29 Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A Dear Parishioners and Visitors

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Dear Parishioners and Visitors
I often think it’s funny when a small child comes up the aisle for
Holy Communion and you can’t help noticing that they are the
“image” of one of their parents. It’s almost as though their
mother or father has suddenly shrunk back to the size they were
twenty-five (or so) years ago.
Images play a big part in our lives. Everybody, these days,
seems to be taking pictures and producing images of other
people or even themselves. Often enough they end up on
something like “facebook.” When I was little every family had
photos in their home, reminding them of people they loved.
Today the gospel is about images. In Jesus’ time people had to
pay taxes to the Roman authorities using Roman coins, and
these coins all had the image of the Roman emperor on them.
That meant they belonged to the emperor. The money was his.
In a similar way, Jesus is saying, each of us is an image of God.
That’s the way we were created. Therefore we belong to God, as
the Roman coins belong to the emperor.
So the gospel is about us. We are images of God in a special way
because we share his life and nature by Baptism. But our
likeness to God is meant to grow. That is why we are at Mass
today, to be nourished into a deeper likeness of God by the
Eucharist, the great sign of God’s care for what belongs to him.
Fr Tom
Monday 20th October
-7pm - 9pm Italian Prayer Group
Tuesday 21 October
- 9.30am – 11am Playgroup
- 7pm Legion of Mary
Wednesday 22 October
-7pm Liturgy Meeting
- 7.30pm Brisbane East Deanery Meeting
Thursday 23 October
-9am – 2pm Italian Bingo
-9.30am – 11am Playgroup
Sunday 26 October
-10.30am Dominican Laity
-3pm–4.30pm Sacramental Program Family Session
“Add your voice” to the Archdiocesan Youth
Ministry conversation
And go in the draw to win a GoPro Hero3 White
Young people (aged 13-30), as well as the wider
Catholic Community, are invited to add your voice to the
conversation around youth ministry in the Archdiocese
of Brisbane. The Archdiocese has
taken 2014 as a year for listening within the area of
youth ministry. To have your say, please go to
www.cymbrisbane.org.au/add-your-voice/. For any
questions regarding this survey, please contact Teresa
Delsorte at Evangelisation Brisbane on 3324 3446.
We pray for those who are sick: Rex Bowen, John
Clarke, Vilma Ghouse, Mary King, Georgina Moore,
Donald Morrison, Jim O’Reilly, Phil & Win Spillane, Fr
Joseph Truong, Emma Winks and Lena Wilson.
November is the Month of Remembrance
The commemoration of All Saints and the Holy Souls in
November begins a month where the Church, in
communion with all the saints, prays for the dead. One
way we do this is by having Mass said during
November Mass offering envelopes available at the
church entrance.
We pray for loved ones who have died recently:
Klara Kantor, Sr Ethnea O’Sullivan, Phyl Barker, Joyce
Vera Brown, Siganto Family.
Altar Society Roster
The new roster is available for collection from the work
Anniversaries: Let us remember in prayer Gwendoline
Petchell, Katharina Leitgeb-Rainer, Betty Morris, Maria
de Navas and all whose anniversaries occur at this
Daily Mass Books
If you would like to order a 2014/15 Daily Mass Book
(which runs from Advent to Advent), we are collating
orders now. The cost is $20. If you would like to order
one, put your details on the clipboard provided at the
church entrance. Orders close this weekend 18/19
Sacramental Program
Enrolments for the Sacramental Program for have
closed. Families will soon be attending Sessions
to help them understand what Sacraments,
particularly the Sacrament of Reconciliation, are
Attending Mass is an important way for children to
learn about their faith. As is always the case with
our large group of Sacramental families, some
families are quite familiar to regular Mass-goers,
but some are new faces. May I encourage all
parishioners to do what you can to extend a
welcome to anyone new you might notice around
you at weekend Mass.
Kellie Corbett, Sacramental Coordinator
Modern Slavery
‘Modern slavery is a crime against humanity. We
must unite our efforts to free the victims and stop
this increasingly aggressive crime which threatens
not only individuals but the basic values of society
and of international security and justice, to say
nothing of the economy, and the fabric of the
family and our coexistence.’
- Pope Francis, 12 December 2013
Attention Sunday Mass Readers & Musicians
Orders being taken now for 2015 edition of “Break
Open the Word” Copies are $10 - to order one,
please place your details on the clipboard at the
church entrance by weekend 18/19 October.
Celebrate the end of October, Month of the
Do you often find the rosary hard-going? Are you
easily distracted by other things? Are you stuck in
a rut of the same old reflections? Join us as
Catherine McDowall, a member of the Legion of
Mary, shares a series of meditations on the rosary,
explaining how the Holy Spirit
can help us to discover new insights.
Date & Time: 6:30 pm on Thursday 30th October
Venue: Our Lady of Graces Catholic Church,
RSVP: Phone or text 0431 117 139 by Tuesday
28th October.
The talk will be held in the library followed by a
small supper.
Our parish will conduct the annual World
Mission Month appeal next weekend (October
The proliferation of appeals being conducted in
parishes has created some confusion. The recent
Archdiocesan Catholic Campaign raised money to
support the ‘internal’ ministries of the Archdiocese.
The forthcoming World Mission Month appeal asks
you to be generous to support the global
missionary work of the Church, in more than 160
countries, including Jamaica (the focus for this
year’s appeal). Why do I mention this in such
detail? Because if we look at the Gospel for today,
Jesus is making it clear that our faith is never
about an ‘either/or’. We ‘render unto Caesar’ what
we are obliged to contribute, by way of taxes etc;
and we give to God, through stewardship,
philanthropy and acts of service. It’s not one or the
other! Same with fundraising – this appeal will
make a difference in the lives of missionaries, like
Sr Teresia, and those they work with and support
while previous appeals (Catholic Campaign,
Caritas, Rosies etc) have their respective, but
different beneficiaries. Thanks for responding so
generously when we conduct our appeal in your
David McGovern, Director
In this week’s issue of the Catholic Leader
* Improvements to marriage and seminary
preparation major focus for synod on family
* Carmelites worldwide celebrate the 500th
anniversary since St Teresa of Avila’s birth
* Newly professed Sister of the Immaculata makes
Hobart history
* Special features on Mission Sunday 2014 and
Christmas Gift Guide
* Former teacher and Presentation Sister Peggy
Dolan reflects on her life on her 100th birthday
* Talking point: Brisbane Catholic Steve Jorgensen
on the path to realistic compassion
Catholic Leader, available every weekend from
the church entrance, costs just $2.
G20 Weekend - Change of Mass Times at St
Stephen’s Cathedral.
We have been advised by the Cathedral that there
will be no Masses or reconciliation on Friday 14th
November and Saturday 15th November due to the
many disruptions during the G20. On Sunday 16th
November there will only be two Masses which are
at 8am and 10am.
Prayer Vigil G20 - World Indigenous People
Sunday 19 October 2014, 6pm-6.30pm at
Musgrave Park, 121 Cordelia St, South Brisbane
Everyone is welcome! For more information
contact either Fr Buce Boase on 0448 206 213 or
Brooke Prentis on 0416 197 324.
Rosary Bouquet in honour of Our Lady of
Fatima on Saturday October 25th at the Cathedral
of St Stephen at 10.30am (Rosary) and 11.30am
Lourdes Hill College Past Pupils Association
Memorial Mass
Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel ~ Lourdes Hill
College on Saturday 1st November 2014 at 10am
(Morning tea will be held after the meeting).
Enquiries: Loreto Lotz 0412769708
St. Stephen’s Cathedral Concert Series
presents its sixth and final concert for 2014 in a
program entitled Requiem presented by the
Cathedral Schola and the Cathedral Choir on
Sunday, November 2 (All Soul’s Day) at 4.00 pm
at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The program will
include two Requiems. The first is by Michael
Haydn (brother to Joseph Haydn), the second one
by Tomas Luis de Victoria.
Admission is $25 (adults) and $20
(concession). Concert goers may use the
Cathedral car park from 3.00 pm (entrance from
Charlotte Street). For further information call 07
3720 0514 or www.ststephensmusic.com
Upper Mount Gravatt Wishart Parish Senior
Social Club
Parishioners are invited to join Upper Mount
Gravatt on the 23 October 2014 for a 2 hour cruise
up Bribie Passage. Lunch at the bowls club. If
time we will check out the Bribie Seaside Museum.
Trip includes Coach, Cruise, Morning Tea and
Lunch. Cost $60.00. Depart 8.00 am and return at
4.30 pm
A day of fun for primary school aged kids with the
Brisbane NET team hosted by Emmanuel Community’s
eKids team.Time: Prep to Gr 3: 9am-1pm; Gr 4 to Gr 7:
2pm-7pm Venue: Emmaus Centre, cnr Herbert St &
Central Ave, Paddington Cost: Free. $2 donation
requested for Gr 4-7 group for dinnerRSVP: Monday 20
October to Emmanuel Community - 3217 5199 or
[email protected]