Photos of Gardenvale Church Restoration LINKED HERE The rebuild of St James is now looking very exciting with a completed East Stained Glass Window installed. The walls are taking shape with now 3 layers - the drying process is quite elaborate. The installed side windows are helping to block out some of this cold and wet weather to aid in this process! The replica stone work looks splendid in situ.
Photos of Croft Organ Restoration LINKED HERE The Croft Organ for St James has now been moved from its storage container in Auckland into the South Island Organ Company factory where works of restoration will commence. Campbell Hargreaves - the organ builder - has done extensive work looking at the original casing (which houses another organ) and will begin work on making a replica case in Melbourne after working on the inner parts of the instrument. The organ is in good condition but complex with many parts both of large and small proportion.
The Miracle Club Film - A Great Gathering
Thankyou to the 23 parishioners and friends, most of whom we clicked in the photo above. We enjoyed ourselves at the palace Brighton bay for a moving film with top actors and actresses. We hope to get together again soon as it seemed like a popular thing to do on this winter day! - Susan and the Fellowship Team
READINGS AT MASS THIS WEEKEND:
First Reading Jeremiah 20:7-9 Despite discouragement, God's word burns in Jeremiah's heart.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 62:2-6. 8-9. R. v.2 (R.) My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
Second Reading Romans 12:1-2 Offer yourself as a living sacrifice.
Gospel Acclamation See Ephesians 1:17-18 Alleluia, alleluia! May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christen lighten the eyes of our heart, that we might see how great is the hope to which we are called. Alleluia!
Gospel Matthew 16:21-27 Jesus reveals his future death, rebukes Peter.
Catholic Articles, Events and Media
Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary 8 September
Happy Father's Day - Prayer for Fathers
Child Protection Week Begins (4–9 SEPTEMBER)
Benedict Conference to explore what a ‘Church of faith’ can offer a searching world
On 28 October, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) Melbourne campus will host a conference that is the first of its kind here in Melbourne: the 2023 Benedict Conference. This inaugural event will bring together international and local speakers to explore the life and legacy of Pope Benedict XVI (otherwise known as Joseph Ratzinger), building its conversations around the themes of truth, goodness and beauty. Read the Article Here
Gangster, gardener, missionary: John Pridmore’s incredible life
The reminiscences of an ex-London gangster are not what you usually hear in church. With knuckledusters, machetes and drugs once part of his daily existence, John Pridmore has a gripping story to tell, and he is more than happy to share it. Thirty years on from his conversion to Catholicism in 1993, though, he is more concerned that people have their own transformative encounter with Christ. Read the Article Here