THEME: EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
“Witness: Showing the Lord in my life”
THE FEAST OF EPIPHANY reminds us once more of the privilege of the gift of faith. In the Bible, God revealed himself to Abraham, Moses and the Prophets of Israel setting them apart as the Chosen People of God. Their race was to host the coming of the Saviour of the world.
JESUS WAS ‘IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME’ born of Mary in Bethlehem and the shepherds came to worship him ‘wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger’. They were Jewish and, although poorer than church mice, most likely had heard talk of a ‘Messiah, Christ the Lord’ who was to come. They hurried, saw, and then shared with everyone they met ‘what they had seen and heard.’
But, what of the rest of the human race? God had not abandoned them. Certain ‘Wise Men’ had been aware of the writings in different traditions that a king would be born and that a star would announce the event. When the mysterious star appeared they followed its light to Bethlehem in Judea right to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
THE WISE MEN WERE NOT JEWISH; they ‘discovered’ the Messiah by earnestly seeking the truth in ancient writings which included Old Testament prophecies, and in astronomy. Moreover, they were guided by the ‘still small voice’ of their consciences that insistently drew them in search of a saviour for our troubled human family.
THE WORLD NEEDS THE SAVIOUR; it needs to recognize the truth Jesus brought – about God, about life, about how to live in harmony in this world, and about faith in His saving work. It is through Christian life – living according to Jesus’ teaching and united with Him through the Holy Spirit that the world today can see the love of God made visible.
AND, IN A WORLD OF CONTRARY VOICES and contrary lights, it is the Church through the teaching of the Pope, the bishops, the Councils and the Synods, that the message of Jesus remains forever relevant in each passing era. She strives to ‘show Christ to the nations’ and to engage world cultures in a dialogue that searches for life’s answers.
IN THE CHRISTIAN ERA (from Jesus until now), there have been many crises that have driven the Church to spell out gospel-inspired answers to the world’s problems. It is happening again this year in the face of the crises surrounding the ‘truth’ of marriage and family life.
Following the preparatory Synod on the Family in Rome last October, in October 2015, the concluding Synod will feature a more definitive teaching on Christian Family life and Evangelization.
ALL PARISHES HAVE BEEN PROVIDED with the ‘Relatio’ (reflections/outcomes) from 2014, along with questions, and the Australian bishops – and bishops worldwide – are encouraging priests and parishioners to give honest feedback to that document by answering the questions.
A NUMBER OF COUPLES IN OUR PARISH are being invited to study the document and answer the questions. If you would like to participate, contact the parish office for copies of the document and questions.
Parish Contact Details
Mass Intentions 28th Dec – 4th Jan
Saturday 3rd Most Holy Name of Jesus
6.30pm Mass (Alan Kerr, Jacko Whyte)
9.00am Mass (For all parishioners)
10.45am Coreen Mass
9am Mass (Frank Culhane; Ede Dormer)
Wednesday 7th St Raymond of Pennafort
9am Mass (Mark Stibbard, Mark Fitzgibbon)
12.00 .Mass (Kit Naughtin, Peter & Bernice Gale)
9am Mass (Ray & Brian Knight, Patsy Regan)
8.45am Rosary & Mass (Howard & Mark Fitzgibbon)
6.30pm Vigil (John & Jim Hanrahan)
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
Sunday Mass Roster 10th – 11th Jan
6.30pm Sandral Family
9.00am Svarc Family
6.30pm J & P Schnelle
9.00am E & B Christy
6.30pm I & F Brooks
9.00am K Flower K King
Altar; N Warhust
6.30pm A Pilgrim P Kerr
9.00am P Hanrahan
6.30pm: Z & S Lassey
9.00am E Tidd L Mackenzie
Collection: T Moroney
Counting: M Kelly
Right through the Summer Holiday Period, “The Journey Summer Series” will run weekly the “Best of the Journey” programs. 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
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.
“North to South” – Observations of landscape by NSW North Coast artists Claire Skehan (daughter of Marian) and Hil Van Dijk. 27 Dec 2014 – 25 Jan 2015 at Corowa Gallery 294. Free entry. Open 7 days 10am-4pm.