Jubilee Year – St Aloysius Gonzaga SJ

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga SJ – Jubilee 2018

Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year honouring St Aloysius Gonzaga commencing 9 March 2018 and extending to 9 March 2019.

The Shenton Park parish church will, for that year, be a ‘principle place of pilgrimage’, and those who visit and fulfil the specified requirements will be blessed with a Plenary Indulgence.

There are very few such places and this is a very special privilege for the Archdiocese.

Planning is underway to bring the knowledge to the wider community and foster their devotion to this saint renowned for his care of the sick in the plague.

More details will be published.

Contact: Gerald Stack.  0410 699 174

First Parish Response to Plenary Council 2020

The first gathering of the St Aloysius’ community on Friday 9th November saw some 20 people consider the question “What do I think that God is asking of us in Australia at this time?”

The many comments and the fruit of discussions at the three tables were gathered and presented prior to on-line submission.

The full submission can be read HERE

Christmas 2018 Mass Times

St Aloysius’ Church, Shenton Park

Times to celebrate Christmas this year.

a) Christmas Reconciliation – 7.00pm Tuesday 18th December 2018

b) Christmas Eve and Children’s Mass – 6.00pm Monday 24th December 2018

c) Christmas Day Mass – 9.00am Tuesday 25th December 2018

d) New Year’s Day Mass – 9.00am Tuesday 1 January 2019

First Discussion Group – Plenary Council 2020. 9 November 2018

The Parish has had an extended introduction to the processes and hopes of the Australian church Plenary Council. Tonight is definitive and will show by the numbers attending the true preparedness.  Twenty would be great, forty would be mind-boggling.

The heart of the reflective process is the sense of personal responsibility of the average laity.  Their commitment will be revealed in their presence, their ability to invite and encourage others to attend and finally, their readiness to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit.

The Ecumenical Council, Vatican 2, changed the expression of ‘church’ and it has really changed the way Catholics understand and live their faith.  Yet there are deep and emotional reasons for hesitancy and these feelings will be challenged by our Council and the divergent views that will be set out in the discussions.

Cynicism is ever present and can only be countered by trust that Christ will always be with His mystical body (Church). And Hope that comes from the ever presence of the Holy Spirit.

Keep praying, and be involved.

Children’s Liturgy – Sunday 16th September2018

In their final liturgy before the end of term three, the children personalised ‘hands’ with their names and their response to the day’s gospel.

This brings emphasises that their work is not ‘childminding’, but a real and important part of the Sunday liturgy.

Perhaps the best part was seeing Rita carrying the cross to mass and back home on Sunday.

 

 

Four Days of Fasting and Reparation

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has called on the Catholic Church in Australia for four days of fasting and reparation from Ash Wednesday (14- 17 February 2018)

With the Royal Commission concluded, our country and our Church enter into a new moment. We are calling upon the Catholic community in Australia to embrace this new moment by beginning the penitential season of Lent with four days of fasting and reparation. These are spiritual practices which express our desire for God’s reconciling and healing grace.

Through fasting, we stand in solidarity with the victims and survivors of abuse whose much deeper hunger is for healing and peace in their lives. Through reparation, we make amends for the sin of those in the Church who abused children or failed to listen and act when they should have.

The days of fasting and reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse and for the healing of victims and survivors will be marked by prayer – in our homes and in our Catholic communities.

Please take to heart the importance of these days in preparing the Church to respond to the recommendations of the Royal Commission and to make the journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter. We cannot undo the past. With God’s help, we can make the future better.

A number of liturgical and prayer resources have been developed for use in parish and other public settings, as well as a prayer for use in the home.
The resources can be downloaded HERE “

Parishioners are asked to respond to this call in their homes and their families. An Evening Prayer service will be held in the church Friday 16 February from 6.30pm

 

2017 LifeLink Appeal

LifeLink - Catholic Caring Agencies

The Manager of the LifeLink agencies, Brett Mendez, has written thanking the parish for their contribution to the appeal.

In an interim report he advised that the appeal presently stood at $578,604 and he expected that the appeal target ($650,000) would be achieved. He will follow up this advice when final tallies have been made to let the parish know their total amount. A copy of his letter is attached (Link here) 

All donations will greatly assist the LifeLink agencies to support the disadvantaged in our Archdiocese – thank you.

2017-2018 Annual General Meeting

The Parish AGM, held over from November 2017, will be held in the Parish Centre after Sunday Mass, 4th February 2018.

The AGM is an opportunity for the St Aloysius community to reflect on the events of the past year ask questions to clarify any matters.

It is also a time to raise issues of concern which can be considered by the parish assembled.

This post will be amended if and as any reports are received so that they can be read before the meeting.