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Weekly Reflection

BACKGROUND ON THE GOSPEL READING:
Today’s reading from the Gospel of John is proclaimed on the Second Sunday of Easter in each
of the lectionary cycles. This fact alone should alert us to the significance of the encounters with
the resurrected Jesus that are described in this reading. This Gospel combines two scenes: Jesus’
appearance to his disciples after his Resurrection and Jesus’ dialogue with Thomas, the disciple
who doubted.
Part of the mystery of Jesus’ Resurrection is that he appeared to his disciples not as a spirit, but
in bodily form. We do not know, however, exactly what this form looked like. Earlier in John’s
Gospel, when Mary of Magdala first encountered the risen Jesus, she did not recognize him until
he spoke to her. In Luke’s Gospel, the disciples walking along the road to Emmaus did not
recognize Jesus until he broke bread with them. We know from readings such as today’s that in
his resurrected form, Jesus was not bound by matter; he appeared to the disciples inside a home
even though the door was locked. Yet the disciples could still touch the marks of his Crucifixion.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace. Jesus then commissions his
disciples to continue the work that he has begun; as Jesus was sent by God, so Jesus sends his
disciples. He gives his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit so that they will be able to accomplish
this task. Jesus’ words to his disciples also highlight the integral connection between the
forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. With the grace of the Holy Spirit, we can share
forgiveness and reconciliation with others.
Thomas, the doubting disciple in today’s reading, represents the reality of the Church that comes
after this first community of witnesses to Jesus. All but the first disciples of Jesus must believe
without seeing. Like Thomas, we may doubt the news that Jesus, who was crucified and buried,
appeared to his disciples. Our human nature seeks hard evidence that the Jesus who appeared
to his disciples after his death is indeed the same Jesus who was crucified. Thomas is given the
opportunity to be our representative in obtaining this evidence. He gives witness to us that the
Jesus who was raised is the same Jesus who died. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are
among those who are blessed, for we have not seen and yet believe.

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Children’s Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy As a group we gather in the MacKillop Room, listen to the gospel, sing the Alleluia and discuss what it all means for us as followers of Jesus in 2015. We usually respond to the word in a number of ways- using drama, mediation, song, drawing and creating in a meaningful way. We conclude with Prayers of the Faithful, often sharing our own prayers from the heart with each other. We often receive more spiritual wisdom from the children than that from a lot of adults!!

 

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Sacramental Program 

St Patrick’s Parish Beenleigh Sacrament Program Dates 2017

First Holy Communion

Parent Formation/Information 6.30pm Monday, 24th April

Rite of Enrolment Weekend of 6th and 7th May

Presentation of Lord’s Prayer Weekend of 20th and 21st May

Family Barbecue 6pm Thursday, 8th June

Family Session with Elizabeth, Carole 6.30-8pm Thursday, 8th June

Celebrating God’s Mercy 2nd Rite of Penance Tuesday 13th June

First Holy Communion Weekend of 17th and 18th June

Parish celebration cake? Weekend of 24th and 25th June?

School holidays

School Holidays Activity Day Alive in the Spirit Friday, 30th June

 

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Your Prayers Are Requested For

The Sick:  Gary Battle, Graeme Becker, Carolyn Becker, Sofia Birch, Rosario Burgos, Billiie Fiscalini, Peter Fiscalini, Debbie Chambers, Priscilla Gabriel, Jeffrey Graver, Val Hintz, Mary Hall, Ben Hall, Mary Harrigan, Roy Hull, Brenda Humberstone, Arthur French, Dominga Kennedy, Peter Katsadores, Neil Kajewski, Mary Kolosowski, Steve Leibinger, Vicki Leibinger, Ruth Marshall, Jill Palmer, Carol Robertson, Paul Russell, Gavin Stewart, Rubeth Samuelsen, Jodie Taylor, Helen Topp, Kev Topp, Joe Topp, Peter Topp, Kallum Topp, Neil Wright, Googal Zillionoro Prayers are also requested for the following nursing home residents at Beenleigh, Pimpama, Bethania Gardens, Jimbelunga—Eagleby, Connolly Court, Palm Lake, Jeta Gardens and Woodbeck Village.

Announcements & Reminders

Catholics “Come Alive” Seminar 22,23 & 24th September 2017. St Patrick’s Church. To book contact Mary McGrath 0402 859 396

Catholic lay apostolate, Aneel  Aranha will be speaking at the Church 7pm Thursday 14th September 2017.

SVDP DINER 

28th July, in the School Hall. Tickets are now on sale at all Masses.

Safeguarding Policy

Our parish has implemented the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults policy. We are committed to high standards of recruitment, screening and selection of all of our employees and volunteers and undertake intentional strategies to maintain a safe and healthy ministry environment for all.  If you are a volunteer reader, Eucharistic Minister etc. and have not received a Volunteer Data Form and the Code of Ethical Behaviour, please contact the parish office.

Young Adults Meetings

Young Adults meetings every Wednesday night (except the 2nd Wednesday of the month) in the Church from 7.30 – 8.45 (after 7pm Mass). Depending on the night, it may include prayer and praise, discussion, Scripture and Church teaching. If you’re in your late teens, twenties or thirties you will be very welcome!

 

Band Practice 1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesday nights from 7-8.30pm in the office. No practice on Anzac Day this week. Call Cathy 0400 494 943 or email youth.beenleigh@bne.catholic.net.au

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Sacramental Program 

St Patrick’s Parish Beenleigh Sacrament Program Dates 2017

Confirmation 

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