ST. MARY’S PARISH, COROWA
Diocese of Wagga Wagga N.S.W.
Fr. Paul Hart. P.P.
23rd February 2014
23 Parade Place, P.O. Box 69, Corowa 2646.
Phone: 02 6033 1927. Fax: 02 6033 0650
Office Hours: 9.00am to 12.00pm. Mon & Fri.
Hall bookings: 02 60335381 (Terry & Carmel Moroney)
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
St Mary’s Court Retirement Units: 02 6033 1927
St Mary’s School: 02 6033 1183
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Thoughts for the week
Continuing extracts from Pope Francis’ Exhortation
THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
No to an economy of exclusion (cont.)
“…Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality.
Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.
Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “throw away” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new.
Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised – they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the “exploited” but the outcast, the “leftovers”.
54. In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world.
This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralised workings of the prevailing economic system.
Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed.
Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase. In the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.
No to the new idolatry of money
55. One cause of this situation is found in our relationship with money, since we calmly accept its dominion over ourselves and our societies. The current financial crisis can make us overlook the fact that it originated in a profound human crisis: the denial of the primacy of the human person! We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf (cf. Ex 32:1-35) has returned… (cont. next week).
Parish Events 23th Feb. – 01st March 2014
6.30pm Mass (Joan Fitzgerald, Eileen
Sunday 23rd 7th Sunday in Ordinary time
9.00m Mass (pro populo – for all parishioners)
9.00am Mass (Robert Burke, Albert Carey, Pat Loorham)
5.30pm Finance Committee Meeting
7.30pm CARE Committee Meeting
9.00am Mass (Marj Regan, Monica Buggy, Irene ‘Sis’ Cavanagh)
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
9.30am Meeting CWL in Parish Centre
12.00 Mass (Wilma Talbot, Frances Hanrahan)
9.00am Mass (Moroney & Ansing Fms; Fr H Scholtens)
11.00am Holy Communions to Homes
8.45am Rosary & Mass (Gentiles, Cariaso & Almenario Fms)
6.30pmVigil Mass (Marj Strachan, Ken Hughes)
Sunday 2nd 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9.00am Mass (pro populo)
Remember in Prayer
Recently Deceased: John Skehan
John Hanrahan, Fr Ralph Fitzgerald,
Nicole Collins, Mary Sterrett, Marj Fern,
Sr Anne (Monica) Gale,
Leonie Macpherson, Mick Fitzgerald,
Suzanne Knight, Patricia Seymour,
Frances Hanrahan, Alan Whitty
Roster 1st – 2nd Feb.
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 W Seymour H Langford
9.00am Ryan Heagney
6.30pm Des Doyle
9.00am B O’Shea
Counters: R Packer I Brooks
Looking for volunteers to teach Primary School scripture contact Fr Hart, or
Debbie Francis on 60330414
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International Speaker on Medjugorje
Wayne Weible at St Patrick’s Hall,
Smollet St, Albury
Sunday 9th March from 11.00am – 6pm
Enquires:- Maree 0474124094
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WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Fri 7th March 10.00am at St Andrews church, Corowa.
Australian World Day of Prayer Website – click here:
When you reach the site, click on the YouTube item to view a beautiful presentation about Egypt’s need for literacy.
Then click on the ABOUT heading and go down the drop-down menu to “Egypt 2014” to learn about the very interesting background to this year’s theme of ‘Streams in the Desert’.
Let us pray for Egypt and peace world-wide.
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