St Hilda's Anglican Catholic Church Service Times

You are invited to join us for Anglican Catholic Holy Communion / Mass on:
Every Sunday, Maitland NSW Australia. Venue: St Marys School Chapel in Victoria St. Mass at 11am.
Fr Matthew Kirby for further details.
Check here for any additions or cancelations of services.

Saturday 23 March 2013

Good Friday

"Good Friday" 29th March 2013 - 10am
"Good Friday" is the Friday just before Easter and is one of the many holidays in Australia. It is day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. St Hilda's Anglican Catholic Mission is holding a Good Friday Mass.  

You are invited to attend Good Friday service at  St Hilda's Parish in Maitland NSW Australia at 10am. All welcome.

"The Stations Of The Cross"  - 12 noon
St Marys Chapel displays 14 sculptural reliefs of "Stations Of The Cross" on its side walls . These are artistic scenes depicting Christ Carrying the Cross to his crucifixion in the final hours (or Passion) to his death. Moving along the set of stations, from one depiction to the next, devotions will commemorate the Passion. 
You are invited to attend Stations Of The Cross at  St Hilda's Parish in Maitland NSW Australia at 12 noon. All welcome.
For further information email Fr Matthew Kirby
Note: The image used depicts the arrest of Jesus, and is in the Public Domain

Friday 22 March 2013

Serenity Prayer

    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change,
    the courage to change the things I can,
    and the wisdom to know the difference.

This is a popular prayer you may have encountered many times. Where did it originate?
It was written by the American Theologist Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971). Reinhold Niebuhr's aim to relate Theology to everyday life definitely succeeded with the popularity of this little prayer. Niebuhr's serenity prayer was being used as early as 1934 and was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous in a modified form by one of their members around 1941.

The word Serenity comes from the Latin serenus, meaning clear, bright and unclouded. It is asking God to give us a calm, trusting Faith to accept the things that life throws at us that are out of our control. It is asking for faith during the many times in our life we need to be reliant on Gods grace to find peace. The suffering of Illness and death are typical examples.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 
(John 14:27, KJV)

Not all of the misfortune of ourselves and society is out of our control. Initiating personal and social change takes courage. To rid the world of its worst abuses and transform society can seem like a scary, insurmountable task. C
ourage is also required to face the change needed within ourselves through transformations of our heart, thoughts and habits which are only achievable by the recognition and acknowledgement of our sins. It takes courage from God to fight, persevere and to win against such fear. 

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
 (Isaiah 41:10, KJV) 
How can we hope to recognise what we can and cannot change? By asking God for wisdom. This wisdom allows us to handle life without the enormous distress of fighting things which are out of our control. This wisdom also stops us ignoring and accepting things which we are capable of influencing and improving, creating a better world for ourselves and others. This wisdom allows us to act in ways which are fruitful and pleasing to God.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
(James 1:5 NIV)

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 
(James 3:17, KJV)

The commonly seen wording for the serenity prayer is not the prayer in its entirety.
The original, attributed to Niebuhr, is:

        God, give me grace to accept with serenity
        the things that cannot be changed,
        Courage to change the things
        which should be changed,
        and the Wisdom to distinguish
        the one from the other.

        Living one day at a time,
        Enjoying one moment at a time,
        Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
        Taking, as Jesus did,
        This sinful world as it is,
        Not as I would have it,
        Trusting that You will make all things right,
        If I surrender to Your will,
        So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
        And supremely happy with You forever in the next.


Monday 18 March 2013

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday 24th March 2013
In ancient times, palm branches symbolized goodness and victory. On Palm Sunday (often referred to as Passion Sunday) Christians commemorate and celebrate the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem.  (Matthew 21:1-9).  Palm branches were waved and placed in his path as he entered an act of homage and submission, in recognition of Jesus as the promised Messiah. This was the beginning of his journey to the cross, before the week of his death and resurrection, with his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday. The day marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent which concludes on Easter Sunday. 

You are invited to attend Mass on Palm Sunday at  St Hilda's Anglican Catholic Parish in Maitland NSW Australia at 11am. All welcome.
For further information email Fr Matthew Kirby