20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

(Year C)

13 August 5:00pm,

14 August 8:30, 10:00am & 5:00pm.

Join us for Mass on this 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time where Luke tells us that Jesus has come not only to bring peace but also division.

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Fr. Stan writes…

As Jesus warned in last Sunday’s Gospel, a commitment of faith requires us to change our attitude toward material possessions and to take even more seriously our moral responsibilities. Here he reminds the crowd that those who commit to him will find it affects the way they relate to friends and family members. The angel who announced the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah said John would go before Jesus to turn the hearts of fathers toward their children. But a commitment to Jesus forces us to change the way we live our lives, and this can put strains on relationships. In today’s reading, he reminds his followers to be prepared for difficult decisions and conflict as well.


Jer 38:4-6. 8-10

A reading from the prophet Jeremiah

The king’s leading men spoke to the king. ‘Let Jeremiah be put to death: he is unquestionably disheartening the remaining soldiers in the city, and all the people too, by talking like this. The fellow does not have the welfare of this people at heart so much as its ruin.’ ‘He is in your hands as you know,’ King Zedekiah answered ‘for the king is powerless against you.’ So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the well of Prince Malchiah in the Court of the Guard, letting him down with ropes. There was no water in the well, only mud, and into the mud Jeremiah sank.

Ebed-melech came out from the palace and spoke to the king. ‘My lord king,’ he said, ‘these men have done a wicked thing by treating the prophet Jeremiah like this: they have thrown him into the well where he will die.’ At this the king gave Ebed-melech the Cushite the following order: ‘Take three men with you from here and pull the prophet Jeremiah out of the well before he dies.’

To indicate the end of the reading, the reader acclaims:

The word of the Lord

Ps 39:2-4. 18. R. v.14

(R.) Lord, come to my aid!


1. I waited, I waited for the Lord

and he stooped down to me;

he heard my cry. (R.)


2. He drew me from the deadly pit,

from the miry clay.

He set my feet upon a rock

and made my footsteps firm. (R.)


3. He put a new song into my mouth,

praise of our God.

Many shall see and fear

and shall trust in the Lord. (R.)


4. As for me, wretched and poor,

the Lord thinks of me.

You are my rescuer, my help,

O God, do not delay! (R.)

Heb 12:1-4

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews

With so many witnesses in a great cloud on every side of us, we too, then, should throw off everything that hinders us, especially the sin that clings so easily, and keep running steadily in the race we have started. Let us not lose sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which was still in the future, he endured the cross, disregarding the shamefulness of it, and from now on has taken his place at the right of God’s throne. Think of the way he stood such opposition from sinners and then you will not give up for want of courage. In the fight against sin, you have not yet had to keep fighting to the point of death.

To indicate the end of the reading, the reader acclaims:

The word of the Lord

Jn 10:27

Alleluia, alleluia!

My sheep listen to my voice, says the Lord;

I know them, and they follow me.


Lk 12:49-53

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over!

‘Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

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First Friday


5th August at 7:00pm.

Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Holy Mass will be live streamed today starting at 7:00pm.

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Mass in Celebration

for the Life of

Fr. Kevin O’Grady


Former Parish Priest of Holy Spirit North Ryde, Fr Kevin O’Grady, passed away on Tuesday, 28th June.  Fr Kevin was Assistant Priest from 1963 – 1966 and Parish Priest from 1989 – 2000.

We offer our prayers for the repose of Fr Kevin’s soul and send our love and condolences to his family. 

Funeral Mass will be this coming Thursday, 14th July at 10:30am in our parish.

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