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from Fr. Satheesh

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I stand here with full of joy and gratitude, because all our Holy week celebrations went very well by the grace of God. God blessed us with good weather and enthusiastic parishioners.  I am grateful to every one of you for participating in our Easter celebrations. I appreciate your beautiful words of encouragement. I thank people who brought enough palms to celebrate the Palm Sunday.  I acknowledge and thank our volunteers who worked hard to make our liturgies more meaningful. My sincere thanks to the liturgy committee, Acolytes, senior servers, choir members, readers, money collectors, Alter Society members, people who decorated the church with palms and flowers, people who worked hard to arrange the Stations of the cross.  My hearty congratulations to our youth group and little children for the enactment of the Stations of the Cross at Davidson and Terry Hills.  I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebrations with your family and friends. While thanking you for your wonderful support

This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday.

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The Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will be held on Sunday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Divine Mercy Sunday focuses on the gift of mercy and love given through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. As Pope John Paul II stated, “Divine Mercy reaches human beings through the heart of Christ crucified.” On Divine Mercy Sunday, A Plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and offer a prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father) may be obtained by the faithful on this day. So everyone is welcome 2 pm -Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Reconciliation. 2.45 pm = Divine Mercy Chaplet is said and Benediction

Bishop Anthony Randazzo's Easter Message

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REFLECTION

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Today we consider the presence of the Risen Lord. Where is he found? Each of the readings offers an answer to this question. The Risen Christ is found in the community of believers who follow the example of Jesus. Even non-believers recognised something marvellously different about the Christian community, and they exclaimed: These Christians, see how they love one another. The Risen Christ is found in those who accept the truth of the resurrection on the word of others. The word of God preached by others has often brought us out of darkness into light, from the stranglehold of death to the birth of new life. The preaching of the disciples has been not only instructive, it has also been transformative. The Risen Christ is found in the forgiveness of sin. Jesus made the frightened disciples ministers of divine forgiveness. The Spirit reconciles sinners with God and, thereby, with the rest of the believing community. Forgiveness is a tangible sign of Christ’s mystical presence. The Risen

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for April

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Fundamental Right We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

PRIEST VISIT

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If your family member or a friend who is housebound or in Nursing home wants a priest visit for sacraments of Anointing or Reconciliation. Please ring to parish office 9451 5097

HEALING & ANOINTING MASS

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Will be offered on Wednesday 21st April at St Anthony's All are Welcome to this special Mass

ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES

The ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES begins Friday, 7 May and continues through Sunday, 9 May, 2021. Started by Saint Michael the Archangel Organisation, this annual pro-life prayer event began over ten years ago and has received support from many people over the years, including Cardinal Francis Arinze and Archbishop (now Cardinal) Raymond Burke.  Within these 10+ years, participants have prayed hundreds of thousands of Rosaries for the unborn babies after Masses, in classrooms, at homes, etc.  Please participate in the ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES To register, please click on the link below: http://www.saintmichaelthearchangelorganization.org/registration.cfm 

Vinnies NSW Flood Appeal

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Vinnies Team is very excited to confirm that the Vinnies NSW Flood Appeal has raised $162,695 in much needed funds so far. Today we will be announcing that the Society is making available financial assistance for people most affected by the recent floods to help them recover in the aftermath of the disaster. Our Members have been on the ground helping with immediate relief efforts like supply of food, clothing and emotional support, and with these kind donations we can do more to help people get back on their feet. Many of the people affected have been left with costly repairs and ongoing impacts on their daily lives. In a similar process to the Bushfires, from today we will be providing grants of $1,000 per household to help people in need. The funds are available to people who suffered significant loss or property damage during the recent floods and who will struggle to recover financially. People seeking grants can apply online and their applications will be verified and assessed by

April Sharing Our Story

now available at Bulletin.ffcp.org.au

International Family Group Day 48th Anniversary Celebration

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Will be Celebrated on  Sunday 2nd May 2021. 9.00am Mass St Anthony in the Fields 46 Myoora Road, Terrey Hills Everyone is invited to join in this celebration. If you are not in a family group, this is a grand opportunity to find out more. All our family groups across the parish will be represented at this celebratory mass and everyone is most welcome to attend. This is the one time in the year we gather in unity with those from over 400 parishes to celebrate the Passionist Family Group Movement with over 10

Reflection on Bishop Anthony's Pastoral Letter

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Jesus Christ, Our Beginning And End – Bishop Anthony Randazzo’s Pastoral Letter to the Community of the Church of Broken Bay 2020-2021. Parishioners are invited to come together and reflect on Bishop Anthony’s Pastoral Letter Jesus Christ, Our Beginning And End. He summarises in six points the important priorities for our community of the Church and offers them to us for our contemplation and prayer. During these gatherings we will be encouraged to ‘bring our own unique perspective that will further give clarity and colour to the words and concepts within these pages.’ (Introduction pg 7) PLEASE NOTE: To ensure numbers comply with ‘social distancing’ guidelines you are required to register before the first session by ringing Parish Office 94515097. Dates: Wednesday evenings May 5th, 12th, 19th at St Martin’s, 7pm – 8.30 pm Each participant needs to have a copy of the Pastoral Letter. Copies are available in the church foyers or at the Parish Office.

Social Justice News

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1. Timor-Leste and Indonesia are facing a humanitarian crisis as intense floods leave thousands of people homeless. You can provide assistance through Caritas Australia which gets it directly to those who need it most: www.caritas.org.au/donate/emergency-appeals/asia-emergency-appeal/ 2. In Lismore Diocese there are many who have lost everything in the recent floods on the North Coast. Assistance can be made through Bishop Greg Homeming. See details on his video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qYDCo7cjXs 3. You are invited to the Parish Social Justice Group April Meeting on Monday 12th April at St Anthony in the Fields kitchen, 7.30pm. All Welcome.

ACN - Lebanon

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  A message from Aid to the Church in Need Australia: In many places religious sisters are the custodians of the faith, but often these communities struggle just to live. Across the course of a year ACN supports more than 18,000 religious sisters in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Could you help support a religious sister? Visit www.aidtochurch.org/sisters

Covid Update

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Church numbers OLGC– 240 St Martin’s - 180 St Anthony’s - 120 The NSW Government has eased COVID restrictions, effective Monday 29 March.  This has implications for our churches and liturgies, especially for Holy Week: In respect to the numbers of people able to be welcomed, Churches remain subject to the 2 square metre principle. The number of people able to join us therefore cannot be according to seating capacity, but to the number that the 2 square metre principle allows. Remember that this calculation is based on the total size of the building, not just the space of pews. The Archbishop of Sydney is seeking an exemption to this ruling to allow 100 per cent capacity for all Catholic Churches in NSW for the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion on Good Friday afternoon. We will relay the outcome of this with you as soon as we have news. Congregational singing is now allowed in churches. We pray that the unfolding situation in QLD will swiftly be contained. It is a timely remin