Dominican Fathers
Sunday - December 10, 2000
Come Home at Christmas
Find what you're missing (Part 2 of 4) The astronaut in outer space, looking down on earth, was not unaware of the troubles and the comforts of his life on earth. Yet, he knew it as home and could say: "That's where the good stuff is...... the drama and the comedy." We all have a deep longing in our hearts to be known and loved by some person who fully understands and accepts us. This is what we looking for when we search for the real meaning of "home." In a very mysterious way the church is home too, a home away from home, a place where God is found. A God who is present in his people. A God who has always known and loved us. A God who created us, not for his sake but for ours so that we would be the focus and centre of his unconditional love. There is an empty space, a sort of hole-in-the-heart that no human being can meet. Indeed, how can we expect that anyone will fully understand us when none of us fully understands our own self? That is why our relationships are fragile and so filled with risks. The void in the human heart can only be filled by God and any attempt to fill it with something other than God must give rise to serious problems. God can satisfy our deepest desires and yearnings. The immortal words of the great Augustine express this profound truth when he writes: "Lord, thou hast made us for thyself and our hearts are restless until they find rest in thee." I want to invite you, you who may have wandered away from the Church, to come home at Christmas. We dare to believe that the Church, in general, and the local parish Church in particular, is God's family as far as each of us is concerned. As a Church we are under no illusions. We are not all we are cracked up to be. We are a mixed bag. We are a church of all sorts. Only one thing is certain - we cannot make it on our own - from here to eternity. We need God's help and the support and encouragement of each other. THOUGHT PROVOKING A famous concert pianist told a television interviewer about the sacrifices necessary to succeed in his profession. "When you decide to give your life to music, you must never look back. You must simply say: 'If I am not in music, there is nothing.' " That is breathtaking. But it is also inspiring. "All my life I have been haunted by God." ~ Dorothy Day A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. Bank Robber with gun to Jack's head: "Your money or your life?" Jack: "I'm thinking. I'm thinking!" "Those who wish to sing always find a song." ~ Swedish Proverb When the teacher asked the class what thoughts might have passed through Sir Isaac Newton's mind when the apple dropped on his head, one student had a quick response: "I guess he felt awfully glad it wasn't a brick." ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAT WORDS You cannot have celebrations without preparation. A Service of Reconciliation in preparation for the feast of Christ's birth will take place on Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm. It will take the place of the usual evening mass. Jesus teaches us clearly that God calls us, not just as individuals, but as a Community and that how we relate to each other is just as important religiously as how we relate to God. Or, more accurately, how we relate to each other is part of how we relate to God. Sin is not merely a private affair between me and my God. The service of reconciliation emphasizes the social aspects of sin and the awful effect sins have on the lives of those around me. Actions have consequences. Common decency demands I own up and apologize. Mature people apologize explicitly and we become mature by apologizing. If it's not broken, don't fix it. If it is broken, do what you can to repair and mend. MISSION STATEMENT The Bulletin is, first and foremost, addressed to our sisters and brothers who are not attending Mass or out of touch with the Church. We want you to know you are in our thoughts and we are concerned. You may have given up on us but we will never give up on you. The Church that causes you difficulties is still a sign to the world that God will never leave us. NOTICE BOARD The Dominican Choir would like to invite members of the congregation to sing with them for the Christmas Eve Mass. We hope to fill the gallery with a host of voices to make the celebration even more special. On Christmas Day, children are invited to join with us on the altar for the 10.30am Mass. A practice session for both Masses will take place beforehand and will be advertised in upcoming newsletter. Those interested may give their names in advance at the Dominican shop or may approach choir members after Masses on Saturday or Sunday evening. ST. VINCENT DE PAUL WEEK The week Dec 2nd to 10th is designated nationwide as St. Vincent de Paul week. The Society appeals to the public to support their fund raising activities. During the weekend Dec 9th - 10th the Annual Christmas Church Door Collection takes place after all Masses at this Church. "Unless we get help we can't give it." "Please give a little, it would help a lot." DOMINICAN BUREAU Full selection of Cribs, Christmas Cards, Candles and 2001 calendars now on sale.

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