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Saturday: 8am and 6pm Vigil
Sunday: 8am, 10am and 6pm
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Mass at 6pm every Sunday evening at Dalyellup Community Centre
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Phone: (08) 9721 2141
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Physical Address: 11 Money Street, Bunbury, Western Australia, 6230
Postal Address: P.O. Box 2005, Bunbury, Western Australia, 6231
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.
To be a Parish that is open and transparent, nurturing, united and inclusive.
To be a community that is welcoming, embracing and caring for families, youth and valuing cultural diversity.
To be a Parish that brings those who do not know Christ into relationship with him.
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.
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Jesus is the “bread of life” John 6:24–35
Last Sunday we heard the account of the feeding of the crowd with five barley loaves and two fish from the gospel of John. This is the year of Mark, but at this time of the year, there is a sequence of reading from the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel. This sequence itself is this year (2021) broken by the feasts of St Mary MacKillop and the Assumption taking precedence, because they happen to fall on a Sunday.
In the reading this Sunday, after the feeding of the crowds, the disciples leave in a boat and Jesus follows them. The crowd has noticed the departure of Jesus and his disciples, and so seeks them out in Capernaum. In the dialogue that follows between Jesus and the crowds, Jesus unfolds for us the gift of himself that that he gives in the Eucharist.
We hear four exchanges between Jesus and the crowd. First of all, they ask a very matter of fact question: “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus replies by naming their motivation in pursuing him. They have been fed. Jesus challenges them to see beyond the fulfillment of their material needs. The crowds have followed Jesus because they have been fed. They ought to be seeking out J
Jesus because he can give them eternal life.
In the second dialogue, it seems that the crowd might be close to accepting Jesus and his mission. They ask: “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus replies that they must have faith in the one sent from God. But in the third dialogue, the crowd reveals their inability to see Jesus’ true identity. They ask Jesus for a sign so that they might know that Jesus is from God. How strange this sounds since Jesus has just fed more than 5000 people. What more is expected?
But the crowd cannot see beyond the surface of the sign. They show this when they identify Jesus with Moses, who gave the people manna in the desert. They want a sign to show he is from God. They don’t realise that God is standing before them. Jesus corrects their misinterpretation, saying that the manna received by their ancestors came from God. Jesus wants the crowd to see beyond the surface to the One who provides true nourishment.
The conclusion of the dialogue reveals the crowd’s inability to see. They ask for what Jesus has just told them they have found: “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus answers that he himself is the Bread of Life they seek. Jesus himself is the Bread of Life who will satisfy every hunger and thirst. This is the first of several such statements found in John’s Gospel. We understand these better when we remember that God revealed his name to the people of Israel as “I am,” as the LORD. Jesus is now claiming this name for himself. In the weeks ahead, we will see the difficulty this makes for the people.