OLA Bulletin/Articles

First Sunday of Lent - Year A 29th February / 1st March, 2020

This gospel text follows immediately from the baptism of Jesus. The final words of that text come from the voice from heaven: ‘This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.’ It is interesting that his tempter, the devil, uses the words ‘If you are the Son of God…’ to introduce two of his temptations. In this way, the devil is disputing the claim from heaven and trying to force Jesus to prove his sonship.

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A 22nd / 23rd February 2020

This week's gospel continues the theme of going beyond what is required by law, but here Jesus takes the teaching much further. More than honouring the spirit of the law over the letter of the law, Jesus advocates what must have sounded like the ravings of a mad man to his hearers: don’t just allow a person to strike you once; offer him the other cheek as well.

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A 15th / 16th February 2020

The central theme of this week’s Gospel reading from Matthew is built upon over the next several weeks. In this text, Matthew is reassuring his Jewish audience that Jesus has not come to replace the Law of Judaism but to bring it to fullness and completion. In this gospel, Jesus reassures his hearers that ‘not one dot, one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law.’ Instead, Jesus extends the Law of Israel and interprets it in a new way.

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A 8th / 9th February 2020

Both the First and Gospel readings focus on “living for others”. Jesus uses two metaphors to describe his disciples: salt and light. In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus does not instruct his disciples to become salt of the earth or light for the world. He tells them that they already are so, because of their relationship with him.

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The Presentation of the Lord - Year A 1st / 2nd February 2020

Focus of the Readings - The focus is God’s presence in the temple, the one to be adored. In the first reading, the prophet Malachi tells us that God will send a messenger to prepare for the one to come. The Lord of the covenant is coming to the temple and will call all people to change their lives. Our Christian tradition has seen in this prophecy the persons of John the Baptist and Jesus.

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Message from Most Reverend Peter A Comensoli - Archbishop of Melbourne

This first weekend of the New Year, we should be focusing on the joy of families, friends and holidays. Instead for so many, the beginning of 2020 has already been marked with loss, destruction, separation and deep sadness; and it would seem there is more to come.

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Weekends of 28th/29th December, 2019 – 25th/26th January, 2020 (inclusive)

We wish all parishioners and visitors to Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, a very happy and holy Christmas. Enjoy our 'Summer' bulletin.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent – 22nd December 2019 Year A

For our primary school children, the school year is over. Our Grade 6’s graduated last Friday evening and will go from being the big fish in a little pond to once again being the little fish in a very much bigger pond. We wish them well as their adventure of learning continues. And too, we wish all students and teachers a happy and refreshing Summer break.

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Third Sunday of Advent – 15th December 2019 Year A

The Third Sunday of Advent is also known as “Gaudete Sunday.” A name taken from the entrance antiphon to the Mass: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.

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Second Sunday of Advent – 8th December 2019 Year A

Today we light the second candle on our Advent Wreath - the Candle of Peace. As we get caught up in the busyness of December, the usual rush of school graduations, celebrations, Christmas shopping and so on, we remember the many people for whom December does not bring particular joy, the victims of violence, the homeless, the poor, and people estranged from their families.

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