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Mass times for the coming week

Saturday 20th June
8:00am Mass [OF] Mary Immaculate
                Vigil for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
5:30pm Mass [OF] Mary Immaculate
6:00pm Mass [OF] Saint John Fisher

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Sunday 21st June   12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30am Mass [OF] Mary Immaculate
9:00am Mass [OF] Saint John Fisher
9:00am Mass [OF+] Mary Immaculate
5:00pm Mass [OF] Mary Immaculate

Monday 22nd June
7:00am Mass [OF] SE
6:45 pm Confessions MI
7:00pm Mass [OF+] MI

Tuesday 23rd June
6:00am Mass [OF+] SE
7:00am Mass [EF] MI for Len Logan (Rec.Dec.)
9:00am Mass [OF] SE with Year 4

Wednesday 24th June
7:00am Mass [OF] SJF
9:00am Mass [EF] MI
Confessions until 10:00am

Thursday 25th June
6:00am Mass [OF+] SE
7:00am Mass [OF] MI
7:30-8:00am Confessions MI
9:00am Mass [EF] MI for Len Logan (Rec. Dec.)
Confessions until 10:00am

Friday 26th June
7:00am Mass [OF] SE
9:00am Mass [EF] MI for Gary Wylie (Sick)
9:45-10:15am Confessions MI

Saturday 27th June
8:00am Mass [EF] MI
                Vigil for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
5:30pm Mass [OF] MI
6:00pm Mass [OF] SJF

Sunday 28th June  13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30am Mass [OF] MI
9:00am Mass [OF] SJF
9:00am Mass [EF] MI
11:00am Baptisms MI
5:00pm Mass [OF] MI

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[OF = Ordinary Form | + = Ad orientem | EF = Extraordinary Form]

* Rosary & Angelus are prayed half an hour before the early Masses on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.
* Exposition & Confessions are offered before Mass on Saturdays from 7:15am and 5:15pm respectively and Confessions are at 4:45pm at Mary Immaculate.
* Exposition & Confessions are offered from 8:15am to 8:45am on Sundays at St John Fisher Church.
* All night Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Thursday at St Elizabeth’s Chapel beginning at 6:00pm and ending at 6:45am on Fridays.

Storm recovery

IMG_2324I can’t express my gratitude enough to those who have been working hard to restore order in Mary Immaculate church.   If you have a look at some of the photos I’ve just added to Flickr, you’ll see the beautifully cleaned southern wall (a far cry from what it looked like last Friday), and the pews have been given a refurb and are looking delightful.

IMG_2331I also can’t express my relief that the scaffolding is now going up to be able to cover the broken windows and at least cover the roof.  The original damage was bad enough, but the threat of every subsequent shower of rain pouring through the broken tiles was very stressful.  Please God, the roof covering will be done by the end of the day.

I was just able to go up the scaffolding to get a closer look at the roof, and was able to see just how damaged the tiles are.  Apart from the holes and the broken tiles, many more are cracked.IMG_2335

On Thursday the carpets will be cleaned again to have them looking presentable for the wedding on Saturday afternoon (they are still very wet according to the carpet cleaner’s electronic machine).  The pews will be returned to their positions on Thursday as well.

We are hoping to have the Mary Immaculate School end of year Mass in the Church on Friday morning.  Weekend Masses should be able to happen in the church as normal.  Obviously there are some things that are going to take much longer to fix, but at least the church will be usable and we can work around other things.

Well done, team!

Changes for this weekend

We are unsure when we will be able to use Mary Immaculate Church.  There is significant damage to the tiles on the roof, and every shower of rain pours into the church.

Therefore, the following changes will be made for this weekend, 29th/30th November, 2014:

The 8:00am Saturday morning Mass (& Adoration and Confessions) is cancelled.

The 7:30am, 9:00am and 5:00pm Masses on Sunday at Mary Immaculate will be celebrated in the Marymac Centre beside the primary school.

There is no damage at Saint John Fisher Church or Saint Elizabeth’s Chapel, so everything scheduled there will continue as normal.

Once we can stop the water coming through the roof of the church, we’ll let everyone know so that we can mount the clean-up operation.

Thanks to everyone who has shown their concern, and for the offers of help – it is truly appreciated.  And a big thank-you to those who have been helping overnight and today.

What a storm

I had heard someone say last night that there’d be a storm today, but I wasn’t expecting what we got.

All the parish buildings at Annerley have smashed windows and water damage.  Everything facing south was in the line of fire.  All the high lead-light windows in the Church along Ferndale Street are smashed, as are the windows on that side of the sanctuary.  The water was coming through the roof of the church, and down the walls from the roof, and then through the broken windows, and flowed through the floor to the library and classroom below – where the windows were also smashed by the hail.  The other buildings of the school also had their windows smashed.  The parish office had most of its front windows smashed and water through the offices on that side.  The convent had water through the roof.  The presbytery’s front windows are all smashed.  The tree at the front of the church came down, but thankfully fell over the path and not on the church or on Ipswich Road.

Reports are that there is no damage at Saint John Fisher Church, and I’ve had no reports of damage at Saint Elizabeth’s yet, although the power-line did come down near the chapel.

The school staff worked very hard to clean up the damage to the school.  The repairers are currently boarding up the windows in the parish office to make it secure.

A bit of cleaning up to continue tomorrow.

At this stage, the 7:00am Mass at Saint Elizabeth’s on Friday morning is on, as per normal.  Adoration tonight is suspended.

Mary Immaculate School will be closed on Friday 28 November due to the damage.  Parents are asked to make alternative arrangements for your children.

Oops!

bigstock_Embarrassed_Emoticon_845629It has been pointed out to me that I used an infelicitous turn of phrase in my column in this weekend’s newsletter!

When I said that the Sisters of Saint Joseph are closing the Mary MacKillop Centre and “leaving the convent,” I meant that they are “moving out of the convent building into another residence.”

I’m sure our Sisters have no intention of leaving the convent!

Hopefully everyone will understand the correct meaning!

 

 

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) – 7 September 2014

Father Adrian’s homily for this Sunday

A secular priest

Homily for Mass – Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

(Saint John Fisher Church, Tarragindi:  Sunday 9:00am;

Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley: Sunday 5:00pm)

7 September 2014

(Readings: Ez 33:7-9; Ps 94; Rom 13:8-10; Mt 18:15-20)

Over the years, campaigns to stop drink driving have reminded us of our responsibility towards others. “Friends don’t let friends drink and drive,” and such like. If we truly are friends with someone, then we have a responsibility towards them.

Christians have a responsibility towards others as well. And each of our readings today reminds us of that responsibility. We could summarize those responsibilities as the responsibility to speak, to respect, and to heal.

In the first reading we hear of the responsibility to speak. The prophet Ezekiel speaks of being appointed by the Lord as “sentry to the House of Israel.” The role of a sentry, or watchman, was to warn of danger…

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary #2 – 15 August 2014

Father Adrian’s homily for the morning Mass (with the school) for the Solemnity of the Assumption

A secular priest

assumption-of-mary-1642Homily for Mass – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley

Friday 15th August, 2014 – 9:00am (School Mass)

Perhaps you’ve seen in the news the pictures of the terrible fighting happening in places like Iraq, Syria, and the Holy Land. We need to pray very hard for peace in those places – that people’s hearts will be changed to stop hurting other people. As we see those stories, we also realize that a lot of people have died in the fighting – and that’s very sad.

Through our lives we face the fact that our loved ones do die. Facing the death of people we know and love is probably one of the hardest things we have to face in life. It is natural and normal for us to be sad when those we love die; when they are no longer with us to do…

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 15 August 2014

Father Adrian’s homily for the Assumption of the BVM

A secular priest

assumption-of-mary-1642Homily for Mass – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley

Thursday 14th August, 2014 – 7:00pm

At the beginning of his homily for the Chrism Mass in Holy Week a couple of years ago, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI recalled a short story of the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. In the story, a harsh sovereign asks his priests and wise men to show him God. But they’re not able to do it. A shepherd coming in from the fields then volunteers to take on the task. He tells the king that his eyes are not good enough to see God, but the king persists in wanting to know at least what God does. So the shepherd says, “Then we must exchange our clothes.” The king is reluctant, but curious, and so he consents. He gives his royal robes to the shepherd and has himself dressed in…

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