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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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30th Sunday Year C – 27th October, 2019

This weekend sees the last group of First Communicants welcomed to the Lord’s table. As a Parish we’ve been delighted to be part of this important and joyous step in their faith journey, and look forward to sharing many more celebrations with them and their families. Thank you to parents, teachers and catechists who have so beautifully prepared the children and rejoice with them on their First Communion Day.

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29th Sunday Year C – 20th October, 2019

PSALM REFLECTION Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth What does it mean to you that God ‘watches’ over you? How have you experienced God’s protectiveness?

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28th Sunday In Ordinary Time—Year C 13th October 2019

This week saw the children return to school for term 4, amid very indifferent weather, but in good spirits, and ready for the adventure of learning. For the Grade 6 children, this term marks the end of their primary schooling.

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27th Sunday Year C - 6th October, 2019

First of all I would like to say how much I’ve appreciated the warm welcome quite a few of you have already extended to me, having commenced my appointment here at OLA this week.

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26th Sunday Year C 29th September, 2019

Eight months after turning 75 and three months after you gave me such a wonderful farewell I am finally about to ride off into the sunset. We have had a wonderful journey as a faith community, and you have welcomed me and worked with me as leader of the OLA faith community. I offer you all a final word of thanks. You are all very much part of my identity, and I fear what will happen to my identity after next Wednesday

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25th Sunday Year C 22nd September, 2019

My retirement is taking a long time to come around. Next weekend, however, will be my last weekend in the parish as parish priest. Hopefully I will be able to return from time to time for special occasions. School holidays have begun, and we wish the children, teachers and parents, a very restful and peaceful holiday.

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24th Sunday Year C 15th September, 2019

Fr. Peter has returned, renewed and revitalised and ready to journey with us these next three weeks before handing over to Fr. Alan. In this first week back, Fr. Peter will be celebrating the Funeral Mass of Ted Smith, uncle of John and a friend of many years. Ted had always wanted Fr. Peter to celebrate his funeral at OLA, so timing was perfect.

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23rd Sunday Year C 8th September, 2019

This year the Australian Catholic Church’s Child Protection Sunday again falls at the end of the National Child Protection Week campaign, stressing the importance of primary prevention to reduce child abuse and neglect in Australia. The focus is Putting Children First – Child Protection is everyone’s Business

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