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St John the Apostle Parish 
A Missionary of the Sacred Heart Parish
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Pentecost Sunday                                              Year A 
31 May 2020                                                     #27.20 
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Prayer to the Holy Spirit

 Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.

 Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen

 

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REFLECTION
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Peace be with you

Have you noticed how, these days when we meet someone and ask how they are, they reply, ‘busy’ or ‘frantic’ or ‘as busy as ever’. Being active in our lives and engaged with the world around us is a gift, but if we are honest about our busyness, some of it is not virtuous. It’s about denial, avoidance or trying to stay up with our peer group.

Sometimes we can think that peace and quiet is sitting in the lotus position in a darkened room. Christ’s gift of peace is more robust than that. Peace is like all the best things in life: an attitude of mind and a habit born of consistently making good choices. Some people can do a large of amount of work and be quite serene about it. Peace, for them, is an affair of the mind and a way of life.

Seneca, a 2nd century philosopher, noticed, even in his day, how most of his friends and acquaintances were lacking peace. He wrote a famous book on anger and how to deal with it. He especially noticed that his richest friends were the angriest of all. Seneca came to believe that the reason so many people were agitated was that they had an unreasonable expectation about how smoothly their day would go. Those who were rich thought their money would buy them an easier life in every way and so when it didn’t, they got the angriest of all.

If Seneca is right and we want more peace and quiet, we have to have realistic expectations of each day and factor in the things that might go wrong. Seneca's secular wisdom holds that the more aware we are of the frailties in us, others and life, the fewer fights we would have.

If we really want to cultivate peace and quiet in our lives, we have to confront the things we are trying to avoid or deny. Often these things hinge on painful memories or events where we were destructive toward others or they were toward us. Unless we forgive ourselves or forgive them, our busyness will ensure that we have enough clamour and activity to stay away from ugly memories.

Resources used: Homily,  Richard Leonard SJ

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Heart Spirituality
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The Holy Spirit

The Apostles saw what looked like separate tongues of fire resting on the head of each of them.

Why was the presence of the Holy Spirit made known in this way?
Because the Holy Spirit is really like a burning fire that cleanses the soul of all defilement; a bright fire that enlightens the mind and dispels darkness; like a healing fire that moves gently into the heart, penetrates it, warms and inflames it.
Let us ask the Holy Spirit to come into us and to produce there these same blessed results.

Our darkened mind needs the Spirit’s light; our tepid soul is too sluggish to possess an enthusiasm for heaven; earth holds it captive, creatures absorb it. O Spirit of God, come and inflame us with the fire of your love.

Jules Chevalier msc (Meditations p.646ƒ, Issoudun 1891) 

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

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Stewardship

Embracing the stewardship way of life means that we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in the best use of the unique gifts He has given to each of us, to accomplish the particular mission entrusted to us.

Jesus gives us this mission in our Gospel passage from John. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” We are called to be Christ’s hands and feet to all those He places in our path. But we must not let this responsibility overwhelm us. Jesus Himself tells us so. Actually, He tells us twice in this passage: “Peace be with you.”

As this Easter season comes to a close, let us be at peace. And let us resolve to lean on the Holy Spirit more and more as our guide through the stewardship way of life.

Stewardship Reflections from TheCatholicSteward.com 
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NOTICES
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PUBLIC HOLIDAY NOTICE

 

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday 1 June 2020 for

 

Reconciliation Day.

 

TIME  TALENT  TREASURE

We have gaps in all of our ministries and we need new volunteers.

We need our rosters prepared and organized for when we all gather again for Mass.

Please contact the parish office for further information. 

The ministry commitment period is 1st June 2020 to 31st May 2021.


As of Monday 1 June 2020
weekday Mass will be celebrated in the Church at 9:30am.

 If you are interested in attending, please contact the parish office.

Sunday Masses will resume when the restrictions are lifted to 50 people.

 There will be a Parish Pastoral Council Meeting on Thursday 11 June
to discuss how we will accommodate the different groups that use parish facilities. 

We are aware that we have a number of parishioners who are living with a terminal illness.
We pray for them, their loved ones and their carer’s.
May God’s love and courage sustain them through their illness and in their hour of need. Amen

 

Vinnies Winter Appeal is being replaced by the COVID-19 Crisis Appeal 
Donations can be made online at www.vinnies.org.au/covid19crisisappeal
or by calling 13 18 12. Donations may be made at the Parish Office as well. 

  

VINNIES CEO SLEEPOUT

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is our biggest fundraising event of the year. The funds raised each year ensure we can continue to run our homelessness services, providing a hand up to people in need all over Australia.

In its 15th year, the event is faced with a great challenge shared by so many people across the globe. COVID-19 has meant that all of us have had to adjust the way we do things – the way we do business, the way we socialise and the way we help others.

Participants will nominate an alternate sleeping option during the registration process and will share the experience through an interactive live stream program, logging in with others all around the country on Thursday 18 June 2020.

Our parishioner Ted Kell is participating in the SLEEPOUT this year.

To donate go to www.ceosleepout.org.au
and donate using his particular reference
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CALLING KNITTERS @ SJA KIPPAX 
Vinnies Night Patrol is seeking your assistance with Scarves, Beanies and Gloves. 

If you are a knitter and would like to knit for Vinnies Night Patrol,
there is wool available in the basket in the church foyer.

Many thanks 
For more information, contact Sabina Van Rooy mobile 0428329951 or email sm.vanrooy@bigpond.com

 

 

Contributions to KIT

Thank you for your contibutions to KIT. Please keep them coming.

Send submissions to kippax@cg.org.au

Our Church doors are open

8:30am 5:00pm for private prayer.
We are limited to 10 people in the church at any one time.
Please practice physical distancing at all times.

  SACRIFICIAL GIVING

For those who wish to continue with their weekly sacrificial giving,
you can drop off your weekly offering at the parish office or use the Tap & GO which is now located in 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.

  
 Changing Mass Time 

End of Daylight Savings time

 The Vigil mass time will move forward to 5:00pm
 18 April 2020 to 3 October 2020.
 
Confessions will also move forward
one hour 4:00pm – 4:30pm

        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. 


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. 

 

 Let us pray for those who are sick. 

We remember them in our Masses.

Recently Deceased: 
David Mather, Br. Sam Mason fms

Anniversary:  

Ruby Molloy, Kevin McAlister, Pat Butcher, Brian Durack, Maxwell Harmer,
Anna Pisciotta, Beryl Moulis, Mary Clynch, Wally Chymko, Eric Duve,
Margaret Coker-Godson, Olga Sarran, Terry Sheppard, Roxanne le Cornu,
Stefanie Seaton, Mary Stinton, Margaret Keogh, Thomas Guy,
Stephen Carew, Elizabeth Strike, Jack Draper, Marie Johnson, Eveyln Weinman,
Ian Cupitt, Denise Doyle, John Bray, Dorothea Guilfoyle, Ilona Ham.

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 8:00pm – 9:00pm

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

 

     

 

LIBRARY NEWS: 

 

 

 

A Blessing for Leaders

May you have the grace and wisdom to act kindly, learning to distinguish between what is personal and what is not.

 

May you be hospitable to criticism.
May you never put yourself
at the centre of things.

May you act not from arrogance
but out of service.

May you work on yourself, building up and refining the ways of your mind.

May those who work for you know
you see and respect them.

May you learn to cultivate the art of presence in order to engage with those who meet you.

 

When someone fails or disappoints you, may the graciousness with which you engage be their stairway to renewal and refinement.

 

May you treasure the gifts of the mind through reading and creative thinking so that you continue as a servant of the frontier where the new will draw its enrichment from the old,
and you never become functionary.

 

May you know the wisdom of deep listening, the healing of wholesome words, the encouragement of the appreciative gaze, the decorum of held dignity, the springtime edge of the bleak question.

 

May you have a mind that loves frontiers so that you can evoke the bright fields that lie
beyond the view of the regular eye.

 

May you have good friends
to mirror your blind spots.

May leadership be for you a
true adventure of growth.

 

Amen!

John O’Donohue