THEME: Corpus Christi is Jesus in ‘solidarity’ with us in the Eucharist
Pope Francis’ Homily (extracts):
…Why did Jesus multiply the loaves and fishes for the hungry crowd of 5,000? The answer lies in the invitation of Jesus to his disciples: “You yourselves give them…,” “Give,” means “share”. What do the disciples share? What little they have: five loaves and two fishes. But it is precisely those loaves and fishes that in God’s hands feed the whole crowd.
THEY SHARE FROM THEIR POVERTY
And it is the disciples, bewildered by the inability of their means, by the poverty of what they have at their disposal, who invite the people to sit down, and – trusting the Word of Jesus – distribute the loaves and fishes that feed the crowd.
This tells us that in the Church, but also in society, a keyword that we need not fear is “solidarity,” that is, knowing how to place what we have at God’s disposal: our humble abilities, because [it is] only in the sharing, in the giving of them, that our lives will bear fruit. Solidarity is now a word upon which the spirit of the world looks unkindly!
SOLIDARITY OF GOD WITH US
Tonight, once again, the Lord distributes for us the bread which is His body, He makes a gift of Himself. We are experiencing the “solidarity of God” with man, a solidarity that never runs out, a solidarity that never ceases to amaze us: God draws near to us; in the sacrifice of the Cross He lowers Himself, entering into the darkness of death in order to give us His life, which overcomes evil, selfishness, death.
Jesus this evening gives Himself to us in the Eucharist, shares our same journey – indeed, He becomes food, real food that sustains our life even at times when the going is rough, when obstacles slow down our steps.
PATH OF SERVICE, SHARING, GIVING
The Lord in the Eucharist makes us follow His path, that of service, of sharing, of giving – and what little we have, what little we are, if shared, becomes wealth, because the power of God, which is that of love, descends into our poverty to transform it.
Let us ask ourselves this evening as we adore the Christ truly present in the Eucharist: do I let myself be transformed by Him? Do I let the Lord who gives Himself to me, guide me to come out more and more from my little fence, to get out and not be afraid to give, to share, to love Him and others?
Discipleship, communion and sharing. Let us pray that participation in the Eucharist moves us always to follow the Lord every day: – to be instruments of communion, to share with Him and with our neighbour who we are. Then our lives will be truly fruitful. Amen
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Masses 12th Week Ordinary Time
Saturday 21st June
6.30pm Mass (JD Brown, McDevitt, W Murphy)
Sunday 22nd June Body & Blood of Christ
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
Monday 23rd June
9.00am Mass (Sue Kerr, Patricia Smith)
Tuesday 24th June – Birth of John Baptist
9.00am Mass (Carmel Alderman, Marj Strachan)
Wednesday 25th June
No Mass on account of Father Hart teaching Scripture lessons at Corowa Public School.
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
Thursday 26th June
12 noon Mass (Irene Cavanagh, Deceased members of CWL)
Friday 27th June – Sacred Heart of Jesus
9.00am Mass (Sick, Suffering & Travelers)
11.00am Holy Communions to Homes
Saturday 28th June – Immac. Heart of Mary
8.45am Rosary & Mass (Vocations, Sheila Shelley)
6.30pm Vigil (Anne Aquilina, Percy Sutcliffe)
Sunday 29th June – Sts Peter and Paul
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
Collection For Pope Francis’ works of charity
Roster 28th – 29th June 2014
Gifts: 6.30pm N Sandral M Macqueen
9.00am Svarc Family
6.30pm M Schnelle A Norman
9.00am P Ridge B Ridge
6.30pm I & F Brooks
9.00am K Flower K King
Altar: M Fitzgibbon
6.30pm A Pilgrim P Kerr
9.00am P Hanrahan
6.30pm Henry Langford Zac Lassey
9.00am Olivia & Simone
Collection: K Freeman
Counters: R Packer I Brooks
Remember in Prayer
Jace Whyte, Noreen Rourke, Jack Fowles, Margaret Hayhoe, Sr Clare Sheedy RSM, Max Sykes, Patricia Kelly, Brian Knight, Bede Guthrie, Margaret Elliott, John Skehan, John Hanrahan, Nicole Collins [Access Funeral Booklets of recently deceased at:
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NOTICES: Meetings / Important Dates:
22 June “Break Through” Workshop – Wagga
23 June ‘Wrap w Love’ – 9.30 Hall
25 June Balldale Majellan 12.30pm, T & S Drum, 75 Hermitage Drive, Corowa
DETAILS OF MEETINGS ETC.
WORKSHOP for relationships under stress. Proven results for restoring positive energy and love to marriages. Private & Confidential. Spiritually sound. 2-5pm Sun. June 22 at Holy Trinity Hall, Ashmont, Wagga. Contact: Ph 02-9319-6280 or info@marriageRC.org. More details: www.smartloving.org
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VOLUNTEERS WANTED: “Wrap with Love” – To know more about the wider movement check this website:
Corowa Connection: 9.30-12 noon every 2nd Monday.
In St Mary’s Parish Hall – Enjoy cuppa & chat
Contact: Carmel Moroney – 6033 5381
NEXT SEWING DAY: Mon 23rd June 9.30am
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It is a rare and happy privilege for a parish to have 2 simultaneous national awardees: Our own PEG HANRAHAN OAM and GARY POIDEVIN OAM. May the Lord bless you with joy in receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia! Well done. You are both in our grateful prayers for long years of service to the parish and wider community.
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New Resource for Catholic Women & Parishes
The Genius Project is an amazing new four-part DVD resource for Catholic women. Based upon St. John Paul II’s teaching on the vocation and dignity of women. Use it at home or form a small group in your parish. Find out more at:www.beingcatholic.com.au/genius-project/
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