St Mary of the Immaculate Conception Williamstown Parish
Seventh Sunday of Easter - Ascension of the Lord
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Fifth Sunday of Easter and Mother's Day....
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Third Sunday of Easter and ANZAC Day...
Second Sunday of Easter...
Easter Sunday message...
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil filmed at St Mary’s Church Williamstown for the purpose of broadcast conforming with current government regulations with only 8 essential roles attending and social distancing observed.
This is the first half of the Good Friday Liturgy which was filmed at St Mary’s Church Williamstown for the purpose of broadcast conforming with current government regulations with only 7 essential roles attending and social distancing observed.
Palm Sunday - Today we begin Holy Week where we journey with Jesus on his way of the cross and anticipate his Resurrection. The liturgy begins with the procession of palms to remind us of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem and the events of Jesus’ Passion in Matthew’s Gospel are proclaimed in the Liturgy of the Word, focusing particularly on the obedience of Jesus to the will of his Father where we can find reflections of ourselves and the ways in which we may sometimes respond to Jesus.
Fifth Sunday Lent - March 29 2020
The Gospel today calls us to reflect on Baptism as a dying and rising with Jesus. In Baptism we die to sin’s power over us, rising as children of God and join ourselves with Christ, who conquered death so that we who believe in him may have eternal life. With Martha and Mary, we are called to profess our belief that Jesus is indeed the Resurrection and the life. Believing in Jesus, with more trust than understanding, is the journey of discipleship.
God of freedom,
You remove all that binds us
into patterns of death
and breathe new life
into every worn-out soul.
We cry to you for release
from all that binds us.
Roll away the stone that block;
loosen the tightness of our lives;
call us forth from the tomb of our despair
into the newness of life.
We ask this prayer in the name of your Son, Jesus,
who is the Life of the world.
© Sr. Mary Stephen CRSS and McCrimmon Publishing Co Ltd. www.mccrimmons.com
Fourth Sunday Lent - March 22 2020
The Gospel focuses on the cure of a man born blind and the first reading invites us to see as God sees and not as humans see. The second reading also fits this focus, stressing the importance of living in the light rather than in darkness. We are invited to be people who realise we are somehow blind and are willing to be given sight. This deeper conversion lends itself to the Lenten season.