A SNIPPET FROM THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER- Advent Pastoral Letter
Dear brothers and sisters,
The Bible is revolutionary in its understanding of the relationship between God and the human being. In answer to the question, "Why did God create
the human being?" the standard answer in the ancient world was, "Because
God needed slaves". The Bible says that "the Lord God took the man and
put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it" (Genesis 2:15).
And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its
name" (Genesis 2:19). The human being, we now see, is no slave. By God's
free decision, the human being becomes a co-creator, sharing with God the
work of ordering the chaos. God is shown to be collaborative and
communicative in a way that is wholly new.
God decides to enter into partnership with the human being.
The Bible will tell a story where some times the human being accepts the partnership, at other times rejects
it. The story will make clear that when the partnership is accepted, things go well for the human being and
that things go badly when it's rejected. Finally in Jesus the partnership comes to its fullness, as divine and
human will find perfect union in the one who is both God and man.
With the coming of Pope Francis, there's been much talk of the need for reform in the way the Church is
governed, and the Holy Father has gathered a group of cardinals around him to consider the options. It's
clear to many that the Holy See needs to work in a way that is more co-ordinated, more collaborative and
more communicative. But that applies not only to the Vatican. The whole Church, including the
Archdiocese of Brisbane, needs to become more co-ordinated, more collaborative and more
communicative - in other words, more like God.
To read the full article, please see the newsletter.
NEW ROSTERS AVAILABLE
Attention Readers, Ministers, Altar Servers, Welcomers& Hospitality — New rosters for both churches are being distributed by co-ordinators, if
you do not receive a copy this week contact the relevant co-ordinator. Thank you.
Also, Holy Spirit Ministers Roster: Help! Altar Servers and Ministers needed for
Christmas Day Mass & a few other dates - if you’re available please add your name
to the roster, inside the side door of the church, where there is ‘vacant’. Thank you.
Parishioners please note the Parish Office will be closed from
midday Tuesday 24 December 2013 until Tuesday 28 January 2014.
ST. IGNATIUS PEACE THROUGH JUSTICE GROUP will hold ‘Fair Trade’ stalls (goods from
the Sisters of the Good Shepherd) this weekend (30 Nov.—1 Dec.) at St Ignatius
after 6pm Saturday & 7am Sunday Masses (St Ignatius) then next weekend (7—8 Dec.) after 8.30am (Holy
Spirit) and 5pm (St Ignatius) Masses. An opportunity to buy some lovely Christmas
presents that also help people in Third World countries, plus some baked goods and
Christmas decorations. Proceeds will be donated to the Philippines.
|BRISBANE WEST DEANERY INFORMATION
Ongoing Learning & Renewal. Presenter: Carol Danby
(Ministry Education Officer - Faith & Life) - The Gospel of
Matthew. Please note date change—now on
Monday 2 December, 7.30pm at Our Lady of
the Rosary Church, 1 Kenmore Rd, Kenmore.
BWD Christmas Movie Night for families, youth & young
adults at Christ the King, Graceville on Sunday 1 December. All
families, school aged youth & young adults are invited to
attend Mass (6pm) at Christ the King Church, followed by
sausage sizzle (7pm) and a Christmas Movie (7.30pm) & concluding at approx 9.30pm. All welcome. BYO chairs /
cushions. For more info. or to register contact Michael
Doherty 3716 0158 | E: email@example.com
CHRISTMAS EVE VIGIL MASS (HOLY SPIRIT)
Children are invited to dress up in costume
(eg. Angels, Shepherds, Roman Soldier, Mary or Joseph) to celebrate Christmas, if
attending the (5pm) Vigil Mass at Holy Spirit on Christmas Eve, Tues 24 December.
CWL TOOWONG BRANCH will meet on Monday 2 December after the 9am Mass at
Holy Spirit. New members always welcome. Enquiries: Del Doherty 3371 7746.