THEME: Peter & Paul – our teachers
SAINTS PETER AND PAUL
On June 29 the Church celebrates the feast day of Sts. Peter & Paul. As early as the year 258, there is evidence of an already lengthy tradition of celebrating the solemnities of both Saint Peter and Saint Paul on the same day. Together, the two saints are the founders of the See of Rome, through their preaching, ministry and martyrdom there.
PETER SPONTANEOUS & FAITHFUL
Peter was a bold follower of the Lord. He was the first to recognize that Jesus was “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and eagerly pledged his fidelity until death. In his boldness, he also made many mistakes, however, such as losing faith when walking on water with Christ and betraying the Lord on the night of His passion.
Yet despite his human weaknesses, Peter was chosen to shepherd God’s flock.
PETER CRUCIFIED UPSIDE DOWN IN ROME
St. Peter spent his last years in Rome, leading the Church through persecution and eventually being martyred in the year 64. He was crucified upside-down at his own request, because he claimed he was not worthy to die as his Lord.
He was buried on Vatican hill, and St. Peter’s Basilica is built over his tomb.
ST. PAUL APOSTLE OF THE GENTILES
His letters are included in the writings of the New Testament, and through them we learn much about his life and the faith of the early Church.
Before receiving the name Paul, he was Saul, a Jewish Pharisee who zealously persecuted Christians in Jerusalem. Scripture records that Saul was present at the martyrdom of St. Stephen.
SAUL PERSECUTOR à PAUL APOSTLE
Saul’s conversion took place as he was on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christian community there. As he was traveling along the road, he was suddenly surrounded by a great light from heaven. He was blinded and fell off his horse. He then heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He answered: “Who are you, Lord?” Christ said: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”
Saul continued to Damascus, where he was baptized and his sight was restored. He took the name “Paul” and spent the remainder of his life preaching the Gospel tirelessly to the Gentiles of the Mediterranean world.
PAUL IMPRISONED & BEHEADED IN ROME
Paul was captured by the Jews in Jerusalem, imprisoned and, because he appealed to the Emperor for his case to be heard, was taken to Rome. He was beheaded there in the year 67. He is buried in Rome in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.
ST AUGUSTINE’S TRIBUTE TO BOTH APOSTLES
In a sermon in the year 395, St. Augustine of Hippo said of Sts. Peter and Paul: “Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles’ blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labours, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith.”
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Masses 13th Week Ordinary Time [Intentions to be filled soon]
Saturday 28th June
6.30pm Mass (Anne Aquilina, Percy Sutcliffe)
Sunday 29th June Sts Peter & Paul
9.00am Mass (All parishioners) Leaving collection to be held for “Peter’s Pence” – the appeal to support charities funded by Pope Francis.
Monday 30th June
Tuesday 1st July
9.00am Mass (Bernard Robinson, Doris Willis)
Wednesday 2nd July
9.00am Mass (Special Intention, Molly Boxall)
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
Thursday 3rd July St Thomas Apostle
12 noon Mass (Evelyn McGuinness, Pat Kelly)
Friday 4th July
10.00am Karinya Anointing Mass (Sick, Jack Martin, Lewis Nagle)
11.00am Holy Communions to Homes
Saturday 5th July
8.45am Rosary & Mass (Catherine King, Marie Trimble, Marito Mulclay)
6.30pm Vigil (Betty Gentles, Janine Whitty)
Sunday 06th July – Sts Peter and Paul
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
10.45am Mass at Coreen
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Roster 05-06 July 2014
Gifts: 6.30pm J Clohessy B O’Donohue
6.30pm R Packer P Nixon
9.00am M Kelly M Milthorpe
6.30pm A Pilgrim M Skehan
9.00am R Roberts R Taylor
Altar: M Macqueen
6.30pm M Clohessy M Skehan
9.00am Craig Sandral
6.30pm Dylan Forge & Max Blockley
9.00am Bree Willett-Linsell & James Tilders
Collection: B. O’Shea
Counters: Carmel and Danny Salmon
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Remember in Prayer
Braedon Hensel, Monsignor John White, Jace Whyte, Noreen Rourke, Jack Fowles, Margaret Hayhoe, Sr Clare Sheedy RSM, Max Sykes, Patricia Kelly, Brian Knight, Bede Guthrie, Margaret Elliott, John Skehan, John Hanrahan, Nicole Collins [Access Funeral Booklets of recently deceased at:
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NOTICES: Meetings / Imp. Dates:
CWL Next Meeting Thursday 17th July 2014, 1.45pm in Parish Hall
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Volunteers Wanted: Wrap with Love
9.30-12 noon every 2nd Monday.
In St Mary’s Parish Hall – Enjoy cuppa & chat
Contact: Carmel Moroney – 6033 5381
NEXT SEWING DAY: Mon 7th July 9.30am
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New Resource for Catholic Women & Parishes
The Genius Project is an amazing new four-part DVD resource for Catholic women. Based upon St. John Paul II’s teaching on the vocation and dignity of women. Use it at home or form a small group in your parish. Find out more at: www.beingcatholic.com.au/genius-project/
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