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Welcome Father Gerardo Tubis PACEM
Fr Gerardo arrived in Australia in January 2019. He helped at Sacred Heart Parish, Toowoomba for five weeks then Bishop Robert sent him to St Mary’s Warwick in February 2019. He was then appointed Parish Priest of Roma and Priest Director of Mitchell and Wallumbilla-Surat from 1st August 2020. Father Gerardo begins his appointment in our parish next week. Please welcome him to our community.
It is a funny thing to sit in the pew on Sundays when a whole list of sins and sinners is enumerated from the Gospels or the various Epistles. Our shoulders shrink a bit in hope that we are not mentioned, or at least that the blows fall not too hard. Possibly we feel relieved that smoking and drinking are not mentioned. Some of us may sigh. It is those “others” that Jesus is talking about.
Or maybe we dwell—savoring it—on those “others.” That guy who has loads of money. I hope he heard the word “greed.” Or the woman who has seen three marriages. She’d better be listening. Or those fakes who think they are so good; they’ll get their fill of this Gospel. And I hope those people who eat and drink too much know what the word “sensuality” means. They could learn a thing or two if they would just open up their ears. As for those who envy my own virtue and success, thank God they are condemned as well.
The old Pharisees were experts in the law. Matters of right and wrong. Weighty concerns of judgment. They knew where people stood. But Jesus seemed to have more difficulty with the Pharisees than with any other group. They did not mind hearing about sin, as long as it didn’t apply to them. They were righteous, but self-righteously so. They honored their self-images and projections, their own traditions. Jesus quoted Isaiah to penetrate their defenses: “You teach as dogmas mere human precepts.”
For myself, this stings a bit. I cherish what has been handed down as tried and true. But if I cherish tradition, must I not be vigilant that my heart is in the right place? Does Christ speak to me when he says: “You disregard God’s commandment and cling to what is human tradition”? Does he address his church? Its scribes? Its leaders? “This people pays me lip-service but their heart is far from me. Empty is the reverence they give me because they teach as dogmas mere human precepts.” (Mt 15:8)
A secret consolation is this: if our hearts are stung by Jesus’ challenge to the Pharisees, our hearts are almost healed.
A gifted and forceful woman once told me of a horrifying revelation. She realized at prayer that she was the Pharisee, she who judged others, she who did not trust God.
What a lovely moment. If you think you are a Pharisee, you most surely are not. If you think you are not, watch out.
John Kavanaugh, SJ
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8 Villiers Street
Chinchilla QLD 4413
Phone: (07) 4662 7031 or 0429 547 711 Parish Administrator Fr Gonzalo Garcia Duran
www.olhcchinchilla.org firstname.lastname@example.org Pastoral Parish Council Chairman Mr Bob Dickman
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Diocese's Professional Standards & Safeguard Officer
Fr Peter Dorfield
Executive Officer Ph: (07) 4638 1379
Mass Times Weekdays
Schedule Weekend Mass During September 2021: Saturday 4th - 6 pm Sunday 12th - 9 am Saturday 18th - 6 pm Sunday 26th - 9 am
Senyor Santo Niño Novena Last Saturday of Each Month 3 pm - Saturday 28th August
Sunday 29th August 2021 Issue 236/2021
Fourth Sunday in July each year
First Reading - Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 Reflect on human rights issues that would change if everyone in the world observed the law (love your neighbor)? Would everyone have access to housing, clean water, clean air, good education, health care? How might your community or city change?
Responsorial Psalm R. The just will live in the presence of the Lord.
Second Reading - James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 Are you a hearer of the word or also a doer of it? Have there been times when you just “talked the talk” but did not want to “walk the walk”? How would you feel if you went ahead and did the walking?
Gospel - - Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 What was missing from the Pharisees’ observance of the law? How much is religious observance worth if it is just exterior? On the other hand, what is it worth if what you do comes from the Word living in your heart, whether it’s fishing or fasting?
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
22nd Sunday - Ordinary Time - Year B
For the church: that the Body of Christ listens attentively and responds with transformative practical action to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. (pause) Lord in your mercy …Hear our prayer.
For the Pope: that he may be faithful servant to lead us in giving ourselves to the Father. (pause) Lord in your mercy …Hear our prayer.
For countries in distress, especially Afghanistan and Haiti: grant them mercy, grant them relief, grant them refreshment and let the prayers of your children who are in trouble rise to you. (pause) Lord in your mercy …Hear our prayer.
For the people of God who are called to live in the sacramental life: that they may carry something of Christ in their lives to the world. (pause) Lord in your mercy …Hear our prayer.
For those who are sick: that they may have faith and hope that they will be healed when their suffering has run its course. (pause) Lord in your mercy …Hear our prayer.
For those who have gone before us: that they may pass through the world of symbols into the final vision of God. (pause) Lord in your mercy …Hear our prayer.
L Gadsby and G McQuaid
Meals On Wheels
L Gadsby, K Borck, L Lauder, P Grambower
September 4th Saturday 6pm
B Hobson and A Hobson
J and M Bourke
COVID Safe Helpers
R Thomson and B Taylor
in wisdom and love
you created our earth to sustain and give us life.
We turn to you now in faith, hope and love,
asking you to look with favour
on our drought-stricken land,
on our starving animals,
on our failing crops.
Strengthen, sustain and give new heart to our farmers
and to all who are affected by drought;
be with those who support them.
In your loving providence,
send abundant rain and restore our parched earth.
Father of all compassion,
hear our prayer through Jesus Christ your Son,
in whom the promise of new life has dawned,
and through the power of the Holy Spirit,
the Lord the giver of life:
Renew your faithful people;
Renew the face of the earth.
Our Lady of the Southern Cross,
Mary, help of Christians - Pray for us.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop -
Pray for us.
Sick: Frances Ledwith, Therese Keane, Gerald Collins, John Eley (Beenleigh), Elaine Jahnke, Grace Ogilvie.
Anniversaries: Robert Galvin, Msgr Patrick Doyle, Fr Bryan Nolan, Msgr Stanley Skehan, Fr Mervyn Ziesing, Most Rev Edward Kelly DD.
If you wish to add someone to the sick list, please contact the bulletin typist, after seeking permission from the person or a family member. Thank you.
PRAYER CAMPAIGN FOR THE PLENARY COUNCIL
All members of the Diocesan community are invited to attend a 6 week Prayer Campaign to pray for the Church of Australia as we continue the preparations for the Plenary Council. We pray for all the Plenary Council Members that they will “listen to what the Spirit is saying” and be open to being guided by God’s Holy Spirit.
Celebrations will be held at 5.30pm on:
Thurs 2ndSept – Our Lady of Lourdes
Thurs 9thSept – To Be Advised
Thurs 16thSept – St Theresa’s
Thurs 23rdSept – St Thomas More’s
Thurs 30thSept – St Anthony’s Parish
Thurs 7thOct – To Be Advised
Social Justice Sunday –Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor
This Sunday we focus on Social Justice. Our Bishops have prepared a statement –Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor– to help us understand the link between what is happening to the earth, the poor of the earth and our Catholic faith. To love God is to love and protect God’s creation in the same way we are called to love our neighbour in need. This year’s statement is an invitation to continue growing in our faith and to open ourselves up to an ever deeper conversion. Like Pope Francis’ encyclical,Laudato Si’,Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poorinvites us to look at ourselves and our country and commit to change so that we better protect all God has created.Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poorcan be downloaded fromhttps://socialjustice.catholic.org.au/.
Fr Gonzalo Garcia Duran - 07 4662 7031
Vocation Directors for the Diocese of Toowoomba
You created me with a specific purpose for my life;
this is my vocation.
Please help me to hear, understand,
and follow Your call with my whole heart,
especially when it seems most difficult.
We ask that You inspire people
whom You call to the priesthood and consecrated life
to courageously follow your will.
Send workers into Your great harvest
so that the Gospel is preached,
the poor are served with love,
the suffering are comforted,
and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle. We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this.
Bishop Robert McGuckin and the Toowoomba Council of Priests cordially invite you to the
Jubilee Celebration of
Father Thomas (Mick) Edward Carroll
Fr Michael Peters
Tuesday 7th September, 2021
St Patrick’s Cathedral
James Street, Toowoomba
The Cathedral Centre
Neil Street, Toowoomba
Light Lunch from 12.30pm
Please reply by Friday, 3rd September, 2021
For catering purposes for the light lunch,
please phone the Cathedral Office: 4637 1500 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All arrangements subject to current Covid 19 restrictions.
In this concise and easy to read series of catecheses, Pope Francis reflects on the Sacraments, what they are for and where they lead every Christian.
He speaks of the Church as a Mother who constantly brings forth new children and initiates them through the sacraments into a new life, the life of Christ himself.
Conctact Dahl Borck if you want to borrow this book from the library.