Lenten Journey 2017

Lent is a season of intense prayer, fasting and concern for those in need. It offers all Christians an opportunity to prepare for Easter by serious discernment about their lives, with particular attention to the word of God which enlightens the daily journey of all who believe” – Pope John Paul II

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First Sunday of Lent, 5 March 2017

From the Dean’s Desk

We are at the beginning of another season on Lent.  It is a time when we are invited on a journey of renewal, recovery, repentance and hope.  The Liturgy of the Word for the Mass of Ash Wednesday, that we celebrated just a few days ago for the beginning of Lent places before us the elements we need in order to ensure that these next forty days are indeed days of spiritual renewal.  On that day, the prophet Joel reminds us that we need to return to the Lord with our ‘hearts broken, not our garments torn’.  In other words, Lent calls us firstly to an interior journey into self which leads to a transformation and renewal which is exhibited in our actions. Lent is a time for looking inwards in order for us to truly be ambassadors for Christ as Paul reminds us in the second reading.

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Ash Wednesday

1 March 2017

Ash Wednesday is on 1 March 2017. Times for Holy Mass and the imposition of Ashes will be:

  • 6:45 am
  • 9:30 am
  • 12:30 pm
  • 7:30 pm

 
8th Sunday in Ordinary time, 26 Feb 2017

From the Dean’s Desk

The 1997 film ‘As Good As It Gets’ had Jack Nicholson starring in the role of Melvin Udall, a New York novelist who suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Melvin ate at the same restaurant each day, at the same table, using plastic disposable cutlery rather than the restaurant’s as they may be contaminated. Melvin also feared walking on lines and cracks in the footpath.  Carol Connolly (played by Helen Hayes) invites him to her apartment for dinner.  When Melvin enters the foyer he is thrown into a panic attack, since the floor of the foyer consists of small tiles and it would be almost impossible for him to cross without stepping on a crack!  You could imagine his level of anxiety!

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7th Sunday in Ordinary time, 19 Feb 2017

From the Dean’s Desk

In today’s Gospel [Matthew 5:38-48] we see Jesus continuing his sermon on the mount.  Following on from last week’s Gospel [Matthew 5:17-37] Jesus expands on the demands set down in the Beatitudes [Matthew 5:1-12].  In this case, as it was with last week’s teaching, he expands on the last four statements: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy; blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God; blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be sons and daughters of God; blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of righteousness, for yours is the kingdom of heaven [vv. 7-10].

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