Fr Doug and Fr Cirilo attending During this week Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion will be available.
St Bernard’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn is closing after
110 years. The final Mass is on the 18th of April at 10.30am.
Everyone is welcome, however space in the Church is limited, and we would like to accommodate people who have been part of the community or have strong links to the church. You may consider supporting the St Bernard’s community in other ways including helping with hospitality and parking. For more details, please contact email@example.com.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” Matthew 9: 37-38
The prayers of many people made it possible for me to answer the call to ordained ministry; your sacrifices have, in different ways, made it possible for me to make the sacrifices necessary to complete my formation and study; your prayers have kept me steady when moments of doubt and discouragement arose; your prayers have made it possible for me to be a priest for the Lord and his Church in this place.
With this in mind, I invite all the faithful to pray to the Lord to give courage to young people to respond generously to the call to priesthood and religious life. This is a responsibility for all the faithful as well. In this present age, many of us are afraid of commitment. It is even harder when it comes to vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
We can be reminded that the family is the domestic church therefore it plays an important part in forming and encouraging our young people to follow vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
As Pope St John Paull II wrote in his message on the XXXI world day of prayer for vocations: ‘the family can be considered a “garden” or a “first seminary” in which the seeds of vocation, which God sows generously, are able to blossom and grow to full maturity’.
I appeal to young men and women, do not be afraid to choose the vocation of priesthood or religious life. I do not say it is an easy journey, but I guarantee it is a journey full of peace and joy.
Fr Trung Nguyen
Island Bay Churches in conjunction with the RSA.
Morning tea at the Baptist church afterwards.
Lest we forget
You are invited to come to a Holy Hour to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Included in the hour will be hymns, prayers, scripture reading and silence, concluding with Benediction.
All are welcome.
XLT Youth Worship Night is back!
Celebrate the Easter season by coming along to the first XLT (eXaLT) worship night of the year!
XLT is a night of fellowship, prayer, food, live praise & worship, Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration, all centered around a theme and aimed at Year 9-13 students (but open to young and old alike!).
(Search XLT April on Facebook for more details!)