Sunday 21st December 2014
FOURTH SUNDAY Of ADVENT
Communications from God
God speaks in many ways. Different styles. To some, He spoke through angels, to some He spoke through nature or prophets. He doesn’t have facebook, twitter or email address but He communicates with us constantly. Not only communicating but also connecting. Often He speaks through our Prayer. At times, we listen. whereas many times we miss His communication as we are too ‘busy’ with lots of things in our lives.
Our Parish reaches out to local Refugees
There are a group of young men living close by our church, in Ettalong Road, who really must conform to Christ's description of those deserving our help. They are Tamils from Sri Lanka who have sought refuge in Australia and who are now in limbo on bridging visas with no right to work and very uncertain futures. Some have suffered great hardship to get here. One young man we spoke to went for five days with nothing to sustain him except rainwater.
They are fine young men who just need a fair go to take up productive lives here in Australia as the photo here shows. With help from some wonderful people from the Blue Mountains Refugee support Group they have taken part in a global cricket competition, Last Man Stands, playing under the name Oceans 12. The name was taken from their experience coming here. There has been some relief from their desperate situation as they emerged as winners of the competition. The BBC recently featured their story.
The Parish Peace Justice and Environment Group has made contact with them and in small ways supported them, as has the parish chapter of the St Vincent De Paul Society. At least one of their number attends Mass regularly at our church. The photo below shows the PJE Group and some of the young men at the Group's recent Christmas dinner.
Christmas Craft Market
The Craft Market held Saturday 22nd November was a successful event raising $2000 for CareFlight.