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Reflection

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One of the things we often hear in times of domestic, local or international crisis is that ‘everyone pulled together’. We are rightly proud, and a few times amazed, at how people can set aside their differences and strive for the common good. Sometimes this experience of working together has the long-lasting benefit of breaking down boundaries. Other times, sadly, old enmities, prejudices and suspicions return when the crisis is over. Trinity Sunday celebrates that whether we are in crisis or not, in season and out of season, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit do nothing but ‘pull together’ to love and save us. What we glimpse as the best attribute of our family, town or nation defines who our Christian God is, and what they see, how they judge and the way they act toward the world. A famous icon of the Trinity depicts the three persons at a table where there are four place settings. The final place, in the lower half of the painting, invites the viewer to take the seat and join them. It

Stop - Important

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Weekend Masses change NEXT WEEKEND From the weekend of 1st /2nd June the new official Parish Mass Weekend Times will come into effect. St Anthony in the Field · 9:00am Sunday Mass St Martin de Porres Davidson · 5:00pm Saturday Vigil Mass · 8:30am Sunday Mass OLGC Forestville · 5:30pm Saturday Vigil Mass · 10am Sunday Mass · 6pm Sunday Mass

Eucharistic Procession - Feast of Corpus Christi

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Sunday the 2nd of June, there will be a Eucharistic procession after 10am mass at OLGC. As Catholics we believe that Jesus is really and personally present to us in the broken bread and shared cup of the Eucharist. You are invited to stay after mass, and take this time to reflect on the feast of Corpus Christi ,( The most Holy Body and Blood of Christ).

The Feast of St. Anthony of Padua

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The Feast of St Anthony, will be celebrated at St. Anthony in the Fields, Terrey Hills on Sunday 9 June at 9 am followed by morning tea. Come and celebrate, all are welcome to celebrate the Feast for such a wonderful saint and example for our time.

Sacramental Program

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Our children will be starting their preparation for the sacrament of the Eucharist this weekend. We ask our parish to pray for the children and their families, that trough this sacrament, they become more aware of Jesus in our lives and in the world.

Youth Masses

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From June, the second and fourth Sunday at the OLGC 6pm Mass , will be celebrated as the “Youth Mass”. All are welcome, especially the young people and those young in heart.

CUPPA & CHAT AT OLGC

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Just a reminder that our monthly get together on the last Wednesday of each month will be this coming Wednesday 29th May. Just bring your sandwich and enjoy the company.

PPC News.

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The PPC of FFCP met on 7 May. As part of our pastoral plan, we are focussing on faith formation in 2024. Fr. Satheesh is looking at alternatives for sessions we could run in August/September - when things have started to warm up. There will be more detail when Father returns from leave. We had a presentation from the Social Justice group about implementing a Laudato Si' Action plan for the Parish. We endorsed this. The focus of this plan will be to encourage us to hear the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth. We discussed the decision of the Diocese in relation to our weekend masses. The cancelling of masses has caused some distress. However, the new timetable should enable us to focus our efforts as required by the Diocese and provide sufficient alternatives for all our parishioners. The Diocese has asked the Northern Beaches Deanery - the six parishes of the Northern Beaches - to respond to the future direction of the Diocese. Robert Pelletier and Michaela Formosa are our

Memorial Mass for the Most Rev. Peter W Ingham

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Please join us for a special Memorial Mass in honouring the life and legacy of  Most Rev Peter W Ingham AM DD DATE: Sunday 9th June 2024 TIME: 2pm LOCATION: St Leonard's Church, Naremburn Followed by Afternoon tea. RSV P to Irma Di Santo 0437607918 for catering purpose

Reconciliation Week begins May 26th - Now more than Ever

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Reconciliation Prayer Holy Father, God of Love, You are the Creator of all things.  We acknowledge the pain and shame of our history and the sufferings of Our peoples, and we ask your forgiveness.  We thank you for the survival of Indigenous cultures. Our hope is in you because you gave your Son Jesus to reconcile the world to you. We pray for your strength and grace to forgive, accept and love one another, as you love us and forgive and accept us in the sacrifice of your Son Give us the courage to accept the realities of our history so that we may build a better future for our Nation. Teach us to respect all cultures. Teach us to care for our land and waters. Help us to share justly the resources of this land. Help us to bring about spiritual and social change to improve the quality of life for all groups in our communities, especially the disadvantaged. Help young people to find true dignity and self-esteem by your Spirit. May your power and love be the foundations on which we build

REST

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You are warmly welcome to r.e.s.t. with God.... 1st Tuesday of each month. Anytime between 10am-12pm at St Martin’s Church.June 4th, July 2nd, Aug 6th, Sept 3rd, Oct 1st, Nov 5th In response to Pope Francis’ dedication of 2024 to be a Year of Prayer our next Pause & Reflect gathering at St Martin’s will focus on PRAYER. Our gatherings will offer an opportunity to rediscover the value and our need for prayer in our personal lives. All are warmly invited to attend on Tuesdays June 11, 18 & 25 …..10am – 12pm.

Jason Evert—Event

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Finding Your Soulmate without Losing Your Soul The Diocese of Broken Bay is excited to invite you to an exclusive young adult event featuring renowned speaker Jason Evert. Join us on Wednesday, 22 May 2024, at The Light of Christ Centre, Yardley Ave; Waitara. Festivities and food trucks will be available from 5:30 pm, with Jason's talk on "Finding Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul" starting at 7:00 pm. This is a FREE event, but seats are limited, so registration is essential.  Please note that no ticket means no entry. Don't miss out on getting your tickets, BOOK NOW! To register, please visit https://www.trybooking.com/CRFMV . We look forward to seeing you there! *Food to be purchased at own expense

Pastoral Works Broken Bay - 18th-19th May 2024 Appeal

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Our Pastoral works are at the forefront of our community, serving those in need, helping to rebuild and renew families and parish communities and introducing our children in public schools to the wonder and beauty of our faith. The Appeal supports Diocesan ministries which get little or no government funding. They are: The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) – around 711 volunteer catechists taking the Gospel to approximately 12,000 public school children during the schools’ terms across our Diocese. CCD provides a large range of online resources for the students plus newsletters, training, and workshops for the volunteers. Hospital Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care Program – Chaplains and care practitioners visit more than 3,000 individual hospital patients each year from seven hospitals in our Diocese. St Lucy’s School and St Edmond’s College – serving students with disabilities, and he Ephpheta Centre – which provides support and advocacy for the deaf community. Funds r

Wyvern Music Forestville - Quintessence

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The Linden Quartet with violist, Jane Hazelwood The Linden Quartet with guest violist, Jane Hazelwood performs Quintessence, featuring three exemplary “Viola” String Quintets by Mozart, Vaughan-Williams and Bruch for Wyvern Music Forestville. Be enthralled by the drama and emotion of Mozart’s String Quintet in G Minor, K. 516 and bask in the exceptional richness of the inner voices. Be transported to another world of Elizabethan England and English folk-song by Vaughan-Williams’ Phantasy Quintet. And finally savour the beautiful melodies and virtuosity of Bruch’s String Quintet in E-flat. When: Sunday 26th May 2024 at 3:00pm Where: Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 9 Currie Rd, Forestville Tickets: Full:$30 Concession/Students:$20 Children under 16 Free Bookings: www.ticketebo.com.au/wyvernmusicforestville Enquiries: Wyvern Music Forestville Tel: 9416 5234 Website: www.wyvern.fmca.org.au There is a special $20 offer to OLGC congregation and Parishioners on presentation of

REST

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You are warmly welcome to R.e.s.t. 1st Tuesday of each month. Anytime between 10am-12pm  at St Martin’s Church. May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, Aug 6th, Sept 3rd, Oct 1st, Nov 5th Contemplative music, Reflections and Meditations

Pause & Reflect

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Pause & Reflect gatherings resume in the parish in May. They offer you a little downtime to gently deepen your spirituality in a comfortable and confidential setting where listening, open sharing and quiet reflection can take place. All are warmly invited to attend. Please note following dates and themes we will be reflecting upon...... Journeying with Christ St Martin’s - Tuesday mornings May 14, 21 & 28 …..10am – 12pm. Year of Prayer St Martin’s - Tuesday mornings June 11,18 & 25 …..10am – 12pm.

Church Giving - New “Tap N Go”

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Giving is an expression of our thankfulness and praise to God. It comes from a heart of worship that recognises everything we have and give already belongs to the Lord. Our ability to earn money is a gift from God. Returning a percentage of our treasure back to God is one way that we live our faith. Just like our family households, our parish community needs financial resources in order to operate, serve, and minister. God provides for these needs through you - you ARE the parish. We have installed two Tap N Go machines in each of our church community. Each one is labelled to let you know the purpose of the collection. The First collection is to support the priests and bishops of our Diocese. And the second collection goes towards the needs of the parish. Theses funds support our parish ministries, meet the administration costs including electricity, insurance, maintenance and development of the Parish buildings. Each machine has allocated to donate $10, $ 15 and $ 20. If anyone wishes

Invitation to Join Our Parish Ministries Team

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Are you ready to be the guiding light in our parish community? We're on the lookout for passionate individuals like you to step up and join our volunteer force! Our parish ministries are the heart and soul of our community, but we need more hands to make a bigger impact. Whether you're a seasoned volunteer or just starting out, there's a place for you here. From helping with Sunday celebrations, there are countless ways you can get involved and make a difference. No special skills required – just a willingness to lend a helping hand and a heart full of love. By volunteering with us, you'll not only be serving your community but also growing spiritually and forming meaningful connections with your fellow parishioners. Together, we can strengthen our bond as a community and spread the love of God far and wide. No matter your age or background, there's a place for you in our parish ministries. Together, let's make a positive impact and continue to spread God's

Diocesan Safeguarding Awareness Framework

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My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, In February 2023 I committed the Diocese to an innovative annual Diocesan Safeguarding Awareness Framework. This framework seeks to increase awareness of our own personal and collective ongoing responsibility as a Church community to be vigilant in safeguarding. This is a commitment marked by consistency and constancy. After consultation and discernment, I have decided that the theme for Safeguarding Awareness for 2024 is The Voice of the Vulnerable with a particular focus on Domestic Family Violence. Our approach to this theme is one of advocacy. Domestic Family Violence (DFV) often occurs behind the closed doors of the family home, a place which should be reflective of communion in God’s self-sacrificing love. Recent statistics show that 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 8 men, have experienced some form of violence since the age of 15. (see video on link below) The outcome is that relationships become disfigured to the detriment of the entir

2024 PARISH EVENT CALENDAR

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Our yearly planner has been published on the website and printed for you take a copy.  Please note the dates in your diaries however please note that some changes may occur through the year, so come back to check from time to time, or check the bulletin and/or eNews for any chnages.

PRAY FOR PEACE

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We pray that the violence between Israel and Palestine will give way to sincere dialogue, leading to peaceful and enduring solutions. Amen Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.