ST. MARY’S PARISH, COROWA
Diocese of Wagga Wagga N.S.W.
Fr. Paul Hart. P.P.
2nd February 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 email@example.com
Phone: 02 6033 1927. Fax: 02 6033 0650
Hall: 02 60335381 (Terry & Carmel Moroney)
Parish Office Hours: 9.00am – 12.00pm. Mon & Fri.
St Mary’s Court Retirement Units: 02 6033 1927
St Mary’s School: 02 6033 1183
2nd Feb. Feast: Presentation of the Lord
Thoughts for the week
Continuing extracts from Pope Francis’
THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
The Church: a mother with an open heart
46. A Church which “goes forth” is a Church whose doors are open. Going out to others in order to reach the fringes of humanity does not mean rushing out aimlessly into the world. Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way.
At times we have to be like the father of the prodigal son, who always keeps his door open so that when the son returns, he can readily pass through it.
47. The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open. One concrete sign of such openness is that our church doors should always be open, so that if someone, moved by the Spirit, comes there looking for God, he or she will not find a closed door.
There are other doors that should not be closed either. Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church; everyone can be part of the community, nor should the doors of the sacraments be closed for simply any reason.
This is especially true of the sacrament which is itself “the door”: baptism. The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.
… (T)he Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems.
48. If the whole Church takes up this missionary impulse, she has to go forth to everyone without exception. But to whom should she go first?
When we read the Gospel we find a clear indication: not so much our friends and wealthy neighbours, but above all the poor and the sick, those who are usually despised and overlooked, “those who cannot repay you” (Lk 14:14). There can be no room for doubt or for explanations which weaken so clear a message.
Today and always, “the poor are the privileged recipients of the Gospel”, and the fact that it is freely preached to them is a sign of the kingdom that Jesus came to establish.
We have to state, without mincing words, that there is an inseparable bond between our faith and the poor. May we never abandon them.
Parish Events 1st – 9th Feb 2014
6.30pm Mass (Pat Seymour, Owen Doyle)
Sunday 2nd The Presentation of the Lord
9.00am Mass (pro populo i.e. all parishioners)
10.45am Mass – Coreen
9.00am Mass (Alfred Rhodes, Judith Parker)
9.00am Mass (Paddy O’Donovan; Charleen Howe)
Wednesday 5th St Agatha
9.00am Mass (Arthur Thompson, Tom Sheridan)
Thursday 6th St Paul Miki & Companions
11.30am Novena in Our Lady’s chapel as usual
12.00noon Mass (Sr Anne Gale; Deceased members of CWL)
8.45am Rosary, but no 9.00am Mass this morning
6.30pm Vigil Mass (Merv & Kath Harders; Marlene Howard)
Sunday 9th 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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.
Looking for a volunteer for the counting roster if you could spare your time once a month please see Fr Hart or Nicole
Remember in Prayer
Recently deceased: Fr Ralph Fitzgerald (Wagga), Nicole Collins, Mary Sterrett, Marj Fern, Sr Anne (Monica) Gale, Leonie Macpherson, Mick Fitzgerald, Suzanne Knight, James Dunn, Patricia Seymour, Frances Hanrahan, Alan Whitty
Roster 8th – 9th February
6.30pm N Sandral J Heagney
9.00am Svarc Family
6.30pm M Schnelle R Packer
9.00am P & B Ridge
6.30pm I & F Brooks
9.00am K Flower K King
Altar M Macqueen
6.30pm A Pilgrim P Kerr
9.00am P Hanrahan
6.30pm W Seymour H Langford
9.00am B Linsell-Willett
Collection: T Moroney
Counters: L & N Hughes
CARITAS AUSTRALIA – Note of thanks received from Caritas for response to the appeal for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines. Corowa: $1,401.30.
COUNCIL FOR AUSTRALIAN WOMEN
Meeting at Lockhart Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Sat. February 8th, 2014, at 10.30am. Details on flyer on table at back of church.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL – OPEN INVITATION:
You are invited to attend the Official Blessing and Opening of the new St Vincent de Paul facility at 143 Sanger St., Corowa on Wednesday 19th February at 2.00pm. Bishop Hanna and the State President of the Society will be in attendance. Come and join the celebration.