Sacraments for Students in Grade Two and Grade 6

If you attend St Philips or St Clares parish, reside in Richmond proper or if your child goes to St Philip school in Richmond, we welcome you to register for the sacraments of First Reconciliation (grade 2), First Eucharist (grade 2) and Confirmation (grade 6).  Parents and students should plan now to attend our one and only registration night:  Wednesday September 26th.  Please see the attached files with important dates to add to your calendar.

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First Communion-Reconcilication-Save the Date Letter

Fr. Bob Writes – August 2018

It is not unusual that a person pass through times of trials with sacrifice and deprivation to get to where they want to go on their life journey.  Sometimes these trials are the result of having chosen to follow unhealthy pathways of life such as people addicted to drugs and alcohol who must go through treatment and withdrawal if they want to be free.  People escaping from persecution and violence must often leave their homes and almost all possessions behind, suffer privation and walk great distances to get to a refugee camp.

The situation of the Israelites in our first reading, escaping from Egypt, was similar.  They were not exactly in danger of dying from hunger, as they said, since they still had their sheep and cattle.  Some livestock was probably dying from lack of good water and pasture in the desert, but the animals were their most valuable possession and source of income.  They did not want to slaughter any for food.  This indicates their reluctance to put their trust and their future completely in God’s hands.  Rather than grumble back, God understands and promises to give them manna and quail even before Moses can ask.  Receiving the manna six days a week will relieve the people’s anxiety and heighten their reliance on God to provide for them.  God says that this will be a “test” for the people, but what God is testing is not completely clear.  It may be a test of their finding security in God or accepting deprivation for the time with hope in God’s providential guidance to a better future.

What things or circumstances are we relying on for our ultimate security rather than on God?

Fr Bob Writes – July 8, 2018

In our gospel this Sunday, we are told that the people were “astonished” by Jesus. This gives us great insight into how Jesus the child and young man related to his neighbours as he was growing up. He apparently didn’t work miracles, breathe life into clay birds to impress friends or strike an entire group of hostile men blind (as some fanciful accounts tell it) or surpass all other children in town with his intelligence and spirituality. Their query “Where did this man get all this ?” indicates that Jesus hadn’t impressed them as someone out of the norm. On the contrary, they may have considered him a bit lower than others, thinking him to have been conceived in sin to parents who didn’t wait until after the wedding. The crowd’s astonishment was not one of being impressed so much as being bewildered by Jesus’ preaching and power.
So Jesus could not work many miracles in his home town of Nazareth, due to their lack of faith. This is probably why Jesus chose Capernaum, rather than Nazareth, to be his ministry base whilst he was in Galilee. Jesus told the woman in last week’s gospel “Your faith has saved you,” a phrase he repeats in other healings.  While Jesus has the power, our faith opens the door to let Jesus go to work in us. Our lack of faith, conversely, creates a block to that same power.  “Lord, I do believe, help my lack of faith”

2018-2019 Sacraments for Grade 2 and Grade 6 Students

If you attend St Philips or St Clares parish, reside in Richmond proper or if your child goes to St Philip school in Richmond, we welcome you to register for the sacraments of First Reconciliation (grade 2), First Eucharist (grade 2) and Confirmation (grade 6).  Parents and students should plan now to attend our one and only registration night:  Wednesday September 26th.  Please see the attached files with important dates to add to your calendar.

Confirmation-Save these Dates

First Communion-Reconcilication-Save the Date Letter