The Parish of
Warrnambool West & Dennington
St Pius X
80 Morriss Road, Warrnambool West
St John the Baptist
263 Russell Street, Dennington
C/- Post Office
Dennington VIC 3280
(03) 5562 5033
Mrs Louise Dryburgh is usually available in the parish office from
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Phone (03) 5562 5033.
|THE BISHOPS OF VICTORIA HAVE DETERMINED THAT THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC MASS IN VICTORIA UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
This means that there will be no Mass at West Warrnambool or Dennington on Sunday or any other day for the foreseeable future.
Father Michael asks the prayers of all parishioners and visitors to this site that together and by God’s grace we may deal wisely and well with the unaccustomed emergency.
|For the bishops’ letter about this matter, please click here.
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St Pius X Parish was established in 1970. Its first Parish Priest was the late Father P.M. Bohan and it was then the only totally urban parish in the Diocese of Ballarat. Previously, the area was part of St Joseph’s Parish, Warrnambool, as was St Pius X School which had opened in 1962.
The neighbouring parish of St John the Baptist at Dennington was also part of the Warrnambool parish until 1965 when the late Father G.G. Payne became its first Parish Priest. (His name is commemorated at Dennington’s G.G. Payne Reserve.) The Dennington parish school, now at 263 Russell Street, was opened in 1920 in the former church in Tylden Street.
The two parishes currently share one priest, but the involvement of an active laity enables them to continue to fulfil the hopes and dreams of their earliest days, as they endeavour to respond creatively to the challenges and opportunities of contemporary society.
Fr Michael Linehan
|St John’s Primary School
263 Russell Street
DENNINGTON VIC 3280
|Phone (03) 5562 5362
Email firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite www.sjdennington.catholic.edu.au
|St Pius X Primary School
32-34 Hoddle Street
WARRNAMBOOL VIC 328
|Phone (03) 5562 2506
25 A 2020
In the extract from the prophet Isaiah which was laid down as today’s first reading, the prophet says that God’s ways are not our ways nor God’s thoughts, our thoughts. He perceives God as saying, “the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.”
And really, that theme points the way to a main idea in today’s Gospel: that God’s ways are God’s ways and not necessarily our ways – or even what you might call the ways of Common Sense. (I’m reminded of someone who tried to teach me sociology years ago; his view was that common sense wasn’t all that common, nor necessarily all that sensible!)
Today’s selection from the Gospel has Jesus telling his disciples what the kingdom of God is like, so we know straight away the context of the parable about the generous landowner. We are being told something about the way things work where God is in charge, which is presumably, ultimately, in heaven, on earth and everywhere.
So: in the ancient world, if you were a manual labourer the working day began when the sun came up and ended at sunset. In our story, the landowner goes out at daybreak to hire workers for the vineyard; he agrees to pay them the usual day’s wages for the day’s work. Then, mid-morning, noon, mid-afternoon he goes out again; again sees workers with nothing to do and sends them to his vineyard, promising to pay them a fair wage, though he doesn’t specify what, in their case, he considers fair. Finally, an hour before sunset, he finds others who have had no work all day and sets them to work in his vineyard too.
At last, the working day comes to an end and the landowner sends his bailiff to pay the workers, specifying that those who started work last should be paid first. So those last-comers are paid a whole day’s wages. When finally those who had been working since sun-up arrived, they expected to get more. They took what they were given, but they grizzled because, although they had worked out in the sun all day long, they were paid no more than those who worked only one hour at the end of the day.
Then the landowner reminds them that they agreed to work for the usual day’s wages, which is what they were paid, and they have no right to complain if the landowner treats others generously – or you might say, graciously.
God is gracious! God acts with grace!
So to wind it up, God’s ways are God’s ways. We can’t manoeuvre God into operating as we do. It can be praiseworthy, or not, when we say that someone marches to the beat of his own drum, but God marches to the beat of God’s drum and we can’t train God to march to the beat of ours.
I think the considerable opportunity we are offered today is to consider who this God is who holds us and sustains us and fills us and surrounds us…this God who loves us, even as we battle this time of emergency when we’re not even sure whether in COVID time this is noontime or mid-afternoon or perhaps the eleventh hour.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officer, overseeing and supporting our commitment to Child Safety, is Mrs Rachel Brown, telephone 0402 009 785.