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THOUGHT FOR THE
Will you ever understand how
near God is to you?
– Lalla, 14th Century
THE book Common Sense Spirituality
provides us with the essential wisdom of
David Steindl-Rast. He has gained a reputation
as a bridge builder between East and West in
matters of religion and is considered by many
to be the foremost bearer of the standard of
Christian ecumenism laid down by Thomas
This book gives us a view of the author as a
spiritual director, peacemaker, philosopher,
contemplative and mystic.
He says that the common sense in this book
gives a new color and a new flavor in everything
we do because this outlook is so vibrant, so
alive and so expansive. This book will make you
think as you find the sacred core of our beliefs.
I ordered this book from Matildas in Stirling.
CHURCHES have moved on from their Easter
celebrations and Anzac remembrance to the many
ministries in the community.
KANGARILLA: The small Uniting Church at
Kangarilla has recently been painted. It looks
very different. It took a lot of repair work
and time spent by the people to modernise its
appearance. But the services continue to meet at
10am and the people still have a sense of caring
for the community and an uplifting spirit. It is
in small churches like this that you often find a
closeness and warmth lacking in other places.
PROSPECT HILL: Services in the Uniting
Church at Prospect Hill continue with a part-time
pastor now sharing the ministry.
IRONBANK: At Ironbank they have just shared
a picnic with the church at Coomandook. Both
the churches left their home turf and travelled to
Wellington where the exchange took place and
people enjoyed the close fellowship. Back in the
Hills the Ironbank church continues its evening
gatherings each third Sunday of the month with
a meal together and a guest speaker. Later in the
year there will be a special thanksgiving for the
members of the CFS. Then in July the church will
seek to revive memories of the Kids’ Club which
was part of the church life for many years.
SUNDAY MASS: Our Lady of the Rosary
Church is now the venue for Sunday Mass at
5.30pm each week.
ON THE INTERNET: Here is another church
which has its story on the internet. St Paul’s
Lutheran Church in Hahndorf is at 10 Main Street
and proclaims “Jesus Christ, yesterday, today and
forevermore”. Their pastor is the Reverend John
Ridenour (phone 8388 7240). There are many
times for worship listed after a map to guide
people to worship.
Worship with communion every first Sunday at
10.15am. Traditional worship with communion
every second Sunday at 10.15am. Worship with
joy without communion every third Sunday at
10.15am. Traditional liturgy with communion
every fourth Sunday at 10.15am.
The church has a youth group, children’s group,
a women’s group, seniors’ group, adult education
groups and a pre-school group. It also ministers
to a parish extending to Nairne. St Paul’s is best
known for its residential care for the elderly in its
homes and its involvement in the community.
QUIET DAY: You can spend a “quiet day” with
the Order of St Luke the Physician on Saturday,
May 16, 10am–4 pm, at Aldgate Anglican
Church. Contact Avril Dalby on 0416 205 015.
VALLEY OF PRAISE: During the History
Festival this month the Lobethal Archives and
Historical Museum has a memorial to those who
left Prussia to escape religious persecution more
than 170 years ago in the 1830s.
The jewel in the crown is the first Lutheran
seminary in the southern hemisphere. Historical
papers, documents and photos will be on display.
Revisit the first sporting groups, industries and
activities from the late 19th Century – bookings
are required for groups only.
The burning bush
THE burning bush was not a miracle. It was a test.
God wanted to find out whether or not Moses
could pay attention to something for more than a few
When Moses did, God spoke.
The trick is to pay attention to what is going on around
you long enough to behold a miracle without falling
There is another world within this one, whenever we
Stop what you are doing and observe.
Keep watching until you notice a miracle.
The great miracle is that the sacred is in the ordinary
and that it is to be found in one’s daily life, or in our
neighbors, friends, family, in one’s own backyard, in
your garden, on your street.
What about this ordinary place makes it extraordinary?
Muslim women to
talk at Village Well
THIS is about getting to know our neighbors.
On Sunday, May 17, at 2pm, come and join
a conversation with Sherifa Khan and Aziidah
Aziz of the Muslim Women’s Association of SA.
Help to grow our understanding of what it
means to be a Muslim in Australia in the 21st
“This will be engaging first hand in a forum of
welcome and hospitality,” say the organisers.
Everyone is invited, everyone is welcome. Entry
is free and afternoon tea is provided.
Hosted by the Church of Christ at The Village
Well, 54 Strathalbyn Road, Aldgate.
For further questions, please contact the office
by phone on 8339 6286, email aldgatecoc@
internode.on.net or phone Anthony Risson on
0405 357 032.
THE neo-gothic church pictured
above, situated at 135 Old Mt Barker
Road, Stirling East, was erected during
The building was designed by Michael
McMullen, an Irishman from Cork who
had been a builder and architect in SA
for at least two decades.
An Adelaide builder was then contracted
to build the structure which became
Stirling’s first Catholic church.
A time capsule is buried beneath the
It contains a document with Latin
text commemorating the laying of the
stone, along with jars of medals of the
Supreme Pontiff of the realm current at
The dedication of the church was in
January 1884 it was described in the
press as one of the handsomest in SA
with 13 beautiful stained glass windows
costing almost £1000.
The church has been authentically
restored since the fire of 1999, with the
restoration of a set of Stations of The
The building is typical of 19th Century
design with a steeply pitched gable roof
and a small gable-ended porch at the
entrance. There is also a mounting stone
for the convenience of horse riders.
It has always played an important role
in the lives of local residents and is
available for hire for weddings.
To hear more about the history of this
unique church building contact the Hills
Catholic parish or phone Wendy Somers
on 0419 460 256.
ALITTLE voice keeps whispering to me that time is
And it’s true – there is no denying it when you grow
It is like when I have a lazy weekend of my own.
Everyone is out of the house. There are no phone
messages to answer or people to see. The day is mine.
So I pick up the novel I have been wanting to read. But
soon I put it down again – reading makes me bored.
I try going for a walk but that doesn’t satisfy me
either. Something is eating at me but none of the usual
diversions seem to help. Back inside, the view from the
window is the same as it was yesterday. I chat with a
friend on the phone but that doesn’t last long. When I
hang up, there is silence again.
The voice keeps telling me that time is running out.
There is nothing wrong really, nothing pressing. Yet
there is this homesickness, this space, this feeling that
things should be different.
“I have reigned more that 50 years in victory and
peace,” the great caliph Abdul Rahim once remarked.
“During this time I have been beloved by my people,
dreaded by my enemies and respected by my allies.
Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have been at
my beck and call, nor has any earthly pleasure been
missing to complete my sense of perfect bliss. In this
situation I have diligently numbered the days of pure
and genuine happiness that have fallen to my lot. They
Leonard Cohen has a song which expresses it well.
“And I sing it for the captain whose ship has not been
For the mother in confusion, her cradle still unfilled;
For the heart with no companion, for the soul without
For the prima ballerina, who cannot dance to anything.”
So it is for all of us. We stand together as we grow
older, always seeming to be at the crossroads, with
the artists, the famous and not so famous, kings and
nobodies, gazing as Janus did forward and back, trying
to figure out what the rest of our days on earth will
bring. Trying to find a strategy. Trying to find the gold
of happiness if there is any. It is like setting sail on a
boat that some day may be going to sink. But we don’t
know that, true or false.
And there is the voice – “Time is running out. And is
this all there is?”
The best things
THE best things in life are
nearest: Breath in your
nostrils, light in your eyes,
flowers at your feet, duties at
your hand, the path of right
just before you. Then do
not grasp at the stars, but to
life’s plain, common work as
it comes, certain that daily
duties and daily bread are
the sweetest things in life.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Handsome church has history
was manoeuvring a large
rock along the street. An
onlooker asked why he was
spending so much effort shifting
a lump of stone. “Because,”
came the reply, “there is an
angel in there that wants
to be free.”
Adelaide Hills Catholic Parish’s Reverend Father Fred Farrugia
outside the Our Lady of the Rosary church in Stirling.
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