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Sunday 18 August 2019: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus - Divine Mercy.  Image courtesy of pixabay.comI have come not to give peace, but discord

...The whole story of the Scriptures leaves us in no doubt that evil, or 'sin', is real. God's designs for the human family have been continually frustrated by selfishness and destructiveness – sometimes motivated by the evil in human hearts; sometimes more an expression of ignorance and foolishness, but destructive nonetheless. Jesus did not come to provoke dissention; but the decision to live by the ways of God, that was essential to the message he preached, inevitably led to disagreements. If selfishness and destructiveness are to have their way unchallenged, the peace Christ came to bring - as a foretaste of the final 'kingdom' - will never become a reality...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of pixabay.com

Parish Youth Group

  • Are you above 18 and less than 40 years old and coming regularly to the Richmond Catholic Parish?
  • Do you want to build more of an understanding of your faith?
  • Do you want to make new friends within our parish from diverse backgrounds and connect with like-minded people?

If you answered "Yes!" to any one of the questions above, then you should try coming to our Parish Youth Group!

You are invited to our monthly Parish Youth Group starting next month onwards.  Come along with your friend(s), get involved in the church, and check out the wonderful opportunities the Parish Youth Group will have for you including providing your voice on what you would like to see from your Parish Youth Group! The Parish Youth Group is the perfect place for you to continue to grow in your faith and build relationships with other youth in the parish which is truly multicultural.

We would love to see you! Join us as we start this journey to grow in the endless love of Christ with our parish community.

When: Sunday 01 September 2019, @ 10:45am (Every 1st Sunday of the month after 9:30am Holy Mass at St Ignatius' Church, from 10:45am – 11:45am)
Where: Presbytery, St Ignatius' Church

 
Family and faith PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 11 August 2019: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We will look for the city designed and built by God

Pope Francis’ Intention for August: Families, Schools of Human Growth – That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly "schools of true human growth."

Pray the Rosary.  Image courtesy of pixabay.comWhen I was at school I wondered if I could ever be a good parent. I thought I would never know enough to teach my child how to walk, talk, pray and read. I imagined that all teaching was like that done at school – teacher knew everything and had to explain it in words the student would understand.

Of course, not all teaching is like that. Small children learn by imitation, doing what they see others do. That is true also of the most important thing in life – learning how to live. We learn from the example of those we love and admire.

That is why Pope Francis calls families schools of true human growth, both for children and adults. We learn from one another’s example, are inspired by our young children’s innocence just as they are by our experience, and learn from the encouragement we receive in our experiences of success and failure, of sin and forgiveness, of experiment and reflection, of foolishness and wisdom.

In families, too, we learn to negotiate. As little children everything is about ourselves. We gradually learn that we need to persuade others if we are to get what we want. As time goes on, we find we want to please people because we love them. We gradually learn the complex grammar of relationships. We see that in order to get our way on one thing we often need to give way on another, that the greatest gift we receive comes in the gift we make of ourselves, and that if we accept gifts from others they will often be more delighted than if we had given them a gift.

Families, too, are the place where we learn the language of faith. In many Catholic families children first learn to pray at home, come to believe in a God who loves them, and make Jesus and Mary their friends. But the deeper learning takes place not through words but through what the family does. Faith is part of living together. If we pray together as a family, go to church together, have religious art around us, and associate with God the deep, wordless experiences we have of beauty and of mystery, and if the life of Jesus becomes vivid in our childhood, our faith will be deeply rooted.

Our family experience also shapes the way we imagine God and Church. Our parents provide our earliest and most enduring images of what God is like. When we first say the Our Father the face of God that we see is likely to be that of our own father or mother. If we hear that Jesus is our brother, he will be like our own brother. The way we see the Church and its liturgy will also be coloured by the ways in which we celebrate events in our own close and extended family.

No family is perfect, of course, and we all need to forget some lessons we learned in our families, just as our own children will have things to forget. Schools and families are made up of human beings from whom we will often learn what God is not like, as well as what God is like. Above all, our families introduce us to the real world in which we live and teach us how to live generously within it.

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ | Image courtesy of pixabay.com

 
What really matters PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 04 August 2019: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

To whom will all this wealth of yours go?

Storing up wealth - why?...The attitude the Christian should have to possessions is one of Luke’s favourite themes. It is he who gives us the first beatitude in the challenging form, ‘How blessed are you who are poor’. He is not praising material poverty; but declaring that those who know material poverty are those who are most likely to learn to rely upon their relationship with God, rather than upon the specious security that wealth brings. Today’s gospel reading is the first part of a long passage that takes up this theme. The parable of Jesus, with which Luke begins, underlines the false sense of security brought by possessions. The wealthy farmer is not portrayed as being wicked. In fact, worldly wisdom would be inclined to say that he should be commended for his foresight. But in God’s eyes, Jesus bluntly tells us, he is a ‘fool’. The emptiness of his life is clear in the end – when God’s call comes he has nothing that he can call his own. It is not what we have, but what we are that matters!...

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

 
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