THEME: The Faith of Peter … Are you willing to ‘walk on water’?
Each time this Gospel is read at Mass, I cannot help but wonder at the astonishing faith of Peter. He had seen Jesus do miracles, yes. They included feeding 5,000, healing the sick, even raising the dead to life. But in the midst of a gale on Lake Galilee, when a ghostly figure appears on the water, would I shout ‘If it is really you, Lord, tell me to come to you on the water’ and then, thinking I heard “Come!” step onto the rolling waves?
What an interesting man Peter was!
Peter is obedient. ‘Come and follow me.’ And at once (Peter and Andrew) left their nets and followed him.’
Peter is practical. “Master, we worked hard all night long and have caught nothing. But if you say so, I will pay out the nets.”
Peter astonishes with: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Here Jesus comments, “It was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you, but my Father in Heaven.” Peter was clearly inspired by God at that moment.
Peter is awestruck. “Lord, let us make three tents here: one for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” And the gospel writer comments: ‘He did not know what he was saying.’
Peter is passionate: “Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of the High Priest’s servant.”
Peter is fearful: “Woman, I don’t know what you are talking about: I don’t know the man.”
Peter is repentant. And a third time Jesus asked, ‘Simon Peter, do you love me?’ Peter was aggrieved that Jesus asked him a third time and he answered, ‘Lord, you know everything. You know I love You.’
Peter is so human, so fragile, so prone to mistakes, so good-hearted, so open to Jesus, that we can find great inspiration in his willingness to ‘walk on water’ to get to Jesus. It was his love made him willing to walk on water to get to him. How deep is my love?
We might ask ourselves: Would I be willing, even now, after years of going to Mass and years of prayer, would I be willing to step out of a boat and walk towards Jesus if He called me?
This gospel invites us to pray for a stronger faith in Jesus, a faith willing to ‘walk on water’.
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Parish Contact details
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Fr Paul hears confessions every Saturday 11am to 12 noon, and 5.30pm to 6.15pm.
If you have a Catholic relative admitted to hospital and would like a priest to visit, please contact Fr Paul Hart at 6033 1927 and include that item on the Hospital Patient Information Sheet.
NB: However, Fr Hart is on annual leave 8th August – 4th September.
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Masses 19th Week Ordinary Time
Saturday 9th August
6.30pm Mass – Fr Vin Walsh to celebrate our weekend Mass.
Sunday 10th August
Monday 11th August St Clare
Tuesday 12th August
Wednesday 13th August
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
Thursday 14th Aug St Maximilian Kolbe
12.00 Communion Service
Friday 15th Assumption of BVM
11.00am Holy Communions to Homes
Saturday 16th August
8.45am Rosary, No Mass
Sunday 17th August
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This weekend we continue to pray for Vocations, as we conclude National Vocations Awareness Week.
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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.
St Mary’s Parish Hall – Enjoy cuppa & chat
Contact: Carmel Moroney – 6033 5381
NEXT SEWING DAY: Mon 18th August 9.30am
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Roster 16th – 17th August 2014
6.30pm P Culhane, J Heagney
6.30pm M Schnelle, P Nixon
9.00am M Milthorpe, P Lemmon
6.30pm D & A Norman
9.00am K Roberts, P Lemmon
Altar: N Warhurst
6.30pm D Doyle
9.00am M Flynn
6.30pm L Heagney, Sarah Knight
9.00am Bree Willett-Linsell & James Tilders
Collection: J Taylor
Counters: Mick Kelly
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CAN YOU HELP?
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. Contact Rev. Tom Wall on 6033 1063, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org . The day starts at 8.30am and concludes at 4.00pm.
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Remember in Prayer
Cardinal Clancy, Maria Jaszczyk, 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: http://stmaryscorowa.org/honour-roll/
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DIOCESE OF WAGGA WAGGA
This week’s “The Journey” Catholic Radio Program on 10 August features songs from Matt Maher, Keith Urban and Brooke Fraser. Sr Hilda speaks to us about “Fish in Water”. We interview Thomas Waugh from CAEC about the visit of Dr Ben Wiker to Australia. We also hear from Bruce Downes – The Catholic Guy. Tune into 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury Wodonga Sun 11am & 9pm or listen in via podcast anytime at www.radio.dow.org.au
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