Bulletin 20th – 26th April 2014

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[Photo: M. Steele – Holy Land Pilgrimage 2013]

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

POPE FRANCIS’ 1ST EASTER MESSAGE – 2013

[Unfortunately, we ‘go to press’ before Easter Sunday and we don’t have the 2014 Message]

Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter!  Happy Easter!

What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ is risen! I would like it to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in hospitals, in prisons …

FOR EVERY HEART

Most of all, I would like it to enter every heart, for it is there that God wants to sow this Good News: Jesus is risen, there is hope for you, you are no longer in the power of sin, of evil!  Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious! The mercy of God always triumphs!

WONDER AT THE MYSTERY

We too, like the women who were Jesus’ disciples, who went to the tomb and found it empty, may wonder what this event means (cf. Lk 24:4). What does it mean that Jesus is risen? It means that the love of God is stronger than evil and death itself; it means that the love of God can transform our lives and let those desert places in our hearts bloom. The love of God can do this!

EASTER OPENS FUTURE TO HOPE

…This same merciful love has flooded with light the dead body of Jesus, has transfigured it, has made it pass into eternal life.  Jesus did not return to his former life, to earthly life, but entered into the glorious life of God and he entered there with our humanity, opening us to a future of hope.

EXODUS FROM SIN

This is what Easter is: it is the exodus, the passage of human beings from slavery to sin and evil to the freedom of love and goodness.

… Dear brothers and sisters, Christ died and rose once for all, and for everyone, but the power of the Resurrection, this Passover from slavery to evil to the freedom of goodness, must be accomplished in every age, in our concrete existence, in our everyday lives.

WE MUST CROSS THE DESERT

How many deserts, even today, do human beings need to cross!  Above all, the desert within, when we have no love for God or neighbour, when we fail to realize that we are guardians of all that the Creator has given us and continues to give us.  God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14).

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ACCEPT JESUS’ RESURRECTION

So this is the invitation which I address to everyone: Let us accept the grace of Christ’s Resurrection!  Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.

JESUS CHANGES HATRED INTO LOVE

And so we ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace.  Yes, Christ is our peace, and through him we implore peace for all the world.

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Remember in Prayer

Recently Deceased: John Skehan, John Hanrahan, Nicole Collins

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EASTER WEEK

Saturday 19th Holy Saturday    

6.30pm Mass

Sunday 20th Resurrection of the Lord

9.00am Mass (all parishioners)

Easter Monday 21st

No Mass today

Tuesday 22nd

No Mass today

Wednesday 23rd

9.00am Mass (Matthew Talbot, Dot Ross)

11.00am Holy Communion to Homes

Thursday 24th              

11.40am Novena

12noon Mass (Anne Rourke, Kath Baruday)

Friday 25th    

9.00am Mass (Spec Intention; Port Arthur)

11.00am Holy Communions to Homes

Saturday 26th

6.30pm (Tom Tomlinson; Claire & Mary)

Divine Mercy Sunday 27th

9.00am Mass (for all parishioners)

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Roster 26th – 27th April

Gifts:

6.30pm J Clohessy B O’Donoghue

9.00am CWL

Lectors

6.30pm R Packer P Nixon

9.00am M Kelly M Milthorpe

Special Ministers:

6.30pm A Pilgrim M Skehan

9.00am B Christy R Taylor

Altar: N Warhurst

Welcomers:

6.30pm M Clohessy M Skehan

9.00am C Sandral

Altar Servers:

6.30pm M Blockley Z Lassey

9.00am B Willett-Linsell S & O Atkin

Collection:

6.30pm Des Doyle

9.00am Brian O’Shea

Counters: R Packer I Brooks

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NOTICES

A. Meetings / Imp. Dates:

* Tue 29 April 5.30pm – Finance Ctee

* Tue 29 April 7pm – C.A.R.E. Meet at St

Mary’s presbytery

*Wed 30 April Confirmation Meeting in ch..

*Sat 17 May 9.30-3pm Wagga – Diocesan

Men’s Conference

*Fri 23 May 6.30pm Parish Dinner w Bishop

*Sun 25 May 10.30am Confirmation Mass

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B. Event Details:

Diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference

All Catholic men & men of good will are invited to attend for ‘an incredible time to build up your faith’. See Posters and Leaflets.

– Conference Speaker: Raymond de Souza, renowned international speaker on Catholic Social Teaching and Apologetics (defending the Faith). – 25 years and 2,000 talks.

– Transport from Corowa: If numbers justify, a bus or minivan will be hired ($20 per head); otherwise the day is free.

Departure: 7.30am; Return: 5.30pm

­– Contact: To book ph. Fr Hart 6033 1927.

For further details, or to book online: www.wagga.catholic.org.au/event.aspx

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C. Volunteers Wanted:

Wrap with Love – ‘Blankets for cold humanity’

More Sewers needed to join the hundreds of knitted squares into blankets.

Second Monday of each month 9.30am-12pm

At St Mary’s Parish Hall – Enjoy cuppa & chat

**Contact: Carmel Moroney – 6033 5381

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Roster Change

May 10th Gifts 6.30pm M Macqueen

May 25th Gifts 9.00am M Clohessy

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