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Fr Gregory Rowles
96 Catherine St, Leichhardt
NSW 2040, Australia.
Phone: (02) 9518 0650

Lilla Contarino
Hours: Monday - Friday
(8.30 am - 12.00 pm)
= Saturday & Sunday Closed =


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One of the important themes in Luke's Gospel is the right use of material goods. In the parable of the dishonest steward, Jesus contrasted the shrewdness of worldly people in planning for the future with the apparent indifference of the children of the kingdom.

In the story, a steward mismanaged his master's funds. Faced with loss of employment, and knowing that he was unused to physical labor and too proud to beg, he devised a scheme. He forfeited his own commission, thereby reducing the amount owed by the debtors, thus ingratiating himself to both debtor and master.

Jesus praised the enterprising steward for acting prudently, but he challenged his own disciples to consider whether they were as wise in the use of their goods as those who acted without the light of the Holy Spirit to guide them. Jesus warned his disciples that they could not serve both the god of materialism ("mammon") and the God of the universe. One cannot be a servant of God and a slave to material goods at the same time.

Reflecting: Is money my servant or am I slave to money?

Praying: Lord Jesus, help me to use my resources for building your kingdom on earth.


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race” (Jn 1: 4).

Dear brothers and sisters, John’s penetrating gaze into the mysteries of God takes us right back to where it all begun: Genesis, which means origins - when all things came into being - Creation! And if one listens carefully to the very first Word of God addressed to all humankind one comes to know that everything that surrounds us, the earth and the sky, day and night, water and dry land, the sun, the moon and the stars, animals and vegetation are declared “Good” by the Creator of all things. But let us go a step further… and precisely to the sixth day of Creation when God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen 1: 26), He then looked upon the whole Creation, the harmony within which He placed everything that He created, and found it to be “very good” (Gen 1: 31)!

But, who is this God? Has anyone ever seen Him? Can we still believe in the words of a book written thousands of years ago? Aren’t we constantly reminded by science that we are an insignificant speck of dust in the immensity of the Universe thus simply the product of chance, a bunch of atoms and cells put together by mere coincidence? If, with the beloved Apostle John, we only dare to let our spirit explore the dazzling heights where only the eagles fly, and see in the Bible our Lord Jesus Christ in whom all things have been fulfilled and in whom all of the biblical validity and truth are revealed, we will discover something extraordinary. Indeed, Jesus not only reveals the Father, “whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (Jn 14: 9), he says to the doubting Philip, but He reveals and at the same time gives a definitive answer to man’s biggest question “Who are we?” The Image of God! An image that no matter how wretched or holy, dark or light, young or old, always points beyond to something incommensurably greater than itself and is drawn to encounter the totally-Other: God the Creator!

And today, dear friends, we are again here, reunited in perfect harmony with one another through our Lord, to celebrate the Eucharist. Hence, let us make this gathering of individual believers become a congregation of brothers and sisters where the individual ‘I’ ceases to exist and melts into the ‘We’ (Gal 3: 28), of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. And let us always remember that the ‘We’ of the liturgy is not limited to those who are active members of the Body of Christ, but it is a ‘We’ that in its prayers and supplications includes “the other sheep” (Jn 10: 16), thus radically transforming what it may appear a sectarian practice to a cosmic mission where every creature is brought under the “name that is above all names” (Phil 2: 9). Christ’s real presence, in both oratio and actio, offers his sacrifice to the Father who “so loved the world that he gave his only Son” (Jn 3: 16), also grants that, which despite our finitude and wretchedness, allows us to hope against hope (cf. Rom 4: 18).

In fact, what is on offer here is far greater than beautiful, indeed seemingly impotent, love: we are offered Eternal Life! Let us be the lamp that cannot be hidden! Let us shine forth the glorious image of God that is indelibly embedded in each and every single one of us. Dear brothers and sisters, rejoice for God looked upon the harmonious unity of His Creation and “found it very good”. Rejoice for today at St Fiacre’s and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person” (Gal 3: 28), neither Australian nor Italian, neither boat-people nor refugee, for we are all one in Christ Jesus! Let us pray to Mary, the Mother of God, and to Saint Fiacre to intercede for us through the power of the Holy Spirit to our Lord Jesus Christ, that we might be a living witness of the harmonious unity that binds together all members of this Parish, so that God who is looking upon us as we are gathered here, may find our unity of purpose “Very Good”! Let us Rejoice and Celebrate!

Masses and Intentions
of The Week

Sat 21 Sept 4.45 to 5.15pm:

Sat 21 Sept 5.30pm:
Vigil Mass

Sun 22 Sept 9.30am:
English Holy Mass

Sun 22 Sept 11.00am:
Italian Holy Mass

Tue 24 Sept 10.00am:
Giovanni Sorbello
(Funeral MASS)

Tue 24 Sept 7.00pm:
Giuseppe Di Mento – RIP

New Baptism

Saint Fiacre’s Parish Leichhardt welcomes Avamaria Rosa Iacono who was baptised on Sunday 15th September 2013.

RCIA Course

Do you want to be a Catholic? We will help you! The course will begin on Thursday 10th October. St Fiacre's Parish will be running a weekly RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Course on Thursday evenings from 7:00pm-8:30pm. This course will discuss and work through the essential and basic elements of the Catholic Faith. It is a process of Christian formation offered to those who want to become members of the Catholic Church or enquire more into its teachings and way of life. To register or for more information, please email the Parish Office.

Transitus of Saint Francis of Assisi

Transitus of Saint Francis of Assisi will be held at St Fiacre's Church on Thursday, 3rd October 2013, 7.00 PM. Light refreshment will be served in the Parish Hall after the Liturgy. ALL ARE WELCOME!

I Cristiani Deboli
Dal «Discorso sui pastori» di Sant'Agostino

Dice il Signore: «Non avete reso la forza alle pecore deboli, non avete curato le inferme» (Ez 34, 4). Parla ai cattivi pastori, ai falsi pastori, ai pastori che cercano i loro interessi, non quelli di Gesù Cristo, che sono molto solleciti dei proventi del loro ufficio, ma che non hanno affatto cura del gregge, e non rinfrancano chi è malato. 

Poiché si parla di malati e di infermi, anche se sembra trattarsi della stessa cosa, una differenza si potrebbe ammettere. Infatti, a considerare bene le parole in se stesse, malato è propriamente chi è già tocco dal male, mentre infermo è colui che non è fermo e quindi solo debole. Per chi è debole bisogna temere che la tentazione lo assalga e lo abbatta, Il malato invece è già affetto da qualche passione, e questa gli impedisce di entrare nella via di Dio, di sottomettersi al giogo di Cristo.

Alcuni uomini, che vogliono vivere bene e hanno fatto già il proposito di vivere virtuosamente, hanno minore capacità di sopportare il male, che disponibilità a fare il bene. Ora invece è proprio della virtù cristiana non solo operare il bene, ma anche saper sopportare i mali. Coloro dunque che sembrano fervorosi nel fare il bene, ma non vogliono o non sanno sopportare le sofferenze che incalzano, sono infermi ossia deboli. Ma chi ama il mondo per qualche insana voglia e si distoglie anche dalla stesse opere buone, è già vinto dal male ed è malato. La malattia lo rende come privo di forze e incapace di fare qualcosa di buono. Tale era nell'anima quel paralitico che non poté essere introdotto davanti al Signore. Allora coloro che lo trasportavano scoprirono il tetto e di lì lo calarono giù. Anche tu devi comportarti come se volessi fare la stessa cosa nel mondo interiore dell'uomo: scoperchiare il suo tetto e deporre davanti al Signore l'anima stessa paralitica, fiaccata in tutte le membra ed incapace di fare opere buone, oppressa dai suoi peccati e sofferente per la malattia della sua cupidigia. Il medico c'è , è nascosto e sta dentro il cuore.

Questo è il vero senso occhio della Scrittura da spiegare. Se dunque ti trovi davanti a un malato rattrappito nelle membra e colpito da paralisi interiore, per farlo giungere al medico, apri il tetto e fa' calar giù il paralitico, cioè fallo entrare in se stesso e svelagli ciò che sta nascosto nelle pieghe del suo cuore. Mostragli il suo male e il medico che deve curarlo. A chi trascura di fare ciò, avete udito quale rimprovero viene rivolto? Questo: «Non avete reso la forza alle pecore deboli, non avete curato le inferme, non avete fasciato quelle ferite» (Ez 34, 4). Il ferito di cui si parla qui è come abbiamo già detto, colui che si trova come terrorizzato dalle tentazioni. La medicina da offrire in tal caso è contenuta in queste consolanti parole: «Dio è fedele e non permetterà che siate tentati oltre le vostre forze, ma con la tentazione ci darà anche la vita d'uscita e la forza per sopportarla» (1 Cor 10, 13).