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25 AprilANZAC Day 29 April 10.00amFeast of Our Lady of Good Counsel 3 May7.00pmFirst Eucharist Parent Information Night OLGC Church 6 May9.00amFamily Group Mass St Anthony’s

Reflection

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The image of Jesus as the good shepherd is such a familiar one. Who has this picture from their First Holy Communion? Sometimes the image becomes over familiar and may cease to engage us.

Let us think about the image in the light of “Jesus IS the good shepherd”. In Jesus’ time shepherds generally were not regarded as particularly good people, they often failed their responsibilities and actually took advantage of their charges, so the choice of image that Jesus used is a deliberate one to unsettle the listeners of the time. Jesus IS the good shepherd, the one who does not abandon his flock, the one who has concern for his sheep; the one who will lay down his own life for his sheep.

The final verses of the passage make an interesting extension to the image of the shepherd and sheep. Unlike the ‘sacrificial lamb’ the good shepherd chooses to lay down his life, of his own free will and also has the power to take it up again.

For all of it’s romantic appeal, naming Jesus as our good shep…

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL

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Sunday 29 April 10.00am at OLGC
Please come and join us for this Parish event as we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel.
Morning Tea to follow after Mass. Please bring a plate to share.
PLEASE NOTE: there will be no other morning Masses in our Parish on this day. The Vigil and Sunday evening Mass are unchanged.


ANZAC DAY MASSES, 25 APRIL

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OLGC 9.15am, St Martin’s 9.15am St Anthony’s 10.00am “They shall grow not old, 
as we that are left grow old; 
Age shall not weary them, 
nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun 
And in the morning 
We will remember them.” 

Reach Out

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Be a volunteer OUT THERE

Communities in Myanmar, PNG, Samoa, Timor Leste, Kiribati and Kenya seek volunteers to mentor locals and build capacity. Palms volunteers don’t do quick fixes, but immerse themselves in overseas communities for long-term skill exchange.

If you have teaching, medical, business, admin or trade skills, share them with our global family!

Come to a Palms Info Session on 26th May at 9am in Parramatta or on the31st May at 5.45pm in the City.

Go to www.palms.org.au/volunteer or Contact Palms on 02 9560 5333 for more information


HEART WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

7– 9 June 2018, Fairfield RSL A time to come together as women to be refreshed and renewed in our busy lives. Spoil yourself. Dream again. Feel loved, honoured and cared for. Full registration: $199 Register: Heart.TheCatholicGuy.com Email: heart@TheCatholicGuy.com Phone: 1300 734 880

A message from Pope Francis World Day of Vocations

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‘It will not fill our hearts if we keep standing by the window with the excuse of waiting for the right time, without accepting this very day the risk of making a decision. Vocation is today! The Christian mission is now! Each one of us is called to become a witness of the Lord, here and now. ‘We should not wait to be perfect in order to respond with our generous “yes”, nor be fearful of our limitations and sins, but instead open our hearts to the voice of the Lord.’

CATECHIST NEWS & REFLECTION

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The Catechist meeting is on 10 May at 7pm  in St Martin’s Hall.

See you there.

As we begin Term 2 let us say this prayer for the Students we teach:

Lord our God, We thank you that you made each one of us in your image and likeness, and that we are all your beloved children. We pray for the students we teach, those who make us smile and those who challenge us.  We thank you for all the students who have an impact on our lives and for the privilege of having an impact on their lives.  Lord, use those we teach to teach us.  Help us to be Christ-like at all times; seeing each one with your eyes and valuing them with your heart of love.  We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus our teacher. Amen 

Catholic Youth Broken Bay Twilight Talks

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Did God create the Universe, or was there a Big Bang? Find out why we say “yes” to both and how the glory of the Maker of the Stars can be found in understanding the science behind how He did it.

Catholic Youth Broken Bay invites you to Twilight Talks. Join Young Adults from around the Diocese to connect, share a meal, pray and be nourished by our very special guest Br Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory, as he speaks on the 
Where: Hotel Pennant Hills, 352 Pennant Hill Road, Pennant Hills
When: Tuesday 24 April, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
RSVP: youth@dbb.org.au 'Maker of the Stars'!


Would you like to come with me to India?

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In November, I hope to take a group of interested travelers with me to India.
We will visit Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and my home state of Kerala, where we will visit Cochin, Thekkady and other places dear to my heart. If you’d like to come, please call the Parish Office on 9451 5097. Fr Jose


Pause and Reflect

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on the
The Lord’s Prayer
Wednesday Mornings 16 & 23 May 10 am – 12 pm St Martin’s
In a small group setting(8-12 participants) we shall listen, share and gently reflect on the words of this venerated prayer, considered a paraphrase of the whole gospel.
Please register by ringing the Parish Office 9451 5097

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

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a unique opportunity to reconnect, rekindle and refresh your relationship.  Take time out to invest in your most precious asset…… your Marriage! 
27th – 29th April Mt Carmel Retreat Centre Varroville, NSW  Bookings online at  www.wwme.org.auor Adrian and Janet Sullivan: on 0490 774 419 or adrian.janet1@bigpond.com

URGENTLY NEEDED

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Communion to the Sick Ministers are URGENTLY NEEDED at OLGC. It is a very rewarding Ministry and training is provided. Please ring the Parish Office 9451 5097

Computer Skills Course

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It's happening again!  We're running another computer skills course from 3-5pm April 21st in the St Anthony's Kitchen. 
As before the course will be run as a fundraiser for education of the children of Alas in Timor Leste, so any donations would be much appreciated. 
The lesson will include email organising, backups, photos and time for individual questions.

If you'd like to come please register your interest with Lauren Spooner by emailing lspooner144@gmail.com and please feel free to bring your devices along.

DIOCESAN PASTORAL CARE COURSE June 2018

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With the Northern Beaches Hospital due to be opened later this year parishioners are invited to consider participating in the upcoming Diocesan Pastoral Care Course in June this year. This course is open to our Extraordinary ministers of Communion who already volunteer in offering comfort to the Sick and those who may like to join this ministry.

This free course meets the requirements set by the NSW Health Department.
Training days will be on Thursdays 7, 14, 21, 28 June & 5 July at St Anthony in the Fields, Terrey Hills from 9.30am – 3pm.

Morning Tea & lunch provided.

PLEASE CONTACT FR JOSE OR THE PARISH OFFICE 9451 5097 TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE. 
Any further information contact Peter Brown, Coordinator Hospital Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Diocese of Broken Bay 0418 616 602.

The Father Factor

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If there were some practical things I can do to build my relationship with my children as a father, what would they be? How much of my life is affected by a good relationship with my father? To find some answers to these questions and more, come and see Robert Falzon, acclaimed author and speaker of the ‘Father Factor’ seminars. He will be addressing the important role of fathers in society, providing practical information on being an intentional father and recovering from absent fathering. All most welcome, in particular, fathers. 
 Date: Tuesday 8 May Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm Venue: The Light of Christ Centre, end of Yardley Avenue, Waitara
Date: Wednesday 9 May Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm Venue: Harrington Hall, 94A Archer Street, Chatswood
Date: Thursday 10 May Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm Venue: Holy Spirit Church, 55 Kincumber Street, Kincumber
RSVP: faith.formation@dbb.org.au or Cristina Gomez 9847 0428 by 4 May

MUSIC PRACTICE

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Our next Music Practice will be on WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL 7.00PM AT OLGC

The YEAR OF YOUTH

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Cross will be in our Parish from the 24th February until the 9th March.  The cross with be visiting all 3 churches and both schools.  The cross will be travelling through our Diocese,  celebrating the Year of Youth  and building excitement towards 
World Youth Day in Panama in 2019.

2018 Dates for your Diaries

Frenchs Forest Calendar 2018
January 29 Wednesday—Teachers Mass February 1 Thursday – Parent Information night for First Reconciliation OLGC Church. February 13 Tuesday (6 weeks) –Lenten Program - St Martin’s Church Foyer 7-8pm February 14—Ash Wednesday February 15 Thursday  – Term one Catechist Meeting - OLGC February 24 Saturday —WYD 2018 Parish information March 9 Friday  – 24 hours Adoration -  OLGC March  14 & 15 Wednesday & Thursday–