23rd Sunday in Ordinary time, 4 Sep 2016

From the Dean’s Desk

If an event or an occasion is worthy of our involvement, then we will give it all that we have in order to make it successful.  Take for example a person who is a member of a particular sports team. If they truly respect and cherish their position on that team, they will do all in their power to ensure not only that they will continue to be a part of the team, but that the team as a whole will excel in its particular sport because of their input. It means that the players will have to make certain choices, have certain priorities and live a particular type of life for the remainder of their stay as a team member.  Their priorities, decisions and choices will be built around a training schedule and a playing roster that may see them having to say no to certain things as long as they play for that side. That is the price that they pay for inclusion into the sporting side. 

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary time, 28 Aug 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Have you ever walked into a room and had the feeling that something was not quite right with the people gathered there?  Today’s Gospel [Luke 14: 1.7-14] begins in such a way.  Luke gives us some hints that things are not too well here. Firstly, Jesus has been invited to a meal in the house of a leading Pharisee.  Secondly he tells us that this meal is on the Sabbath day.  Thirdly he states that ‘they watched him closely’ as if to pick up on some action or word which they could use against him.  So all does not seem well.  We can be sure that some argument or disagreement between Jesus and the Pharisees will ensue. Today’s Gospel omits the episode dealing with the healing of the man suffering from dropsy.  It becomes a challenging test to see if Jesus would heal on the Sabbath day. Even with the omission of this miracle we can sense that some argument between Jesus and the religious authorities will follow.

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In Paradisum (into Paradise), 27 Aug 2016

A sacred music concert featuring the "Requiem" by Gabriel Faure and music by Mozart and Poulenc.

Date: Saturday 27th August 2016
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $20/$15 Con.
Venue: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta

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Parish Annual General Meeting, 28 Aug 2016

You're invited

All parishioners are invited to the parish AGM (Annual General Meeting) on August 28 after the 11am Mass.

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21st Sunday in Ordinary time, 21 Aug 2016

From the Dean’s desk

It is interesting how at times a simple question can open up a plethora of ideas and concerns. At the beginning of today’s Gospel [Luke 13:22-30] a certain person asks Jesus: ‘will there be only a few saved?’ He asked this with the expectation that Jesus would have reinforced the notion that salvation would have been the reward for the Jews. The Chosen Ones and that there would be no room for Gentiles or pagans!

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