Liturgy

advent-1.jpgCHRISTMAS & ADVENT IN PARISHES

During the season of Advent and the season of Christmas, many families celebrate, in their parishes, the rich liturgies of the season as well as other special events.

Events and times of liturgies from some of our local parishes can be found here.

Additional information can be accessed from the archdiocesan website.

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Do you have a child in Years 2, 3 or 5?

Now is the time begin the conversation about Sacrament preparation.

Children in Years 3, 4 and 6 prepare to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own 'home' parish. As the College Sacrament Program, is 'Family-focused, Parish-based and Catholic School supported' (aligned with the Archdiocese), parents enrol their children in parish Sacrament programs. The school Religious Education program in those classes covers the required content.

UPDATES FROM LOCAL PARISHES

Our Lady of Grace, North Beach

Sacrament enrolment day: Monday 6 February, 4:00pm.

More detailed information is available on the College website here.

Further Information?

GOOD NEWS for the Third Sunday in Advent

"Are you the one who is to come, or must we wait for someone else?"(Matthew 11:2-11)

The reflection is part of Fr Richard Leonard's homily for this Sunday's gospel and is printed here, with kind permission. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting, is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and is author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.

Have you ever been on a farm during summer? If you have you will know how precious water is…

In (the) letter from St James the metaphor of waiting for rain is given to us as a way of understanding what it was like to wait for Christ. It is a potent image for Advent. In this season each year we remember that humanity waited through a long, dry and exhausting period for the sign of new life in Jesus. For generations people looked to the heavens every day for a sign that today would be the day when God's salvation would come. Then, one night, in a way no one could have ever imagined, with no fanfare, a child burst forth into the world and established the final reign of God's love.

Advent is not the time when we pretend that Jesus hasn't come into our world and that we are the first to anticipate his coming at Christmas. It's a richer season than that. It is the time when we recall what it was like before he came and how much we need him to keep coming again and again in our daily lives.

The First Reading and the Gospel make it very clear that farmers never down tools just because the rain comes. We're told that as a result of being soaked in the love of God we are called to do all we can for those in our world who are lame, blind, deaf, lepers, poor and for any one left for dead.

This is a vital message for us to hear today because there are some in our country who tell us that all we have to do is look after 'our own back yard'. This line is many things, but it's not Christian. Advent reminds us that by welcoming Christ we have an obligation to care for all his children. Everywhere is our back yard because that's where our brothers and sisters live. May we gain from Christ this Christmas the generosity to see that the desert is meant to bloom for all people everywhere, not just a few of us lucky to live in an oasis.

We are ridiculously generous to others because God in Jesus has been lavishly good to us and our goodness remains a most powerful sign of God's salvation that is always seen in deeds not words.

©Richard Leonard SJ

COMMUNITY LITURGY

Community Mass will resume in February. Everyone is always welcome to the Mass and, afterwards, to continue the celebration 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.