ST. MARY’S PARISH, COROWA
Diocese of Wagga Wagga N.S.W.
Fr. Paul Hart. P.P.
3rd November 2013
23 Parade Place, P.O. Box 69, Corowa 2646.
We honor the traditional owners of this land, the Kwat Kwat peoples and the Wiradjuri Nation
St. Mary of the Cross Mackillop – Patron of the Diocese of Wagga
Diocesan Provident Fund – P.O. Box 4 Wagga Wagga 2650, Ph: 02 6937 0099 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 SYNOD DOCUMENT QUESTIONS
Sections 1-3 more directly directed to Bishops and clergy.
4. Care in Difficult Marital Situations
a) Is living together before marriage a pastoral reality in your particular Church, i.e. Corowa? Can you approximate a percentage? ALL AUSTRALIA in 2010 A.B.S. – 78.2%) (A.B.S. = Australian Bureau of Statistics)
COHABITATION PRIOR TO REGISTERED MARRIAGE – ABS 1990: 40%;… 2010: 80%
b) Do unions which are not recognized either religiously or civilly exist? I.e. De facto (living together)
DE FACTO RELATIONSHIPS IN Australia ABS 2010: 11% (i.e. 1.9 million). (53% in registered marriages)
c) Are separated couples and those divorced and remarried a pastoral reality in your particular Church? Can you approximate a percentage?
d) In all the above cases, how do the baptized live in this irregular situation? Are (they) aware of it? Are they simply indifferent? Do they feel marginalized or suffer from the impossibility of receiving the sacraments? [Qs e) & f) for clergy.]
g) Does a ministry exist to attend to these cases?
5. Same Sex Unions
a) Is there a law in your country recognizing civil unions for people of the same-sex and equating it in some way to marriage?
b) What is the attitude of the local Church towards the people involved in this type of union?
c) What pastoral attention can be given to people who have chosen to live in these types of union?
d) What can be done to help transmit the faith to children with parents in a same-sex relationship?
2011 ABS FIGURES: 33,700 same-sex couples in Australia, with 17,600 male same-sex couples and 16,100 female
2011 ABS FIGURES: The 2011 Census counted 6,300 children living in same-sex couple families, up from 3,400 in 2001.
6. The Education of Children in Irregular Marriages
a) What is the estimated proportion of children and adolescents in these cases vs. regularly constituted families?
b) How do parents in these situations approach the Church? What do they ask?
c) What is the sacramental practice in these cases?
7. Openness of the Married Couple to Life
Qs a) –d) – for the clergy to answer.
e) What differences are seen in this regard between the Church’s teaching and civic education?
f) How can a more open attitude towards having children be fostered? How can an increase in births be promoted?
8. The Relationship between the Family and the Person
a) How can the family be a privileged place for meeting Christ?
b) What critical situations in the family today obstruct a person’s encounter with Christ?
c) How do crises of faith affect family life?
9. Other Challenges and Proposals – What other challenges or proposals are urgent and useful to treat?
NSW DEBATE TO REDEFINE MARRIAGE
On Thursday, this week (31.10.2013) the NSW Parliament began the debate to redefine marriage. A petition against the bill, which will be sent to our local member, Greg Aplin, is available today for you to sign. If you have the Internet, go online to express your view personally and directly to him..
The following site allows you to directly email your State MP – it names him/her, if you give your postcode. You may then write a short note to express your point of view. It is connected to the Australian Christian Lobby.
Parish Events Week 31: 2nd – 10th Nov
Saturday 2nd All Souls
6.30pmVigil Mass – Pope Francis & Leadership
Sunday 3rd 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
9.00am Mass (Pro populo – for all parishioners)
10.45am Mass at Coreen
.Monday 4th St Charles Borromeo
9.00am Mass – Francis Tillett, Norm & Paul
9.00am Mass – Baron Lethbridge & Dunn & Family
9.00am Mass – Peter Talbot; O’Shea & McPhee
11.00am Communion to homes & Karinya
12.00noon Frances Hanrahan & Tomlinson Fms
9.00am Mass Chisnall, Curran, King & Robinson Fms
Communion to Homes
Community Prayer Spot at Presbyterian Hall
Saturday 9th Lateran Basilica Dedication
8.45amRosary & Mass Fiona & Joanne, Kelly & Hoare Family
6.30pmVigil Mass – Frs Leo & K. Wright, Alma O’Brien
Sunday 10th 32rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
9.00am Mass (Pro populo – for all parishioners)
Remember in Prayer
HOLY SOULS – ENTER YOUR FAMILY DECEASED IN THE PARISH BOOK OF THE DEAD (On table at front right).
Recently deceased; Frances Hanrahan, Kathleen Keyes, Pauline Harris, Alma O’Brien,
Bishop Brennan, Alan Whitty, Dimpy Weston,
Roster 9th – 10th Nov
6.30pm Sandral Family
6.30pm S Drum C Knight
9.00am M Kelly M Milthorpe
6.30pm T Drum C Salmon
9.00am B Christy R Taylor
Altar: M Fitzgibbon
6.30pm D & E Clohessy
9.00am T Maroney
6.30pm G & S Knight
9.00am J & M Rogers
Collection: T Maroney
Counters: C Erickson, M Lethbridge
St Vincent de Paul
St Vincent de Paul Ladies meeting with Alan Wickins, Thursday 07TH 8.30am at VINNIES.
“Blumes Summer Fashions”
Entrance: $5 – Lucky Door Prize and Raffle
Parish Hall: Fri Nov 8th, 2.00pm.
All ladies: shop in comfort, esp. for elderly!
Afternoon Tea to follow.
RSVP: Tues Nov 5th Please – for catering!
Pauline Kerr: 6033-2850
Kathleen Winch: 6033-1888
TIM FISCHER Mini-Launch of book – Holy See, UNHOLY ME.
Parish Hall: Thurs Nov 21, 12.30pm.
Luncheon included. Entrance $10.
RSVP Wed. Nov 13th – Please – for catering! Contact Pauline or Kathleen.
SYNOD FAMILY LIFE MEETINGS
Wed 06th, 9.30am Hall – Bring a snack to share as we discuss over a cuppa.
Thurs 07th, 7.30-9.00pm at Presbytery.