ST. CANICE NEWS
The new Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus to guide and inspire the Mission of the Jesuits in the next 10 years have been announced by Arturo Sosa, S.J., the superior general of the Society of Jesus! Fr Sosa said that Pope Francis, spent some time praying on the text and then handed it back to him. “In this way,” he said, “the preferences are not just our ideas; they are a mission given by the church through the pope to the Society.”
Your thoughts and hopes are what we will use to inform the next Parish planning cycle at St Canice's, St Canice's Kitchen, and to contribute to the Plenary Council Conversations that are calling us to consider "What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?"
From novice teacher at St Ignatius’ College, Athelstone, to parish priest of St Canice’s in Kings Cross and, most recently, founder of The Bridge community for ex-prisoners in Bathurst, Father Steve Sinn SJ has always had an eye for the outsider.
Now, here's an opportunity for you (and others) to immerse yourselves in mission life. Discover what daily life is really like up there for the gentle people we serve in the hills outside Dili, in neighbouring East Timor. Simply put, your very presence will be seen as such a gift by the local people. And, hopefully, you'll come away feeling inspired to get involved personally, even in some small way.
The Church scene mirrors the political scene, as it always does. The most pastoral pope in centuries is vilified by his own. A powerful hierarchy, firmly set on its three foundations of dogmatism, moralism and clericalism, wants no erosion of its power. It sticks to its guns. For them any adjustment of the rules is the start of a slippery slope. Meanwhile, Pope Francis sees . . . .
Alas, what has emerged is a classical Christianity in which the liberating truth of this God–is-Love reality has been supplanted by dogma and moralism, by institution and clericalism, by power and pomp: a church preoccupied with the outside of the cup (the macroscopic), rather than the inside of the cup (the quantum). Thus, the signposts pointing to Christ have become our idols: we have worshipped and bowed down before the well instead of drinking its water.
We look forward to welcoming you to share the Joy of Christmas with us at one of the four Celebrations on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Refreshments will be served after the 10 pm Mass on Christmas Eve, and after the 10.30 am Mass on Christmas Day.
Some young Australians have already visited Zambia on an immersion for two weeks teaching children in the primary school. They recognise how poor but happy these children are. Smiles and joy are written all over their faces from simply “knowing they are loved”. All involved benefit from different aspects of cultural exchange, each learning through one another.
Being Catholic is more than going to Mass on Sundays. Please come along to one of two ‘conversation circles’ led by Rachel McLean. Connect, contribute, and nurture your sense of belonging. Sunday, 25 November 2018 4-5:30pm OR Monday, 26 November 2018 5:30-7:00pm
Fr Jorge Serrano Sj, a visitor from the Jesuit Curia in Rome came to St Canice's today with Helen Forde of Jesuit Mission to get a first hand view of the many outreach activities in our parish. Fr Jorge says, “people want to be invited to be part of the mission of the Society of Jesus".
The Spiritual Conversation Series will use 4 First Spiritual Exercises that were originally written by St Ignatius of Loyola and have been recently adapted by Michael Hansen SJ. The exercises provide an opportunity for participants to be still in their daily life and meditate on the great gift our place in this universe is.