St. Patrick’s Parish, Church Hill “A spiritual oasis in the midst of the city” Under the Pastoral Care of the Marist Fathers since 1868 St Patrick’s Church St Brigid’s Church “To think as Mary, judge as Mary, feel and act as Mary in all things” (Marist Fathers’ Constitutions) 15th March, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B ******************************************************** Choosing Rebirth Demands a Change The gospel this weekend focuses on the content of the second part of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus. The evangelist has taken an incident from the life of Jesus to develop an important pronouncement. The saying in question is about rebirth, that is, being born again. While this incident has a parallel in the Synoptic gospels, the elaboration in this gospel is influenced clearly by Johanine emphasis and theology. Jesus tells Nicodemus that rebirth is a prerequisite for entry into the kingdom of God. In other words, rebirth is an essential and fundamental aspect of Christian discipleship and finds expression in the change that must take place in every person who wants to enter more deeply into the mystery and fullness of life. People have to be willing to leave the security of the womb. A crucial aspect of such a choice is an awareness that it involves a risk. Jesus’ own rebirth came as a result of his choosing to be faithful to God. It demanded that he make a deeply personal choice: to die on the cross. Because he did this out of love, the sight of Christ lifted up on the cross brings people to faith and repentance. The cross is a powerful symbol that reveals a God who is calling people to a better quality of life. According to the evangelist, Jesus’ death on the cross is his moment of exultation, a lifting up which reveals his power and pre-eminence. Though it should have been a moment of public humiliation, it became the sign of his glory. This crucial event reinforces the Christian conviction that suffering has potential to liberate and to enable a person to move from death to a richer experience of new life. It is helpful to recall that the rebirth that Jesus alludes to when he was in conversation with Nicodemus is not just a future event. It begins as soon as a person puts his or her faith in Jesus as saviour. As soon as a person believes in Jesus, life is altered by the gift of eternal life; if a person does not believe, a person perishes. Thus, according to John’s gospel, the presence of Jesus confronts everyone in the world with a decision. And making that decision is the moment of judgment. Ray Chapman, SM Parish Priest The parish of St Patrick’s acknowledges the Cadigal tribe of the Eora people as the traditional custodians of this place we now call Sydney. St Patrick’s Day: We will be celebrating our patronal feast, the Solemnity of St Patrick, on Tuesday, 17th March, 2015. It is a special occasion for all those associated with St Patrick’s and the 10.30 a.m. Mass will be the major focus of our celebrations. We invite you to come along and to join us as we give thanks to God for the rich blessings bestowed on us through our association with St Patrick’s and the ministry of the Marists, the Pastoral Team and staff who work in our parish. Following Mass you are invited to join us for free coffee, tea and cake in the courtyard. Easter Program: Copies of the program for Masses, Reconciliation, and ceremonies for Holy Week and the Easter Triduum at St Patrick's and St Brigid’s are available at the rear of the church for those who wish to take one home. Journey of Christ: You may be interested in information about a wonderful Harvest pilgrimage to the Holy Land that will depart on 16th October this year. Fr Ray, our parish priest, will be accompanying the group as the chaplain. Brochures are available at the rear of the church. For information - www.harvestpilgrims.com Seniors Mass: You are invited to attend the Seniors Mass celebrated by Fr. Geoffrey Plant with concelebrant Fr. Paul Hilder Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral at 10.30 a.m. on 19th March, 2015. This Mass is supported by Life Ascending Australia and concentrates on Spirituality, Friendship and Loving Service for senior or retired people. Everyone Welcome! For more information telephone: Roy Cooke 9771 3609. Catholic Youth Services: will be running a Youth Camp (Y-Factor) for all high school aged students in the upcoming Easter holidays. The purpose of the camp is to enable young people to enter into a deeper encounter with Christ and to build up enduring friendships while enjoying some great recreation. For more information, go to Catholic Youth Services website or contact [email protected] Couples Hoping to Conceive: Married couples (Catholic or otherwise) who are hoping for children, struggling to conceive, or who wish to better understand what the Church offers and promotes in regards fertility awareness and assistance are invited to an afternoon of information and discussion. It is also an important opportunity for fellowship with other couples facing similar difficulties. The afternoon will take place at the Catholic Adult Education Centre, 3 Keating Street Lidcombe on Saturday 28th March 2015 from 2.00 p.m. until 5.00p.m. Please direct RSVPs and inquiries to [email protected] or phone 9307 8403. 500th anniversary of St Teresa of Jesus: On Saturday, 28th March 28, 2015 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Varroville will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Jesus, foundress of the Discalced Carmelite Order. You are invited to come along and bring your friends: 10.00 a.m. Mass with Bishop Peter Ingham, 12.00 p.m. Sausage sizzle lunch, a concert from 2.00 p.m. until 4.30 p.m. and a dinner dance at 7.00 p.m. Please contact the Parish office on 9603 7373 for further information. Position Vacant: The Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Homebush is inviting applications for the position of Part Time Cleaner. Working days are Mondays and Tuesdays, 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Enquiries can be addressed to Anthony Spata, REACH Human Resources, on 0402210055. The role description is available at www.catholicjobsonline.com.au. Closing date for applications is Friday, 27th March 2015. Australian Launch: You are invited to the launch of “What Are We Doing on Earth for Christ's Sake?” by Fr Richard Leonard, SJ on Thursday, 26th March at 7.30 p.m. at the Ron Dyer Centre (behind St Mary’s Church), 264 Miller Street, North Sydney. RSVP to [email protected] by Friday 21st March. Xt3 2015 Digital Lent Calendar and App: Let social media help your journey through Lent. The Xt3 digital Lent Calendar and App is now available with videos, reflections and podcasts. Visit www.xt3.com/lent or download the free App by searching for “xt3 Lent” in the Google Play or App store. Smile: A Swiss man, on holiday in Dublin, needed directions. He was standing outside Davy Byrne's pub when he saw two youths walking by so he stops them and asks, 'Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?' The two lads look at each other blankly and stare back at him. 'Excusez-moi, parlez vous français?' He tries. The two continue to stare. 'Parlate italiano?' Still absolutely no response from the two lads. 'Hablan ustedes espanol?' The Dublin lads remain totally silent. The Swiss guy walks off extremely disappointed and downhearted that he had not been understood. One of the boys turns to the second and says, 'Y' know, maybe we should learn a foreign language!' 'Why?' says the youth, 'That guy knew four languages, and it didn't do him any good!' Scripture Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B First Reading: Second Book of Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 Second Reading: St Paul to the Ephesians 2:4-10 Gospel: John 3:14 - 21 Saint Patrick’s Bible Study Discussion Hour meets each Wednesday in the crypt from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. All are welcome. Please RSVP Sr Fidelis by email, [email protected] PARISH DIARY THIS WEEK: th Mon, 16 March: Historical Tour, Meeting in the courtyard , 10.15 a.m. Tues, 17th March: St Patrick, bishop Christian Meditation Crypt 12.15 to 2.55 p.m. Young Adults, Crypt, 5.30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wed, 18th March: Novena 12.30 p.m. and 5 p.m. St Pat’s Bible Study Discussion Group Crypt, 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Thurs, 19th March: St Joseph, Husband of Mary Rosary, in the Crypt at 12.30 p.m. Marist Laity Encounter Program Crypt, 6.00 p.m.. - 8.00 p.m. Sat, 20th March: th Sun, 22 March: Legion of Mary, Crypt 8.45 a.m. - 10.15 a.m. Fourth Sunday of Lent , Year B The Lord is My shepherd- Psalm 23 “The ancient Psalms find the words that express our deepest and strongest emotions. They will turn your sighing into singing and your trouble into triumph. No matter what you may be going through in your life, the Psalms have a message for you! As you read these 150 poetic masterpieces, your heart will be stirred to worship God in greater ways. It truly is Poetry on Fire!” So writes Brian Simmons in his book The Psalms, Poetry on Fire. The Book of Psalms was the prayer book for the Israelites; let it be ours as well. Saint Athanasius tells us “He who recites the Psalms is uttering (them) as his own words, and each sings them as if they were written concerning him…… (He) handles them as if he is speaking about himself. And the things spoken are such that he lifts them up to God as himself acting and speaking them from himself”. PRAYING THE PSALMS IS ALLOWING THE PSALM TO BECOME OUR PRAYER The best known and most loved of the Psalms is probably Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd. This Psalm which describes God as shepherd and as host, certainly taps in to our strongest emotions. Of course, everyone knows the role of a host but perhaps the role of a shepherd is not so familiar in our world. King David who wrote this psalm did know all about being a shepherd and about sheep since he himself was a shepherd. He knows the kind of relationship that exists between sheep and their shepherd. Here he refers to himself as a sheep, completely dependent on the shepherd. He knew that sheep do not just take care of themselves, they require endless attention and meticulous care 24/7. Psalm 23 The Shepherd and sheep The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. David knew that the life of a sheep is totally dependent on the shepherd. He makes me lie down in green pastures. In David’s land grass can be found only in narrow strips separated by long stretches of rock and dust. The shepherd has to find this for the sheep. Sometimes sheep have to travel miles just for a few yards of grass or a quick drink from still water. Remember sheep will not drink from running water; their instinct tells them that if they fall in they will drown because the weight of the water in the wool will drag them down. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. The shepherd knows where the good pasture and the water is, he has sourced the good pasture and been there before many times. Acknowledge your trust in Jesus. Count your Blessings Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort. The shepherd walks ahead of the sheep, they follow him; wherever he goes, they go. He is prepared to lay down his life for the sheep to protect them. .You The shepherd always carries a crook and staff. If the sheep are in danger e.g. fall into running water where they will drown because of the heavy wool getting water logged, the shepherd will use his crook to rescue them. The rod is to prod them along so that they keep up with the flock. A lone sheep is easy prey. So, the sheep will be fine and have everything that they need as long as they follow the Shepherd. God as Host You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever Thank God for His protection. So, who’s care are we under? Can we, like David in Psalm 23, say with confidence that the Lord is MY Shepherd? And I shall not want! Individually we must learn to live the true message of Psalm 23. Listen to the voice of our Shepherd, know His voice, follow His voice and allow Him to lead us to everlasting LIFE!!! Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you! GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ! God loved the world so much, he gave us his only son, that all who believe in him might have eternal life. Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ! Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B Entrance: Tree of Life, Lenten Verses General + 4th Sunday 307 Acclamation: Save us, Saviour of the World, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free. Communion: I Have Loved You, 402 Thanksgiving: Hosea, 213 Recessional: A New Heart for a New World, 438 (Two Verses Only) MASS PROGRAM RECONCILIATION PROGRAM SUNDAY: (Vigil, Saturday 6 p.m.) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 noon (Choir), 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 p.m. SUNDAY: 7.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.; 3.00 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.; 8.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. St. Brigid’s, Millers Point: 9.00 a.m. WEEKDAYS 8 a.m., 10.30 a.m., 12.05 p.m. 1.05 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. SATURDAY 8 a.m., 12 noon and 6 p.m. (Vigil) COFFEE SHOP is open from Sunday to Friday from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Closed public holidays. Volunteers are always welcome! PIETY STORE is open every Sunday from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. You will find a selection of religious objects, books and lots more. MONDAY, TUESDAY. THURSDAY: 7.30 - 8.00 a.m.; 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon; 12.30 - 1.00 p.m.; 5.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY: 7.30 - 8.00 a.m.; 10.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m. SATURDAY: 7.30 - 8.00 a.m.; 10.00 - 11.00 a.m.; 5.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. Sunday First Collection: Support of the Marist Priests at St Patrick’s. Sunday Second Collection: General Parish Expenses. NOVENA OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP Wednesday: 12.30 p.m., 5.00 p.m. ANOINTING OF THE SICK Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 10.30 a.m. Second Rite of Reconciliation 1st Friday of the month, 9.45 a.m. PUBLIC HOLIDAY PROGRAM Masses: 8.00 a.m., 12.00 noon, 5.30 p.m. Reconciliation: 7.30 a.m.- 8.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m. 12.00, 4.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. Marriages: Refer to website: http://www.stpatschurchhill.org Baptism: 3rd Sunday of each month at 1.15 p.m. Refer to our website: http://www.stpatschurchhill.org Historical Tour: Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Bookings are made via the Coffee Shop. PASTORAL GROUPS Sacramental Program: Fr. Fred Kado, SM 9254 9855 Marist Laity Group: Margaret Woods, 0417 682 822 Andrew Dumas, 0423 785 362 RCIA: Sister Fidelis SM, 9254 9804 Young Adults: Mr Luke Formosa, 0403 986 655 Email: [email protected] Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion & Readers: Sister Fidelis SM, 9254 9804 Welcomers: Sister Fidelis SM, 9254 9804 St Brigid’s Contact: Beryl Prescott, 9667 3171 Coffee Shop Manager: Val Fisher, 9254 9824 Christian Meditation: Each Tuesday, 12.15 p.m. - 12.55 p.m. Mike Cummins,9580 5928 Legion of Mary: Each Saturday, 8.45 a.m. - 10.15 a.m. Kris Lijanto, 0413 413 672 Rosary Group: Each Thursday, 12.30 p.m. Rosa, 0404 700 257, Alec, 0406 786 273, Marinko, 0424 442 652 World Apostolate of Fatima Prayer Group: 1st Saturday of each month 12.30 p.m. Rosetta, 0403 578 994 menALIVE: Paul Quirk, 0412 216 589 PARISH OFFICE Address: Office hours: 141 Harrington Street, Sydney 9.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. Thur. 9.30 a.m. - 2.30 pm. Telephone: Email: Website: 9254 9855 Fax: 9252 3431 [email protected] www.stpatschurchhill.org St Patrick’s Church: St Brigid’s Church: 20 Grosvenor Street, Church Hill 14 - 16 Kent St., Millers Point Bible Study Discussion Group Each Wednesday, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. St Patrick’s Social Club for Seniors: 2nd Sunday of each month, 1.45 p.m. - 4 p.m. Marion Dowd, 9953 4909 St Vincent de Paul: Joe Fitzpatrick, 9252 4646, Jolita Benjamin, 9692 8633 Liturgy Committee: Sister Fidelis SM, 9254 9804 Choir Director: Adrian Bendt [email protected] Principal Organist: Godelieve Ghavalas, 0404 837 363 Sunday 12.00 noon Mass Choir Rehearsal 11.00 a.m. PARISH STAFF Fr. Ray Chapman, SM Parish Priest John Attneave, Parish Business Manager Fr. Neville Byrne, SM Andy Carter, Maintenance Coordinator Rita Di Napoli, Parish Secretary Br. Terry Garrett, SM Fr. Fred Kado, SM Fr. Bernard McFadyen, SM Sr. Fidelis McTeigue, SM Van Duy Nguyen, Sacristan Mona Redito, Parish Secretary Fr Garry Reynolds, SM The church is fitted with an audio loop for the hearing impaired.
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