Community News (a snippet from our latest newsletter)
FROM FR TOM - Something New
At Our Lady of Graces we have between fifty and one hundred baptisms each year. This is a big challenge for our parish and not just for me as parish priest. The challenge is to make these ceremonies a genuine community celebration.
Baptism celebrates Jesus' sharing his own life as God's son with a human person. It is also a celebration for all of us, as our parish community is welcoming a new member, and maybe even a whole family as the carers of that child. So to talk about 'private baptisms' doesn't make much sense. And yet in our parish most baptisms have been celebrated on a Saturday with only family and friends invited. So I am confident that we are moving in the right direction, when, with many other parishes, we make the move to having baptisms monthly, as a general rule, during a Sunday Mass. I am fearful that some of you will say that this will make the Mass too long. But I think you will discover that it is only a matter of a few minutes extra as the baptism ceremony is designed to be integrated into the celebration of Mass.
This new venture will achieve its goal to the extent that we all enter into the spirit of the celebration. That means making it a real welcome into our caring community of Our Lady of Graces for the entire family who have chosen to have their child baptised in our parish community.
KID'S MASS 5.30pm 31st July
Due to a quirk in the calendar we have another Kid's 5.30pm Mass this month on 31st July. All primary-school aged children of the parish are welcomed to take part in ministry - reading, bringing up the gifts and collecting. To let us know you're interested, register online at schoolinterviews.com.au using the code LUR6G. For more information contact Kellie in the parish office on 3398 2977.
In celebration of the Dominican
Family, you’re invited to OLOG
When: Sunday 7 August 2016 from 10am– 1pm
Where: In St Martin’s School Grounds
What’s happening? A BBQ style brunch with *Mince/Sausage/Egg Burgers and
Bread, *Tea/Coffee/Cordial, *Games and Activities for the Family.
All welcome and needs catered for: *Ramp Access, *Some Tables/Chairs Available
Bring along:* Share Plate of Sweets / Fruit, *A Chair / Picnic Blanket.
RSVP by 31st July 2016. Add your name and approx. number
attending to list at the back of Church.