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This weekend the infant grades of our Parish School, St. Joseph’s, are joining us to help celebrate the liturgy of the Mass. May we welcome them as a very special part of our parish family and take joy in their presence as did Jesus.

Pentecost

Family Mass

HOLY WEEK AT ST JOSEPH’S

Palm Sunday (9th April) – Ecumenical Way of the Cross (3pm)

Holy Thursday (13th April) – Mass at 7.30pm

Good Friday (14th April) – Celebration of the Passion at 3.00pm

The Easter Vigil (15th April)  – Mass at 6.30pm

(This is THE event of the Christian experience. It is our feast of feasts! Our greatest celebration of the year.)

Easter Sunday – Mass at 8.00am

 

Voluntary Work

The Parish is now registered to provide voluntary work opportunities for eligible job seekers under Centrelink requirements. This means, any job seekers over 55 years of age, or principal carers under 55, who are required to perform 15 hours of voluntary work as part of their Centrelink obligations, can now work some or all of those hours within our parish community.

If you would like more information about this initiative, please contact the Parish Office.

 

LENTEN GROUPS – COMPANIONS ON THE JOURNEY

Now that the new year is getting into full swing, I find myself getting excited about what 2017 might bring. What’s in store for us as a Parish family? What does God have planned for us this year? How will we, the people of God, experience the life and love of Jesus? In what ways will we see the Holy Spirit at work?

Do such thoughts fill us with excited anticipation? Are we eager to see God moving in our community this year?

If so, how do we seek God? How do we get to know and love Jesus more as a community?

Pope Francis has written much about the ‘art of accompaniment.’ As Christians, we are called to walk with each other and help each other discover the beauty of knowing and loving God. We are to be      companions to each other on this journey that we call life. We are to seek God together. In this way, we are able to grow closer to God as a community, and also grow closer to each other.

One way to do this is with small groups. A small group meets regularly to share experiences, pray and reflect on God’s Word. In this way, members of the community get to know other members in a more personal way. The benefits are most felt during times of difficulty. Small group members are able to    offer support and companionship to each other.  This is our call as disciples. To walk with each other, to bear each other’s burdens and to grow closer to God as a community.

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2017 – Be a part of something great

 ‘The same promise has been made to them, in Christ Jesus, through the gospel.’ – Eph 3.6

The Christmas story brings a message of Good News. People of every race and creed, the young and the old, rich and poor, will all seek to know Jesus. Many will respond to the invitation. The kingdom of God will be filled by all walks of life. Our church is to be open to all. Imagine our Eucharistic celebration reflecting this reality – our worship space filled with the stories of many different lives, the sounds of young children, the shared wisdom of elder members, a rich tapestry of cultural  diversity, where the inclusion and participation of all is not  limited by disability or circumstance.

What would be required of us as a community to make such a vision a reality?

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GARDEN MINISTRY – CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

Just recently, Pope Francis released his encyclical Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home. He tells us, among other things, that caring for our shared surroundings is one way that we reverence our Creator God – by doing so, we are showing love for our neighbours and expressing thanks for the many blessings God has given us.

Over the past few weeks, the gardens around our grounds have undergone a wonderful transformation (thanks to the generous work of a few of our parishioners). Our challenge now is to keep our gardens maintained and looking attractive.

Thankfully, it is now even easier to give a little time to help the community through this wonderful ministry.

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Our new look Garden Ministry has set up a noticeboard outlining what needs to be done and where. So if you only have half an hour to spare every few weeks – you could just turn up, find a garden in need, and give it some TLC (and water, or weeding, or raking). You are able to commit to as much as your time and talent allows.

If you would like to be a part of the Garden Ministry, contact the Parish Office for more information.

CELEBRATING AS A COMMUNITY

Being a part of a community is a source of joy. There is much to gain from companionship, shared experiences and a common identity, even more so when we are drawn together by something as powerful as faith and love. When we journey together as a community, a people of faith, a family, we experience the life and love of God through our communal celebrations.

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This year we will have many opportunities to celebrate our sense of community and to be a part of the ongoing journey in the life of St Joseph’s.

As a Christian community, our greatest feast is the Easter Vigil (2017 celebrated at 6pm on Saturday, 15th April).

 

 

Living Prayer – Praying for our Community

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‘Living Prayer’ is not a typical parish ministry in the sense of being a team with fixed meetings or business to do. Rather, it is an attitude, an approach to community and identity that is shared by all members of the community and all ministries with the parish. It is a ‘team’ that crosses borders.

Together, we pray for each other and the things that directly touch the heart of our community. As we lift up our hopes and needs to God, we give witness to God’s action in our lives and in the life of our community.

There is much to rejoice about in our community – God’s Spirit continues to breath new life. The experience of God’s life and love within the community gives rise to hope.

May we never get tired of bringing our needs and the needs of the community before our loving God.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Philippians 4:6

(Living Prayer cards are available on the entrance table to the church. If you would like to receive the prayer intentions by email, contact the Living Prayer team through the Parish Office)

 

Celebrating the Joy of Christmas… Every Day!

By now, the Christmas decorations have come down and our thoughts turn to the coming year ahead. And yet, the joy of the wonder of Christmas is something that we carry with us every day of our lives. Jesus has entered into our lives and filled every experience with the life and love of God.

As a Parish, we wish to thank all those who gave of their time and talent to make our celebration of Christmas a joy-filled occasion. The coming together of musical talent, drama, service, preparing and decorating the church, helping each other and worshipping together brought out the true meaning of what it means to be a Christian community. Our small human offerings, in some mysterious way, are filled with God’s presence and become something much more.

And isn’t that the mystery of the Incarnation – God dwelling among us! The human and divine become one – in Jesus, in the Eucharist, in us!

In this way, Christmas is something we celebrate every moment of our lives, not just once a year. It is a deep mystery, and one that we will only come to understand more as we live each moment, each day of our lives. May our Christmas prayer become the prayer of that journey:

“Thank you Jesus for coming to us. I don’t really understand, but Jesus, I love you. Make a difference in my life. Help me make a difference. Jesus, fill my life with all the joy and wonder that comes through knowing you.”

Christmas changes everything.