Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Link to the news article on Channel 7 Gold Coast Last night (7.4.20)

Greetings 
Here is the link to the news article on Channel 7 Gold Coast Last night (7.4.20)

 
And some other resources for accessing Holy Week and Easter this year. 

Liturgy for you at Home (Our audio Ceremonies created locally by us, from Surfers Paradise Church):

 https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/tracks

 

Weekly Homily:

https://homilycatholic.blogspot.com



Breaking News (Parish):

https://news-parish.blogspot.com/

 

Parish Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/surferscatholic/

 

Parish  Website: 

https://www.surfersparadiseparish.com.au/  

 

The Catholic Leader Archdiocesan Newspaper:

https://catholicleader.com.au/

 

Livestream of Catholic Mass from Brisbane Cathedral:

St Stephens Cathedral live webcast (usually around 10 am)

 

Video on Demand of Masses:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CatholicBrisbane/videos

 

Mass for You at Home (free-to-air TV)

Channel 10  Sundays 6am-6.30pm

and also on-demand https://10play.com.au/mass-for-you-at-home

also on Foxtel 173 Aurora Channel


also...

 

Another free-to-air option for Easter participation. Please let others know who are not on the net.

Catholics around Australia will be able to watch Easter services live on national television from St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.

In a 7NEWS special, the top-rating network will stream The Lord's Passion at 3 pm on Good Friday and Easter Sunday Mass from 10.30 am across the country on Channel 7, Prime 7 in regional areas, and live-streamed on 7plus.

Both liturgies will be broadcast commercial-free and in their entirety.

 

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP welcomed the partnership, saying he was grateful to the network for recognising the importance to Catholics in the commemoration of Good Friday and the celebration of Easter Sunday Mass.

"These national broadcasts mean people of all ages and no matter where they live or are currently isolating will now be able to participate in the Mass," Archbishop Fisher said.

"I know it will be especially welcome news to those living in nursing homes and aged care facilities who will especially be feeling the sting of separation from family over Easter, due to the restrictions on visits, and whose connection to their faith remains strong.

"All Australians are experiencing hardship at this time as we seek to limit the spread of the Coronavirus and many people are being asked to make great sacrifices such as our health professionals working long hours and risking their own health.


"Another sacrifice for people of faith is being unable to gather physically to celebrate the sacraments or even to spend time praying in a church. But by televising these services, it means we can spiritually come together to maintain our life of prayer and worship and strengthen our communion with one another."

Network 10 broadcasts Mass for You at Home each Sunday at 6 am. But aside from rare occasions such as the papal visits of popes Paul VI in 1970, John Paul II in 1986 and Benedict XVI for World Youth Day 2008, the live broadcast of Easter services on a national network in Australia is unprecedented.

"… BY TELEVISING THESE SERVICES, IT MEANS WE CAN SPIRITUALLY COME TOGETHER"

Director of 7NEWS Sydney, Jason Morrison, said that Easter is the most sacred time of the year on the liturgical calendar.

"With public gatherings and church services currently closed in response to the pandemic, the 7NEWS team is proud to help the Church to bring these important services to homes across the country," Mr Morrison said.

Those wanting to view the liturgies online can visit https://7plus.com.au/.

The cathedral continues to live-stream Mass daily at 9am and each Sunday at 10.30am at www.stmaryscathedral.org.au. It will also live-stream Mass of the Lord's Supper at 6.30pm on April 9 and The Stations of the Cross at 10am on Good Friday, April 10 as well as The Lord's Passion liturgy and Easter Sunday Mass.


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Celebrating HOLY WEEK and EASTER - AT HOME – 2020 -

 

 

For Prayer and Reflection at home During Holy Week:

 

Please share these resources widely.

These resources have been produced by Liturgy Brisbane to enable families to celebrate simple liturgies at home for Holy Week.

Holy Week At Home

Holy Thursday

Good Friday

Easter Sunday

"Australia was founded at a time when the Mass could not be celebrated on these shores. Following the most recent advice from the commonwealth and state governments, it may seem that we are again in that situation. But where our forefathers and mothers waited for years to receive the Holy Eucharist, it will be at worst a matter of months for us. But just as prayer sustained them through those times, so can it for us today. The spirit of those first Australian Catholics should inspire us through the times ahead." (Quote from Archdiocese of Sydney message).

 

We also have the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter in an audio-podcast created here in our parish. Also, the Cathedral in Brisbane will be streaming live the Liturgies at various times. Also, "Mass for You at Home" is broadcast on Channel 10 each Sunday from 6 am. There are several live-streaming and on-demand services for daily Mass both locally and from around the English-speaking world.

 

 

 



Fr Paul W. Kelly
Surfers Paradise Catholic Parish,
50 Fairway Drive,
Clear Island Waters,
Queensland, 4226


www.surfersparadiseparish.com.au


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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Channel Seven (Gold Coast) tonight, 5.30 pm (7th April, 2020) article scheduled on Surfers Catholic parish keeping in touch by internet.

On Channel Seven Gold Coast tonight, Tuesday 7th April, there will be a story on Surfers Paradise Catholic Parish and how we are dealing with the pandemic in relation to celebrating Sunday Masses and Holy Week and Easter. They filmed us recording the audio blog that we have been sending out for each ceremony. Please have a look on Channel Seven which they said would be planned to run tonight.

Channel Seven (Gold Coast) tonight, 5.30 pm (7th April, 2020)

News Update: Cardinal George Pell released from prison

This news from ABC News site:
Cardinal George Pell will be released from prison after the country's highest court quashed his child sexual abuse convictions.
Key points:
The High Court of Australia has granted Cardinal Pell's application for special leave and acquitted him
The decision means Cardinal Pell will be released from Barwon Prison today
He had been serving a six-year jail sentence after he was convicted in 2018 of abusing two choirboys in the 1990s
The unanimous decision has been handed down less than a month after the High Court of Australia heard two days of intense legal arguments from the Cardinal's lawyers and Victorian prosecutors.
The full bench's ruling was handed down by Chief Justice Susan Kiefel in an almost empty High Court registry in Brisbane, due to physical-distancing measures introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The public gallery, which can seat up to 16 people, only contained three journalists to hear Chief Justice Kiefel deliver the ruling at 10:00am.
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Cardinal Pell, 78, had been serving a six-year jail sentence after he was convicted in 2018 of abusing two choirboys in the 1990s, when he was the archbishop of Melbourne.
He had been accused of committing the crimes after he found the boys swigging altar wine in the priests' sacristy after mass in Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral.
A jury convicted him in 2018 — a decision that the Victorian Court of Appeal upheld in a two-to-one decision.
But his lawyers went to the High Court, arguing the appeal court failed to take proper account of evidence that cast doubt on his guilt.
Today the High Court handed down its decision, granting Cardinal Pell's application for special leave and unanimously acquitting him.
The decision means Cardinal Pell, who is Australia's most senior Catholic, will be released from Barwon Prison today.
It is not known where he will be taken or where he intends to stay.
In a statement released shortly after the decision was delivered, Cardinal Pell said he held "no ill will" towards his accuser:
"I have consistently maintained my innocence while suffering from a serious injustice.
This has been remedied today with the High Court's unanimous decision.
I look forward to reading the judgment and reasons for the decision in detail.
I hold no ill will toward my accuser, I do not want my acquittal to add to the hurt and bitterness so many feel; there is certainly hurt and bitterness enough.
However my trial was not a referendum on the Catholic Church; nor a referendum on how Church authorities in Australia dealt with the crime of paedophilia in the Church.
The point was whether I had committed these awful crimes, and I did not.
The only basis for long term healing is truth and the only basis for justice is truth, because justice means truth for all.
A special thanks for all the prayers and thousands of letters of support.
I want to thank in particular my family for their love and support and what they had to go through; my small team of advisors; those who spoke up for me and suffered as a result; and all my friends and supporters here and overseas.
Also my deepest thanks and gratitude to my entire legal team for their unwavering resolve to see justice prevail, to throw light on manufactured obscurity and to reveal the truth.
Finally, I am aware of the current health crisis. I am praying for all those affected and our medical frontline personnel."
Cardinal George Pell
In its summary, the High Court stated the Victorian Court of Appeal judges "failed to engage with the question of whether there remained a reasonable possibility that the offending had not taken place".
The court found that other witnesses' evidence was "inconsistent with the complainant's account" and described how George Pell, then the archbishop of Melbourne, would greet parishioners on the cathedral steps, for up to 15 minutes after mass.
In a statement, Victoria Police said it respected the High Court's decision and would continue to provide support to the complainants involved in the case.
"Victoria Police remains committed to investigating sexual assault offences and providing justice for victims no matter how many years have passed," the statement said.
"We would also like to acknowledge the tireless work on this case by Taskforce Sano investigators over many years."


Monday, 6 April 2020

A LENTEN PENITENTIAL SERVICE - (For you at home)

A LENTEN PENITENTIAL SERVICE - In preparation for Holy Week and Easter.

(For you at home)

Readings:
FIRST READING: James 2:14-26/
PSALM: 106:6-10, 13-14, 19-22. "Lord, remember us, for the love you bear your people."
GOSPEL: LUKE 15:4-7.

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Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for A LENTEN PENITENTIAL SERVICE - In preparation for Holy Week and Easter. (For you at home), by clicking this link here:   https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/faith-hope-and-lenten-penitential-service-in-preparation-for-holy-week-2020/s-tJqjXYkBww4    
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In preparation for Holy Week and Easter …
We have been doing acts of penance, prayer and good works so that we may celebrate the joy Christ's victory at Easter, with minds and hearts made pure…

Since the pandemic has seriously restricted our ability to gather together physically, we unite in mind, spirit and heart instead, (in union with Christ)…  and given that the sacrament of penance is no available to the people… we celebrate this special penitential service…   which is an act of perfect contrition for all our sins..    Christ hears the voice of the repentant sinner…  and so we trust in his abundant mercy,… 
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In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
Greetings.
Coming together as brothers and sisters in Christ, let us prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries by recalling our sins and remembering Christs greater mercy.

I confess to Almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault,* .......

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.
Lord Have Mercy
Christ Have Mercy
Lord Have Mercy

My brothers and sisters, we have, at times, neglected the gifts of our baptism and fallen into sin. Let us ask God to renew his grace within us as we turn to him in repentance.

Let us Bow our heads before God.
All pray in silence for a brief period.
 
Lord Jesus,
you redeemed us by your passion
and raised us to new life in baptism.
Protect us with your unchanging love
and share with us the joy of your resurrection,
for you live and reign for ever and ever.
Amen.
 
First Reading
A reading from the Letter of saint James 2:14-26  
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill', and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
 
But someone will say, 'You have faith and I have works.' Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder.  
Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith without works is barren? Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works.  
Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, 'Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness', and he was called the friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.  
Likewise, was not Rahab also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another road? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.
The word of the Lord.  
Thanks be to God.
 
Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 106:6-10, 13-14, 19-22
R. Lord, remember us, for the love you bear your people.
Then they cried to the Lord in their need
and he rescued them from their distress
and he led them along the right way,
to reach a city they could dwell in. 
 
Let them thank the Lord for his love,
for the wonders he does for men:
for he satisfies the thirsty soul;
he fills the hungry with good things. 
 
Then they cried to the Lord in their need
and he rescued them from their distress.
He led them forth from darkness and gloom
and broke their chains to pieces. 
Then they cried to the Lord in their need
and he rescued them from their distress.
He sent forth his word to heal them
and saved their life from the grave. 

Let them thank the Lord for his love,
for the wonders he does for men.
Let them offer a sacrifice of thanks
and tell of his deeds with rejoicing.

Lord, remember us, for the love you bear your people.
 
Gospel
Luke 15:4-7
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
Jesus spoke this parable to them: 'What man among you with a hundred sheep, losing one, would not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the missing one till he found it? And when he found it, would he not joyfully take it on his shoulders and then, when he got home, call together his friends and neighbours? 'Rejoice with me,' he would say, 'I have found my sheep that was lost.' In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous men who have no need of repentance.'
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Homily
When we were baptised…God made a solemn promise to us.  As the waters of baptism poured over us, God said…  this day I make you my son/  my daughter….   – God truly loves us as a loving parent loved their child….     It is our delight and our duty to fulfil this wonderful gift and grace of baptism by living faithfully the Gospel of Christ.   God's promise of eternal parenthood to us, and his promise of complete faithfulness with us through our whole life journey and into the eternal life of the Heavenly banquet, was no mere words…   it was not empty show….   God means what God does and God fulfils what God promises.  Without doubt.  So too, the promises made at our own baptism by our parents and godparents. or by ourselves and our sponsors for those baptised in adulthood…  these promises are real and solid…. 

The first reading reminds us that we are children of God in fact, as well as name.  And that our membership of God's family needs to show itself in actions and consistent attitudes and values.  and not merely words or hollow rituals…   The Sacraments are alive with the power of God's Spirit. and the source of all the sacraments is from the power and effectiveness of the Holy Spirit given over-flowingly in Baptism… we become grafted onto Christ.  joined to him forever…  what an absolute joy. What a priceless treasure…  

We have to be so careful of two extremes. Both are very bad and harmful to us in so many ways.

The first extreme is to take for granted our membership as a daughter or son of God.  We are not part time members of Christ…  occasional friends of Jesus…  we are friends, heirs and servants of the living God…   We therefore take very seriously God's direction to us that we must take our gifts and make use of them for the good of God's Kingdom.  As we heard in James' letter…   faith without good works is entirely dead.   Discipleship of Christ and membership of God's family is utterly hollow if it doesn't show itself in attitudes, actions and decisions consistent with Our Father's Kingdom. Practical actions of kindness, love, mercy and charity…  Our actions are united with the loving heart of Our Lord Jesus.

Whenever we fail and sin (when we fall). and at times when we make very poor choices or actions, the other extreme, (to be carefully avoided), is to be so "down on ourselves"..  That we cannot forgive ourselves … or we effectively refuse to allow God to give us the forgiveness that God can and does want to give us.      It is a serious and false humility to not accept God's forgiveness and mercy when it is offered.   IF God has forgiven us, we are truly forgiven indeed!   Who are we to say that God cannot or will not forgive us for our sins?   Are we greater than the God of all creation?  If I say to God, I have sinned and then say, Lord you are unable to forgive me for this, I do not deserve to be forgiven …  then I can add pride and arrogance to my sins…  For the constant message of the bible and Christ's good news is that he is the loving parent of the prodigal child who looks out for the return of his errant child day and night.. and runs to meet him when he finally and sheepishly (and possibly half-heartedly) returns..  /  like the Gospel…   Our loving God is NOT content with 99% of the sheep safe and sound…  but will not be satisfied until he searches for and finds that lost 1% and brings them home safe too.    

Today we praise the unlimited mercy of our God and Father who continually welcomes those who turn back to him after having sinned (see Luke 15);
The upcoming season of Easter (even as celebrated in these extraordinary and difficult times) remains the feast when the Church rejoices over the newness of life, and eternal life, in Christ, won for us by the death and Resurrection of Jesus.

 
Examination of Conscience
The Lord says: 'Love one another as I have loved you.'

Have I a genuine love for my neighbours? Or do I sometimes use my neighbour for my own ends, or do to them what I would not want done to myself? Have I given poor example or scandal by my words or actions?

In my family life, have I contributed to the well-being and happiness of the rest of the family by patience, kindness and genuine love? Have I been obedient to parents, showing them proper respect and giving them help in their spiritual and material needs? Have I been careful to give a Christian upbringing to those in my care, and to help them by good example and by exercising authority as a parent or carer or mentor? Have I been faithful in my heart and in my relations with others?

Do I share my possessions with the less fortunate? Do I do my best to help the victims of oppression, misfortune, and poverty? Re there times I have looked down on my neighbour, especially the poor, the sick, the elderly, strangers, and people of other races?

Does my life reflect the mission I received in confirmation? Do I share in the missionary and charitable works of the Church and in the life of the parish? Have I helped to meet the needs of the Church and of the world and prayed for them: for unity in the Church, for the spread of the Gospel among the nations, for peace and justice…..?

Am I concerned for the good and prosperity of the human community in which I live, or do I spend much of my time focusing only on myself? Do I share to the best of my ability in the work of promoting justice, morality, harmony, and love in human relations? Have I done my duty as a citizen? In times of ability, have I paid what is my due to the society I live in?

In my work or profession am I just, hard-working, honest, serving society out of love for others? Have I been faithful to my promises and contracts?

Have I obeyed legitimate authority and given due respect to its laws for the good of the community?

In any position of responsibility or authority, do I use this for the good of others, in a spirit of service, or for my own purposes?

Have I been truthful and fair, or have I injured others by deceit, calumny, detraction, rash judgment, or violation of a secret?

Have I stolen the property of others? Have I desired material things unjustly and inordinately? Have I damaged things of others or failed to show care to property I am responsible for? Have I made restitution of other people's property and made good their loss?

If I have been injured, have I been ready to make peace for the love of Christ and to forgive, or do I harbour hatred and the desire for revenge?

Where is my life really leading me? Is the hope of eternal life my inspiration? Have I tried to grow in the life of the Spirit through prayer, reading the word of God and meditating on it, receiving the sacraments, self-denial? Have I been anxious to control my vices, my bad inclinations and passions, e.g. envy, love of food and drink? Have I been proud and boastful, thinking myself better in the sight of God and despising others as less important than myself? Have I imposed my own will on others, without respecting their freedom and rights?

What use have I made of time, of health and strength, of the gifts God has given me to be used like the talents in the Gospel?  Or have I been slack and too much given to leisure?

Have I been patient in accepting the sorrows and disappointments of life?

Have I always tried to act in the true freedom of the sons of God according to the law of the Spirit, or am I the slave of forces within me?
Act of Repentance
My brothers and sisters, the hour of God's favour draws near, the day of his mercy and of our salvation, when death was destroyed and eternal life began. This is the season for planting new vines in God's vineyard, the time for pruning the vines to ensure a richer harvest.
We all acknowledge that we are sinners. We are moved to penance, encouraged by the example and prayers of our brothers and sisters. We admit our guilt and say: 'Lord, I acknowledge my sins; my offences are always before me. Turn away your face, Lord, from my sins, and blot out all my wrong-doing. Give me back the joy of your salvation and give me a new and steadfast spirit.'
We are sorry for having offended God by our sins. May he be merciful and hear us as we ask to be restored to his friendship and numbered among the living who share the joy of Christ's risen life.
 
Cleanse us, Lord, from all our sins;
Wash us, and we shall be whiter than snow.
 
 
Lord,
your sons and daughters stand before you
in humility and trust.
Look with compassion on us as we confess our sins.
Heal our wounds;
stretch out a hand of pity to save us and raise us up.
Keep us free from harm
as members of Christ's body, as sheep of your flock,
as children of your family.
Hear, Lord, the prayers we offer from contrite hearts.
Have pity on us as we acknowledge our sins.
Lead us back to the way of holiness.
Protect us now and always
from the wounds of sin.
May we ever keep safe in all its fullness
the gift your love once gave us
and your mercy now restores.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
R. Amen.
 
 LORD'S PRAYER
HAIL MARY

The Lord be with you….
 
SOLEMN BLESSING //
 
Go in peace, glorifying the Lord BY your life! 
 

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References:


Fr Paul W. Kelly

Liturgy Adapted from texts in the Rite of Penance Book Appendix II Sample Penitential Services.  PENITENTIAL CELEBRATIONS DURING LENT. First Example. –adapted- "Penance leads to a strengthening of baptismal grace."). App. Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship. Trans. ICEL. Australian Episcopal Conference. 1975.

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Archive of homilies and reflections:  http://homilycatholic.blogspot.com.au
To contact Fr. Paul, please email:  
paulwkelly68@gmail.com

To listen to my weekly homily audio podcast, please click this link here.
NB - It is often a week or so Ahead:  
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You are welcome to subscribe to Fr Paul's homily mail-out by sending an email to this address: paulkellyreflections+subscribe@googlegroups.com

Further information relating to the audio productions linked to this Blog:
"Faith, Hope and Love - Christian worship and reflection"  - Led by Rev Paul Kelly
Liturgy Adapted from texts in the Rite of Penance Book Appendix II Sample Penitential Services.  PENITENTIAL CELEBRATIONS DURING LENT. First Example. –adapted- "Penance leads to a strengthening of baptismal grace."). App. Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship. Trans. ICEL. Australian Episcopal Conference. 1975
Scriptures - New Revised Standard Version: © 1989,  and 2009 by the NCC-USA. (National Council of Churches of Christ - USA)
"The Psalms" ©1963 The Grail - Collins publishers. 
Have Mercy – Song based on Psalm 50. Music by Paul Kelly. Added lyrics and arrangement and sung by Stefan Kelk. 2020.
May God bless and keep you.
   


Friday, 3 April 2020

SURFERS PARADISE E-NEWSLETTER (Edition 2) Friday 3rd April, 2020


SURFERS PARADISE E-NEWSLETTER   
(Edition 2)
Friday 3rd April, 2020




United !  Pope Francis leads a prayer service in an empty St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 27, 2020. At the conclusion of the service the pope held the Eucharist as he gave an extraordinary blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world). The service was live streamed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) 


A Message from Surfers


Uncertain Surprises 
In recent days we are very aware of the enormous number of people who need our prayerful support as they face this difficult and uncharted territory. Sometimes in these situations people are lost for words to say to God. While God hears without words needing to be said, the following prayer “fell in my lap” this week and I thought it may be helpful for anyone uncertain of how to take the next step. While I am unaware of its author, its sincerity is obvious and application universal.

Lord, I’m prone sometimes to imagine that the tides of my life are buffeting me without purpose, tossing me to and fro without meaning, battering me against the hard rocks cruelly. Sometimes the storms are really fierce, the skies are grey, and you seem absent. It’s just not true that my life is all sunshine and light.

Lord, remind me that you never promised to deliver me from struggle and conflict, but you did assure me that I can live through life’s difficulties. In the world we will all have trouble. Troubles are a necessary part of the human condition. Your own experience of life was a testament to a struggler in hope.

But in that struggle you overcame despair and hopelessness. Just as a stone becomes beautifully smooth only in constant friction, so in the mystery of your purpose for us, you often create a thing of beauty from our conflicts and questions. Conflict is the price to be paid for spiritual growth. That which resists us perfects us.

So Lord, when the waves are huge, and I feel helpless, let me not move against them in rage, or go under them in helplessness, but flow with them in faith and hope.
Lord may we experience your peace in our trouble, hope when we are tempted by despair, faith and courage when the heavens seem silent, and the sure knowledge that you have been through it all before us and are walking beside us now.
So let us accept our “surprises” that upset our plans, shatter our dreams and give a completely different turn to our day and maybe, our lives. Leave God free to weave the patterns of our lives.

Fr. Peter Dillon PP.
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Jobs Well Done
During the recent weeks of the Coronavirus there has been an outstanding effort on behalf of our three parish-based schools, St. Michael’s, St Kevin’s and St. Vincent’s, to maintain an environment of safety and consistency in their care of students and their families. It has been particularly difficult for the school staff to ensure that everyone in their care has been informed and kept calm despite the uncertainty of changing protocols within our school communities. Since these schools are the responsibility of our parish and Brisbane Catholic Education, I want to particularly thank our principals and their leadership teams who have kept me informed of all changes to their procedures and ensured that all parents and carers were aware of ways that the school could assist their children deal with this trying situation. Daily updates from each school have allowed me to know that all is in the best of hands in our local schools. Teaching in the best of times is a demanding vocation, but to deal with keeping children focussed and secure during the past month has required imagination and commitment.

As we approach the holiday season I hope that you will all keep these precious educational communities, staff and students, in your prayers, with the hope that when this pandemic ends and we return to what will be the “new normal”, they will be able to resume the excellent education and faith formation for which they are noted.
Fr. Peter Dillon

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A special thank you and blessing, and prayers for the medical teams making a huge difference in our communities near and far. God’s healing work is being experienced through them. We pray too for the emergency services and all who are showing care, leadership and practical assistance at this time. God bless and sustain your tireless work. 
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Our very own mass communities have become caring communities by regularly contacting those known to them, not only those who live alone and are isolated, but all families who are known to them, to just say ‘hello, how are you today ?
Well done  to the entire Surfers Paradise Parish community.
  
Anyone in need of extra support, or those wanting and able to be of support to others via a phone-call, or by dropping off or picking up things for those who are isolated and in need of support?  
Please contact us at surfers@bne.catholic.net.au 
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Local Content: Upcoming Liturgies for you at Home Holy Week and Easter
Because Liturgies are being conducted by priests in the absence of the gathered community, throughout Australia and including this Archdiocese and parish, we will be publishing links to local liturgies from our parish which you can listen to and pray along with from home.
( Please note that these are web-casts only and people are unable to attend the actual ceremony in person due to the lockdown policies)
Coming up:
·                    A lenten Penitential Liturgy for you at home. 
·                    Holy Thursday Evening Mass
·                    Good Friday stations of the Cross
·                    Good Friday Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion (the three pm service)
·                    Holy Saturday Night.
·                    Easter Sunday morning Mass

These liturgies will be published and made available to you as they become available - from the following links :-
Liturgy for you at Home (From Surfers Paradise):
Weekly Homily:
also the liturgies and links will be emailed out to you if you are in our mailing list.
if you have not yet been placed on our emailing list or you are not receiving these emails so far, please contact Fr Paul on paulwkelly68@gmail.com


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Just a reminder that, in line with health guidelines, we are recommending people limit contact with others as much as possible. And so the office is not open for pop-in visits. The parish has phone contact hours Mon-Fri 9-12 noon, where we will endeavour to answer the phone for any inquiries. After these hours there is the same number with a button option to press for emergency contact for the on-call priest.  We are also contactable by email. The less face-to-face contact in these times of pandemic, the quicker we hope this situation can return to “normal.”  Phone 5572 5433.  surfers@bne.catholic.net.au 
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Thanks to everyone for your feedback on the various communications sent out. It is much appreciated. We are keeping you in our prayers at this difficult time. 

Many have shared how they have a little prayer space at home and how they make special time on the weekend or a suitable time to, individually or as a household, keep the Lord’s Day holy by prayer, reading of the Scriptures of the Day and meditation. Many have found the audio Mass a very helpful source of connection at this time, and others have utilised the Mass for you at Home, on channel 10 or various streamed masses from the Archdiocese of different parishes near and far.  

It is so important for the good of all the community and every member of it that we do take special time at home to praise God and listen to his word, particularly on Sunday, (or Saturday evening), and especially at this time when public masses and gatherings cannot occur. Bless you all. 

We have been busy preparing, celebrating and recording Masses, (audio), and Liturgies, We are keeping you all in our prayers during these Masses. 

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Religious Goods Shop. Items
This is an excellent time to deepen our spiritual reading, prayer and reflection. If people are looking to purchase some items from our piety collection in the Surfers Paradise Parish, in these times when spiritual reading and prayer is not only necessary but also very beneficial, Pat Kelly is happy to be of assistance if possible. The physical piety store is not open, but Pat can be of help. Please contact her by email:
svcoordinator40@gmail.com
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Please Pray:
IN OUR HEARTS AND OFFER PRAYERS AT THIS TIME

FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK:
All suffering from the effects of Covid-19.
Also, the following who are ill (not covid-19): Rachel Raines, Ray Gardiner, Savannah Ayoub, Lisa Mangan, Colin Virtue, Ann Harris, Ann-Marie Loder, Angel Salvador, Brian Woodgate, Kate Smith, Tricia Baumann, Gus Reeves, Baby Maeve Lombard, Kathy Kiely, Brian Ellsmore, Greg Sharah, Sr. Christine Chia, Kurt and Betty Hilleshiem, Judy Ferraro, Ron Perry, Kim Parkes, Rosslyn Wallis, Jabour Haddad, Yvonne Lofthouse, Maureen Murphy, Helen Bohringer, Peter Walsh, Frank Conway, Arthur Haddad, Jean Di Benedetto, Damian Callinan, Patricia Bridge Wienand, Rosemary Wales, Peter Allsopp, Yvonne Campesi, Louis Couch, Steve Wayt, Michael Tracey, Joanne Mooney, Joanne Parkes, Peter O’Brien, Michelle MacDonald, John & Molly Robinson, Mary Kerr, Eileen McCarthy.

RECENTLY DECEASED: :
Miriam Zarb, Jessie Veronica Dolan, Tony McLeod, Pamela B. Braithwaite, Sylvio Devito, James Vincent (Jim) Daly, Vizma Barrett, Giovanni Scalcione, Giorgia Teresa Vinall, Michael Geoghegan, Fr Peter Conroy (former PP of Yeronga), Sunta Camilieri (Malta), Manuel Dos Santos, Norman Loong, Frank Maunder, Dr Gavin Carroll, Margaret Maunsell, Norah Horgan, Brenda Sinnott.

ANNIVERSARY:
Ricardo Herft, Bernadette Bartley, Annunziata Moralito, Halam and Amelia Japow, Peter Schreck.
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Below are a couple of pictures of happier days when we could all gather together. This pandemic has certainly got us appreciating more than ever, the power and importance of gathering, sharing, shaking hands, giving hugs to loved ones.  These days will return, but in the meantime we give thanks for the unique irreplaceable gift of one another.

 
 




(Memories: Please note, these photos are archive photos, taken well before social spacing was required, and before gatherings were suspended for health reasons).
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RCIA – Parish and Candidate Faith Journey continues to......

Lenten Program – Be Opened …. a journey to new life

Sixth Sunday of Lent – Be Opened….to death.  
‘Sit here while I go over there and pray’ and he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee...he came to the disciples and found them sleeping .....’So, could not stay awake with me one hour?’  As you become closer to Jesus, what part of your old self have you discarded?  …...we began our Lenten reflection talking about being opened to be led by the Spirit to new life. We have spent the last forty days in the figurative wilderness seeking to confront our weaknesses.  As we enter Holy Week and renew our baptismal promises may we accept an invitation to be opened to the death of our old way of life and seek a new life in Christ particularly in these very difficult times.

As a Parish, we continue to support our Catechumens and Candidates as they continue to journey to their new life in Christ.  Let us use the Lenten Program to reflect on Jesus the obedient, suffering servant.  Come join us!  It is still not too late.

Saturday morning 10.30am to 1.30pm – we are still meeting on the web application called "Zoom" – If anyone would like to join us you are most welcome just send me an email and I will include you in the meeting.  If you need instructions on how this will happen ring Robyn Hunt on 0409 486 326 or email robynhunt1@bigpond.com.

Be Opened….to death -  Social Justice & Care of the Planet – Sat 4 Apr – 10.30 am to 1.30pm
Our Catch-Up sessions for the Catholicism Series this week will be
The Ineffable Mystery of God – this will commence around 1.30pm on the Zoom so if you are wanting to join just send me an email and I will invite you to join the session.
 (Robyn Hunt)
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Don’t be one of the ever-growing number of people believing fake emails telling them about Covid-19 (or on any other topic, for that matter).  The general rule on the internet is that if it is “too good to be true” or “hardly able to be believed,” then it usually is NOT TRUE and NOT BELIEVABLE. Hoax emails claiming to be from “health authorities”or which name well-known reputable institutions, but in reality they are merely using those authorities to make them look more official and believable. Be suspicious of these and any emails that surprise or shock you. You can visit (independently of anything in the circulating email), the actual official sites and they usually do not have the statement supposedly attributed to them. The best thing to do is to rely only on the actual official communications from the known government and health sites. As well as Covid-19, there is another virus that has been circulating for some time and it is very easy to catch if one is not prudent - its name is ‘false-information.’ A great fact-checking site if you are in doubt about things is www.snopes.com  . (I have found this site very helpful, although even it is fallible).  – You can even google words like this: “snopes did the John Hopkins Medical Centre issue ‘excellent summary’ of covid-19.” In fact you can ask all sorts of questions on many dodgy topics. And the answer to the John Hopkins question is NO, it did not issue that document. And the contents of that advice were also described by that University as “lacking credibility.” 
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Please ensure that you keep up with updates on our parish website:
https://www.surfersparadiseparish.com.au/

Parish Email:  surfers@bne.catholic.net.au

Liturgy for you at Home (From Surfers Paradise):
 https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/tracks

Weekly Homily:
https://homilycatholic.blogspot.com
Breaking News (Parish):
https://news-parish.blogspot.com/

Parish Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/surferscatholic/

The Catholic Leader Archdiocesan Newspaper:
https://catholicleader.com.au/

Livestream of Catholic Mass from Brisbane Cathedral:
St Stephens Cathedral live webcast (usually around 10am)

Video on Demand of Masses:
https://www.youtube.com/user/CatholicBrisbane/videos

Mass for You at Home (free-to-air TV)
Channel 10  Sundays 6am-6.30pm
and also on demand
https://10play.com.au/mass-for-you-at-home
also on Foxtel 173 Aurora Channel
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Celebrating HOLY WEEK AT HOME – 2020 - Resources from Brisbane Archdiocese
"We are preparing for a Holy Week like no other. The days of Holy Week and the Triduum are central to the liturgical life of the Church and are to be celebrated this year under the present restrictions, without a congregation." (Archbishop Mark Coleridge).

Please see the important links below:

"These are a series of leaflets prepared by the Archdiocese of Brisbane, that are for people in the parish family for use in your homes during the days of Holy Week. Given the Health mandates that have been given by the Government, that people should stay at home and not be approaching places like our churches at this time." (And recent Clarification has been received from the government that all churches must be closed, even to private prayer).

This resource is a very important way for individuals and families to stay connected in prayer and ritual.

"Australia was founded at a time when the Mass could not be celebrated on these shores. Following the most recent advice from the commonwealth and state governments, it may seem that we are again in that situation. But where our forefathers and mothers waited for years to receive the Holy Eucharist, it will be at worst a matter of months for us. But just as prayer sustained them through those times, so can it for us today. The spirit of those first Australian Catholics should inspire us through the times ahead." (Quote from Archdiocese of Sydney message).

We also have the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter in an audio-podcast created here in our parish. Also, the Cathedral in Brisbane will be streaming live the Liturgies at various times. Also, “Mass for You at Home” is broadcast on Channel 10 each Sunday from 6am. There are several live-streaming and on-demand services for daily Mass both locally and from around the English-speaking world.

For Prayer and Reflection at home During Holy Week:

Please share these resources widely.
These resources have been produced by Liturgy Brisbane to enable families to celebrate simple liturgies at home for Holy Week.
Holy Week At Home
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Let us remember the safety recommendations by the Health authorities:
Stay home unless urgent. Observe the social spacing requirements. 

Meetings ought to be replaced with phone calls, emails or other distance technology.

Funerals can only have a maximum of ten people in the building while also observing social spacing of four square metres.

Weddings (can only have five people including the couple, the priest and the two witnesses). and Baptisms, sacramental programs and other gatherings should be postponed.

Unfortunately, communion to the sick and the housebound is only to be given in extreme situations where the person is in imminent danger of death. This is to be conducted by the priest alone with the sacrament of Viaticum (the sacrament for the dying). Sadly we cannot give people hosts to take home with them. Communion to the sick and the housebound by special ministers is to be suspended until further notice.
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UNIVERSAL PRAYER. (Prayer of the Faithful)
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Are you or anyone you know not receiving and email with occasional updates direct to you?  If not, please email Fr Paul at kellyp@bne.catholic.net.au and we will put you on the email list. Please note that some people had previously given us emails but they have bounced or come back to us saying ‘undeliverable.’ We have tried to follow up on this but if you are in doubt, please email us and we will ensure you are on the list. 
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Parish Financial Support.

We have had inquiries from parishioners about how they can give DONATIONS to the parish during the Coronavirus pandemic.  We are very aware that many people are struggling financially at this time and our concern and prayers are with you. The parish is also affected financially by this situation, as you would be aware, with masses suspended the parish collections are not being taken up and the parish office is operating on minimum emergency coverage.

Given the uncertainty of the situation we ask you, at this time, to prayerfully consider making weekly or monthly donations to your parish via internet banking. The cost of running our large parish consumes almost 100 percent of the regular weekly collection. As our masses are indefinitely suspended, this will place our parish in a very difficult position financially. Our appeal to you, is if you have been blessed with the resources to give to the parish at this time, please consider donating regularly.

Our parish has been incredibly supported by its very generous parishioners over the years and this is a time where your prayerful and financial support is most in need. The internet bank details are:
Bank: BSB 064-786 Account: 007331103 Reference: use your name

Also, if more convenient: You can make a one-off or monthly contribution by credit card. Please email us at
surfers@bne.catholic.net.au, including in the message your phone number, and we can contact you about this option.

If you have any enquiries or wish to join a direct debit planned giving please contact the Parish for the required forms.

Yours faithfully, Sonya Slater,
Parish Manager Surfers Paradise Catholic Parish Commonwealth
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Rest In Peace. MIRIAM ZARB. 

We are very sad to receive the news of the death of our parishioner, Miriam Zarb, who regularly attended Saint Vincent’s Church and was a saleslady in the Religious Goods store at the church at 10am Mass. Our prayers are with Miriam and her family and friends. Rest in Peace. 
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JESSIE VERONICA DOLAN. Rest in Peace. 
A service with close family members was held Thursday 2nd April. 

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JAMES VINCENT (JIM) DALY. Rest In Peace
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Jim Daly, and for comfort and consolation of this family.
Jim passed away peacefully 21st March 2020, aged 91 years.
Late of Surfers Paradise.
Beloved husband of Lynn (dec) Much loved father to Paul, Michael and their families
The family deeply regret that family and friends cannot be together to celebrate Jim’s life in the way they would have preferred.
Jim was privately laid to rest with his wife Lynn after prayers.


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GLEN ANTHONY (TONY) McLEOD. Rest in Peace
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Surfers Paradise Parishioner, Tony McLeod who passed away after a long and brave fight against cancer.
Tony is well known by many as he, for many years, arranged the flowers in the churches for weddings, liturgies and funerals. Tony also was a soloist, singing at Masses. He was also a celebrant, conducting many ceremonies, specialising in funerals.
Tony was educated in Marist College Ashgrove, Queensland, and studied in St. Patrick's College, Manly, Sydney, Australia, the Seminary and Theological College. he was Ordained and a Catholic Priest and undertook this priestly ministry for some time.
  
  
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This Weekend’s liturgy (for you at home).

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Year A - Sunday, April 5, 2020

Readings for
FIRST READING: Isaiah 50:4-7
"My God, my God, why have you abandoned me."
SECOND READING: Philippians 2:6-11
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless Glory. Christ became obedient for us, even to death. Dying on the cross. Therefore God raised him on high, and gave him a name above all other names.
GOSPEL: Matthew 26:14-27:66

Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for the Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Year A - Sunday, April 5, 2020 by clicking this link here:


Image Credit: Shutterstock Licensed. Palm Sunday. Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Dominica in palmis de passione domini. Illustration - fresco in Byzantine style. Royalty-free stock illustration ID 1302202996