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  • St Liborius Parish

    VISION: We, the St Liborius parish Community, seek to support each other in growing together in faith and sharing this faith with the wider community.

    St Augustine’s (Myers Flat), St Stephen’s (Raywood) Communities Growing Together

    2nd july, 2017 - thirteenth Sunday in ordinary time, year a

    Next Week’s Readings Zechariah 9:9-10 Romans 8:9,11-13 Matthew 11:25-30

    Gospel Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy people. Praise God who called you out of darkness and into his marvellous light. Alleluia!

    Responsorial Psalm For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

    Papal Prayer Intentions for July 2017 Lapsed Christians That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.

    Each one of us is precious; each one of us is irreplaceable in God’s eyes. 25th June

    The Word Today Kings4:8-11, 14-16 Romans 6:3-4,8-11 Matthew 10:37-42

    HOSPITALITY Both the First Reading and the Gospel stress the greatness of hospitality shown to the envoys of God, that is, those who are bearers of God’s word. But there is another kind of hospitality that is stressed again and again in the Bible, namely, hospitality to the stranger. Hospitality is the hallmark of a Christian. At long last winter ended and spring came. All along the street the people rejoiced. They drew back their curtains and opened up their windows. Fresh air, sunlight, and warmth poured into their homes. “Thank God for spring! Thank God for the sunshine!” they exclaimed. Just then a beggar man appeared at the end of the street. He was quickly spotted through the open windows. One by one, down the length of the street, the windows were quickly closed, the curtains silently drawn, and the locks put back on the doors. The beggar man knocked on every door on the street, but not one door opened to him. Forlornly he left the street and headed for somewhere else. No sooner had he disappeared than the curtains were pulled back again, and the windows and doors opened up once more. And again the sunshine and fresh air poured in, and all the people rejoiced. Strange how our homes are always open to receive God’s sunshine and fresh air, but not always open to receive a child of God, especially when he comes in poverty. Hospitality is a beautiful thing. But nowadays hospitality is a very different matter from what it was in the old days when nobody locked their doors. Sadly, those days are gone. Today is the day of locks, bolts, chains, peep holes, alarm systems, dogs… Yet today there is more need than ever for hospitality and friendliness. In the world today there is a lot of loneliness and there are lots of strangers and displaced people. Hospitality to a friend is no big deal There is no risk involved, and there is every likelihood that the favour will be returned. But hospitality to a stranger is a great thing. However, there is a risk involved. But Christ calls us to welcome the strangers in our midst. To be hospitable does not mean making them like us. It means accepting them as they are. This enables them to shed their strangeness, and become members of the community. If Christians retreat into ghettos where they secure themselves

    and their property against those they consider as socially inferior to them, what hope is there for the world? Christ calls us to reach out. And the rewards are great. He said that even a trivial act of kindness, like giving a cup of cold water, would not go unrewarded in heaven. But there are earthly rewards too, and very great ones - the growth of understanding, friendliness, and co-operation, things our neighbourhoods are crying out for. This is the kind of spring we ourselves can cause to visit our homes and streets, a spring that will banish from our midst the winter of mistrust, fear and hostility. For the followers of Christ, hospitality is not an optional extra. It is at the very heart of the Gospel. And the ultimate motivation is clear: to welcome the stranger is to welcome Christ himself. Hospitality is not so much about open doors as about open hearts. There is a risk in having an open heart. One can get hurt. But to open one’s heart is to begin to live. To close it is to begin to die.

  • With St Liborius, St Stephen & St Augustine, let us be a spiritual benefactor to each other in prayer, especially for the health and well-being of:

    Pray for our seminarians: Dean Klayford Bongat, Adi Indra, Jackson Saunders, Nathan Verallo & DJ Suguitan.

    May they rest in the peace of Christ. Amen.

    In faith and hope let us pray for those who have gone before us and those whose anniversaries occur around this time.

    Francis Walsh, Charles Josephs, Ronald Hosking, Alexander McGrory, Monica Quinn, Margaret White, John Fitzgerald,

    PatrickLynch, James Slattery, Anne Winsor.


    Recently Deceased:

    As we gather to worship, we acknowledge the Traditional owners and custodians of this land- the Jaara Country we are standing on- the Jaara people of the Dja Dja Wurrung community and their forebears who have been custodians of this land for centuries.

    Ted Verryt, Mary Furlong, Russell Milikins, Bryan Keogh, Zoey Lovejoy, Gerald Smith, Len Fitzgerald

    Patricia Schultz, Marie Casey, Teresa Brandreth, Marianne Cuskelly, Mary McAdam, John Haugh Yvonne Holland

    Kevin Tobias, Maureen O’Keefe, Christine Longmire Bert Youla Patricia Ennor Alan Surplice Charles Naughton



    Sunday- Before & after 10.30 Mass Saturday- Before & after 6.00 Mass

    Orders -Tracy @ Parish Centre 5446 8235 After Hours sales - Anne 0447 390 162


    O God, who chose the Apostles to make disciples of all

    Nations, and who by Baptism and Confirmation has called

    us to build up your Holy Church,

    We implore you to choose from among us, your children, many priests and religious who will

    love you with their whole hearts and will gladly spend their lives to make you better

    known and loved by all.

    Through Christ our Lord.


    WANTED If anyone is interested in becoming a Lector, Welcomer or Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion please contact Maureen Bourke 5446 8821. We are in urgent need of new members willing to fill positions in our Roster.

    150th ANNIVERSARY On Sunday, 29th July 2018, we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of St Liborius’ parish. If you would like to be part of the committee planning for this memorable event, could you please contact Tracy in the parish office, or speak to any member of the Parish Pastoral Team. By honouring our past, we move forward to our future.


    Former NCGM/YCW members and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass for Cardijn (as he was affectionately known) When: Monday, 24th July Where: St Kilian’s Church, McCrae St, Bendigo Time: 6 pm. Please bring some memento of the time you spent as an NCGM or YCW member. Following suggestion: It is proposed that we adjourn to the Rising Sun Hotel, 84 Barnard St, Bendigo, for talk, drink and Dinner – There is no need to book. Just turn up! Further Details –Margaret Harrison - 5443 3996 or Mons. Frank Marriott - 0427 315 633

    ‘ENGAGING WITH THE HOPES OF PARISHES’ When: Tuesday July 25 2017 Time: 7.30 – 9.30 pm Where: St Kilian’s Church, BENDIGO. Fr Brendan Reed, Parish Priest of Deepdene & Balwyn and Camberwell Catholic Parishes, Catholic Theological College lecturer, with practical findings from his research Engaging with the Hopes of Parishes. ALL WELCOME to join the St Kilians’s PPC. RSVP: St Kilians 03 5441 6244 [email protected] or The Chancery [email protected] ‘ Ph: 03 5441 2544.

    BRUNCH KITCHEN Please note Brunch kitchen is in recess and will recommence on

    July 18th.

    FOOTY TIPPING LEADER BOARD - Up to Round 14 McDermott Family 56 Brian Bourke 60 Melva O'Dwyer 61 Tracy 61 Kath Fitzpatrick 62 Michael Nolan 62 Win Daniels 62 Margaret Watson 64 Fr Antony 64 Win Butler 66 Margaret Tobias 68 Terry Westaway 69 Alice Geary 70

    REFLECTION Our size as human beings can be measured by the circles we draw to take other people in. The bigger the circle, the bigger the person. A strong person isn’t afraid of people who are different. A wise person welcomes them. By shutting other people out we deny ourselves, the riches of other people’s experience. In the beginning God gave the earth its shape. He made it round. He included everybody. So should we.

    CWL BIRTHDAY Catholic Women’s League ladies will be celebrating the Branches birthday. When: Wednesday 12th July at 12 noon. If you would like to join us please give your name to Mary Haugh 54467049 or Maureen Bourke 54468821 by Friday 7th July. All welcome. If you need transport please let us know.