+ Wednesday 1st July – Midweek Mass – and Year 4 students in the church

Dear friends –

(Cover image credit: Unsplash collection – picking up on the call of the prophet Amos in the first reading that we are to be creators of God’s justice )  – Today on Government advice the numbers permitted in churches are expanding – but at least for today we’ll do another online liturgy format as we’ve been having on a Wednesday for those at home. I’d be really keen on hearing of anyone’s experience of this Wednesday idea. Maybe through some comments about anything that’s assisted with spiritual enrichment we can learn clues to assist with other ongoing aspects of our prayer life in the parish. Please be encouraged to feed back via the parish office email: emuplains@parracatholic.org – or via my email: paul.roberts@ifm.org.au – or via the comments section below the blog post.

Today we welcome the students of Year 4 from our Parish school who will celebrate the Liturgy of the Word in the church before participating in the Liturgy of the Eucharist which we again will live stream and insert into this Wednesday liturgy format.

WELCOME TO MASS ON 1st JULY – WEDNESDAY OF WEEK 13 IN ORDINARY TIME


INTRO TO MASS

and penitential rite 

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OPENING PRAYER (included in the recording above)


THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

FIRST READING

A Reading from the Prophet Amos  (5:14-15,21-24)

Seek good and not evil
so that you may live,
and that the Lord, God of Hosts, may really be with you
as you claim he is.
Hate evil, love good,
maintain justice at the city gate,
and it may be that the Lord, God of Hosts, will take pity
on the remnant of Joseph.
I hate and despise your feasts,
I take no pleasure in your solemn festivals.
When you offer me holocausts,
I reject your oblations,
and refuse to look at your sacrifices of fattened cattle.
Let me have no more of the din of your chanting,
no more of your strumming on harps.
But let justice flow like water,
and integrity like an unfailing stream.
The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

(Image credit: Paul Roberts) – at the separation wall of the occupied West Bank – Israel – note the message of today’s 1st reading painted on this wall that sadly, was built to separate the Palestinian people


RESPONSORIAL PSALM 

Psalm 49(50):7-13,16-17

Response>To the upright I will show the saving power of God

To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
‘Listen, my people, I will speak;
  Israel, I will testify against you,
for I am God, your God.
  I accuse you, lay the charge before you.
To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
‘I find no fault with your sacrifices,
  your offerings are always before me.
I do not ask more bullocks from your farms,
  nor goats from among your herds.
To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
‘I own all the beasts of the forest,
  beasts in their thousands on my hills.
I know all the birds in the sky,
  all that moves in the field belongs to me.
To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
‘Were I hungry, I would not tell you,
  for I own the world and all it holds.
Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls,
  or drink the blood of goats?
To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
‘How can you recite my commandments
  and take my covenant on your lips,
you who despise my law
  and throw my words to the winds?’
To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

(image credit: Unsplash collection)   –  To the upright I will show the saving power of God

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION  

(Jm 1:18)

Alleluia, alleluia!
The Father gave us birth by the message of his truth,
that we might be as the first fruits of his creation.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL 

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew(8:28-34)

When Jesus reached the country of the Gadarenes on the other side of the lake, two demoniacs came towards him out of the tombs – creatures so fierce that no one could pass that way. They stood there shouting, ‘What do you want with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before the time?’ Now some distance away there was a large herd of pigs feeding, and the devils pleaded with Jesus, ‘If you cast us out, send us into the herd of pigs.’ And he said to them, ‘Go then’, and they came out and made for the pigs; and at that the whole herd charged down the cliff into the lake and perished in the water. The swineherds ran off and made for the town, where they told the whole story, including what had happened to the demoniacs. At this the whole town set out to meet Jesus; and as soon as they saw him they implored him to leave the neighbourhood.

The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ


HOMILY SHARED BY FR PAUL 


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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

You are invited to take some moments now to compose and pray some Prayers of the Faithful. The following themes might assist your own reflections:

  • for those whose lives are currently striving to build justice and hope among those excluded
  • for those whose lives are currently striving to care for people in parts of the world most suffering in the pandemic
  • for those whose lives are currently striving to grow peace in relationships and extended families
  • for those whose lives are currently striving to encourage others
  • ?
  • ?

And so we now bring the bread and wine to the altar – as we now stream the second part of today’s  Mass from Our Lady of the Way church


THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST 

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Prayer after Communion
Let us pray.
May this divine sacrifice we have offered and received
fill us with life, O Lord, we pray,
so that, bound to you in lasting charity,
we may bear fruit that lasts for ever.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

See you in the next Parish Blog post and

With friendship in God’s mission

fr Paul

 

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