July 10th – Beginning to celebrating 100 years of Holy Spirit Province
As Erick advised last week, we will be celebrating 100 years since the Passionists formally established Australia as a Province. The edict from Rome confirming this was dated July 11th, 1922 and the official notice was given to our host Province at that time on December 16th that same year. These two dates will establish a period of remembering and celebrating. More details and historical information will be provided, but in short, the foundation began with the arrival of four Irishmen and one Englishmen from St Joseph’s Province, England, on November 21st, 1887. Other men followed, and in time local vocations emerged, so that by 1922, it was judged that Australia was ready to become our own Province.

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Meeting of Provincial Council meeting

This week the Provincial Council has a planned meeting. So many such meetings could not be face-to-face over the past two years because of COVID. As we all know that each time they meet, they do so to pray and make decisions that can keep our Province going forward in line with its mission. Their decisions make an impact on each of us in the Passionist family. We pray that the Spirit may guide them. We give thanks for our council members, Tom McDonough, Denis Travers, Brendan Connell, Brian Traynor and Chris Monaghan

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Greetings and welcome to this edition of the newsletter. We thank Tim for his effort and love he put into the newsletters for the past weeks. He has done an exceptional job on top of various other good works he does, not to mention his own busy life and professional ministry to the grieving. We look forward to welcome Brian back next week as we wish Tim a well-deserved and safe trip away.

Passionist News

Commemorating the Holy Spirit Province Centenary

From the provincial office: Leading to Last Sunday at the Province Feast Day and the following the logo below was sent with special thanks: …. “The theme for our Centenary is "the Journey Continues". Very special thanks to Sr.Karen Englebretsen CP, for designing our meaningful anniversary logo.”

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Letter 120 (3rd June, 2022)

Greetings and welcome to this edition of the newsletter. This will be my last effort this time round as I am also going on a holiday for a couple of weeks. The next couple of newsletters will be sent out by Fr. Erick CP, so if you have any items of news or interest for those letters, please forward them to Erick. I believe that Fr. Brian will then resume editorial responsibilities following his time away and a Provincial Council meeting. Thank you to all of those who have been encouraging of my efforts, and who have sent items to be included in the newsletter.

Passionist News
This coming Sunday is the Province Feast Day and the following article has been supplied for your information:

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Passionist Companions “Come and See”

A reminder of the upcoming Companions “Come and See” session to be held in a few weeks’ time at St. Paul Apostle parish in Endeavour Hills. The session, which will be facilitated by Srs. Brigid and Karen, will be held on Saturday morning, the 18th of June from 10.00 – 12.00, with a sausage sizzle to follow.

The Passionist Companions are a group of people who meet together monthly to reflect on the Passionist charism and support one another on the journey of life. There is a group who meet at Holy Cross and another group who meet in the parish at Endeavour Hills.

More information can be obtained by contacting either Gerard Daly at gerard.daly23@bigpond.com, or Oswyn Trindade at oswyn.trindade@gmail.com

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This week, Sr Brigid was elected to the leadership team of her Congregation – the Sisters of the Cross and Passion. Brigid will bring vast experience, a deep spirituality and profound wisdom to her Congregation. The Cross and Passion sisters are striving to ‘lean forward’ into the future, and Brigid will certainly assist that movement. The members have elected Therese O’Regan CP from Ireland and based in England, as Provincial, Carmen Gloria CP from Chile, and Brigid CP. They will elect one more member of their leadership team. We extend our congratulations, good wishes and prayers to Brigid.

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St Gemma Galgani – feast day Monday May 16th
Gemma was born in 1878, in Camigliano, near Lucca. She was eight when her mother died of TB. When she was seventeen, she nursed her brother Eugene day and night until he died in 1896, also of TB. Her father was a pharmacist and had been prosperous but these deaths, and a prolonged sickness of others in the family took all his money. Soon the family was reduced to poverty. The situation got worse when her father got cancer of the throat and Gemma nursed him until his death in 1897. So, before Gemma was twenty, experienced the sorrow of seeing both her parents and brother die.

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Once again this Sunday we acknowledge and give thanks for our mothers – those present amongst us and those who have gone.

Mother’s Day is an opportunity for us to remember and pray with thanks for our own mothers and the mothers in our extended families and our faith community

We also remember those reflected in this accompanying image.

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THE PASSION OF JESUS IS TOTALLY THE WORK OF LOVE. YOU SHOULD NEVER LOSE SIGHT OFTHIS. A reflection by Br Cao Van Tri cp
(Tri is studying theology at YTU and living at Holy Cross)

At the time of Paul of the Cross, people in his home town had a deep devotion to the Passion of Jesus Christ. However, instead of speaking about God’s love through the mystery of the Cross, they spoke about the sufferings of people as being the result of their many sins. Paul of the Cross said that “the world is sliding into a profound forgetfulness of the most bitter sufferings endured by Jesus Christ our true good of our love, while the memory of his most holy Passion is practically extinct in the faithful.” (1747 account Paul wrote to present the life and purpose of the Congregation).
For Paul of the Cross, the Passion of Jesus is totally the work of love and so we should never lose sight of this. Indeed, Jesus the Son of the Living God, chose to live a human life: He chose to suffer as we suffer; to die as we die. Many times, I have wondered why Jesus, the Son of God, had to suffer. He is God and He could save us in many ways, not just by suffering and dying.

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What has happened to spirituality….Part 2

We know that many religious practices reflect the world view and morality of an earlier era and some have been made challenging or irrelevant in the light of today’s worldview. There have been many challenges posed by scientific discoveries and they have not always been without conflict and struggle. Galileo’s claim (1564-1642) that the earth was not the centre of the universe and that it moved around the sun, did not fit with how the church and science of the time understood the world or how it had shaped theology. Because his view contradicted Scripture, Galileo was accused of heresy and he was forced to recant his theories.

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