Community News (a snippet from our latest newsletter)
WELCOME AT MASS
Thank you, dear
parishioners, for your
willingness to go along
with our new way of greeting
each other at the beginning of Sunday Mass. The
idea is to introduce ourselves by name to
someone we don't know, on the understanding
that we will pray for that person and their family
over the coming week. It's simple, it's easy, and
it's all part of our way of making Our Lady of
Graces a welcoming community.
This weekend half of our children preparing for
initiation will celebrate Eucharist at 9am and
5.30pm Mass. Whilst our workshops preparing
for Sacraments usually involve discussions and
activities around what Jesus did and said, this
week our activities have been very much “hands
on” as we have learned the actions of receiving
As we walk beside our youngest parishioners
joining us at the Table of the Lord (willing them to
get the ‘choreography’ correct), we might share
their learning and think about how it is we receive.
When approaching to receive Holy Communion, the
faithful bow in reverence of the Mystery that they are
to receive. Communicants are to make a simple bow
of the head when they step forward to receive the
consecrated elements from the minister.
GENERAL INSTRUCTION ROMAN MISSAL, para 160
FROM THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
The Parish Pastoral Council continues providing
support to Father Tom and leadership in the
Parish. We have been busy organising the
parish picnic last Sunday and getting ready for
the Multi-cultural Mass on 9 October. After a very
successful Alpha program we are working to
provide future Alpha programs in the second half
of this year and again in 2017.
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