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Mother’s Day Message

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Mother’s Day Message

Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me.

Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged.

 

To all the mothers in our Parish Community we say thanks for the many ways you model the love of Christ in our lives.  We wish you a very peace-filled and special day.

Fr Jude, Fr Silvio, Fr Mario, Fr Brendan,
Dcn Royden and the Parish Council.

 

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Mother’s Day Raffle and Stall

Congratulations to the following winners of the Mother’s Day Raffle:

1st Prize:         Deepthi Sebastian
2nd Prize:       Elizabeth Strunk
3rd Prize:        Gilbert Comiling
4th Prize:         Pauline Buttigieg

We sincerely thank everyone who participated by buying a ticket or supporting the Mother’s Day Stall over the last two weekends. The total amount raised from both events is $3350 with all proceeds going towards the Church Extensions Fund.

We would also like to thank those who helped make this fundraiser work – Frs Jude, Silvio and Mario, Annie Lam, Kevin Lloyd, St James Parish office staff, and all who supported us in practical ways.

Jannine and Judy

 

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Mother’s Day Photo Collage

Following on from the last couple of years, the Parish wishes to honour the great work mothers do in their families and community with a Photo Collage to be shown at all masses after Holy Communion on Mother’s Day Weekend (08/09 May).

We encourage you to send a picture of Mothers or Grandmothers, living or who have passed away, near or far.

We will take the first 60 pictures received via email ([email protected]) and include them in our Photo Collage. Last date for submission is Sun 02 May. All pictures received will be deleted after inclusion into the Photo Collage.

 

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Mother’s Day Photo Collage

Following on from the last couple of years, the Parish wishes to honour the great work mothers do in their families and community with a Photo Collage to be shown at all masses after Holy Communion on Mother’s Day Weekend (08/09 May).

We encourage you to send a picture of Mothers or Grandmothers, living or who have passed away, near or far.

We will take the first 60 pictures received and include them in our Photo Collage. Last date for submission is Sun 02 May. All pictures received will be deleted after inclusion into the Photo Collage.

 

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We are pleased to announce a ‘Mother’s Day Raffle and Stall’ fundraising event with all proceeds going towards the church extensions.

The Raffle:

  • Four fabulous prizes each valued at around $200.
  • Tickets $5 each available from Mon 05 Apr via Trybooking (trybooking.com/BQGHD)
  • Tickets will also be on sale at the Parish Office during Office Hours, 9:30am–2:30pm. Cash preferred at this outlet.
  • Prizes will be on display at the Parish Office Foyer after Easter.
  • Ticket sales close on Sun 02 May at 8:00 pm. Raffle prizes will be drawn on Tues 04 May.

The Stall: 

Our Mother’s Day stall will be held on two consecutive weekends in the Church Narthex on:

  • 24/25 April 1:00pm–3:00pm and after each Weekend Mass, and
  • 01/02 May 1:00 pm–3:00pm and after each Weekend Mass

We have a vast variety of gifts available for mums of all ages. Come and buy Mum a gift or just treat yourself to something special and support this fundraiser. Dads, we’re counting on you too for this one!

**Please note**  Cash transaction preferred.

 

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Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me. Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged.

To all the mothers in our Parish Community we say thanks for the many ways you model the love of Christ in our lives. We wish you a very peace-filled and special day.

Fr Jude, Fr Silvio, Fr Brendan, Dcn Royden and the Parish Pastoral Council

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Mother’s Day Prayer

Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me.

Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged.

To all the mothers in our Parish Community we say thanks for the many ways you model the love of Christ in our lives. We wish you a very peace-filled and special day.

Fr Jude and the Parish Council

 

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Mothers Day Reflection from Kate Colquhoun

Hi everyone, as Fr Jude mentioned, my name is Kate.

My husband and I have been parishioners of St James for around 14 years now. We have 3 children aged 15, 11 and 9.
It is an honour to be asked to share my thoughts about the important vocation of motherhood with you all – so thank you Fr Jude for the opportunity.

So, what does motherhood mean to me?
When thinking about this question one of the first things that came to mind is that Motherhood has been a very humbling experience for me.
I know it is a huge responsibility that God has entrusted me with and that I should never take it for granted.
I know that it is full of joys and challenges.
I know some days I feel like I really get it right and others, I just feel tired or overwhelmed or like I don’t measure up.
In reflecting back over my years as a mother, I think of the way life has unfolded, teaching me so many lessons of self sacrifice, patience, persistence, multitasking, and hard work and all the added skills I have gained along the way, but also, I am reminded of how much I still have to learn!

I have precious memories of when my children were babies. It was a time full of hopes and dreams and a lot of sleep deprivation. A time full of firsts- first teeth, first words, first steps and a first full nights sleep.
In thinking of the toddler years I can remember all the times I heard “No! I can do it!” And the patience required of me, but also the beauty of watching this new little personality emerge.
I think about our early school days, the way life all seemed so simple and each day was full of new milestones and learning for us, especially with time and organisation.
I think about how different our days are now, and how much has changed. Days filled with constant backing in and out of the driveway. Days spent juggling our time so that there is a balance of work, rest, homework, prayer, sport, family time, social events, and that all important time together as a couple.
Sometimes it feels as though life is stuck on repeat and we aren’t getting anywhere amongst the chaos. Then others days it feels like “Where does time go?” but I look at the children growing up to be more and more the people God created them to be and I realise, this too is a stage and it too will pass.

So I think about what keeps me going as a mum, day in and day out-
All the hugs and I love yous, the I’m sorry’s and the thank-yous. A supportive husband, with a kind or encouraging word, our Sunday breakfasts, the cups of tea in bed. The children’s achievements and the independence slowly becoming evident- and I realise:
….this is what motherhood means to me. Motherhood is all these things and more. So great in its entirety no one could really uncover all the joys and sacrifices asked of us.
Each mother’s experience so uniquely different, their own special tapestry, but with the same thread woven throughout- LOVE

In thinking of Love and motherhood I am reminded of the most perfect mother God ever created, our Heavenly mother- Mary.
How lucky we are to be given this humble, gentle, ever loving mother as an example to imitate. A mother who’s life on earth was simple. Filled with the same ordinary daily tasks of cooking and cleaning just like us.
A mother who had pain and suffering pierce her heart, but through boundless faith in her God, showed us that every pain has its end, and how to trust in God ourselves.
A woman who through her role as a mother and God’s servant, showed such Love, humility and obedience and by doing this was raised by God to be Queen of all, showing us too as mothers the direction we are called to go.
So I thank God for my gift of motherhood, and I hope this mother’s day is a special one for all mums and those in mothering roles and that God blesses you all in abundance today and always.
Thankyou.

 

Mothers Day Reflection from Rachelle Revell

Hi everyone, my name is Rachelle Revell and I’d like to thank Fr Jude for asking me to speak about what Motherhood means to me. My husband, Jared and I have 4 children. Krystal-Lee just turned 8 on Tuesday, Amelie is 5, Kolbe’s 2 and Liana is 6 months.

Jared and I had always planned to have two children. It’s funny how plans change. For a while, we didn’t know if we would be able to have any children and for a time I experienced the pain of feeling like a mother without a baby to love.

When Krystal-Lee was born I went into the first mother fog. I imagined my first few months happily gazing into the eyes of my precious baby, marvelling at how beautiful she was and never wanting to put her down. When I look back at the first couple of months of her life I can’t remember a lot, apart from both of us crying a lot. However, during the fog, I do remember flashes of holding her in the middle of a sleepless night and realising how much my mum loves me. I realised that Mum did this for me and would have done anything for me, just as I would do anything for my daughter. Even though I wasn’t feeling particularly warm and fuzzy at the time, I would always put her needs ahead of my own. In a way, it was a deeper kind of love than the picture perfect kind that I had imagined.

This filled me with so much gratitude and appreciation for my Mum and I began to reflect on the things that she instilled in me, that I wanted to pass on to my daughter. Among the many things that I valued was a deep appreciation and love of the spiritual life. This lead me to a strong desire to clarify my own beliefs so that I would be more equipped to teach Krystal-Lee. Through study, prayer and reflection I fell deeply in love with Jesus and his Church. I realised that my most important role as a mother was to show my children how much Christ loves them and how to love him back.

When I was pregnant with Amelie, I secretly wondered how I could possibly love another baby as much as I loved Krystal-Lee. It felt like my heart was already full. I now understand what other mothers have come to realise – that God blesses mothers with a heart that doubles in size every time they need to make room for another child. Motherhood has given me a tiny glimpse into how our Heavenly Father is able to give an infinite amount of love to each of his children.

As much as I love my children, God loves them infinitely more than I do. He wants to guide them to Heaven to be with him infinitely more than I do. I’ve come to see it as an honour and privelidge that he has entrusted Jared and I to raise, teach, protect and love his beloved children. This is ultimately why Jared and I chose to be open to having more children than we had originally planned. There are certainly unique challenges that come with having more children, but the blessings that Kolbe and Liana have brought to our family far outweigh them.

In my gratitude to God for the gift of my family, I want to be a perfect mother. I fall short of this constantly. I thought I was a very patient person before I had children – I was wrong! Being a mother forces you to become a much more virtuous person. When I do fail, it gives me so much comfort to know that I don’t have to do this alone. I’m so very blessed to have an amazing husband who also happens to be an amazing father and makes up for the some of the many areas where I am lacking. But I also know that I can entrust my children to our Heavenly Father and to our Blessed Mother when we can’t be there, or when we just don’t know how to help them. I’m learning just how valuable a tool prayer can be.

Every time my children are hurting, my heart breaks a little. When Krystal-Lee comes home in tears because someone made her feel bad about herself I want to shake her and say “Can’t you see what I see? You are amazing and beautiful! I wish you could see yourself through my eyes.” This makes me wonder what God is saying to me when I start to compare myself to other mothers who seem to have it all together.

Motherhood is a crazy, scary, exhausting and beautiful journey and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

I thank you for listening to my personal experiences of what it means to be a mother as we remember and pray for all mothers this weekend.

 

Mothers Day Reflection from Cherry Balolong

What it Means to be a Mother
Thank you Fr Jude and Good evening everyone!
I’m Cherry Balolong and Fr Jude has asked me to share my reflection on “What it Means to be a Mother”.
While not all of you here this evening is a Mother, I can safely assume that each one of you came from a Mother. So you would have your own idea of what is a Mother or what it is like to be a mother. It’s difficult to put into a few words what it means to be a mother, because that could mean different things to different people.
I wish I could say that I am a “young” mother, but my kids are already well into their adulthood, and some of you may have noticed them growing up through the years. So I suppose I can say, “I’ve been there, done that” when it comes to motherhood. And I suppose my journey as a Mother, has given me some insights which I would like to share with you.
So what does it mean to be a Mother? For me, being a mother is not just about giving birth – but rather it means to be life-giving. To be a constant source of encouragement, to be caring and nurturing, to always be looking out for the welfare and well-being of the whole family, which also includes the husband or the father of your children. It means to try to be a positive influencer, although sometimes that is interpreted as “nagging”.
To be a Mother means to love unconditionally and generously, without expecting much in return. It is loving your children, even when they are challenging. It is in understanding and accepting their shortcomings, while celebrating their many wonderful qualities. It calls us to make many sacrifices for them and at times to show tough love. It allows us to teach in practical ways the true meaning of sharing, and if you have a daughter, that includes your wardrobe! Motherhood challenges us to forgive when we are hurt.
To be a Mother means to be a Prayer Warrior. When you realise that God has entrusted you with His new creation to nurture and grow, it develops in us a tremendous sense of Faith – we hope and pray that everything will be ok, and we hope that our children will have a good future. We learn that prayer is our best weapon to protect our children from the harsh realities of this world.
We are constantly praying when our child is sick, when they are at school and we are at work, when they have exams, and when they are playing sports. We are constantly praying that they get home safe, especially after a night out with friends. Really, we are just constantly praying about everything they do every day.
Since we all know that babies don’t come with an instruction manual, we, who are mothers had to rely mainly on our Mother’s instincts, and some motherly advise from our mother and other mothers before us, when raising our kids. While I believe that all mothers try their best to raise their kids well, the reality is that there are no “perfect mothers”. We are all humans subject to human frailties.
Back when I was a young mother, I realised then that I cannot be everything to my children and I cannot possibly teach my children everything they need to know. I needed the support of my husband, our extended families, our close friends, and our faith community. As one popular proverb says, “it takes a whole village to raise a child.”
I am thankful that I am a mother, and I am thankful that I also have a good mother. And as the circle of life continues, every mother hopes that they have taught and raised their children well. We pray that they will also raise good children of their own in the future.
While some women have not been blessed with children of their own, I know there are some women who also show love and care like a mother.
Tomorrow, the whole world has set aside the day to honour Mothers, which is a very fitting tribute. So while it is supposed to be “My Day”, often I also give small presents to my husband and children, to thank them for making my life as a Mother a rewarding and enriching one. So to all the Mothers and those who are like Mothers – have a Happy Mother’s Day!
Thank you and Blessings be upon you!

Mothers Day Reflection from Jenny Fenech

Good Morning everyone!
My name is Jenny Fenech and it is a privilege (albeit a nerve racking one) to be asked to
speak for a few minutes sharing me personal reflection about how my faith assists me in my
role as a mother.
I actually thank Fr. Jude for the opportunity to be challenged and to sit peacefully for a while
and think more deeply about how my motherhood and faith are entwined.
I am the mother of two beautiful children who have brought out the best in me and maybe
sometimes, the not so best in me, if I am to be totally honest!
I do thank God everyday for the gift of life and appreciate everything that I have been given.
I thank God for allowing me to be the guardian of 2 of his most precious creations. I
understand that I only have them for a short period of time before they return to their
heavenly father, and that I’ve been entrusted with the responsibility of loving, guiding
nurturing and caring for them in all facets of their development physically, emotionally and
spiritually.
My journey throughout motherhood has been like many others. It has been one of deep
love and happiness, of joy and laughter. There have been times of exhaustion and sleep
deprivation and times where I’ve been given titles such as cheerleader, trainer, sidelines
coach, sounding board and the C.E.O of the board of complaints! (Amongst many others!)
For a time my little car became known as the ‘Jenny mobile’ as we ran here and there doing
drop offs and pick ups!
But not always was it a bed of roses….. Of course, there have been many times of worry,
disappointment, sadness and stress. At these times I’ve got my strength from the Lord and I
know any job worth doing does not come without its challenges and hardships.
I would not at all compare myself with Mary the Mother of Jesus and the mother of all, but I
do see parallels with the challenges and sacrifices that she was presented with as a mother,
and to a much lesser extent I see myself there too!
Motherhood has helped me live a faith- filled life by acknowledging the presence of the Holy
Spirit within me. The spirit has enabled me to develop the gifts and fruits offered to me and
confirmed through the sacrament of Confirmation. The qualities of kindness, goodness,
wisdom, courage, faithfulness, gentleness and patience are by the way things I’m still
working on!! The spirit encourages me and helps me when I need to be resilient, as I
journey on.
As I look beyond myself I acknowledge a variety of mothers! By its very definition
Motherhood is the state of having given birth. BUT I do believe that there are many women
in our own community and the broader one that are “mothering” in a different sense. The
fact that they have not born a child doesn’t mean that they don’t possess the very real
qualities and spirit of a mother. They too have the gifts of the Spirit working through them

and as women they are called to nurture love and be carers in their careers and in their lives
in so many different ways.
SO TODAY IS A CELEBRATION OF ALL WOMEN! It’s MOTHER’S DAY and it’s time to pray for
all our Mothers wherever they may be.
I am exceptionally grateful to the Lord for the many blessings I have received in my life and
especially for the most extraordinary women who have been my Grandmothers, Mothers,
and Mother’s In Law! They have enriched my life and have been the most wonderful role
models and teachers.
I leave it here thanking you all for listening and allowing ,me to share a little bit of my
experience of Motherhood and may you all ENJOY A LOVELY MOTHERS DAY.

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Mother’s Day Prayer

Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me.

Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged.

To all the mothers in our Parish Community we say thanks for the many ways you model the love of Christ in our lives. We wish you a very peace-filled and special day.    Fr Jude and the Parish Council

 

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First Friday Adoration

Our First Friday Adoration in May (Fri 04 May) will be focussing on Mothers. May is the month of Mary the mother of Jesus and the month we celebrate Mother’s Day in Australia. All are invited with their children to spend an hour in adoration and prayer. Mass at 7:30pm, Adoration from 8:00pm-9:00pm. All Ministry Leaders are invited to notify and invite their members to this event.

 

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