Today – Parish Council Meets in the church after morning tea.
Next Sunday 5th March – Parish Annual General meeting will be held in the church after 9.30am service and morning tea. Nomination forms are available in the church foyer and the Community Resource Centre table.
Next Sunday – 6pm Spirit of Taize service is cancelled due to holding of AGM.
Lenten Study – Wednesdays
Facilitated by Fr Jeff using the 2023 ABM Lenten resource “The imaginary Doorway: Stories and studies from the Gospel of Inclusion”.
Wednesdays after 10.30am service and morning tea; and Monday nights at 7.30pm online via Zoom.
There no more printed books available but there is a PDF copy available to download for $5.00 at
Please contact Fr Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org for the zoom link.
Saturday 4 March 2023 – Quiet Day — 10.00 am to 4.15 pm
Leader: The Rev’d Ronald Henderson OGS.
The church and grounds of St John’s Balmain, Spring Street, Birchgrove. Gather for coffee /conversation at 10 00 am. Greater Silence from 10.15 am until 4.15 pm. Morning and Evening Prayer; the Holy Eucharist; two brief addresses; opportunity for individual consultation with leader; rest in the garden and local park.
The Quiet Day is free of charge. Participants are asked to bring their own packed lunches. Tea and coffee provided. All very welcome.
Thursday 9th March – NSW Election Candidate Forum for NEWTOWN
Held at All Saints Anglican Church, Petersham at 7pm ‑9pm
Jenny Long MP (The Greens) and David Hetherington (Labor) are attending.
Please let Ben Gray (Senior Minister) know if you plan to attend via email: email@example.com or Mob: 0425 257 261
The forum will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/allsaintspetersham
If you do not live in the Newtown electorate, you can find events for many other electorates at freedomforfaith.org.au/nsw
Saturday 11 March — Cinema Paradiso: Casablanca (1942)
RSVP: contact Brett by 5 March 2023
3.30pm to 6.05pm; 4.45pm Interval with French wine and cheese (20 minutes).
The film is famous for its lead characters, memorable lines, and pervasive theme song. According to Wikipedia, it consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films in history. In 1989, the United States Library of Congress selected the film as one of the first to be preserved for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
Saturday 25th March – NSW State Elections: The Electoral Office is hiring our hall from 3 p.m. Friday 24th to midnight on 25th March. We will be holding a BBQ and a cake stall. It will also benefit our OpShop.
Casual Opshop Volunteers Required: The OpShop needs volunteers to work in the shop on a casual basis. Casual volunteers provide relief for other volunteers who are on leave or away for some reason. Generally shifts worked are 2.5 hours either in the morning or afternoon – Tuesday to Saturday — in a very friendly and cooperative working environment. Please see Andy Serafin for further information.
A parish weekend retreat is planned to be held after Easter in mid to late April, at The Old Monastery at Stroud. Please let the Rector or Wardens know if you are interested, as we need at least 6 people to go to make it worthwhile. There is only basic accommodation, and we take food and prepare our own meals.
Noel Jeff’s book of poetry ‘Walking in Stealth’ is now available at Garden Lounge in South King Street.
Poetry Board update: A poem by Noel Jeffs about Li Tim Oi has been posted on the poetry board with an associated story about her to remind us of her up-incoming 80th anniversary of ordination in 2024.
Future Dates for your Diary:
Sunday 26th March – The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Sunday 2nd April — Palm Sunday at 9.30 am with Procession.
Thurs 6th April — Maundy Thursday at 7.30 pm.
Fri 7th April — Good Friday at 9.30am and 12pm Stations of the Cross.
Sun 9th April — Easter Day at 9.30 am.
ST PAUL’S PANTRY needs food, health and cleaning items: A basket is in the church foyer for donations.
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 please). Worm castings are available. See Fr Jeff.
Lea MacNeil has jam, conserves, pickles and various sauces to sell; please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to order them from her. All proceeds go to St Luke’s Parish.
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: Katherine Oldfield; Julie Olston & Philippa; Fr Jeff & Michelle Parker; and Ann Petersen & Rachel.
Monday: Johnny Nitchareon & Eed Intapan; and Andrew Patterson.
Tuesday: Jo, Ramendra, Thomas & Lucy Raj; and John Reimer.
Wednesday: Joyce, Andrew, Rachel, Bianca, Belinda & Bryson Reddy.
Thursday: Eddie, Susan, Stephanie. Edwin, Leilani & Carmen Reddy.
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 Turkey and Syria who are suffering following the devastating earthquake this week. 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 on the ground helping those impacted. Amen
Prayers for the sick: Stuart Grigg; John Bowen; Fr Philip Bradford; Janet Walmsley; Tony Brownlow; Pauline Newell; Rosemary Bradford; Mary Middleton; (Fr) John Hawkins; Christine Kondratenko; Val Thomas; Maria & Trish; Kevin Tibbey; Simone Abrahams; Salochna Devi; Ruth Dodd; Robyn Palmer; (Rev) Helen Phillips; Peter Cinelli; Julie Ankers; Robert & Lyndall Dubler; Franz Legrum; Peta Loveday-Hill; Raf Forents; Suzanne Campton; Peter Crook; James Baker; Brother Donald; Baxter Mingis-Perkins; and Francesca LoSchiavo.
Anniversaries of the Departed: Herbert Caines; Herbert Wandmaker; Gordon Thurling; and Anne Casey.
Saints Commemoration: 27th Feb: George Herbert, parish Priest, poet (d. 1633); 1st March: David, Bishop of Menevia, Wales (d. 601); and 2nd March: Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, missionary (d. 672).
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: Florence Shellard; Ray Sommer; John Hardy; Lyn Carrington; John Dickson; Shirley, Barbara & Jade Allen; Rhiannon Henry-Edwards; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Grace & Hannah Ashton; Kuwert; Rev Laurie MacIntyre; Kiki Chun; Raul of Radio Skidrow and his family; Andrew Stratgolda; Lochlan Lonesborough; Ann Jeffs; Noel Jeffs; Singla Pallav; and Jennifer McGovern.
Readings for Next Sunday: Second Sunday in Lent
First Reading: Genesis 12.1–4a Psalms: 121
Second Reading: Romans 4.1–5, 13–17 Gospel: Matthew 17.1–9
ABM Lent & Good Friday Appeal 2023
Envelopes are available in the church foyer to place on the collect plate
Or Scan the QR code to make a donation online.
You can also donate online at www.abmission.org/Lent2023