World Day of the Poor 2018
Sunday 18 November
Today is the second World Day of the Poor that Pope Francis has lead for us.
Pope Francis notes that there are many different forms of poverty and he asks us to consider “Who are the poor?”
“He describes how we only recognize the voice of the poor in silence and then, having listened, we must answer. Our response, he suggests, calls for ‘loving attentiveness which honours the person….and seeks out his/her best interest’.”
Pope Francis inaugurated the World Day of the Poor at the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016. The Pope’s message was signed on the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua.
Pope Francis continues, “The World Day of the Poor wishes to be a small answer that the Church throughout the world gives to the poor of every kind and in every land, lest they think that their cry has gone unheard.
Pope Francis explained poverty “is not brought on by itself, but is caused by selfishness, pride, greed and injustice. Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society.”
Let us pray for the poor on the Sunshine Coast, Australia and the world. May we be generous is our efforts to reach out and help them.
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Media Release. email@example.com
Sunday 11 November
Remembrance Day has a special significance in 2018.
Sunday, 11 November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).
One hundred years ago, on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War. From the summer of 1918, the five divisions of the Australian Corps had been at the forefront of the allied advance to victory. Beginning with their stunning success at the battle of Hamel in July, they helped to turn the tide of the war at Amiens in August, followed by the capture of Mont St Quentin and Pèronne, and the breaching of German defences at the Hindenburg Line in September. By early October the exhausted Australians were withdrawn from battle. They had achieved a fighting reputation out of proportion to their numbers, but victory had come at a heavy cost. They suffered almost 48,000 casualties during 1918, including more than 12,000 dead.
In the four years of the war more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the postwar decades.
Let us continue to observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. Let us pray for them and their families.
Anglicans and Roman Catholics:
November 4th Day of Prayer for Reconciliation
Sunday 4 November
In 2002 the leadership of the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches in Australia welcomed and approved the decision to set aside 4 November as a day of prayer for reconciliation and greater understanding between the two communities
Bonded together by a common faith in Christ and by Baptism, the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches recognize and appreciate this unity. However, relationships need constant care to grow and deepen.
We recognize that relationships between our two Churches have improved in many ways that we now take for granted. We also recognize that new issues arise which can strain our relationship and create the need for greater understanding.
Even more, we need to keep praying for each other through both the calm and the storm.
Why 4 November? Holiness is an inspiring gift that is common to both Churches and that we humbly recognize in each other and which we seek together. In the shadow of All Saints Day, 4 November takes courage from the witness of many holy men and women who have lived in both communities.
On or about 4 November Anglicans and Roman Catholics are encouraged to pray either individually, as communities or small groups, for greater mutual understanding and reconciliation.
Let us pray
Gather us together, loving God, in company with your saints: make us one in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Weave us together, loving God, in service to one another: make us one in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Teach us together, loving God, to grow in truth and unity: make us one in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Bless us together, loving God, with the gifts to be a faithful community: make us one in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Accessed from www.ecumenism.brisbanecatholic.org.au
All Saints Day and All Souls Day
Sunday 28 October
This week we commemorate All Saints and All Souls Day.
November 2nd, we celebrate the feast of All Souls. On the day after All Saints, the Church reminds us of those who have not yet achieved the goal of their pilgrimage, the Kingdom of Heaven. As part of the communion of saints, they need our prayers. Today's feast is an opportunity for us to pray in unity for our relatives and friends and for those who have no one to pray for them.
The feast of All Souls developed along side the feast of All Saints. The Church has consistently encouraged prayers for the faithful departed. In the early years, a list of the names of the dead was placed in the church so that the community would remember them in prayer.
Every celebration of Mass includes prayers for the dead. A particular feast like All Souls gives a special focus to the basic Christian instinct and traditional Catholic practice of remaining in communion with those who have gone before us 'marked with the sign of faith'.
The 9am Mass at Stella Maris on Friday 2nd will be a special memorial mass followed by morning tea. If you are able to come, we would like to pray for and support those of you who have lost a loved one in recent times.