Holy Family – Refugees to Egypt
THEME: Feast of Holy Family
The Parish is our extended family
Thank you most sincerely to the remnant who put their names on the slips of paper to join the parish Rosary Campaign in Lent of 2015.
NOT TOO LATE
Perhaps you rushed to the wallet or the purse to put your Sunday offering on the collection plate and overlooked the chance to be part of the renewal of our parish through prayer. Not to worry; it’s not too late.
If you did not put your name down, please feel warmly invited on this feast of the Holy Family to join in a weekly Rosary for the 6 weeks of Lent. Each Rosary gathering, usually day-time among retirees, is just 20-25 minutes – including the greetings and short chat to others present.
FOR THE LOVE OF JESUS
If you find it difficult to do – good! But, for the love of Jesus, overcome your shyness or your ‘natural reserve’ (a politically correct term for ‘I don’t want my privacy invaded… or to invade others’). Let it be part of your Lenten penance. Jesus appreciates every effort we make to pray and to build community, especially if we are extending a sense of welcome and community to those who are ‘shut-ins’.
On this feast, when we reflect on the Son of God growing up and living as infant, child, teenager, young adult and mature adult in the company of Mary and Joseph, be assured we enter the same environment in the Rosary.
Jesus meets the Torah – Hebrew Old Testament
In a mysterious way, we are all members of one body – Christ’s body; by grace, we are close-knit brothers and sisters. Through these Rosaries, we will grow further in the love of God and neighbour and build community with those nearest and with those who perhaps are feeling the pain of isolation most acutely.
MILESTONES IN LIFE
Birth, school, high school, job, marriage, kids, retirement, death. Are our families involved in these moments? Of course! Is the Church involved with these? Of course – if we choose.
THE CHURCH IS OUR MOTHER.
Through Baptism, we are born into the Family of Jesus Christ – the Church; and by Baptism we can call upon God as “Our Father”. We belong to the Family of God, with millions of brothers and sisters – including those in the parish of St Mary’s Corowa. This is exciting, because the bonds of grace are far more important and stronger than those of blood.
The Church does not stop caring for us at Baptism. She is with us in our growing years – Holy Communion and Reconciliation in primary school, Confirmation as we enter High School and, when we are ready, will bless us in our marriage, anoint us in illness, and pray for us when we die. We belong to and are cared for in this extended family. Let us be active members – and sharers of community – by joining the neighbourhood Rosaries this coming Lent. Prayer leaflets are provided, so don’t think you must know the prayers.
DO SIGN ON
Please take a moment today to sign on and make a difference through concerted prayer for our world. There are slips of paper on the seats and pencils nearby. Place the slip on the collection plate or hand it in at the Parish Office. Thank you.
Build community where you are.
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Parish Contact Details
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Mass Intentions 28th Dec – 4th Jan
6.30pm Mass (Kathleen Finnemore, Rachel & Breanna Aitcheson)
Sunday 28th Holy Family
9.00am Mass (For all parishioners)
Monday 29th St. Thomas a’Becket
9.00am Mass (Terry Kennedy; Marty & Dot Nagle)
9am Mass (Jim Collins; Ryan & Lane fms)
Wednesday 31st New Year’s Eve
9am Mass (Andrea Zabilowicz, Mark Fitzgb’n)
[No evening Mass]
Thurs 1st Jan, N. Year: Mary Mother of God
12.00 .Mass (Brian Dunn; Tomlinson, Culhane & Smith fms.)
Friday 2nd Sts. Basil & Gregory Nazianzen.
10am Karinya Mass & Anointing (Sick and suffering)
Saturday 3rd Most Holy Name of Jesus.
8.45am Rosary & Mass (Nagle, Vagg, Flower fms)
6.30pm Vigil. (Alan Kerr; Jacko Whyte)
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
10.45am Mass Coreen. St. Pius X.
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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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ST MARY’S RAFFLE WINNERS
1st Prize: Paul Lemmon
2nd Prize: Gwen Spencer
3rd Prize: Katrina McLean
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Sunday Mass Roster 3rd – 4th Jan
6.30pm O’Halloran Fm
9.00am R Whitmore
6.30pm M Schnelle R Packer
9.00am P & B Ridge
6.30pm K O’Halloran J Lowden
9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon
Altar: N Warhust
6.30pm Sandral Fm
9.00am C Sutcliffe
6.30pm: L Heagney D Forge
9.00am O & S Aitkin
Collection: B O’Shea
Counting: A & M Campbell
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