Come Holy Spirit!

‘As for your intention, who could have learnt it, had you not granted Wisdom and sent your holy spirit from above?’ – Wis 9.17 In this season of the Plenary Council, we are continually invited to ‘Listen to what the Spirit is saying.’ Today’s first reading invites us to pray for the gift of Wisdom…

Living Holiness

‘You have come to God himself… and been placed with spirits of the saints …’ – Heb 12.23 On Thursday, members of our community gathered with Bishop Bill for a Day of Prayer and Reflection. The sessions were facilitated by Bernadette Gibson, as we were guided through the Pope’s Encyclical, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and…

Encounter Jesus in the World

‘I am coming to gather the nations…’ – Is 66.18 Pope Francis’ message for the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees shares these words: “I came that they might have life and have it more abundantly (Jn 10.10). It is not just about migrants: It is about the whole person, about all people. In Jesus’…

Our Sight Set On Jesus

‘Let us not lose sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection.’ – Heb 12.2 Last week, I was fortunate to attend a few days of retreat down in Sydney that were put on by the Divine Renovation network. It was attended by over ninety representatives from parishes all…

Your Kingdom Come

‘There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.’ – Lk 12.32 I love reading about the history of our community. The Parish Office has quite a bit of archived material. Some of you may be familiar with the small red publication, A Brief…

Encounter Jesus in… in Everything?

‘There is only Christ: he is everything and he is in everything.’ – Col 3.11 It has been a mixed week. There have been blessings and challenges. Sometimes it’s easy to feel that God is close when things are going well and then, when things get tough, we can lose heart and wonder where God…

Answered Prayer

‘So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you.’ – Lk 11.9 I would like to share a story with you. As you know, we have a very big site. Too big some might say. Since 2014, we have been engaged in numerous conversations around the viability of this location and…

Encounter Jesus: Where Are We Going?

‘ Mary sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking.’ – Lk 10.39 On 9th March, 2013, Cardinal Bergoglio, the man who, four days later, would become the next Pope, addressed the gathered conclave. His handwritten notes read: “Thinking of the next Pope: a man who, through the contemplation of Jesus Christ…

Encounter Jesus in the World

‘The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him…’ – Lk 10.1 We need to be attentive to the voice of the Spirit within other experiences in the world, and to be open to encountering Jesus in the experiences of others. [- From our Encounter Jesus document] This weekend, we are drawn…