Thursday, 31 October 2019
Friday, 1 November 2019
All Masses will be in the Main Church
2 November 2019
Blessing of the Columbarium will take place after the Mass. Mass will be held in the Main Church.
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God? (Luke 17:18)
Today’s readings feature two foreigners suffering from leprosy: Naaman, the army commander of the king of Aram, and a man from Samaria. Both were miraculously healed by the God of Israel—Naaman, through the prophet Elisha, and the Samaritan, by Jesus. And both recognized it: Naaman pledged not to offer sacrifice “to any other god except to the Lord” (2 Kings 5:17), and the Samaritan was the only one of his company to return to thank Jesus (Luke 17:15). Both stories contrast these foreigners’ faith with the complacency of God’s people.
These readings underscore the truth that God is the God of all the nations, not just of Israel. Even in the Old Testament, foreigners sometimes acknowledged Israel’s God as their own. When Jesus was preaching in his hometown of Nazareth, he pointed out that God had chosen not the “insiders,” but Naaman and the widow in Zarephath to whom he sent his prophets (Luke 4:25-27). In a similar way, Jesus praised the faith of the Samaritan who returned to thank him. It seems that God sometimes uses outsiders to shake up the people on the inside who may have grown complacent about their faith.
God can still use people on the periphery to open our eyes and give us a different perspective. For example, a person who comes to Mass for the first time may have lots of questions. As someone who has been attending Mass for years, you might have taken such rituals and prayers for granted. But now you dig a little deeper to learn more about the liturgy. Or suppose you become friendly with a Christian from another tradition who isn’t shy about praying with people. He might show you how to be bolder in prayer.
We can all benefit from a different perspective. So get to know people outside your normal circles. God just might have something important to show you through them.
Meditations 13 October 2019 ~ The Word Among Us
Every first and third Mondays of the month, we invite you and your family to come spend an hour of prayer in the Chapel at 8.00 pm. We pray for our universal Church and our parish. Let us come together and pray as a community. All are welcome.
October 2019 Sessions: 7 October & 21 October
November 2019 Sessions: 4 November & 18 November
December 2019 Sessions: 2 December & 16 December
Every Wednesday, 8 pm - 9.30 pm in the Parish Hall.
Series on discovering the Catechism of the Catholic Church
All are welcome.
“ We are merely servants; we have done no more than our duty ”
Ordination Date: 7 July 2001
Ordination Date: 25 February 1989
Ordination Date: 10 May 2014