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Sunday 15 February 2015 – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The leprosy left him and he was cured

Jesus touches the leperTo touch the unclean made one unclean. As John J Pilch noted in his book, The Cultural World of Jesus (pp 35), ancient Jews concerned themselves with the notion of pollution, not of infection. They made little distinction between a cultural and a natural source of the pollution, as long as they kept the source of the pollution at a distance.

Embracing those rejected is the first step towards healing them

In a culture that had a firm mistrust of change, they had an obligation to reject anything that changed what they believed was a God-given lifestyle. When Jesus touched the diseased man, he ‘took’ the disease upon himself. He changed the status of the ‘unclean’ to ‘clean’ and became polluted. He made himself rejected, so the leper could become accepted. And he did it willingly. In this sense, Mark foreshadowed Jesus' ultimate act of accepting pollution from nature and society. He took death upon himself, so all might have eternal life with God.

Excerpt of a reflection on the Gospel by Larry Broding

Parishioner’s Information Form

UnityYour participation is crucial.

At this weekend's Masses (14-15 Feb 2015), we are distributing Parishioners’ Information Forms, aiming to understand your needs and interests in order to build a more cohesive Richmond Catholic Community. We look forward to your positive response. Thank you.

We create and strengthen our Richmond Catholic Community with our unity and thankful hearts. God bless you and your families.

Lent 2015: Way of the Cross

Lent is a season of self-examination, fasting and penance in preparation for our Easter Day observance. The period of Lent lasts for 40 days. In preparation of our souls, Richmond Catholic Parish will conduct The Way of the Cross on four consecutive Thursday evenings:

When: 26 February, 5, 12 and 19 March at 7:30pm
Where: St Ignatius’ Church, 326 Church Street, Richmond

Reconciliation at 7:30pm:
English: Wednesday 25 March
Vietnamese: Monday 30 March

~~ All are welcome ~~