Category Archives: Sydney Mines

Presentation by Father Varghese Puthuparampil

Father Varghese is a religious priest and a member of the Indian Mission Society (IMS).  He spent most of his time in the Seminary teaching and guiding the Seminarians.  Teaching them the Synoptic Gospels.

Some words of wisdom from Father Varghese on the Synoptic Gospels.  Our first call is to serve and follow Jesus.  Our call is not to worship Jesus.  We are call to come together as a community weekly at Mass.  We are to deny ourselves and carry the cross and accept the suffering.

Jesus love for us is unconditional.  Our suffering is unconditional love for him.  We need to empty ourselves by giving up and loving unconditionally.

Jesus identity.  What was his Mission?  Why was he born.  Jesus was born to give us fullness of life and unconditional love.  He didn’t come to die he came to live.  Jesus was about good news to the poor.  Isaiah – God of the Bible – preference was given to the poor.  The poor need God and depend on God.  The rich want God and want God’s blessings.

In the new testament there is no mention of Jesus as a Priest.  He came to challenge the rich and question their value system.  Nothing is mention in the NT about the commands of Jesus.

Why did Jesus become to be the Messiah?  The Messiah came to change society.  He couldn’t change society.  He came to save us. The mighty deeds of Jesus and his healings.  Healings is a fundamental aspect of God’s reign.

Jesus never came to establish a religion.  Christianity is always the way.  It is not an organization.  Jesus never came to give us teachings or exhortations.  He never gave us a charter of Christian life.  He gave us the Good News of the Gospel.  The Good News is that someone loves us.  Jesus never ask us to Love God.  The commandment love God is not of Jesus.  The good news is that God loves me.

Most Christians are busy loving God. 

In Canada most are involved in loving others.  We worship God once a week.  Loving your neighbour is what Jesus is all about.  Jesus only gave us the good news to love one another.  Good news to the poor. 

1 Samuel Chapter 17 verse 34 & 35

Pastoral Ministry – Meaning of Pastoral (Shepherd) lay your life down. Meaning of Ministry (Service) – method of priesthood.  One who risk his or her life to save the sheep.  Risk your life to give service to others.  Method was service.  Not to be served but to serve. 

We are trying to be Christian.  Travelling to become more Christians.

Disciples – always failed him.  They denied him and abandon him.  He always forgave them and called them back.

We all have God’s DNA.  I am a child of God.  You are a child of God.  I make mistakes and you make mistakes.  We are God’s children.  This is the good news.

Have an attitude of gratitude.  Put positive energy out there. 

St Clare Associates, March Gathering 2017

As we Associates of St. Martha entered St. Clare Convent in Sydney Mines on a cold and blustery day in March we were greeted by the warmth of smiles and friendly chatter. We settled in and our meeting began with a prayer. Following our new way of folks conducting leadership for our meetings, we have two new volunteers each month. In March we were delighted to have one of our newest Associate couples, Harry and Norma Blinkhorn as the leaders. The results were outstanding. After prayer we were introduced to a very special lady named Dorothy Holliday. She leads, heads, coordinates, directs and with several members and volunteers runs an organization called Community Cares here in Sydney Mines. The title says it all. Dorothy and her “crew” run quite a ship! They help school drop outs, unemployed, and addicts, to name a few.  Think of anyone needing assistance and then think of Dorothy and “Community Cares.” She’s been doing this with a loving, caring heart for twenty years! Have you heard her name? Probably not! So what does that say? She’s not looking for recognition just prayers and help. Please keep this amazing work in your prayers!

After a delightful visit with Dorothy some regular business was dealt with and with renewed spirit we closed with a prayer followed by our usual tea and chat.

As we donned our coats and boots to go home, our bodies warmed by hot tea and friendship, and our spirits renewed, we were able to face the cold, frosty, snow filled air outside.

Let’s always care and pray for each other.

God Bless!

Georgie Edwards, Saint Clare Associates

Sydney Mines Reception & Meeting

Our monthly meeting on Feb.1st was bitter sweet. We were saddened to learn that Sister Claudette’s sister had died suddenly the day before, having just lost her husband to death just three weeks prior. We continue to hold Sister Claudette in our prayers and invite you to do the same. On the same day we invited Sister Clarine O’Leary to our meeting so we could say a proper farewell to her, since moving to Sydney after spending 24 years at St Clare Convent. It was so nice to have her back. We miss her but wish her well at her new residence in Sydney.

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Orientation Meeting in Sydney Mines

November 1st found the sisters and associates from St Clare Convent enjoying each other’s
company while attending  our monthly meeting.  After welcome and prayer, Sister
Claudette gave a detailed and interesting presentation on the history of the
Sisters of St Martha and also of the Associates. Although this was
primarily for the benefit of our three new journeyers, who will be received
in December, it was a much appreciated review for the “old timers” too. After
that Georgie Edwards gave a few words on what it means to her, personally,
to be a Martha Associate.  Some plans for the future followed, we closed with prayer
and then enjoyed a pleasant time of tea and chat. So ended our time
together.

Gerogie Edwards