Bulletin 03 August 2014 18th Sun OT Yr A

Jesus about to feed 5000 modern painting

*  *  *

THEME: Feed Our Hungry World

There is an extremely challenging different version of today’s Gospel written for our consideration.

It’s called: “A First World Translation of Jesus feeding the Five thousand”.


“Jesus withdrew privately by boat to a lonely place, but the crowds continued to follow him. Evening was now approaching and the people, many of whom had travelled a great distance, were growing hungry.

Seeing this Jesus sent his disciples out to gather food, but all they could find were five loaves of bread and two fishes.

Then Jesus asked that they go out again and gather up the provisions that the crowds had brought to sustain them in their travels.

Once this was accomplished, a vast mountain of fish and bread stood before Jesus. Upon seeing this Jesus directed the people to sit down on the grass.

Standing before the food and looking up to heaven, Jesus gave thanks to God and broke the bread. Then he passed the food only among his twelve disciples. Jesus and his friends ate like kings in full view of the starving people.

And what was truly amazing, what was miraculous about the meal, was that when they had finished the massive banquet there were not even enough crumbs left to fill a starving person’s hand.”

Dr. Rollins, the author, continues by saying: “The initial shock of this story relates to the way it ascribes selfish and inhumane actions to Christ himself, by twisting the story we all know of Jesus feeding the multitude…. The food, moreover, is taken from the poor.


TV and other media often present us with painful images of starving children in Africa and developing parts of the world. They are right before our eyes with glazed eyes and distended stomachs, bloated from malnourishment…and, if they had TV, they would see us very well fed.

As Christ’s disciples in Australia – a well-fed country – we cannot remain untouched by the vast numbers who go to bed every night with crippling hunger pains. 842 million are starving in our world. Another 1.2 billion are teetering on the brink, earning just $1 a day. This blows our minds. [cf. click Bread for the World: Have faith. End hunger]

We feel like the 12 apostles faced with 5,000 men – not counting the women and children, which would have added another 5,000. The disciples said to Jesus: “..send the people away, so they can go and buy…”


Jesus’ reply is dumbfounding: “Give them something to eat yourselves.”

We can imagine the disciples looking at each other, and thinking: “He’s crackers!” But the meagre resources are brought to Jesus: five loaves and two fish. In Jesus’ hands they suffice to feed the huge crowd of probably more than 10,000.


When we base our actions on faith and place our resources at Jesus’ disposal we will be able to feed our hungry world. But, if we do not have faith, if we do not unite and combine our resources, the starving will continue to die in their millions and billions. What can I do?

PRAY FOR WORLD LEADERS TO HAVE FAITH, to unite and share the vast resources of earth rather than selfishly hoarding them while millions die.

Click here for more information on the present West African food crisis Save the Children

 *  *  *

Parish Contact Details

*  *  *

Masses 18th Week Ordinary Time

 Masses 18th Week Ordinary Time

Saturday 02nd August    

6.30pm Mass (Johannah & June Curran)

Sunday 3rd August  

9.00am Mass (All St Mary’s parishioners)

Monday 4th August St John Mary Vianney

9.00am Mass (Daph West, Paul Talbot, Vera Martin)

Tuesday 5th Transfiguration of the Lord  

9.00am Mass (Pat Fitzgerald, Nancy Coppolino)

Wednesday 6th

No Mass – Scripture Lessons in State School

11.00am Holy Communion to Homes

Thursday 7th August                  

11.40am Novena

12 Noon Mass (Teresa Thrum, Christine Byrne)

Friday 8th St Mary MacKillop    

9.00 Mass (Carmel Coultard, Anne Baruday)

11.00am Holy Communions to Homes

Saturday 9th August                                                                  

8.45am Rosary, No Mass

6.30pm Vigil – Welcome to Fr Vin Walsh

Sunday 10th August

9.00am Mass (All St Mary’s parishioners)


 *  *  *


NOTICES: Meetings / Imp. Dates:

21st Aug. (Thu) 1.45pm CWL Meeting in Parish Hall

29th Aug. CARE Fundraising event: TALENT NIGHT AT COROWA PRIMARY SCHOOL. BBQ Dinner then entertainment. $15 Single; $40 Family. All proceeds to High School Scripture Teacher support.

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

 *  *  * 

 Roster 9th – 10th August 2014


6.30pm Salmon Family

9.00am Matt Drum


6.30pm R Packer, A Norman

9.00am P Ridge, B Ridge

Special Ministers:

6.30pm M Skehan, A Pilgrim

9.00am M Tomlinson, D Collins

Altar: N Warhurst


6.30pm N Kingston, A Pilgrim

9.00am Peg Hanrahan

Altar Servers:

6.30pm Henry Langford, Zac Lassey

9.00am Emily Tidd, Lachie McKenzie

Collection: Terry Moroney

Counters: Danny & Carmel Salmon

 *  *  *


On Tuesday 12th August, at Corowa High School, there is the Annual Auslife Seminar for Year 10 Students. It is a day supported by the churches of Corowa and serves the young people of Corowa. If you can help by being a discussion group leader for the young people, or by offering a ‘plate’ of goodies for morning tea, please contact Rev. Tom Wall on 6033 1063, or by email: 6walls@tpg.com.au. The day starts at 8.30am and concludes at 4.00pm.

*  *  *

CATHOLIC RADIO – SUN. 11.00am, 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 and challenging us to live Christian life more fully.

*  *  *

Remember in Prayer

Sr Elizabeth Mitchell RSM, 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:


*  *  *