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FRIDAY IS THE FEAST OF ST GERARD MAJELLA

(Patron of mothers and babies)

The Noon Mass at  Bishop Eton will be concelebrated and mark for Fr Andrew and me the Golden Jubilee of our Profession as Redemptorists in Perth. There will be a blessing for mothers and children with the relic of St Gerard after the Masses in both St Mary’s and Bishop Eton. There are a few medals left, but hopefully most of you received one last year.

THE AWAKENING DAY: By the time you read this the day will be over and my fervent prayer is that it will have been a thoroughly enjoyable experience for everyone. In the coming weeks we will need time to take stock, and  ensure that we have enough volunteers and people willing to coordinate all the societies and groups in both our parishes. But of course, however well organised we may be, the fruit will only come because we are doing everything with a loving heart. The patron of our pastoral area is St Theresa of Lisieux and in her Autobiography she wrote about her search to understand her place in the Church:

“If the Church was a body composed of different members, it couldn’t lack the noblest of all; it must have a heart, and heart burning with love. And I realised that this love was the true motive force which enabled the other members of the Church to act; if it ceased to function the apostles would forget to teach the gospel, the martyrs would refuse to shed their blood. Love, in fact, is the vocation which includes all others.”

AWAKENING DAY

NEXT SATURDAY, 10 OCTOBER AT ST JULIE’S

FINAL CLARION CALL

This is our focus for the coming week. Please remember why we are having the day. It is to provide the setting for both parishes to plan for the future; to ensure that as far as possible we continue to flourish and deepen our sense of mission. It is not a competition either between the two   parishes or the different groups and ministries, but an opportunity for all. A huge amount of work has gone into the preparation and I remain greatly encouraged. At the same time I am aware of the temptation for people to say to themselves: “it is all in hand and they don’t need or want me.” We need everyone: please don’t let it be a missed opportunity for you.

Feast of St Gerard (Friday 16 October) - This year the feast marks the Golden Jubilee of Profession as Redemptorists for Fr Andrew and me, so we will concelebrate the noon Mass at Bishop Eton on that day.

PARISH AWAKENING: The momentum continues to build and once again thank you for all the interest and hard work so far. If you have forgotten to bring your registration forms back, please note that you may also register using the e-mail addresses : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BBC: Beyond belief indeed! The programme did not go out last Monday and it seems that I did get egg on my face! The producer did not consider the programme sufficiently balanced, which I interpret to mean that there was not enough conflict or controversy. I must confess it saddens me that even religious programmes are not newsworthy for such reasons. Remarkably Ernie Rae’s comment at the end of the recording was along the lines that it had been the most Christian conversation he could remember in fourteen years of presenting it. C’est la vie.

PARISH AWAKENING: This weekend you will receive a beautifully designed brochure detailing everything that is taking place at St Julie’s on 10 October. Our thanks to Mike Allanson for the design and to St Julie’s for printing it. Please also take the registration form, which will enable you to indicate your preferences if you wish to take part in a workshop etc. I remain greatly encouraged by the interest and vision being shown by so many of you. Please continue to spread the word.

PARISH AWAKENING: This weekend you will receive a beautifully designed brochure detailing everything that is taking place at St Julie’s on 10 October. Our thanks to Mike Allanson for the design and to St Julie’s for printing it. Please also take the registration form, which will enable you to indicate your preferences if you wish to take part in a workshop etc. I remain greatly encouraged by the interest and vision being shown by so many of you. Please continue to spread the word.

Beyond Belief: Radio 4 on Monday at 4.30pm: I took part in a pre-recorded programme on the family, which will be broadcast tomorrow. I hope the editing doesn’t leave me with egg on my face!

JUST FOUR WEEKS TO GO. I am greatly encouraged by the response to last week’s meetings and there is a real momentum around the coming event on 10 October. Next weekend programmes will be distributed at all the Masses and you will be invited to look at what will be available on the day. I do hope many people will take the opportunity to attend a workshop and I do hope all the readers and  eucharistic ministers will attend one of the workshops for them. I realise everyone will not be in a position to spend the whole day at St Julie’s, but I do hope everyone will call in, if only to give encouragement to everyone else.

PARISH AWAKENING: BE Alive begins with a further reflection on how we might approach the coming assembly at St Julie’s on Saturday 10 October and this weekend I will once again share some thoughts with you at all the Masses in both parishes. Suffice it to say that I really am banking on a wonderful turnout this coming Tuesday evening when we meet to work out the practicalities of making sure that the day goes well. Please do come to the Fisher- More Hall at 7.30pm and I promise we will be finished by 9.00pm.

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