Stewardship - A way of Life
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
This Week's Parish News
Bishop Gerard's Pastoral Letter on the Seale of Confession
Saturday: 8am and 6pm Vigil
Sunday: 8am, 10am and 6pm
Reconciliation: Saturday 11:30am-12:30pm
Adoration of Blessed Sacrament:
Monthly Healing Mass:
1st Tuesday of each month 10:30am
Mass daily 9am at the Carmelite Monastery Gelorup.
Mass at Dalyellup Community Centre every Sunday at 6pm.
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.
Exciting Upcoming Parish Events!!!!
ST NICHOLAS AT THE CATHEDRAL
On Sunday 8th of December at the 8am & 10am Masses.
Please bring along a wrapped present with a note on it saying if it is for a boy or a girl, and the age of the child that it would suit.
Presents will be distributed by the St Vincent de Paul Society to children in need at Christmas.
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
Our parish has over 45 ministries & groups each playing a unique part bringing Christ to people.
FAITH EDUCATION CORNER
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This feast of Mary is usually celebrated on 8 December, but because no feast takes over from a Sunday celebration, this year it will be celebrated on Mon 9 Dec. the term ’Immaculate Conception’ is the teaching of the church that the Blessed virgin Mary was free from original sin from the beginning of her existence. The feast is often mistakenly understood to be about Jesus, and the origins of his virginal conception and birth, but it is a belief about the original sinlessness of Mary, in union with God.
This teaching is not specifically found in scripture, although some texts can support it. Recall the angel’s greeting to Mary in
Luke’s gospel, where she is greeted as ‘highly favoured’ or ‘full of grace’ (Lk 1:28), and ‘blessed are you among women’ (Lk 1:42). It was first celebrated in the eastern church in the 7th C, and in the 11th C England a feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception was introduced. There was much debate on the pros and cons of this by theologians in the Middle Ages, and it was agreed eventually that Mary’s being conceived without sin demonstrates Christ’s redemptive power. It was declared an official teaching of the church in 1854.
The US bishops chose Mary under this title to be the patroness of their relatively new country, and there were a number of Marian apparitions connected with this belief – Catherine Laboure in Paris in 1830 and Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes in 1858.
The religious meaning of this teaching focuses on the victory of God’s grace, freely given in Christ. In Mary’s very being, through the mercy of God, the grip of evil is broken. It seems entirely fitting that grace be given to Mary from the moment of her existence due to her eventual role as faith-filled mother of Jesus. Her yes to God brought Christ into the world, and the ancient sin was overturned. It can seem somewhat contradictory that God generously graces Mary, while not removing her from the sufferings of her life. This can show all of us that God’s mercy is more original than sin.
Long before we were born, every single one of us has been called by God to know, love and serve him. We have been the constant recipients of his blessings. How do we respond? Unlike Mary, we were born touched by a sinful world. But we also can become filled with grace if, like her, we say a resounding and unconditional ‘Yes’ to all that God wants from us.
Let us ask Mary today to help us to love Jesus as she did, right through the pain of the Cross to the joy of the Resurrection.