ST. MARY’S PARISH, COROWA
Diocese of Wagga Wagga N.S.W.
Fr. Paul Hart. P.P.
26th 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
Sunday 3 Ordinary Time Year A
The Lord is my light and my salvation
Thoughts for the week
…Continuing extracts from Pope Francis’
THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
6. There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter. I realize of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty. Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved.
I understand the grief of people who have to endure great suffering, yet slowly but surely we all have to let the joy of faith slowly revive as a quiet yet firm trust, even amid the greatest distress: “My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is… But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness… It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lam 3:17, 21-23, 26).
7. Sometimes we are tempted to find excuses and complain, acting as if we could only be happy if a thousand conditions were met. To some extent this is because our “technological society has succeeded in multiplying occasions of pleasure, yet has found it very difficult to engender joy”. [Pp. Paul VI, May, 1975]
I can say that the most beautiful and natural expressions of joy which I have seen in my life were in poor people who had little to hold on to. I also think of the real joy shown by others who, even amid pressing professional obligations, were able to preserve, in detachment and simplicity, a heart full of faith. In their own way, all these instances of joy flow from the infinite love of God, who has revealed himself to us in Jesus Christ.
I never tire of repeating those words of Benedict XVI which take us to the very heart of the Gospel: “Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction”.[Encyclical Dec. 2005]
8. Thanks solely to this encounter – or renewed encounter – with God’s love, which blossoms into an enriching friendship, we are liberated from our narrowness and self-absorption. We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being.
Here we find the source and inspiration of all our efforts at evangelization. For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?
II. The delightful and comforting joy of evangelizing
9. Goodness always tends to spread. Every authentic experience of truth and goodness seeks by its very nature to grow within us, and any person who has experienced a profound liberation becomes more sensitive to the needs of others. As it expands, goodness takes root and develops.
If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good. In this regard, several sayings of Saint Paul will not surprise us: “The love of Christ urges us on” (2 Cor 5:14); “Woe to me if I do not proclaim the Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16).
Parish Events 26 Jan – 04 Feb 2014
Saturday 25th Conversion of St Paul
6.30pm Mass (Tomlinson, Hanrahan, Godfrey, Culhane)
Sunday 26th Australia Day
8.00am Mass (Pro populo – for all parishioners)
9.00am Ecumenical Service on Mound
5.00pm Parade on Sanger Street
6.30pm Australia Day Ceremony – Bangerang Park, Corowa
9.00am Mass (Bronte Carrington; Neil McDonald)
Tuesday 28th St Thomas Aquinas
9.00am Mass. (John & Jinina Palubiski; All Souls).
9.00am Mass (Lane & Ryan fms; Hilda Williams)
11.00am Communion to homes & Karinya
Schools return to class.
11.30am Novena in Our Lady’s chapel
12.00noon Mass (Frances, Hanrahan, Norman & Tomlinson families)
Friday 31st St John Bosco
10.00am Mass at Karinya Apts;(Chris Hanrahan, Gordon Willett)
11.00am Communion to Homes
8.45am Rosary & 9.00am Mass (Will Hickey; Margaret Brown)
6.30pm Vigil Mass (Pat Seymour; Owen Doyle)
9.00am Mass (Pro populo – for all parishioners)
PALMS – E. TIMOR, or KIRIBATI ‘ENCOUNTER’
Join an ‘encounter’ to East Timor or Kiribati with PALMS Australia. This Catholic organization has been preparing, placing and supporting skilled Australian volunteers in Asia, Africa & the Pacific for 50+ years. The visit (2 weeks) gives an insight into the life of Palms Volunteers and the great needs faced by our neighbours. The dates are 14-25th April 2014, and 26 July – 7 August 2014. Visit Palms site: http://www.palms.org.au/encounters, and email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ph: 02 9518 9551.
Remember in Prayer
Recently deceased: Mary Sterrett, Marj Fern, Sr Anne (Monica) Gale, Leonie Macpherson, Mick Fitzgerald, Suzanne Knight, James Dunn, Patricia Seymour, Frances Hanrahan, Alan Whitty
Roster 1st – 2nd Jan
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 Macqueen
6.30pm D O’Halloran B Knight
9.00am M Tomlinson
6.30pm G & S Knight
9.00am H Tidd & B Willet-Linsell
Collection: B O’Shea
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
Restoration—- Stations of the Cross
Mona & Sam Goubran, from Creative Art School, Sydney have finished restoring the Stations. We thank them for their good work.
COUNCIL for AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC WOMEN
Council for Australian Catholic Women (CACW)
The CACW exists “…to ensure that the dignity of women is honoured and their gifts are given space to flourish for the sake of the Church’s life and mission.”
You are invited to a gathering at the Lockhart Ex Servicemen’s Club on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 10:30am to discuss the re-establishment of the Wagga Wagga Diocesan CACW. If interested, please pick up a flyer at the back of the church. If you would like further information or to RSVP, please contact one of the following by Tuesday 4 February 2014. Michelle Naimo—69556216, Megan Moon—69534121, Bernadette Kennedy—0401404957, Katherine Klapdor—69254374, Julie Cotter—60561374.
New Mass Rosters and Counting Rosters are on back table.
Thank you – Nicole