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The Season of Lent

To make this Lent a more meaningful time, consider taking part in any of the following available at our Parish:

The Way of the Cross: During Lent, time to reflect on the Stations of the Cross will be every Friday at 7:30pm in the Paulist Centre.

Parish Lenten Retreat:  Next session on Tues 02 Mar at 7pm-8pm led by Dcn Royden on Zaccheus’ encounter with Jesus.

Project Compassion: Project Compassion Box and/or envelopes are available to assist some of the world’s most vulnerable people build better futures for themselves, their families and their communities.

Paulist Missionary Sponsorship:  For $5 per month, you can help with the wellbeing and education of children in Pakistan, Peru, Cuba and the Philippines. Brochures available after Mass.

 

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The Season of Lent

To make this Lent a more meaningful time, consider taking part in any of the following available at our Parish:

The Way of the Cross: During Lent, time to reflect on the Stations of the Cross will be every Friday at 7:30pm in the Paulist Centre.

Parish Lenten Retreat:  4 Retreat days during Lent to explore 4 key passages from the Gospel of Luke.  The first session is this Tues 23 Feb at 7pm-8pm in the Paulist Centre, with the following sessions on Tues 02, 16 and 23 Mar.

Project Compassion: Please take home a Project Compassion Box and/or a set of donation envelopes and support Caritas. Through your generosity and by aspiring to be more, you are assisting some of the world’s most vulnerable people build better futures for themselves, their families and their communities. Please return by Holy Thursday

Paulist Missionary Sponsorship:  For $5 per month, you can help with the wellbeing and education of children in Pakistan, Peru, Cuba and the Philippines. Brochures available after Mass.

 

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The Season of Lent

To make this Lent a more meaningful time, consider taking part in any of the following available at our Parish:

Ash Wednesday: Wed 17 Feb Online Mass available from the Parish website and Parish Facebook page at 9:00am.

The Way of the Cross: During Lent, time to reflect on the Stations of the Cross will be every Friday from this Fri 19 Feb at 7pm in the Paulist Centre.

Project Compassion: Project Compassion promotes peace by pursuing justice. Please take home a Project Compassion box and/or a set of envelopes available in the Paulist Centre from the weekend of 20/21 Feb and please return by Holy Thursday.

Paulist Missionary Sponsorship: For $5 per month, you can help with the wellbeing and education of children in Pakistan, Peru, Cuba and the Philippines. Brochures available from the weekend of 20/21 Feb.

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Parish Lenten Retreat

We are excited to announce a Lenten retreat at St James based on 4 key passages from the Gospel of Luke. The retreat will be conducted by Fr Silvio & Dcn Royden over 4 Tuesdays in Lent from 7pm-8pm. Schedule is as follows;

February 23 – The Prodigal Son
March 2 – Zacchaeus
March 16 – Rich Man & Lazarus
March 23 – The Good Samaritan

The retreat consists of Scripture, short films, Reflections, Music, Silent Reflection, Eucharistic Adoration, Solemn Prayer and reconciliation. Come, prepare and reflect on the Gospel readings and build a closer relationship with Jesus over this Lenten period.

 

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Season of Lent

Lent offers an invitation to actively re-orientate ourselves to God. Because for Christians, God, and the one who was so loved Jesus, is the heart and the soul of life. We are offered this gracious time when we can reflect on what has formed us since we tread last year’s Lenten path. And we are offered beautifully ancient tools to assist us with entering into this time. Tools of being prayerful, of living more simply and living more generously. The wonderful gift of the Lord’s merciful love is offered in a special way in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Lent is a most appropriate time to receive this healing sacrament.

So, let us commence our Lenten pilgrimage. Let us embark on a journey that will allow us to enter more fully into the cycle of the paschal mystery as it plays itself out in our lives and in the world. A journey that encourages us in our search for meaning and truth. A journey of returning to our God.

Consider taking part in any of the following available at our Parish during this Lenten journey

The Way of the Cross: During Lent, time to reflect on the Stations of the Cross will be every Friday from this Fri 28 Feb at 7:00pm in the Paulist Centre.

Project Compassion: Project Compassion promotes peace by pursuing justice. Please take home a Project Compassion box and/or a set of envelopes available in the Foyer of the Paulist Centre and return by Holy Thursday.

Paulist Missionary Sponsorship: For $5 per month, you can help with the wellbeing and education of children in Pakistan, Peru, Cuba and the Philippines.

 

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The Season of Lent

To make this Lent a more meaningful time, consider taking part in any of the following available at our Parish:

Ash Wednesday: Wed 26 Feb Mass with distribution of ashes at 9:00am at the Paulist Centre with St James Primary, 11:45am at St Clare’s Primary and 7:30pm in the Paulist Centre. Please note that the Mass at 11:45am will be held outside and in the event of bad weather, will instead be cancelled.

The Way of the Cross: During Lent, time to reflect on the Stations of the Cross will be every Friday from this Fri 28 Feb at 7:00pm in the Church.

Project Compassion: Project Compassion promotes peace by pursuing justice. Please take home a Project Compassion box and/or a set of envelopes available in the Foyer of the Paulist Centre this weekend and return by Holy Thursday.

Paulist Missionary Sponsorship: For $5 per month, you can help with the wellbeing and education of children in Pakistan, Peru, Cuba and the Philippines. Brochures available this weekend.

Daily Reflections for Lent and Easter: Available in the Foyer of the Paulist Centre, a book of daily reflections to get the most out of this Lenten season, are available for $5 each.

 

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Peter Kearney is an Australian Catholic songwriter/singer and guitarist whose hymns and songs include ‘Fill My House’ and ‘The Beatitudes’. His ‘Ashes to Easter’ concert weaves songs and stories and reflections on Lenten themes and looks ahead to Holy Week and Easter.  Mainly for adults though upper-primary and older students could also enjoy. Mon 23 March at St James, Paulist Centre starting at 7:30pm. Donations welcome at end of concert.

20200223 A3-A4 Colour Poster. HCN Ashes to Easter

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Lenten Reflection

We will begin the Lenten Season on Ash Wednesday February 26th. While many look forward to this time for opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal, quite often many of us see it as a liturgical season to dread. We focus on “What am I going to give up?” “How long can I live without whatever it is I am going to give up?” “How many more days before I don’t have to give up whatever it is that I am giving up?” Who wouldn’t dread a liturgical season with such a narrow focus?

Over these next few weeks, we are all encouraged to begin reflecting anew on the real purpose of Lent, the power such a season can be for us, and the real potential for a deeper commitment to our Catholic faith, and most important, a deeper communion of love with God. Such a deeper understanding could give us a new attitude for Lent.

Baptism is one of Lent’s foundational focus. At the Easter Vigil, the catechumens (referred to as “the elect”) will be fully initiated as Catholics through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

It is no coincidence that on Easter Sunday, all the baptized will renew our baptismal promises. Note that I said we are going to “renew” our baptismal promises and not merely “repeat” them. “Repeating” simply recalls something that happened in the past. “Renew” is entirely different. “Renewing” our baptismal promises recognizes something still foundational in our life.

Renewing our baptismal promises opens our hearts to God’s grace. Grace reveals God’s great love for us and God’s purpose for our life. This great divine love energizes our own love and leads us to a deeper commitment to live these promises more faithfully. Easter is one time in the liturgical year for us to remember that we are baptized once for a lifetime and not merely once in a lifetime. Lent is the time set aside to prepare us to make that renewal faithfully.

Our world, our country and our Church all need us to rediscover the beauty and power of baptism and our call to be co-redeemers with the Lord Jesus Christ. Our baptism calls us to a life of holiness that reveals Jesus’ great and merciful love to all humanity and all creation. Our faith also commits us to restoring the human community and all creation to a life of justice, peace, and solidarity.

May God bless us during this season of grace.

Fr Jude Pirotta mssp

 

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The Season of Lent

Dear parishioners, visitors and friends,

This Wednesday we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of Lent, in preparation for the celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

In the early Church, public sinners were invited to perform public penance with prayer, fasting and acts of charity so that on Holy Thursday they were welcomed back into the community. The community journeyed with these sinners supporting them with fasting and prayer.

Over the past number of years, especially these last five years as the Royal Commission did its work, as a Church community in Australia we have been exposed to the most devastating stories of a large number of people who have suffered sexual abuse at the hand of priests, religious and lay people; those who had the duty to respect and protect our vulnerable children.

Lent is another opportunity for us as a Catholic community to pray in support of all victims of sex abuse, and their families. As we meditate on the sufferings of Jesus, we associate with the pain endured by these brothers and sisters. We pray in hope that God may help these victims of sex abuse find within themselves a space of healing.

Some laws have already been passed and both as Church and as parish community we are becoming more aware of the need to protect those who are vulnerable in our community. Perhaps one the ‘acts of charity’ that we can perform this Lent is to offer both support to victims of abuse, and also to continue discovering how better to offer protection to children and vulnerable adults in our midst.

Thank you, Fr Jude

To make this Lent a more meaningful time, consider taking part in any of the following available at our Parish:

Ash Wednesday: Wed 06 Mar Mass with distribution of ashes at 9:00am at the Paulist Centre with St James Primary, 12:45pm at St Clare’s Primary and 7:30pm in the Church.

The Way of the Cross: During Lent, time to reflect on the Stations of the Cross will be every Friday from this Fri 08 Mar at 7:30pm in the Church.

Project Compassion: Project Compassion promotes peace by pursuing justice. Please take home a Project Compassion box and/or a set of envelopes available in the Narthex this weekend and return by Holy Thursday.

Paulist Missionary Sponsorship:  For $5 per month, you can help with the wellbeing and education of children in Pakistan, Peru and the Philippines. Brochures available this weekend.

 

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