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1st Sunday Advent
Year B
St Ignatius Church
Kensington Terrace, Toowong
30th November 2014
Stay Awake
All three synoptic gospels include an account of
Jesus speaking in Jerusalem about the end times
before he enters upon the passion that leads to his
death. The language of Jesus’ discourse is full of
foreboding: he warns of upheavals in heaven and
Holy Spirit Church
Harriett Street, Auchenflower
on earth, of destruction and desolation,
persecution and betrayal. All of these are features of the
apocalyptic literature that seems to have been common enough in
Jesus’ day. Now it is all but impossible for us to disentangle where
he (or the evangelists) is talking about the destruction of Jerusalem,
about a final cosmic conflict, or about the coming of the Son of
Three times we are warned to “stay awake!” It is the same
admonition that Jesus repeats to Peter, James and John in the
garden of Gethsemane, when he is facing his own “end time”. His
whole mission and his very life are under threat and he has to
summon every ounce of energy to go on. Jesus wants us to be
under no illusion as to what is at stake when the cost of discipleship
confronts us. We need to be alert and ready to choose life.
Break Open the Word
These words are not a warning; they are a challenge to us to be aware
of the important questions: what is life all about, why should we be
honest, why should we love our God, our neighbor, ourselves.
ST IGNATIUS Toowong: Weekdays 5.30pm every afternoon; Saturday 9.00am & 6.00pm (Vigil); Sunday 7.00am & 5.00pm.
Reconciliation: Saturday after 9.00am Mass and from 5.15pm to 5.45pm, or by appointment.
HOLY SPIRIT Auchenflower: Weekdays 9.00am Monday, Wednesday & Friday; Sunday 8.30am.
Archdiocesan Information
Fr. Jacques Philippe, internationally renowned spiritual
writer (Interior Freedom, In the School of the Holy Spirit,
Time for God ) and speaker from France, will present 3
talks on Prayer in Brisbane. Come along and deepen
your prayer life. Each talk will be a different theme on
prayer; you can attend all three as a mini retreat or one
or two, as you are able. A voluntary collection will be
taken up at the end of each talk.
*Tues 2 Dec., 7-8.30pm at Holy Spirit, Auchenflower ~
Personal prayer life, encounter with the living God,
*Wed 3 Dec., 7-8.30pm at St Ignatius Church, Toowong
~ Faith, Hope and Love in prayer life, and
*Thurs 4 Dec., 7-8.30pm at Our Lady of the Rosary
Church, Kenmore. ~ Living in the presence of God.
AUDITIONS: The Iona Passion Play (Easter 2015) Sunday 7 Dec. at 2pm (Wynnum West). Experience
Easter as part of the cast or crew of The Iona Passion
Play. All are welcome, involve the whole family! Plenty of
speaking, non-speaking & support roles available. If
interested contact Veronica 3333 1993 | [email protected]
Ecumenical Social Justice Group (western suburbs)
final meeting will be held at Toowong Anglican Centre
(High St) on Monday 8 December at 7.30pm, followed
by festive food & drink: please bring something to share.
St Gerard Majella Christmas Festival is now on every
night 7—10pm (& continues ‘til Tues 23/12). Massive
lights display, free entertainment at 7.30pm + bbq, café,
ice-creams, drinks, fabulous gift shop and Christmas
market stalls. Free entry. Enquiries: Kate 3359 0239.
Invitation for “Little Flower” Church, Bribie Island
Jubilee. The current church will be celebrating its 50th
Anniversary on Sat 20 Dec. Archbishop Mark Coleridge
will celebrate Mass at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome to
attend. Questions/info. please phone parish 5495 1028.
Caritas Australia. This Christmas give a unique and lifechanging gift. By choosing a Global Gift this year, you
are helping to spread the message that together, as on
global family, we are making the world a better place.
A Global Gift makes a positive and real impact on the
lives of the poorest and most marginalised communities
around the world. You can purchase a Global Gift by free
-calling us on 1800 024 413, or by choosing your gift
online at
Holy Cross Primary School Wooloowin—125 years in
2015. Seeking past staff and students—please register
your contact details to keep informed of our celebrations,
with Maddie Barbour P: 3861 0086 or 0408 337 662 or
E: [email protected]
Please note altered Christmas Mass times from last year.
** RECONCILIATION ~ Tuesday 16 December
at Holy Spirit Church 7pm.
Christmas Eve: Holy Spirit Church 5pm.
(Wed 24/12):
St Ignatius Church 7pm & 10pm*
*Carols from 9.30pm
Christmas Day: St Ignatius Church 7am.
(Thurs. 25/12)
Holy Spirit Church 8.30am.
New Years Day: St Ignatius Church 5.30pm.
(Thurs. 1/1/15)
Remember the St Vincent de Paul Society’s
Toowong Conference at the
“Giving Tree” during Advent.
Take an envelope from under the ‘Giving Tree’
(either for a cash offering or credit card) and
place on collection plate (please do not leave
money in envelopes at the tree).
Tax deductible receipts will be issued if name
and address is supplied.
Your support is much appreciated.
Jesuit Information
Faber Advent Retreat ~ 5—13 Dec. at Santa Teresa
Spirituality Centre, Ormiston. Directed by Fr John Reilly sj.
(2, 4, 6 or 8 days, Silent). A preached retreat in the Ignatian
tradition to prepare oneself for a more prayerful celebration
of the Christmas Mystery of Jesus Christ. Besides input on
the mystery of the birth of Jesus as the revelation in our
humanity of God's Divine Word and Love, this retreat includes a daily celebration of the Eucharist & an opportunity
for individual spiritual direction by Faber Retreat Team.
Cost: $50 p/day (Spiritual Direction). Accom. available.
Discover and Discern God in my Life ~ 23—29 Jan. ‘15
at Santa Teresa SC, Ormiston. Discovering God's action
more personally in your life. Directed by Fr John Reilly sj.
Full Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life. Starting mid-March
2015, weekly over 30 weeks. This lengthy retreat is the full
Ignatian Spiritual Exercises done over 30 weeks in one's
daily life while living and working as usual. The retreatant
commits to prayer & reflection for an hour each day & an
examen (review) on at least five days each week, & a meeting with the one giving the Exercises once a week.
For further information on any of the above P: 3368 2450
or E: [email protected] |
Parishioners please note the Parish Office will be closed from
midday Wednesday 24 December 2014 until Tuesday 27 January 2015.
Readings: 1st Sunday Advent: Isaiah 63:16-17; 64:1,3-8. 1 Corinthians 1:3-9. Mark 13:33-37.
Next week: 2nd Sunday Advent: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11. 2 Peter 3:8-14. Mark 1:1-8.
To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame.
Entrance Antiphon:
Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame.
Spoken Response: Lord, make us turn to you, let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Sung Response: Lord, make us turn to You, let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Gospel Acclamation:
Alleluia, alleluia! Lord, show us your mercy and love, and grant us your salvation.
Your Prayers Are Requested For
All Parishioners & friends who are sick and in need
SICK: Deb Chesterman, Andrea Collis, Eve Jones, Liane Turner, Alan Dundas, Jenny Reed, Kell MacGroarty, Lucia
Rigoglioso, Elisabeth Byrne, Glady O’Brien, Margaret Morris, Sandra Perfect, Leon Gaffney, Madeleine Bateman
Duffy, Lorraine Haarhoff, Mary Haworth, Roslyn Ivey, Matt Ryde, Elsie Thompson, Maria Rego, Kazimierz
Owczarek, Paul O’Sullivan, Vida Gleeson, Ted Twomey, Catherine Sinnamon, Paul Keppel.
RECENTLY DECEASED: Rina Martina, Mary Ridley.
BAPTISMS: Benjamin Bonner, Josie Mortensen, Archie Ellis.
Diary Dates
30 1st Sunday Advent
PARISH COLLECTIONS Including Clergy Support:$3,608, Other: $360.
will be held in our parish at all masses this weekend 29/30 NOVEMBER.
Peter’s Pence retiring collection
(at all masses this weekend)
COFFEE AND CHAT At last Tuesday’s final gathering of the year we collected an
amazing $225.00 for Mater Ovarian Cancer Research, in memory of Sr Jeanette
Fair Trade stall (after Mass) —Holy Spirit
Collis rsm. Thank you to all those ladies who attended and or contributed to this.
Baptisms: 10.30-11.30am—St Ignatius
7pm PPC’s end-of-year dinner
PPC members end-of-year dinner this Sunday (30 November) at ‘China Sea’, Milton.
Holy Spirit and next weekend (6/7 December) at St Ignatius (all masses). Buy some
1 CWL Meeting (after 9am Mass) - H/Spirit lovely Christmas presents from the Sisters of the Good Shepherd (Trading Circle)
plus we have Christian books for children available. Don't miss the opportunity!
2 7pm Fr Jacques Philippe talk– H/Spirit
7.45pm SVdP Meeting—Horstmann Rm CWL TOOWONG BRANCH will meet on Monday 1 December after the 9am Mass at
3 7pm Fr Jacques Philippe talk-St Ignatius Holy Spirit. New members welcome. Enquiries: Del Doherty 3371 7746.
10.30am School’s end-of-year Mass
—St Ignatius
1st Week Advent (B)
1st Reading
Mon: Isaiah 2:1-5.
Matthew 8:5-11.
Tues: Isaiah 11:1-10.
Luke 10:21-24.
Wed: Isaiah 25:6-10.
Matthew 15:29-37.
Thu: Isaiah 26:1-6.
Matthew 7:21,24-27.
Fri: Isaiah 29:17-24.
Matthew 9:27-31.
Sat: Isaiah 30:19-21,23-26. Matt. 9:35 –10:1,6-8.
(on rotary stands or at church doors)
2015 BREAK OPEN THE WORD— $10 please
put money in envelope supplied with book &
place on the collection plate.
* Christmas Cards: pack of 5: $2.50 ea
* 2015 Columban Art Calendars: $9ea
Sales aid Toowong conference of
Society of St Vincent de Paul
Any inclusions for the Parish newsletter should
be marked to the attention of the
Parish Secretary & received at Parish Office
no later than Thursday mornings. Thank you.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL, TOOWONG meeting at 7.45pm on Tuesday 2 December, in
the Horstmann Room.
EXPECT-A-CUPPA will be held at St Ignatius Church next weekend (6/7 December) after
the 6pm Saturday and 7am Sunday Masses.
ATTENTION READERS YEAR B commences this weekend. If you have not already
picked-up your copy of the 2015 BREAK OPEN THE WORD, there are limited copies
AVAILABLE at both churches. Cost to you is still only $10 (please place money in
envelope inside the book and place it on the collection plate.)
CHILDREN’S LITURGY this weekend is the final one for the year (held during school
term only, at Holy Spirit’s 8.30am Sunday Mass). Thank you to the team of adults
who have assisted with ‘Children’s Liturgy’ during the year. Please contact Louise
Wellington 3876 8786 for details if you are interested in joining the team next year.
PARISH NEWS On Friday evening (28/11) Fr Gaetan concelebrated at 28th Pastoral
Carers’ Course (‘Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care’) Graduation Mass held at
St Patrick’s Church, Fortitude Valley, with two parishioners among the graduates.
We offer our congratulations to both Kristina Rahardjo and Margaret-Mary Batch.
Invite them to join us for Advent and Christmas. The only commitment is to come
45 minutes before mass to rehearse the music. All welcome!
AUCHENFLOWER LAND DEVELOPMENT UPDATE. The information / discussion night at
Holy Spirit Church on Wed 15 October proved to be very fruitful for all stakeholders
involved with the project. We believe the community at large are very supportive of
the idea of an integrated retirement complex on the land that currently is underutilised. The general proposal of building independent living units and an aged care
facility is progressing through various approval committees within the Archdiocese.
It is anticipated that further information/discussion group meetings with our local
Church community be conducted during late January—February 2015. Your input
into this process will be welcomed. We shall keep you informed of when these
meetings are proposed in the new year. - Fr Peter & Finance & Development Committee
Christmas Laughs
What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?
What do they sing at a snowman’s birthday party?
Freeze a jolly good fellow!
Who is Santa’s favourite singer?
Elf-is Presley!
What do reindeer hang on their Christmas trees?
Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?
A mince spy!
We, the St Ignatius community, are called to live the good news.
We pray that we become the people that Jesus Christ called us to be.
We pray that we know the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit
through knowing Jesus in prayer, scripture and liturgy.
We pray that we give hope to others by a practical, personal kindness,
affirming each person's dignity, worth and destiny in Christ. May we live
out this mission of our Christian vocation in the spirit of St. Ignatius.
Current Newsletter now on our website!
When making out your will please consider the needs of the parish
Phone: 3870 7818.
Fax: 3870 7857.
Postal Address: 30 Kensington Terrace, Toowong Qld 4066
Email: [email protected]
Parish Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9am—4.30pm (closed for lunch 1—1.30pm )
Emergency Contact If you require a priest in an emergency, please phone the parish office and follow the prompts.
Jesuit Community of Qld
Parish Office Staff
Liturgical Ministry:Parish Pastoral Council PRIMARY SCHOOL
Charles Costello—Chair
Fr John Reilly SJ Superior
Sandy Dunne - Finance
Roster Co-ordinatorsPrincipal—
Fr Peter Quin SJ PP
Fr Gaetan Pereira SJ APP
Fr Ian Howells SJ
Fr Vince Hurley SJ
Fr Greg Jordan SJ
Faber CIS, Bardon
Director: Fr John Reilly SJ
Administrator: Allison King
Phone: 3368 2450
Monica Florence -
Cathy Bennett
St Ignatius Church:
* Ministry Roster:
Sharon Krippner 3371 9334
*Altar Server Convenor:
Tony Castel 0438192298
Holy Spirit Church
Staff meeting
each Wednesday 2pm.
* Rosters, Children’s Liturgy
& Altar Server Training:
Louise Wellington
3876 8786
Finance & Development Roycelyn Wilden
David Slater—Chair
Musical Director
Rachelle Gibson
Anthony Young
46 Grove Street,
Toowong Qld 4066
Phone: 3371 1094
* OSHC— 3870 3270
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