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His name is John!

Few Saints are honoured as much as John the Baptist. After Our Lady and Saint Joseph he would come in third place. For that reason he is noted with two feast-days: today and the day he died. His name is John! The word John comes from the Greek Ioannes which is derived from the Hebrew Yochanan meaning God is gracious.

It was decreed that John would prepare the world for our Saviour – he prepared the way. In doing so, he witnessed with his blood by dying for the sanctity of marriage. He was truly a man of great courage and humility.

What is courage? It is a virtue in the will to help us overcome obstacles. To believe that it will all work out. Courage to come back to God – that He will forgive and forget. Courage not to lose HOPE in salvation and heaven. Courage to change our lives. God helps those who help themselves; that is, those ones who make an effort to do His will. Another word for courage is fortitude. May our hearts be a fortress wherein we trust only in God. All may fail us but God will not.

BIBLE matters in the MASS

Some words of the Mass: We often say the Hebrew word Amen which means: Yes, it’s true e.g. at Communion the priest says: ‘The Body of Christ’ – we reply with ‘Amen’! In Greek Kyrie means Lord and the Greek word Eucharist means thanksgiving. Did you know that the Third Eucharistic Prayer is derived from Apostolic Constitutions of the 4th Century?

Question: Where are the words holy, holy, holy in the Bible?

Answer: In three places:

(1) “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts! they cried one to another. All the earth is filled with His glory!” Is 6:3.

(2) “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” Mk 12:9-10.

(3). They never stop singing: “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty.” Rev. 4:8.


  • You know you are getting older when the candles cost more than the cake!
  • How long does it take to burn a candle down? About a wick!

I was staying overnight in a hotel away from home. I took my computer down to the bar to check on my emails and asked the bartender “What’s the WIFI password?” He replied: “You need to buy a drink first.” “Ok. I’ll have a beer thanks”. He poured me a beer and said it was $8. I paid him and asked: “But what is the WIFI password, please?” He smiled and said: “You need to buy a drink first – all lower cases and no spaces!”

Fr. Peter Murphy – Parish Priest

Fr. Chris Heffernan – Assistant Priest

Fr. Brendan Lee –  in residence


Phone (02) 6025 1784     Email holyspirit@westnet.com.au

Address 550 Prune Street, Lavington         PO Box 220 Lavington NSW 2641