HOLY NAME OF MARY PARISH HUNTERS HILL ST PETER CHANEL WOOLWICH We acknowledge the Walumatagal people — the first custodians of this place 29 March 2015 Calendar 28 MARCH New Parish Pastoral Council Announced this weekend. 29 St Joseph’s Chapel Open Villa Maria Grounds from 10.00 am 31 Reconciliation Service HNM Church 7.00pm APRIL 11 Marist Laity Meeting Chapter Hall 9.00 am 14 Baptism Prep Chapter Hall 7.30pm 16 Anointing Mass Chapter Hall 11.30 am 18 Readers’ Workshop 10.00 am Further Details TBA 19 Farewell to Brother Charles 21 Social Justice Meeting P arish House 6.30pm 24 Anzac Memorial Hunters Hill Town Hall 8.00pm PASSION SUNDAY REFLECTION………..…OUR FATHER ……..……...CONCLUDES Lead us not into Temptation: St Augustine once made the comment that the forbidden apples he stole from his neighbour’s orchard tasted much better than the ones he was allowed to take from his own family’s garden! He’s telling us something very important about ourselves here. The adventure of knowing that we are acting outside the law gives us as much of a thrill as does the actual wrong thing we are doing. We love to beat the system, to claim an independence from the law and the lawmakers, to prove we are in charge. Temptations are sometimes “in-your-face” invitations to stray. Just as often they are subtle long-term slowmoving drifts away from a clean conscience. Often our temptations are embodied in the practices of our peers and we can be caught up in them almost before we know it. It’s impossible to be spectators in our own culture, and so the cult of the soft woolly conscience that so marks our society, the greed of our consumerism, the fraudulent “liberty” that is the new norm in matters sexual, our obsession with the cosmetic aspects of life, the nod-and-a-wink attitude we have to the party drug set, all wrap us round in a seductive feel-good blanket. When we pray that we not be led into temptation, we are demonstrating that we can be both participants in our own culture and a prophetic gospel presence as well. We don’t always need to fit in. We don’t need to be so “with it” that we lose sight of the path that love maps out for us. We don’t need to live with the constant fear that marks the lives of the party set, the fear of not keeping up with each other in a mad race to who knows where. We all face temptation, and sometimes we all cave in. No matter how deeply or how often this occurs, love still waits for us to return, for love alone is our true home. And deliver us from Evil: We can pray this part of the prayer for ourselves, each other and our world. Evil is alive and well in so many parts of the world. Evil today takes many forms: There’s an economic oppression in which we participate, which means people work for next to no wages in many parts of the world to feed and clothe us. We see forced recruitment of child soldiers, human trafficking, sex slavery, religious persecution, ethnic cleansing, domestic violence, especially against women, sexual abuse, abortion, euthanasia, homophobia. There’s the crime of the big end of town that is its own special brand of evil, hiding behind a mask of benevolence, “success” and glamour. Tax avoidance, financial mis-management, the manipulation of the political process for financial gain, all qualify here. We pray for our world to be delivered from such evil. Resurrection is our only path to this deliverance as we dare to die to these evils, and rise anew with a truly clean heart. PS: We have been reflecting now for three weeks on the words of the Our Father. The translation we use is attributed to that well-known ex-Catholic King Henry VIII. Maybe as an exercise for your family in Holy Week, you could sit down as a family and write your own version of the Lord’s Prayer. If it helps, you could Google a few other versions that may stimulate your imagination. An Australian Aboriginal version and a very poetic Feminist version come to mind. Jesus seems to have left us only this one prayer, but what a rich and inexhaustible treasure-trove it is. As you journey through Holy Week with your families, and reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ great prayer, you will encounter a truly Royal Easter Show, the like you’ve never seen before!! Father Kevin Page 2 Passion Sunday What’s on? HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR PARISH? See if anyone in your pew knows this parishioner. His name next week. Last week’s photo: Liz Trainor When: Sunday May 3rd between 10 am-2pm. MEN’S GROUP DINNERS: Training: Wednesday Evening April KEEP THE DATES! 1st. Tuesday 23 June, Contact: Thursday 24 September, [email protected] by Thursday 3 December March 27th. GOOD FRIDAY WALK SINGING Would anyone who is interested, please join us for a singing practice from 7-8pm on 31 March. We will meet in the Congregational Church building and I will have music there. Pastor Peter Atkins Hunters Hill Congregational Church GOOD FRIDAY WALK LA PAROISSE RESTAURANT Book in for a meal cooked by Father Kevin and meet some of your fellow parishioners. Bookings through Sylvia at the parish office and our dates are: 27 March, (Booked out)1 May, 26 June, 24 July, 18 September 6.30pm, 23 October, 20 November, 11 December. CHOIR PRACTICE FOR HOLY WEEK This Wednesday Evening Holy Name of Mary Church 8.00pm CAN YOU HELP WITH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING? Anyone who would like to take part in the re-enactment please contact Richard Korkor on 0410431022. Calling any Yr 10 ,11, 12 students. The Parish Social Justice Group has organised a Buddies day with St Vincent de Paul. Volunteer teens will act as mentors for disadvantaged youth from Sydney by providing them with a fun day of activities, games and lunch. HOLY WEEK LITURGIES Reconciliation: HNM Tuesday 31st March 7:30pm Holy Thursday Mass: HNM 7:30pm Good Friday Service: HNM 3pm Holy Saturday: SPC Morning prayer 9am Easter Vigil: HNM Saturday 7pm Easter Sunday: HNM 8am, 10am SPC 9am NO SUNDAY EVENING MASS Thank you for all your support for our appeal for the people of Vanuatu. The donation contributions from last Weekend’s First Collection alone amounted to $6162.65. INDIGENOUS YOUTH Young people are the future of our nation. They can challenge us with a fresh approach to life. You are invited to hear young indigenous youth speak of their backgrounds and aspirations. 7pm, Tuesday 31st March. Gladesville Library Meeting Room. CATALYST FOR RENEWAL AND AQUINAS ACADEMY REFLECTION MORNING. Sr Patty Fawkner’s topic for reflection is ‘War and Peace within and Beyond’ 9:30am-12:30pm Saturday 11th April, Parish Hall, Hunters Hill. Donation appreciated. No need to book. Tea & coffee available. Enquiries, Carole Wilson 9869 1036 We need people to help serve coffee, tea, cordial and food. Hot cross buns, slices will all be welcomed. Please call Marie on ST BENEDICT’S 9816 2084 or 0403583039. PARISH SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUP BUDDIES’ DAY VANUATU APPEAL MONASTERY CHRISTIAN MEDITATION. You are invited to 4 Meditation Introduction and renewal days. 10am—3pm Sundays: 17 May, 16 August, 15 November. St Benedict’s Monastery, 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia. BYO lunch. Contact: Br Terry 0438 282 318, Ann Bergman 9498 2625, [email protected], Ann Lomas 9456 4775 Y FACTOR YOUTH CAMP Y-Factor is a camp for all high school aged youth who want to explore their faith in a very fun and active environment. Y-Factor is run by Catholic Youth Services - the Archdiocesan youth agency - in conjunction with NET ministries and will be held in the coming school holiday break. It will involve a significant amount of time dedicated to lively activities and fellowship as well as time for prayer, personal reflection, sharing/discussion, talks/ presentations, music, praise/ worship, personal testimonies, drama/skits, adoration and the sacraments. For more information, please visit the website www.catholicyouthservices,org/yfactor or contact Catholic Youth Services on 9764 4357. PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL ORIENTATION AND FIRST MEETING 26 April: New PPC Orientation Day, Parish House11.00 am 5 May: First Meeting Details TBA NEW PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL ELECTED Thanks to all those who so generously accepted nomination for the PPC Election. Congratulations to those who have been elected. They are (in no particular order): Michael Brooks, Natasha Foley, John Halmarick, Mark Worrell, Richard McNamee, Linda Lucey, Belinda Figueira, Richard Korkor, Ann Freeman, Matt Fehon, Susan Sharples. Page 3 P a ss i o n S u n d a y Well Done...CONGRATS AND THANKS ZONE Pray for... PRAYER ZONE PARISH LITURGY GROUP The Parish Liturgy Group, as always, have put great energy and dedication into preparing for this Holy Week and we thank them for their dedication, creativity and the joy with which they engage in their special ministry on behalf of us all. POINT TO PONDER Another look at the Lord’s Prayer O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos, Focus your light within us- make it useful: Create your reign of unity now-Your one desire then acts with ours, Please pray for all those who are sick in our community. We pray for Norma Brosnan, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, Tess O’Farrell, Dr Michael Dwyer. MARIE CURTIN We keep dear Marie Curtin in our prayers. Having not long turned 94, Marie has entered a Palliative Care Facility and is gently preparing for what will come next. God bless her well. VICTIMS OF TRAGEDY Most weeks, tragedy strikes at lives unexpectedly. From notable events such as this week’s plane crash in the Alps to personal family tragedy, people’s lives are disrupted profoundly. We pray for all those who have suffered such damage and loss in recent days and weeks. Coming Soon Holy Week Reconciliation Service 31 March HNM as in all light, so in all forms. Grant what we need each day in bread and insight. Loose the cords of mistakes binding us, as we release the strands we hold This Week… Scripture Zone of others' guilt. First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 and ultimate victory of the same divine plan. Here we have a prime example of a prophetic utterance which the Church finds so appropriate in referencing it to Jesus Christ. Here is a picture of someone who has absolute confidence in God, yet is covered with spittle. The tension is clear. Yet, like a descant, hope permeates this text. Gospel Acclamation Don't let surface things delude us, But free us from what holds us back. From you is born all ruling will, the power and the life to do, the song that beautifies all, from age to age it renews. Truly power to these statements- may they be the ground from which all my actions grow: Amen Neil Douglas- Klot Response: (Thanks to Helen Farrell) My God, My God, why have you abandoned me? Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Villa Maria Primary School Marist Sisters’ College Principal: Mr. Kevin Turner Phone: 98796100 Website: www.vmhuntershill.com Principal: Ms Anne Anderson Ph: 9816 2041 Web: http://www.mscw.nsw.edu Project Compassion Prospective Students Each week of Lent our children are coming forward with considerable funds that they have raised themselves for Project Compassion. They have shown much initiative and generosity right through this time of Lent and we are rightly proud of them all. We had the pleasure of welcoming many Year 5 young ladies from our Feeder schools to a morning at the College last week. Fun learning activities were enjoyed by both visitors and College students. It is wonderful to be a part of a great Community. This Christ-Hymn is one that Paul more likely quotes… to summon the Philippians to live out the selfless attitude… that should well up within them on the basis of their being in Christ. In this way their lives will be caught up in the rhythm, scope, Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory! Christ became obedient for us even to death, dying on the cross. Therefore God raised him on high and gave him a name above all other names. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory! Gospel Reading: Mark 14:1-15:47 Today’s reading of the Passion is our opportunity to journey prayerfully with Jesus as he undergoes the humiliation and suffering of Good Friday. Next Week…SCRIPTURE ZONE First Reading: Acts 10:34,37-43 Second Reading : Colossians 3:1-4 Gospel Reading : John 20:1-9 A PARISH OF THE MARIST FATHERS PARISH OFFICE: 3A Mary Street. Hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm, Mon-Fri PHONE: 9817 5325. FAX: 9817 4615. EMAIL: [email protected] Web: www.hnom.com.au Facebook: Holy Name of Mary Parish SUNDAY MASS TIMES Holy Name of Mary: Sat.6.00pm Sun.8.00am, 10.00am, 6.00pm. St. Peter Chanel: Sunday – 9.00am. WEEKDAY EUCHARIST Holy Name of Mary: Monday to Friday –9.00am. Saturday – 8.00am. St Peter Chanel: Wednesday 12.15pm RECONCILIATON: Holy Name of Mary: Saturday 5.15pm-5.45pm or by request. PARISH TEAM: Parish Priest: Father Kevin Bates SM (PP) (Ph: 0425 333 129) [email protected] Priests Assisting: Fathers Bill Ryder SM, Paul Pearce SM JP, Willy Melteras SM New or Returning Parishioners… Please come along to the Parish Office for a warm welcome and to pick up a Parish Information Kit . Parish Secretary: Sylvia Gutierrez Associate Secretary: Maggie Mullane Sacramental Coordinator: Rosalia Foley [email protected] Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson: Ann Freeman [email protected] Parish Pastoral Council Secretary: Michael Brooks: [email protected] Repair & Maintenance: Anthony Russo BAPTISM: By arrangement. Parents please contact the presbytery to book & arrange to attend the Baptism Prep Program BAPTISM PREPARATION EVENINGS COMING UP: Tues 14 April, Tues 19 May, Tues 9 June in the Chapter Hall @ 7.30pm MARRIAGE: At least six months notice must be given. The parish clergy will officiate primarily for parishioners. Others are welcome to be married in one of our churches but generally need to arrange their own Priest or Deacon ..................................................................... PARISH PASTORAL GROUPS AND CONTACTS Counselling: Allison Cahill 0402 405 843. & Deborah Khoury 0409 719 443 Villa Play Group: Ellen Knoblanche: 0402955710 Meditation Group: Gabrielle Woodcock, 9817 0097 Young Adults Group: Nicholas Fearnley [email protected] Aged Ministry Group: Margaret Gambley 9807 2160/ Joan Bautovich 0402 275 105 Grief Support Group: Cecilia Brungs 0412 284 028 Young Adults and Liturgy Group : Rob Turnbull 0431 290 714 Eucharistic Ministry Coordinator : Kate Buckland 9817 2558 Altar Servers Coordinator: Patricia Curtin 0407 932 902 Social Justice Group: Sonia Zec 0413791775 Altar Society: Jane Keneally 0419221185. Joan Bautovich 0402 275 105 RCIA: Janet Greene 9879 6515 Cleaners: HNM Mike Burfitt 9879 4197 SPC Elizabeth Spencer 9816 4180 Readers HNM: Barry Buffier 9817 8805 Readers SPC: Mark Volpato 9816 4431 Children’s Liturgy HNOM: Susan Sharples 0419 991 620 SPC: Tee Davies 0407 827 957 St Vincent De Paul: Elizabeth Spencer 9816 4180 / Men’s Group:Clinton McDonald 0450021011Gerardo D'Angelo 0418 294 063 Marist Laity Group: Cathy Gallo 9817 2959, Josiane Espinosa 9807 9199 Welcomers’ Coordinator: Rob Turnbull, 0431 290 714 Family Faith Educator: Marea De Angelis Ph: 0419 448 201 Atrium of the Good Shepherd : Corinne Korkor 0448 440 592 Young Christian Workers Group: Natasha Foley 0424 976 658 OUR PARISH PRAYER Loving God, you are the home for our hearts’ deepest longings. We find our way as families and as individuals only in you, through our brother Jesus, encouraged by the breath of your Spirit. We thank you for all the blessings we enjoy in our parish family. May we continue to share our gifts of life and love with glad and generous hearts. May our world be somehow more alive because we have passed this way. May Mary our parish patron continue to inspire us as we give new birth to your Word in our turn. We make our prayer in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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