Liturgy and Parish Liaison

SACRAMENTS IN PARISHES

Sacramental Diary

CITY BEACH; HOLY SPIRIT

Confirmation

May 28: Parent meeting with Fr Don Kettle - 7:00pm - Holy Spirit Parish Centre

June 5: Rehearsal 2:00-4:00pm - Holy Spirit Church. This is mandatory for all Confirmation Candidates.

First Holy Communion

June 11: Parent meeting with Fr Don Kettle - 7:00pm - Holy Spirit Parish Centre

June 19: Rehearsal 2:00-4:00pm - Holy Spirit Church. This is mandatory for all First Holy Communion Candidates.

NORTH BEACH: OUR LADY OF GRACE

May 29: Confirmation Workshop for Children & Parents

May 24-25: Reconciliation Enrolment - Saturday, or after 9:30 Mass Sunday

We look forward to parish Confirmation ceremonies on the Pentecost weekend, 7th-8th June. In the parishes of City Beach, Floreat, North Beach and Subiaco, John XXIII students will be among who will be confirmed.

Further details:

THIS SUNDAY'S GOSPEL:

"If you love me you will keep my commandments. I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever, that Spirit of truth…"

(John 14:15-6)

This Sunday is the sixth of the seven Sundays after Easter. The following homily is by Jesuit, Fr Richard Leonard SJ. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.

There are two strong images in today's gospel: the law and love. In a few verses Jesus keeps moving between the two ideas because he knows how closely related they are.

This can seem curious to modern ears because we have been duped into thinking that the law is the enemy of love, and that only freedom and joy are love's fruits. But think for a moment of people or projects we love, ones to which we are committed. We don't need a rulebook to call us to the most generous and sacrificial behaviour in their regard. We respond 'above and beyond the call of duty' not because of the law, but because of love. Jesus teaches us today that obedience to his commandments is a sub-set of our loving relationship with him.

The word 'obedience' comes from the Latin word oboedire, meaning, 'to listen carefully'. That's a gentler way of understanding Jesus' call. The more obedient we are to Christ's commandments, the more we are listening to his Spirit's call in our lives. And what are these commandments to which we have to listen? Jesus said the whole law and the prophets could be summarised as 'loving God and our neighbour, as we love ourselves'. If this seems too general a statement, then St Paul helps us fill out the details. Like Jesus, St Paul tells us the law of love is not primarily revealed in what we say, or how we feel, but in what we do. Christian love is an intensely practical affair. When we are patient, kind and gentle with each other we are obeying the law of love. So too when we forgive each other, tell the truth and remain faithful, we are listening most carefully to Christ's commandments.

St Paul also tells us that another of the fruits of Christian love is self-control. Sacrifice and self-control are really where the law of love comes into its own. The secular world keeps peddling the myth that self-expression is the only way to happiness. Most of us can see how irrational this position is and how unliveable the world would be if everyone expressed all their feelings and desires as they wished. Sometimes the most loving thing is to do nothing. If we are very angry with friends, for example, abusing them physically or verbally won't help. If we are sexually attracted to our best friend's spouse, having an affair will end in tears. On a more positive note, if we are alert to the poverty in which others live in our world, making sacrifices so that they might have something will not take away from us at all. Self-control is the ally of love and it helps us sort out the appropriate time to undertake the appropriate action.

The path to true happiness is found in being self-controlled. The problem is that self-control doesn't come easily. We need to train ourselves in its art and practise it regularly and consistently so that we can enjoy seeing the benefits of winning smaller battles before we venture out on larger campaigns. If we cultivate an attitude of self-control, we can be sure that when we most need to exercise it, we are in charge of our emotional life rather than it being in charge of us.

COMMUNITY MASS

Community Mass is for all students and parents - come every week, or come when you can. Ward parents and families particularly welcome next Friday.

Where: Chapel

Time: 8:00-8:30

When: Fridays in term time.