Feast of St James
Sunday 22 July
Nothing is known of St. James the Greater's early life, though it has been established that he is the son of Zebedee and Salome and brother of John the disciple.
Saint James the Greater was one of Jesus' first disciples. James was fishing with his father and John the Apostle when Jesus came to the shores of the Sea of Galilee and called for the fishermen, who were unable to catch any fish that day, to dip their nets in the water once again. When the fishermen followed Jesus' instructions, they found their nets full and, after emptying the fish on board, the boats nearly sank from their weight.
Later, James was one of only three called by Jesus to witness his Transfiguration, and when he and his brother wanted to call fire upon a Samaritan town, both were rebuked by Jesus. Following Christ's Ascension, James spread the Gospel across Israel, and the Roman kingdom as well. He travelled and spread the Word for nearly forty years in Spain.
Later, James returned to Jerusalem but was martyred for his faith by King Herod, who decapitated him. Saint James the Greater is known as the first apostle to die. As he was not allowed to be buried following his martyrdom, his remains were taken to Compostela, Spain, by some of his followers, who buried him.
In the ninth century his remains were discovered and moved to a tomb in Santiago de Compostela. Today, they can still be found in the Cathedral of Santiago. Because Santiago de Compostela is the most frequently visited place pilgrims migrate to following Rome and Jerusalem, Pope Leo declared it a shrine.
He sent them out...
Sunday 15 July
He sent them out…….
He sent them out in pairs –
where to and to do what?
He gave them authority over unclean spirits –
now they were on their own.
He sent them out with nothing –
totally relying on the strength of Him who taught them.
How will they go on their own
preaching repentance and anointing?
How will they be received?
He even prepared them for this !!
A master teacher with eager disciples.
Keeping them focused on Him, being with Him
was his task.
They returned having completed the work through
the power of His words to guide them.
We are sent at the end of each Mass –
We too go and continue the work of Jesus
through the strength of what we have received.
Let us go rejoicing to do His work
in the coming week,
with open hearts and minds.
2018 National NAIDOC Theme: Because of her, we can!
Sunday 8 July
Let us pray in gratitude for our Indigenous communities as we celebrate this week with them.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Sunday
Sunday 1 July
Today is the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time and the day that the Australian Bishops have invited us to celebrate Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Sunday.
Today we acknowledge that God has been walking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, making his presence known through a continuous living culture over many thousands of years.
We pray in thanksgiving for these ancient peoples who have enriched and sustained our continent over all that time. In particular we praise God for the people who nurtured the land here in our parish that we call home.
(NATSICC Liturgy Team.)
Prayer of Healing
God of Mercy and Compassion,
Our hearts too, are heavy with the pain of our people.
We are sorry.
Hopelessness and despair of life has caused much hurt and anger
They have lost their way.
We ask you to touch the hearts of our broken people.
Mend their paths and walk with them.
May they feel the Spirit of our Ancestors.
May the Spirit of our Ancestors strengthen and guide us,
On our journey back to the light of hope,
And the love of life in Christ. Amen