OLA Bulletin/Articles

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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First Sunday of Advent – 1st December 2019 Year A

Culturally, we are accustomed to thinking of all Advent as a preparation for the birth of Jesus. But liturgically, we find quite a different emphasis. Only on the fourth Sunday do we focus on the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. The first Sunday reminds us of the coming of Christ at the end of time.

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The Feast of Christ the King - 24 November - Year C 2019

The year is hurtling to a close and today marks the end of the Liturgical Year C. It’s time once again to consider how you might share your particular gifts in our community. The Sunday liturgy of the Mass requires seven Special Ministers of the Eucharist at each celebration.

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time –17 November - Year C 2019

FOCUS ON THE GOSPEL: These next two weeks mark the final couple of weeks of Ordinary Time in the Church’s liturgical calendar and draw us almost to the end of our journey through Luke’s gospel.

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time –10th November - Year C 2019

November has dawned with extremes of weather. Summer came in with a great bang and then left in a huff. Nonetheless we are grateful for the rain. This is traditionally the month of the Holy Souls, when we remember all those loved ones who have died.

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C November 3rd 2019

Zacchaeus’ short defence has usually been taken as an expression of a conversion he has just undergone, a statement of intent to amend his sinful ways and adopt in the future a new pattern of life. The problem with this is that in the Greek text the verb is in the present, not the future. Zacchaeus does not say, ‘... I will give to the poor and, ..., I will restore‘, but ‘I give ...., I restore’. - Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

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