Salisbury Catholic Parish is a vibrant parish in the northern suburbs of the Archdiocese of Adelaide. We are a welcoming community, and through our website you can learn about the many people who make up our Catholic community, gathered from different lands and languages.
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(27 Nov 2016)
Food for the Journey
Our Holy Communion is a wonderful gift from God. The Hebrew people struggling through the desert to the Holy Land were given manna from heaven to eat – this sustained them on the journey. In our time we are given Jesus himself to eat, a gift from heaven much greater than manna, but with the same intention of sustaining us on the journey of life.
This great gift of God himself is so awesome, so holy, that we can feel unworthy to receive it. And there is a temptation for some people, because of their sinfulness, that they feel that they are too unworthy to share in the sacred meal. So they stop receiving Holy Communion. This is a sad choice to make, even though it is understandable.
Our Holy Communion is not a final reward for the successful end of the journey. It is not a prize for successfully living the Christian life. Our Holy Communion is actually food for each day, each step of the journey. It is the gift to sustain us as we struggle with all the troubles of daily life, including our own failings. It is the gift to sustain us as we celebrate the joys of daily life, including our own joys.
Each of us is on our own journey. There are many with us, yet our journey is unique. Please do not give up receiving Holy Communion along the way. This is a wonderful gift! Jesus himself fell under the weight of the cross on his journey to Calvary, so also Jesus sustains us when we fall under the weight of our own crosses.
Last Sunday five children of our parish received Holy Communion for the first time. Our parish supports these children through the great work of our Sacrament Team, ably led by Louise Svensdotter. Please pray for these children, for their families, and for our Sacrament Team to rejoice in our Food for the Journey.
Fr Roderick O'Brien [23 Nov 2016]
The ECHO (27 Nov 2016)
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