CONGRATULATIONS TO ANDY SERAFIN!
It was unanimously endorsed at St Luke’s Parish Council in July to nominate Andy Serafin for the NSW VOLUNTEEER OF THE YEAR AWARD – Senior Section. It is of no surprise to any of us that he has won the first round of the competition as Senior Volunteer of the Year (65+), in the Mid-Western Sydney Region.
His voluntary work began way back in his early life – when he worked at the GIO for 32 years; 8 of which he gave as a volunteer Board Member on their Credit Union. After retirement he took up an interest in horticulture, antiques and his love of music directed his generosity to Musica Viva, supporting young players at workshops. In fact, we know Andy is always generous to those in need – especially in the amount of time he devotes to managing our OpShop and to those in need.
Despite suffering significant health issues, especially over the last 5 years, Andy has shown phenomenal will-power, in attending to his sacristan duties, the Memorial Garden and to the OpShop. He is one of the saints!!
NEXT SUNDAY: Parish Council meets in the church after the service and morning tea.
Tuesday at 7.30pm — A Bible Study on St John’s Gospel lead by Fr Philip: Address: 5 Lincoln Street, Stanmore. Mob: 0431 655 220. Please bring a Bible. Supper will be provided. All welcome.
NEXT Saturday 23rd Sept 2023 — Cinema Paradiso — Modern Times:
3.30pm for a 3.45pm start, concluding at 5.40pm.
RSVP: contact Brett by Today (Sunday, 17 September 2023)
Modern Times (1936) — Part-talkie, the film is a satirical, hilarious and romantic comedy (Chaplin’s romance theme was later given lyrics and became the song Smile, first recorded by Nat King Cole). It is the first film to feature Chaplin’s voice in The Nonsense Song.
The film uses silence and physical jokes (Chaplin performed all of his own stunts) to depict the dehumanising effects of industrialisation and automation, exploring themes of humanity versus machine, the powerlessness of the poor, and the connections between unemployment, poverty and crime.
NEXT Saturday, 23rd Sept 2023 at 7.30pm – The Human Spirit
Sydney Chamber Choir
Verrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Hope, joy, serenity, delight, curiosity, courage and tenderness: this concert celebrates the power of the human spirit. Discover new worlds of musical wonder with a magical Kyrie and spine-tinglingly radiant Gloria by Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš, Ella Macens’ captivating When the World Closes Its Eyes, Antony Pitts’ exhilarating Credo from his ‘Mass of Unity’ and an exciting new work commissioned from Australian rising star Elizabeth Younan. And experience the full emotional power of choral music with Joe Twist’s An Australian Song Cycle: an unforgettable journey through the landscape of this unique continent.
Tickets: https://www.sydneychamberchoir.org/the-human-spirit or call our Box Office 1300 661 738
Sunday 8th October — St Francis of Assisi and animal blessing: On this day we will bless pets and the animals in general and give thanks for all creation. Bring your pets along for a blessing.
Saturday 14th October – Australian Indigenous Voice Referendum: NO VOTING HERE ON THAT DAY!
Sunday 15th October – St Luke’s Patronal Festival: Our Guest Speaker is to be The Venerable Dr Colleen O’Reilly. Following the service we will hold a shared lunch, outdoors in the church carpark — weather permitting. So please bring food to share – hot or cold; savoury or sweet.
Saturday 21st Oct at 6.30pm – Warden’s Dinner: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary since our OpShop first opened on Enmore Road in 1993. Buy yourself an OpShop outfit. Prizes for best dressed male and female, funniest outfit, and cheapest outfit. So, keep your receipt to prove it was the cheapest outfit! 2 course dinner. BYOG.
23nd-25th February 2024 — Parish Retreat: Booked at the Old Monastery Stroud (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon). We will start taking names for reservations in early December 2023. The bedrooms are nearly all single rooms with shared bathrooms, and we will be self-catering. Yes, it most likely will be very warm at that time of the year, but it was all that was available to book.
Food for our worms – Leave your worm food gifts at church on Sundays or drop off during the week. Please remember to remove the strings from teabags. (NB — no dairy, citrus, onions or meat).
Notices for the Sunday Service booklet need to be received by Jennifer in the parish office by 10am on Thursday morning. It is best to email the details.
ST PAUL’S PANTRY needs food, health and cleaning items: A basket is in the church foyer for donations.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Monday: Louisa Silverman; Laurel Sommer & Ray; and Karlene Thompson.
Tuesday: Christine Thurley, Troy & family; and Janet Walmsley.
Wednesday: Stuart Veitch, Jo Burton & Laurence; and Noël Waugh.
Thursday: Janet Widmer & Cliff; and Ron & Katie Williams.
Friday: We pray for Fr John Bunyan’s pastoral care ministry at Bankstown Hospital and all those he ministers to.
Saturday: Almighty God, we pray for those in war torn areas, particularly the Ukraine and the Sudan. We pray for healing and good medical care for those who have been injured. For those who have lost homes and possessions, please meet their daily needs for food, clean water and shelter and comfort those who mourn the loss of loved ones. And bless all who are helping those impacted. Amen
For our community today: Matilda Rinker; Grahame Sadler; Rajah Selvarajah & Greg; Peter Seymour; and Andy Serafin & Colin Spokes.
Prayers for the sick: Grahame Sadler; Christine Thurley; Margaret Chiew; David Dunlop; (Fr) John Bowen; Janet Walmsley; Ruth Champion: Alex Regos; Christine Kondratenko; Simone Abrahams; Salochna Devi; Ruth Dodd; Robyn Palmer; Julie Ankers; Catherine Loughman; Christopher Middleton; Helen Woellner; Libby Davis; Rebekah; and Tom Hall.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Margaret Coombs; William Bell; Des Stone; and Patricia Smith.
Saints Commemoration: 18th: John Ramsden Wollaston, Priest, and missionary of Western Australia (d. 1856); 20th: John Coleridge Patterson, first Bishop of Melanesia, martyr (d. 1871); and 21st: Matthew, Apostle, and martyr.
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: Pauline Newell; (Fr) John Hawkins; Robert & Lyndall Dubler; Andy Serafin; Florence Shellard; Ray Sommer; John Hardy; Lyn Carrington; John Dickson; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Ann Jeffs; Noel Jeffs; and Ronald Wilkins.
Readings for Next Sunday: Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost.
First Reading: Exodus 16.2–15 Psalm: 105.1–6,37–45
Second Reading: Philippians 1.21–30 Gospel: Matthew 20.1–16