15th Sunday in Ordinary Time    Year A

Isaiah 55:10-11

The prophet Isaiah speaks of nature in order to illustrate God’s Word.  We receive the rain and snow to help us make the soil fertile and land productive.  The parallel is drawn to God’s Word which goes out into the world, in order to reflect God’s Will in the world.


Romans 8:18-23

In this passage we read about Paul’s concern for the sufferings of the people of God.  In this world there is pain and sorrow, but all of this does not have the final word.  Paul tells us of a new creation that will be birthed.  The sufferings of the present time will be transformed into a brand new creation, and we will all share in this as children of God.


Matthew 13:1-23

We can view this parable from the view of failure or from the view of success.  We may see ourselves as only interested in winning at all costs and ignoring failures, but this would be ignoring reality.  All of us fail at times, even with our very best efforts.  God is not interested in whether we win or fail.  He is interested in our attempts to do our very best, and whether we win or lose, God will do the rest.

Next week:

16 Sunday Ordinary Year A

Wisdom 12:13,16-19

Romans 8:26-27

Matthew 13:24-43


Prayer of the Faithful

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time    Year A


For those who need to understand that God is love. We pray to the Lord.


For those who have difficulty in accepting the words of Christ. We pray to the Lord.


For those who cannot accept losing. We pray to the Lord.


For those whose hearts are hardened by life. We pray to the Lord.


For those who are indifferent to the suffering of others. We pray to the Lord.


For those who have closed their ears and their eyes to the Words of God. We pray to the Lord.

Please Remember In Your Prayers

Mass Intentions

Saturday 11 July, 2020          Kevin Cooper

Sunday 12 July, 2020            William Jack Blake

Tuesday 14 July, 2020           Paula O'Rourke


Please contact the Parish Office or email the office using the email section located on the Contact Page, if you - are unwell and would like to receive Holy Communion in your home or Care Facility (including The Abbey, Bowral House, Anthem, Harbison at Burradoo; or* require transportation to

get to Sunday Mass.

Due to recent changes to privacy laws and requirements, it is no longer viable for our parish to send volunteers to visit patients in Bowral public and private hospitals.  Fr Sean will, of course, attend to any calls, but from now on, at least for the immediate future, please contact the Parish Office if you wish to be visited in hospital, or ensure that your family/friends inform us where and when you will be in hospital and would like a visit to receive Holy Communion or to be anointed. 


If you wish a Mass to be offered for the deceased or a special intention on a particular date, please ensure you submit the request well in advance.  Masses are offered when the next free day is available, and the Mass may not be able to be offered for a week or two.  So, for a particular date for an anniversary or other significant event (eg birthday) please plan in advance to avoid disappointment.





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CHOIR NEWS - Cancelled at this time

Practice  in St Thomas Aquinas Church from

7.30 p.m.  The Choir assists with singing

usually at the 9.00 a.m. Mass on each first

Sunday of the month.  All are welcome to

join the Choir which is both fun and



If you haven’t already done so, please register your details

with our office through email bowral@dow.org.au or in the welcome

book that is located at the front doors of both St Thomas Aquinas and St Michael’s.


News from The Hermitage!

You may be interested in taking some time to nurture your spiritual world by participating in one of our 2020 retreats. A range of retreat possibilities are listed on our website (www.thehermitage.org.au) or take one of our brochures located in the church foyer.

We have available a range of spiritual reading books, prayer journals, religious gifts, cards and a large variety of gifts for sale. You are invited to drop into the main office Monday to Friday from 8.30 – 4.30pm or on weekends by arrangement to see what we have available.

We are located at the Corner of Old South Road and Bong Bong Road Mittagong.


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