THEME: 3rd Sunday of Advent
Gaudete Sunday! Rejoice!
At the hour before sunrise, in the subtle turn from night to day, the world that was cloaked in darkness gradually comes into view. Forms in the distance are hardly recognizable, then silhouettes gain definition: a mountain, a tree, a ship on the horizon. The stars begin to fade in that gray light—a loss, yes, though necessary if we’re to greet a new day. Soon even the brightest planets give way, but in the half-light of early dawn we keep watching, waiting, for something more. Then the sky begins to warm, the rosy color rising from the East until it brings life to everything it touches, from the dome of the heavens above to the glow of our own skin. Morning. The golden sun. Joy.
Joy is not ours to command. We watch for it, make room for it, and feel gratitude when it arrives—a heart-opening presence, a gift from God. It can color the world like the sky at sunrise, or condense to the flame of a single candle that sees us through the night. Joy can feel like the most natural thing in the world, or the most elusive. Its light shines out in a shared laugh or a thoughtful gesture. We know joy in the experience of beauty, or when we offer our best and find that it pulls us into the flow of life.
The angels heralding Christ’s birth bring to us, even now, tidings of great joy. They have amazing news of how much we matter, how near God is, and how blessed life can be. May we turn toward those glad tidings, asking that God prepare our hearts and our lives to receive God’s life-giving joy.
Cf. Susan Christerson Brown [on Mildly Mystical website]
Rose, or pink candle for 3rd Sunday of Advent
Question: What Is Gaudete Sunday?
Certain Sundays throughout the Liturgical Year have taken their names from the first word in Latin of the Entrance Antiphon at Mass. Gaudete Sunday is one of these.
Answer: Gaudete Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. The Introit for Gaudete Sunday, in the Latin Mass for today is taken from Philippians 4:4,5: “Gaudete in Domino semper” (“Rejoice in the Lord always”).
Advent is a penitential season, so the priest normally wears purple vestments. But on Gaudete Sunday, having passed the midpoint of Advent, the Church lightens the mood a little, and the priest may wear rose vestments. The change in colour provides us with encouragement to continue our spiritual preparation—especially prayer and fasting—for Christmas.
For this same reason, the third candle of the Advent wreath, is traditionally rose-coloured.
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Advent Wreath Prayer for the Third Week of Advent : Incline Thine ear to our prayers, O Lord, we beseech Thee; and make bright the darkness of our minds by the grace of Thy visitation. You Who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
Lighting the Rose Candle on 3rd Sunday of Advent
COROWA CAROLS NIGHT IS TONIGHT!
Tonight, here in St Mary’s we are hosting the Corowa Traditional Carols Service. It is a time of prayer and is supported by all the Christian churches in Corowa. Each year a different member of our 6-fold member-churches takes it in turn to host the celebration.
ST MARY’S TURN
It is our turn tonight, and I hope that as many of you as possible will come. It is a time of joyful prayer and song, using some of the many Christmas carols that have become favorites down the centuries. I hope that as Catholics we can warmly host the ministers of the other churches and members of their congregations.
OUR PRAYER TOGETHER SUPPORTS ALL THE CHURCHES
It is one way in which we can express the Unity of the Churches that Jesus longs for. When we attend and pray together, we are expressing that same desire for unity. We show it by being here with the other churches, praising God in songs in prayer and readings from the Bible.
WE OWE COROWA OUR WITNESS
We owe it to each other and to the Corowa Community to give a very strong witness about Church unity, especially in a year when Christians in many parts of the world have been persecuted. Our presence at the Carols tonight can be a strong support for each other’s faith and a strong message of support to the other Christian churches who like us, have dwindling numbers attending church.
SUPPER TO FOLLOW!
There will be a light supper afterwards in the Hall – for free, of course! Ladies, please help with a plate and with serving our guests.
MOREOVER – NO COLLECTION!
There is no collection during the Service, just in case you are worried about that!
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Parish Contact Details
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Mass Intentions 13th – 20th Dec
6.30pm Mass (Jim & Janet Carroll, Carmel, Maureen & Cathy)
Sunday 14th 3nd Sunday of Advent
9.00am Mass (For all parishioners)
9.00am Mass Bede Hart, Wendy Murphy, Jack Gannon
9am Mass (Marje Tierney, Pat Kelly family)
9am Mass (Bps Mark Edwards & Terry Curtin – Episcopal Ordinations in Melbourne)
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
12.00 Mass (Kevin Tenny, Kath Taylor, Joe & Wilma Talbot)
10am Anointing Mass in Hall. (Sick & Lost)
9.00am Mass. (Jacob Walliss, Fr. Bob Leaver, Sue Knight family)
6.30pm Vigil (Mick Fitzgerald, John Hickey)
Sunday 21st 4th Sunday of Advent
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
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Also Remember in Prayer Cliff Broderick, Bill Tunstall, Vera Petteit, John Hickey, Mark Fitzgibbon, Noel Houlihan, Hunt family, Kevin Elliott, Jace Whyte, Noreen Rourke, Pat Kelly.
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Please let the office know if you are not available for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses.
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Eve Wed. 24/12. 6.30pm Family – (( & 8.30pm Mulwala))
Day. Thur. 25th. 9.00am. Day Mass.
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Support Vinnies Giving-Tree for Christmas
Please take an envelope & place items beneath tree. Thanks for your support.
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NOTICES: Meetings / Imp. Dates:
14th Dec (Sun) 7pm TONIGHT: St Mary’s hosts Corowa Traditional Carols. Preparation for Our Lord’s birthday. Ladies, please, a plate.
15th Dec (Mon) 6pm School Graduation Mass & Parish Raffle Draw.
17th Dec (Wed) 7.30pm. Here I am Lord! Confessions to prep for Christmas – 3 priests.
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St Mary’s Parish Annual Christmas Raffle
Prizes- 1st (Value $350) 3 days – 2 nights for 2 at The Alpenhorn Holiday Units, Mt Beauty.
2nd (Value $100) Dinner for 2 Voucher
3rd (Value $50) Christmas Stocking for kids
Book of tickets on back table – $2 a ticket (1 Book at $20) All books to be returned by: Mid-day Monday 15th. Thank you.
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Roster 20th – 21st December 2014
6.30pm Salmon Family
9.00am Matt Drum
6.30pm S Drum, I Brooks
9.00am.A Campbell, P Lemmon
6.30pm. A Pilgrim, M Skehan
9.00am D Collins, M Tomlinson
Altar: M Macqueen
6.30pm N Kingston , A Pilgrim
9.00am P Hanrahan
6.30pm S Knight, Max Blockley
9.00am Bree Linsell-Willett, James Tilders
Collection: J Taylor
Counters: R Packer, I Brooks.
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DIOCESE OF WAGGA WAGGA – THE JOURNEY CATHOLIC/CHRISTIAN RADIO PROGRAM
This week on “The Journey” which airs on 21 December, Bishop Peter Ingham graces us with his Christmas Message; Peter Gilmore challenges us on “Living the Gospel” and Fr Dave Callaghan reflects on “How Christians should treat their enemies”. Tune into 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury Wodonga Sun 11am, repeated 9pm or listen in via podcast anytime at www.radio.dow.org.au