3rd Sunday in Ordinary time

25 January 2015

Dear Friends,

We begin today the continual reading of the Gospel of Mark (Year ‘B’).  In today’s Gospel we hear of Jesus’ message, mission and calling of his first disciples [Mark 1:14-20]. His message is brief but in-depth.  Jesus uses three words and expressions to emphasise his message and mission: announcing the Good News (the Kingdom of God), repent and believe.  Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom is indeed good news, as it marks the beginning of the destruction of Satan’s hold over humanity.  In Mark’s first chapter which describes the events in the first day of Jesus’ ministry, we see how he will bring about Satan’s fall – by confronting the very suffering which is part of the human story: curing those possessed, marginalised and sick and welcoming them into God’s Kingdom.  Jesus then challenges his listeners to repent and believe in the good news he has just proclaimed.  Repent here means more than just feeling sorry for our sins.  It indicates a complete turnaround of our lives towards God – a changing of our priorities to that of God’s.  We have a hint of this in the first reading today [Jonah 3:1-5.10] where we see all the citizens of Nineveh – from the greatest to the least – turning from their sins through ritual fasting. So our repentance needs to be sustained through our belief and faith in Jesus as the Son of God. 

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary time

18 January 2015

Dear Friends,

With this Sunday’s liturgy we return to the Ordinary Sundays of the church’s year. These Sundays are called Ordinary, not because they are not extraordinary, but because they follow an order beginning from week one through to week thirty-four. This year the Gospel for the majority of Sundays is taken from Mark.

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The baptism of the Lord

11 January 2015

Dear Friends,

Today as we celebrate the of Baptism Jesus, we begin the Church’s Ordinary Season of Sundays, broken by the Lenten/Easter season which begins on Ash Wednesday (February 18th).  We are presented with six Sundays in Ordinary Time before our Lenten sojourn.  These Sundays will bring us into contact with the theme of discipleship – what is required for us to follow faithfully in the ways of Christ.

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Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

4 January 2015

Dear Friends,

After much anticipation and waiting we come to the end of the liturgical season of Christmas with the celebration today of the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. In other parts of the world, the Epiphany is a celebrated with greater joy than Christmas.  In these countries, presents are exchanged on the Epiphany rather than Christmas, linking up with the gifts brought to the Christ-Child by the Magi and the celebration of the manifestation to the world of His birth. 

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At the end of the year

We wish to acknowledge with deep gratitude at this time of the closure of the year, 2014 the ministry involvement of many of our parishioners and others who support our ministries at the Cathedral.

We give thanks for those who assist throughout the week and on Sundays in the celebration of Holy Mass as Acolytes, Senior Servers, Junior Servers, proclaimers of the Word, those who assist with the Liturgy for Children, extra-ordinary ministers of Holy Communion, those who assist with the cleaning of altar linen and sacred vessels, wardens, ushers and greeters.

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