( No Mass on Easter Sunday Evening)
14-4-19 – Palm Sunday
Thank you everyone for your prayers and support during our Clergy Convocation. It was a really blessed and anointed time. As we emerge from the other side of the Royal Commission, the Church and parishes here in Brisbane sensed there was a need for a new model of leadership and parish renewal. We certainly received some amazing formation from Ron Huntley. He was the 2IC behind the success of the St Benedict’s parish Halifax, Canada aka Divine Renovation. There was the reminder for the priest to have a God-sized mission that compels parishioners to want to hear more and eventually become super engaged in their Church. We all did a test called APEST (stands for 5 different charisms – Apostolic, Prophets, Evangelistic, Shepherds and Teachers.) Basically there are two of the five that we primarily work out from. My top two were Apostolic and Teaching. In general terms, my role here as pastor has been a driver. As you’ve probably observed I’ve been trying to forge a way forward in collaboration with parishioners to help grow our parish. Secondly I’ve also been trying to incorporate the basic teachings of the Jesus Christ and the Church through numerous mediums. I’ll continue with more of this stimulating stuff when we eventually get to Easter. As we reach the cusp of Holy Week, I encourage you to attend as many of the liturgies of the Paschal Triduum. On Palm Sunday we accompany Jesus into Jerusalem. We just like the crowds, praise and celebrate Christ’s kingship. At Holy Thursday we spend those special moments as Jesus breaks bread with his disciples one last time. He demonstrates the kind of leadership we as followers and the Church need to model through the washing of the feet. This all changes though in the blink of an eye as we turn against our Lord and descend into the darkness of our sin. Just as the disciples, we too struggle to stay awake with Jesus. Can we spend more than one hour praying with him? On Good Friday, we enter properly into the Lord’s Passion. Each of us has moments where we wash our hands of any responsibility. We attempt to carry our cross but lose our strength and stumble. More often than not we are the ones who are pushing the weight of our sins onto Jesus. We are often helped by friends and strangers alike such as Simon, Veronica and the women. In contrast we can be the very people who spit, mock and crucify Jesus. Finally we all re-emerge on Holy Saturday, when Jesus leaves the tomb of sin and death. His light and salvation breaks forth in our world for our celebration of the Easter season.
Blessings Fr Nev
THE REFORMATION TODAY: AN ECUMENICAL PERSPECTIVE
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Many historians consider the Reformation one of those epoch changing events in the history of the Western world. But what does it mean for people in Australia 500 years later? Was the Reformation just a series of pointless disputes which have little relevance to the church today? Or is the church today the living legacy of the Reformation, and if so, what does this mean for us? Join us as we ask these questions together.
Dr. Chris Hanlon — The Reformation a Catholic perspective, 8 August 7:30pm Holy Family Catholic Church, Indooroopilly