OLA Bulletin/Articles

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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22nd Sunday Year C 1st September, 2019

Spring has begun and is transforming the world around us. Daffodils have moved through the darkness of the nurturing earth towards the light, the wattle is in bloom and new growth evident on our roses. The days are lighter and brighter, and we are appreciating the slightly warmer weather. Perhaps we have been prompted to take stock. The wonder of nature reminds us to be thankful and more attentive to the work of God in the world.

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21st Sunday Year C 25th August, 2019

There is a universalist note (typical of Luke) which we find in today’s Gospel. God wills that all people should be saved. People will come from all over the world to share in the messianic kingdom, and the Jews will have no advantage over the Gentiles. When asked how many will be saved, Jesus will not respond to speculations in these terms.

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20th Sunday Year C 18th August, 2019

We warmly welcome Fr. Thang Vu, who will be celebrating Eucharist with us this weekend. Fr. Peter got away safely and is currently soaking up the warm Italian sun, and sends good wishes and prayers as we celebrate our Parish Feast Day.

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19th Sunday Ord Time, Year C, August 11, 2019

I was involved in two events at Kilbreda College this week. On Tuesday I was invited by the Principal (Nicole Mangelsdorf) to join the staff for a reflection day led by Dr Carmody Grey, a professor at Durham University in the UK. Among the many wonderful things she said, one thing stands out for me. She said “Time is the only real thing of value we have.”

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 4th August 2019

News of the demise of Presentation College Windsor shocked a number of people last week, especially the former students of that distin-guished old school. It led to various articles in the newspapers about the loss of faith in Catho-lic Schools.

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17th Sunday Ordinary Time, July 28th 2019

There is an awful sense of loss around the Archdiocese this weekend. Word came through this week from the Archbishop about large-scale redundancies affecting many Archdiocesan offices and agencies. Effectively it is due to the Archdiocese running at a deficit for a few years now

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16th Sunday Ordinary Time, July 21st, 2019

For all of us old enough to remember this past week has been a time of nostalgia. Neil Armstrong walked upon the moon this week 50 years ago. This event brought the whole world together in admiration of human ingenuity.

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15th Sunday Ordinary Time, July 14, 2019

The winter holidays for schools end this weekend, and I am sure the children are “dying” to return to normal duties. I have noticed these wet days have drawn many a child to Southland. They seemed to be in the care of their grandparents. So I guess grandparents are “dying” for the end of school holidays also.

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