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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
6.30pm Mass (John Hanrahan, John Skehan)
Sunday 30th 4th Sunday in Lent
9.00am Mass (all parishioners)
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
9.00am Mass (Eileen Rippingale; Pat Potter)
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
9.30 CWL Meeting – Presbytery
10.15 Lent Prayer Gp 2 – Presby. Lounge
12.00pm Mass (Valentino Cilia; Kingston fm.)
9.00am Mass (Peter Gale; Pam & Frank Stone)
11.00am Holy Communions to Homes
6.30pm Stations of the Cross
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
6.30pm P Culhane M Macqueen
9.00am R Whitmore
6.30pm A Norman G Kingston
9.00am E & B Christy
6.30pm D & A Norman
9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon
6.30pm D Doyle
9.00am M Flynn
6.30pm D Forge Z Lassey
9.00am H Tidd J & C Tilders
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
Next meeting is on Wednesday March 26th at 12pm at the home of Lesley Hanrahan………All Welcome