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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


NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

Under the theme - Because of her, we can! - NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July.

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.


As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art.


They continue to influence as doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, chefs, nurses, architects, rangers, emergency and defence personnel, writers, volunteers, chief executive officers, actors, singer songwriters, journalists, entrepreneurs, media personalities, board members, accountants, academics, sporting icons and Olympians, the list goes on.

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

Written by AICCQ Working Group 27 October 2000
In NATSICC resource book. 2018