HOLY NAME OF MARY PARISH HUNTERS HILL ST PETER CHANEL WOOLWICH We acknowledge the Walumatagal people — the first custodians of this place 5 APRIL 2015 Calendar APRIL 11 Marist Laity Chapter Hall 9.00 am 14 Baptism Prep Chapter Hall 7.30pm 16 Anointing Mass Chapter Hall 11.30 am EASTER SUNDAY REFLECTION……………....…RISING FROM THE DEAD: REALLY? Well now dear fellow explorers, where does this Easter time find us all? The Easter show is going off like a rocket. We’ve celebrated a great Cricket World Cup Win. Our footy teams are up and running. The State election is done and predictably dusted. In our parish we have celebrated some beautiful funerals these past weeks. Both relationships and faith have been refreshed. We’ve seen the generosity of our children and families in response to Project Compassion and through them many will be nourished. We have had sixteen outstanding parishioners offer themselves as candidates for membership of our Parish Pastoral Council. Our schools are bringing joy, learning and life to so many families. We welcome new families to our parish community with great regularity and this is a cause of real joy. We baptise like there’s no tomorrow and witness the wonder on the faces of brand-new parents. We know people in their parenting who respond to ill-health, disabilities, learning or social difficulties among their families with wisdom and courage. They allow these challenges and the sacrifices they demand to bring out the best in themselves, to the point of heroism. There is so much to be thankful for and so much that feeds our hope. At the same time we have witnessed the German air disaster with its many tragic layers. The threat of execution hangs over two of our young people as well many others in many parts of the world. There is the ongoing public barbarity and persecution perpetrated by numerous fanatical groups, whose weapons are fear and hatred. 18 Readers’ Workshop SP C 9.30 am 19 Farewell to Brother Charles 21 Social Justice Meeting P arish House 6.30pm 24 Anzac Memorial Hunters Hill Town Hall 8.00pm We hear of our first Australians who wish to maintain to their way of life and their sacred lands, being referred to as an economic burden because of their “lifestyle choices,” in order to mask what seems to be nothing more than a giant land grab by the greedy who wish to exploit these sacred lands. 26 Pastoral Council Orientation Day 26 St Joseph’s Chapel Open 30 Confirmation Parents’ Reflection evening P arish Hall 7.00pm The ice epidemic that grips so many, especially our young people, following years of cocaine and heroin is destroying lives once filled with hope. Our economic forces, internationally and at home, for all the generous sounding rhetoric, are still geared to the advancement of the wealthy and the diminishment of the poor. Our frail-aged are seen to be an unproductive inconvenience, and proposed legislation, wearing a mask of misguided compassion, is threatening to enshrine this in law. 1 MAY La Paroisse Restaurant Parish House 6.30pm We know the scourge of domestic violence here at home and hear reports of violence which clog our news channels every day. We see children with special needs, whose cries may sometimes be met with denial, embarrassment, or the anaesthetic of material comforts which we imagine will save us doing the hard yards that the children really crave. Jesus in his rising from the dead is not inviting us to sit around and cheer him on and then have a party. His resurrection is a call to each one of us to listen out for that part of our world that is within reach and which we can see is in need of repair and healing. Then with all our energy and resources, he calls us to work for the rising from the dead of our broken, frightened, addicted and angry world. None of us is exempt from this mission, once we have accepted our baptism into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. For all the joy and gifts we share in our parish, our aim is not to create a sort of feel-good ghetto! Our purpose in every breath is the bringing forward of the Kingdom of God, which means we embrace the Cross, knowing that we won’t stop sacrificing ourselves until our world really rises from the dead. Our Alleluias will then resound as passionately as did our cheers when Australia took that first Kiwi wicket in the World Cup Final!! Father Kevin Page 2 Easter Sunday What’s on? HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR PARISH? Thursday 24 September, Thursday 3 December. See if anyone in your pew knows this parishioner. Her name next week. Last week’s photo: Lou Gallo PARISH SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUP BUDDIES’ DAY 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. 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. For more information, please visit the website www.catholicyouthservices.org/yfactor or contact Catholic Youth Services on 9764 4357. ARE YOU INTERESTED IN When: Sunday May 3rd between BEING AN ALTAR SERVER? 10 am-2pm. 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: 1 May, 26 June, 24 July, 18 September 6.30pm, 23 October, 20 November, 11 December. MEN’S GROUP DINNERS: KEEP THE DATES! Tuesday 23 June, The Archdiocese of Sydney is inviting applications for the position of casual Outdoor Educational Facilitator, Benedict XVI Retreat Centre, Grose Vale. Enquiries to Anthony Spata, REACH Human Resources, on 0402210055. For more information visit www.catholicjobsonline.com.au. Applications close Friday, 17th April 2015. VISITING ROME / STAY AT DOMUS AUSTRALIA. Domus Australia is a 32 room guest house established by the Australian Catholic church, welcoming travellers to Rome seeking comfortable accommodation and an ideal base from which to explore historical and cultural sites of the Eternal city. Centrally located with a magnificently restored Chapel featuring daily Mass in English, Domus Australia is the perfect oasis in the heart of Rome for Aussie pilgrims. Enquiries: [email protected] We will be holding a training session for new altar servers on April 18th 3.30-5pm in the Chapter Hall. If you are keen to participate please email Patricia Curtin on CATALYST FOR [email protected] or call on RENEWAL 0407 932902 Note: you must have AND AQUINAS ACADEMY received your First Holy CommunREFLECTION MORNING. ion to be a Server. Our current Sr Patty Fawkner’s topic for reservers are also most welcome to flection is ‘War and Peace within attend should you like a refresher and Beyond’ 9:30am-12:30pm Saturday 11th on what to do. April, Parish Hall, Hunters Hill. Donation appreciated. No need NEW PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL ELECTED to book. Tea & coffee available. Thanks again to all those who so generously accepted nomination for Enquiries, Carole Wilson the PPC Election. Congratulations to those who have been elected. 9869 1036 They are (in no particular order): Michael Brooks, Natasha Foley, John Contact: [email protected] by March 27th. LA PAROISSE RESTAURANT POSITION VACANT Halmarick, Mark Worrell, Richard McNamee, Linda Lucey, Belinda Figueira, Richard Korkor, Ann Freeman, Matt Fehon, Susan Sharples. WAY OF THE CROSS THROUGH MARY’S EYES—VILLA MARIA SCHOOL THIS HOLY WEEK Page 3 E a st e r S u n d a y Well Done...CONGRATS AND THANKS ZONE THE HAJJE FAMILY & THEIR PALMS! HE IS RISEN! A BLESSED EASTER TO ALL . A very special thanks to Suzie, Tony and Family creating 1400 palm crosses for our use last weekend. Your generosity reminds us how very blessed we are in our parishioners in so many ways. Suzie and Tony, God bless your family yet again for your great kindness. POINT TO PONDER O God, Creator of Light, at the rising of the sun this morning, Let the greatest of all light, your love, rise like the sun within our hearts. Armenian Apostolic Church In the stillness of the evening, I commit myself to join with you Lord, to nurture the plants and animals, the elements, the sacred womb of sea and soil. I offer you my ability to create and my potential to release the loving energies of others for the benefit of all creation. I sing with you the song of the universe and dance with you the dance of life. I am yours and your Spirit within me opens the path of healing and wonder; of refreshment for the morning which holds many surprises. From Aotearoa (New Zealand) Pray for... PRAYER ZONE 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 Requiem Mass will be celebrated at SPCChurch this Tuesday, 7 April at 10.30 am ARMANDE JAGO We pray for Armande whose funeral was at SPC this week. We pray too for his wife Barbara and family. Marist Sisters’ College Principal: Mr. Kevin Turner Phone: 98796100 Website: www.vmhuntershill.catholic.edu.au Principal: Ms Anne Anderson Ph: 9816 2041 Web: http://www.mscw.nsw.edu Way of the Cross Open Day Thanks to Marea De Angelis, our Family Faith Educator and our wonderful Mums, we followed Jesus’ journey to Calvary through Mary’s eyes. One boy commented afterwards, “Jesus was a real man wasn’t he.” It was a most moving The College Open Day 2015 was a great success. The College was alive with displays, performances and tours and was enjoyed by all. We are very blessed to have such a wonderful community. NORMA BROSNAN Norma is mentioned in our prayer list. This is just a reminder for us all to keep her in our prayers in what must be a lonely and frustrating time for her following her stroke. May God bless her with all the strength she needs at this Easter time. Coming Soon Workshop for Readers, April 18 St Peter Chanel Church 9.30 am–12.30 pm with well-known actor Kristian Schmid This Week… Scripture Zone First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 10:34,37-43 This is no longer a Peter who is afraid. He speaks with conviction to Cornelius and his household about all that has happened with Jesus of Nazareth. These events are as real as eating and drinking with him before his death and now God has raised him to new life. Response: Villa Maria Primary School JOHN EARLS As we go to print, John is still in hospital and is hoping to be out over Easter. We keep him and Kathy in our prayers. This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad. Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 Living a life with the Risen Christ means sharing in his glory. Gospel Acclamation Alleluia,alleluia! Christ has become our paschal sacrifice; Let us feast with joy in the Lord. Alleluia ! Gospel Reading: John 20:1-9 John’s account of the events of the morning of the resurrection speak of uncertainty. Understanding does not come immediately, they all struggle with what they see. Next Week…SCRIPTURE ZONE First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35 Second Reading : 1 John 5:1-6 Gospel Reading : John 20:19-31 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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