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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A | Love of God and love of neighbour

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Hello again!  Please click here to download the newsletter for this weekend.

Word format: Year A 30th Sunday

Pdf format: Year A 30th Sunday

Paralysed man walks again

Did you know the Catholic Church had a role in the revolutionary operation which allowed a paralysed man to walk again?  The paralysed man, Darek Fidyka from Poland, had had his spinal cord completely severed in a stabbing injury.  In 2012, Alan Mackay Sim, director of the Adult Stem Cell Research Centre at Griffith University extracted olfactory ensheathing cells, thought to be derived from stem cells, from a [different] patient’s nose and injected them into his spinal cord, establishing the safety of the procedure.

From The Australian:

Brisbane ear, nose and throat specialist Chris Perry, who extracted the stem cells in the trial, said Professor Mackay-Sim’s work with adult stem cells had been a vital element in the international collaboration. He said the Catholic Church, under George Pell, had donated $50,000 to the research to encourage alternatives to embryonic stem cells.  “Unlike embryonic stem cells, which can trigger tumours in some cases, adult stem cells grow in a controlled fashion after they are injected,” Dr Perry said.

As you know, embryonic stem cell research involves the destruction of tiny humans (known as blastocysts at this stage of life, but don’t be fooled – they’re still unique human individuals).  The Catholic Church has long spoken out against this exploitation of the helpless and sought to encourage research in adult stem cells instead.  Numerous advances have been made in the field of adult stem cell technologies, including the regrowing of a woman’s trachea and the growth of a retina for potential transplant.

In fact, the Church regularly offers $100,000 grants for adult stem cell research – Parkinson’s disease (2003), regeneration of skin after severe burns (2005), treatment of stroke victims (2007), regeneration of normal blood function for cancer sufferers (2009) and improving the success of tissue transplantation (2011).

Australian Christian Lobby Conference

Please pray for the Australian Christian Lobby which this week holds its annual conference in Canberra.  It has come under renewed attack over recent weeks.  When I read Lyle’s article, I was somewhat bemused that some individuals think the Church is full of hate!

Prayer:  Almighty God, we pray that through the work of the ACL, the truth about the beauty of genuine marriage – faithful and fruitful – will be upheld in Australia.  We pray that all politicians present will be able to see that

  • there is no biological complementarity in same-sex relationships
  • children have a right to live with their biological mother and father and not be treated as commodities for other people’s self-centred fulfilment

We pray, however, that all statements will be issued with due respect for people of differing views and uphold these statements from the Catechism:

  • The union of man and woman in marriage is a way of imitating in the flesh the Creator’s generosity and fecundity: “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.”121 All human generations proceed from this union. (2335)
  • [Homosexual persons] must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. (2358)
  • Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection. (2359)


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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A | Jesus and the Canaanite Woman

Jesus and the Canaanite Woman, illuminated parchment, folio 164r, Les Tres Heures du Duc du Berry, 1412-1490, Chateau de Chantilly, France

Jesus and the Canaanite Woman, illuminated parchment, folio 164r, Les Tres Heures du Duc du Berry, 1412-1490, Chateau de Chantilly, France

Here are the readings for this Sunday’s Mass:

Word document: Mass Readings, 20th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A

PDF document: Mass Readings 20th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A

Do you find the story of Christ and the Canaanite woman one of the “hard sayings” of Jesus?  Then listen to these podcasts by Fr Robert Barron …

  1. How great is your faith?
  2. Strength through resistance


Also, this is the last week you can make a submission to the Euthanasia enquiry.  If you don’t know what this is about, let me explain.  Green’s Senator, Richard di Natale, tabled a draft bill in parliament in June, proposing that doctors be allowed to prescribe and administer an end of life substance to a terminally ill person.  Please go here to find out what you can do.

Some points to remember (quoted from ACL):

  • Legalising euthanasia puts at risk the lives of society’s most vulnerable people – the elderly, the lonely, the sick, and the depressed. Euthanasia transmits the message that some lives are no longer worth living or worth caring for.
  • Euthanasia undermines the fundamental relationship of trust between doctor and patient. Patients trust doctors to act in their best interest.
  • Euthanasia puts pressure on patients who are concerned about being a burden to their families or friends.
  • Despite safeguards, in countries where euthanasia has been legalised, a large number of euthanasia deaths occur without the explicit request or consent of the patient.
  • After euthanasia is introduced, the strict boundaries are often relaxed to include, for example, mental illness but no terminal physical illness. Euthanasia for children as young as 12 is permitted in the Netherlands, and for children of any age in Belgium.
  • In most cases, physical pain can be treated with palliative care.

Also this week, Senator Eric Abetz has been shot down for suggesting there is a link between abortion and breast cancer.  MercatorNet has a great take on this issue here.  Stay informed because you probably won’t be informed by the main stream media.  By the way, Senator George Brandis has been a great defender of religious freedom and will this week be delivering the University of Notre Dame’s annual lecture on religious liberty.  Read more here.  (… and sorry, it’s in Sydney, not Perth).

And now a quote for the day:

“Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up.
If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other’s faults and burdens.
If we love enough, we are going to light a fire in the hearts of others.
And it is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us. It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other. No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much.”
Dorothy Day

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Here is this Sunday’s Parish Bulletin with the Readings for Mass.Christ the Sower

Word Format:  Year A 15th Sunday

Pdf Format: Year A 15th Sunday.

Unfortunately, space limitations prevented my adding reflections on today’s readings.  I recommend you go here for some excellent scriptural exegesis: by Dr Michael Barber.

I have, however, drawn attention in the newsletter to Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm’s intention to introduce a private member’s bill on Tuesday to ‘deregulate marriage’ so that marriages between same-sex attracted persons might become legal in Australia.  I would urge all parishioners (or anyone who reads this blog) to familiarise themselves with the Catholic position on homosexuality.  Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers gives a great summary here:  If you want to do something else practical in the meantime, sign this petition here:  This petition is on a Greens’ Bill currently under consideration that would recognise foreign so-called ‘same-sex marriages’ in Autralia.