5th Sunday of Lent 2015

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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
5TH SUNDAY OF LENT – YEAR B
22 MARCH 2015
RESPONSORIAL PSALM
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Be merciful, O Lord. Be merciful, O Lord.
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Make our hearts, O Lord, Rich soil for your Word.
Plant new seeds of faith, hope and love.
Make our hearts, O Lord, Rich soil for your Word.
Welcome to the Word of God.
Have mercy on my God in your kindness
In your compassion, blot out my offence.
O wash me more and more from my guilt,
And cleanse me from my sin!
My offences, truly I know them,
And my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone have I sinned.
What is evil in your sight, I have done.
A pure heart create for me, O God.
Put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
Nor deprive me of your holy spirit.
Give me again the joy of your help,
With a spirit of fervour sustain me.
O Lord, open my lips
And my mouth shall declare your praise.
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER II
RECENTLY DECEASED: Armando Travaglini of
Rathdowne Street, Patrick Power, Rose Torchia
ANNIVERSARIES: Connie Murray, Vincenzo Pittorino,
Maria Castaldo, Antonia Esposito, Carmela Esposito,
Vincenzo Esposito, Salvatore Lofaro, Maria Castaldo
A RICH HARVEST
The gospel reading begins with some Greeks wanting to
meet Jesus. Why is it significant that they were Greeks?
The Jews were very clear about the distinction between
Jews and non-Jews (Gentiles). Regardless of their
intentions and goodwill, a Gentile was simply not a Jew.
Greeks, who worshipped an entire pantheon of gods,
were regarded as almost as far from Jewish belief in one
God as was possible. Yet Jesus made clear that his
message was for everyone: Jew and Gentile alike. His
death and resurrection would bring a ‘rich harvest’ of
belief among Gentiles as well as Jews. —Greg Sunter
OUR LENTEN THEME
This Lent, our theme is Mountain, Metaphor and Mystery.
The mountain itself is a metaphor for the spiritual
journey. In the Scriptures we read of people climbing
high mountains to encounter God. During this season,
our spiritual journey is one of deeply encountering the
Mystery of God in the life, death and resurrection of
Jesus Christ.
THE BLUE LIGHT
The icon of the Transfiguration (by
Theophanes the Greek, 1403) is our
focus for the Lent/Easter season. In this
Sunday’s gospel there are hints of
Jesus’ transfiguration and his
resurrection. The gospel speaks of
Jesus being raised and glorified. In our
icon, the divine light shining from the
glorified Christ is blue. And this blue
light shines gently onto the frightened disciples who are
overcome with awe. In iconography, blue is the celestial
colour. It was used to portray divine light and lovingkindness.
… AND THE CAVES
In the gospel today we hear of the
wheat grain falling into the earth and
dying. The icon has caves in the side of
the mountain representing Elijah’s cave
and burial place of Jesus. There is new
life springing up from the caves – a living sign of hope in
the resurrection.
HOLY WEEK BEGINS NEXT WEEKEND
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, the
beginning of Holy Week. Please note
that, at St Ambrose’s, the ceremony will
begin at 10.00am with the Blessing of
Palms in the Olive Garden in front of St
Ambrose’s church. We will gather
there to pray with the other Brunswick
churches. There will be a procession in the street and
then we will return to the church for our Palm Sunday
Mass at 10.30.
EASTER TRIDUUM
The times of the Easter Triduum Liturgies are:
• Holy Thursday: 7.30pm at St Ambrose’s
• Good Friday:
3.00pm at both Our Lady’s
and St Ambrose’s
• Holy Saturday: (Easter Vigil) – 7.30pm
at Our Lady’s
• Easter Sunday: 9.00am at Our Lady’s
(Italian/English)
• Easter Sunday: 10.30am at St Ambrose’s
LENTEN RECONCILIATION
A very central part of our Lenten journey is
the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 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. The Sacrament of
Reconciliation will take place this Tuesday 24 March at
7.00pm in Our Lady’s church. There will be a short
Penitential Service followed by the opportunity for
Reconciliation. Three priests will hear confessions in
English, Italian or Vietnamese. There will be further
opportunities during Holy Week. These times will be
listed in next week’s newsletter.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
In this final week of Lent the Stations of the Cross will
be on Tuesday at Our Lady’s after the 9.15am Mass and
on Friday at St Ambrose’s after the 10.00am Mass.
LENTEN PRAYER GROUP AT THE MARISTS
The final Lenten prayer gathering will be on
Thursday Evening 26 March in the Marist
Brothers Chapel, 106 Holden Street, North
Fitzroy, from 7.45 – 8.30pm. Gather for
reflection and prayer with a focus on the
Gospel Reading for next Sunday. All welcome!
LENTEN REFLECTION GROUPS: FINAL WEEK
• Italian reflection group, led by Sr Julita, meets on
Tuesday at 10.30am in St Ambrose’s Parish House.
• Another Italian reflection group led by Sr Julita
meets in Our Lady’s Community Room on
Thursday at 9.45am.
• The English-speaking Lenten reflection group led by
Sr Diane meets on Wednesday in the front
meeting room of St Ambrose’s Parish House after
the 10.00am Mass.
EVENING PRAYER (VESPERS) DURING LENT
On Wednesday evening 25 March (the Feast of the
Annunciation), there will be the Evening Prayer of the
Church 5.30 – 5.50pm in the Spirituality Room at St
Ambrose’s Community Centre. All welcome.
EASTER RAFFLE – LAST CHANCE!
Tickets for the parish Easter raffle are
$2.00 for an envelope of four, and are on
sale today at St Ambrose’s. The raffle will
be drawn after the 10.30am Mass today.
Please keep your tickets to check if
you’ve won. Winning numbers will be
published in the newsletter next Sunday.
1. First prize is an Easter hamper worth $150
(donated by Catholic Church Insurance)
2. Second prize is also an Easter hamper!
PROJECT COMPASSION WEEK 5: PERU
In a remote Andean village, Caritas Huacho is helping
farmers like Cristian to grow and harvest a wide variety
of high-value, sustainable fruit crops, which will provide
a secure income and a wide variety of
food for life. Please donate to Project
Compassion 2015 and help farmers in
Peru grow and harvest sustainable crops,
providing their families with food for life.
EASTER ACTION – WEEK 5
Want slavery-free Easter chocolate? Fairtrade
Australia is looking for over 10.000 signatures on a
petition calling on supermarkets to double the amount
of Fairtrade certified Easter products in 2016.
Action: Sign the petition at www.signwithmary.com.au.
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 your address and
phone number after Mass.
NEXT MEETING FOR BOOK GROUP
The next gathering for the Spiritual
Reading Book Group will be this
Wednesday 25 March from 7.00pm to
8.15pm in St Ambrose’s Spirituality
Room. We will be looking at chapters 6
and 7 of ‘Ask the Beasts – Darwin and the
God of Love’.
COLLECTION FOR VANUATU
As the magnitude of the devastation of the Pacific nation
of Vanuatu becomes known Caritas Australia has opened
a special Pacific Emergency Appeal to respond to urgent
immediate needs such as food, shelter and clean water.
There will be a second collection today for those who
wish to make a donation to the Pacific Emergency
Appeal, or you can do so online at
www.caritas.org.au. We remember in prayer our
brothers and sisters in Vanuatu and the other island
nations as they attempt to rebuild their lives and their
nations.
DO YOU HAVE A FIG TREE?
Our parish jam-makers are keen to make
fig jam for our fund-raising efforts this
year. If you have figs at home, can you
bring them in to the church or contact
the parish on 9380 1023 for someone to
come and collect them.
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.
PALM SUNDAY PRAYER SERVICE
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 next Sunday
29 March 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.
ACCOMMODATION NEEDED
A young catholic Spanish woman who is a Professor of
psychology in Madrid is looking for a place to live for
about three months from mid May on. She will be
associated with Melbourne Uni during that time. She
would prefer to live in a familiar environment or share a
flat. Contact [email protected]
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.
MENTORS FOR CARPENTRY PROGRAM
Marist Youth Care is looking for volunteers
to be mentors for their Furniture/
Carpentry program starting on 13 April
and going until the end of June. It will
involve one or two days a week, 9.00–
3.00pm Monday to Thursday. Volunteers
will need to have some of the following:
• 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.
MAKING PALM CROSSES
On Friday 27 March, from 11.00am –
12.30pm in St Ambrose’s Community
Centre, there will be a working bee to
make palm crosses for Palm Sunday. All
welcome!
CHOIR REHEARSALS
From 7.00 – 8.30 pm this Tuesday 24
March and 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!
BUNGALOW TO RENT
A single woman is looking for a bungalow to rent. Ring
Pauline on 0415 650 171
PARISH PRAYER FOCUS FOR MARCH
We pray for people of all faiths. May we be united in
compassion and love.
PARISH COLLECTIONS
Church: $1523.42; Presbytery: $881.46
READINGS NEXT WEEK: Isaiah 50:4–7; Philippians 2:6–11; Mark 14:1 – 15:47
PAGINA IN ITALIANO
LA LUCE BLU
L'icona della Trasfigurazione (da Theophanes il
greco, 1403) è il nostro obiettivo per questo
tempo di Quaresima. Nel Vangelo di questa
Domenica ci sono accenni della Trasfigurazione
di Gesù e la sua risurrezione. Il Vangelo parla
che Gesù, viene esaltato e glorificato. Nella
nostra icona, la luce divina che splende dal
Cristo glorificato è blu. E questa luce blu brilla
delicatamente sui discepoli spaventati con
timore reverenziale. Nell'iconografia, il blu è il colore celeste. Fu
usata per raffigurare l’amorevolezza della luce divina.
… E LE GROTTE
Nel Vangelo oggi sentiamo parlare del grano che cade nella terra e
muore. L'icona ha grotte sul lato della montagna che rappresenta la
grotta di Elia e luogo di sepoltura di Gesù. C'è la nuova vita che
spunta dalle grotte – un segno vivo di speranza nella resurrezione.
SETTIMANA SANTA INIZIA IL PROSSIMO FINE SETTIMANA
Domenica prossima è Domenica delle Palme, inizio della settimana
Santa. Si prega di notare che, a Sant'Ambrogio, la cerimonia avrà
inizio alle ore 10.00am con la Benedizione delle Palme nel
Giardino delle Olive davanti alla Chiesa di Sant'Ambrogio. Ci
riuniremo lì per pregare con le altre chiese di Brunswick. Ci sarà la
processione in strada e poi torneremo alla chiesa nostra per la
Messa della Domenica delle Palme alle ore 10.30.
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
RICONCILIAZIONE QUARESIMALE
Una parte centrale del nostro itinerario
quaresimale è il sacramento della riconciliazione.
Possiamo celebrare il Sacramento a Santa Maria,
Sant'Ambrogio o qualsiasi altra chiesa. Chiesa di
St Francis' Lonsdale Street, Cità, cè l’opportunità
quotidiane per la riconciliazione. Il sacramento
della riconciliazione avrà luogo questo Martedì 24 Marzo alle
7.00pm nella Chiesa di Santa Maria. Ci sarà un breve servizio
penitenziale seguita dalla possibilità di confessare. Ci saranno
presente tre Sacerdoti (Inglese/Italiano/Vietnamita) . Ci saranno
ulteriori occasioni durante la settimana Santa. Questi tempi
saranno elencati nella newsletter della settimana prossima.
VIA CRUCIS
In questa ultima settimana di Quaresima la via Crucis sarà Martedì
presso Santa Maria dopo la Messa delle ore 9:15 e Venerdì a
Sant'Ambrogio dopo la Messa delle ore 10.00am.
LOTTERIA PER LA PASQUA – ULTIMA OPPORTUNITÀ!
I biglietti per la lotteria di Pasqua della parrocchia sono $2,00 per
una busta di quattro e sono in vendita oggi a Sant'Ambrogio. La
lotteria verrà sorteggiata dopo la Messa delle ore10:30 di oggi. Si
prega di tenere i tuoi biglietti per controllare se hai vinto. Numeri
vincenti saranno pubblicati nella newsletter Domenica prossima.
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.
COLLETTA PER VANUATU
Come la grandezza della devastazione della nazione nel Pacifico
Vanuatu venuta alla conoscenza della Caritas Australia che ha aperto
un appello speciale di emergenza per il Pacifico per rispondere
all'urgenza immediata esigenze quali cibo, riparo e acqua pulita. Ci
sarà una seconda raccolta oggi per coloro che desiderano fare una
donazione per l'appello di emergenza del Pacifico, o si può fare
così online presso www.caritas.org.au. Ricordiamo nella preghiera i
nostri fratelli e sorelle in Vanuatu e l'altri nazioni isolani che
cercano di ricostruire le loro vite e le loro Nazioni.
AVETE UN ALBERO DI FICO?
I nostri parrocchiani che farano marmellata hanno
bisogno di fichi per fare la marmellata di fichi per la
nostra raccolta fondi quest'anno. Se avete i fichi in
casa, potete portarli alla Chiesa o contattare la
parrocchia su 9380 1023 per qualcuno venire a raccoglierli.
NECESSITASI ALLOGGI
Una giovane cattolica spagnola che è professore di psicologia a
Madrid è alla ricerca di un posto per vivere per circa tre mesi dalla
metà di Maggio. Lei verrà associata a Melbourne Uni durante quel
tempo. Lei preferirebbe vivere in un ambiente familiare o
condividere un appartamento. Contattare [email protected]
BUNGALOW IN AFFITO
Una donna singola è alla ricerca di un bungalow (velletta a un
piano) in affitto. Telefonare a Pauline su 0415 650 171
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.
CROCI PER LA DOMENICA DELLE PALME
Venerdì 27 Marzo, da 11 – 12:30 nel Centro
Comunitario di Sant'Ambrogio, ci sarà il
lavoro per fare le croci per la Domenica delle
Palme. Tutti Benvenuti!
PREGHIERA PARROCCHIALE PER MARZO
Preghiamo per le persone di tutte le credenze. Che potessimo
essere uniti nella compassione e nell amore.
GRUPPI RIFLESSIONE QUARESIMALE
• Un gruppo di riflessione in Italiana si incontra ogni Martedì
alle ore 10:30 nella casa parrocchiale di Sant'Ambrogio,
guidato da Sr Julita.
•
Un altro gruppo di riflessione in Italiana guidato da Sr Julita si
incontra nella sala della comunità Santa Maria ogni Giovedì di
Quaresima alle 9:45.
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