ST. MARY’S PARISH, COROWA
Diocese of Wagga Wagga N.S.W.
Fr. Paul Hart. P.P.
12th January 2014
23 Parade Place,
P.O. Box 69, Corowa 2646.
We honour 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 or email@example.com
Sunday 1 Ordinary Time Year A Baptism of the Lord
Thoughts for the Week
Why did Jesus bother to get baptised by John? He was the sinless One, the spotless Lamb of God who would be sacrificed for the sins of all. Why get baptised in front of all those people who were flocking to John beside the Jordan to be baptised? One could even say “How embarrassing!” How embarrassing to be numbered among sinners so publicly. Jesus’ angle on the matter was very different from that.
No one told Jesus to be baptised and no one knew He was the Sinless One, yet He chose to be baptised.
In the depths of his being, Jesus knew the full meaning of the role of Saviour of the human family. He knew he was a member of a sinful family – without partaking in its sin. He knew that to witness to the baptismal path of forgiveness of sins, it was necessary that He ask John for baptism.
Later, in His preaching, Jesus would proclaim: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” He is the way we must follow. If Jesus chose to be baptised, he expects us to follow.
Baptism is the first Sacrament we receive and it immediately gives us a new identity: we become a SON or DAUGHTER of God with full inheritance rights to the Kingdom of God.
Through baptism God’s Divine Life begins to grow in us and the more Christ-like we become, the more God’s presence is evident in us to those who know us.
Walk in the Light. Baptism shines a light in our hearts whereby we feel a real attraction towards goodness, towards following Jesus closely. This is the reversal of the attraction to sin that was the inheritance received from our First Parents.
The more we co-operate with grace, following Jesus closely, the stronger our faith becomes and the less likely we are to sin.
The more we foster our relationship with God – “our Father” through daily conversation in prayer, the more confidently we can face the challenges of Christian living in a hostile secular society.
When I pray my Father listens. Remember the statement from Africa which was the source for our meditation last Sunday: “I saw you coming from afar and now you are here and you are beautiful.”
When Jesus emerged from the waters of the Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove and the voice of the Father was heard: “This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him.”
At the moment of your baptism, God would readily have addressed the same words to you: “This is my son/daughter, the beloved; my favour rests on him/her.” …. ‘now you are here and you are beautiful.’
If you knew for an instant the astonishing beauty of a soul freed from all sin, you would bow in adoration – because God is there before your eyes – in that person.
Our baptism makes us truly ‘God-like’. The image destroyed by Adam and Eve’s sin is restored and more than restored because now God lives in us.
The thought is mind-boggling. The reality is awesome, and our failure to reflect on our new Christian dignity received through baptism means we fail to be inspired by God’s holy gift of Himself. Ponder your dignity and bow before God that He has united you to the Holy Trinity in love.
Parish Events Ordinary Time I: 12th – 18th Jan
Saturday 11th Jan
6.30pm Mass Howard Fitzgibbon, Fiona & Joanne Kelly, Carmen O’Donoghue
Sunday 12th Jan – Baptism of the Lord
9.00am Mass (Pro populo – for all parishioners)
Monday 13th Jan
9.00am No Mass
Tuesday 14th Jan
9.00am Mass in the Hall – Steve & Tom Curran
Wednesday 15th Jan
9.00am Mass in the Hall – Agnes Gannon, Borhi & Presti Families
11.00am Communion to homes & Karinya
Thursday 16th Jan
11.30am Novena in the Hall (books from chapel)
12.00 Mass in the Hall – Flo Whittaker, Shane Clohessy
Friday 17th Jan
10.00am Mass in the Hall & Anointing of Sick – Intention: for all sick
Communion to Homes
8.45am Rosary & 9.00am Mass in the Hall – Frances Hanrahan & Special Intention
6.30pm Vigil Mass in church – Sr Anne Gale, Svarc & Cirey Families
9.00am Mass (Pro populo – for all parishioners)
Remember in Prayer
Sr Anne(Monica) Gale, Leonie Macpherson, Mick Fitzgerald, 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, Dimpy Weston.
Anniversaries at this time
Members of the Borhi & Presti families, John & Zita Walsh, Bronte Carrington, Jim Collins, Graeme Kelly, Wendy Kiss, Bede Hart.
Australia Day Federation Festival
9.00am – Ecumenical Service
5.00pm – Grand Parade down Sanger St
6.30pm – Australia Day Programme- led Shire
Roster 18th – 19th Jan
6.30pm P Culhane J Heagney
9.00am R Whitmore
6.30pm A Norman G Kingston
9.00am E Christy B Christy
6.30pm D & A Norman
9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon
Altar N Warhurst
6.30pm D Doyle
9.00am M Flynn
6.30pm L Heagney
9.00am Meg Rogers Jorja Kingston
Collection: T Moroney
Counters: A & M Campbell
Restoration—- Stations of the Cross
Mona & Sam Goubran,
from Creative Art School, Sydney continue their work this week.
All Masses – including Saturday evening and Sunday – will be held in the Parish Hall, there are no fans mounted in the Church. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Catholic Diocese of Broome
Seeking Volunteers to assist with the work of the local church on Aboriginal Missions.
For Info & Contact: Volunteer Coordinator: Anneliese Rohr Ph 0891921060