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St Mary of the Angels Catholic Parish, Geelong


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Parish Priest: Fr James Clarke        Assistant Parish Priest: Fr Joe Truong
 

 

 


   
 
 
Parish Bulletin
  
 
 

 

Reflection from this week's Parish Bulletin

 

 

REFLECTION ON TODAY’S GOSPEL READING: John 10: 1 - 10

 

In the portion of the chapter that we hear proclaimed today, Jesus describes his relationship with his followers as similar to the relationship between a good shepherd and his sheep. As a good shepherd will risk and lay down his life in order to protect his sheep, Jesus willingly sacrifices himself for the sake of his sheep. Jesus contrasts the actions of the good shepherd with the actions of the hired shepherd

who abandons the sheep in the face of danger. In the verses following Jesus' teaching, we learn that the Pharisees and the other religious leaders

understand that Jesus is referring to them when he describes the hired shepherds.

 

The concern of a good shepherd for his sheep is part of the shepherd’s job.

Jesus says, however, that the actions of the good shepherd are based upon the relationship that develops between the shepherd and the sheep.

 

This is at the heart of the difference between the good shepherd and the hired shepherd. The good shepherd knows the sheep and therefore acts out of love.

For the Good Shepherd, this is never simply part of a job; this love-in-action is integral to his identity. As the sheep are known by the Good Shepherd, the Father knows Jesus and Jesus knows the Father. There is an essential unity between the Father and the Son. The freedom with which Jesus acts when he lays down his life,

is rooted in the unity that he shares with his Father.

 

In this context, Jesus also refers to others with whom he shares a relationship.

By this reference, John probably understands the eventual inclusion of the Gentiles

in the Christian community. Our modern ears hear this as a reference to Christian unity. The work of ecumenism is to restore unity among all Christians

so that we form one flock under one shepherd, as God desires.

 

- Sunday Connection (Loyola Press) -

 

 

 

 


 

Pope Francis reflects "on the call to holiness in today’s world” in his new Apostolic Exhortation, GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE:

 

“What follows is not meant to be a treatise on holiness, containing definitions and distinctions helpful for understanding this important subject, or a discussion of the various means of sanctification. My modest goal is to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities”.

 

  You can read the full document online at this link, or download a pdf version to read offline here.

 


 

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 

Amen.

 


 

Reflection Song:(click on the link)

 

Peace Prayer - John Michael Talbot

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXyYm1yIL-g

  

 


 

 

VIQUEQUE NEWS

A letter of introduction from Fr. Evaristo Antonio da Costa

(Parish Priest, Viqueque)

 

As new parish priest of Viqueque Parish, I would like to thanks and my especially greetings for Parish Priest of Geelong, Parish Council, and all

parishioners of Geelong. During this time you are work hard to help our

community of Viqueque. You work to strengthen our cooperation or

partnership. I Hope that our cooperation not stop here but will continue in future.

 

I would like especially thanks to Mr. Chris Hansen who works hard so long time

to bring all information about the situation and condition of our parish to Geelong.

I and all of my parishioners, we have nothing to reward your

sacrifice, but we remember you always in our daily prayer.

 

Thanks all of you and My especially greeting for all.

GOD Bless you, bless your family,

your community, and your nation.

 

Fr. Evaristo Antonio da Costa (Parish Priest, Vqq)

 

Remember to collect a copy of the

Geelong Vqq Newsletter from the Narthex

 

 

 

 

 

  


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