ST. MARY’S PARISH, COROWA
Diocese of Wagga Wagga N.S.W.
Fr. Paul Hart. P.P.
15th December 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Advent 3: Thoughts for the Week
Today’s Gospel recounts John the Baptist in prison and Jesus’ praise for John. John had done no more than speak the truth and he landed in prison and would soon by martyred. Jesus followed the same road proclaiming ‘The truth will set you free’ (Jn 8.32) and died for the truth.
Today in 2013, there are thousands upon thousands of prisoners of conscience, imprisoned for speaking the truth. This Christmas let us remember them – separated, suffering, tortured, alone and lonely. Let them feel the love of God because you have prayed for them with fervour.
If you want to contact a prisoner who is in prison for his/her faith, use the website of VOICE OF MARTYRS to find details. http://www.prisoneralert.com/vompw_writing.htm
“Serving the persecuted church through practical and spiritual assistance while leading Christians in the free world into fellowship with them.” – VOM mission statement.
Is VOM a denomination or is it affiliated with a denomination?
The Voice of the Martyrs is an interdenominational organization working with Christians around the world being persecuted for their faith in Christ. We have multiple offices around the world with staff members from many different denominations, all working with the common goal of helping the suffering church.
How much would it cost you to write to a Christian in prison for his/her faith? What would you say? How could you encourage him/her? It is all on the above website.
Today’s Gospel reminds us of John in prison; it should also remind us of those Catholics and Christians in over 40 countries who are suffering separated, tortured and lonely in prison because they believe in Jesus. Pray for them and consider writing. More information can be had from St Mary’s Parish Office. Your letter/Christmas card may not reach them before Christmas, but they will be greatly comforted when it does arrive.
Presents from you to Jesus this Christmas:
- Pray for the Christians in prison and, if possible write a letter to one.
- Gift an engaged or married couple with an “Engaged” or a “Marriage” Encounter weekend.
- Take an envelope from the Vinnies’ Christmas Tree at the back of our church and provide the suggested items to St V de Paul for distribution at Christmas.
- Reconcile with a family member or former close friend.
- Invite an irregular church-going friend or family member to join you for a Christmas Day Mass.
- Invite someone who may be on their own to join you for a Christmas meal.
Promises and Commitments:
- Commit to putting aside time for some “God Moments” in your day.
- Get the family together and make-over a sick or elderly neighbour’s garden.
- Include in their Christmas present “allowance” a specific sum that they should spend on their choice of a “Birthday Present for Jesus”.
Parish Events Advent Week III : 15- 21 Dec
Saturday 14th Dec St John on the Cross
6.30pm Mass(Joan Smith, Carmen O’Donoghue)
Sunday 15th 3rd week of Advent
9.00am Mass (Pro populo – for all parishioners)
10.45am Mass at Coreen
7.30pm – Carols Festival at St Johns: All Welcome!
9.00am Mass J & A Gannon, W Murphy
6.30pm Graduation Mass – School families
9.00am Mass Kevin Tenney; T Rourke family
7.30pm N.Albury Advent Reconciliation
9.00am Mass – Clohessy & McFarlane Families
11.00am Communion to homes & Karinya
7.30pm Corowa ADVENT RECONCILIATION
12.00 Mass Kath Taylor; Joe & Wilma Talbot
10.00am Mass of Anointing in Hall – Fitzgerald & Lowden Families
Communion to Homes
Community Prayer Spot resumes in late January.
Saturday 21st – St Peter Canisius
8.45am Rosary & 9.00am Mass Jacob Walliss
6.30pm Vigil Mass – Pat Seymour; Fr R.Leaver
Sunday 22nd – 4th Sun Advent
9.00am Mass (Pro populo – for all parishioners)
Remember in Prayer
Recently deceased: Suzanne Knight, Denise Conway, Betty Chandler, James Dunn, Patricia Seymour, Frances Hanrahan, Bishop Brennan, Alan Whitty, Dimpy Weston.
Roster 21st – 22nd Dec
6.30pm J Clohessy J & C Tilders
9.00am R Whitmore
6.30pm I Brooks P Nixon
9.00am E Christy B Christy
6.30pm K O’Halloran M Nixon
9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon
Altar M Doyle
6.30pm D Robinson Christine Sandral
9.00am C Sutcliffe
6.30pm L Heagney
9.00am Hannah Tidd Bree Willett-Linsell
Collection M Drum
Counters: M Kelly
For all the help with Vinnies Giving Tree
Multiple Christmas Hampers are now being prepared.
To all who bought Raffle Tickets and to the sellers who sold tickets outside Safeway. The Raffle results will be in next week’s bulletin.
The raffle will be drawn this week on Monday evening at the St Mary’s School Graduation Mass.