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I Am Always With You

PRAYER FOR THE FIRST WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY

I thank You, Lord, for the comfort of Your presence: even in times of loneliness, You are my hope and my confidence, You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth! 

I thank You for having given me a family and for having blessed me with a long life. 

I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty, for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for those that are still ahead of me.  

I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me. Increase, O Lord, my faith, make me a channel of your peace, teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me, to never stop dreaming and to tell of your wonders to new generations. 

Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church, that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth. Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world, that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed, the poor consoled and wars ended.  

Sustain me in weakness and help me to live life to the full in each moment that You give me, in the certainty that you are with me every day, even until the end of the age.

Amen

VISITING GRANDPARENTS AND ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO ARE ALONE
  • The first World Day for Grandparents  and the Elderly will be celebrated in circumstances in which it will still not be possible in many countries for the elderly to physically attend Mass. 
  • In order for the message of closeness and consolation to reach everyone on this World Day − even those who are most isolated − we ask people to visit their grandparents and the elderly living alone in their community and to give them the Holy Father’s message.  https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/events/event.dir.html/content/vaticanevents/en/2021/6/22/messaggio-giornata-nonni.html
  • A visit is a tangible sign of a Church of outreach. At a time of social distancing because of the pandemic, a visit shows that there is a way of being close to older people while still  observing safety measures. 
  • A visit is a personal choice to arise and go in haste to others (cf. Lk 1:39), just as Mary did when she visited her elderly cousin Elizabeth. 
  • A visit is an opportunity for a grandchild to say to his or her grandparent and for a young person to say to an elderly person they are  visiting, “I am with you always”. 
  • A visit can be an opportunity to bring a gis, such as a flower, and to read  the World Day prayer together. 
  • A visit can also be an occasion to offer the elderly, especially those who have not les their homes for a  long  time, an opportunity to receive the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist. 
  • A visit to an older person living alone is one of the ways of obtaining a Plenary Indulgence granted on the occasion of this World Day.  
  • In places where health emergency  measures still make it impossible to visit in person, love can use imagination to find ways of reaching lonely elderly people by phone or social media. 
  • The World Day message can be shared by posting pictures of visits on social media with the hashtag #IamWithYouAlways
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Planned Giving

Dear Parishioners,

You may recall that in June last year we did not renew our planned giving for the financial support of our parish due to Covid.

This year I encourage all parishioners to now renew your support. Our Parish is the focus of our faith life, our mission and outreach as disciples of Jesus. It is in these different times particularly, that we support not only each other in our Church community but our wonderful Parish School, St Matthews and our wider community.

Your financial support is the backbone of our parish activities and outreach, some of which can often go on quietly behind the scenes.

We have a wonderful group of ladies who meet in the Parish Centre each week and apart from the beautiful craft-work they produce, it is a tremendous support network for ladies, and it is growing. The sale of their work supports the wider community by way of donations to organisations such as CanAssist; they also donate to the local schools to support student families who may be struggling from time to time. We have a parishioner Prayer Partner link with St Matthews Year 12 students in the lead up to their HSC exams. Parishioners and students gather for Mass followed by a lunch provided by the parish in conjunction with Pastoral Council.

Our Parish supports our youth who wish to attend diocesan events, such as Rise (on this week), Risen and the Catholic Youth Festival.

Our outreach to the sick and housebound in our parish, our hospital and nursing homes brings great spiritual and emotional comfort to many and helps these people to feel connected to our parish. We support the great work of St Vincent de Paul through our parish resources. We look forward to our next community light lunch in a few weeks time, after our 12.30pm Friday Mass. Our next Men’s gathering is in its planning stage for August.

Our parish nourishes and support the growth in faith and love of each parishioner beginning with the support of young parents in their baptism preparation, through the steps in faith from the parish sacramental programs for Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation, to the many young couples being prepared for marriage. The parish has continued to nurture our faith through our sharing of the scriptures in our Word and Faith group. Your financial support helps us do all this and more, so thank you very much.

If you are able, could you please complete a new Gifting Card, and put it in the collection plate or drop it into the Parish Office or post it to us. This will help to update our parish records and maintain our Planned Giving records, which are a guide on projected income for future planning.

There are payment options on the Gifting Cards, so contributions can be made via the weekly Planned Giving Envelopes, credit card or direct debit. I would encourage you towards contributing via direct debit or credit card system. Please ring our Parish Office for any assistance.

As our Parish Finances have taken quite a hit in the last twelve months, I thank you very much for your support this year which will allow our wonderful parish to continue to support, spiritually nourish and build up our community and so carry on the work of Jesus.

God Bless you.

Fr Owen

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