ST. MARY’S PARISH, COROWA
Diocese of Wagga Wagga N.S.W.
Fr. Paul Hart. P.P.
19th 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 MacKillop, pray for us.
Diocesan Provident Fund – P.O. Box 4 Wagga Wagga 2650, Ph. 02 6937 0099 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 2 Ordinary Time Year A
“Jesus is the Lamb of God” – John the Baptist
Thoughts for the Week
God’s love for us is expressed most perfectly in Jesus – ‘the Lamb of God’, because he sacrificed himself for us and for the whole sinful world. This is the ‘Good News’ of the Gospel. It is a message of Joy. What did the angel say to the shepherds: “Behold, I bring you news of great joy that is (for) all the people” (Luke 2.10).
What is the title of Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation? – “The Joy of the Gospel.” Here the document begins; let Francis speak to your heart. [More extracts next week.]
“1. The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.
I. A joy ever new, a joy which is shared
2. The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience.
Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.
This is a very real danger for believers too. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless. That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ.
3. I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”. [Footnote 1 – Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete in Domino, 1975, par. 22]
The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”.
How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders.
No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew. Let us not flee from the resurrection of Jesus, let us never give up, come what will. May nothing inspire more than his life, which impels us onwards!”
Parish Events Ordinary Time I: 19 – 26 Jan
6.30pm Mass (Sr Anne Gale, Svarc & Cirey Families)
9.00am Mass (Pro populo – for all parishioners)
9.00am (Jim & Janet, Cathy Doggen, Maureen Nicholls & Carmel Coulthard)
9.00am (Margaret Naughtin, Suzanne Knight)
9.00am Mass (Filiponi, Hanrahan, Scott & Whitty Families)
11.00am Communion to homes & Karinya
9.30am Meeting of C.W.L in the Hall
11.30am Novena in Our Lady’s chapel as usual
12.00 Mass in the church as usual (Harry Hughes, Kevin Hanrahan
9.00am Mass (Zita Walsh, Maureen Parker)
Communion to Homes
8.45am Rosary & 9.00am Mass (Gentiles & Cariaso Families)
6.30pm Vigil Mass (Tomlinson, Hanrahan, Godfrey & Culhane Families)
Sunday 26th Australia Day
8.00am Mass (to accommodate presence at Bangarang Park for Ecumenical Service at 9.00am)
9.00am Ecumenical Service – Bangarang Park
5.00pm Grand Parade down Sanger St
Remember in Prayer
Recently deceased: Mary Sterrett, Sr Anne (Monica) Gale,
Leonie Macpherson, Mick Fitzgerald
Suzanne Knight, James Dunn, Patricia Seymour, Frances Hanrahan,
Alan Whitty, and Dimpy Weston,
Commemorations: Borhi & Presti families, John & Zita Walsh, Bronte Carrington, Jim Collins, Graeme Kelly, Wendy Kiss, Bede Hart.
Roster 25th – 26th Jan
6.30pm L Hanrahan
9.00am Svarc family
6.30pm J Schnelle P Schnelle
9.00am P Ridge B Ridge
6.30pm K O’Halloran M Nixon
9.00am K Flower K King
Altar N Warhurst
6.30pm M Skehan J Regan
9.00am R Whitmore
6.30pm Dylan Forge & Zac
9.00am Ryan Heagney Hannah Tidd
Collection: Matt Drum
Counters: Arthur & Mary Campbell
Restoration of St Mary’s Stations of the Cross
Mona & Sam Goubran,
from Creative Art School, Sydney continue their work this week.
During restoration, all Masses are 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
New Mass Rosters and Counting Rosters are on back table.
Thank you – Nicole