Bulletin 23rd March 2014

ST. MARY’S PARISH, COROWA 

Diocese of Wagga Wagga N.S.W.

Fr. Paul Hart. P.P.

23rd  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 of the Cross Mackillop, pray for us.     

Diocesan Provident Fund – P.O. Box 4 Wagga Wagga 2650, Ph.  02 6937 0099 or dpf@csoww.catholic.ed.au

Phone: 02 6033 1927.  Fax:  02 6033 0650  

Emailsmpcph@bigpond.com  

website:   www.stmaryscorowa.org  

Hall: 02 60335381 (Terry & Carmel Moroney) 

Office Hours:  9.00am to 12.00pm. Mon & Fri. 

St Mary’s Court Retirement Units:  02 6033 1927

St Mary’s School:   02 6033 1183

 

 3rd Sunday in Lent

JESUS WITH ME IN MY SORROW

Fr Michael Smith SJ

 

“In the Passion it is proper to ask for sorrow with Christ in sorrow, anguish with Christ in anguish, tears and deep grief because of the great affliction Christ endures for me.” (St Ignatius)

 

The last two words “for me” are critical. Ignatius uses these words carefully and deliberately because he wants me to know that the awful events unfolding in Jesus’ Passion are an act of love “for me”.

 

As we walked for the first two hours in silence (after my stay in hospital), I was filled with a deep sense of Jesus accompanying me and loving me.

 

JESUS WITH ME, FOR ME

As I walked with Him I had the deep felt-sense that he was walking on his way to Calvary for me, that he was suffering for me.  I felt consoled and supported. I had never before had the heart-felt knowledge that Jesus died for me, but I received it that morning.  That was my conversion experience.

 

Now I realize that if I hadn’t had the shin splints, if I hadn’t failed in my goal of walking the whole Ignatian Camino (a pilgrims’ walk in Spain), if I hadn’t felt ashamed of my failure, if I wasn’t filled with apprehension, then I wouldn’t have needed Jesus to be my companion and I probably wouldn’t have received the grace of heart-felt knowing that he died for me.

 

My Camino was not about success or failure. It was about acknowledging my utter dependence upon God. Pain and failure opened me up to God. I met my limits and there I encountered Jesus.

I would like to return to Spain and try again, but I cannot because of my responsibilities here in Australia. I am comforted by this story:

 

10th Century Pilgrim

In the 10th century there lived a man who gave his whole life to pilgrimage. He walked thousands of kilometres until finally, in his old age, his legs told him “Enough!” and he retired to a monastery hidden in the mountains to get a well-deserved rest.

 

The old man, though he never sought such, earned the reputation of being one of the wisest men, if not the wisest man in the known world.  As a result, many young pilgrims from far and wide began to come to him in search of counsel.

 

One day a young pilgrim arrived who, despite his youth, had completed most of the known pilgrimages.  He approached the elder and asked him, “Master, what must I do to be a true Pilgrim?”

The weathered man looked him in the eye and felt compassion for him.  “Son, if you truly want to be an authentic Pilgrim, return home to your family, your neighbours, your friends and enemies; listen to them, serve them, forgive them and love them.  Then you will be a true Pilgrim.”

 

The young man dropped his gaze, turned and left. He was deeply saddened because although he could hike thousands of kilometres further on the road, he couldn’t carry out the task the wise old man entrusted to him.

 

Our pilgrimage is our daily life. We meet Jesus carrying His Cross beside us and He is doing it FOR US. (ed.)

Remember in Prayer

Recently Deceased: John Skehan

John Hanrahan, Nicole Collins, Marj Fern,

Mick Fitzgerald, Suzanne Knight, Patricia Seymour, Frances Hanrahan, Alan Whitty

 

Parish Events 16th – 22nd March 2014

Saturday 29th

6.30pm Mass (John Hanrahan, John Skehan)

 Sunday 30th   4th   Sunday in Lent

9.00am Mass (all parishioners)

Monday 24th

9.00am Mass (Louise Bates & Fm; Joe Fraumeno)

Tuesday 25th Annunciation of the Lord

9.00am Mass (James Dunn; Vera O’Shaunessy)

5.30 Finance Committee Meeting

7.30 CARE Meeting – Presbytery

7.30 Lent Prayer Gp 1 – Presby. Lounge

Wednesday 26th

9.00am Mass (Eileen Rippingale; Pat Potter)

11.00am Holy Communion to Homes

Thursday 27th

9.30 CWL Meeting – Presbytery                   

10.15 Lent Prayer Gp 2 – Presby. Lounge

11.30am Novena

12.00pm Mass (Valentino Cilia; Kingston fm.)

Friday 28th

9.00am Mass (Peter Gale; Pam & Frank Stone)

11.00am Holy Communions to Homes

6.30pm Stations of the Cross

Saturday  29th 

8.45am Rosary & Mass (Murray Mitchell; Marj Fern)

6.30pm Vigil Mass (John Hanrahan; John Skehan)

Sunday 30th  – 4th  Sunday Lent

9.00am Mass (for all parishioners) 

Roster 29th – 30th  March 

Gifts:

6.30pm P Culhane M Macqueen

9.00am R Whitmore

Lectors

6.30pm A Norman G Kingston

9.00am E & B Christy

Special Ministers:

6.30pm D & A Norman

9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon

Altar:

Welcomers:

6.30pm D Doyle

9.00am M Flynn

Altar Servers:

6.30pm D Forge Z Lassey

9.00am H Tidd J & C Tilders

Collection:

6.30pm D Doyle

9.00am K Freeman

Counters: R Packer I Brooks

 

ST VINNIES Help in the shop? Or donate furniture? A Campbell: 60331647

 

Balldale Majellan

Next meeting is on Wednesday March 26th at 12pm at the home of Lesley Hanrahan………All Welcome

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