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Martha & Mary

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Martha & Mary Martha hurried up the road, her thoughts on earthly things. She was planning for the day ahead. Her mind was in a spin. ‘Mary!  Come and lend a hand! The Master’s on His way. I’ve invited Jesus and his friends to dine with us today!
He showed how much He loved us - He showed how much He cared When He raised our brother Lazarus and saved us from despair. Now we’ll have a chance to thank Him on this very special day, But we have so many things to do. There’s no time to delay!
Now look around this house and see its total disarray! When Jesus walks in through that door, I wonder what He’ll say.... If our housework is not finished, and the meal’s not cooked just right, And everything’s not in its place!  It fills my heart with fright!’
Mary smiled an inner smile - for she knew what He would say. He’d say, ‘Come and listen to my words. I’m here with you today, ... For tomorrow I may not be here to teach you all I know, My time is near at hand and to my Father I must go.’
As Mary set the ta…

CURRY NIGHT ON SATURDAY 10 AUGUST

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Following the 5.30pm Mass at OLGC
Donations can be made at the door and go towards the cost of the evening and ongoing Parish Maintenance costs.
Your donation includes chicken curry, Bollywood dancers, Traditional Filipino dance and other cultural entertainment. Please bring a dessert to share, BYO drinks and glasses.
There will also be a variety of Indian Street Foods available to purchase.
Come and enjoy the fun! RSVP by Sunday 4th August using the clipboards at the back of each church or email parishoffice@ffcp.org.au

If your family group is attending please nominate one person to collect RSVPs and then make the booking.


Clergy Conference - Changes to Mass Schedule

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Please note the following changes to the Mass Schedule whilst our Clergy attend the Clergy Conference
Tuesday 30 July No Mass at St Martin’s
Wednesday 31 July No Mass at St Anthony’s
Thursday 1 August No Mass at St Martin’s

There are no changes to Masses at OLGC







Thank you for your Support

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As the end of one financial year is behind us and another one begins, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous support of our Parish and its work over the 2018/19 financial year.
Your thoughtful gifts have been a very practical contribution towards the wellbeing of many people in our community.Your contributions have greatly supported Charitable Works Fund, Project Compassion, Parish Planned Giving Program, St Vincent de Paul, Catholic Mission Appeal and the flood affected people of Kerala in India.
Through your very generous support of the Healing Ministry appeal, we were able to renovate the St Martin’s Presbytery and install new air conditioning, at a total cost of $50,000.St Anthony’s received a new roof above the kitchen area at a cost of $15,000 and further repairs to the church roof were undertaken after significant leaks were encountered during the St Anthony’s Feast Day Mass at a cost of $18,000. We have also had numerous and necessary maintenance an…

Feast of the Assumption

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(Holy Day of Obligation)
Wednesday 14th August (Vigil Mass) 7.00pm OLGC
Thursday 15th August 9.15am OLGC & St Martin’s 10.30am St Anthony’s 7.00pm OLGC
There will be NO MORNING MASS at St Anthony’s on Wednesday 14th of August

St Vincent de Paul

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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
An enormous thank you to all who gave so generously to our St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal. What an amazing Parish we belong to with many people, giving so much, to help make a difference in the lives of those in need. The people we visit are very grateful and send their thanks for helping make their lives a little easier this winter. Well done Frenchs Forest parishioners!
The St Martin’s school community have generously collected over 100 cans of soup for people in need. Your continual giving to support St Vincent de Paul work is much appreciated. The people who have received the soup have been delighted. You certainly live out the school motto of “strength and gentleness”
Vinnies Clothing Appeal Bags for the Clothing Appeal will be available this weekend and can be returned next weekend (27/28 July). Donations of warm clothing would be greatly appreciated at this time.

GRANDPARENTS DAY

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The Feast of St Anne & St Joachim Parishioners are warmly invited to celebrate the Feast of St Anne & St Joachim at Grandparents Mass Sunday July 28 at our morning Masses 8.30am St Martin’s 9am St Anthony’s 10am OLGC St Anne & St Joachim, as Jesus’ grandparents,had a big influence on his upbringing. They passed their faith onto their daughter Mary , the Mother of Jesus giving her the strength and courage to fulfill her role as the Mother of God.

Ladies High Tea & Fashion Parade

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St Anthony’s Friday 26th July 11.30am $35.00 pp


For tickets contact Sheila 0414 260 416 Marcia 0408 227 698

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES FOR 2019/2020

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Just a reminder that there are still a number of planned giving envelopes in the churches. If you have not done so, could you please collect them in the next week. Alternatively if you no longer wish to be part of the planned giving program through envelopes, please contact the Parish Office.



FAMILY BASED SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM

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The 2019/20 Family Based Sacramental Program is due to commence with a parent information evening on 7th August 2019 in the OLGC Hall at 7.30pm. This evening is for parents only, children do not need to attend. This program involves preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
Confirmation will be held on Saturday 28 September at 10.00am and 12.00pm
To be eligible for enrolment in this program your child must be baptised and at least in Year 2 at school. Confirmation is the first Sacrament after Baptism in Broken Bay Diocese.

CATECHIST NEWS

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Level 2 Training - Venue: St Ives (Combined Northern Beaches & North Shore Hornsby Regions) Commences Monday 5 August 9:30am – 2:30pm – 12 sessions over 6 weeks. Registration registrations@bbcatholic.org.au
We hope all our Parish Catechists are having a good restful holiday.School resumes on Monday 22nd July

End of Financial Year Receipts

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Planned Giving Receipts for 2018/2019 have now been mailed out. Please contact the Parish Office if you do not receive your receipt.

Reflection

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Today's gospel is such a familiar one and such an enduring image that the title for the hero has passed into everyday use to describe a stranger who does a good turn for another. Many countries even have what is known as a ‘Good Samaritan Law’ that protects those who may hurt another person when they act in good faith to provide aid. The parable is told in response to the question, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ Anyone hearing Jesus tell the story would have recognised the familiar story structure – things happening in three with the most important element occurring on the third repetition. As three people came upon the injured man on the road, the audience would have known that the hero of the story would be the third one along. But, as Jesus often did with his parables, the pattern is suddenly disrupted. Rather than the hero being an upright, faithful Jewish person, it is none other than a Samaritan who is the one who shows mercy. Samaritans and Jews had a deep-seated mistrust and su…

Curry Night

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SATURDAY 10 AUGUST
Following the 5.30pm Mass at OLGC
Donations can be made at the door and go towards the cost of the evening and ongoing Parish Maintenance costs.

Your donation includes chicken curry, Bollywood dancers, Traditional Filipino dance and other cultural entertainment. Please bring a dessert to share.
There will also be a variety of Indian Street Foods available to purchase.
Come and enjoy the fun! RSVP by Sunday 4th August using the clipboards at the back of each church or email parishoffice@ffcp.org.au

If your family group is attending p

FAMILY BASED SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM

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The 2019/20 Family Based Sacramental Program is due to commence with a parent information evening on 7th August 2019 in the OLGC Hall at 7.30pm. This evening is for parents only, children do not need to attend. This program involves preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
Confirmation will be held on Saturday 28 September at 10.00am and 12.00pm
To be eligible for enrolment in this program your child must be baptised and at least in Year 2 at school. Confirmation is the first Sacrament after Baptism in Broken Bay Diocese.