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Sunday 28 June 2015: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Young girl, I say to you, arise.

Mark concludes his account of the ministry of Jesus in Galilee with descriptions of some remarkable miracles worked by Jesus during this ministry. In today’s reading Jesus shows himself the Lord of life and death – healing the woman ‘who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years’, and bringing back to life the young daughter of one of the elders of the local synagogue.

Jesus heals the girl

Again, the words of Jesus and Mark’s telling of the story emphasise the importance of ‘faith’ in what is to unfold – a trusting openness to the fact that, in the ministry of Jesus, God’s great promises to Israel were being fulfilled. This faith, however, finds very different expression in the two cases. The synagogue official, well versed in the traditions of Israel, and with an openness that expresses the true spirit of Israel’s faith, makes his request: ‘Make my little daughter better and save her life’. His trust in what Jesus can do for him is in stark contrast with the attitude of those who report that the girl is already dead and urge him not to trouble Jesus further, and with the mourners already gathering in his home. The woman’s faith is less informed; naïve perhaps, very like the faith of so many simple believers. But what she knows of Jesus inspires her to seek a healing by ‘touching his clothes’. The reaction of Jesus is to lead her to the personal meeting with him that should take place in an authentic faith.

Excerpt from John Thornhill sm - The Emmaus Series

Year of Consecrated Life logoHelp needed for upcoming Feast of St Ignatius and Consecrated Life celebration

As part of the Year of Consecrated Life and the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, the Parish Community is invited to come together for a Eucharistic Celebration at St Ignatius’ Church on

Sunday 02 August 2015 at 10:00am*

On this occasion, we shall give thanks to God for Consecrated Life in its many forms, and acknowledge with joyful appreciation the rich contribution of the religious congregations who have lived and ministered in Richmond throughout its long history.

St Ignatius of LoyolaAt the conclusion of Mass, morning tea will be served in the hall, where there will be a display capturing aspects of the different religious congregations’ involvement in Richmond.

In keeping with our parish tradition of inclusion and hospitality, we need a lot of help to make the day happy and memorable. Here are some ways you might contribute:

  • Photos, memories and memorabilia - of the parish, eg church or school
  • Hospitality - bring a couple of plates to share
  • Setting up - chairs, tables, displays in the Parish Hall
  • Photography - 2 to 3 people to take photos on the day

Please download our invitation below for full details and contact the Parish Office if you can help.  With thanks!

*The special Mass time of 10:00am will replace the usual 9:30am Mass at St Ignatius' and the 10:30am Mass at St James'. This will allow invited guests from religious congregations travel time to get to Richmond for the ceremony.
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