THEME: ‘My Parliament’ – My Voice
Last week this column invited you to urgently write to Parliament to help prevent the passage of a Bill now before parliament that proposes euthanasia as a Medical Service.
If you wrote to Parliament, you are to be congratulated; you are actively exercising your democratic rights in a Christian manner. If you did not act and write, please, at least pray against all such bills that are directly contrary to God’s laws.
DIRECT ACTION – INFLUENCING GOVERNMENT
If you are a little ‘tech-savvy’, and if you have a laptop, or computer and can access the Internet, cop this: the Australian Federal Government website has a special place for YOU to express your opinion directly to Senators and the MHRs. You can in a matter of 5 minutes ‘Register’ and have your own direct link to parliament.
This is what is commonly known as ‘Direct Action’ – where your voice may be registered in support of, or against, any of the many bills before National Parliament.
YOUR VOICE IN PARLIAMENT – EVERY DAY!
Never before in history has it been possible for countless ordinary citizens to have their voices heard directly in parliament. The God-given gift of the Internet has opened this door to all citizens so that they may express themselves and their values to Senators and MHRs on the bills before Parliament. – Any bill! – Any day of the week!
MY PARLIAMENT – PERSONAL REGISTER
Just open the Federal Parliament website. Look for the ‘MY PARLIAMENT’ heading on the right side. Click on it and follow the steps to register as a public voice for Australian and Christian principles and values. Go here first: http://www.aph.gov.au/
Then click ‘MY PARLIAMENT’; it opens a window inviting you to ‘Log in’ or ‘Register’. Follow the steps.
YOUR SUBMISSION TO PARLIAMENT
Then search for the bills before the Senate and House of Reps. Click on the ones you feel need a Christian ‘balance’ and then write your short submission. Be polite, clear, and Christian in expressing your view. Focus on the issue/bill, not on any minister or parliamentarian.
If you have ever felt powerless in the face of ‘big government’, here is a direct line for you to have a positive influence.
VALUE YOUR VOICE – IT IS POWERFUL!
You may still say, ‘It’s useless!’ Wrong! Every individual who ‘speaks up’ in the public forum – via any form of communication, letters, phone calls, emails, direct action blogs to parliament or against mass media adverts, or public shows, it is calculated that 100 people have the same view, but did not ‘speak up’. The speaker has value.
HIP POCKET NERVE IS RESPONSIVE
This statistic niggles the ‘hip pocket nerve’ of every company that advertises publicly. A company will quickly remove offensive materials that receive sufficient negative ‘hits’ from the public, because their bottom-line is at stake. That’s painful news. Imagine: 20 objectors è 2,000 lost sales! = Grey hairs for every advertiser.
YOUR CLEAR VOICE IN PARLIAMENT
The same holds true in parliament. If you express your opinion on an issue, Senators and MHRs know you are not a solitary voice, but one of dozens holding the same view. So, speak up on critical issues, in many forums: be the strong powerful influence Jesus wants you to be.
AUSTRALIA NEEDS YOUR CHRISTIAN VOICE
Australia’s very secular culture needs your Christian voice speaking against the tsunami of non-Christian values. The Pope has often challenged us to be more vocal about the values we hold dear.
We owe it to society, to our children and grandchildren. Will we hand on to them a completely agnostic, atheistic, anti-God, anti-Christian society, because we decided it was ‘useless’? Or, because we were too timid? Or, because we were too lazy to put a few words together for and against bills in parliament that were against Christian principles?
The responsibility of FAITH is serious; we must speak up, especially when ‘MY PARLIAMENT’ is offering us an active voice.
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Parish Contact Details
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Confessions: Saturday 11.00-12noon; 5.30pm–6.15pm.
Hospital Visitation for sick relatives: Contact Fr Hart 60331927 and add the request to Patient Hosp. Info. Sheet
NB: Fr Hart is on annual leave till 4th September.
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Masses 21st Week Ordinary Time
Saturday 23rd August
6.30pm No Mass – Communion Service
Sunday 24th August
9.00am No Mass – Communion Service
Monday 25th August
Tuesday 26th August
Wednesday 27th August
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
Thursday 28th August
12.00 Communion Service
Friday 29th August
11.00am Holy Communions to Homes
Saturday 30th August
No Morning Mass
6.30pm Vigil – Mass – Welcome to Fr Jim Victory
Sunday 31st August
9.00am Mass – Fr Victory
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NOTICES: Meetings / Imp. Dates:
27th August Balldale Majellan Meeting at 24 Alfred St at 12.30pm. All welcome.
29th August C.A.R.E. Fundraising event: TALENT NIGHT AT COROWA PRIMARY. BBQ Dinner then entertainment. $15 Single; $40 Family. All proceeds support our High School Scripture Teacher.
20th Sept. Women’ Spirituality Day. Wagga.
Wrap with Love: 9.30-12 noon every 2nd Monday.
NEXT SEWING DAY: Mon 1st Sept 9.30am
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Roster 30-31 August 2014
- 30pm P Culhane, M MacQueen
- 00am R Whitmore
- 30pm M Schnelle, R Packer
- 00am P Ridge, B Ridge
- 30pm J Lowden, K O’Halloran
- 00am K Roberts, P Lemmon
Altar: N Warhurst
- 30pm Christine Sandral
- 00am C Sutcliffe
- 30pm Will Seymour, Henry Langford
- 00am Emily Tidd, Lachie Mackenzie
Collection: K Freeman
Counters: Laurie & Nancy Hughes
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URGENT: POPE FRANCIS ASKS PRAYERS
PLEASE continue to pray for persecuted Christians in Iraq and the Middle-East. They need our prayers and support; and pray that adequate international assistance and protection will be given them, and that those who come to Australia will be warmly and generously welcomed.
Remember in Prayer
Judy Raggett, Sr Elizabeth Mitchell RSM, Maria Jaszczyk, Braedon Hensel, Jace Whyte, Noreen Rourke, Patricia Kelly, Brian Knight, Margaret Elliott, John Skehan, John Hanrahan. Access Funeral Booklets of recently deceased at: http://stmaryscorowa.org/honour-roll/