THEME: Teaching the Kingdom in our State Schools
“Give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil.” (1st Reading)
This is what young King Solomon prayed for when asked by the Lord. It is also what every parent should pray for when they teach their children, and what every parent hopes their children will pray for as they grow up.
DARK ERA FOR FAITH
However, there is great spiritual darkness in our world and it is made even darker by the forces that control the media. Matters of God, of the Bible, of God’s Commandments, of honoring God and His Holy Name, and serving Him are attacked as superstitious propaganda from an unenlightened era. The rejection of God and the things of God is the order of the day for 90% of the media.
How can parents face such an anti-God tsunami and succeed in instilling the faith, the principles, and the truth of God’s saving love, in the hearts of their children?
By its very nature the spiritual life is ‘invisible’. It does not bear testing in a school science laboratory, where our young people are told is the only place to find ‘truth’.
At primary school, children will accept most truths about life without question. They trust their parents and teachers to give them the best information available. Sadly however, in many families there is little information given about God and Jesus and how to live a Christian life based on the Commandments. Thus, we need Religious Education teachers in the primary schools.
But, when it comes to High School, the need is even greater. In accordance with normal teen development, young people begin to question the values passed on to them by their parents and primary teachers. They are ‘testing the waters’ of life, trying to find clear direction and a solid foundation to the principles they will adopt for life.
NEGATIVE FAITH ATMOSPHERE
Unfortunately, some high school teachers without faith take the liberty to add the ‘sharp edge of their unbelief’ to the teenagers’ search. Christian values and moral principles are either actively discouraged or openly criticized; it poses a real ‘crisis of faith’ for their young minds..
This atmosphere is present in some, if not most, High Schools and even in some private schools. Young people are faced with teachers whom they should respect, but who often do not respect the faith principles the children have received at primary level.
HOW SHALLTHE YOUNG REMAIN SINLESS? (Psalm 118.9)
How can the young people stay on even keel in our world? This question, as Psalm 118.9 suggests, was being asked three thousand years ago at the time of King David. Every generation has such issues; every generation has to ‘face down’ its demons. Today is no different, though it appears more difficult than ever.
CALL TO ACTION
What can we do? Prayer is always the number one aid in any situation. So we must pray constantly for the young. Secondly, we can we give good example regarding faith practice and living the commandments cheerfully. Thirdly, when there is an opportunity to do so, we can support those who are at the forefront of handing on the faith in our schools.
APPEAL FOR SUPPORT
Today, in our Mass, we have Mr David Reeks to address us about his work of teaching in Corowa High School and other High Schools in nearby towns.
Please pray for David and be generous in supporting him in his work through the CARE appeal ENVELOPES which are available today.
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Parish Contact details
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Masses 17th Week Ordinary Time
Saturday 26th July
6.30pm Mass (Jim Hanrahan, James Carter)
[David Reeks of C.A.R.E. to speak at Mass]
Sunday 27th July
9.00am Mass (Parishioners) [D. Reeks to speak at Mass]
Monday 28th July
9.00am Mass (Vocations, Jack & Ede Dormer)
Tuesday 29th July St Martha
9.00am Mass (Robinson & King fm & Braedon Hensel)
Wednesday 30th July St Peter Chrysologus
No Mass (Scripture teaching at State School)
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
7.00pm Mass: Hall – 1st Communicants & families
Thursday 31st July St Ignatius Loyola
12 Noon Mass (P & M Clohessy; P Quinn)
Friday 01st August St Alphonsus Liguori
10.00am Anointing Mass at Karinya (Sick & Suffering, and anniversary of Mons Michael Lane, former PP of Corowa; B. Yates)
11.00am Holy Communions to Homes
Saturday 2nd Aug. St Peter Julian Eymard
8.45am Rosary & Mass (Vera Martin, Pat & Peter Kelly)
6.30pm Vigil (Johannah & June Curran)
Sunday 3rd August
9.00am Mass (All St Mary’s parishioners)
NOTICES: Meetings / Imp. Dates:
29th July 5.30pm Finance Committee
30th July 7.00pm Mass in Hall – 1st Communicants and their families.
21st Aug. (Thu) 1.45pm CWL Meeting Hall
29th Aug. CARE Fundraising event: TALENT NIGHT AT COROWA PRIMARY SCHOOL. BBQ Dinner then entertainment. $15 Single; $40 Family. All proceeds to support High School Scripture Teacher.
20th Sept. Women’ Spirituality Day. Wagga.
Volunteers Wanted: Wrap with Love
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 4th August 9.30am
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Roster 2nd – 3rd August 2014
6.30pm N. Kingston M Carroll
9.00am M Clohessy C Tilders
6.30pm S Drum E Kingston
9.00am E Christy, B Christy
6.30pm I and F Brooks
9.00am B Christy, R Taylor
Altar: N Warhurst
6.30pm L Hanrahan
9.00am Craig Sandral
6.30pm Luke Heagney, Dylan Forge
9.00am Olivia & Simone Aitken
Collection: Brian O’Shea
Counters: Laurie & Nancy Hughes
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CATHOLIC RADIO – SUN. 11.00am and 5.00pm
Tune in to 98.5 Albury Wodonga THE LIGHT Christian radio. The broadcast each week is presented by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong in association with many experts on Catholic life and its challenges. It includes music and a variety of talks and presentations encouraging andchallenging us to live Christian life more fully.
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Remember in Prayer
Maria Jaszczyk, Bp. John Jobst SAC, Braedon Hensel, Mgr John White, 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: Honour Roll and Honour Roll Summary.
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