OLA Bulletin/Articles

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C – 17 February 2019

This past week began with the visit of our new Archbishop to celebrate the 9.00 am Mass last Sunday. It ends with the arrival of Fr Ray Sanchez CP who is running our parish mission next week. After Fr Ray’s visit for Mission Part I two years ago we are delighted that he is able to return for Mission Part II.

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5th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year C, 10 February 2019

This weekend we welcome our new Archbishop among us. Archbishop Peter Comensoli will celebrate the 9.00 am Mass. He has celebrated the Eucharist in a number of parishes around the Archdiocese so far, and this weekend he adds Cheltenham to that list.

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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time—Year C 3rd February 2019

School is back. It feels like life is back to normal. But life is never normal. Next Sunday we will welcome our new Archbishop Peter Comensoli to celebrate the 9.00 am Mass. At that Mass he will commission our parish school staff for the year ahead.

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C – 27th January 2019

There were two bits of news concerning Australia that we picked up in the Middle East. One was about the record heat wave affecting Eastern Australia. The other was the sad news of the murder of the young Palestinian Israeli exchange student, Aiia Maasarwe, here in Melbourne.

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C – 20th January 2019

The hot weather returned this week with a vengeance! Pity our pilgrims returning from the blessed cool of the Holy Land. School holidays are drawing to a close and students and teachers will soon be gearing up for another year in the adventure of learning.

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The Baptism of the Lord – Year C 13th January 2019

We welcome Fr. John O’Reilly, who will be celebrating Masses with us over these next two weekends, while Fr. Peter is in the Holy Land.

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The Feast of the Ephiphany - 6th January 2019

The feast of the Epiphany brings the Christmas celebrations to an end. The gospel reading today (Mt 2:1-12) tells of the “magi” coming from the East to visit the baby Jesus. So these mysterious figures with their gifts are added to the crib scene. Scripture scholars remind us that this story is a Jewish literary form called “midrash.”

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Feast of the Holy Family Year C (Dec 30, 2018)

The feast of the Holy Family naturally focusses on the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, but we can also use it to reflect on the beauty and grace that can be present, and often is, in any family. The joy of children as they enjoy summer holidays with their parents is part of the story.

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4th Sunday of Advent Year C (Dec 23, 2018)

Christmas can be a sad time for many. Peter Hoey, husband of Ursula, one of our parish receptionists, suffered a massive stroke earlier this week and is not expected to survive. Please keep him and Ursula and their family in your prayers at this time. An Advent highlight this week was the Advent Communal Reconciliation Service on Wednesday night.

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3rd Sunday of Advent Year C (December 16, 2018)

Today’s gospel speaks of a feeling of expectation that had grown among the people. Was John the Baptist the expected messiah? Or was someone else to come? The feelings of expectation experienced by the Year 12 students waiting for their exam results have been intense this week, but now hopefully they can sit back relaxed and smiling, knowing that a new horizon has opened up for them.

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