Reconciliation

“It was God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the work of handing on his reconciliation.” – 2Cor 5.18 It was truly a joyous occasion last Sunday when 20 families (over 50 people) gathered at the Conference Centre to engage our children in a conversation about the meaning of reconciliation with…

Encounter Jesus in Others

“…Dear friends; you are my joy and my crown…” – Phil 4.1 From the Vision Statement: Much of our conversation in recent times has been about becoming intentional about reaching out to those who are not yet a part of our community. If we are to thrive as a faith community, we need to invest…

Into the Wilderness

“Jesus… was led by the Spirit through the wilderness …” – Lk 4.1 Where is the Spirit leading us? Where is the Spirit leading the Church? Sometimes, we may feel like we are being led into the wilderness – a place where we are challenged, where we are tested, and where we may feel that…

Encounter Jesus In Silence

“Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast…” – 1Cor15.58 There are times when I don’t know what to say. This is one of them. On Tuesday, news agencies around the country reported that Cardinal Pell had been convicted on five charges of sexual abuse. This news has affected all of us in different ways. What do we…

Welcome to St Joseph’s

“My soul, give thanks to the Lord and never forget all his blessings.” – Ps 102.2 This weekend we celebrate our ‘Welcome to St Joseph’s’ Mass. For those new to our community, things might feel a little different at first glance. Perhaps, we better introduce ourselves. The community at St Joseph’s is served by the…

Launch Out Into the Deep

“Put out into deep water…” – Lk 5.4 Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Saviour “Oceans (Where feet may fail)”…

What Does it Mean to Love?

“In short, there are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.” – 1Cor 13.23 As Christians, we take the call to love God and to love others very seriously. After all, that’s what we are all about. But what does it mean to love? I remember, as…

Encounter Jesus

“They rejoice in your presence.” – Is 9.3 The Christmas story is an invitation. We are invited to come and encounter the person of Jesus Christ. But where do we start? For some, the experience of a personal encounter with Jesus may just begin by asking. Simply saying: “Jesus, I want to know you more.…