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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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Do Not Reduce God

We celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity once a year on the following Sunday after the ‘Pentecost’. Even though I have been preaching about the “Trinity” so many times, I still find myself struggling to ‘understand’ and ‘explain’ this ‘mystery”. I find myself not good enough to comprehensively understand and explain God in three persons: Father, Son and The Holy Spirit. This time of writing this reflection, I still find myself in the same situation. It’s awkward. While thinking and reflecting what I am going to write, I came across a story that would relate to my situation and probably some others as well. This is the story: “There was a young boy who goes and climbs up a mountain in India and he meets a guru. And he wakes the guru up because the guru is half asleep. And the guru says, “What can I do for you, young man?” And he says, “I want you to explain God for me.” And the guru smiles and he says, “A God that can be explained is not a God that you should worship.” And he smiled and went back to sleep. Trying to understand and explain the essence of the Trinity is an impossible effort. It is not just because of the limitation of human knowledge, but also it is an attempt to ‘reduce’ God into human understanding. I used to admire people who claimed to know everything about God. However later I came to doubt their claim. I think they just want to make themselves feel better with the claim. In one of my reflections published on our parish Facebook titled “The Unknown”, I said that the disciples who were sent by Jesus to do their mission, were actually sent to the unknown. When a couple gets married, they are jumping to the unknown because they realize that they do not know and will never know each other completely. When I was ordained as missionary priest, I was also sent to the unknown. Till the end of our lives, we are living in the unknown. It doesn’t mean that we know nothing. We know something but our knowledge is not and will never be complete. I know the people in the parish, but my knowledge is limited. You know your partner (husband and wife) but your knowledge is still limited. However, one thing you may know is that you are loved by your partner or by your children or by your parents. Openness and revelation from both sides are required for better understanding. God, the Holy Trinity is continuously revealing himself to us in various ways. It is our turn also to be open to the revelation of God. We may not understand everything, but one thing we may be sure of is that his revelation gives us peace and hope because he loves us. Have a blessed Sunday. To read full bulletin, click here