Image (above) Kariye museum (formerly a church), Istanbul, Turkey: mosaic of Christ ‘pantokrator’ – Ruler of all
THEME: FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING
“He will take his seat on his throne, and he will separate men from one another.” Mt.25
THE KING WHO IS TO COME
The Daily Mass Book highlights the feast with this note: “Pius XI instituted this feast n 1925 in response to the rise of totalitarianism. It celebrates Christ’s reign over the human race and human hearts. The feast emphasizes God’s ultimate forgiveness as well as Christ’s eschatological return and final sovereignty over all creation. This last theme is continued during Advent.
1925 POST-WWI FALSE DREAMS
In 1925, in the wake of the horrors of WWI, nations looked to rebuild and reassert themselves. Sadly, this included the rise of ideologies that sought to worship even their leaders and gave rise to a perverted view of humanity, such as the ‘purity of the Arian race’ with Hitler as leader.
ONE GOD – NO OTHER
Only God is to be worshipped – not men, not money, not power, not pleasure. This feast is a strong reminder to place Christ first in our lives and, with faith in Him, all other matters will find their rightful place in our lives. If He is not central, our life will be a shambles, having neither direction nor purpose.
KEEP CHRIST CENTRAL
Sunday Mass, including receiving Jesus in Communion, and regular Reconciliation, along with personal and family prayer, and putting the needs of others first. All this helps us place Christ at the centre of our life and of all relationships. In turn, this gives us joy in loving and serving as we have been commanded.
Christ the King will return in glory with all His angels and saints: are you ready for that? Now is the time to keep your account books in good order. Jesus told us elsewhere in the gospel: “You know not the day nor the hour” (when the Son of Man will knock at your door!)
There is no clearer yardstick, or measure, for the lifestyle Jesus wants for us than what he tells us about the Last Judgment in today’s Gospel. It boils down to one sentence: “Whatever you did to the least of these my brothers (and sisters) you did to me.”
PRICELESS WORDS OF KINDNESS
God measures my life by my acts of love, or by my refusal to love. Those whom He places in my path each day are His priority for me. They include family members – especially the difficult ones! – neighbours in my street, the stackers and check-outs at IGA and Woolies, the elderly selling tickets, the sick who are known to us, those confined to nursing homes, the down-and-outers, and the friend or relative who hasn’t had a call from us for months.
Kind words and sincere encouragement don’t cost anything, but they are priceless in God’s eyes, and we will discover that on Judgment Day.
KIND, ALERT, ATTENTIVE
Some people appear to have ‘a gift’ for kindness. Don’t be fooled – it is the fruit of unselfish choices made over many years. Often they have put the needs of others before their own; they are sensitive and alert to the sufferings others bear – because they have already walked that path, know its crosses and place value on helping others.
Jesus, our King, invites us to be as sensitive and kind as He was when he carried our cross for us and stood in for our punishment. Our love for him shows when we love others.
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Parish Contact Details
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Masses 34th Christ The king 22nd – 30th Nov
6.30pm Mass (Frank Eaton & Tom O’Brien)
Sunday 23rd Christ the King
9.00am Mass (For deceased parishioners)
Monday 24th St. Andrew- Vietnamese Mtys
9.00am Mass (Les & Mary Cudden; Salmon & Burke fms)
Tuesday 25th St. Catherine of Alexandria
9am Mass (Carroll, McLean & Plunkett fms; Ron Bennett)
9am Mass (Jean Mackay; Shane, Clohessy & McFarlane fms)
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
12.00 Mass (Marie & Frank Cleary; Dot woods, Sue Bradley)
9.00am Mass (Chris & Frances; Hanrahan, Norman, Tomlinson & O’Halloran fms)
9am Mass (Colin Robinson; Amsing and Moroney fms)
6.30pm Vigil Mass (Howard & Mark; Fitzgibbon, Crisfield & Regan fms)
Sunday 30th 1st Sunday of Advent
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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Also Remember in Prayer
Bill Tunstall, Vera Petteit, John Hickey, Mark Fitzgibbon, Noel Houlihan, Hunt family, Kevin Elliott, Jace Whyte, Noreen Rourke, Pat Kelly. Funeral Booklets for deceased at: http://stmaryscorowa.org/honour-roll/
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Roster 29th – 30th November 2014
6.30pm P Culhane M Macqueen
9.00am R Whitmore
6.30pm A Norman R Packer
9.00am P & B Ridge
6.30pm K O’Halloran J Lowden
9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon
Altar: M Fitzgibbon
6.30pm C Sandral
9.00am C Sutcliffe
6.30pm S knight M Blockley
9.00am B Linsell-Willett J Tilders
Collection K Freeman
Counters A & M Campbell
New Counting Rosters on back Table
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NOTICES: Meetings / Imp. Dates:
23rd Nov (Sun.) 7.00pm – “Christmas Without Them” at St Mary’s WELCOME ALL!
Wrap with Love: NEXT SEWING DAY: Mon 24th Nov 9.30am-12. All welcome!
ADVANCE NOTICE: 7th Dec (Sunday) 11am Mass Fr John Ware (Rutherglen) 60th Anniversary of Priesthood.
ADVANCE NOTICE: 14th Dec (Sun) 7pm St Mary’s hosts Corowa Traditional Christmas Carols Service – Readings, Carols, Meditations and prayers. Participants, Choristers, Readers, please mark your calendar for a beautiful evening of Christmas praise – it’s the perfect spiritual preparation for the Lord’s birth.
ST MARY’S SCHOOL FETE RESULTS
Total raised: Wow $18,000! Well done all!
1. Quad Bike: B. Gezici, Corowa
2. $500 Travel Vouch. P. Garner, Corowa
3. IPad L. McDougall, Altona
Wines: 1.B Christy, Corowa; 2. S. Harvey, Corowa; 3. C. Murphy, Ringwood; 4. L.Chester, Corowa; 5.‘Fitzy’, Corowa.
Pick-a-Prize: Water Painting: D. Anderson; Cinema tkts: J O’Hare; Lazy Sam’s Vouch. B. O’Shea; Newmarket Vouch. K. Winch; Tuileries Vouch. B. Houlihan; Brunella Vouch. S Bartlett.
Lucky Gate Prize: Nell Sheridan.
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