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November 9, 2019

The Month of November is a time of special remembrance of those who have died.  We invite you to write in our Book of Remembrance, the names of your deceased family and friends that your wish to remember.   We will prayer for them during the month of November. Offering...

April 14, 2019

What different story would we be telling today if the unnamed owners of the donkey had refused to give it up? Maybe we would have no story of the triumphal entry, at least not in the way Jesus wanted it. No matter how unknown a person is, he or she can still play a cru...

April 7, 2019

Fifth Sunday of LENT

The readings today draw us into a sense of rejuvenation and realignment with our baptismal call to participate in building the reign of God in our own time. In the first reading the prophet Isaiah tells us that God is doing a "new deed" amongst us,...

March 31, 2019

Fourth Sunday of Lent.

In the first reading we learn about the Israelites who kept the Passover during their journey into the desert and how the gift of manna from heaven protected them on their way. 

The Gospel story of the forgiving father is perhaps one of the most fa...

March 24, 2019

Third Sunday of Lent.

Often when disaster strikes particular regions around the world, we find ourselves feeling powerless. At times there may be a tendency from some quarters amongst us to inadvertently 'blame the victims', or to ask the question 'why would a loving Go...

March 9, 2019

Brother Greg McCann msc:  is a Missionary of the Sacred Heart and has been teaching English in China for fifteen years (15) years. He is now retired and available to teach adults who may wish to improve their English - both at spoken or conversational level or help in...

March 9, 2019

Please join Fr Phillip Hicks msc on a journey with St. Paul as you relive the Acts of the Apostles and the various letters of the New Testament. Explore Greece and Greek islands in this 14-day pilgrimage lead by Catholic Priests that features Athens, Corinth, Ephesus,...

March 9, 2019

St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, Parramatta is recruiting singers! This is an exciting opportunity to join a group of highly talented musicians. Choral scholarships are also available to singers who demonstrate advanced vocal skills and musical leadership qualities. For f...

March 9, 2019

Where have we been? Where are we now? Where are we going? Who’s going with us? Listen to priest, academic, author and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn, Father Anthony Percy speak on this topic of critical importance to the future of our Church. Nam...

March 9, 2019

Sunday 17th March, 3.00pm, St. Canice Church. Entry by donation. Wine and cheese after concert. Peter Kearney is an Australian Catholic songwriter and singer/guitarist whose hymns and songs include ‘Fill My House’, ‘The Beatitudes’ and ‘Where Is Your Song, my Lord?’. H...

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Fruits of the Spirit

Staying home during this pandemic can be very stressful. And the government and the church have been paying close attention to the effects of this. It can lead towards decreasing of mental health and even mental disorder which could damage an individuals and relationships. Domestic violence can be one of the damages. In Australia we are fortunate to have some professional institutions that have been offering help for those who are experiencing some kind of depression caused by loneliness from staying at home too long. Is there any positive effects of staying home so long? I suppose there will be a good number of people who would say “yes” from their own experience. It is indeed challenging but there are some positive outcomes for an individual as well as for society. As a religious priest, I speak from my personal experience of living not “alone” but in “solitude”. After being triggered by some people in the parish to write something which could be published on the Parish Facebook page, I found myself sitting down and allowing the “Spirit” to work in me. It is not easy to sit down “dull” with no inspiration at all for sometime. And I came to reflect on the working of the Spirit. I questioned myself: “How do I know that the Spirit is working in me? Or How do I know that I have done God’s will?” These questions actually have been thrown to me hundreds of times by so many people. While asking myself these questions, I came to read a book titled ‘Yielding to Love’ written by Fr Michael Fallon MSC. He said that if what we do is truly God’s will, then we can see it by its fruits. And the fruits are to be seen in the virtues mentioned by Paul in his Letter to the Galatians, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22-23). As we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost this weekend, let us be aware of those fruits of the spirit within us. Fr Michael said: “If it is truly God’s will that we are doing, we find ourselves growing in those virtues. If, by contrast, we find ourselves becoming less loving, we should have another look…… I am not saying that doing God’s will is always easy. That is not the case. However, if we are doing God’s will, even when this involves the cross, sustains us below the pain and difficulties”. Have a blessed Sunday. Check out the Parish Bulletin

Sunday 3 May 2020 - Reflection

Jesus and Joseph (Good Shepherds) Today’s Gospel speaks about Jesus as a Good Shepherd. And we know the qualities of a good shepherd. There are different ways to look at the qualities of a good shepherd. I can recall some of them as I look closely at the scripture, like he is good, he protects, guides, nurtures and lays down his life for his. We are called to become good shepherds like Jesus with the qualities above. The question is ‘how can we become good shepherds like Jesus with our own limitations, weaknesses and even sins?’ I am writing this reflection on Friday the first day of May when we celebrate the optional memorial of St Joseph the Worker. We may contemplate on Jesus the ideal and perfect good shepherd. However, we probably can take a look for moment at St Joseph who was with his limitations, weakness and even sin, tried his best to become a ‘good shepherd’ for his own family of Jesus and Mary. Pope Francis mentioned about two good qualities of Joseph a ‘shepherd’ for the holy family.
The first is Silent, Obedient. The Pope said: “He is the man who doesn’t speak but obeys, the man of tenderness, the man capable of carrying forward the promises so that they might become solid, certain; the man who guarantees the stability of the Kingdom of God, the paternity of God, our sonship as chil-dren of God. I like to think of Joseph as the guardian of weaknesses, of our weaknesses too: he is able to give birth to so many beautiful things from our weaknesses, even from our sins.”
The second is ‘his ability to dream’. The Pope said: “Today I want to ask, grant to all of us the ability to dream, that when we dream great things, beautiful things, we might draw near to the dream of God, the things God dreams about us. [I ask] that he might give to young people – because he was young – the capacity to dream, to risk, to undertake the difficult tasks they have seen in dreams”. We are all in a very difficult time. If the coronavirus is caused by human failures/sins, then we need to reflect on how we treat other beings including the environment. If our action in the past has caused this human tragedy, then this is the time to commit ourselves to care for nature. Jesus is a Good Shepherd who comes to save the world. St Joseph is called to be a good shepherd for the holy family. We are all also called to be good shepherds to care, recreate and nurture our world that it will become a better place to live. This is certainly a big dream. Keep dreaming for it like Joseph, while doing simple things to show that we care for our world.
Have a blessed Sunday. Father Alo Lamere MSC See this week bulletin