CONFIRMATION DAY IN ST MARY’S COROWA
Pope Francis’ Confirmation Homily in Rome, 28th April, 2013
Dear Confirmands,I would like to offer three short and simple thoughts for your reflection.
1. ALL THINGS WILL BE MADE NEW
In the second reading, we listened to the beautiful vision of Saint John: new heavens and a new earth, and then the Holy City coming down from God. All is new, changed into good, beauty and truth; there are no more tears or mourning… This is the work of the Holy Spirit: he brings us the new things of God. He comes to us and makes all things new; he changes us. The Spirit changes us!
ALL ON A JOURNEY
And Saint John’s vision reminds us that all of us are journeying towards the heavenly Jerusalem, the ultimate newness which awaits us and all reality, the happy day when we will see the Lord’s face – that marvelous face, the most beautiful face of the Lord Jesus – and be with him for ever, in his love.
GOD MAKING US NEW TODAY
You see, the new things of God are not like the novelties of this world, all of which are temporary; they come and go, and we keep looking for more. The new things which God gives to our lives are lasting, not only in the future, when we will be with him, but today as well. God is even now making all things new; the Holy Spirit is truly transforming us, and through us he also wants to transform the world in which we live.
OPEN THE DOOR FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT
Let us open the doors to the Spirit, let ourselves be guided by him, and allow God’s constant help to make us new men and women, inspired by the love of God which the Holy Spirit bestows on us! How beautiful it would be if each of you, every evening, could say: Today at school, at home, at work, guided by God, I showed a sign of love towards one of my friends, my parents, an older person! How beautiful!
2. JOURNEY OF CHRISTIANS IS NOT EASY
A second thought. In the first reading Paul and Barnabas say that “we must undergo many trials if we are to enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). The journey of the Church, and our own personal journeys as Christians, are not always easy; they meet with difficulties and trials. To follow the Lord, to let his Spirit transform the shadowy parts of our lives, our ungodly ways of acting, and cleanse us of our sins, is to set out on a path with many obstacles, both in the world around us but also within us, in the heart.
DIFFICULTIES PART OF JOURNEY
But difficulties and trials are part of the path that leads to God’s glory, just as they were for Jesus, who was glorified on the cross; we will always encounter them in life! Do not be discouraged! We have the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome these trials!
3. STEADFAST IN JOURNEY OF FAITH
And here I come to my last point. It is an invitation which I make to you, young confirmandi, and to all present. Remain steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord. This is the secret of our journey! He gives us the courage to swim against the tide. Pay attention, my young friends: to go against the current; this is good for the heart, but we need courage to swim against the tide. Jesus gives us this courage! There are no difficulties, trials or misunderstandings to fear, provided we remain united to God as branches to the vine, provided we do not lose our friendship with him, provided we make ever more room for him in our lives.
GOD GIVES US STRENGTH IN OUR TRIALS
This is especially so whenever we feel poor, weak and sinful, because God grants strength to our weakness, riches to our poverty, conversion and forgiveness to our sinfulness. The Lord is so rich in mercy: every time, if we go to him, he forgives us. Let us trust in God’s work! With him we can do great things; he will give us the joy of being his disciples, his witnesses. Commit yourselves to great ideals, to the most important things.
CHRISTIANS NOT CHOSEN FOR LITTLE THINGS
We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for little things; push onwards toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals, my dear young people!
TRUE JOY: STEADFAST IN GOD
The new things of God, the trials of life, remaining steadfast in the Lord. Dear friends, let us open wide the door of our lives to the new things of God which the Holy Spirit gives us. May he transform us, confirm us in our trials, strengthen our union with the Lord, our steadfastness in him: this is a true joy! So may it be.
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PARISH CONTACT DETAILS
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Masses for 6th Week of Easter Time
Saturday 24th May
6.30pm Mass (Kevin Doyle; Shirley Bates)
Sunday 25th May
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
10.30am Confirmation Mass – Bp Hanna
Monday 26th May St Philip Neri
9.00am Mass (Laurie Ginnivan; Nell Leahy)
Tuesday 27th May St Augustine of Canterbury
9.00am Mass (Charles Haughton)
Wednesday 28th May
9.00am Mass (Vocations for priests & relig)
11.00am Funeral Mass for Mrs Patricia Carmel Kelly
Thursday 29th May
12noon Mass (Roy & Pat Potter; Fr L.Heriot)
Friday 30th May
9.00am Mass (Mary McKoy; Brian Crisfield)
11.00am Holy Communions to Homes
Saturday 31st May Feast of Visitation of BVM
8.45am Rosary & Mass (Kathleen Collie)
6.30pm Vigil (Gordon Poidevin, B. Guthrie)
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Roster 31st May – 1st June 2014
6.30pm Salmon Family
9.00am Matt Drum
6.30pm A Norman R Packer
9.00am A Campbell M Milthorpe
6.30pm A Pilgrim M Skehan
9.00am D Collins M Tomlinson
Altar: M Fitzgibbon
6.30pm N Kingston A Pilgrim
9.00am P Hanrahan
6.30pm Zac Lassey Max Blockley
9.00am Olivia & Simone Aitken, L. McKenzie
6.30pm Des Doyle
9.00am B O’Shea
Counters: D & C Salmon
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Remember in Prayer – R.I.P.
Patricia Carmel Kelly, Brian Thomas Knight, Margaret Elliott, Fr Sean Conroy, John Skehan, John Hanrahan, Nicole Collins
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NOTICES: Meetings / Imp. Dates:
27 May Tue. C.A.R.E. 7.30pm – presbytery
28 May Wed.Majellan Group at Sandra Drum’s 74 Hermitage Drive. Ph 60332360
02 June 12pm Ministers Association at Chocolate Factory
05 June 6.30pm Watato Children’s Choir at Corowa Primary School – Free admission
06 June Fri. 7pm Church Unity Service at St Mary’s
11 June E-Conference 10am-3pm at school
14 June Serra Dinner for Vocations – Wagga
Watato Children’s choir – represent 47.5 million children of Africa, orphaned/single parent as result of Africa’s HIV/AIDS & wars. All welcome to join this celebration of life and song by the African children. Admission is free; donations can be made.
Wrap with Love – ‘Blankets for cold humanity’
Volunteer to help join the hundreds of knitted squares into blankets. Every second Monday of during the month at 9.30am-12pm
Where? – In St Mary’s Parish Hall – Enjoy a cuppa & a chat
**Contact: Carmel Moroney – 6033 5381
NEXT SEWING DAY: Mon 09th June 9.30am
SERRA FUND RAISING DINNER – WAGGA
Saturday 14th June at Wagga RSL – $50
Guest Speaker: Fr Andrew Grace
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PROJECT COMPASSION COLLECTION
$1558.00 has been forwarded to Project Compassion, Sydney. THANK YOU for a great parish effort.
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New Counting Rosters on back table
We are all also looking for another counter for once a month on a Monday. Please let Fr Hart know if you are interested. Thank you.
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