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61 Boronia Drive, O'Connor ACT 2602
Fr Paul Nulley
(02) 6247 5957

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


Vigil Mass — Saturday 25th January 2020 at 6pm

Sunday Mass — 26th January 2020 at 9am



WELCOME 


“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). 

 

God loves you so much that he wants you to know him and to have a relationship with him through Jesus. Sometimes this can seem more complicated than it is because it can be difficult to notice how God is working in your life, especially if you are busy and over-stimulated. God wants to share his life with you and wants you to share your life with him. The initiative first belongs to God who gives everyone his grace and we are invited to respond in faith. 

 

At St Joseph’s we assist people in responding to God in faith under the patronage of St Joseph through the careful celebration of the liturgy, a caring community and the study of the faith.

 

I hope that by belonging to St Joseph’s you will learn to notice God in all the areas of your life and be inspired to be nourished by God’s grace, so that you may live your life to the full, as Jesus desires (John 10:10).

 

Father Paul Nulley 

 

 

 

SERVICES


MASS

Mass is the foundation of Christian life. During Mass the bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus – literally. At Mass we are reminded that we are not alone in any of our suffering and struggles. We are with Jesus who becomes food for our soul.  The Eucharist is the most personal encounter we can have with God.


Tuesday:        9:15am
Wednesday:  8:00am
Thursday:      9:15am
Friday:            9:15am
Saturday:       8:00am (Traditional Latin Mass)

           6:00pm (Vigil Mass)

Sunday:          9:00am 

 

Mass times changes for special events such as Easter and Christmas, are listed below or can be viewed on Facebook @stjosephsoconnor

 

 

MASS DEDICATION AND OFFERINGS

The Mass is the most powerful prayer because Jesus carries our prayers to heaven. It is especially appropriate to ask for Mass to be offered for someone who has died. This greatly assists souls in purgatory on their journey to heaven. Mass can also be offered for many intentions, such as for those who are unwell, in thanksgiving or for celebrating special events such as, anniversaries or birthdays.

 

Mass Dedication envelopes are available at the entrances of St Joseph’s and can be handed to Father Paul after Mass or arranged through the parish secretary - OConnor@cg.org.au or 6247 5957.

 

 

HOLY HOURS

During Mass, bread is transformed into the body of Christ, becoming the Eucharist. At Holy Hour, the Eucharist is displayed on the altar so you can silently pray and share anything that might be on your mind as you are in the presence of Jesus. This peaceful practice is for anyone wanting grace and love in their hearts. It lasts for one hour.

 

This devotion helps fulfil the words of Jesus spoken in the Gospel: “Come to me all you who labour and find life burdensome, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11;28-30).

 

Tuesday:                   8:10am - 9:10am and 5:00pm - 6:00pm 

Wednesday:             7:00am - 8:00am and 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Thursday:                 8:10am - 9:10am and 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday:                       8:10am - 9:10am and 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Cancellation of Holy Hours happens from time to time and can be viewed below or at Facebook @stjosephsoconnor

 

If you would like a focus to pray during Holy Hours, St Joseph’s has the following intentions: 

Tuesday:                   The Church (universal and domestic)

Wednesday:             Family and Workers

Thursday:                 Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life

Friday:                       Reparation to the Sacred Heart

 

 

CONFESSION

Some of Jesus’ last words before going to heaven were said to his Apostles, the first priests: “Those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven” (Jn 20:23). When we are sorry for our sins we are able to come to the Sacrament of Confession and hand them over to Jesus, who welcomes us and forgives our sins. 

 

Confession is important because it shows we are taking responsibility for our life and also acknowledging that we need God’s help in areas we might be struggling with. It is also important that we do not receive Holy Communion if we have committed a serious sin until we have been to the Sacrament of Confession, which makes us holy again. After coming out of Confession you will feel lighter, peaceful and forgiven.

 

Saturday:       5:30pm 

Father Paul is also available for confession during Holy Hours. Please feel free to approach him at any time during this practice, where you will be guided to the confession cubicles.

 

How to do confession at St Joseph’s

Confession at St Joseph’s takes place in private using two individual cubicles that separate the priest and yourself. A small filtered screen, linking the two cubicles, is used to talk through, which safeguards your anonymity. The door to your cubicle is the third door on the right when facing the altar, and is left open when free for you to enter. 

If you have forgotten how to make your confession, there are How to do Confession pamphlets on the table as you enter the church, but please do not worry if none are available, Father will guide you through the sacrament.

 

 

ROSARY

The Rosary is a set of specific prayers recited to meditate on the central mysteries of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Rosary beads are used in this devotion to help guide you through the order of prayers. Praying the Rosary daily is said to grant great blessings upon you and your family and can bring you great joy and focus. Rosary beads are not essential to attend and participate in this service.

 

Parish Rosary Recitals 

The Rosary is recited and lead by a member of St Joseph’s after every weekday Mass and twenty-five minutes before each weekend Mass in the church. 

 

The Wednesday morning Rosary is a Cenacle of the Marian Movement of Priests, which means that some extra prayers are recited. This is held in the Legion of Mary Room, which is the door on the right as you enter the church from the car park.

 

 

ANOINTING OF THE SICK 

This sacrament is sometimes referred to as “Last Rites”; however, it is not only offered to those who are gravely ill. The ritual includes being anointed on one’s forehead with sacramental oil and is for anyone who is undergoing an operation, is suffering in old age or is seriously unwell and in need of strength. This sacrament brings peace, eases suffering, occasionally causes miraculous healings and gives strength to unite your sufferings with Jesus, who leads us to eternal life.

 

This sacrament can happen in the church, at your home or in hospital and can be arranged by calling Father Paul on 6247 5957 or OConnor@cg.org.au

 

 

HOME VISITS

Our parish would like to help those who are struggling with illness or finding it hard to get out and about due to advanced age. If you or you know someone who would like a visit, to receive Holy Communion and/or needs transport to Mass, please email Anna Abraham - annasurrey23@gmail.com

 

 

For more information on St Joseph’s Services, including Sacraments and Mass Dedications, pick up your copy of the Parish Guide available in the foyer. Alternatively, contact the Parish Secretary on email OConnor@cg.org.au or 6247 5957.

 

Follow us on Facebook @stjosephsoconnor


 

 

SERVICE CHANGES & CANCELLATIONS


HOLY HOUR TIME CHANGE 
During the month of January, the evening Holy Hour will be cancelled; However, the morning Holy Hour will still proceed. 

Tuesday         8:10am 
Wednesday   7:00am 
Thursday       8:10am
Friday             8:10am



WEEKLY HYMNS

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


Vigil Mass — Saturday 25th January 2020 at 6pm

Sunday Mass — 26th January 2020 at 9am


Catholic Worship Book II

 

Processional No 448 — All People that on earth do dwell

Offertory No 482 — Draw near and take

Thanksgiving No 507 — Humbly we adore thee

Recessional No 403  — Alma Redemptoris Mater

 

 

JANUARY EVENTS 

 

   

PLENARY COUNCIL SESSION 
Wednesday, 22nd January – 7:00pm
Help us to discern how we can renew our parish and the Church in Australia. 

Come to the third of six-monthly sessions during the Plenary Council's second phase, Let's Listen and Discern, where we will discuss the third of six themes: How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is humble, healing and merciful?

7pm
Wednesday, 15th January 
Parish Centre adjacent to the church

For more information, please contact Anna Abraham on 0468 351 839 or visit https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/listening-and-discernment/

 

 

FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF ST PAUL THE APOSTLE

Saturday 25th January - 8am Mass

Join us to celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul the Apostle at Mass this Saturday, 25th January at 8am.

 

 

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA) 
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) starts up again this year on Thursday, 30th January.

If you interested in becoming a Catholic or knowing what the Church teaches and why, join us. It is an easy to understand course for all those wishing to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic faith and for those who are preparing for adult Baptism and confirmation. It involves studying the Scripture and Catholic practices and discusses how you can apply these to living your everyday life.

The course is brought to you free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend. Drop in and say hello. RCIA meets weekly every Thursday until Easter 2020. 


7.30pm 
Thursday, 30th January, then every Thursday until Easter. 
Parish Centre adjacent to the church

For more information, please contact Alwyn Dantis - alwyndantis@yahoo.com 0467 243 363


MOTHERS GROUP

St Joseph's Mothers Group meets fortnightly and is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the company of other mothers in a Christian environment over a cuppa and cake. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend with baby and toddler toys available on site.

For more information, please contact Jessica Rebbechi 0457 166 508.

 

  

 

FEBRUARY EVENTS 

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
Sunday, 2nd February –  9am Mass
Bring along a candle to Mass this Sunday for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. We will all gather outside the church before Mass where your candles will be blessed. 

You are invited to bring along one or as many candles as you would like to use throughout the year. We bless candles on this day because we remember that this is the first time that Christ, the Light of the world, is coming into His Temple in Jerusalem. God comes to meet His people in the form of a baby child.

Sunday, 2nd February
9:00am Mass
Meet for the procession and blessing of candles outside the main doors. We will then continue Mass inside the church.  

 

PHILOSOPHY STUDY GROUP
Tuesday, 4th February – 6pm 

Pablo Jiménez, an Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, leads a free monthly philosophy reading and discussion group focused on faith and reason. It's for everyone who wishes to discover how their knowledge of the Catholic Faith can connect with science, the humanities and other kinds of knowledge through metaphysical philosophy.

 

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Tuesday, 4th February

Parish Centre adjacent to the church

 

This months reading will come from “The Church and Philosophy – Papal Encyclical Pope Leo XIII Aeterni Patris”, paragraphs 1-16. 

 

To find the program, readings and resources for each session please visit: www.diakoniaveritatis.org. For any queries, please contact Pablo - pablo.jimenez@nd.edu.au

 

 

YOUNG MEN OF ST JOSEPH 
Wednesday, 5th February - 7:30pm

The Young Men of St Joseph meets monthly in the Parish Centre to pray the rosary and to St Joseph, who is our role model. This is an opportunity for young men to share their faith experience and discuss topics in a positive Christian environment that nurtures the pursuit of holiness.

 

7:30pm

Wednesday, 5th February 
Parish Centre adjacent to the church 

 

 

COMPLINE (NIGHT PRAYER)

Sunday, 9th February – 7:30pm

Begin your new week with 25 minutes of ancient Gregorian chant, which liberates the soul. It has been the traditional night prayer for monks chanted throughout the centuries. This service is in Latin, but you will be given a book and translation to follow along with, and you will leave with your soul feeling peaceful.

 

7:30pm 

Sunday, 9th February

Parish Church 

Compline occurs every fortnight on Sundays.

 

THEOLOGY STUDY GROUP 
Wednesday, 12th February – 7:30pm
Anna Wierzbicka, Professor of Linguistics (Emerita) at the Australian National University, leads a free monthly reading and discussion group in theology that aims to put the Catholic faith into simple language and concepts. It’s for anyone wanting to explore and broaden their understanding of the Catholic faith. Anna is the author of What Did Jesus Mean? (2001) and What Christians Believe (2019) (both published by OUP, New York).


7:30pm
Wednesday, 12th February
Parish Centre adjacent to the church 

All are welcome to attend and participate or just listen.  

For copies of the readings or more information, please contact Anna.wierzbicka@anu.edu.au

 


ST JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL OPENING MASS 

Friday, 14th February – 9:30am 

Join us for the opening Mass for St Joseph’s Primary School this Thursday, 13th February at 9:30am.


PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL (PFC) MEETING

Thursday, 13th February – 6:30pm

Parish Centre adjacent to the church


PARISH PASTORAL  COUNCIL (PPC) MEETING

Friday, 14th February – 6:30pm

Parish Centre adjacent to the church


SENIORS GROUP
Monday, 17th February – 11:30am 
The Seniors Group meet on the third Monday of each month to get together to share lunch at the Parish Centre and enjoy each other’s company.  RSVPs are not necessary and all are welcome to attend. Bring a plate to share. 

 

11.30am
Third Monday of each Month 
Parish Centre adjacent to the church 

For more information, please contact Kath Coyle on 6248 0275, or email the Parish Secretary OConnor@cg.org.au

 

PLENARY COUNCIL SESSION 
Wednesday, 19th February – 7:00pm
Help us to discern how we can renew our parish and the Church in Australia. 

Come to the third of six-monthly sessions during the Plenary Council's second phase, Let's Listen and Discern, where we will discuss the third of six themes: How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is a joyful, hope-filled and servant community?

7pm
Wednesday, 19th February 
Parish Centre adjacent to the church

For more information, please contact Anna Abraham on 0468 351 839 or visit https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/listening-and-discernment/

 

FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF ST PETER THE APOSTLE
Sunday, 22nd February –  8am Mass

Join us to celebrate Feast of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle at Mass this Saturday, 22nd February at 8am.

  

COMPLINE (NIGHT PRAYER)

Sunday, 23rd February – 7:30pm

Begin your new week with 25 minutes of ancient Gregorian chant, which liberates the soul. It has been the traditional night prayer for monks chanted throughout the centuries. This service is in Latin, but you will be given a book and translation to follow along with, and you will leave with your soul feeling peaceful.

 

7:30pm 

Sunday, 23rd February

Parish Church 

Compline occurs every fortnight on Sundays


WIDOWS GROUP 
Tuesday, 25th February – 11:00am 
The Widows Group meets once a month. Bring a plate and come enjoy lunch, a day of games, great support and wonderful company. No need to rsvp.

11:00am 
Tuesday, 25th February
Parish Centre adjacent to the church 

For more information, please contact Kath Coyle on 6248 0275, or email the Parish Secretary at OConnor@cg.org.au 

  

ASH WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, 26th February – 8am, 12pm & 6pm
Join us as we begin Lent with the imposition of ashes at St Joseph's this Ash Wednesday at Mass on the, 26th February at 8am and 6pm.

There will also be a midday service for St Joseph’s School held in the church, all are welcome to attend.

 

MOTHERS GROUP 

St Joseph's Mothers Group meets fortnightly and is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the company of other mothers in a Christian environment over a cuppa and cake. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend with baby and toddler toys available on site.

For more information, please contact Jessica Rebbechi 0457 166 508.

 

CHOIR

The choir at St Joseph’s sings hymns during each Saturday Vigil and Sunday Mass to glorify God and lead the congregation. We are all amateurs who love to sing and have a good time. All are welcome to join in whether or not you have singing experienceNo long term commitment is required. Drop into rehearsal and say hello.

 

Rehearsals every Tuesday

7:30pm

Parish church 

 

Rehearsals and tuition are led by singing teacher Brian White. For more information, contact Brian - blswhite@iinet.net.au 

 

 

NOTICES 

 

ORHANIST REQUIRED 

St Joseph is on the lookout for an organist to join our liturgical team for Mass and/or rehearsals. For more information, contact Brian - blswhite@iinet.net.au

 










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