ST. MARY’S PARISH, COROWA
Diocese of Wagga Wagga N.S.W.
Fr. Paul Hart. P.P.
17th 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
Diocesan Provident Fund – P.O. Box 4 Wagga Wagga 2650, Ph: 02 6937 0099 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop Patron of the Diocese of Wagga, pray for us.
Phone: 02 6033 1927. Fax: 02 6033 0650
Hall Bookings: 02 60335381 (Terry & Carmel Moroney)
Office Hours: 9.00am to 12.00pm. Mon & Fri.
St Mary’s Court Retirement Units: 02 6033 1927
St Mary’s School: 02 6033 1183
“A National Calamity” – President Aquino
Last week-end, the world watched with horror as Super Typhoon Haiyan wound up and made a direct hit on the central Philippines.
Newscasters were saying that nothing so powerful had ever been recorded as it approached landfall: with winds gusting up to more than 300 kilometres an hour, it was unheard of, and the likely devastation from the impact could not be fathomed.
Now, a week after the ‘most devastating natural disaster the Philippines has ever experienced’, the public find the TV images reminiscent of the destruction of the Asian tsunami of 2004, in which 300,000 perished.
Vast areas of former cities and villages lie levelled. People wander trance-like among the rubble searching first for food and water to survive, then for loved ones, and, finally, for remnants of homes and personal belongings to salvage something of their past. A child was heard crying on radio: “Mummy, come and get me I am alive; come and find me, mummy!”
Because of the magnitude of the disaster, governments, including Australia, have been quick to respond with compassionate aid and supplies; they are also assisting in the search for survivors, and in the painful process of clearing debris, knowing many more bodies will be uncovered.
The 200,000 people of the city of Tacloban received the full force of the typhoon: what the fury of the wind did not devastate, a 5-metre tsunami-like surge swallowed on that low-lying island. News photographs show block upon block of destruction and residents desperately queuing for meagre survival rations.
Why is this in our Corowa Sunday Bulletin?
Last week’s bulletin highlighted the fact we don’t get to choose our ‘neighbour’ – God does. He has certainly done so this week.
In our town there are a growing number of Filipinos and some have close family members in the affected areas. Their grief is thus felt in this community and we can support them with our prayers. If you meet Filipinos in the street, greet them and ask after their family; they will be moved and feel supported by your concern. If you know a Filipino family or friend, call them.
You can make a donation directly to the Red Cross special appeal through the Corowa CBA or other banks here. Write a cheque or speak with your local bank to ask how to help.
Australians are renowned for their generosity when faced with genuine need, and the devastation of typhoon Haiyan is definitely in that category.
TYPHOON APPEAL – CARITAS
Over nine million people have been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan – the worst storm ever to have made landfall in modern history. Please help.
The Caritas Australia Typhoon Haiyan Appeal is now open. You may donate through the Caritas website www.caritas.org.au, the toll free number 1800 024 413 or GPO Box 9830 in your capital city.
TYPHOON APPEAL – RED CROSS
Australian Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org.au/typhoon-haiyan-2013.aspx to make a secure online donation. To donate via credit card phone 1800 811 700, 8am to 8pm AEDT.
Australian Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org.au/typhoon-haiyan-2013.aspx Click here to make a secure online donation. To donate via credit card phone 1800 811 700, 8am to 8pm AEDT.
Parish Events Week 32: 16th – 24th Nov
6.30pmVigil Mass (Eileen Dormer; Ron Bennett & Family)
Sunday 17th 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
9.00am Mass (Pro populo – for all parishioners)
10.45am COREEN MASS
[Fr Hart departs to Brisbane for VII World Encounter of Cursillo. 2 Weekends absent – Fr Walsh on supply at Corowa]
11.00am Communion to homes & Karinya
Thursday 21st Presentation of the BVM
12.00 Communion Service w Readings
Friday 22nd St Cecilia
Communion to Homes
Community Prayer Spot at Presbyterian Hall
8.45amRosary – No Mass
Sunday 24th Christ the King
9.00am Mass (Pro populo – for all parishioners)
7.00pm “Christmas without them” – Remembrance ceremony in St Mary’s church for grieving families – to pray for deceased loved ones
Remember in Prayer
Frances Hanrahan, Kathleen Keyes, Pauline Harris, Alma O’Brien,
Bishop Brennan, Alan Whitty, Dimpy Weston.
Roster 23rd – 24th Nov
6.30pm P Culhane M Macqueen
9.00am R Whitmore
6.30pm S Drum C Knight
9.00am E Christy B Christy
6.30pm T Drum J Lowden
9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon
Altar: M Fitzgibbon
6.30pm D O’Halloran B Knight
9.00am M Tomlinson
6.30pm L Heagney J Lane
9.00am H Tidd B Willet-Linsell
Collection: M Drum
Counters: L & N Hughes
N.B. Changes to Altar Roster
M. Fitzgibbon Nov. 23rd – 30th
M. Doyle Dec. 07th – 29th
N. Warhurst Jan. 04th – 26th
CWL Special Event: All Welcome
TIM FISCHER Mini-Launch of book – Holy See, UNHOLY ME.
Parish Hall: Thurs Nov 21, 12.30pm.
Parish Raffle 11th – 14th Dec 2013
2013 PARISH RAFFLE PRIZES
1ST (Value $350) 3 days – 2 nights for 2, or a family, at The Alpenhorn Holiday Units, Tawonga South + $100 cash for food provisions.
2nd $100 Safeway Food Voucher.
3rd (Value $50) Christmas stocking – games, candies, toys.
Dear Parishioners, please take some books of Raffle tickets and sign your name for those you take.
Please return the ticket butts & cash by weekend of 7th & 8th December.
If you can volunteer your time to sell raffle tickets at Safeway on 11th – 14th December, it would be greatly appreciated.
Add your name to the roster on the back table.