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
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Alexis Woolhead email@example.com
Ruth Dunne firstname.lastname@example.org
Kath Fenton email@example.com
REFLECTION FOR THIS WEEK
Good News revealed to the ‘little ones’
The gospel this week is taken from a narrative section (Matthew Ch 11 and 12) that explores the Mystery of the Kingdom of Heaven. This is a short section at the end of Ch 11. It is a good practice to read all around the short extract used for the Sunday gospel, and we see in the chapter there is a response by Jesus to a question from John the Baptist (v 2-15), a parable about children playing, and a lament over the towns by the lake that seem to have rejected Jesus and his message. Ch 12 contains more negative responses to Jesus.
Today’s gospel comes at the end of Ch 11, and has some strong connections to the Wisdom writings in the Old Testament - drawing on the attitude of Solomon, the wise man.
Jesus sees his disciples as ‘the little ones’, the unassuming ones. God would always remain a mystery, to be reached by faith and trust. (Wisdom 9:13-17)
The gospel writer was concerned for his own community, and to help them in the concerns they had as followers of Jesus in a time of difficulty.
The final words of today’s gospel passage is a beautifully personal invitation, showing the sensitive heart of Jesus, in the tradition of Israelite prophecy. In a slightly different translation: ‘Come to me, all you who are worn out and burdened and I will refresh you. Take my yoke on you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your spirits. For my yoke is good and my burden is light’.
While we don’t often know what a yoke is, or how it worked, it mostly has negative connotations – heavy and burdensome. But, the yoke can enable a heavy weight to be pulled, and a double yoke can enable two animals to work together for a better outcome. This presents an image of Jesus and a follower yoked together, pulling together. We can share the yoke with Jesus.
We are called to be with Jesus all the way – accepting his vision, standards and values. Accepting Jesus is not intended as a burden, but as a source of comfort, peace, liberation and joy. Happy are those who carry the ‘burden’, the yoke of the Gospel. Happy are those who share this with others.