Posts by OLV Parish

I am the gate of the Sheepfold…

4th Sunday of Easter – Vocation Sunday (Good Shepherd Sunday) The Gospel reading for the Fourth Sunday of Easter is always about Jesus “the Good Shepherd”.  As priests are mean to me be shepherds after the heart of Christ (c.f. “I will give you shepherds after my own heart”, Jer: 3:15), the Church has traditionally asked called this Sunday ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’, a Sunday to promote vocations and to pray for more vocation to the priesthood. In the 1992 Post-Synodal Apostol Exhortation called ‘Pastores Dabo Vobis”, Pope Saint John Paul II wrote: “Without priests the Church would not be able
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They Recognised Him at the Breaking of Bread….

(3rd Sunday of Easter)   The disciples on the way to Emmaus recognised Jesus in the “breaking of bread”.  The expression, the ‘breaking of bread’ or ‘fractionis panis’ is a term used in the Church to refer to the Eucharist.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church highlights the various names of the sacrament of the Eucharist, amongst which it is called: “The Breaking of Bread, because Jesus used this rite, part of a Jewish meat when as master of the table he blessed and distributed the bread, above all at the Last Supper.  It is by this action that his
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For those whose sins you forgive… 

The Gospel passage from John (20:19-31) starts with the words: “in the evening of that same day, the first day of the week….”.  The reference to “the first day of the week” is made seven times in the New Testament.  By the time the Gospel was penned, the early Christians must have wanted us to understand that Sunday had already become the Lord’s Day, and it was a day they gathered to celebrate the Resurrection, the day they gathered to celebrate the Eucharistic Liturgy.  Next Sunday, you will see the passage goes on to make reference to the “breaking of
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Alleluia He is Risen!

We Welcome our new brothers and sisters in Christ this Easter!! With great joy, we can announce to you that during the Easter Vigil Mass, Kaylyn Merral, Mele Leatuavao, Benjamin Smart will receive the Sacraments of Baptism*, Confirmation and the Eucharist.  We welcome them with great joy and hope that they continue to grow in faith, and find the journey of faith a great and wonderful adventure that brings them meaning and fulfillment.  More importantly may he lead them to eternal life!.  Please pray for them and reach out also to our new brothers and sisters in Christ.  Then on Easter
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Behold the King Comes…

(Palm/Passion Sunday)   On Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday we as People, as a Church, have commemorated without fail for over twenty centuries, the triumphal welcome given by the people to Jesus as He enters Jerusalem.  His entrance was greeted with joy and celebration, with words such as “Hosanna to the Son of David!”, which acknowledge Him as the long awaited messiah.  This event was long prophesied: “This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt
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I am the Resurrection and the Life

(5th Sunday in Lent – Year A) Reading the four Gospels we find that Jesus knows and speaks about His impending death and Resurrection (e.g. Mt 16:21; 17:9; 17:23; 20:19; Mk 8:31; 9:9; 9:31; 10:34; Lk 9:22; 18:33; Jn 6:39-44, 54).    As our Lenten journey advances towards the Easter festivities, more and more, the Gospel passage each Sunday sheds light on the Mission of Jesus.  This Sunday we are presented with the Gospel passage (John 11:1-45) in which Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.    It is an illustration of His claim: “I am the resurrection and the life; he
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Do you believe in the Son of Man?

(4th Sunday of Lent)   To be blind is not being able to see.  This is ‘physical blindness’.   This Sunday we are presented with the Gospel passage about another kind of blindness.  There are those who look but do not see – those who have a blindness in their faith, and lack to vision of the heart.  Jesus cures a man blind from birth but some people did not want to believe, for believing might make a demand of them.  This type of blindness – or ‘selective vision’ – is prevalent.  Choosing not ‘to see’ is a escape from accepting
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You will never be thirsty again…

(3rd Sunday of Lent) I have always encouraged Catholics to own a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), and I used to import cheap(er) copies to sell.  It is a good book to have as reference material, especially to check up on the teaching of the Church.  However, the nature of the book makes it a kind of an ‘encyclopaedia’ of Church teaching, and unless one is interested in a certain topic, reading the whole Catechism can be quite laborious.  The exception is the part on “Prayer” (Part Four of the Catechism).  I want to quote you
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This is my Son the beloved……

The first reading (Genesis 12:1-4) for this Sunday’s Mass tells us that for nearly two thousand years before the coming of Christ, God’s saving plan was already well in motion. A man named Abram (later to be renamed Abraham) would father the people into which Christ would be born. His descendants would be a selected group – a ‘Chosen people’, the ‘People of God’ They would be guided by God’s prophets, and blessed with favours and gradually prepared to receive Christ into their midst.  What makes Abraham such a memorable and inspirational figure in the record of sacred history is
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