SACRAMENTS IN PARISHES

Pentecost

This great feast of the Holy Spirit's coming will be celebrated next weekend (7-8 June) - and a number of our Year 6 students will be confirmed in their parishes. Let us keep in our thoughts and prayer those students from the parishes of City Beach, Floreat, North Beach and Subiaco as they celebrate this 'milestone' in Faith.

Sacramental Diary

CITY BEACH: HOLY SPIRIT
Confirmation
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.

CLAREMONT: ST THOMAS APOSTLE
June 21-22: Celebration of First Communion

FLOREAT/WEMBLEY: ST CECILIA'S/OUR LADY OF VICTORIES
Reconciliation
June 21-22: Rite of Commitment at Mass
June 28-29: Rite of Commitment at Mass

Eucharist
June 22: Celebration of Sacrament
June 28: Celebration of Sacrament

NEDLANDS: HOLY ROSARY
June 21-22: Celebration of First Communion
June 28-29: Celebration of First Communion

NORTH BEACH: OUR LADY OF GRACE
Confirmation
June 14-15: Thanksgiving Masses

Eucharist
June 21-22: Enquiry Weekend
June 28-29: Enrolment after Masses

Reconciliation
June 28-29: Rite of Commitment at Mass

Further details:

THIS SUNDAY'S GOSPEL:

"And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time." (Matthew 28:16-20)

The feast of the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated this weekend. Liturgist and youth minister, Greg Sunter, provides the following reflection:

The words of today's first reading provided the theme of World Youth Day celebrated in Sydney in 2008 - 'You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses.' It is a reminder to all people - young and old - that the words of Jesus to his disciples are also addressed to each and every one of us. We are called to be witnesses to our faith; witnesses to the message of compassion and justice that Jesus spoke; witnesses to the ongoing power of the Holy Spirit to change people's lives.

The short gospel passage for today is taken from the final words of the gospel of Matthew. It is known as 'The Great Commission' as Jesus is portrayed commissioning his disciples to go out to the world and spread the good news. They are charged to 'Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations.' This is the basis of much of the missionary work of the Church that has gone on ever since then.

However, the focus of today's feast is much more on the first reading than the gospel. The opening verses of the Book of Acts, from the author of Luke-Acts, describe the final instructions of Jesus to his disciples and then his 'lifting up'. The Luke-Acts writer is the only gospel writer to actually describe the Ascension. The fact that the other gospels don't discuss the Ascension in any detail at all is a good indication that this description should not be taken literally.

However, the message of the Ascension is a powerful one. It reminds us that Jesus, the human incarnation of God on earth, was limited to a specific time and place in history. Despite the physical limitations of his life on earth, Jesus ensured that his message and ministry would continue through those he had taught. Knowing that the disciples would need time to grieve and come to terms with all that had occurred in a relatively short space of time, Jesus promised that the Spirit would come upon them in the days to come. That visiting of the Spirit upon the disciples at Pentecost was the motivation to set about doing what Jesus had charged them to do. Without the Ascension, there is no Pentecost.

© Art: Jenny Close
Publisher: Creative Ministry Resources

COMMUNITY MASS

Community Mass is for all students and parents - come every week, or come when you can. .

Where: Chapel

Time: 8:00-8:30

When: Fridays in term time.