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Two important events are happening in our Frenchs Forest Parish next weekend.  Please BOOK NOW. 1. Care for Our Common Home:  What does ecological conversion look like in our parish communities? A Broken Bay Diocese event. Date: Saturday 28th May 2022 Time: 10am to 12 noon followed by BYO picnic. Morning tea provided Venue: St Anthony in the Fields, Frenchs Forest Parish, 46 Myoora Rd, Terrey Hills Join Professor Neil Ormerod and Ms Thea Ormerod as they unpack the theological and practical framework for parishes on how to care for our common home. ALL WELCOME! Book at https://bit.ly/commonhomebbc   click here for full article 2. Singing Up Country 2022:  A festival showcasing Aboriginal musicians, their culture, music and community spirit led by Yaegl man Michal Birk. Run in collaboration with the Frenchs Forest Catholic Parish Social Justice Group and the Kierans Creek Landcare Group with support by Mona Vale Music. Bush To Bowl will offer indigenous foods and plants. Enj

REFLECTION FOR 6th Sunday of Easter

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In today's Gospel, Jesus says that as a result of our love for him and fidelity to hisword, the Father will come and make a home with us. The image of God as homemaker is, sadly, not very developed in Christian spirituality, maybe because too many undomesticated men have had too much of the say for far too long! But this is an image that holds a lot for how and where we meet God. The best homes are places where we relax because we are ourselves, we are known and we know the others with whom we live. It's a common experience, for example, that when we have been out from our homes, as soon as we enter our front door we want to go to the loo. There is something intimate and familiar about our home that enables us to relax on many levels as we turn the key. Home is an earthy place where we don't get away with much and our vulnerability can be on display. Christian homes are particularly hospitable places, where Christ dwells in them to the degree that dignity, love and forgiven

Voice of the People - May 19 2022

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Euthanasia legalised in NSW Bishop Anthony said it is an extremely disappointing situation when we accept the sanction of the State to determine who lives and who dies. “Assisted suicide is a completely unacceptable solution to the problem of suffering,” Bishop Randazzo said. “A genuinely human society is not how we decide to eliminate those who suffer, but how we care for them. “While deeply moved by many comments aired during the years of this debate, it is clear the social mood and the narrative has evolved in a way that the language of personal rights now dominates over our concern for the common good. “We should be considering and caring for the rights of all citizens to be well, to have the care they need, and not lost to the margins. “We now have to consider what this means to our health care and aged care, the vulnerable and confused.”......... click here to read full article

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM – First Eucharist

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This weekend our Parish children begin their preparation for making their First Holy Communion in June. Please pray for our children and their families as they begin the preparation classes. When you see them at Mass, say hello and let them know that you support them with your prayers.

CUPPA & CHAT

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meetings are back on again at: OLGC - Wednesday 25 MAY 12.00 midday (Parish Centre) ST MARTINS - Friday 27 MAY 12.30pm (Church Foyer) All are welcome to attend . (Just bring your sandwich for lunch) Enquiries Ann Nicey: 0438 665 843 Anne Ellis: 0419 585 598

Care for Our Common Home

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What does ecological conversion look like in the context of our parish communities? How can we as a church care for creation in sustainable and practical ways? Where do we start? You are invited to join us at St Anthony in the Fields, Terrey Hills on 28th May 2022 from 10am to 12 noon as Professor Neil Ormerod and Thea Ormerod, President of Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, unpack the theological and practical framework for parishes to care for our common home. With assistance from tools such as the Laudato Si’ Action Platform as well as the ACBC Social Justice Statement 2021-22, we can start to discern the signs of the times and work towards creating more sustainable parishes. Neil Ormerod was Professor of Theology at ACU for 14 years and currently works for the Sydney College of Divinity. He is widely published and has written major articles on Laudato Si'. He was made a Fellow of the Australian Catholic Theological Association, the first lay person to have been

Singing Up Country 2022

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Singing Up Country 2022 is a festival showcasing Aboriginal musicians, their culture, music and community spirit led by Yaegl man Michal Birk. It brings together many communities and is run in collaboration with the Frenchs Forest Catholic Parish Social Justice Group and the Kierans Creek Landcare Group with support by Mona Vale Music. Bush To Bowl will offer indigenous foods and plants. This year there will be 7 acts. Enjoy a warming soup supper. Time: 3.45pm Smoking Ceremony, 4pm start, finishing at 8pm. TICKETS: Full Price $50; Pensioners and Students $35, Children under 16 free. Book at www.trybooking.com/BYCFY

Parent Engagement Coordinator Wanted OLGC

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With students at the centre of everything we do, our purpose is to inspire hearts and minds to know Christ and grow in faith. We encourage students to use their talents to be the best they can be. In order to help support this vision, we are looking for an inspiring and faith-led Parent Engagement Coordinator. The Parent Engagement Coordinator role has been developed in direct response to community feedback and aligned with the towards 2025 strategy to strengthen family, school and diocesan relationships. For full details and EOI click here

Altar Flowers

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We are looking for people who would like to join our flower arranging roster at OLGC or who would like to donate flowers on Thursdays/Fridays for the altar.  Please contact the office if you would like to help on 94515097.

Alive in the Spirit Conference

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Reconnect, Renew and Reimagine Catholic Community and Mission at the Alive in the Spirit Online Conference 26 – 28 May 2022 Inspiration and Formation for everyone engaged in the life of our Church. See keynote speakers, workshop information and register at www.aliveinthespirit.com.au

SERRA VOCATIONS MASS

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Bishop Anthony Randazzo will be celebrating Mass for Serra at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral 23 Yardley Avenue Waitara commencing at 6.00 pm on Thursday 26th May 2022. This is a special Mass to celebrate the vocations of our 8 seminarians and our 4 diaconate aspirants and the 40th anniversary of the charter of the Serra Vocations Ministry in Broken Bay. Members of the Diocesan Vocations Team and the Diaconate Formation Team will be in attendance. Please remember to pray every day for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, the consecrated life, ecclesial women, all seminarians and novices and for the perseverance of existing vocations. Everyone is welcome.

ART GROUP

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There are a few vacancies in the Friday art group. The group meets at the OLGC Parish centre on Friday from 10am to 12 noon. If you would like to join us please call Jo Fiore- 0416729531

Mass Cancellations at Saint Martins

Only Sunday Masses will be celebrated at St Martin's from 21st April through to the end of May while Fr Satheesh and Fr Shiju are away.

Pope’s Prayer Intentions for May

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Faith-Filled Young People. We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

Vinnies Flood Appeals

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In response to the devastating floods impacting across NSW the St Vincent de Paul Society has launched an emergency flood appeal to assist residents with their immediate needs as well as longer-term recovery. Donate at https://www.vinnies.org.au/nswfloodappeal

Ukraine Appeal

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Our long-standing partner, Caritas Ukraine, is on the ground providing shelter, food, clean water, medicine and psychological support. Donate now to help the people of Ukraine. Donate today at www.caritas.org.au/ukraine or call 1800 024 413 toll free. Keep up to date on how Caritas agencies are responding to this crisis - www.caritas.org.au/ukraine-news   

Prayer for Peace and Justice in Ukraine

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God of peace and justice, who change the hardened heart and break the power of violence,  we entrust the people of Ukraine to you. Protect them in this time of mortal peril; let them know not death but life, not slavery but freedom. You are Father of all; we are brothers and sisters. Give us the strength to live that truth in love, choosing peace not war. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.