Bulletin 21st Sept 2014 – 25th Sun OT Yr A

THEME: COUPLES AND THE CROSS

Pope Francis 14.09.2014

Brides_and_grooms_attend_ wedding in St Peters 14.09.2014

3 couples during wedding of 20 in St Peter’s 14.09.2014

POPE FRANCIS TO WEDDING COUPLES: Today’s first reading speaks to us of the people’s journey through the desert. We can imagine them as they walked, led by Moses; they were families: fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, grandparents, men and women of all ages, accompanied by many children and those elderly who struggled to make the journey.

OUR FAMILY ON LIFE’S JOURNEY

This people reminds us of the Church as she makes her way across the desert of the contemporary world… for the most part families. This makes us think of families, our families, walking along the paths of life with all their day to day experiences.

But at a certain point, “the people became impatient on the way” (Num 21:4). They are tired, water supplies are low and all they have for food is manna and they complain against God and against Moses: “Why did you make us leave (Egypt)?” (cf. Num. 21:5). They are tempted to turn back and abandon the journey.

MARRIEDS – ‘IMPATIENT ON THE WAY’

Here our thoughts turn to married couples who “become impatient on the way” of conjugal and family life. The hardship of the journey causes them to experience interior weariness; they lose the flavour of matrimony and they cease to draw water from the well of the Sacrament. Daily life becomes burdensome, even “nauseating”.

During such disorientation – the Bible says – the poisonous serpents bite the people, and many die. But the Lord offers a remedy: a bronze serpent set on a pole; whoever looks at it will be saved.

JESUS ON THE CROSS SAVES US

What is the meaning of this symbol? Through it God transmits his healing strength, his mercy. It is a symbol of Jesus crucified (and those who turn to Him) receive the mercy of God and find healing from the deadly poison of sin.

CURE FOR WOUNDED MARRIAGES

This cure which God offers applies also, in a particular way, to spouses who “have become impatient on the way” and who succumb to the dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, abandonment… To them too, God the Father gives his Son Jesus, not to condemn them, but to save them: if they entrust themselves to him, he will bring them healing by the merciful love which pours forth from the Cross, with the strength of his grace that renews and sets married couples and families once again on the right path.

LOVE OF CHRIST RENEWS LOVE

The love of Christ, which has blessed and sanctified the union of husband and wife, is able to sustain their love and to renew it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost, wounded or worn out.

CHRIST CAN RESTORE JOY TO COUPLES

The love of Christ can restore to spouses the joy of journeying together. This is what marriage is all about: man and woman walking together, wherein the husband helps his wife to become ever more a woman, and wherein the woman has the task of helping her husband to become ever more a man. Marriage is real life; it is not fiction!

(On 14.09.14, Pope Francis solemnized the marriage vows of 20 couples in St Peter’s. This is part of his Homily.)

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Parish Contact Details

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Masses 25th Week Ordinary Time 

September

Saturday 20th

6.30pm Mass (Gerald & Marg Naughtin)

Sunday 21st [Mass of Exaltation of Cross – deferred from last week]

9.00am Mass (For all parishioners)

10.45am Mass at Coreen

Monday 22nd

9am Mass (Leo McGuinness, Jo Naughtin)

Tuesday 23rd St (Padre) Pio

9am Mass (John, Jim, Kevin and Frances Hanrahan)                                                                          

Wednesday 24th

9am Mass (Persecuted Christians everywhere)

11.00am Holy Communion to Homes

Thursday 25th

11.40am Novena

12.00 Mass (Alan Whitty, Bridget Gale)

Friday 26th Sts Cosmas & Damian  

11.00am Holy Communion to Homes

Saturday 27th St Vincent de Paul                                                                

9am Mass (Families preparing for baptisms and marriages)

6.30pm Vigil Mass (Alma Fitzgerald, James Fearn)

Sunday 28th 26th Sun. OT

9.00am Mass (For all parishioners)

 

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URGENT: BISHOP ASKS PRAYERS

Continue to pray for persecuted Christians in Iraq and the Middle-East facing great danger.

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NOTICES: Meetings / Imp. Dates:

24th Sept (Wed) 12.30pm Balldale Majellan – Marie Tomlinson’s, 19 Murray St. All Welcome.

03-05 Oct. MEN’S CURSILLO WEEK-END (Fri 7pm – Sun 6pm) – At Mt Erin, Wagga. Contact: Fr Paul Hart 60331927.

Wrap with Love: 9.30-12 noon every 2nd Monday. NEXT SEWING DAY: Mon 29th Sept 9.30am.

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Roster 20th – 21st September 2014

Gifts:

6.30pm P Culhane M Macqueen

9.00am R Whitmore

Lectors:

6.30pm A Norman R Packer

9.00am P Ridge B Ridge

Special Ministers:

6.30pm K O’Halloran J Lowden

9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon

Altar: M Doyle

Welcomers:

6.30pm C Sandral

9.00am C Sutcliffe

Altar Servers:

6.30pm L Heagney D Forge

9.00am Z Rippingale E Tidd

Collection: M Drum

Counters: L & N Hughes

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CWL RAFFLE – AT ST MARY’S & SAFEWAY

A $100 Gift Voucher is being raffled to support the CWL charities. Sellers will be outside the church on week-end and Safeway store Mon 22nd – Sat. 27 Sept. Drawn Sat. 27th Sept.

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Also Remember in Prayer   

Aileen Dicks, Hunt family, Kevin Elliott, Kerry Plunkett, Lance Campbell, Judy Raggett, Sr Elizabeth Mitchell RSM, Maria Jaszczyk, Braedon Hensel, Jace Whyte, Noreen Rourke, Pat Kelly. Funeral Booklets of recently deceased at:   http://stmaryscorowa.org/honour-roll/

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CATHOLIC RADIO – via INTERNET or Podcast

This week on “The Journey” which airs on 21 September, the Pirolas talk about avoiding accumulated hurts and Fr Graham Schmitzer reflects on the Gospel of Matthew. We also hear from Trish McCarthy in her Milk and Honey segment and Sam Clear in Walking the Walk.  Tune into 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury Wodonga Sun 11am, repeated 9pm or listen in via podcast anytime at www.radio.dow.org.au

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