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Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 15 September 2019

Feast of St. Matthew – 21 September

“No one was more shunned by the Jews than a publican, who was a Jew working for the Roman enemy by robbing his own people and making a large personal profit. Publicans were not allowed to trade, eat, or even pray with others Jews.

One day, while seated at his table of books and money, Jesus looked at Matthew and said two words: "Follow me." This was all that was needed to make Matthew rise, leaving his pieces of silver to follow Christ. His original name, "Levi," in Hebrew signifies "Adhesion" while his new name in Christ, Matthew, means "Gift of God." The only other outstanding mention of Matthew in the Gospels is the dinner party for Christ and His companions to which he invited his fellow tax-collectors. The Jews were surprised to see Jesus with a publican, but Jesus explained that he had come "not to call the just, but sinners."

St Matthew is known to us principally as an Evangelist, with his Gospel being the first in the New Testament. His Gospel was written in Aramaic, the language that our Lord Himself spoke and was written to convince the Jews that their anticipated Messiah had come in the person of Jesus.

Not much else is known about Matthew. According to tradition, he preached in Egypt and Ethiopia and further places East. Some legends say he lived until his nineties, dying a peaceful death, others say he died a martyr's death.

Patron: Accountants; bankers; bookkeepers; customs officers; security guards; stock brokers; tax collectors.”
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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 8 September 2019

Ursuline General Chapter

Beginning today, for the next 6 weeks, (as mentioned a couple of weeks ago) Ursuline Province leaders and elected delegates are gathering in Rome for our General Chapter. This meeting is held every six years and results in the election of a new General Leader and Leadership team.

We invite you to join with us in holding this meeting in your prayer.

Srs Maree and Helen

Explanation of the Chapter Logo

In the logo, the Roman Union (which is one of the international unions of Ursulines to which we belong) is clearly identified by our crucifix. We are rooted with Angela, in prayer and Eucharist, and thus bear fruit in serving the needs of the Church and the world today.

The larger leaves represent our visions, hopes and dreams for the future; the smaller leaves what we are leaving behind. To move forward we are reminded of Angela’s words: “Act, move, believe, strive, hope, cry out to him with all your heart.” Only in this way will we move into new life “insieme” as a global community.

“Insieme” means, together…..

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 1 September 2019

world day of care for creation  |  father's day  |  National child protection week

Well, what a big week in our liturgical calendar.

Let us focus on World Day of Care for Creation.

Pope Francis declared 1 September as the World day of prayer for the care of creation.

He said, “The annual World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that God has entrusted to our care, invoking God’s help for the protection of creation and God’s mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

A Prayer for our Earth

By Pope Francis

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognise that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

* Pope Francis published this prayer in his Laudato Si’ encyclical.

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Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 25 August 2019

World Refugees & Migration Day

Today is Word Refugee & Migration Day. 2019. The theme of this 105th edition will be “It is not just about migrants”.

With this theme, Pope Francis wants to highlight that his frequent appeals for migrants, refugees, displaced and trafficked people should be understood as integral to his deep concern for all the inhabitants of today’s existential peripheries. The hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the prisoner who knock on our door today are Jesus Himself, asking to be encountered and supported.

As the Holy Father emphasized in his homily at Sacrofano on Friday 15 February 2019: “It is really [Jesus], even though our eyes struggle to recognise Him; with torn clothes, dirty feet, a deformed face, a wounded body, unable to speak our language.”

Dear brothers and sisters, our response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration can be summed up in four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. Yet these verbs do not apply only to migrants and refugees. They describe the Church’s mission to all those living in the existential peripheries, who need to be welcomed, protected, promoted and integrated. If we put those four verbs into practice, we will help build the city of God and man. 

We will promote the integral human development of all people. We will also help the world community to come closer to the goals of sustainable development that it has set for itself and that, lacking such an approach, will prove difficult to achieve.

In a word, it is not only the cause of migrants that is at stake; it is not just about them, but about all of us, and about the present and future of the human family. Migrants, especially those who are most vulnerable, help us to read the “signs of the times”.

Through them, the Lord is calling us to conversion, to be set free from exclusivity, indifference and the throw-away culture.

Through them, the Lord invites us to embrace fully our Christian life and to contribute, each according to his or her proper vocation, to the building up of a world that is more and more in accord with God’s plan.

In expressing this prayerful hope, and through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Way, I invoke God’s abundant blessings upon all the world’s migrants and refugees and upon all those who accompany them on their journey.

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