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St John the Apostle Parish 
A Missionary of the Sacred Heart Parish
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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time                  Year A 
25 October 2020                                              #48.20 

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From the Side-desk

At the end of this year, I will complete my three-year appointment at Kippax parish.  Two of those years as assistant priest and this year as parish administrator while Fr. Gerard has been on sabbatical leave.

Last Thursday afternoon (15 October), I met with Fr. Chris McPhee, Provincial Superior of the MSC in Australia.  During our meeting, Chris informed me that following the deliberation of his provincial council, he will be recommending to Archbishop Christopher Prowse that I be appointed Parish Priest of St John the Apostle Parish - Kippax for a term of three years commencing 1st January 2021.  Fr. Gerard has been appointed parish priest of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish (Randwick, NSW).

Chris asked how I felt about my appointment.  I told him that if I never progressed further than being an assistant priest for the rest of ordained ministry, I would be very happy.  The reason for my reluctance is that as an assistant priest I have the opportunity to do what attracted me to ordained ministry; the pastoral aspect.  

I am able to leave the administrative aspect of ministry to the parish priest. 

However, over the last three years, I recognise how blessed we are at Kippax to have Marian and Sharon in the parish administration team with their experience in the day-to-day operation of the parish but also helping coordinate the pastoral aspects of parish ministry.  We have members of the pastoral council and liturgy, finance and other parish committees who are supportive and have the spiritual and pastoral care of our community at heart.  So rather than taking me away from what I enjoy about ordained ministry, I am surrounded and feel encouraged in my own calling by so many of you who live our shared baptismal call to priesthood. You will help set the foundation of my ministry as a parish priest.    

This as many of you know, will be my first appointment as parish priest, and together with Fr Michael, I look forward to your support and working in collaboration with you over the next three years. 

Pax!

Kimi MSC

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REFLECTION 
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The Cost of Love

In today’s Gospel, Jesus does not promise us that the love of God and neighbour is going to cost us nothing. Jesus’ law of love involves sacrifice for us individually and as a nation. Through the acceptance of this teaching we are committing ourselves to being our neighbour's keeper. In another part of the same Gospel, Jesus tells us that ‘those to whom much has been given, much will be required.’ Sadly, many of us want the good life for ourselves, while doing very little to help other countries become more liveable, and then we can reject people who want to share in the blessings we have worked for and inherited.

No pressing issue in the Western World, it seems to me, invites such hysteria as does immigration. Until recently, most western countries have been good in offering hospitality to people who have chosen to leave, or have had to flee their country of birth. Given our comparative wealth this hospitality is entirely appropriate. And it is also appropriate for our countries to have a threshold number for the sake of the common good.

The Gospel of Matthew gives us the story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus being forced to flee Israel for Egypt as refugees. If the Holy Family were coming our way these days, they might be sent back to King Herod. May the Eucharist change our hearts to enable our faith to act justly toward all people everywhere. May our goodness and hospitality mirror on earth the welcome we hope to enjoy from Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the kingdom which is promised to all, irrespective of where any of us has been born.

Resources used: Homily, By Fr. Richard Leonard SJ @ LiturgyHelp 

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Heart Spirituality
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The Sacred Heart, God's gift of himself

The Word proceeds from the unfathomable depths of the Heart of God who generates him equal to himself.
God is love itself. 
This infinite love that constitutes the very depths of God, and forms his nature, has enclosed itself in a human heart, the Heart of Jesus. That is why God takes delight in this divine Heart, the Heart with which he loves us, his living sacrament.  
It is through the Heart of Christ, that the love of God, God himself, pours himself out on the world and on the human race. How? God communicates and gives himself by grace. This communication, this gift, is not just a figure of speech; it is a fact.  
We really share in his nature; we possess him personally and really.

 Jules Chevalier msc
( Le Sacré-Coeur de Jésus 9. 277 Paris 1900)


 May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved……….forever!

 

Stewardship

Today’s readings are all about the radical love of God for His people and the radical love we are called to live out in response. The stewardship way of life is nothing more and nothing less than the practical application of loving God and neighbour in our daily lives.

Today’s gospel message is so beautiful and so challenging, it bears repeating again and again. It is Christ’s response to a question about which commandment is greatest. His answer reveals both the greatest and the second greatest commandments.

He says, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind... The second is like it: you shall love your neighbour as yourself.” 

How is the second like the first? What do the two commands have in common? Love. 

Love God first and love neighbour as self. This is the heart of the stewardship way of life — simple enough for a child to understand, challenging enough to be the life’s work of every “grown-up.” 

Stewardship Reflections from TheCatholicSteward.com

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NOTICES
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KIT – The Parishioners Forum

Calling all budding photographers 
Along with your stories we are looking for your photographs for the front cover of KIT. 
Please send photos in a jpeg or png format in to the parish office.  kippax@cg.org.au
It is your contributions that keep KIT going.

   

 

SJACare 
Supporting parishioners in our community

During this time of COVID-19 many parishioners are still staying safe at home. If you, or if you know of anyone who is staying at home due to the pandemic, or generally housebound and would like to receive Holy Communion or a pastoral visit please contact the parish office. 

Baptism During Mass 
We are returning to celebrating Baptism during weekend Mass on the 1st and 3rd Sundays monthly. 

As the families will have a number of their extended family and friends attending, available spaces at these masses will be less than usual.

 Sacrament of Confirmation 

We continue to prayer for the candidates as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 29 October and Friday 30 October.

HOLY SOULS - NOVEMBER MASSES

Please complete your November mass intention envelope and return it to the parish office.  We would appreciate receiving these before 31 October. The names of your deceased loved ones who you want to remember during the month of November will be read out before the Monday weekday mass. We will also continue to have mass intentions during the month of November for those anniversaries and intentions that occur during that month.

All Saints day – Sunday 1 November 
All weekend Masses will celebrate this Solemnity

All Souls day – Monday 2 November 
Mass – 9:30am

Madonna Magazine

A gift of spiritual sustenance that lasts a whole year. 
Madonna magazine, published by Jesuit Communications, has accompanied Australians in their daily prayer and spiritual growth for more than 120 years. With daily prayers, deep reflections, faith-focused articles and more recently online retreats – it is an ideal spiritual companion, particularly now when we may not be able to freely gather in person with our faith and spirituality communities. 
If you are not a subscriber – we invite you to subscribe or consider taking out a gift subscription for a loved one. An annual subscription is just $53 and offers prayer and spirituality resources for the whole year. 

If you are a subscriber, we invite you to help keep Madonna alive by: recommending it to family and friends, buying a gift subscription or two. or donating one to someone on the margins.

You can find out more about Madonna, how to subscribe, purchase a gift subscription or donate a subscription on the website: www.madonnamagazine.com.au/article/subscriptions

Digital Engagement Officer Position

The ACBC is seeking to employ a Digital Engagement Officer who will develop and coordinate the Centre’s digital networks, online presence and engagement in promoting and resourcing evangelisation in Australia.  This is a full-time position based in Canberra.  Full details of the position and the Position Description and how to apply are available from the Office for Employment Relations website. 

Applications close at 4pm (AEST) on Monday 9 November.

“Reflective Afternoon for Women” 
7 November - 3:00pm

A Spirituality for Our Times, practising care and tenderness.  Sr Clare Condon and Andrea Dean will faciliate a 90 minute reflective afternoon for women via Zoom.

The sessions are inspired by Laudato Si'. All welcome. Register at https://bit.ly/CareTenderness

 

 

All Night Eucharistic Adoration 
6 - 7 November
All Night Eucharistic Adoration: 8.00pm to 8.00am St Joseph's Parish Centre.

You are welcome to stay all night or come and go at any time.

Book your session/attendance at www.stjosephsoconnor.org.au/s/events

 

PARISH BOOKSTORE 

Columban Calendars 2021               $ 9.00 
Majellan Christmas Cards                $ 7.00 (Pack of 10)

 

     

 

 We encourage anyone interested in joining us to come along for a meeting. 

 We are reading: 

 

BELCONNEN YOUTH

Agape - Youth Group
High school students in Years 7 to 12

First and Third Sundays 

after the 6:00pm Mass 1 November

This group is a way for young people to learn about the church and deepen their faith together. Contact Eoin.Garton@cg.org.au;

  Taizé with Eucharistic Adoration

First Friday Monthly

7:30pm – 8:30pm – 6 November.

Everybody is welcome and encouraged to come along to spend time with our Lord in prayer and thanksgiving to refresh our souls.

There will be periods of reflective music (Taizé) and silent adoration.

Pins & Needles Craft Group
Parish Library
Monday 16 November - 7:15pm

 

SJA Men’s Group

 Meeting Monthly 6:00pm – 8:00pm

For more informatin contact the parish office.

  Next gathering: Friday 20 November

  St John the Apostle Parish Centre   

Protocols for entering Church

8:30am 5:00pm for private prayer. 
Please practice physical distancing at all times.

We are required to keep a record of every person who enters the church building. 
Please enter your name on the attendance sheet in the foyer.

 

Weekend Mass Attendance

The number of parishioners returning to weekend Masses is increasing. 

If you have booked to attend and are not in attendance at the commencement of mass, your place may be allocated to someone who is waiting.

 

COMMUNICATION 

If you have not been receiving Emails from the parish office, check your junk and spam folders. 

We have been advised that some ISP's [internet service provider] have issues with their delivery of bulk emails.

COVID-19 Protocols

Seating in the Church - Physical Distancing of 2 meters square, only sit where the seats are marked.

You must record your name and contact details when attending Mass. The     attendance sheet is on the table in the foyer.

 

We ask that you disinfect and wipe down your own seat, this will assist with the     necessary cleaning of the Church (thank you).

Would you please take your wipes with you to dispose of at home (thank you).

At the sign of peace, acknowledge but refrain from touching.

The faithful should only receive Holy Communion in the hand, not on the tongue.

Distribute the Sacred Host only and not the Precious Blood.

Collection plates will not be passed around during Mass. There are baskets in the foyer for you to place your sacrificial giving. Alternatively, you may like to use one of the electronic methods listed below as your method of giving.

  • Tap & Go, in the foyer
  • Qkr, download the App
  • Direct Debit – contact the parish office 
  • Credit Card - contact the parish office 
  • EFT that you set up from your bank.

 

COVID-19 Restrictions - Singing

There is to be no singing at Mass until further notice. This includes singing the Gospel Acclamation.

 

    SJACARE 

Supporting parishioners in our community 
If you, or if you know of anyone who is housebound and would 
like to receive Holy Communion or a pastoral visit please contact the parish office. 

 

Donations to the 1st & 2nd Collections at
St John the Apostle Parish
can now be made using Qkr.
Download the app through the app store on your mobile phone. 

Contact the parish office for more information.



      

TAP & GO
 
St John’s has joined the 21st Century and has Tap & Go EFTPOS facilities. 
The donation amount is set at $10.
If you want to donate more than $10 you just tap the number of times it takes to reach the amount you want to donate. 
As Tap & Go is anonymous we have no way of identifying who has made the donation 
so we are unable to provide a tax receipt if one is required. 

Answer to the riddles: NOON and Heroine

 

 Let us pray for those who are sick. 

We remember them in our Masses.

Recently Deceased: 

Anniversary:  

Constance Goodall, Richard Koch, Carmel Johnston, Johannes Blengst, 
Michael McKenzie-McHarg, Robert Imber, 
Ross Webber, Marion Boland,
Barry Parsons, Patricia Harman, Dorothy Sutton, 
William Lilley,  
Patrick Menzies, Anne Jones, Helen Gorrell, Martin Moloney, 
Malcolm Lovelock, Francis Fulton, Peter Geraghty, Alejandra Bai,
Jack McMahon, 
Kerry Hogden, Elsie Screen, Silva Santos,
Gregory Robinson, Ann Raadts, Paul Newton, Peter Fox, May Skelly,
Patrick Healey, Rose Ireland, Maurice Scheerlinck, Gavin Smith,
Emily Flynn, John Joyce, Narim Dawalibi, Rex Kelley. 

Becoming Catholic 

Rite of Christian Initiation of an Adult [RCIA] 

please contact the parish office for more information.

SACRAMENTAL LIFE 

Baptisms

1st & 3rd Sun during 10:00am Mass

Reconciliation

Sat 5:00pm – 5:30pm

Sacramental Program

Contact Parish Office

School of Religion 
(Parish Centre)

Sunday 9.15am 
during school term

PRAYER LIFE

Charismatic Prayer:

Maida: 0423 658 326

Thursday 7:30pm

Rosary 7:00pm

Meditation 

Friday 6.15-7.15 pm

Rosary

Monday – Friday 9:05am

Eucharistic Adoration

1st Friday of the Month 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Adult Choir

Wednesday 7:30pm

SOCIAL LIFE 

Coffee Club

Fourth Sunday  after 10:00am Mass

Over 45’s

Last Wednesday of the Month 9:30am Mass and morning tea

Pins & Needles

3rd Monday of the Month 7:15pm Parish Library

Book club

3rd Sunday of the Month 3:00pm Parish Library

Women’s Breakfast

4th Tuesday of the Month 7:30am Lucky Shot Espresso Bar Kippax

Youth Group

AGAPE - First & Third Sunday after 6:00pm Mass Parish Centre

Men’s Group

3rd Friday of the Month 6:00pm Parish Centre

ROSTERS

1 November           Reading Roster

6:00pm

Mick Horan, Lesley Givens

8:30am

John O’Heir, Elizabeth McDonald

10:00am

Frank Colley, Robin Williams

6:00pm

YOUTH

 

1 November          Ministers of Communion

6:00pm

Helen Kennedy

8:30am

Carmel Screen, Sigrid Kropp, Maria Scarr, Darren Maharaj

10:00am

Pat Sheppard, Priscilla Gonsalves-Momi

6:00pm

YOUTH

 

1 November          Hospitality Roster

6:00pm

 

8:30am

Carmel Screen, Judith O’Neill, Rob Breen

10:00am

Libby Kain, Magarete Gill

6:00pm

YOUTH

 

Weekly Rosters

Altar Society:        

26 Oct

Margaret Stanford

Grounds

31 Oct

ALL GROUPS

 

Church Cleaning:

26 Oct

Joseph Le Van Hai, Sam Nguyen

LIBRARY NEWS: Wonderful to have the library open again! On display this week is a collection of titles about people whose lives are of interest to others because of their relationship with God and their neighbours.

 
 

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