Friday, 13 October 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS

15  Oct 9.30 am  PARISH FRIENDSHIP WALK St Martin’s
17  Oct 7.30 pm  PPC MEETING Parish Office
19  Oct 7.30 pm CATECHIST TERM 4 MEETING OLGC Parish Centre
21/22 Oct             CATHOLIC MISSION APPEAL
28  Oct  5.30 pm CATECHIST THANKSGIVING MASS St Anthony’s
  2   Nov 7.00 pm ALL SOULS DAY - REMEMBRANCE MASS St Anthony’s

Reflection

Immediately after criticizing the religious leaders through the parable of the tenants in last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus proceeded to tell another parable, again directed at the religious leaders. We hear this parable in today’s Gospel. In the parable of the wedding feast, Jesus offers an image of the kingdom of heaven using the symbol of a wedding banquet. In today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah and in today’s psalm, the Lord’s goodness is evident in the symbol of a feast of good food and wine. Jesus’ listeners would have been familiar with the image of a wedding feast as a symbol for God’s salvation.

They would consider themselves to be the invited guests. Keeping this in mind helps us to understand the critique Jesus makes with this parable. The context for this parable is the growing tension between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders in Jerusalem. This has been the case for the past two Sundays and will continue to be true for the next several weeks. The parable Jesus tells is straightforward. The king dispatches his servants to invite the guests to the wedding feast that he is planning for his son. The listeners would have been surprised to learn that the first guests refused the invitation. Who would refuse the king’s invitation? A second dispatch of servants follows. Again to the listeners’ great surprise, some guests ignore the invitation. Some of the invited guests even go so far as to mistreat and kill the servants. The king invokes his retribution against these murderers by destroying them and burning their city. We might stop here for a moment. Why would some guests kill the servants sent to invite them to the king’s wedding feast? It might be possible that the king was a tyrant, evidenced by the destruction of the city of those who refused his invitation. But if we follow this idea, then the allegory seems to be about something other than the kingdom of heaven. It is more likely that the destruction of the city would have been a powerful image corresponding to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70, which would have been an important event for Matthew’s audience. With the invited guests now deemed unworthy to attend the king’s wedding feast, the servants are sent to invite whomever they can find. The guests arrive, but it appears that accepting the king’s invitation brings certain obligations. The guest who failed to dress

in the appropriate wedding attire is cast out of the feast. We are reminded that while many are invited to

the kingdom of heaven, not all are able to meet its requirements. God invites us to his feast, giving us his salvation. Yet he asks us to repent for our sins. Jesus’ message in the parable cautions against exclusive beliefs about the kingdom of heaven. The parable also teaches about humility. Those who assume that they are the invited guests may find that they have refused the invitation, and so others are invited in their place. To accept the invitation is also to accept its obligations. God wants our full conversion in complete acceptance of his mercy.

FEAST OF ST MARTIN de PORRES - SAVE THE DATE


Sunday 5 November, 9am Outdoor Mass

PARISH FRIENDSHIP WALK

This Sunday - Come Join Us!
Start Point: St Martin De Porres, Davidson
End Point: Our Lady of Good Counsel
Date: 15 October 2017
Time: 9.30am (After the 8.30am Mass)
Length: 1.5hrs/ 4.8kms including a 15 min break at the Frenchs Forest Showgrounds then
a BBQ at OLGC
Bring: A hat, sunscreen, water bottle, walking shoes and a friend



Catechist News

TERM 4 MEETING - OLGC PARISH CENTRE ON THURSDAY 19 OCTOBER AT 7.30 PM.
This is a very important meeting as we do need to plan for next year. 
We look forward to seeing all our Parish Catechists at the meeting.

CCD MINISTRY INDUCTION
for all new catechists and those wanting to update their skills is being held on TUESDAY 9.30 AM – 2.30 PM COMMENCING 17 OCTOBER. 

Please let Fran or Maureen know if you could like to attend any of these courses.

Catechist Gem

During the next two weeks our Youth Minister, Jez, will be visiting the Year 6 children in our State schools to invite them to join and be part of our Youth Group.  As we will soon begin the “Year of Youth” it is timely to invite all our Parish children to be a part of us.

“ The church is not a building we visit, or a structure we fit into, or an organisation we join and belong to.  Even though the Church has aspects of all of these elements, the substance of the local Church is the common fellowship of persons in grace.” 

(Most  Rev Peter A Comensoli)

EDDA’S FABULOUS LUNCHEON

Delicious Italian cuisine with wines
including demonstrations and recipes from Kitchen of Edda Fragiacomo.

WHEN: WEDNESDAY 8 NOV, 11.30AM
WHERE: ST ANTHONY’S KITCHEN
COST: $45
Gentlemen are most welcome.
Edda needs angels to assist her in the kitchen.
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: PLEASE CALL  9943.0019.

PROCEEDS GO TO ST ANTHONY’S HAMPERS

Social Justice - Be Heard

The FFCP Social Justice group encourage parishioners  to support 
the Josephite Sisters’  Writing Rings for Righting Wrongs letter writing activities
by emailing Mr Russell Broadbent MP to affirm and support his courageous stand for asylum seekers and refugees…. russell.Broadbent.MP@aph.gov.au 

Flyers available at the back of the church.

PASTORAL CARE SEMINAR DAY

TO CELEBRATE PASTORAL CARE WEEK 2017.
Tuesday 24th October 9am – 3pm

SPECIAL GUEST:
Dr Alex Nelson of Transforming Practices.
Caroline Chisholm Centre
423 Pennant Hills Rd , Pennant Hills
(entry via City Rd)
Enquiries: Peter Brown 0418 616 602
Register: peter.brown2@dbb.org.au




Pregnancy & Infant Loss Memorial Service

Please join us for this beautiful and moving service as we remember and honour babies and infants who passed away at an early age, as well as join in the International Wave of Light Ceremony.
The service is on Sunday, 15 October  at 6.15pm and takes place at the Angel Memorial in the grounds of Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery.
Supper will follow the service.
Northern Cemeteries
Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery
1 Hakea Avenue, Davidson
RSVP: 02 9451 6204 or info.ffbc@northerncemeteries.com.au

Mission appeal

OUR 2017 CATHOLIC MISSION APPEAL 
WILL BE NEXT WEEK-END 21/22 OCTOBER

 Next weekend our parish will be holding the annual Catholic Mission Church Appeal.
This year we are invited to participate in Jesus’ life-giving mission, supporting women and children’s health in Uganda.
In Uganda bringing life into the world is often fraught with danger, with many women taking great risks to reach health facilities. Despite the tireless work of Sister Mary Goretti and her small staff at St Luke Bujuni Health Centre, they do not have the capacity to deal with the influx of high risk pregnancies among the many expectant mothers who come through the doors.

Please come prepared next week-end and give generously.


Next Marriage Encounter Weekend

24th –26th November.

BOOKINGS
Adrian & Janet Sullivan
0490 774 419
nswbookings@wwme.org.au or www.wwme.org.au

WYVERN MUSIC - RISING YOUNG PIANISTS 2017

This concert will showcase two young talents of the Australian keyboard scene,
Nicholas Kennedy and Martin Lijauco.

WHERE: OLGC Catholic Church, 9 Currie Rd, Forestville
WHEN: Sunday 29th October 4 pm
Tickets at door: (including refreshments)
Enquiries: Wyvern Music Forestville Ph/Fax: 9416 5234 or www.wyvern.fmca.org.au

There is a special $15 offer to Parish members on presentation of this article at the concert.

Please note that children under 16 are admitted free of charge. Refreshments are included.