Parish of the Transfiguration, North Woden
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Holy Trinity Church,
Parish office & presbytery
3 Strangways Street, Curtin ACT 2605
Monsignor John Woods
(02) 6281 3999
Mon - 9 - 3.30pm; Wed - 9 - 4.30pm; Fri - 9 - 3.30pm

Readings & Prayers


19 June 2022

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Prayers of the Faithful

19 June 2022

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Prayers of the Faithful

12 June 2022

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Parish Bulletin

19 June 2022

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12 June 2022

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5 June 2022

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Please find the latest Archdiocesan COVID-19 protocols here.

NB: At all Masses, the Wednesday Liturgy, any other liturgy (eg, Baptism or Funeral), or personal visit to the Church, you must wear a face mask and sign-in using the CBR app / the form provided. 
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Let’s cut to the chase: discipleship will cost.  However, the promised outcome is the fulfilment of our deepest aspirations. That is what Jesus is insisting in today’s Gospel (Lk 9:51-62). By way of comparison and contrast, Luke depicts Jesus after the style of Old Testament prophet Elijah from whom our First Reading is taken.  Today’s Gospel opens with reference to the time being near for Jesus “to be taken up to heaven”, for his showdown in Jerusalem.  This recalls Elijah being taken up to heaven.  However, as Elijah had called down divine punishment on those who rejected God (2 Kings 1:10-12), Jesus does not accede to the disciples’ proposal of destruction of the inhospitable Samaritan village (Lk 9:51-56).  “Violence is not his way to deal with inhospitality.  Later he will have to confront far more murderous inhospitality in Jerusalem.  But again, he will reject responding violently to violence (cf. 22:35-38, 49-51).  What he would bring to Jerusalem is peace (19:41-44)” (Brendan Byrne).  On the other hand, Elijah does accede to Elisha’s request in our First Reading to bid his parents farewell before following him.  “Not so Jesus in the Gospel! He gives three demanding responses to three people in turn who would be his companions on the journey . . . The Kingdom is about rescuing human beings for life in a world that is fast sliding into destruction.  In the face of such urgency even the most sacred family obligations must give way . . . Jesus is on the march now to a conflict with demonic forces that seek to dehumanise and destroy the world.  Those who would seek to rescue it for life and love must share both his passion and the hardships it entails” (ibid). In our Second Reading Paul calls the faithful of Galatia to let the Spirit move in them and so give expression to their freedom in Christ.   Last Tuesday and Wednesday night children celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation were encouraged to draw on the gifts of the Holy Spirit so as to produce the fruits of the same, spelt out by Paul a little beyond where our Second Reading ends, namely, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control” (gal 5:22).  As Morgan Freeman said in the movie ‘The Shawshank Redemption’: “Get busy living or get busy dying”.

Fr John

Renewed in Faith and Action - Claim the dates

THREE INFORMAL ‘LIFE CHATS’ 6PM – 7PM, PARISH CENTRE. Some pre-reading will prepare us for an informal and prayerful gathering to consider three questions, What do I hold dear and why?’ (Mon 18 July), ‘What does the Church offer?’ (Mon 1 August), and ‘How do my beliefs impact my engagement with others?’ (Mon 12 September). All welcome.  More details to follow.

Sacraments of Initiation in 2022:


In anticipation of your diaries filling up with appointments for the coming year, please note the following dates for the Sacraments of Initiation in 2022:

Term 1 - First Reconciliation        • Parent Information Night - Monday, 7 February 2022, 6pm via Zoom

                                                       • Sacramental Celebration - commencing Saturday 26 March from 4.30pm

Term 2 – Confirmation                  • Parent Information Night - Tuesday, 3 May 2022, 6pm via Zoom

                                                       • Sacramental Celebration - Tuesday and Wednesday, 21 and 22 June, 6pm

Term 3 - First Eucharist                • Parent Information Night - Tuesday, 26 July 2022, 6pm via Zoom

                                                       • Sacramental Celebration - Saturday-Sunday, 17-18 September 2022

Please claim these dates in your diary now.  Thank you in anticipation.  Meanwhile, if you have any enquiries regarding these Sacraments please contact the Parish Office.

Upcoming Events


The next triennial World Meeting of Families will be celebrated in Rome and concurrently in every diocese at the invitation of Pope Francis.  The theme is “Family Love:  A Vocation and a Path to Holiness”.  For more info re planned gatherings in the Canberra, Eastern and Western Deaneries, contact M: 0429 192 869.
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