ST. MARY’S PARISH, COROWA
Diocese of Wagga Wagga N.S.W.
Fr. Paul Hart. P.P.
9th March 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
Parish Office Hours: 9.00am to 12.00pm. Mon & Fri.
Parish Phone: 02 6033 1927 – Fax: 02 6033 0650
Hall bookings: 02 60335381 (Terry & Carmel Moroney)
St Mary’s Court Retirement Units: 02 6033 1927
St Mary’s School: 02 6033 1183
Diocesan Provident Fund – P.O. Box 4 Wagga Wagga 2650, Ph. 02 6937 0099 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
Letter from Pope Francis to families
2.02.2014 – PRAY FOR THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY
With this letter, I wish as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.
This important meeting will involve all the People of God – bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world – all of whom are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer. Such support on your part, dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever.
This Synod is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriages, of family life, of the education n of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church.
I ask you to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task.
This Extraordinary Synod will be followed a year later by the Ordinary Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme.
In that context, there will also be the World Meeting of Families due to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015.
May we all then pray together so that through these events the Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the Gospel.
I am writing this letter to you on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. The evangelist Luke tells us that the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in keeping with the Law of Moses, took the Baby Jesus to the temple to offer him to the Lord, and that an elderly man and woman, Simeon and Anna, moved by the Holy Spirit, went to meet them and acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah. …
It is a beautiful image: two young parents and two elderly people, brought together by Jesus. He is the one who brings together and unites generations! He is the inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion of self-absorption, solitude and sadness.
In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy; whereas authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of life which sustains us on our journey.
Dear families, your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the Church. I thank you and I ask you to pray also for me, so that I may serve the People of God in truth and in love.
May the protection of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph always accompany all of you and help you to walk united in love and in caring for one another. I willingly invoke on every family the blessing of the Lord.”
Remember in Prayer
Recently Deceased: John Skehan
John Hanrahan, Nicole Collins, Marj Fern,
Mick Fitzgerald, Suzanne Knight, Patricia Seymour, Frances Hanrahan, Alan Whitty
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Parish Events 09th – 15th March 2014
Saturday 8th (International Women’s day)
6.30pm Mass (Marj Regan, Irene Cavanagh)
9th March: 1st Sunday in Lent
9.00m Mass (pro populo – for all parishioners)
9.00am Mass (Br Tim Boxall & Mary Boxall)
7.30-9.00pm Lenten Discussion Group 1 at presbytery
9.00am Mass (Jack Chisnall, Norm King)
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
10.15am Lenten Discussion Group 2 at presbytery
12.00n Mass (Pope Francis, Clare Forrest)
9.00am Mass (Frank & Brian Cleary & Fm)
11.00am Holy Communions to Homes
6.30pm Stations of the Cross
Saturday March 15th
8.45am Rosary & Mass (Domenico Alessi, Pat Davies)
6.30pmVigil Mass (Jack & Agnes Gannon; Mercy Srs)
Sunday 16th March – 2nd Sunday Lent
9.00am Mass (pro populo)
10.45am Coreen Mass
Roster 15th – 16th March
6.30pm N Kingston M Carroll
6.30pm S Drum C Knight
9.00am M Kelly M Milthorpe
6.30pm I & F Brooks
9.00am B Christy R Taylor
Altar M Campbell
6.30pm K Seymour L Hanrahan
9.00am Craig Sandral
6.30pm Sarah Knight
9.00am Jorja Kingston, Bree Willett-Linsell
6.30pm Des Doyle
9.00am John Taylor
Counters: L & N Hughes
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Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend
21-22 March at The Centre Varroville NSW
Bookings 0242833435 or email@example.com
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CANONISATION PILGRIMAGE TO ROME
April 22-30, 2014
Fr Tom Casanova, of West Wagga Parish, will lead a pilgrimage to attend the Canonisation of Popes JP II and John XXIII. $4,500 twin share. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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OLD BRICKS/PAVERS from the street. Contact Jim Sandral re cleaning or sale – 60335187
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New Counting Rosters on back table