Welcome to St Mary's Parish
A common yet unfortunate experience in life is that we appreciate people who love us, things that we value and opportunities that have been ours, only when we are about to lose them. It often takes decisive events for us realize how fortunate we are. When we are in danger of losing our health, we begin to appreciate the gift of well-being. When we have lost a job we learn the value of a regular job. When our loved one is no longer with us we suddenly realize what a treasure we have lost and we wish we had told them every day how much we loved them.
The disciples, when faced with the prospect of not having Jesus in their midst any more, realized their potential loss. It is in this situation that they wait for a new outpouring of the Spirit of Jesus at Pentecost. Fifty days after Easter, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and His mother, giving them the courage, wisdom and zeal to continue the mission he started.
Pentecost is the 'birthday of the Church.' It is the feast of the Holy Spirit to honour His coming on this day; and it is the celebration of our own giftedness in the Spirit.
At Pentecost the Spirit breaks through all the barriers and fears within the hearts of the apostles. The biggest miracle of Pentecost is the transformation brought about in the apostles themselves. At Pentecost the apostles become fearless and face the crowds and are proud to proclaim Jesus Christ. Before Pentecost they did not understand the things that Je-sus explained to them, now they not only understood but they themselves were understood by people who listened to them. When they were least expecting it, the promise that Jesus gave was fulfilled. God cannot be controlled or put on our timetable. So often God is at work in our lives but we do not recognize it.
Let us appreciate and recognise the same the Holy Spirit is alive andactive in our lives, and who gives us the courage to follow Our Lord Jesus Christ. Have an awakening, Spirit-filled weekend! Pax et Bonum Fr Lam Vu OFM Cap
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
We are in need of various items to re-stock our storeroom as we continue to support people we visit in the West End/Highgate Hill/Dutton Park/Fairfield and South Brisbane areas. Your donations of any of the following would be greatly appreciated: Cutlery, dinner and bread and butter plates, tea/coffee mugs, egg slides, can openers, saucepans and cooking pots, sheets – single and double, pillow slips, towels, washers, tea towels. Electrical items such as toasters and kettles would need to be brand new. Donations can be left at St Francis church (before or after 9 am Sunday Mass), or the Parish Office 247 Gladstone Road, Dutton Park 9am – 1pm Monday-Friday; or can be collected by phoning Theresa Hogan 38442637 (A/Hrs) or David Dekker 32558884.
RESTORATION OF ST MARY'S CHURCH
Thank you so much to those who have donated to this project. Some of the works we wish to do are: tile floor covering, Bell Tower, Kitchenette and restoration of Statues, etc. Donations to this project can be made by deposit to St Mary’s ‘Restoration Fund’ Account: BSB: 064-786; ACC: 007230101; Commonwealth Bank. Include your surname on the statement and email the office with notification and your details so that a receipt may be issued to you.