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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

    8th May, 2016 - the ascension of the lord, YEAR c

    Fr Junjun Corner At the backyard of our first family home before grew a fruit tree called ‘Caimito’ or star-apple. Its fruit is sweet and watery that I just loved it as a kid. I remember, at school, we kids would spend some of our recess time climbing the ‘Caimito tree’ and greedily ate those ripe fruit. So when my dad planted this fruit tree in our backyard, I was so looking forward to enjoying its fruit, so much so that when it bore its first fruit, I couldn’t wait for it to get ripe , so I picked it off right away. After that, the tree never bore fruit again, as far as I know anyway. I remember my mum said to me: ‘It never bore fruit again because it was upset you took its first fruit right away.’ I’d like to believe in my mum but I just thought, it is ridiculous because fruit trees are naturally meant to bear fruits, and it is not a valid reason to only bear one. Friends, today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord into heaven. This is the second glorious mystery. We glory indeed because Jesus promised us that he would go before us to prepare a place for us in his Father’s house. We are also to be glad and rejoice because his ascension would pave for us his greatest gift to all his followers of all time- the Holy Spirit- who would teach us the Truth (God loves us so much), who would remind us of the Way (God’s own Son, sent for our salvation) and who would be our Life (God-within-us). But this is not just about Jesus. It is also about us. As Luke recalls, before he ascended into heaven Jesus commanded his disciples to be ‘witnesses’ for him to all the world. In other words, Jesus is commanding us to bear fruit not naturally but supernaturally through the power of the Holy Spirit. To be witnesses for Christ, is to be who we say we are. We are Christians, thus we are to be the image, the figure, the representatives of Christ in the world, not as the Messiah (because there is only one Messiah), but as Christ loves the sinners, feeds the hungry, comforts the sorrowful, gives life to those who are in the brink of death, etc. To bear fruit is to be true to ourselves. A Caimito is meant to bear fruit, and not to have one is not in accordance with its nature. We are people, created in love in order to love, created as good and to share and show this goodness to others. Finally to bear fruit is to acknowledge we need God all the time. This means allowing God to be part of our life, having control and influence in our words, in our thoughts and in our deeds. That’s why we need repentance and to preach repentance to others to be true to ourselves before God. Happy Mothers’ Day to all mothers and I pray you have a good week ahead.

    Pope Francis Corner Misericordiae vultus: On this Jubilee Year of Mercy

    Grace, Mercy and Peace (continued from last week)

    22. A Jubilee also entails the granting of indulgences. This practice will acquire an even more important meaning in the Holy Year of Mercy. God’s forgiveness knows no bounds. In the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God makes even more evident his love and its power to destroy all human sin. Reconciliation with God is made possible through the paschal mystery and the mediation of the Church. Thus God is always ready to forgive, and he never tires of forgiving in ways that are continually new and surprising. Nevertheless, all of us know well the experience of sin. We know that we are called to perfection (cf. Mt 5:48), yet we feel the heavy burden of sin. Though we feel the transforming power of grace, we also feel the effects of sin typical of our fallen state. Despite being forgiven, the conflicting consequences of our sins remain. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God forgives our sins, which he truly blots out; and yet sin leaves a negative effect on the way we think and act. But the mercy of God is stronger even than this. It becomes indulgence on the part of the Father who, through the Bride of Christ, his Church, reaches the pardoned sinner and frees him from every residue left by the consequences of sin, enabling him to act with charity, to grow in love rather than to fall back into sin.

    The Church lives within the communion of the saints. In the Eucharist, this communion, which is a gift from God, becomes a spiritual union binding us to the saints and blessed ones whose number is beyond counting (cf. Rev 7:4). Their holiness comes to the aid of our weakness in a way that enables the Church, with her maternal prayers and her way of life, to fortify the weakness of some with the strength of others. Hence, to live the indulgence of the Holy Y ear means to approach the Father’s mercy with the certainty that his forgiveness extends to the entire life of the believer. To gain an indulgence is to experience the holiness of the Church, who bestows upon all the fruits of Christ’s redemption, so that God’s love and forgiveness may extend everywhere. Let us live this Jubilee intensely, begging the Father to forgive our sins and to bathe us in his merciful “indulgence.”

    The Word Today Acts 1:1-11 Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23 Luke 24:46-53

    PENTECOST VIGIL Genesis 11:1-9 Romans 8:22-27 John 7:37-39

    SUNDAY Apostles 2:1-11 Romans 8:8-17 John 14:15-16, 23-26

    Gospel Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! Go and teach all people my gospel. I am with you always until the end of the world.

    Alleluia!

    Responsorial Psalm God mounts his throne to shouts of joy; a blare of trumpets for the Lord!

    Papal Prayer Intentions for May 2016

    Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.

    Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.

    Work is proper to the human person and expresses the dignity of being created in the image of God. 30 Apr

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  • 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 the seminarians of our Diocese:

    Dean Klayford Bongat, Adi Indra, Jackson Saunders & 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.

    Albert Surplice, Aileen Daly, Frank McMahon, Leo Clarke Lous Heneberry, Kathleen Woodward,

    June Kirwan, Charles Joharnesen, Maria Hooley, Brendan Cornelissen, Mathew Stock, Elsie Hindley,

    Eileen Tuohey Bill O’Brien, John Pianta, Doss Harvey, George Brown, Desmond Ladson.

    Anniversaries:

    PRAYER FOR MOTHERS Holy God, thank you for the gift of Mothers.

    You compare your own love for your people to the love of a mother for her children.

    Look with kindness on all mothers, and all mother figures, strengthen them in their roles as

    light in their homes, give them comfort in moments of sorrow, and joy in their work all

    they do for their families. Listen to their prayers, and bless them in all

    they do for you. Let them share with Jesus your Son and Mary

    our mother in the everlasting happiness of heaven.

    Father, we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    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.

    Knights of the Southern Cross Raffle

    The Knights of the Southern Cross are selling raffle tickets at all Masses this weekend 7th & 8th May.

    Proceeds will be used in supporting The Gianna Family Support and Education Centre. The Centre provides innovative, value based relationship education programs for adolescents, pregnancy support, natural fertility knowledge, etc., for those who need this help in the Bendigo area. Draw date is Wednesday, 8th June, 2016.

    THE SINGING PRIESTS FROM THE PHILIPPINES

    A treat in Bendigo for the long weekend in June

    What: The Jeduthun- The Singing Boholano priests [from the Diocese of Talibon, in Bohol, Philippines]: A Concert dedicated to St Pedro Calungsod, Patron Saint of Filipino Migrants.

    When: Sunday, 12 June 2016, 1:30 pm

    Where: Liborius Centre @ St Liborius Parish, 50 Panton St Eaglehawk, 3556.

    Proceeds go to rebuilding centuries old Churches in Bohol

    damaged by 7.2 magnitude earthquake in 2013.

    Ticket costs: $30 (12 yrs old & above). Children under 12 are free.

    Tickets available at St Liborius Parish Office, Eaglehawk. Alternatively SMS Fr Junjun Amaya 0459 356 917, or Arnel Aquino 0423 483 310 for reservation or any inquiry.

    Mary De Nardis, Bridget Stewart, Ted Verryt, Mikkael Floyd Magpulong, Doreen