This Week's Parish News
The Parish Office is open weekdays 9am to 3pm.
Phone: (08) 9721 2141
Fax: (08) 9791 3257
Physical Address: 11 Money Street, Bunbury, Western Australia, 6230
Postal Address: P.O. Box 2005, Bunbury, Western Australia, 6231
Mass Times at the Cathedral
Saturday: 8am and 6pm Vigil
Sunday: 8am, 10am and 6pm
Reconciliation: Please book an appointment by ringing the parish office (97212141)
Mass at 6pm every Sunday evening at Dalyellup Community Centre
Our Mission is to continue growing as a community where people can meet Jesus Christ and grow in his life and mission in the Catholic Faith.
The spirituality our parish mission is expressed best in the parish prayer of St Therese of Avila.
Christ has no body on earth but yours;
no hands but yours;
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he is to look out-
Christ's compassion to the world.
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless others now.
Stewardship - A way of Life
Exciting Upcoming Parish Events!!!!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions all events outside of Mass are on hold.
Our parish has over 45 ministries & groups each playing a unique part bringing Christ to people.
Feel free to talk to any of these officers about any queries/concerns that you may have about the safeguarding of children or the vulnerable in our parish.
Doreen Wijekoon email@example.com
Pauline Harling firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexis Woolhead email@example.com
Ruth Dunne firstname.lastname@example.org
Kath Fenton email@example.com
REFLECTION FOR THIS WEEK
IN THE BOAT, AND OUT OF THE BOAT
In the Gospel today we have a continuation of last week’s story about the feeding of thousands of people by Jesus in the desert. Immediately after the event, we are told that Jesus “made” the disciples get into the boat and go to the opposite shore while he himself sent the crowds away.
Jesus then “went up into the hills by himself to pray”, to renew his purity of heart and his commitment to the Father’s way, which is primarily for him – as it is for us — in the quality of relationships: with God, with people and with himself. Jesus’ mission – and ours — gets its significance in a life of service, sharing and community building.
The story now switches back to the disciples, who are far out on the lake, battling a heavy sea and fighting a strong headwind. We are seeing a parable of the Church itself, represented by the disciples in their fragile boat surrounded by hostile winds and waves. It was the common experience of the early Church, and in many parts of the world today - a situation to create fear and anxiety.
Then, all of a sudden, they see Jesus approaching them, walking on the lake. Far from feeling reassured, they become even more terrified. Then out of wind and wave and terror they hear “Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.” These are similar to the words spoken to Moses from the burning bush.
Jesus invites Peter to leave the shelter of the boat, into the wind and waves. He begins to sink. “Lord, save me!” is the cry, echoed by Christians all down the ages, who have felt that circumstances were about to crush them.
Think about this: Jesus is not in the boat; he is in the hostile environment. The temptation for Christians is to stay in the shelter of the boat, neglecting those in the stormy sea who need to hear the words of life.
Jesus and Peter now step into the boat and the wind drops. There is peace and calm. In Matthew’s version of this story, the conclusion is that Jesus can also be found in the boat, but only when we also are ready to leave the shelter of the boat to find him in the wider world.
Read the whole reflection at https://livingspace.sacredspace.ie/OA191/