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AMORIS LAETITIA OPENS THE WAY TO HOLY COMMUNION FOR DIVORCED AND REMARRIEDS.  Sean Smith in the Tablet, 08 April 2016
http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/5396/0/amoris-laetitia-opens-the-way-to-holy-communion-for-divorced-and-remarrieds


Top Ten Takeaways from “Amoris Laetitia”. James Martin sj in America, 08 April 2016
http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/top-ten-takeaways-amoris-laetitia


‘Amoris Laetitia’: Start with Chapter 4. Thomas Reese sj in National Catholic Reporter 08  April 2016
http://ncronline.org/blogs/faith-and-justice/amoris-laetitia-start-chapter-4


‘Amoris Laetitia’: Francis challenges the church. Michael Sean Winters  in National Catholic Reporter 07 April 2016
http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/amoris-laetitia-francis-challenges-church

Download Summary: Amoris Laetitia Summary

Download the whole document: Amoris Laetitia

 

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We are also opening up the opportunity for the wider St James Community to support the residents at Sunrise by holding a community book drive. If you have any much loved books that are no longer wanted, and would be suitable, we encourage you to bring them to the St James Parish Office so we can present them to Sunrise on the day.

We ask that books be delivered to St James no later than the 16th of April so we can take them across.

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Message of Thanks

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Thank you to all who assisted in preparing and celebrating the Holy Week and Easter Triduum especially the parish staff who continue to make a wonderful contribution to serving our community as do many generous and committed volunteers in our thriving Parish at all levels, ages and stages. I am also grateful for the leadership of the Principals of our schools and affirm the partnership we share in building community through the joy of the Gospel and maintaining a visible presence and support for faith. Gratitude goes also at this time to those who helped make the Easter Celebrations life-giving; all who participated, the Parish Council, altar servers, Carpenters Club, environment helpers both outside and inside the Church, powerpoint presentation, Music Ministry, ushers, car park attendants, counters, Youth Ministry, RCIA Team, Dawn Breakfast hospitality, those that donated items to the Dawn Breakfast, those that donated chocolates for the community, people working behind the scenes and all who have been involved.

There were many changes to our environment over the Easter Period. This is a huge effort from many parishioners we “recruit’ to assist. To those people we say “Thank you, we couldn’t manage without you.” We are always looking for new ideas to keep our liturgies vibrant, meaningful and reaching out to all.

I wish you and your families the peace and mercy of the Risen Lord this Easter.

Go gently in the crucified and risen Lord who calls us to serve with mercy,

Fr Jude Pirotta mssp

 

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It was a busy weekend for all the YP Team Leaders as we got our bake on for our hot cross bun drive. We want to thank Eiffel Tower Cakes in Tullamarine for letting the Leaders run-a-muck in the bakery because without your support, this would not have been possible and the parish office for your administration assistance. But most importantly to everyone in the Parish, our school communities, the mssp family and the wider community for buying our hot cross buns! We were overwhelmed with your messages of thanks and financial support, it’s all very affirming and greatly appreciated. All the money raised (which totalled just over $2,850.00) will go to supporting the on-going work of the Young Paulists and 2 projects in the Philippines: the Batiawan Primary School stationary fund and the sponsorship of the new mssp noviciates in Manila. We wish you all a blessed and happy Easter!

– Sheryn, Young Paulist Coordinator on behalf of the Young Paulist Core Team

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Easter Message 2016

 

In an unassuming way, Pope Francis has shared many profound ideas such as our need to be

protectors of life, protectors of the environment and protectors of those most in need of our society

– such as our children. The Pope is calling the Church to continue to face its failings of the past and

to ensure it always protects the most vulnerable in our society. He has spoken about how protecting

each other demands never tiring of doing good and calls for a certain tenderness which is not the

virtue of the weak but rather a sign of strength.

 

Pope Francis says that, “If we look upon others with tenderness and care, it opens up a horizon of

hope; it lets a light break through the heavy clouds.” Christian people deal in hope because Jesus

conquered our own two great enemies, sin and death, by dying on the cross for us and by rising

again. Easter is about God’s mercy and forgiveness bringing new life and hope.

 

Our Parish commitment reminds us of the invitation Jesus offered our Patron St James and to his

other disciples: “Follow me”. This Gospel truth is strikingly simple but sometimes hard to follow.

With the grace of God and as a diverse yet united community we can continue to step forward and

risk the journey of faith together.

 

Easter is the great reminder that Christ died and rose once for all, and for everyone, but the power

of the Resurrection, this Passover from slavery to evil to the freedom of goodness, must be

accomplished in every age, in our concrete existence, in our every day lives. How many deserts,

even today, do human beings need to cross! Above all the desert within, when we have no love for

God and neighbor, when we fail to realise that we are guardians of all that the Creator has given us

and continues to give us. God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore

life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14)

 

Therefore dear followers of the Risen Christ, let us accept the grace of Christ’s Resurrection! Let us

be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to

transform our lives too; and let us become agents of his mercy, channels through which God can

water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.

 

I wish you and your families the peace and mercy of the Risen Lord this Easter.

 

Go gently in the crucified and risen Lord who calls us to serve with mercy,

 

Fr Jude Pirotta mssp

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