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We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, as the traditional caretakers of the land which is the Richmond Catholic Parish.

We acknowledge the Elders, past and present.

May we, too, be good stewards of this land.

To carry our cross after our Lord PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 08 September 2019: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus teaches the crowd.  Image courtesy of Hermano Leon Clipart...Luke has Jesus giving this teaching to ‘great crowds’; it is not teaching for an elite group, but teaching that all those who call themselves his followers should take to heart. We must not be misled, of course, by the stark Semitic turn of phrase he uses. He does not tell us that we should have no love for the things most precious in our lives, our many bonds of kinship, even our own life itself. He is telling us that even these things must not be given a preference in our decisions that would amount to a renunciation of Christ and what he stands for. He is showing us the seriousness of the mysterious mission he has received from his Father, as he makes for the Holy City to take up his cross. If we are to be his true followers, we must ‘carry his cross and come after him’. Our following must not be half-hearted, his two parables tell us. We must weigh up fully the implications of our decision not to allow any consideration to destroy our commitment to him; we must be ready to carry it through to the end...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of Hermano Leon Clipart

A Prayer for Stronger Communities, Safer Children

Gracious God, you said "Let the children come to me". The hurt felt by those wounded by abuse weighs heavily upon us. Trust has been eroded when institutions failed to appropriately respond to their needs. Lord, we as your Church stand in need of your healing and help.

We ask you, God, to strengthen and guide all in our Catholic communities. Grant us wisdom in our time to make decisions that protect children and the vulnerable.

May our families and communities, through love, generosity, commitment and patience, build stronger communities safe for children.

Let your grace and love fall gently upon our children giving them the inner strength, peace and resilience they will need for their life’s journey.

We ask you, God, to help our Catholic communities to be resolute in building a community where our children flourish and are safe.

Amen.

 
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