THEME: SOCIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT
AUSTRALIANS AND SPORT
“Australians love their sport!” Our nation is blessed with a climate suited to outdoor activities in all seasons, and sport has been our choice diversion for generations – from Melbourne Cups, to Grand Finals, to Test Matches, Pan-Pacs, and Rod Laver Arena duels.
The list of sports is manifold – we love it! And we are involved from our early years – until arthritic bones tell us we can no longer stroll after our bowls on beautifully manicured rinks. In a word, for Australians young and old: ‘sport is in our blood’.
SOCIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT ON SPORT
This is why the Australian Catholic Bishops have delivered a most interesting Social Justice Statement on the value of sport in our lives, and on extremes that can creep onto any field and deform activities otherwise healthy and worthwhile. It is a timely read and a fruitful object for reflection as summer sports commence. Take a copy home and share it with the family.
READ AND ENJOY
Read it; enjoy it; enrich your outlook on sport, and inform your sporting opinions with values that really matter.
By sharing your Christian sporting values you can help preserve the original, pure nature of sport. The ancient Greeks seem to have had it right – the victorious Olympian was crowned with a wreath of olive leaves, nothing else.
SPORT BRIDGING DIVIDES
“Put simply, sport is good for us as people. But it really comes into its own when it bridges divides and draws people together. For our personal health, for the life of our communities, and as a nation that believes in the ‘fair go’ and keeping an eye out for the most vulnerable, Australia needs to be a sporting nation, at home and abroad.” (p.8)
CROWN OF GLORY
“In victory and also in defeat, it is as if we share a ‘crown of glory’ when the majestic experience of sport reaches into our lives and our communities.
CROWN OF THORNS
“But there is another story, another crown to speak of: a ‘crown of thorns’ that weighs heavily as it mocks and undermines the true worth of sport and its participants. There are three particular challenges.
- Instead of enhancing personal development and the enjoyment of the game, a ‘win at all costs’ mentality can break down and even destroy the individual.
- Rather than building up the community, sport that is excessively commodified can become a honey-pot of cash, power and corruption.
- Rather than building bridges for social inclusion, vulnerable groups can be deprived of the joy of sport and face a wall of exclusion.” (p.9)
GOAL OF INCLUSIVENESS
“Sport is one valuable element in our work to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth – a kingdom where all are included and empowered.
POPE FRANCIS – WE RUN TOGETHER
That inclusiveness and unity is something that Pope Francis spoke of in 2013: ‘…our whole life moves towards a goal; and this search – the search for the goal – is strenuous, it demands a struggle, commitment. And it is important not to run alone! In order to arrive you must run together: the ball is passed from hand to hand and you move forward together until you reach the goal. Then you celebrate!’” (p.13)
[Notes from: A CROWN FOR AUSTRALIA – Striving for the best in our sporting nation – Social Justice Statement 2014-15 (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference)]
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Parish Contact Details
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Masses 33rd Week O.T. 15th -22nd Nov
Saturday 15th Nov.
6.30pm Mass (Bill O’Dwyer & Mark Fitzgibbon and families)
Sunday 16 Nov. 33rd Social Justice Sunday
9.00am Mass (For deceased parishioners)
Monday 17th Nov. St Elizabeth of Hungary
9.00am Mass (Mary Ridgeway, Frank Wallis, Eileen Dormer)
Tuesday 18th Nov.
9am Mass (O’Shea & McPhee families; Mark Fitzgibbon)
Wednesday 19th Nov.
9am Mass (Marie Kaitler and family; Hogan & Kevin Carroll families))
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
Thursday 20th Nov
12.00 Mass (Ginnivan, Fitzpatrick & Soganub families)
Friday 21st Nov Presentation of BVM
10.00am Mass in Hall (Sick & Suffering)
Saturday 22nd Nov
9am Mass (Taylor & De Bono families; Noel Loorham)
6.30pm Vigil Mass (Frank Eaton & Tom O’Brien)
Sunday 23rd Nov – Christ The King
9.00am Mass (All deceased parishioners)
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URGENT: BISHOP ASKS PRAYERS
Prayer: Middle-East Christians in Iraq still suffering torture & exile & need our prayers.
Please also pray for the thousands suffering and the more than 5,000 who have already died from Ebola in West Africa.
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Remembering Our Deceased in Prayer
John Hickey, Sr Patricia O’Connor (Sr Gerard) RSM, Mark Fitzgibbon, Noel Houlihan, Sr Marie Louise RSM, Aileen Dix, Hunt family, Kevin Elliott, Kerry Plunkett, Jace Whyte, Noreen Rourke, Pat Kelly. Funeral Booklets for deceased at: http://stmaryscorowa.org/honour-roll/
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Roster 22nd -23rd November 2014
6.30pm P Kerr J Heagney
9.00am Matt Drum
6.30pm S Drum I Brooks
9.00am A Campbell P Lemmon
6.30pm D & A Norman
9.00am D Collins M Tomlinson
Altar: M Fitzgibbon
6.30pm P Dwyer F Brooks
9.00am C O’Shea
6.30pm W Seymour H Langford
9.00am Simone & Olivia Aitken
Collection M Drum
Counters Laurie & Nancy Hughes
New Mass Rosters on back table
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CATHOLIC RADIO – via INTERNET
… Tune in to 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury-Wodonga for Catholic segments from Wollongong diocese, Sun 11am, and repeated at 9pm. Podcasts of earlier programs are here: http://pulse941.com.au/ – anytime you wish!
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NOTICES: Meetings / Important Dates:
18th Nov. (Tue) C.A.R.E. 7.30pm Meeting at St Mary’s
20th Nov (Thu) 9.30am CWL Meeting at Chocolate Factory, followed by a cuppa.
23rd Nov (Sun.) 7.00pm – “Christmas Without Them” at St Mary’s
Wrap with Love: NEXT SEWING DAY: Mon 24th Nov 9.30am-12. All welcome!
ADVANCE NOTICE: 2-3RD Dec. ‘Walking with Love’ Regional Workshop at Quality Siesta Resort, 416 Wagga Rd, N. Albury Ph. 02-60254555 “…to support pregnant women continue with their pregnancies.”
ADVANCE NOTICE: 7th Dec (Sun) Fr John Ware (Rutherglen) 60th Anniversary.
ADVANCE NOTICE: 14th Dec (Sun) 7pm St Mary’s hosts Corowa Combined Christmas Carols Service – Participants, Choristers, Readers, please mark your calendar to contribute to a beautiful evening of songs and readings of Christmas praise. – A perfect spiritual preparation for Our Lord’s birth.