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Christmas Masses Schedule now available

Nativity sceneThe schedule of dates and times for Masses during the Christmas period is downloadable from our Mass Times page. (Please note that this was updated on 06 December 2019.)

You are warmly invited to join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and the coming new year.

 

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Sunday 08 December 2019: Second Sunday of Advent

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand

Second Sunday of AdventToday’s liturgy brings together readings from very different backgrounds, as it gives expression to the Advent message of hope.

The prophetic vision of Isaiah reflects his familiarity with the king’s court in a period of dramatic international developments in the region. He links the fulfillment of God’s designs for the nation with the rule of a new David (Jesse is the father of David) whose rule will contrast with that of many of David’s unworthy successors. He will be filled with the gifts of the ‘spirit of the Lord’, ruling with wisdom and integrity, and showing himself a forthright champion of the oppressed and the poor of the land. The peace established by his rule is graphically portrayed as like a new paradise - as the whole country is ‘filled with the knowledge of the Lord’ and lives according to God’s ways. For those who know the blessings brought by the true ‘Son of David’, the themes of the Christmas celebration that awaits us at the end of our Advent preparation are not difficult to recognise...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series

 
The coming of the Lord PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 01 December 2019: First Sunday of Advent

Stay awake, you must be ready

Advent wreath - 1st Sunday of AdventAdvent means "Coming". During this season the liturgies encourage us - as we look forward to the Christmas celebration - to reflect upon the mystery of God's coming among us. It is a season of expectation, reminding us that we live in time.

The irresistible march of time has puzzled philosophers since ancient times. We shall learn a great deal about ourselves, if we get in touch with the moods that shape our lives – moods that almost invariably involve the passing of time: our hopes and fears, our yearnings and disappointments, our sense of achievement, the lessons life is teaching us. Our faith should help us to situate this pattern of our lives within the designs of God. Where the march of time is leading us has only become clear, of course, because God has made known to us why the world was created. If God had remained silent, time would seem like an ever- going nowhere. Since Old Testament times, however, God's people have been given a growing awareness God's designs – through the divine gifts of faith and hope...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series

Lord, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of your son, Jesus Christ, this Christmas, we pray that we will welcome him into our hearts. As the light of our advent wreath grows stronger, week by week, make us strong in following him in the love and the peace we show to others. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
The Chosen One of God PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 24 November 2019: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom

Christ the King...Jesus (proclaimed ‘The King of the Jews’, in the inscription attached to the cross) has made himself powerless; he is rejected by ‘the leaders’ of the people (while ‘the people’, foreshadowing those who are to find faith, stand watching in silent awe); he is mocked and ridiculed by the leaders, by the brutal soldiers, and even by one of the criminals crucified with him. Ironically, their jeers give expression to what the crucified one really is - ‘the Christ of God’, ‘the Chosen One’, the ‘king’ the nation longs for, the one who ‘saves’.

And then, as if to reduce them all to silence, the other criminal crucified with him makes his submission of faith in Jesus crucified – as the one who would fulfil the hopes of Israel: ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom’. And Jesus responds with the first pronouncement of an everlasting reign that will be shaped by the generous and merciful ways of his Father: ‘I promise you, today you will be with me in paradise’...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series

St James Calling

It's that time of year again. Christmas and a renewal of all things.

As usual we start planning for the new year and are asking for parishioners who may wish to be involved as Readers, Special Ministers, Flower Arrangers, writing the Rosters or helping with Morning Teas and Socials or handling the PowerPoint presentation a few times a year. Please come and have a chat with Katarina or call 0403 264 322.

We are also looking for people to join our choir in any capacity from singing, playing an instrument or shaking the tambourine; all levels of talent are gladly accepted and welcome. Call Meg on 0425 831 573.

If you are interested but not sure then let's meet for a coffee and a chat and see where it takes us.

Thanks

Katarina
Sacristan, St James' Church

 
The hour is coming PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 17 November 2019: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your endurance will win you your life

In prayer...Jesus certainly brings the message that the hopes of Israel are to be realised; but it will be a realisation that shows such things as the Temple as only a pale foreshadowing of God’s final blessings – ‘the hour is coming when you will worship the Father, neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem’ (Jn 4:21). The dismayed reaction of the disciples reminds us how attached old Israel was to their venerable institutions; and the history of the early Church shows how difficult it was for them to accept that the new order of things brought by the Saviour was the fulfilment of their hopes. In what Jesus has to say after the prediction of the destruction of the Temple, he anticipates the turmoil that will follow, as people struggle to understand the designs of God. About to experience a violent rejection by his own people, he prepares his disciples for the persecutions they will experience as they bring his message to the world...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series

 
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