Bulletin 05 – 11 Jan 2014

               

ST. MARY’S PARISH, COROWA     

Diocese of Wagga Wagga N.S.W.

Fr. Paul Hart. P.P.

05th January 2014

 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, pray for us.

Diocesan Provident Fund

P.O. Box 4 Wagga Wagga 2650,  Ph.  02 6937 0099  dpf@csoww.catholic.ed.au

Phone: 02 6033 1927.  Fax:  02 6033 0650

Emailsmpcph@bigpond.com

Website   www.stmaryscorowa.org

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

 Christmastide 2: Epiphany of the Lord 

Thoughts for the Week

The Wise Men come to the Infant King

 From the beginning of December until now we have been waiting and watching for the Saviour, rejoicing at his arrival, and today, the final Sunday of the Christmas Season, we witness the Magi in adoration at Bethlehem.

In the Wollongong Diocese booklet BEHOLD, which offers meditations for the season, a special African saying is quoted by Sr Hilda Scott OSB:    I saw you coming from afar and now you are here and you are beautiful.

The focus of the meditation is how God looks and waits for us. Notice the change of roles: before Christmas we were waiting and watching for the coming of Jesus. Now it is God waiting and watching for us to come to Him.

When the Magi arrived they would have been surprised. After all, they first looked for him in the palace of a king, but he was not there. Instead he is found in the most ordinary of circumstances in a most ordinary village.

But they were not disappointed – they knew they were searching for a baby and they were led by the light of the Star, so they shared their valuable gifts with the Holy Family. And, more than likely it was their gifts that enabled Jesus, Mary and Joseph to survive the years of exile.

God is searching the horizon, looking for us to come. We don’t have gold, frankincense or myrrh, and we feel our poverty and insignificance: “What can we bring?” God asks only one thing – your heart. Again we feel embarrassed, how can we give it? If you have ever told someone: “I love you”, then you know how to do it.

Our heart may be broken, bruised, troubled with bitterness, or in pain over ‘issues’ we cannot master. God does not mind – He knows our story. Just come.

The African saying can be a source of strength, because it is exactly what God would say to us in the midst of our daily struggles: “I saw you coming from afar and now you are here and you are beautiful.” It is music to our ears to think that God would speak to us so lovingly.

Consider the call of the Magi – what was it that stirred in their hearts that led them on that fateful journey to meet the King of Kings as a baby?

What is it that stirs our hearts to acts of kindness – within the family, in the workplace, before a complete stranger? When the heart is called to kindness, we can be sure that God’s Spirit has stirred within us and we can be sure that the one whom we touch through our act of compassion would say to us: “I saw you coming from afar and now you are here and you are beautiful.”

How precisely the ST VINCENT DE PAUL society members enact this scenario. Ordinary men and women, moved by the Holy Spirit, provide services, gifts and encouragement to the needy and helpless. Here is God at work in our midst.

It is not gold, frankincense and myrrh, but hearts filled with kindness embracing others in this ordinary village/town of Corowa.

Truly God is present in this place in the ordinariness of life, but especially where selfless service is given to others. That is pure gold.

All through the year pray this prayer of Sr Hilda: “My heart and all within it is yours. Do with it what you will. Amen” A perfect gift delighting God.

Parish Events Christmas II: 05 – 11 Jan

Saturday 04th Jan

6.30pm Mass

Sunday 05th Jan – Epiphany of the Lord

9.00am Mass (Pro populo – for all parishioners)

10.45am Mass at Coreen

Monday 06th Jan  

9.00am Mass in the Hall

Tuesday 07th Jan

9.00am Mass in the Hall

Wednesday 08th Jan    

9.00am Mass in the Hall

11.00am Communion to homes & Karinya

Thursday 09th Jan

11.30am Novena in the Hall (books from chapel)

12.00 Mass in the Hall

Friday 10th Jan

10.00am Mass of Anointing at Karinya

Communion to Homes

Saturday 11th

8.45am Rosary & 9.00am Mass in the Hall

6.30pm Vigil Mass in church

Sunday 12th

9.00am Mass (Pro populo – for all parishioners)

                

Remember in Prayer

Recently deceased: Suzanne Knight, Denise Conway, James Dunn, Betty Chandler, Kath Richardson, Patricia Seymour, Frances Hanrahan, Kathleen Keyes, Pauline Harris, Alma O’Brien, Bishop Brennan, Alan Whitty, and Dimpy Weston.

THANK YOU

Thank you to all who helped the Parish Raffle to be a success. The winners were:

1st Prize:……..

2nd Prize:……

3rd Prize:……

Roster 12th – 13th Jan

Gifts:

6.30pm Salmon Family

9.00am Matt Drum

Lectors

6.30pm Mary Schnelle & Robert Packer

9.00am A Campbell & P Lemmon

Special Ministers:

6.30pm A Pilgrim & M Skehan

9.00am D Collins & M Tomlinson

Altar N Warhurst

Welcomers:

6.30pm N Kingston & A Pilgrim

9.00am P Hanrahan

Altar Servers:

6.30pm Will Seymour & Henry Langford

9.00am Hanna Tidd & Bree Willett-Linsell

Collection: B O’Shea

Counters: R Packer & I Brooks

   RESTORATION OF ST MARY’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS                                               

Work continues this week on the Stations. The restorers are Mona Goubran and her husband from Sydney, both with years of experience at restoration. The work is expected to take three weeks and the church will remain locked on all weekdays.

 Special arrangements for daily Mass: all weekday Masses will be held in the Hall. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Sunday Masses as normal, but without electric fans…bring your own hand-held, if the weather is hot.

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