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
30 A 2020
I wonder do other people think, as I do, that the Pharisees’ question to Jesus, “Which is the greatest commandment of the Law?” is rather a peculiar question. I can’t imagine any lawyer I’ve ever encountered asking a similar question or even being satisfied if someone suggested an answer. Oh, the greatest requirement of the law touches the right to trial by jury; no, the greatest requirement of the law touches the right and responsibility of all adults to vote; no, the greatest requirement of the law touches the guaranteed minimum wage. I’m not too sure that the modern world requires a “greatest” commandment or a greatest requirement of the law.
But the Pharisees wanted one, as we heard today, and I wonder were they expecting what they were told, for Jesus began with a quotation from the Law of Moses with which they would all have been as familiar as you and I are with the Hail Mary or the Lord’s Prayer. He quoted to them a part of the prayer that devout Jews recited every morning – “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.” The author of the Gospel stresses that “this is the greatest and the first commandment.” But he goes on to say there is a second one that resembles it, also a quotation from the Law of Moses: “You must love your neighbour as yourself.”
Jesus’ point, I think, is that love of God comes first, but without the love of neighbour, love of God cannot be made real. The love of God can’t be seen to be real and it can’t be real if it isn’t made real by love of neighbour.
Well, today’s Gospel, like most of our Sunday Gospel readings this year, is taken from the Gospel according to Matthew, but you might remember that when a similar story is told in the Gospel according to Luke it is followed by the story of the Good Samaritan, where the presenting issue in the mind of the lawyer who was questioning Jesus is, “Who is my neighbour?” But I reckon there’s another question that deserves attention and it is, “What do you mean, ‘love’?” “You must love your neighbour.”
Clearly, it doesn’t mean your neighbour must be as close and as beloved as your dear spouse. It doesn’t even mean that your neighbour should be as much a part of your life as your parents, your children, your brothers and sisters.
What in fact the Gospel calls us to is what the ancients called agape, a principle which celebrates connectedness between oneself, other human beings and the divine. It’s what you might call a spiritual love, one that doesn’t necessarily involve our feelings (as the love of the dear spouse or the love of parents, children, brothers and sisters might) but a love that is, to use a word that might be used rather too much these days, unconditional.
Even if that love of God we are called to may be considered God’s right, perhaps, it doesn’t matter whether the neighbour deserves to be connected with us or not. He is, or she is; they just are, and whomsoever we encounter in the course of our lives deserves the care and the attention that the robbers’ victim was freely given by the Good Samaritan. Or to put it another way, the sort of love of neighbour we are called to is the sort that shows us to be the sort of neighbour that the Good Samaritan was in the story. And if we can be neighbours to others, that neighbourliness, that loving neighbourliness, is a sure sign that we are among those (like Abou ben Adhem) who love the Lord our God for we are those who love our fellow men – our fellow human beings.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officer, overseeing and supporting our commitment to Child Safety, is Mrs Rachel Brown, telephone 0402 009 785.