Liturgy

'GOOD NEWS' for 11th Sunday in 'Ordinary Time'

"Her many sins were forgiven her, because she has shown great love.."(Luke 7:36-8:3)

The reflection for this Sunday's Gospel is an abridged version of a homily by Rev. Prof. Michael Tate. Fr Michael Tate is currently a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is Catholic Chaplain to the University of Tasmania where he is an Honorary Professor of Law, lecturing in International Humanitarian Law.

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The Pharisee is shocked at the scene of a woman anointing and kissing Jesus' feet as he lay at table. One element was the Pharisee's embarrassment because he had omitted the courtesy of having Jesus' feet washed before reclining at table. She remedied the insult.

But the main sense of shock was that Jesus allowed this woman to touch him. A taboo was being shattered. He was in grave peril from this deliberate contact. Instead of repudiating her, Jesus observes that it is simply the overflow of love of a forgiven woman, and he won't reject her gesture. The old rules which segregated and quarantined women for fear of what they might do to men are superseded by the presence of Jesus. This is a sign of the reign of God.

St Luke reinforces this message in the next passage which portrays Jesus 'preaching and bringing the good news of the reign of God'. And he did so with a band of travelling companions who symbolised what the reign of God looks like as it shapes a human community. And who were they? Many women, three of them named, travelling with Jesus and twelve men, not their relatives. This would have been scandalous. This was boundary-breaking behaviour. This was utterly counter cultural.

Because this story is so graphic and moving, we can miss the import of the last paragraph of this reading. We know that Peter and others had left their fishing cooperative to follow Jesus, an itinerant preacher of no fixed address. How were they to survive on the mission? His band of followers included rather well-to-do women with funds and contacts which enabled the mission to continue. Without their financial aid, Jesus could not have conducted his mission in the way he wanted to.

Jesus accepted women, overturning all the norms of society. Jesus depended on women to carry out his mission. He was, He is the Saviour of all human beings without distinction based on race, ethnicity or gender.

© Fr Michael Tate

SACRAMENT PROGRAM

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The College Sacrament Program, aligned with Archdiocesan policy, is 'Family-focused, Parish-based and Catholic School supported'.

Families of children in Years 3, 4 and 6 are preparing to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own 'home' parish.

The knowledge component is also covered in the Religion Curriculum of those classes.

Local Parishes

Some parishes, located near the College, have supplied calendar details for their Sacrament Programs. This information can be accessed via the link to the College website.

The following update, for the Parish of Holy Rosary Nedlands been added.

HOLY ROSARY - CELEBRATION OF SACRAMENTS

First Communion
Make an appointment to speak with Fr Joseph when your child has completed their preparation.
Confirmation
Saturday 17 September - 6:00pm
Sunday 18 September - 8:45am
Information & Faith Formation for parents of candidates: Thursday 21 July - 7:30pm
Reconciliation
Saturday 15 October - 10:00am
Information & Faith Formation for parents of candidates: Thursday 11 August - 7:30pm
Contact: Parish Priest, Fr Joseph Sobb SJ

Further Information?

COMMUNITY LITURGY

Next Friday's Community Eucharist will be prepared by students in Year 11 in this season of Id Quod Volo. All are welcome - and we especially look forward to seeing families of Year 11 joining the students. For those able to stay, the celebration continues after Mass with coffee in the Café.

If you have any queries about Community Mass please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: Lumley.mary-anne@johnxxiii.edu.au or 9383 0513.

When: Fridays in Term Time
Time: 8:00-8:30am
Where: College Chapel