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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
16th December 2018 - third Sunday of advent - year c
Next Week’s Readings Micah 5:1-4 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-44
Gospel Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he sent me to bring Good News to the poor. Alleluia!
Responsorial Psalm Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
Papal Prayer Intentions for December 2018 In the Service of the Transmission of Faith That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.
The beginning of faith is feeling the need for salvation: this is the way that prepares us to meet Jesus. 6th December
The Word Today Zephaniah 3:14-18 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:10-18
PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY It’s obvious from today’s Gospel that John the Baptist was a very practical man. Christianity is a very practical and social religion. It is not just a matter of God and me, but of God, me, and others. There is a story about a cobbler by the name of Martin who lived and worked in a basement room. Its one window enabled him to see just the feet of the passers-by on the street above. But since there was hardly a pair of boots or shoes that had not passed through his hands, he was able to identify the passers-by by their shoes. Life had been hard on him His wife died, leaving him with a young son. However, the son had barely reached the age when he could be of help to his father when he fell ill and died. Martin was devastated. After burying his son, he gave way to despair. At the same time he gave up the practice of his religion and took to the bottle. One day an old friend dropped in. Martin poured out his soul to him. His friend advised him to read little from the Gospels each day, promised him that if he did so, light and hope would come back into his life. Martin took his friend’s advice. At the end of each day he would take down the Gospels from the shelf and read a little. At first he meant to read only on Sundays, but he found it so interesting that he soon read every day. Slowly things began to change. Hope crept back into his life. One night as he sat reading he thought he heard someone calling him: “Martin, look out into the street tomorrow, for I will come to visit you”. Since there was no one else in the room, he reckoned it must have been the Lord himself who had spoken to him. When he sat down to his work next day he was very excited. As he worked he kept a close eye on the window. He scrutinised every pair of shoes or boots that passed above him. He was looking for someone special. But all he saw was the usual people passing by. In the early afternoon he saw a pair of familiar boots. They belonged to an old soldier called Stephen. Going to the window he looked up and saw the old man hitting his hands together for it was bitterly cold outside. Martin wished that he would move on, because he was afraid he might obstruct his view, and that he would not see the Lord when he passed. But old Stephen just stood there by the railing. Finally it occurred to Martin that maybe Stephen had nothing to eat all day. So he tapped on the window and beckoned him to come in. He sat him by the fire and gave him tea and bread. Stephen was most grateful. He said he hadn’t eaten for two days. As he left, Martin gave him his second overcoat as a shield against the biting cold. All the time Martin was entertaining Stephen he had not forgotten
the window. Every time a shadow fell on it he looked up but nobody special passed. Night fell. Martin finished his work and very reluctantly closed the window shutters. After supper he took down the Gospels and, as was his custom, opened the book at random. There his eyes fell on these words: The people came to John and asked “What must we do?” And he said: “If anyone has two coats he must share with the man who has none, and the one with something to eat must do the same.” Martin put down the book and reflected. He understood then that the Lord had indeed come to him that day in the person of Stephen, and that he had made him welcome. And his heart was flooded with joy, a joy the likes of which he had never before experienced. Martin had already received Christ into his life through a prayerful reading of the Gospels. So the second step followed naturally: to make room for him in the person of a needy neighbour. We are preparing for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. And we have not doubt that he will come and bring gifts to us. But he doesn’t come to us only at Christmas. He comes to us always, and at the oddest times and places, and wearing different disguises. He comes in the person in need. Advent urges us to prepare a way for the Lord. There is no better way to prepare than to be welcoming towards those in need. The way to find peace and happiness and goodness is to forget oneself and love others. New Sunday & Holy Day Liturgies, Year C, Flor McCarthy SDB
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES Christmas Eve
7.00pm Mass at St Liborius Church
Christmas Day - 25th Dec
10.30am St Liborius
New Years Eve
7.00pm St Liborius
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.
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: Adi Indra, Jackson Saunders, DJ Suguitan & Adonis Pena.
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.
Mary Appleby, Cheryl Woolley, Martha Toma, Maureen Goudie, Eliza Kelly, Vera Gane, James Thuraites, Leo Esposito, Shirley Czuczman, Eva Gaylor, David Taggart,
Basil Casey, Patricia Moloney, Heath Kennedy Joan Danaher.
Recently Deceased: Paul Murphy, Margaret Dunbabin
Mary Furlong, Russell Milikins, Zoey Lovejoy, Lenny Waters Carmel Moon Martin & Helen Tansey Joyce Bettinelli Marcel Caldow
Patricia Schultz, Teresa Brandreth, Marianne Cuskelly, Mary McAdam, Kevin & Dot Stevens Joe Singe Judith McNamara Sue Hoskins
Maureen O’Keefe, Christine Longmire, Patricia Ennor, Alan Surplice, Nellie Tobias, Bert & Angeline Caldow Bridget Leach
Anyone who wishes to receive communion or to meet with Fr Antony
at any time, please give Fr Antony a call on his mobile 0407 708 895.
PRAYER FOR ADVENT O God we are one with You.
You have made us one with You.
You have taught us that if we are open to one another,
You dwell in us, And let us be bound together
with love As we go our diverse ways,
United in this one spirit Which makes You present in
the world, And which You witness to the ultimate reality that is love.
Love has overcome. Love is victorious.
THE JOURNEY CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM – Airs 23 December 2018
Christmas edition then we enter the summer series until February This week on The Journey, the Gospel reflection is from the Dioceses of Wollongong Advent reflection booklet, Sr Hilda shares her Wisdom from the Abbey with her Christmas reflection, Bruce Downes the Catholic Guy reminds us to be still before God, and The Pirolas encourage us to Make A Change For The Better. It is with great pleasure and gratitude that we say thank you for your support with Journey Catholic Radio for another year. God Bless, and Merry Christmas from all of us here at the Diocese of Wollongong . Tune into Life 105.1 FM Sunday 11am, repeated 3pm Wednesday or go to WWW.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.
***** SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ***** MOTHERS PRAYERS
No Mothers prayers at the Parish Centre during the school holidays 21st December - 2nd February.
Will resume again on Friday 8th February at 10am.
BRUNCH KITCHEN Brunch Kitchen is now closed until the 12th February 2018.
To all our clients & helpers wishing you a Merry Christmas.
CHRISTMAS MASSES If you would like to help with the ministries for the
Christmas Masses (Welcomers, Readers and Eucharistic ministers), please put your name on the Roster at the
back of the Church.