Child Protection Sunday – 11th September 2016
Children sexually, physically and psychologically abused; children in detention centres; children who are homeless; children who are asylum seekers; children who live in settings of domestic violence; children living in poverty and poor health; children who need to leave home because of sexual orientation.
‘Where is your brother? Where is your sister?’
Today’s gospel is the whole Gospel in miniature: Being lost is the abiding theme today’s reading – The lost sheep, a lost coin, and a ‘lost’ son. All are significant for those involved.
There is one responsibility amongst all in a strong community: Find the one who is lost!.
This might include the really lost: religious leaders who fail to understand Jesus’ message; who fail to see as Jesus does; who cannot respond with love and mercy as he does.
Those who came to Jesus and listened to him knew they were accepted despite the fact that their human dignity was trashed by family, and the religious and social system.
This gospel invites us to cherish the small acts and intimacies of God. Jesus tells us that small things are important to God and will not allow them to be lost.
Like anything that is lost, it takes on an importance precisely because it is lost. The lost coin and lost lamb and indeed the lost son belong to a litany of small things that God will not let go of. The value of the lamb is as one that is part of the flock. The value of the lost son is in the fact he belongs to a family. This is where the heart and vision of God abide. Everyone is precious.
Lord, You asked that the little children be allowed to come to you; for it is such as these that the Reign of God belongs.
You entrust them to the care and protection of our communities of faith. Guide us as we strive to ensure that our Catholic communities provide a safe environment for each child.
We pray especially for all those who have been harmed in their childhood. Give them courage in facing the past and lead them to your healing protection. Amen
*Thurs 15th Sept 1.45pm CWL MEETING in Presbytery Meeting Room
*Friday 16th Sept 10.00am Parish Anointing Mass & Cuppa in Hall
*Mon 19th September 9.30am Wrap With Love in St Mary’s Hall
COUNSELLING at St Mary’s
Wednesdays 10am Group Parenting Course
Wednesdays 2pm Anger Management at St Mary’s Presbytery rear flat. Run by Centacare and Sisters of Mercy. Ph. 0448772010. Also available: Literacy & Numeracy courses, and Financial Planning for Families.
* Nora Kingston, 24 Alfred St ph. Wed 4.30pm
* McLean’s, 5a Lindsay St., Wed 5.30pm
* Karinya chapel – Sundays 11am
* St Mary’s Church, Sat 8.45am+ 9am Mass
Remember in Prayer
Lillian Donald, Maxine Potter, Stefan Svarc, Faye Lovie, Frank Murphy, Frank Tuck, Doris Robinson, Jenny King, Anne Kingston, Shannon Elmore
MASS INTENTIONS 10th – 17th Sept
6.30pm (Frank Murphy, Anne Kingston)
Sun 11th 24th Sunday of OT
9.00am Mass (For all Parishioners)
Mon 12th Sept
9am M (Jack Montgomery, Michelle Hogan)
Tue 13th St John Chrysostom
9am M (G & D Poulson, D & D Gallagher)
Wed 14th Exaltation of the Holy Cross
9am M (John, Leo Skehan & David Scarlett)
Thurs 15th Our Lady of Sorrows
11.40 Nov. & M. (Honor & Niel McDonald)
Fri 16th Sts Cornelius & Cyprian
10am Mass of Anointing (Sick, Suffering & Disabled)
Sat 17th Sept
9am M (Loveridge & Skehan fms deceased)
6.30pm (Shana Wilkinson; Bronwyn Richardson)
LITURGY ROSTER for 17th & 18th Sept
6.30pm P Culhane M Macqueen
6.30pm R Packer C Knight
9.00am B & E Christy
6.30pm I & F Brooks
9.00am B Christy R Taylor
Altar: M Macqueen
6.30pm P Dwyer F Brooks
9.00am C O’Shea
9.00am S & O Aitkin
Collection: J Taylor
Counters: A & M Campbell
THE JOURNEY CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM – AIRS 11 SEPTEMBER 2016
This week on The Journey we hear from Sr Hilda Scott OSB in Wisdom from the Abbey. Sr Hilda reminds us that God knows – that God loves – that God cares. We also hear from Pete Gilmore in Living the Gospel, Sam Clear Walking the Walk and The Pirolas SMARTLoving. Tune into LIFE 101.9 FM or 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury Wodonga Sun 11am or go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.