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Sunday 08 September 2019: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus teaches the crowd.  Image courtesy of Hermano Leon Clipart...Luke has Jesus giving this teaching to ‘great crowds’; it is not teaching for an elite group, but teaching that all those who call themselves his followers should take to heart. We must not be misled, of course, by the stark Semitic turn of phrase he uses. He does not tell us that we should have no love for the things most precious in our lives, our many bonds of kinship, even our own life itself. He is telling us that even these things must not be given a preference in our decisions that would amount to a renunciation of Christ and what he stands for. He is showing us the seriousness of the mysterious mission he has received from his Father, as he makes for the Holy City to take up his cross. If we are to be his true followers, we must ‘carry his cross and come after him’. Our following must not be half-hearted, his two parables tell us. We must weigh up fully the implications of our decision not to allow any consideration to destroy our commitment to him; we must be ready to carry it through to the end...

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

A Prayer for Stronger Communities, Safer Children

Gracious God, you said "Let the children come to me". The hurt felt by those wounded by abuse weighs heavily upon us. Trust has been eroded when institutions failed to appropriately respond to their needs. Lord, we as your Church stand in need of your healing and help.

We ask you, God, to strengthen and guide all in our Catholic communities. Grant us wisdom in our time to make decisions that protect children and the vulnerable.

May our families and communities, through love, generosity, commitment and patience, build stronger communities safe for children.

Let your grace and love fall gently upon our children giving them the inner strength, peace and resilience they will need for their life’s journey.

We ask you, God, to help our Catholic communities to be resolute in building a community where our children flourish and are safe.

Amen.

 
True humility PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 01 September 2019: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

All who exalt themselves shall be humbled and all who humble themselves shall be exalted

Chapel cross.  Image courtesy of pixabay.comJesus was sometimes invited to a meal by those who were curious to hear him. They were sometimes unfriendly to him we know from the gospel accounts. But most of his hosts were probably motivated by curiosity to hear what this teacher who was making such a stir had to say. This reconstruction of one such meal by Luke shows the Saviour’s skills as a teacher; and the kind of challenge he brought to those who were leaders in the community. Those at table with are ‘watching him closely’; he knows that he is expected to entertain them with his table talk.

He uses as his starting point what has been taking place as the guests assembled. To our modern ears, it all seems rather stilted; but the scene described by Jesus was familiar to his listeners, and taken for granted by them, as the customary way to behave in a culture with rules of status and precedence that were very complex – determined by such things as age, learning, public standing and wealth. This situation provides the material of a parable that invites his listeners to see beyond these old conventions...

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

 
Entering through the narrow door PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 25 August 2019: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

From East and West they will come to take their place in the kingdom of God

The narrow door...Jesus had no intention of entering into this discussion; in fact his whole purpose was to lead them beyond the exclusiveness they took for granted. He called them to identify with the generous ways of God. Israel’s calling was, in fact, for the sake of the other peoples of the world. They were to be a ‘light to the nations’, leading them to come to know the life-giving ways of the one true God. The response of Jesus is along these lines. The image of ‘two ways’ that can be taken in life is a common one. The ‘narrow door’ of his parable does not imply that salvation is available to only a few; it refers to the conversion called for if his hearers are to accept his teaching, and thus become the people God wants them to be...

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

 
To live by the ways of God PDF Print E-mail

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

 
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