18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Yr. B
On Adoration Sunday we reflect with:
POPE BENEDICT ON THE EUCHARIST
Pope Benedict XVI : “By participating in the Eucharist, we have an extraordinary experience of the prayer which Jesus made and continues to make for us all,” he told the 7,000 pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall (11.01.12).
Jesus offers us this prayer, he taught, so that “the evil we encounter in our lives may not triumph, and that the transforming power of Christ’s death and resurrection may act within each of us.”
He explained the deep significance of the Last Supper in salvation history, with “its overtones of the Passover and the commemoration of Israel’s liberation.”
This connection is why the prayer of Jesus “echoes the Hebrew berakah, which includes both thanksgiving and the gift of a blessing.” Christ’s act of “breaking the bread and offering the cup on the night before he died” thereby becomes “the sign of his redemptive self-oblation in obedience to the Father’s will,” the Pope said.
In doing so, Pope Benedict taught, Jesus revealed himself as “the true paschal Lamb,” which brings the ancient worship of the Jewish people to fulfilment.
It was also Christ’s wish that the supper be “something special, different from other gatherings,” and so he “gave something completely new: himself,” in anticipation of his cross and resurrection.
“He offered in advance the life that would shortly be taken from him, thus transforming his violent death into a free act of the giving of self, for others and to others. The violence he suffered became an active, free and redemptive sacrifice.”
The Pope said that in contemplating the words and gestures of Jesus, “we can clearly see that it was in his intimate and constant relationship with the Father that he accomplished the gesture of leaving to his followers, and to all of us, the sacrament of love.”
He also gave support to his disciples, knowing the difficulty they had “in understanding that the way of God had to pass through the paschal mystery of death and resurrection, which was anticipated in the offer of bread and wine.”
Pope Benedict noted that even today the Eucharist is “the food of pilgrims,” as well as “a source of strength” for those who are “tired, weary and disoriented.” He concluded his reflection by praying that the Eucharist “always remain the apex of all our prayers,” especially through proper preparation for it, including receiving the sacrament of penance. [Article by David Kerr – National Catholic Register (11 Jan. 2012).]
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Remember in Prayer
Raewyn Dorothy Widdison, William Phibbs, Monsignor Lane (Anniversary this weekend), Fr Tyson Doneley, MSC (rec. dec.), Michelle Hogan, Len Sambell, Michael Scown, Patrick Whitty, Bernard McKay, Natalie Lawrence, Shirley Ash, Kevin Seymour, Joan Sandral, Imelda Gauci, Pauline Kerr, and all on our In Memoriam Board for August.
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Rosaries in your neighborhood
Rosaries are on-going – join at anytime
Nora Kingston, 24 Alfred St ph. 6033 2026. Wednesdays at 4.30pm
C & J Mclean, 5a Lindsay St Wed 5pm
Karinya Aged Care Chapel, Sundays 11am
* St Mary’s Church, Sat 8.45am + Mass at 9am.
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FORTHCOMING MEETINGS / EVENTS
2nd August: 10am – 5.pm ADORATION of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. In Our Lady’s Chapel. Come and pray. Books on prayer are provided.
10th Mon. 9.30am Mass – Feast of St Mary MacKillop celebrated w. St Mary’s school
10th Mon. 9.30am Wrap with Love – Parish Hall
10th 12pm Ministers Fraternal
12th Aug. Wed. 6.30pm Mass in Hall for First Communion Families
15th Aug. Sat. 9am Assumption of Mary – Holy Day of Obligation: i.e. Come to Mass
25th Aug 6.30pm FIRST RECONCILIATION
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MASS INTENTIONS 01st – 8th August
01st Aug St Alphonsus Welcome Fr Vin Walsh.
6.30pm Mass (Monsignor Lane Anniversary)
Sun. 2nd Aug 18th in OT Welcome Fr Vin Walsh.
9.00am Mass (for all parishioners)
Tuesday 4th St John Vianney
9.00am Mass (Vera Martin; Jayce Whyte)
9am Mass (Paul, Norman, Frances Tillett)
Thursday 6th TRANSFIGURATION
11.40 Nov & Mass (Judy Raggett; H Naughtin)
10am Mass of Anointing at Karinya
Saturday 8th [St Mary MacKillop transf. to Mon 10th 9.30am with St Mary’s School]
Saturday 9.00 Mass (Pat Fitzgerald; Mario Caminito)
6.30pm Vigil M (Michelle Hogan; Len Sambell)
Sunday 9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
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St Mary’s Liturgy Roster for 08th – 09th August
6.30pm O’Halloran Family
6.30pm R Packer, J McLean
9.00am E Christy B Christy
6.30pm T Drum, C Salmon
9.00am M Tomlinson, K King
Altar: M Doyle
6.30pm D & E Clohessy
9.00am T Moroney
6.30pm Emily Tidd, Dominiek Marshall
9.00am Lachie McKenzie, Chesric Batang
Collection: B O’Shea
Counters: M Kelly, N Smith
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THE JOURNEY CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM
This week on the Journey (Ep104)
|A big thank you to everyone who has supported the growth of The Journey so far as we celebrate our Second Birthday this week!
Peter Gilmore joins Jude Hennessy in co-hosting this week’s jam packed show. Scripture Scholar Fr Michael Fallon MSC is back to give us his reflection on the Gospel for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time and Fr Dave Callaghan MGL asks us to think about what heaven might look like.
In Milk and Honey, Trish McCarthy gives some great insights about body language and the ever popular Sr Hilda Scott OSB gives us her simple Wisdom from the Abbey. Bruce Downes, “The Catholic Guy” reflects on lessons from a $10 haircut, and Marilyn Rodriguez speaks on the importance of creating family memories.
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