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Sunday 16 June 2019: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Blessed TrinityWhatever the Father has is mine. The Spirit will receive what I give and tell you about it

...The ultimate mystery of God's life is – not surprisingly – far beyond our complete comprehension. It would be tragic, however, if it remained for us no more than a daunting abstraction. Christian faith should bring us the joy of recognising that - in the overflowing tumult of the divine life that we call the BLESSED TRINITY – we find three friends who invite us to share in their common life as the ONE TRUE GOD. Today's gospel from John expresses this sharing in simple terms, and it brings us this astounding invitation: the Spirit 'will lead us to the complete truth', since he shares all with the Son, who in turn shares in 'everything the Father has'.

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

We Care - Responding to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act

From the earliest times, Christ's followers have set themselves apart by their care of the vulnerable (Acts 4:34). On 19 June 2019, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act comes into effect. This law legalises euthanasia and assisted suicide. Despite what the law may say, our Christian tradition affirms that every life, including those of the sick and suffering, is sacred. For us, euthanasia or assisted suicide are never part of end of life care.

Pope Francis has encouraged ordinary Catholics everywhere to resist euthanasia and to protect the old, the young and the vulnerable from being cast aside in a "throw-away culture". We are called to follow Christ by accompanying people with compassion, sharing hope not fear.

The Bishops of the Catholic dioceses of Melbourne, Ballarat, Sale and Sandhust, echoing Pope Francis, have published a pastoral letter and We Care which provides practical guidance on ways we can be conscientious objectors to euthanasia.  Please download these documents below and share them.

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Download this file (2019-vad-pastoral-letter.pdf)2019-vad-pastoral-letter.pdfA Pastoral Letter re: Voluntary Assisted Dying403 KbSun 16 Jun 2019 09:06 PM
Download this file (2019-vad-we-care.pdf)2019-vad-we-care.pdfWe Care: ways that those who conscientiously object to this law can accompany people who suffer234 KbSun 16 Jun 2019 09:06 PM