Liturgy

PARISH LIFE

If there are parents who have, for various reasons, been unable to enrol their daughter or son in their parish sacramental program, or would like further information, please contact

Mary-Anne Lumley by email or via the Office.

© Artwork: Tony Kiely, Emmaus Productions

Sacramental Diary

Our local parishes have supplied the following diary information, which is on the College website. However we appreciate that the College has a wide catchment area. For further information:

- Your Parish Priest or Administrator

- Drop down box at http://www.perthcatholic.org.au/

- College website

- Mary-Anne Lumley - lumley.mary-anne@johnxxiii.edu.au

MUNSTER: ST JEROME'S

Congratulations to Joel Garces who will be receiving the Eucharist for the first time in the parish of St Jerome this weekend.

NEDLANDS: HOLY ROSARY

Confirmation

September 20-21: Celebration of the Sacrament

NORTH BEACH: OUR LADY OF GRACE

Eucharist

September 6-7; 13-14: Celebration of the Sacrament

SUBIACO: ST JOSEPH'S

Reconciliation

Various dates in September/October: Celebration of the Sacrament

Eucharist

September 20-21: Celebration of the Sacrament

THIS SUNDAY'S GOSPEL (Matthew 16:21-27)

"Whoever wishes to come after me must deny themselves."

This weekend's homily is by Fr Michael Tate and is reprinted here with his kind permission

At Easter, we celebrated the great victory of Jesus Christ over the annihilating power of death. He emerged a glorious bodysoul. Human nature was redeemed from the ultimate inky blackness of the tomb. This is a victory in which you and I and every person who has lived, is living or will live, can share. We can share the resurrection life of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, a great victory. But, the immersion of Jesus Christ in suffering and death had to come first. Why?

We have to get one terrible thought out of our heads. That is, that the Heavenly Father of Jesus wanted him to suffer such a tortured, agonising death. What sort of God, a cruel despot, would that be?

But, it was the Father's will that Jesus remain true to the mission entrusted to Him by the Father - a mission to preach and embody the gospel of mercy and forgiveness, and justice for the poor and the marginalised. It was inevitable that powerful elites, both religious and political, would find this intolerable and have Jesus eliminated. The way in which Romans did this was to crucify the troublemaker.

Jesus foresaw with great clarity the dreadful consequences of remaining true to this mission and warned the disciples that that is the way it would be. Peter could not accept this and protested mightily 'God forbid, Lord. This will not be so for you.' To which Jesus responded in the most vehement terms: 'Get behind me, Satan.' Why such vehemence? I think because there was an even deeper reason why it was necessary that Jesus suffer and die.

I am good friends with a young couple who have two lovely children, but the young son has had a series of about twenty hospitalisations, many in life threatening circumstances. Of all the ways of talking about love, there is nothing like the love of a parent for a severely ill child, perhaps suffering a terminal condition. What makes this love the most distinctive is that parents would willingly take on the situation of the child, be substituted for the child, would rather suffer and die than see the infant flesh of their flesh suffer or die.

That is the sort of love which God has for you, has for me, has for every human being who has lived or will ever live. God so loved the world where suffering and death ravages human beings, that God determined to take on the situation of human beings and overcome the final annihilating power of death. Becoming who we are, flesh of our flesh, Jesus Christ determined to absorb the suffering and pangs of death, the physical suffering and the wrenching alienation which seem to be the destiny of human nature.

Jesus foresaw that, given the forces opposing him, this would be by way of crucifixion. Peter did not want to hear or accept that this would be the necessary path that the Christ would have to tread. The temptation to stray from that path was Satanic: 'Get behind me, Satan.' This was a terrible variation of the initial call to Simon Peter: 'Come, follow me.' Eventually, of course, Peter did follow Jesus the Christ.

Our following may also involve suffering, to one degree or another. But nothing like the suffering on the cross of the totally innocent Jesus Christ. Let us recall Christ's courage and determination every time we make the sign of that Cross: 'In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.' ©

COMMUNITY MASS

Fathers' Day Mass

Friday 5th September Community Mass will join Primary to celebrate a special early morning Fathers' Mass at the earlier start time of 7:30. Refreshments to follow. Details

Friday 12th September Community Mass as usual - 8:00am in the Chapel, led by Year 12s. Family and friends are particularly welcome to attend as our students prepare for exams and graduation.