Image (above): Greek icon of ‘Theotokos’ – Mary the God-bearer
THEME: 4th Sunday of Advent
‘God-bearers’ – Servants of the Lord
MARY – ‘GOD-BEARER’
Today’s gospel focus is Mary and her humble, very willing co-operation with God. She bore the Son of God to us. What can we do to help?
MARY ASKS FOR PRAYERS
Again and again, Our Lady has asked at Lourdes, Fatima, and in many other apparitions, that the Rosary be said for our troubled world. Are we doing it? Maybe not. But we can begin.
- We look at the Middle East persecution of Christians and say “How godless their enemies!” But are we praying for them regularly?
- We know Victoria and other States have laws that permit abortion up until the moment of birth, and we say “Infanticide in Australia – How terrible!” But are we praying enough?
- We know that euthanasia – the slippery slope to LEGAL medical murder – is ‘on the books’ for legalisation in Australian states, and we say, “How awful – it could be me that gets the injection!” But are we actively praying against it?
- We know strong lobby groups are daily campaigning to change Australian laws on marriage so that it is no longer between one man and one woman and focussed on children and the preservation of the future of the human family. We lament that our children and grandchildren will attend schools where teachers are forced to say that men can marry men and women can marry women, but do we pray against it? Do you doubt this? Check this website: Mass Resistance.
Where there are neighbourhood prayer communities, we can pray about all these matters to Jesus and Mary as they have asked us to. Moreover, we will renew ourselves and our parish as we pray for non-practising Catholics in our families and in our immediate area to return to church.
Mary: God-bearer to humanity
This way we can be “God-bearers” to each other and to the world – meditating each week on the life Jesus in the company of Mary and in company with neighbouring parishioners.
ST MARY’S COURT – ALREADY PRAYING!
The concept of neighbourhood community Rosary prayer is already happening in St Mary’s Court, Parade Place. A weekly Rosary was begun for the season of Lent, but when Lent ended, everyone was happy to continue. Usually there are 6 or 7 present for the 20-25 minutes, and all feel they have benefited greatly.
ROSARY COMING TO YOUR AREA
If you are interested to be part of a small group – even three or four, or half a dozen – then write your name and phone number on the slip of paper that is on the seat and put it on the collection plate. Let this be your Christmas gift to Jesus in 2014 and 2015 – a resolution to spend time each week with His Mother, and supporting your neighbours.
NEIGHBOURHOOD ROSARIES LENT 2015
Before Lent begins on 18th of February, we will organize the small, weekly Rosary groups on the basis of nearby neighbours.
The world needs our prayers; we know how to pray, so let’s do it! – Prayer leaflets will be provided to every participant. Courage! – The world needs your prayers.
St Mary’s Cathedral – Christmas 2013
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Parish Contact Details
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Mass Intentions 13th – 20th December Saturday 20th
Saturday Vigil Mass
6.30pm Mass (Mick Fitzgerald, John Hickey)
Sunday 21st 4th Sunday of Advent
9.00am Mass (For all parishioners)
9am Mass (Ian Mattingly, Bartlett Fm, Darren Falloon)
9am Mass (Ted Kingston, Thanksgiving Intention)
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
6.30pmChristmas Eve Mass
(Fr Paul also has 8.30pm Mass at Mulwala)
Thursday 25th Christmas Day
9.00am Christmas Day Mass
Friday 26th St Stephen The First Martyr
Saturday 27th St John Apostle & Evangelist
9.00am no Mass
6.30pm Vigil (Kathleen Finnemore, Rachel & Breanna Aitcheson)
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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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Christmas Mass Times
Eve Wed. 24/12.14 6.30pm (Families)
Day. Thur. 25th. 9.00am Day Mass.
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Roster for Ministries at Christmas
Wednesday Christmas Eve & Thursday Christmas Day
6.30pm Sandral Family 9.00am R Whitmore
6.30pm R Packer M Kelly 9.00am A Campbell &
6.30pm. I & F Brooks 9.00am K King &
6.30pm L Hanrahan A Pilgrim 9.00am C O’Shea C Sutcliffe
6.30pm Schnelle Family 9.00am B O’Shea T Moroney
Collection K Freeman
Sunday Mass Roster 27th – 28th Dec
6.30pm P Culhane M Macqueen 9.00am Svarc Fm
6.30pm J & M Schnelle 9.00am M Milthorpe
Special Ministers of the Eucharist:
6.30pm T Drum C Salmon 9.00am D Collins M Tomlinson
Altar: M Macqueen
6.30pm D & E Clohessy 9.00am C Sandral
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ST MARY’S RAFFLE WINNERS
1st Prize: Paul Lemmon
2nd Prize: Gwen Spencer
3rd Prize: Katrina McLean
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