Bulletin – Feast of the Holy Family – 28th Dec 2014

 Holy Family - Refugees

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.

Holy Family - Joseph & Torah

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.

LIFETIME CARER                                                    

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.

St JP II & Bl Teresa of Calcutta + quote

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)

Tuesday 30th

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

11.40am Novena.

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)

Sunday 4th

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

Gifts:

6.30pm O’Halloran Fm

9.00am R Whitmore

Lectors:

6.30pm M Schnelle R Packer

9.00am P & B Ridge

Spec Min:

6.30pm K O’Halloran J Lowden

9.00am  K Roberts P Lemmon

Altar: N Warhust

Welcomers:

6.30pm Sandral Fm

9.00am C Sutcliffe

Altar Servers:

6.30pm: L Heagney D Forge

9.00am O & S Aitkin

Collection: B O’Shea

Counting: A & M Campbell

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CATHOLIC/CHRISTIAN RADIO

Tune in to 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury Wodonga Sun 11am, repeated 9pm or listen in via podcast anytime at www.radio.dow.org.au

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