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A SNIPPET FROM THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER ~ JESUS IS RISEN
It is not easy to believe in the Risen Jesus. Ultimately it is
something that can only be grasped and understood through the faith that Jesus himself awakens in us. If we
never experience within ourselves the peace and joy that
Jesus fills us with, it will be difficult to find proofs of his
resurrection from outside sources.
Luke wants to say something like this by describing the encounter of the
Risen Jesus with a group of disciples. They all have different stories to tell.
Two disciples were narrating how they recognised him when dining with him
in Emmaus. Peter affirms that he appeared to him. Most of them have not yet
had any experience. They don’t know what to make of it all.
Then Jesus appears in the midst of them and says: “Peace be with you”. To
awaken out faith in the Risen Jesus it is important to be able to sense even
today his presence with us, and to spread around in our groups, communities
and parishes, the peace, joy and security it gives us to know he is alive, always
close to us in these difficult times for our faith.
Luke’s story is realistic. The presence of Jesus does not transform the disciples
automatically. Some become afraid and think they are seeing a ghost. All
kinds of doubts arise within others. Some people just do not believe for joy.
Others are stunned.
It is the same today. Faith in the risen Christ does not come to us in a fixed or
automatic manner. It begins to form in our hearts in a small and fragile way.
At the beginning it is almost a desire. Ordinarily it grows in the midst of
doubts and questions: is it true that something so great is possible?
Extract from José Pagola
Frs Peter and Gaetan and Toowong Jesuit Community will be away
from the parish during this coming week; Communion Service will be held instead of
daily Masses at St Ignatius Church from Monday—Thursday and at Holy Spirit
Church on Wednesday and Friday.
PARISH 'MASSES OF REMEMBRANCE' will be held at all parish Masses next weekend
(25/26 April) for ANZAC Day and the100th Anniversary of the Landing at Gallipoli. Parishioners can submit names of their family members who served at Gallipoli during WW1, written on front of an envelope and placed in the basket on the altar (at both churches) before Anzac Day weekend.
ANZAC Day Mass at Cathedral of St Stephen on Saturday 25th
April at 8am. All are welcome to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this solemn day in the life of our Country through the Annual ANZAC Day Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Mark Coleridge. On this day we welcome many veterans and their families as well as dignitaries from government and defence services.
CWL FASHION PARADE
Parishioners are invited to attend on Wednesday 22nd April at
10.30am in the Francis Rush Centre, City; followed by a light lunch. Cost: only $15
(with members modelling the clothes). For catering purposes please RSVP to Del
Doherty on 3371 7746 by this Monday 12 noon. (nb. the 470 bus brings you close to
Cathedral & the free Loop bus from Eagle St will get you to Ann St for return trip).
YOUNG AT HEART
Join us on Friday 24th April to attend a movie of choice at the
morning session at the Regal Twin, Graceville/Eldorado Cinema, Indooroopilly.
Followed by lunch nearby. Contact Ursula 3878 9002 or Beryl 3371 5210 for details.
OPEN THE CHURCH
St Ignatius Church will be open from 2pm on Friday 24th April
(staying open through to 5.30pm Mass). All are welcome to come for as short or
long a time as suits—no structured prayer, nor formalities—it’s your quiet time with
the Lord. Enquiries: Betty Andrews 3870 8867.
PARISH SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION PROGRAMME
REMINDER to families
with child/ren enrolled (who received Sacrament of Reconciliation last year), the
Preparation Programme for Confirmation and First Eucharist begins with a Parent
Meeting on Tuesday 28th April, 7pm in Parish Office (& repeated Wednesday 29tj April, 9.30am).
Enquiries: Cathy Bennett 3870 7818 (Wed.’s) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for Meetings for Confirmation and First Eucharist 2015 dates.