They say that ‘the family that prays together, stays together’. In our Gospel today, Jesus returned to his home town and is immediately identified by His extended family and His presence in the synagogue for prayers (Mk 6:1-6). Spouses, families, every Christian, must have times of words and of quiet together, and times of words and of hush with God. If we seek to silence each other, or sulk and so silence ourselves, we kill the relationship; if we push God to the peripheries of our lives or society, or fail to keep up the conversation that is prayer, we can kill that relationship too. But if talking matters, so does listening. Before Mass, after Holy Communion, immediately after Mass, and at other times too in our lives, we must recover quiet moments of recollection and gratitude.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
Principles of Love
We are a community that expresses and experiences Love. We welcome new life and people, abundant relationships, justice and outreach in both temporal and spiritual ways.
“To love is to will the good of the other.” St Thomas Aquinas, Catechism of the Catholic Church 1766.
Our community is committed to being connected with each other, working together and reaching out to the broader community. We are multi-cultural and multi-generational. We grow from the life experience of elderly members and the life view of our children and young people. Our connectedness promotes safety, security and togetherness and reinforces community spirit and support.
Our community expresses Love in our hospitality and the ways we help others through volunteering, charity, contributions and prayer. We are a generous and welcoming community, and provide comfort to others. We seek to be a place of welcome, respect and support. We strive to be a place of love particularly for those people who have been hurt or disillusioned by the Church.
Our community celebrates our Love of God through liturgy and the Sacraments. We celebrate joyously, loudly and quietly together as may be appropriate to the event or the people involved. Our good humour and speed to smile reflect our Love for God and each other.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT LOVE ?
“Love is not what they say in movies… Love is not playing violins, all romantic. No, love is work. Love shows itself in works, not in words,” - Pope Francis
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP DD in a moment of prayer after the Mass of commemoration…
Children from St Joseph's Parish, Rosebery, faithfully brought alive the Christmas story at 5.00pm Mass…