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Little Mike watched as mummy stuck his brother's coloured drawing up on the fridge. Then, his brother reached down and picked up Mike's fantastic swirl of bright shapes. “Hey, Mum, look what Mike's done!” He handed back the picture. “Here, Mikey, give this to mum to put on the fridge.” Mike beamed with delight to see his art displayed for the whole family to see.
This familiar cameo is not ‘much ado about nothing’ as parent and child well know. On the one hand, the son or daughter is expressing life; on the other, the parent is reflecting life back, witnessing to the unique identity of the other; there is the experience of joy as they share in this revelation. This kind of affirmation by a loving parent, gifts a little person with confidence and strength to grow up.
Thousands of years ago, in similar vein, the psalmist gave voice to the revelation of our divine parents’ faithful love: “Though I walk in the midst of trouble … your right hand delivers me … your steadfast love, O Lord, endures for ever” (Psalm 138). This joy-filled song of realisation that through thick and thin we are accompanied by God-with-us has echoed through the ages and brought hope to humanity.
The words of St Paul declare that humanity does not hope in vain. Just as Isaiah's heavenly vision urges his response, “Here I am, Lord, send me,” (Isaiah 6: 8) so Paul's experience of the risen Christ commits him to witness to the light that has come into the world in a new, fresh, life-giving way. “I should remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand …” (1 Cor. 15: 1).
For our part, let's not kid ourselves or be too distracted by material cares; it is our job to witness to Christ present in our lives. Jesus, our compassionate Lord, called upon his disciples to follow him and tell of, and demonstrate, the saving, healing love of the Father. Through baptism, we too are disciples of Christ. We can't wriggle out of the accompanying call to share Christ with others because of our unworthiness; anymore than Isaiah or Peter could: “Woe to me … for I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6: 5); “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man” (Luke 5: 8).
Let us, therefore, stand up, and ‘take the load upon our
shoulders’ knowing that our great and merciful God walks
with us, in Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. In our
age, where terrible military aggression is so immensely
destructive of life, we are called not to wage war; but be
peaceful bearers of the bread of life.
Bet Green © Redemptorists 2016 Reprinted from the Sunday Majellan with permission
5TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME -
7 February 2016
PARISH CHURCHES Church of the Sacred Heart
Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
River Street, South Murwillumbah
St. Brigid’s Church
St. Columba’s Church Convent Lane, Uki
Parish Priest Fr. Anthony Lemon
Monday to Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm Phone: 02 6672 1118
Fax: 02 6672 5938 Website: www.shpmurwillumbah.com.au
Email: [email protected]
Mail: PO Box 45 Street: Cnr Murwillumbah Street &
Murwillumbah NSW 2484 —————————————————
Mt. St. Patrick College
Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah
Ph: 02 6672 2480
Mt. St. Patrick Primary School
Mooball Street, Murwillumbah Ph: 02 6672 1821
St. Joseph’s Primary School
Greville Street, South Murwillumbah
Ph: 02 6672 1867
Bearers of peace
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL MARY MACKILLOP
CONFERENCE meets 1.15pm each Wednesday
at Parish Meeting Centre. New members welcome. “Come Grow With Us”.
Phone: Brian Donaghy 6672 2933
ROSARY STATUES Frank & Frances Berg
Bill & Dorothy Macartney
07 Feb: P & R Marr
14 Feb: U O’Grady, B Brodbeck
21 Feb: M & M Cooper
28 Feb: C & J Anderson
06 Mar: Parish staff
13 Mar: D Gillespie & C Kerr
20 Mar: P & L McMahon
27 Mar: Parish staff (Easter)
3 April: T & P Zambelli
10 April: J Morgan & L Green
17 Apr: G & K Bewes
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT - Year C 13/14 February
Sacred Heart Murwillumbah
Sacred Heart Murwillumbah 8.00am Sunday
Acolyte J Reynolds P Marr
Altar Servers N Macartney (C), D & Z Macartney
Readers MA McShane (C) R P & J Egan R & P/F
K Malone (C) P/F M Roberts R J Schiller R
Ministers of Communion
D & B Guinea (C) D Macartney, K Mumford
J Morgan (C) P McMahon, M Reynolds
T Zambelli, M Chiesa
Hospitality ——————- M Zambelli & N Feltham
Procession of Gifts C & J Anderson M Traves & partner
Children’s Liturgy J Dixon V Hughes
FAMILY GROUP “CUPPA” ROSTER Sunday 14th February 2016
hosted by All Family Group Leaders
8TH – 14TH FEBRUARY Shrove Tuesday 4.15pm - 5.15pm Adoration - Sacred Heart Church
5.30pm Mass - Sacred Heart Church
6.00pm Rosary - Sacred Heart Church
7.00pm Baptism Preparation Meeting - Parish Admin Centre
Ash Wednesday 9.00am Communion - Greenhills Lodge - Trish Jandura
9.30am Mass - Sacred Heart Church - Mt St Patrick College
12.10pm Liturgy - OLPS, Sth M’bah - St Joseph’s Primary School
12.15pm Liturgy - Sacred Heart - Mt St Patrick Primary School
4.15pm - 5.15pm Adoration - Sacred Heart Church
5.30pm Mass - Sacred Heart Church
Thursday 9.15am Mass - Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Sth Murwillumbah
10.00am Legion of Mary - Sth M’bah Meeting Room
Friday 10.00am Communion - M’bah Nursing Home - Christine Dennis
10.00am Mass - Heritage Lodge - Fr Anthony Lemon
12.15pm Mass - Sacred Heart Church
2.45pm - 3.45pm Adoration - Sacred Heart
Saturday 9.00am Rosary - Sacred Heart Church
6.00pm Vigil Mass - Sacred Heart Church
Sunday 8.00am Mass - Sacred Heart Church
10.00am Mass - Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Sth Murwillumbah
12 noon Baptisms - Sacred Heart Church
The Sacred Heart Church ‘Prayer Chapel’ is open for private prayer on weekdays.
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
CHURCH CLEANING. Sacred Heart Church:
7 Feb: R & C McDonald, N Feltham
14 February: C Wightley,
Zambelli family, N Gear
OLPS Church, Sth M’bah
February: K Ryder & T Godwin
Readings for next week: FIRST SUNDAY of LENT - Yr C Deut 26:4-10; Rom 10:8-13; Lk 4:1-13
RECENTLY DECEASED: Jack Bawden, Dorrie Turner, Frank Godfrey, John Cummins.
ANNIVERSARIES: Monsignor Jerome O’Rourke, Fr. James O’Rourke, Pat Grant.
CATHOLIC PAPERS -on sale in the Church today-
Catholic Leader: Battling heroin
Good Samaritan Sister lives the parable
for 50 years
Catholic Weekly: Lenten app calls on Catholics to open
wide the doors of mercy
Giving up as we grow in Lent
~ FEBRUARY ~ 14 FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT - C
9am - Cuppa in Hall
10am Mass - OLPS, Sth M’bah
19 Adoration & Reconciliation - 7pm - 8pm
20 Fr. Bill Mills 60th Anniversary Mass of
Ordination to the Priesthood
21 SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT - C
10am Mass - St. Brigid’s, Burringbar
22 Dedication of new Cathedral Altar -
26 Adoration & Reconciliation - 7pm - 8pm
28 THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT - C
10am Mass - OLPS, Sth M’bah
~ MARCH ~ 04 Mass - M’bah Nursing Home
04 Adoration & Reconciliation - 7pm - 8pm
05 Wedding: Higgins/McLean - Sacred Heart
06 FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT - C
10am Mass - St. Columba’s, Uki
07 Rosary & Prayers - OLPS, Sth M’bah
08 Baptism Preparation Meeting
09 Mass - Greenhills Lodge
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
2016 SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
Wednesday 16 March - 7pm
Parent Meeting & Registration for First Reconciliation
will be held this Tuesday 9th February at 6pm
in the Parish Hall.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:
Sunday 29 May - 8am
Wednesday 10 August - 6pm
Sacred Heart: Saturday : 5.30pm - 5.50pm
Sunday: 7.30am - 7.50am
BAPTISMS: Sacred Heart Church - 12.00pm
2nd and 4th Sundays of each month
(At least four weeks notice required)
Baptism Preparation Evening:
7.00pm Parish Administration Centre
on 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Next Evening - Tues 9th February
COMMISSIONING OF CATECHISTS FOR 2016
Parish Community Prayer:
Lord God, as a parish community we pray for our Catechists as they begin their ministry for this year. Inspired by the
Gospel, may they bring the light of faith to the children to
whom they minister.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Bishop Jarrett is leading a 16 day pilgrimage to the Holy Places,
departing 4 September 2016. Includes Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee, Dead Sea and Petra. An illustrated brochure with full details is available from the Parish Office.
Please keep in your prayers
Deacon Alexander Munyao, who is to be Ordained on 4th March in Kenya for the Lismore Diocese.
RECONCILIATION will be offered on Friday
evenings for 4 weeks during Lent
in the Sacred Heart Church
Friday: 19th & 26th February
4th &11th March
SEASON OF LENT Ash Wednesday & Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence (not eating meat). All who have completed their 18th year & have
not yet begun their 60th year are bound to fast. All who have completed their 14th year are bound to abstain. All Fridays in Lent are recommended as days of fast (perhaps not
eating meat and forgoing luxuries, and food over and above what is necessary), prayer and deeds of charity.
He is waiting for you,
He is close to you,
He loves you,
He is merciful,
He forgives you,
He gives you the strength
to begin again from scratch!
INVEST WITH PEACE OF MIND www.dif.org.au Phone 1800 802 516 Paying 2.60% at Call!
Agents: Egan Simpson Solicitors: 15 Prince Street, Murwillumbah.
Deposits accepted between 9am and 3pm. Monday to Friday
RESPONSORIAL PSALM: (PS 137)
R: In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises,
IF SUNG: R. In the sight of the angels, Lord, I will sing your
Come follow me, says the Lord, and I will make you
fishers of my people. Alleluia!
YEAR OF MERCY The Year of Mercy Logo
The logo and the motto together
provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto ‘Merciful Like the Father’ (taken from the Gospel of
Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge
or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cfr. Lk 6:37-38).
The logo – the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik – presents a small summa theologiae of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an image quite important to
the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has
been designed in such a way so as to express the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love with the power to change one’s life. One particular feature worthy of
note is that while the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and
Adam with the eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ, the new Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father.
The scene is captured within the so called mandorla (the shape of an almond), a figure quite important in early
and medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of Christ, divine and human. The three concentric ovals, with colours progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ who
carries humanity out of the night of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker colour suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who forgives all.
2016 LENTEN PROGRAMME
You are invited to join us for prayer and reflection during the weeks of Lent. Below is a list of the groups, with names, addresses, phone numbers of hosts. Please come along to a group and join in.
Tuesday - 10.30am - Denise & Bruce Banner
506 Wardrop Valley Rd, Fernvale 66779324
Thursday - 10.00am - Barbara Cook
63 Byangum Rd, Murwillumbah 6672 3377
Thursday - 6.30pm - Tony & Philomena Zambelli
9 Edward Street, Bray Park 6672 4635
Lenten books are available from the parish office. Cost
$8.00. If you are unable to attend a Lenten group, books may be purchased for individual use.
The Lenten Groups commence
this week 7th-11th February.
Fr Bill Mills will celebrate the
of his Ordination to the Priesthood
Saturday 20th February, 2016
with Mass at 10.00 am
in the Sacred Heart Church,
followed by light refreshments
in the Parish Hall.
Everyone is warmly invited to attend.
Today is Project Compassion Sunday
Please take home a Project Compassion box and/or a set of donation envelopes and support Caritas Australia this Lenten season as we celebrate 50 years of Project Compassion.
In Pope Francis’ words, “Lent is a time for drawing near to Christ.”
You will be helping to empower the world’s poorest children, women and men with vital learning and renewed hope.
You can donate to Project Compassion through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.