The Catholic Parish of Brunswick and Brunswick East Parish Newsletter St Ambrose’s Our Lady’s 287 Sydney Road, Brunswick Telephone 9380 1023 Fax: 9388 8144 Email: [email protected] Website: www.stambroseparish.org.au 49 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East Telephone: 9380 1844 Fax 9388 0170 Email: [email protected] Website: www.ourlady.org.au PARISH TEAM PRIESTS OF THE PARISH: Fr Michael Casey and Fr Vinh Nguyen PASTORAL ASSOCIATES: Sr Diane Cleveland and Sr Julita Buss FAITH DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION: Tricia Murray SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: Mr Philip Cachia, www.olbrunswickeast.catholic.edu.au SUNDAY MASS TIMES: Our Lady’s St Ambrose’s WEEKDAY MASSES: Our Lady’s St Ambrose’s St Ambrose’s RECONCILIATION: Our Lady’s MARRIAGES AND BAPTISMS: By appointment 6.00pm Saturday Vigil, 9.00am Sunday (Italian/English). 10.30am Sunday. Tuesday to Thursday at 9.15am, Friday at 9.00am Tuesday to Saturday at 10.00am 10.30am Saturday 11.30am Saturday PALM SUNDAY – YEAR B RESPONSORIAL PSALM My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? All who see me deride me. They curl their lips, they toss their heads. ‘He trusted in the Lord, let him save him; let him release him if this is his friend.’ Many dogs have surrounded me, a band of the wicked beset me. They tear holes in my hands and my feet. I can count every one of my bones. They divide my clothing among them. They cast lots for my robe. O Lord, do not leave me alone, my strength, make haste to help me! I will tell of your name to my brethren and praise you where they are assembled. ‘You who fear the Lord give him praise; all sons of Jacob, give him glory. Revere him, Israel’s sons.’ 29 MARCH 2015 GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory! Cantor: Christ became obedient for us even to death dying on the cross. Therefore God raised him on high and gave him a name above all other names. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory! EUCHARISTIC PRAYER II RECENTLY DECEASED: Luigi D’Eboli of Lord Street, Ross Barfoot of Barkly Street, Rosa Ferraro of Brunswick Road ANNIVERSARIES: Salvatore Molica, Salvatore Scarnato, Mauro Amato, Rosa Covalea, Tony Greco JESUS – VULNERABLE AND SUFFERING Mark’s Gospel was being written around the year 70 CE. It was a time of great turbulence and the small Christian community in Rome was under threat. Since the year 64 CE the emperor Nero had begun a wave of persecution of Christians, and in the year 70 Roman armies finally captured and destroyed Jerusalem. It was a time when the faith of believers was being tested. They might well feel that God had abandoned them. Mark depicts a Jesus who also experiences suffering, anguish, the sense of abandonment by God and even death. Jesus, in Mark's gospel, is no super-hero, but a vulnerable human being, victim to the power of the Empire, the dismay of human friends who abandon him in his hour of need, and even the apparent silence of God. Jesus knows human suffering. This is a Jesus whom Mark’s community can identify with. The disciples also are presented as weak and frightened followers of Jesus. Again, Mark’s community could identify with these failing men and women. —Mary Coloe PETER, JAMES AND JOHN In the Icon of the Transfiguration which is featured on our altar for the Lent/Easter season, we see Jesus taking Peter, James and John up a high mountain where he is transfigured before them. The icon reveals that the experience of Jesus’ divinity was too overwhelming for them. These are the same three disciples he takes with him into Gethsemane. But it also seems that the experience of the intensity of Jesus’ humanity is too much for them. They fall asleep and fail to give Jesus support during his time of deep human suffering. HOLY WEEK BEGINS THIS WEEK Today, with Palm Sunday, we enter this most sacred week – a week that leads us into the Easter Triduum. The Easter Triduum is the most important liturgy of the year, a liturgy that lasts three days, beginning with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening, taking us through the Solemn liturgy of Good Friday, and concluding with the Easter Vigil/ Easter Sunday liturgy. With the Easter Triduum we focus intently on the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our Lenten journey has helped us to prepare for this great celebration. LENTEN RECONCILIATION The times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation are listed below. We can celebrate the Sacrament at Our Lady’s, St Ambrose’s or any other church. St Francis’ Church in Lonsdale Street, City, provides daily opportunities for Reconciliation. TRANSPORT TO HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES Those requiring transport to the Holy Week ceremonies, please ring the Parish House at Our Lady’s (9380 1844) or St Ambrose’s (9380 1023) early this week. PALM SUNDAY PRAYER SERVICE TODAY The Office for Justice and Peace and the Melbourne Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office invite you to attend the Palm Sunday Prayer Service in solidarity with asylum seekers and refugees. 1.00 – 1.30pm today in St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne. Celebrant: Fr Bruce Duncan CSsR. All welcome! Those who would like to go as a parish group, and travel in by tram, we will meet outside Our Lady’s church at 12.00 noon. HOLY WEEK TIMETABLE TUESDAY 31 MARCH 9.15am Communion Service at Our Lady’s 10.00am Communion Service at St Ambrose’s 11.00am Mass of Chrism at St Patrick’s Cathedral WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 9.15am Mass at Our Lady’s 10.00am Mass at St Ambrose’s 10.00am Sacrament of Reconciliation at Our Lady’s HOLY THURSDAY 2 APRIL 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St Ambrose’s NOTE: There is no morning Mass on Holy Thursday GOOD FRIDAY 3 APRIL 10.00am Stations of the Cross at St Ambrose’s followed by the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 10.00am Italian Stations of the Cross at Our Lady’s, followed by the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Fr Edwin – Italian, Maltese, English) 3.00pm Good Friday Liturgy at Our Lady’s 3.00pm Good Friday Liturgy at St Ambrose’s HOLY SATURDAY 4 APRIL 10.30am Reconciliation at St Ambrose’s 11.30am Reconciliation at Our Lady’s 7.30pm Easter Vigil Liturgy at Our Lady’s EASTER SUNDAY 5 APRIL 9.00am Mass (Italian/English) at Our Lady’s 10.30am Mass at St Ambrose’s PALM SUNDAY MARCH Following the Palm Sunday prayer service at the Cathedral, there will be a ‘Walk for Justice for Refugees’ from 2.00pm. Meet at the State Library, corner of Swanston and Latrobe Streets. Further information is on the noticeboard. CHOIR REHEARSAL From 7.00 – 8.30 pm this Monday 30 March, there will be a choir practice in St Ambrose’s church to rehearse the singing for the parish’s Holy Week liturgies. All welcome! HOLY LAND APPEAL On Good Friday, there will be a Leaving Collection to support the Church in the Holy Land in its work of caring for the biblical shrines, schools, orphanages and parishes in the Holy Land. More information on the noticeboard. EASTER RAFFLE – DID YOU WIN? Check your tickets! The lucky tickets for the parish Easter raffle are: 1. First prize ticket BLUE–C 010 for an Easter hamper worth $150 (donated by Catholic Church Insurance) 2. Second prize ticket 303993 also wins an Easter hamper! PROJECT COMPASSION WEEK 6: WEST TIMOR To combat the variable weather patterns affecting farmers in Vinsen’s village, a local community program supported by Caritas Australia, is teaching farmers how to terrace land and grow sustainable crops for life. Please donate to Project Compassion 2015 and help farmers in remote West Timor grow sustainable crops for life, regardless of changing weather patterns. PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES Please return your Project Compassion boxes and envelopes on the Sunday after Easter. There will be a collection box on the sanctuary for these. Thank you in advance for your generous Lenten contributions to the work of Caritas Australia. EASTER ACTION – WEEK 6 Can’t find certified eggs in your supermarket? Did you know that the Easter eggs in Australian supermarkets might be made with cocoa beans picked by children, many of whom have been trafficked or forced to work in exploitative conditions? The International Labour Rights Forum estimates that there are 500,000 – 1,500,000 children working in the cocoa sector in West Africa. Action: Join us this Easter and ask Coles and Woolworths to stock more certified Easter chocolate in 2016. Download cards from www.stopthetraffik.org./au/ traffikfree_easter and take them to your local supermarket. FR VINH WOULD LIKE TO VISIT Fr Vinh would like to visit parishioners in their homes. If you would like a visit, please give him or Fr Michael your address and phone number after Mass. MEALS IN SMALL GROUPS After Easter we will be resuming the ‘Meals in Small Groups’ initiative. These small gatherings of 6 to 8 people provide the opportunity for parishioners to get to know one another a little better, and simply to enjoy each others’ company. The dates for the first round of meals will be on the evenings of: • Saturday 9 May • Saturday 16 May • Saturday 23 May Keep one of those dates free. There will be further information about venues after Easter. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY During the Easter Season there will be a series of three evenings exploring faith and Scripture, featuring theologian Fr Kevin Lenehan on Wednesday 22 April; and Scripture scholar Br Rod Doyle on Wednesdays 6 and 13 May. These gatherings will be a 7.30pm in St Ambrose’s Community Centre. More details to follow. CAN YOU HELP? Jassem, an Iranian asylum seeker and good friend of the three Iranian asylum seekers who live in St Ambrose’s parish house, is desperately in need of accommodation (a room). If you can help, please contact Fr Michael on 9380 1023. ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED Catherine, a 19 year old girl from country NSW is looking for a room to rent this year while working in Melbourne. Her contact number is 0447 236 293. MENTORS FOR CARPENTRY PROGRAM Marist Youth Care is looking for volunteers to be mentors for their Furniture/ Carpentry program April – June. It will involve one or two days a week, 9.00– 3.00pm Monday to Thursday. Volunteers will need to have trade based skills or IT skills or business acumen or a van/trailer/ ute for furniture pick up and delivery. If you can help, please contact Angela on 0400 909 554. PARISH PRAYER FOCUS FOR MARCH We pray for people of all faiths. May we be united in compassion and love. PARISH COLLECTIONS Church: $1071.60; Presbytery: $532.30 READINGS NEXT WEEK: Acts 10:34, 37–43; Colossians 3:1–4; Mark 16:1–7 PAGINA IN ITALIANO TRIDUO PASQUALE L’orario delle liturgie del Triduo Pasquale: • GIOVEDÌ SANTO: 7:30PM presso Sant’Ambrogio. • VENERDÌ SANTO: 3:00PM entrambi le chiese di Santa Maria e Sant’Ambrogio • SABATO SANTO (Veglia Pasquale): 7:30PM presso la chiesa di Santa Maria • DOMENICA DI PASQUA: 9:00AM a Santa Maria (Italiano/Inglese) • DOMENICA DI PASQUA: 10:30AM a Sant'Ambrogio PIETRO, GIACOMO E GIOVANNI L'icona della Trasfigurazione che è sul nostro altare per il tempo di Quaresima/ Pasqua, vediamo Gesù che portò Pietro, Giacomo e Giovanni sopra un monte alto dove egli si trasfigura davanti a loro. L'icona rivela che l'esperienza della divinità di Gesù era troppo opprimente per loro. Queste sono le stessi tre discepoli che prende con lui nel Getsemani. Ma sembra anche che l'esperienza dell'intensità dell'umanità di Gesù è troppo per loro. Essi si addormentano e non riescono a dare un sostegno a Gesù durante il suo periodo di sofferenza profonda e umana. SETTIMANA SANTA COMINCIA QUESTA SETTIMANA Oggi, con la Domenica delle Palme, entriamo in questa settimana più sacra – una settimana che ci porta nel Triduo Pasquale. Il Triduo Pasquale è la liturgia più importante dell'anno, una liturgia che dura tre giorni, cominciando con la Messa della Cena del Signore il Giovedì Santo sera, portandoci attraverso la liturgia solenne del Venerdì Santo e concludendo con la liturgia della veglia Pasquale /Domenica di Pasqua. Con il Triduo Pasquale ci concentriamo intensamente sulla morte e la risurrezione di Gesù. Il nostro itinerario Quaresimale ci ha aiutato a preparare per questa grande celebrazione. RICONCILIAZIONE I tempi per il sacramento della riconciliazione sono elencati nella pagina precedente. Possiamo celebrare il Sacramento a Santa Maria, Sant'Ambrogio o qualsiasi altra Chiesa. Chiesa di St Francis' Lonsdale Street, Città, offre l’opportunità quotidiana per la confessione. TRASPORTO ALLE CERIMONIE DELLA SETTIMANA SANTA Coloro che richiedono il trasporto per le cerimonie della settimana Santa, si prega di telefonare alla casa parrocchiale a Santa Maria (9380 1844) o Sant'Ambrogio (9380 1023) all'inizio di questa settimana. APPELLO TERRA SANTA Il Venerdì Santo, ci sarà una raccolta nel uscita della Chiesa per la Terra Santa per sostenere il lavoro di cura per i santuari biblici, scuole, orfanotrofi e parrocchie in Terra Santa. C'è più informazione sulla bacheca. LOTTERIA DI PASQUA – AI VINTO? Controllate i biglietti! I biglietti fortunati per la lotteria di Pasqua della parrocchia sono: 1. Primo premio biglietto BLUE–C 010 per un cesto di Pasqua valore di $150 (donato dalla Assicurazioni Chiesa Cattolica) 2. Secondo premio biglietto 303993 vince anche un cesto di Pasqua! SCATOLE PROGETTO COMPASSIONE Si prega di restituire la tua scatola del progetto compassione e buste la Domenica dopo Pasqua. Ci sarà una scatola di raccolta sul santuario per questi. Grazie in anticipo per il vostro generoso contributo quaresimale per i lavori della Caritas Australia. FR VINH PIACEREBBE VISITARVI Fr Vinh Nguyen, nostro sacerdote assistente, vorrebe visitare i parrocchiani nelle loro case. Se vuoi una visita, si prega di dargli l'indirizzo e numero di telefono dopo la Messa. RICHIESTA DI ALLOGGIO Catherine, una ragazza di 19 anni di NSW è alla ricerca di una stanza in affitto per quest'anno mentre lei lavora a Melbourne. Suo numero di telefono è 0447 236 293. MENTORI PER IL PROGRAMMA CARPENTERIA Marist Youth Care cerca volontari essere mentori per il loro programma di mobili/ carpenteria a partire dal 13 Aprile e va fino alla fine di Giugno. Coinvolgerà uno o due giorni alla settimana, ore 9.00 – 3.00 pm Lunedi a Giovedi. Volontari dovranno avere alcuni dei seguenti: • Scambi di competenze di base, o • IT competenze, o • Senso degli affair, o • Un van/rimorchio/Ute per mobili di pick up e consegna Se potete aiutare, si prega di contattare Angela 0400 909 554. PREGHIERA PARROCCHIALE PER MARZO Preghiamo per le persone di tutte le credenze. Che potessimo essere uniti nella compassione e nell amore.