Sunday 31st August 2014
TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY - Year A
This week’s Gospel [Matthew 16:21-27] is a continuation of the one proclaimed last Sunday, where Jesus asks the disciples that important question: ‘Who do you say I am?’ It was Peter who spoke up for the group, when he proclaimed Jesus as ‘the Christ, the Son of the Living God.’ Peter is presented here as the disciple who seems to understand who the Lord is and what his mission entails.
A helping hand for Sri Lankan boys
The parish has received a request to help the boys of Don Bosco Centre, Mannar, Sri Lanka. This is a centre operated by Salesians, which coincidentally is the order of which Fr. Bob was a member before coming to us as a Diocesan priest.
The centre is situated in the North of Sri Lanka. It is an area where the mainly Tamil population lives. Sri Lanka has been the scene of a bloody civil war. A war that is now ended but with the challenge of healing and rebuilding to be done. The victims of the war, as with most wars are the poor and the innocent and especially in this case, children.
Something beautiful for God
You could do this too! Altar flowers are part of an ancient church tradition from as early as the fourth century. The OLQP flower teams continue this tradition of "doing something beautiful for God". Each Friday morning , on a once-monthly roster, a team of three members prepare four or more floral arrangements for the main altar and side altars. In addition, two quality control members water and refresh the flowers during the week, as needed. Most of our members have been working in this ministry since the time of Brother Christopher Andrews, in the late 1980s. It is enjoyable and creative work, but time does bring its challenges. Trainee members or relief members for our teams would be most welcome.
For more information, phone Rhonda Hill, 96311274, or Helen Grainger, 98635905.