Bob Church, Edmond Grant
Anne McKenna, Wilfred Pinto, Leo Fernandez
Bridie Seingier, Nicholas D’Lima, Frances Roughton
John Higgins, Roma Battle, Pauline Wloch
Patrick Riordan, George O’Grady
May They Rest in Peace
Ann Higgins, Rosanna Joseph
Richard Lamb, Jonathan Eley, Annie Childs
Karen Oates, Kim Nichol, Rachel Antonella Rizzo
Michael & Joan Clements, Leslie Sebastian, Gloria Soar
Micky Bennett, Rizzo Enzo, Wesley Leachman
Connie Hall, Mary May
As of the 4th July parishes will begin to resume public masses.
Please check individual parishes for times of opening.
If you do not speak to the wicked man, I will hold you responsible for his death. The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows: ‘Son of man, I have appointed you as sentry to the House of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth, warn them in my name. If I say to a wicked man: Wicked wretch, you are to die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked man to renounce his ways, then he shall die for his sin, but I will hold you responsible for his death. If, however, you do warn a wicked man to renounce his ways and repent, and he does not repent, then he shall die for his sin, but you yourself will have saved your life.’
Your only debt should be the debt of mutual love. Avoid getting into debt, except the debt of mutual love. If you love your fellow men you have carried out your obligations. All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbour as yourself. Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments.
If your brother listens to you, you have won back your brother. Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you: the evidence of two or three witnesses is required to sustain any charge. But if he refuses to listen to these, report it to the community; and if he refuses to listen to the community, treat him like a pagan or a tax collector. ‘I tell you solemnly, whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven. ‘I tell you solemnly once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them.’
Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 6th September
Fraternal correction became an important issue for the early Christian Church: how were the followers of Christ to deal with the brothers and sisters who harmed the community by their behaviour? In obedience to the teaching of Christ, and inspired by his example, the Christian community looked beyond justice to mercy, in order to absolve and reconcile.
Jerusalem was attacked and sacked by the Babylonians in Ezekiel's own lifetime. The prophet likens his vocation to that of a sentry, a watchman who fore-
The short, pithy sentences of this reading are intended to be a straight-
The Gospel speaks of the need for fraternal correction and direction. Matthew places the responsibility for judgement within the wider context of the community, whose acts are to be understood as the acts of Christ himself. Therefore, it is Christ who instructs, corrects, rebukes scandal and promotes reconciliation in and through the actions of the church. The Lord assures the community of his abiding presence in its midst and of his constant intercession on its behalf before The Father.
Healing the world -
I express my joy for the possibility of once again meeting with the faithful face-
I urge everyone to combine authentic solidarity with the virtue of faith in order to heal social ills in the post-
Solidarity, therefore, is the key to emerging from the crisis better than before.
Dependence vs interdependence
All humanity has its common origin in God. We dwell together in our common home, a garden-
But when we forget all this, our interdependence becomes dependence of some on others, increasing inequality and marginalization; it weakens the social fabric and the environment deteriorates”
Solidarity is a mindset
The word “solidarity” may seem a little worn and poorly understood. Solidarity is more than a few sporadic acts of generosity. Rather, solidarity involves creating a mind-
More than that, solidarity is a matter of justice.
A healthy and fruitful interdependence needs strong roots in the humanity and nature created by God; it needs respect for faces and for the land.