Dardanup Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin: Ascension of the Lord – May 20, 2012

Thoughts on the Gospel

‘The author of these passages proposed a list of signs for the end of the world and general witness to those who went out to preach. At the root of both lay the Lord’s command to “Go and preach the Good News.” ‘The author began with order for travelling evangelization. “Go everywhere and preach the Good News to everyone,” mirrored Jesus’ own mobile ministry. The disciples were to do as Jesus did, but only on a universal scale. In fact, the ministry of Jesus became THE sign of the end times. Instead of judgment, the power of God’s Word would be revealed. The Good News would be proclaimed. And evil would be rejected. Those who accepted God’s Word would be saved (i.e., they would participate in these signs of the end times). But those who rejected God’s Word (who refused to accept the Good News and its accompanying signs) were lost. ‘Mark 16:17-18 described fives signs of the end times, all done in the name of Jesus. They were: Expelling demons, speaking new things in tongues, picking up snakes (serpents), not being harmed if poison is drunk and healing the weak. Excerpt from www.word-sunday.com

 

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Guardians of Our Brothers and sisters

‘Today, the Lord’s voice summons all of us to be concerned for one another. Even today God asks us to be “guardians” of our brothers and sisters (Gen 4:9), to establish relationships based on mutual consideration and attentiveness to the well-being, the integral well-being of others. The great commandment of love for one another demands that we acknowledge our responsibility towards those who, like ourselves, are creatures and children of God.  ‘Pope Paul VI stated that the world today is suffering above all from a lack of brotherhood: “Human society is sorely ill. The cause is not so much the depletion of natural resources, nor their monopolistic control by a privileged few; it is rather the weakening of brotherly ties between individuals and nations.”’  Pope Benedict XVI, Message for Lent, 2012

 

Seasons in the Liturgical Calendar

‘There are four main seasons in the liturgical calendar: Advent which covers the four Sundays before Christmas. In Advent Catholics prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth and anticipate his coming again at the end of time. Christmas, this season celebrates Christ’s birth and remembers the visits by both the shepherds and the wise men to the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The Christmas season runs from the 25th of December to the feast of the Baptism of the Lord on the Sunday after the 6th of January.

‘Lent covers the six weeks of preparation for the celebration of Easter and begins on Ash Wednesday and finishes on the evening of Holy Thursday. The season of Easter is the heart of the liturgical calendar. It begins with the Easter Triduum, which is celebrated as one liturgical event spread over three days from the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday to the eve of Easter Sunday.’

From Hearing God’s Call,  Session 22, Catholic Enquiry Centre

 

Ascension Quote

‘Moses brought out of Egypt a timid nation, and in the space of forty years trained it to be full of valour for the task of conquering the promised land; Christ in forty days trains his apostles to be bold and patient instead of cowards. They mourned and wept at the beginning of the season, but at the end they are full of courage for the good fight; their spirits mount high with their Lord, and when he is received out of their sight, and their own trial begins, they return to Jerusalem with great joy, and are continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.’

 

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Dardanup Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin – Ascension of the Lord

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NOTICES 

Notices for this week are unavailable due to lack of information provided.

 

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults 2012-2013

The new group for the parish RCIA will have their regular meetings every Wednesday evenings from 7 PM ’till 8 PM. However, the process of RCIA is not only for those inquiring about the faith but also for those who have been baptised and wanting to understand further their faith relationship with God and with the Church. That’s why we’re inviting all those who would like to learn more about the faith to join us every Wednesday evening in our meetings. Hope to see you there!  Thanks!

 

Parish Prayer Intentions

Parish Prayer Intentions for this week are unavailable due to lack of information provided.

 

PRAYER FOR THE PARISH COMMUNITY

Our Father in Heaven, You call us to form a Family of families, A community of Families, Led by your hand and guided by Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  Grant our parish and home:  Unity and Creativity in serving one another; Imagination and Right Motivation in spreading the Good News of your Kingdom; Joy and Enthusiasm as we grow in Holiness through the celebration of the Sacraments, the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and the Deepening of experiences through our Catholic Christian formation.  Make our parish and home a worthy dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, who will throw Fire into our hearts and minds; to enable us attain Unity that will move us towards Mission.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives, and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

 

Parish Vision Statement:  In union with the entire Church, we aim to be a Christ-centred Family of families, spiritually alive and growing in our faith, reaching out, welcoming and engaging all in a spirit of generosity, compassion and love.

Parish Mission Statement:  Through the example of our lives, we proclaim the Gospel by: Actively seeking opportunities to engage everybody in the sacramental life of the parish; Answering the call to serve with generosity; Providing opportunities and on-going support for the deepening of our faith; Recognizing the value of the parish school community to the life of the parish and supporting them in their faith journey; and Looking for ways to engage and include the broader community.

 

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Pray for us!

St Louis de Montfort Pray for us!