First Reading: Isaiah 45:1. 4-6 A reading from the prophet Isaiah I have taken the hand of Cyrus to subdue nations before his countenance. Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whom he has taken by his right hand to subdue nations before him and strip the loins of kings, to force gateways before him that their gates be closed no more: It is for the sake of my servant Jacob, of Israel my chosen one, that I have called you by your name, conferring a title though you do not know me. I am the Lord, unrivalled; there is no other God besides me. Though you do not know me, I arm you that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that, apart from me, all is nothing. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Psalm: Ps 95:1. 3-5. 7-10 R. Give the Lord glory and honour. O sing a new song to the Lord, sing to the Lord all the earth. Tell among the nations his glory and his wonders among all the peoples. R. The Lord is great and worthy of praise, to be feared above all gods; the gods of the heathens are naught. It was the Lord who made the heavens. R. Give the Lord, you families of peoples, give the Lord glory and power, give the Lord the glory of his name. Bring an offering and enter his courts. R. Worship the Lord in his temple, O earth, tremble before him. Proclaim to the nations: 'God is king,' He will judge the peoples in fairness. R. St. Monica’s Parish love and persevered through hope, in our Lord Jesus Christ. We know, brothers, that God loves you and that you have been chosen, because when we brought the Good News to you, it came to you not only as words, but as power and as the Holy Spirit and as utter conviction. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Gospel Acclamation: Philippians 2:15-16 Alleluia, alleluia! Shine on the world like bright stars; you are offering it the word of life. Alleluia! Moonee Ponds Presbytery: 22 Robinson St., Moonee Ponds 3039 Telephone: (03) 9370 5035 - Facsimile: (03) 9370 6335 Email: [email protected] Website: www.stmonicasparishmp.com.au Office Hours: Monday—Friday 9.00am—3.00pm Parish Priest: Father Tony Feeney Assistant Priest: Rev Benneth Osuagwu Parish Secretaries: Marcia Mc Lean & Sharon Biddlestone — Admin. Assistants: Mary Mount & Sheila Gregory School Principal: Mr. Peter Moore — School Phone No: 9375 1132 Weekend Masses Masses this Week Monday: Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion: 7.00am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 7:00am & 9:15am Mass Saturday & Holidays: 8:00am Mass Reconciliation on Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00am, 6:00pm – 6:20pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after 8am Mass A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew Give to Caesar the things that belong to Caesar and to God the things that are God's. The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians 18th./19th. October, 2014 Saturday: (Vigil for Sunday): 6:30pm — Sunday: 8:00am, 9:15am (Italian) - 10:30 am, 5:30 pm Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21 The Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap Jesus in what he said. And they sent their disciples to him, together with the Herodians, to say, 'Master, we know that you are an honest man and teach the way of God in an honest way, and that you are not afraid of anyone, because a man's rank means nothing to you. Tell us your opinion then. Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not?' But Jesus was aware of their malice and replied, 'You hypocrites! Why do you set this trap for me? Let me see the money you pay the tax with.' They handed him a denarius, and he replied, 'Whose head is this? Whose name?' 'Caesar's,' they replied. He then said to them, 'Very well, give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar - and to God what belongs to God.' YEAR A 29th. Sunday in Ordinary Time ENTRANCE ANTIPHON To you I call: for you will surely heed me, O God; turn your ear to me; hear my words. Guard me as the apple of your eye; in the shadow of your wings protect me. Some time ago I read that “The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” These words were written by a journalist who was commenting on the power of the media to influence society. This week Jesus asks us on all the factors that influence our actions. The context of this week’s Gospel message is the Ongoing confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees. The glib words of the Pharisees drip with honey as they extol Jesus’ sense of fairness, his sincerity and truth. All the while their intent is to trap him and to discredit him. The Pharisees live to protect the Law, as they interpreted it. Jesus recognises their malice and even COMMUNION Behold, the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, who hope in his merciful love, to rescue their souls from death, to keep them alive in famine. calls them hypocrites. Before we put our hands on our hips and stand smugly behind Jesus in this confrontation, we all have to admit there’s a bit of Pharisee in each of us, too. Often it is easier to follow the law, be it civil or religious law, than to form our consciences according to the Gospel and teachings of Jesus who wants to be our Way, our Truth and our Life. We continue to celebrate the First Communion of a number of our children, this week we prayer with, for and congratulate the children whose names are recorded within this copy of our Parish Bulletin. We are mindful of your faith, hope, and love. From Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the Church in Thessalonika which is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ; wishing you grace and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We always mention you in our prayers and thank God for you all, and constantly remember before God our Father how you have shown your faith in action, worked for WANT TO DO A BIT OF STUDY Why not think of Catholic Theological College! Open Day Wednesday 5th. November 4.00pm—7.45pm See Notice Board at back of Church for Timetable of the day. Ministers of the Word Next week 25th./26th.October 6.30pm J. Dynan, C. Galt 8.00am D.McLean, A. Kendall 9.15am A.Catalfamo, A.Stivala 10.30am L. & J. Goring 5.30pm J.Albioli, A.Salvino Minister of the Eucharist Next week 25th./26th.October 6.30pm D. DeSilva 8.00am J. Shannon 9.15am F.Priscoglio, M.Galioto, T.Pagliarello, S.Mammone 10.30am J. Schuler, L.La Mari 5.30pm K.Anticevic, K.Sherwood Sanctuary Cleaning Friday 24th. October Team 1 Church Linen -October Maria Giardina Church Vacuuming Wednesday 22nd. October Team 4 Readings this week 29th. Sunday in Ord.Time Isaiah 45:1,4-6 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 Matthew 22:15-21 Reading next week 30th. Sunday in Ord. Time Exodus 22:20-26 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 Matthew 22:34-40 NO BAPTISMS THIS WEEKEND RECENTLY DECEASED Alfredo Zdrilitha, Rosario Frasca, Maria Mazzie. NEW PRIEST APPOINTMENT Fr. Minh Tran has been appointed as one of the Assistant Priests here at St. Monica’s, starting midday on 26th. November. We welcome Fr. Minh to St. Monica’s. NOTICE FOR COLLECTORS Please take up the Thanksgiving (Stewardship) collection first and have the collection brought up with the Bread and Wine. PRAYERS FOR THE DECEASED DURING NOVEMBER Names of those you wish to be prayed for during November, the month of the Holy Souls, may be written in the “Book of Remembrance.” These will be remembered at Masses during November. Pages of the book are near the church entrances. Envelopes are available if you would like to have Masses offered. SANCTUARY CLEANING We are looking for volunteers to help with the cleaning of the Church Sanctuary. It includes dusting and light vacuuming. (approx. 1– 2 hrs.) If you can help in anyway, please contact the parish office on 9370 5035 between 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday. It would be approximately every 4 weeks. BEREAVEMENT MASS A Bereavement Mass is to be held at St. Monica’s Church on Wednesday 19th. November at 7.00pm. The Mass is to celebrate the lives and death of loved ones and will provide an opportunity for the Parish to join in praying for those who have recently died. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Symons Centre after Mass. ANNIVERSARIES Frank & Julie Rowe, Antonia Formosa. SAINTS THIS WEEK Saturday 25th: Blessed Virgin Mary STEWARDSHIP “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21 Everything we are and everything we have belongs to God. We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given each of us. All God is asking is that we give back a portion of what He gave us. This is the essence of Stewardship. God should be our first priority in everything. All else comes second. VOCATION VIEW We do not choose a vocation completely on our own. We must prayerfully reflect on how we can best give to God what is God’s, and then live as though everything depends on God. ZIMILE WALKATHON 2014 When: Sunday 26th. October Where: Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield The walk/run is either 4km or 8km. Please join us for a pleasant Sunday morning to support the work of Zimele in partnership with Edmund Rice Foundation. Funds raised will help support the awareness of projects in Africa, supporting some of the poorest people in the region. Booking, donation and sponsorships can be done online and are tax deductable. www.zimele.org “WELCOME TO MASS” We welcome you to join our “Welcome to Mass” roster for 2014/2015. Let us know which Mass is best suited for you to greet and welcome parishioners into our church by handing them a Mass sheet, Parish News or Hymn Book. For further details please contact the Parish House on 9370 5035. COMMUNION IN THE HOME If you are aware of any Parishioner who is unable to attend Mass and would like to receive Holy Communion, please submit the Name by calling The Parish House as we are organising a Roster for such. MISSION St. Monica’s Prayer Group is holding a Father, Son, Holy Spirit Mission in the Symons Centre (next to church), Thursdays16th./23rd. October—7.30pm9pm. Concluding with Healing Mass on 30th. October. All welcome—enquiries: Russell 9382 0840 or Adrian 9337 2051. MASS FOR “GOLDEN OLDIES” 1. Wednesday, 5th November - Mass 11.am. Remembering all our deceased loved ones followed by shared lunch. 2. Wednesday, 3rd December - Mass 11.am. Anointing Mass followed by Christmas theme lunch with singing by children of St Monica’s. CAN YOU HELP ? Wanted the name of a good carpet cleaner to clean Sanctuary carpet. Please ring parish Office and leave your name and telephone number. TURNO PER L’OFFERTORIO FIRST HOLY COMMUNION We congratulate the following children who will receive their First Holy Communion this weekend 18th./19th. October: Mia Caccamo, Ethan Bugeja, Amy Gaylor, Rory Joyce, Charlotte McInnes, Jerome Spicuglia, Tom Gallagher, William O’Connell, Louis Ambrosi, Ondine Goncalves, Alexandra Grima, Micaela Guarnaccia, Isabella Morello, Natasha Pletikos, Kye Liddell, Georgia Pell, Byrson Cobb, Patrick Carmichael, Jemma Dorian, Sarah Hausfeld, Gianmarco Interlandi, Evelyn Kinahan, Sebastian La Mari, Madeleine O’Brien, Amelie Prentice, Daniel Vendramini, Gabriel Vendramini, Julia Vendramini, Amelia Salvador, Angelique Vaxalis, Noah Khoury, Connor Van Der Linde. Please pray for all of the children (and their parents). RCIA Those who have expressed an interest in being part of a Parish RCIA Team, are invited to a meeting next Wednesday 22nd. October at 7.00pm in the Parish House. ADVENT-CHRISTMAS Liturgy Meeting for all people involved (and interested in being involved), on Wednesday 26th. November at 7.00pm in the Symons Parish Centre. INTERESTED IN THE LITURGY? Then this workshop is for YOU! “THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL DURING ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS” When: Saturday November 15, 9.00am-3.00pm Where: Thomas Carr Centre 278 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne Cost: You and Your time (the Parish will after the rest) (Morning tea & lunch are All included) Interested? Speak with one of the priests or ring the Parish 9370 5035. ST. VINCENT de PAUL PIETY STALL New items are now available in the stall— Children’s Bibles, Painted Crosses and Angels from El Salvador, Rosaries etc. Great gift ideas for First Holy Communions being held here at St. Monica’s during the month of October. JUNIOR YOUTH GROUP Our next meeting is on Friday 24th. October at 7.00pm in the Symons Centre. All welcome. YOUNG ADULT YOUTH GROUP As usual there will be BBQ after 10.30 Mass this Sunday—all are invited, please come. 19 Ottobre 26 Ottobre 2 Novembre 9 Novembre 16 Novembre 23 Novembre 30 Novembre Fam Galioto Fam Valori Fam Cananzi Fam Pizzichetta Fam Rosa Di Pietro Fam Giovanna Distefano Fam Giuseppina Giansiracusa SORTEGGIO Sono pronti per distribuzione i biglietti per il sorteggio che abbiamo ogni anno prima della Festa dell’Immacolata. Tutti sono pregati di accettare qualche blocchetti per vendere fra gli amici. Il prezzo di un biglietto rimane a $2 ciascuno. Comprando dei biglietti ci assiste di pagare delle spese della Festa. Per ricevere dei biglietti, parlate con Angela Stivala, o Connie Priscoglio, o con qualcuno alla canonica (Tel: 9370 5035) MESSA ITALIANA DOMENICA 19 OTTOBRE Questa Domenica, nel Messa italiana di ore 9.15, alcuni dei nostri Bambini faranno la loro prima comunione, e quindi la messa sarà in lingua inglese. Riflessione per Domenica 29th Del Anno A L’ipocrisia dei farisei e dei sadducei proclama la veridicità di Gesù, che essi cercano di cogliere nella rete di un dilemma sapientemente calcolato: o egli afferma che il tributo ad uno Stato straniero e idolatra è lecito, e perde la stima di coloro che non accettano il dominio romano; oppure dichiara che questo tributo è illecito, e apre la porta al suo processo con l’accusa di istigare la sedizione. “Rendete dunque a Cesare quello che è di Cesare”. Gesù non è il capo di un movimento di rivolta: il suo discepolo deve compiere i suoi obblighi civici. È in questo modo che l’ha capito la prima Chiesa. Ma ciò che è importante e decisivo, e che non sembra preoccupare i farisei, è il seguito: “E a Dio quello che è di Dio”. Soltanto a Dio si devono l’adorazione e il culto, e né lo Stato né alcun’altra realtà di questo mondo possono pretendere ciò che è dovuto esclusivamente a Dio. Il martirio è l’espressione suprema della resistenza cristiana di fronte al tentativo assolutistico del potere temporale di usurpare il posto di Dio A Dio ciò che è di Dio! Ma tutto appartiene a Dio, che è il creatore. Ed è per questo che non si può astrarre Dio durante la costruzione della città terrena, “quasi che Dio non meriti alcun interesse nell’ambito del disegno operativo ed associativo dell’uomo” . L’uomo può realizzare la pretesa blasfema di costruire un mondo senza Dio, ma “questo mondo finirà per ritorcersi contro l’uomo”.