Father Jim: A memorial mass for Fr Jim will be held at 6pm mass on Sat 27th May. There will be a catchup after mass, so if you would like to come alone, bring a plate of food to enjoy the night and remember a great priest, friend and Collingwood supporter.
Sat 30th April Today we remember the late John Fernandez and deceased family members.
World Youth Day Choir: Calling all Tertiary or Uni students. If you would like to sing with our choir at 6pm mass on Sat 13th May, all you have to do is the sign the form in the foyer. We will have a light supper afterwards, so let us know if you can make it! Contact Fr Terry or Dorothy for any more info.
Mother’s Day Raffle: Once again people have been very generous with donations, so we are able to have a Mother’s day raffle. At 50c a ticket, buy one or two, and be in to win. Best of luck.
St Joseph the Worker: As the 1st of May approaches, let us remember St Joseph the worker.
Reimagining Parish Services Expo, Sat 6 May 2017 Montmorency. St. Francis Xavier Parish Montmorency and Catholic Social Services Victoria are organizing a ‘Parish Expo” on the 6th May from 9.30 – 1.30, focusing on service by parishes to those in need in the community. The expo will be an opportunity for parishes – parishioners, pastoral associates, parish council members, and priests - to learn from other parish and social service groups about the services they provide, and how to put things into practice. The expo will be an opportunity for parishes and agencies to strengthen networks, learn from each other, and increase the services to those in need, or on the margins of our society. Cost $20.00 ($10.00 concession, or contact us to discuss) Bookings www.trybookings.com/264694 Enquiries: Lucia Brick Ph 9287 5566
The Graces of Emmaus:
The gospel from this Sunday is that of the disciples of Emmaus. They were two of Jesus’ disciples who, after his death and the Sabbath was past, leave Jerusalem and return, sad and dejected, to their village, which was Emmaus. Along the way the Risen Jesus draws near to them, but they do not recognise him. Seeing them so sad, he first helps them to understand that the passion and death of the Messiah were foreseen in the plan of God. And announced in the Sacred Scriptures; and thus he rekindled a fire of Hope in their Hearts. At this point, the two disciples experienced an extraordinary attraction to the mysterious man, and they invited him to stay with them that evening. Jesus accepted and went into the house with them. When at the table he blessed the bread and broke it they recognised him, but he vanished out of their sight, leaving them full of wonder. After being enlightened by the word, they had recognized the risen Jesus in the breaking of the bread, a new sigh of his presence. And immediately they felt the need to go back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples about their experience, that they had met the living Jesus and recoginsed him in the breaking of the bread. The road to Emmaus thus becomes a symbol of our journey of faith. The scriptures and the Eucharist are the indispensable elements for encountering the Lord. We too often go to Sunday mass with our worries, difficulties and disappointments…Life sometimes wounds us and we go away feeling sad towards our Emmaus, turning our backs on God. But the Liturgy of the word welcomes us. Jesus explains the scriptures to us and rekindles in our hearts the warmth of faith and hope and in the communion he gives us strength. The word of God the Eucharist. Read a passage from the Gospel every day, and on Sundays go to communion to receive Jesus. This is what happened to the disciples of Emmaus, they received the Word, they shared the breaking of the bread, and from feeling sad and defeated they became joyful. Dear brothers and sisters, the word of God and the Eucharist fill us with joy always. Remember it well. When you are sad take up the Word of God. And go to Sunday mass and receive communion to participate in the mystery of Jesus. There is always a word of God that gives us guidance after we slip, and through our weariness and disappointments there is always the bread that is broken that keeps us going on the journey. Pope Francis was elected to the sea of St. Peter in 2013.