questioners to produce a coin and then throwing a question back at them. Coins in the ancient world, like those in circulation today, bore the image of the ruler whose authority ran in that place. So when Jesus asks his questioners, “Whose ‘head’—really, ‘whose image’—is this?” they are forced to reply, “Caesar’s”, that is, the Roman emperor. The image of the emperor determines what belongs to him: that is, the whole monetary system and the political set up that goes with it. So Jesus leaves it to them to determine whether and to what extent taxes should be paid to Caesar.

But that’s only half of his response. His questioners had set the issue simply in terms of obligation to Rome; they had not brought God into the equation at all. His majestic answer, “Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar—and to God what belongs to God” brings in a whole new dimension.

The image on the coin shows it to belong to Caesar. What then is going to show what belongs to God?

Again it will be shown by an image. Whatever belongs to God will be shown by an image and should be given to God. But where do we find such an image?

On its very first page the Bible tells us. The first account of Creation—the one we hear at the Easter Vigil each year—comes to a climax with its description of human beings as created in the image and likeness to God. Each and every human being, of whatever race, colour, creed, belongs to God, is precious to God and must be treated as such—must be respected as such and valued as such.

And so we, or the state, or the government is ultimately accountable to God for the way we have treated our fellow human beings. It is very sobering to be reminded of this at a time when, especially in the Middle East, there is so much suffering inflicted on those who, like us, belong to God and bear his image.

When human beings had gone astray—as we still do—and, through sin, violence, and all manner of evil had distorted and tarnished the image of God in which they were created, God sent his own Son to become human and embody in the world what it means to be the perfect image of God, the God who is love.

As Christians we have been baptized into that renewed likeness of God that is Christ. Through God’s grace and the sacraments the Holy Spirit continues to transform us so that we, both as individuals and in community, become more and more reflective of that likeness of God in which we were created. St Paul puts it in one of his most attractive sentences:

where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; and this comes from the Lord as Spirit (2 Cor 3:17–18).

That statement doesn’t come from the reading from St Paul that we heard today in the Second Reading. But what we did hear from him in that reading does form a fitting ending to what we’ve been considering in response to the Gospel:

We know, brothers and sisters, that God loves you and that you have been chosen, because when we brought the Good News to you, it came to you not only as words, but as power and as the Holy Spirit and as utter conviction.


It is that conviction that should accompany us as we leave each celebration of Mass and take up our vocation to be and live out the image of God in our world today.


Brendan Byrne, SJ,

St James, Hoppers Crossing North,

21–22 October, 2023.

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On this year’s World Mission Sunday we are reminded that by virtue of our Baptism we are all called to be missionary.  My we, like the disciples, have hearts burning with zeal proclaiming the Kingdom of God in faith and action.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant:   Dear friends, Jesus calls us to love as he loved, wholeheartedly and freely. Let us open our hearts in loving prayer for the world that God has made.

Commentator:       We pray for the millions of innocent children, women and men caught up in brutal warfare, especially in Israel and Gaza, but also in Ukraine, Myanmar, Sudan and other places, that the warring parties will agree to a ceasefire and allow humanitarian aid to flow through.


                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)


Commentator:       We pray for all who have blessed us with generous love, that they will rejoice on seeing their love bear good fruit in our lives.


                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)


Commentator:       We pray for the quiet volunteers doing the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society, that their care for the poor will ease the hardship and isolation that so many suffer.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

 Commentator:       We pray for our faith community, that the celebration of All Saints and All Souls Days this week will enliven our hope in Jesus’ promise of eternal life.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator:       We pray for lay and religious missionaries, that they will walk alongside, listening to and respecting the needs of those whose lives are affected by poverty and injustice.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator:   We pray for the recently deceased and those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time, especially all those in our Mass Intentions today, that they will forever delight in God’s beauty and goodness.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: Fount of love, holy God, in your wisdom you have brought the world to birth. Open our hearts to love all things as Jesus did. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Our recent Fete was a resounding success.  We give thanks to God for watching over us last weekend as we gathered to celebrate community at our annual Fete.

We are very happy and proud to say that St James Fete 2023 was a great success.  It was, truly speaking, an event generating a wonderful community spirit. Prior to the Fete, the generosity of our schools, parishioners and well-wishers was amazing, as they responded to the Fete Committee’s various appeals for donations of different things. There were also offers of help and pledges of prayers.

Many volunteers turned up on the day before the Fete to help set up.  On the day of the Fete, everyone involved was in high spirits, showing much enthusiasm and exhibiting lots of energy.

The atmosphere of excitement was palpable. God favoured us with favourable weather once again which contributed greatly to the day.

In terms of fundraising the Fete and Raffle looks healthy and results will be shared as soon as all is finalised.

To Kevin Lloyd our Fete Coordinator and the Committee I would like to say a big THANK YOU for your time, meticulous planning and hard work.  To the many volunteers, those who provided entertainment, our sponsors, our schools and parishioners, I say thank you!  Without your help we would have been struggling.  To those who joined us on the day thank you so much and I hope you had fun.

St James, you truly are a marvellous witness of missionary discipleship and demonstrate your commitment to living out of our mission as a faith-filled, welcoming and caring community.

Fr Jude Pirotta mssp


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