Thoughts from the presbytery – 23 August

The Gospel this weekend has a sobering reminder that entrance to the feast in the kingdom of God is not automatic. Two people who died this week have demonstrated, in their respective vocations, the importance of our faith which motivates how we are to live. I speak of Sister John Keenan and Tim Fischer. Sr. John was the leader of the Mercy Sisters in our region for many years and spent the last two decades as chaplain at the Canberra Hospital. She was a person of great compassion who loved and cared for people, especially the sick, greeting all people with a smile. Tim was a person of great faith, possessing a genuine humility, as a true servant of the people. To use an Australian expression, neither Sr. John nor Tim had tickets on themselves. Like so many we have known, may they enjoy the feast.

This coming Wednesday, your Parish Pastoral Council will meet. If you have agenda items, please speak with a member.

Thursday evening the confirmandi and their parents will gather in St. Augustine’s in the final stage of their preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Next Thursday a deanery meeting will be held in Goulburn.

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