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Schedule Weekend Mass During November 2020: Sunday 8th - 9am Saturday 14th - 6pm Sunday 22nd - 9am Sunday 29th - 9am
Sunday 22nd November 2020 Issue 196/2020
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Nathan's Admission to Candidacy
29th November 2020
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SECOND & FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
This is the last Sunday of the Church year, which year, as you know, is different from the calendar one. Next week we will begin the new year, starting with Advent, our waiting for the birth of Jesus into the world. On this last Sunday of the year, the Church appropriately celebrates the feast of Christ the King. Here is the story of this king of ours.
First, God continually sought out his people throughout history, inviting them to a covenant relationship. But the “shepherds of Israel” let God’s sheep scatter over the face of the earth. They actually made meals of the sheep instead of feeding them.* So God said the words of the First Reading. “I myself will look after and tend my sheep. The injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal.”
God’s care for his people is exquisite, and it is the foundation of all our belief. He shepherds us today in the same way. The Responsorial Psalm, “The Lord is My Shepherd,” is used here simply as a reply to the First Reading. To paraphrase, “We see that God is shepherding us, as he promised. Goodness and kindness are given abundantly. God lets us walk beside restful waters, through green pastures.” We are filled with gratitude.
People of different generations sometimes remember and sometimes forget God’s love. The ones who forget it fill their lives with other gods, whichever seemed most attractive. Idols, these are called.
So, in the Second Reading, St. Paul tells us about Christ, who is God’s shepherding made flesh. Although death and sorrow and sin have been on the rampage, Christ brings the First Reading’s light and peace and wholeness.
Then the Gospel tells us in a parable who will receive this light and peace. Not everyone can be counted among God’s beloved sheep. Some people have been goats instead. How do you know which you are? The standard is extremely clear. Have you cared for the hungry? Have you given water to the thirsty? What about welcoming the stranger, and giving clothes to those who have none and what about visiting people in prison? This is what God did in the First Reading. It is what Jesus did in his life on earth. It is the loving duty he has entrusted to us who are his body, his band of shepherds. If you have joined this group, then you are one of the sheep who have received Christ's love and who are very grateful.
But maybe you or I have never taken time to care for Christ’s least brother or sister. Maybe we are goats. If we keep on that way, we should not be surprised when God says at the end of time,
You never did pass on to others the care I gave to you. You did not let me into their lives. If you had, your gratitude for my love would have led you to them! I care to shepherd you even now, but all I can do is affirm the choice you have made with your life. You have chosen to live without me, your God, and I must respect your choice.
This is how a real King acts. He respects and honors his subjects’ needs and desires. We have to ask ourselves in freedom which side we are on right now.
Before it is too late.
John Foley, SJ
First Reading - Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 “As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep.” How does the following statement by Pope Francis relate to this line from the First Reading? Does it relate to you?
Responsorial Psalm R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Second Reading - 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 What are some of the many forms of violence in the world today? How can you help Christ challenge them?
Gospel - - Matthew 25:31-46 We have a king who heals and binds up wounds. What does he ask us to do? “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink.” Christ uses our generosity as a criterion for salvation. How is it also a standard for happiness? What happens to you when you give?
Sick: Ross Bender, Gerald Collins, John Eley (Beenleigh), Sister Mary O'Sullivan OSU, Darcy Sheahan, Elaine Jahnke, Ken McLellan.
Anniversaries: Kevan Bacon, Helen Strom, Florence Rissman, Ken Rissman, Jim Cantwell, Fr John O'Dowd, Fr William McCormack.
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.
The Universal Prayer
Sunday 22nd November 2020
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
For the leaders of our church, particularly for the Australian Bishops- That, as true shepherds, might they look for the lost ones, bring back the strays, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. (pause) We pray to the Lord R. Lord hear our prayer
For true leadership in the world- That all nations might live their lives in peace and harmony as everyone work together to end hatred, war and hunger. (pause) We pray to the Lord R. Lord hear our prayer
For sick, the aged and the lonely– that they receive the healing and strength in their hearts and spirits, and the peace of God’s grace.(pause) We pray to the Lord R. Lord hear our prayer
For all those who have departed this life in the past year- That they may enjoy the blessings of God’s compassion and love eternally. (pause) We pray to the Lord R. Lord hear our prayer
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.
Meals On Wheels
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29th November Sunday 9am
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We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.
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EACH WEEK WE ASK THE PEOPLE OF THE TOOWOOMBA DIOCESE TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD, FOR OUR SEMINARIANS AND OUR CLERGY. THIS WEEK'S FOCUS IS FHEAR BRIAN REDONDO
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.
Mass will be live streamed from St Patrick's Cathedral Toowoomba
each Sunday at 9:00am.
FACILITATED GROUP REFLECTION - THE UNIVERSAL CHRIST
Date:Early December 2020 to March 2021
Time:5:30pm to 7:00pm (approx)
Where:Sychar, 69 Margaret Street Tmba
RSVP:Extended to 25/11/20Book via TryBooking
Men are warmly invited to participate in a facilitated group reflection on ‘The Universal Christ’ by Richard Rohr. The sessions will take place from early December 2020 to March 2021. The program will be led by Mark Copland, Mission Executive at St Vincent’s Hospital. Mark participated in a similar reflection group at Sychar earlier this year.See flyer for listing of all session dates and further details.
CATHOLICCARE SOCIAL SERVICES
As we come close to the end of what has possibly been the most stressful year, it's a reminder that you are not alone - sometimes we all need a little extra support. CatholicCare is there for you. They provide personalised, professional and ethically based counselling and mediation aimed at helping you navigate the tough spots throughout life. See the brochures below for further information about the services offered.
CatholicCare Overview - Including EAP, TRAMS, WHADDUP and Family Services
Counselling Services Overview
Please keep in your prayers the families and the children enrolled in the sacramental program
“Fratelli tutti” (All Brothers): short summary of Pope Francis's Social Encyclical.
Chapter Six: dialogue and friendship
From the sixth chapter, “Dialogue and friendship in society”, further emerges the concept of life as the “art of encounter” with everyone, even with the world’s peripheries and with original peoples, because “each of us can learn something from others. No one is useless and no one is expendable” (see Par 215). Then, of particular note, is the Pope’s reference to the miracle of “kindness”, an attitude to be recovered because it is a star “shining in the midst of darkness” and “frees us from the cruelty ... the anxiety ... the frantic flurry of activity” that prevail in the contemporary era (see Par 222-224).
Chapter Seven: renewed encounter
The value and promotion of peace is reflected on in the seventh chapter, “Paths of renewed encounter”, in which the Pope underlines that peace is connected to truth, justice and mercy. Far from the desire for vengeance, it is “proactive” and aims at forming a society based on service to others and on the pursuit of reconciliation and mutual development (see Par 227-229). Thus, peace is an “art” that involves and regards everyone and in which each one must do his or her part in “a never-ending task” (see Par 227-232). Forgiveness is linked to peace: we must love everyone, without exception – the Encyclical reads – but loving an oppressor means helping him to change and not allowing him to continue oppressing his neighbour (see Par 241-242). Forgiveness does not mean impunity, but rather, justice and remembrance, because to forgive does not mean to forget, but to renounce the destructive power of evil and the desire for revenge. Never forget “horrors” like the Shoah, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, persecutions and ethnic massacres – exhorts the Pope. They must be remembered always, anew, so as not be become anaesthetized and to keep the flame of collective conscience alive. It is just as important to remember the good (see Par 246-252).
Isabella Piro (Vatican News) To be continue....
Caritas Australia’s thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia who have been devastated by unprecedented flooding after Typhoon Vamco hit the region - only weeks after being hit by Super Typhoon Goni, the strongest storm this year.
Severe flooding has submerged towns up to 12 metres deep across the Cagayan region of the Philippines, leaving tens of thousands of families trapped without electricity, clean water or road access.
Across the region, homes have been destroyed and livelihoods lost with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to evacuation centres, where the risks of spreading COVID-19 are high.
With your help, and with our church and NGO partners on the ground, we can provide vital support to those affected by this and other disasters as part of our Asia Emergency Appeal.
Donate today at www.caritas.org.au or by calling 1800 024 413 toll free.
Getting ready for the following steps next year...!!!
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