THE PARISH OF BAULKHAM HILLS

Click here to go to St Michael's church site.

Email St Michael's at admin@parishofbaulkhamhills.org.au

Phone: +61 2 9639 0598

 

Click here to go to Our Lady Of Lourdes church site.

Email Our Lady of Lourdes at olol@parishofbaulkhamhills.org.au

                                 Phone: +61 2 9639 8385

 

 

       

 

 

PARISH UPDATE – FRIDAY AUGUST 12

A COVID SAFE PARISH

 

Dear Parishioners,

 

Thank you for your continued support of the Parish in these difficult COVID and flu-like times.

 

A reminder that masks are available from the front of the Church, should you wish to wear one.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 15 – SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION: A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

On Monday we celebrate the Assumption of Mary, which, along with Christmas Day, is a Holy Day of Obligation.

 

Mass times for the Assumption:

 

               9.15am               St Michael’s

               9.30am                Our Lady of Lourdes – OLOL School will also be attending this mass

               12noon                St Michael’s – St Michael’s School will also be attending

               7.30pm                St Michael’s

               7.30pm                Our Lady of Lourdes

 

There will be no livestreaming of Mass on this day.

                

RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION AT OLOL

Registration for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Communion at Our Lady of Lourdes finishes on Sunday.

 

The Parents’ Information evening will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday August 16th in the Open Learning area at OLOL School.

 

DEACON ANDREW CALLED TO ORDINATION AS PRIEST

Bishop Vincent will ordain Deacon Andrew to the priesthood at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta at 7.30pm on Friday, August 26th. All are invited to attend this Mass. We congratulate him on this call.

 

The newly-ordained priest will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at St Padre Pio Church, Howell Drive, Glenmore Park on Saturday, 27 August at 1pm. Further details to be advised.

 

PARISH UPDATE - PARISH WORKING GROUP

At this stage, this group will meet on Thursday, 18 August 2022 at 7.30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Centre.

Please pray for the group and its work.

 

MASS LINK

The Mass link for this Saturday for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sat 6pm) and available on YOUTUBE after that is https://youtu.be/XMoxU5SqcvM Please copy the link into browser if it does not immediately work.

 

Mass is live streamed on Saturday evening at 6pm from Our Lady of Lourdes, and available for viewing afterwards via the link. We are also using FACEBOOK links via the Parish of Baulkham Hills FACEBOOK page. Thank you to Jim and Brian for your help with this every week.

 

BISHOP’S FATHERS DAY APPEAL – Weekend of 3-4 September

Our Bishop’s Father’s Day Appeal for Retired and Sick Priests is traditionally held on Father’s Day, this year being the weekend of Sunday 4 September. This annual appeal raises much needed funds for our Diocese’s Clergy Support Foundation to continue its work of supporting retired clergy and those in ill-health.

 

The Foundation cares for 21 retired clergy in our Diocese – 1 bishop, 18 priests and 2 deacons. This year’s appeal will highlight the faithful service of our retired clergy, and in particular, Mons John Boyle, Fr Chris Dixon and Fr Bob Sheridan.

 

With your enthusiastic support for our Bishop’s Father’s Day Appeal, our Clergy Support Foundation can better care for our 21 retired priests and those clergy who are unwell, giving them comfort, professional health care, and guidance.

 

FR ZVONIMIR ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION

Fr Zvonimir will be celebrating 50 years of priestly ministry with a Mass at Stanhope Gardens on Sunday 28 August at 10.30am. Full details in the bulletin.

 

THE DIOCESE OF PARRAMATTA IS HEADING TO WYD23 IN LISBON

Bishop Vincent has announced a pilgrimage to the next World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal from July 21 – August 11, 2023. Young people 16-35 and their families are encouraged to learn more at www.parrawyd.org and register for the upcoming Launch Event featuring Fr Rob Galea on August 18. For all enquiries contact James Camden, Head Mission Engagement  james.camden@parracatholic.org

 

PLENARY COUNCIL NEWS – ACTS AND DECREES – Topic 4

As part of our concern for all to be aware of the Plenary Council deliberations, we are presenting the various Acts and Decrees of the Plenary Council for your study and perusal. Last week we provided the Introduction to the document.

 

This week we provide Acts and Decrees of Topic 4: Witnessing to the Equal Dignity of Women and Men

 

FOR THE DECEASED

 

Please remember those for whom prayers have been requested, especially for:

 

Recently deceased: 

Fr Theo Arrivoli, Leonard Tan, Joyce Paggao-Larsen, John Westerink, Rey Reyers, Jim Costello,

Ampora Ballson

 

Anniversary:

Stanley & Beryl D’Souza, Catalina R. Alvarez, Paul Boguradzki, Ted Jessing

 

SUPPORT DONATIONS

We really appreciate your continued support.  To assist with the proper recording for the second collection, please include your envelope number if you have one.

 

For EFT to the First Collection - supporting the priests

               BSB                                  067 950

               Account No                    000004265

               Account Name              Diocesan Clergy

               Reference                       6001 your name

 

For EFT to the second (envelope and loose) Collection – for support of the Parish,

               BSB                                  067 950

               Account No                    000000214

               Account Name              St Michael’s Baulkham Hills

               Reference                       Envelope Number or Your Name

 

If you wish to pay by credit card, please use this link https://www.bpoint.com.au/pay/stmichaelsparishbaulkhamhills

 

ACTS AND DECREES OF THE PLENARY COUNCIL – TOPIC 4

 

WITNESSING TO THE EQUAL DIGNITY OF WOMEN AND MEN

 

1.      God’s word speaks clearly of the equal dignity of women and men: “So God created humankind in his image . . . male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). For Christians specifically, “there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). In the Church, all people receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are mediated through our baptism: “There is one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all” (Ephesians 4: 4-6).

2.      Scripture calls the Church to recognize the equal dignity of women and men and to esteem their contributions. Throughout history, the Church has looked to Mary the Mother of God as a model for every human person and the model for Christian discipleship. At the close of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Saint Paul VI spoke of the “hour of woman,” (Paul VI, Address to Women, 8 December 1965) recognizing the unique contribution that women make in the life of society and the Church. This has been true in the history of the Catholic Church in Australia. Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Eileen O’Connor, Mary Glowrey, and Caroline Chisholm are examples of faith-filled women who have made outstanding contributions to society and to Catholic life, often against significant odds.

3.      In his Letter to Women, Pope Saint John Paul II apologised for harm caused to women, and he called us to ensure the personal dignity and rights of women are protected and upheld as well as recognising the unique gifts they contribute to building up a healthy Church and society. In particular, he called us to work to overcome the cultural assumptions of inequality:

Women's dignity has often been unacknowledged and their prerogatives misrepresented; they have often been relegated to the margins of society and even reduced to servitude. This has prevented women from truly being themselves and it has resulted in a spiritual impoverishment of humanity. Certainly, it is no easy task to assign the blame for this, considering the many kinds of cultural conditioning which down the centuries have shaped ways of thinking and acting. And if objective blame, especially in particular historical contexts, has belonged to not just a few members of the Church, for this I am truly sorry. John Paul (John Paul II, Letter to Women, 29 June 1995, n. 3)

4.      From the beginning of the twentieth century, a growing awareness of the equal dignity of women and men has reshaped Australian social and political life. Nonetheless, disregard for the equal dignity of women and men persists in society and the Church. There is still much to be done.

5.      The Plenary Council has heard from women of varied experiences in the Church today. Sometimes women are joyful, happy, and thriving in their service to Christ and the Church. Other times women experience barriers and a lack of support in seeking to offer their gifts in service of the Gospel, which has caused frustration and disappointment. Authentic witness to the equal dignity of women and men requires addressing issues of power, authority, and the freedom of persons to decide and act on their decisions with informed consciences. We need to deepen our understanding of the human person, to appreciate more fully the gifts that women and men together bring to the life of the Church. This will require scriptural and theological formation and catechesis at the parish, diocesan, eparchial, and national levels. Here too, there is much work to be done.

6.      In light of the above and aware of the extent of the ongoing challenges, this Plenary Council commits the Church in Australia to acting in ways that witness clearly to the equal dignity of women and men, with their diverse gifts and experiences. It commits the Church to enhancing the role of women in the Church, and to overcoming assumptions, culture, practices and language that lead to inequality.


 

DECREE

 

The Plenary Council decrees:

 

Article 1

That the Plenary Council commits the Church in Australia to ensuring:

a.           through formal policies and intentional practice, the experiences and perspectives of women, including women who exercise ministry, are heard, considered and valued at local, diocesan and national levels. This is particularly important for matters which affect them distinctively;

b.           that women are appropriately represented in decision-making structures of Church governance at the parish, diocese or eparchy, and national level, and in Church agencies, entities, and organisations;

c.           that dioceses and eparchies recognise and value publicly, and properly remunerate, women who lead and serve in the Church in various ways.

Article 2

That each Australian diocese and eparchy commits to supporting, with appropriate formation and recognition, new opportunities for women to participate in ministries that engage with the most important aspects of diocesan and parish life.

Article 3

That the Plenary Council commits the Church in Australia to implementing more fully the undertakings made by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in their Social Justice Statement, Woman and Man: The Bishops Respond (2000), in response to the research report Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus (1999).

Article 4

That, should the universal law of the Church be modified to authorize the diaconate for women, the Plenary Council recommends that the Australian Bishops examine how best to implement it in the context of the Church in Australia.

 

The Eastern Catholic Churches in Australia will interpret the decrees of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia in accordance with the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches and the traditions of each church sui iuris.

 

In accordance with canon 446 of the Code of Canon Law, this decree is not to be promulgated until it has been reviewed by the Apostolic See. It will be promulgated in Australasian Catholic Record and the website of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in accordance with its usual practice. The decrees will oblige six months after promulgation.