Stella Maris Catholic Parish

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5th Sunday of Easter

Sunday 19 May 2019

On Friday this week we celebrate the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians.

Since 1844, when Australians invoked the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady Help of Christians, the Holy Mother has been patron of Australia. Her title as Mary Help of Christians came about in the 16th Century when Pope Pius V included it in the Litany of Loreto. In 1815, Pope Pius VII proclaimed 24 May a feast day for Mary Help of Christians after returning to Rome after years in captivity imposed by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Our Lady Help of Christians remains a patron of Australia together with our second patron,
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

For many years St Francis Xavier and St Therese of Lisieux co-patrons of universal missions, were also patrons of Australia. But the patronage of both was removed when Australia ceased to be a mission country in 1976.

Let us ask Our Lady Help of Christians to guide our country to a just and equitable future through these elections.



4th Sunday of Easter - Mothers Day

Sunday 12 May 2019

Loving God,
as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,
so you watch over your Church.
Bless these women,
that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honour them always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

3rd Sunday of Easter

Sunday 5 May 2019

There was nothing else to do so I went back fishing.

We knew he was alive: we had seen him

and then he went away without leaving instructions.


So I said, ‘Let’s go back to the fishing,’

and the others agreed.

I mean, we had to feed ourselves somehow.

You can’t just exist on fresh air and memories.


So we went back to the fishing and caught nothing.

I wondered if we had lost our touch

or if… and I hesitate to say this…

it was some kind of punishment from God.


And then, in the morning,

somebody shouted that our nets were on the wrong side.

‘What does he know?’ I grunted,

but to please the others, I hauled them in

and then cast them back out.


And when the net began to strain,

I had this funny feeling in the pit of my stomach.

‘What does he know?” I had grunted.

Now I knew who ‘he’ was,

and knew that he knew everything.


When we got back to the shore,

he didn’t give me or any of us a row, he just said,

“Would you like some breakfast?’

And then he fed us so that……


I only realised why he had fed us, when

in a private moment,

he looked me straight in the face three times,

and said, “Do you love me, Peter?”


The first time I was embarrassed;

the second time I was annoyed;

the third time I was convinced.


“Yes, I love you… know I do!”


Then feed my lambs and feed my sheep.


And then I realised that he had fed us,

so that we could feed others;

and that he loved us,

so that we could love others the same way.


Stages on the Way. © Wild Goose Resource Group. 2012


2nd Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday 28 April

Lord God, early in the morning
when the world was young,
you made life in all its beauty and terror;
you gave birth to all that we know.

Early in the morning,
when the world least expected it,
a newborn child crying in a cradle
announced that you had come among us,
that you were one of us.

Early in the morning,
surrounded by respectable liars,
religious leaders, anxious statesmen
and silent friends,

you accepted the penalty for doing good,
for being God:
you shouldered and suffered the cross.

Early in the morning,
a voice in a guarded graveyard
and footsteps in the dew
proved that you had risen,
that you had come back
to those and for those
who had forgotten, denied and destroyed you.

This morning,
in the multi-coloured company
of your Church on earth and in heaven,
we celebrate your creation, your life,
your death and resurrection,
your interest in us:
so we pray

Lord, bring new life
where we are worn and tired;
new love where we have turned hard-hearted’
forgiveness, where we feel hurt
and where we have wounded;
and the joy and freedom
of your Holy Spirit
where we are prisoners of ourselves.

Stages on the Way: © 2012 Wild Goose Resource Group.


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