NEWSLETTER AND EVENTS

From the earliest times of her history, the Church has obeyed our Lord’s command, ‘Do this in memory of Me.’ Today, these words ‘Do this in memory of Me’ mean for us to be present at Sunday Eucharist, to listen, to sing, to offer up along with the priest, Christ to his Father, to receive Holy Communion, and then to live outside the church walls what we have celebrated at the Eucharist.

In the past, during times of persecution, the Church celebrated the Eucharist in haste, often using the hands of the priests as altars. In times of peace, the Church was able to devote more time to this mystery, adorning it with beautiful surroundings, poetry, hymns, and music.

The Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, has come down to us from one of these peaceful periods of development and beautification. It is from this time that we have tabernacles and beautiful altars. Both the tabernacle and the altar serve the same mystery: the Real Presence of the Lord in the Blessed Eucharist.

For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church has been using the term “transubstantiation” to explain the profound change of the bread and wine into the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ. Externally, nothing seems to alter. But internally, a miraculous transformation occurs. This inner change — the complete transformation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of our Lord — is discerned only by the eye of faith. Our humble offerings of bread and wine are elevated to the divine gift of God’s beloved Son, who bestows upon us Eucharist as our nourishment for the journey.

Dear Parishioners,

Many thanks to those parishioners who throughout the month of May beautified the area next to the statue of Our Lady at Jindalee church.

Again thank you to Elizabeth Lah and family for introducing this practice to honour Our Lady in the parish in the month of May.

Blessings Fr Jan

The Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced by soldiers and the world’s violence, injustice, and oppression, shows God’s love for humanity. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is also a source of strength and hope for all who suffer and carry personal crosses of a physical or spiritual nature.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus, then, is not just a symbol of God’s love but a call to each of us to respond with our own love for God. What is so striking about the image is that the Heart of Christ is depicted as both crowned with thorns and on fire with love. Ringed by the crown of thorns, Jesus’ heart is the heart of the one who was crucified. On the cross, his tormentors gave Jesus a crown of thorns. This was a gesture of mockery. His enemies believed that Jesus was attempting to establish a kingdom on earth.

The crown of thorns was meant to highlight the apparent failure to do so successfully. Instead of a majestic crown of gold studded with diadems, this terrible crown made of dead wood was an image of barrenness and failure.

Yet, in the image of the Sacred Heart, there is a blessed irony. Though crowned with thorns, the heart of Jesus is aflame with love. In the Gospel of John (1,5), the light of God is described as “light no darkness can extinguish.” In the context of these words, the symbolism of the Sacred Heart of Jesus becomes very clear. The divine love burns on behind, despite and within the crown of thorns. To Christians, the image is a powerful reminder of the overwhelming power of divine love. The visions of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1675 truly contributed to the spreading of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In 1856, Pope Pius IX approved the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to be celebrated in the Universal Church. It is celebrated on the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi. In 1899, Pope Leo XIII approved the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for public use. In the past throughout the month of June, many families would pray the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It might be good to return to this prayer in these days of June.

Agape Charismatic Prayer Group Meeting – Friday 7th June will start
at 7:30pm at Jindalee Church with Praise and Worship to be followed
by Healing Ministry. All are welcome.
Confidential Prayer Support is available after various Masses, the next
opportunity will be: Sunday 9th June after 5.30pm Mass at Jindalee
Church. (Audrey 0435 558 390)

On all Sundays in May, both churches counted parishioners. Adding
up the figures from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and The Twelve
Apostles, we ended up with an average attendance of 1035 per week. I
thank parishioners who counted those who attended different Masses
over these last weekends.

Week 1 – Total 1001 Darra 476, Jindalee 525
Week 2 – Total 1021 Darra 456, Jindalee 565
Week 3 – Total 1118 Darra 466, Jindalee 652
Week 4 – Total 1001 Darra 479, Jindalee 522

PROJECT COMPASSION wishes to thank all parishioners for their generosity in giving once again. Total amount raised from our parish
$3,338.25.

NEW PARISH BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS

Dear Parishioners,

The ADF has changed banking details for those who have been direct depositing periodically:-

The New Bank Account details are:-

Darra Jindalee Catholic Church
BSB: 064 786
ACCOUNT: 100000351

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.