8am mass Sunday: At mass today we remember John Dinh and Ann Nguyen on the 14th anniversary of their passing.
Condolences: Thien Nguyen’s brother Joachim Nguyen was killed in the car accident on the Calder Freeway on Tuesday morning. Please remember the Nguyen family in your prayers. Joachim leaves behind a wife and family.
Collections: Ever wondered what the collection money is used for? Following is a basic breakdown for your general information.
The 1st collection goes into the Church A/C and we pay our bills from this A/C.
The 2nd collection goes to pay for food at the Presbytery and Fr Terry’s stipend at the end of the quarter. Thank you to everyone for your generosity and ongoing support.
Kids in Church: A little boy was overheard praying: ‘Lord, if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it. I’m having a real good time like I am.
Deanery Dinner: There is a free dinner put on by the Deanery at 7.pm on Wed June 8th at Eltham Catholic Church Hall. The speaker will be Sr Mary O'Shannassy, the Director of Catholic Prison Ministry. Please see Fr Terry if you would like to be included on our parish table.
Nourishing the faith of our youth:
Calling all Diamond Valley Deanery young adults, teenagers and parents! Join us for a meeting to discuss how we can best nourish the faith of our young people.
When: 30th May at 7.30pm
Where: St Francis Mill Park (Small hall)
RSVP to Theresa:
Sydney's Archbishop Fisher reflects on the 'gift' of his own suffering.
- To be human – free and intelligent and feeling creature – is to be vulnerable to suffering in this life. Until we attain the New Heaven and the New Earth, when we will be glorified, it is our lot to have our comfort frustrated or endangered from time to time. Yet God gave a great gift to us in giving us freedom – the freedom to make choices, the intelligence to make good choices and the emotions with which to love Him and each other. This great gift was also a great gamble for God, for the same freedom allows us to sin – to hurt ourselves or each other. Much of the pain in our world is to be explained by such bad choices. But even making good choices requires that we live in a world with a certain predictability, with certain ‘laws of nature’ which, more often than not, constrain us and are the context of our choices.
- Those laws of nature mean that there will be some bad storms, some terrible viruses, some disability after accidents and many other examples of ‘natural evils’. We can’t expect every negative experience or bad choice to be corrected by some miracle, some divine intervention: if they were, we would not bother taking care of ourselves and each other.