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More morsels from St Vincent's Redfern
Sunday, 29 August 2004
The word according to Gerry
Prayers of the Faithful The priest and he alone decides if the prayers of the faithful are to be opened up to the congregation and he decides when the prayers are to be concluded. There is no right to publicly express your own private prayers at Mass. Whenever you are invited to pray it is not necessary to give explanation or introductions to your prayer. God knows what you are praying for. The prayer need to be brief and to the point. This is now the practise[sic] in this parish irrespective of what has happened in the past.
Tuesday, 24 August 2004
Good on you, Fr John Crothers
John Crothers, parish priest of St Declan's, Peakhurst and Penshurst, in southwest Sydney has bravely spoken out against Pell's leadership style in a letter to Online Catholics last week. The letter from which the following paragraphs were taken may be read here.
No comment needed
Edmund Burke A reminder from The Sydney Jewish Museum - thanks to Maire Irish
Friday, 20 August 2004
Mass at St Vincent's
The scriptures suggest that a balanced relationship between faith and its expression in good works might not be such a bad thing.
The Church Mouse is not sure that Dennis (water is a symbol of death) Sudla agrees.
No doubt guided by the same theology that inspired Gerry Prindiville on more than one occasion to say about the needy:
Sudla loudly proclaimed in his homily that faith without works is dead, but good works without faith - i.e. working for social justice and the poor - are doubly dead.
Various members of the community walked out of the church in disgust, while others interjected, objecting to this blatant attack against Ted Kennedy's legacy and the community's values. On the other hand, the Neocats in the congregation were appalled at the intense display of antipathy towards THE PRIEST, to whom unconditional respect and obedience is due.
Later during the Mass, Sudla graciously allowed extra time when his attention was drawn to the fact that the faithful had a few more prayers than he was initially prepared to tolerate.
<< >>(PS: according to the hyperdictionary: Antipathy - [n] the object of a feeling of intense aversion; something to be avoided; "cats were his greatest antipathy"
Monday, 2 August 2004
Food for thought
Yesterday's announcement that Sydney's second Catholic university - the University of Notre Dame - is to open at St Benedict's on Broadway was attended by the likes of George Card Pell, Brendan Nelson, Mon Brian Raynor and the Prime Minister John Howard. The Church Mouse's observers noted food tables at the reception laden with wine and snacks.There is apparently no shortage of money to feed the rich and powerful.
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