Liturgy

'GOOD NEWS' for 18th Sunday in 'Ordinary Time'

“To whom will all this wealth of yours go? (Luke 12:13-21)

The reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel is from GPBS ‘Gospel Connections’ and is reprinted here with kind permission.

Too Many Toys, Not Enough Fun?  

One night I was volunteering at a shelter when I found a large tray of hot dogs in the fridge. Knowing the homeless guests were hungry, I handed out all the hot dogs.

Another guest, James, arrived a little later. Smiling, he asked me to heat up a few of his hot dogs. Embarrassed, I realised that the hot dogs I had given out belonged to James. I quickly apologised and offered to replace them. He laughed at my mistake and said, “Don’t worry about it. As long as all the people ate, that’s all I care about”. James was the exact opposite of the man in Jesus’ parable this week.

This Gospel is important for us. Our culture pushes us to buy nonstop and do whatever we can to get more money and more things for ourselves. Some people joke at those who die with the most toys win. That’s an easy trap to fall into, but Winston Churchill once said something like “you make a living with what you get, but you make a life with what you give”. 

A “more for me” attitude can take over your life and kill relationships. This week’s Gospel condemns greed not because greedy people go to hell but because greedy people construct their own hell on earth.

Greed traps people in hell by keeping them from the best part of life, that which matters to God – sacrifice for others; service to the poor; relationships based on character, not appearance. You build a life – and find real happiness – by using your talents for others and putting their needs first.

© GPBS

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.

Further Information?

COMMUNITY LITURGY

Thank you to Fr Vincent Glynn, who presided at this morning’s Community Mass, with students and families from Years 8 and 9. Among Fr Vincent’s many roles, he is on the College Council as the Archbishop’s representative.

Next Thursday, 4 August, is Loyola House Day and they will prepare the Mass. Families are especially welcome! We will celebrate Mass on Thursday, due to the Kevin King Cup on Friday.

Advance notices:
Friday 19 August the College celebrates John XXIII Day, beginning with Mass in the SLSC at 9:00am. There will be NO separate 8:00am Liturgy on that day.

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