4th SUNDAY OF EASTER
“The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”
In the light of yesterday’s ANZAC Centenary of the AEF landing at Gallipoli, this quote from today’s Gospel is a strong reminder of the value of a life laid down in service of another.
Yesterday the nation paused to remember the sacrifices made by the more than three hundred thousand who left Australia for World War I. Of those 58,961 died, 166,811 were wounded, 4,098 remained missing or were unaccounted for prisoners of war, and 87,865 suffered from sickness (AWM). More than died 8,000 in the 8-month Gallipoli campaign.
At first, the outset of war had been greeted with enthusiasm with its promise of a chance to ‘defend the Empire’ and represent Australia in battle. Within the eight months of Gallipoli, marked by never-ending lists of casualties and deaths, the public reaction changed. The loss of so many young lives so early in Australia’s engagement in the War was ominous.
No one thought that the War would drag on a further three years with an appalling further 50,000 Australian soldiers dying in battle or of battle-related conditions.
The courage and heroism shown at Gallipoli was Australia’s starting point as a fighting force on the world stage; but it was on the Western Front mixing it directly with the German forces, that the ANZACs came to be recognized as peers of any army that went to war.
The Western Front battles, from early 1916 until November 1918, with almost a million men on both sides facing off, saw Australian men ‘laying down their lives’ no longer ‘for the empire’, but for democracy and freedom and the Australian way of life that they cherished.
We salute them all, and the thousands of families who were bereft or left to care for horrifically injured and traumatized returned soldiers.
We salute the more than two thousand women who served alongside the men as nurses easing their suffering and themselves learning to cope with a daily diet of the godless waste of young humanity.
We salute the countless thousands at home who worked tirelessly to support the war effort that ultimately led to victory. God rest them all.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses,row on row, / That mark our place; and in the sky / The larks, still bravely singing, fly / Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago / We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, / Loved and were loved, and now we lie /In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe: /To you from failing hands we throw /The torch; be yours to hold it high. /If ye break faith with us who die /We shall not sleep, though poppies grow /In Flanders fields.
[- John McCrae, May 1915]
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Remember in Prayer
All Australian & New Zealand War Dead, Shirley Ash, Tommy Upton, Kevin Seymour, May Houlihan, Joan Sandral, Kevin Lovell, Imelda Gauci,
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FORTHCOMING MEETINGS / EVENTS
28th April 5.30pm Finance Committee Meeting.
03rd May 11am Karinya Chapel – Rosary. All Welcome.
08th May 2.00pm St Mary’s Hall: LADIES WINTER FASHIONS by Sadie Michael of Temora. Entrance $5. Prizes & Afternoon Tea. All Welcome!
Advance Notice: Karinya & Family / Local Rosaries will begin in May. A list of those willing to attend/host the Rosary once a week will be in the Bulletins during May.
Advance Notice: Monthly Adoration of Blessed Sacrament will commence on Feast of Corpus Christi Sunday 7th June 10am-5pm.
Advance Notice: Parish Dinner with Bishop Hanna – visiting for Confirmations – Friday 19th June at 7.00pm.
Advance Notice: Parish Confirmations – parents / families with candidates, please contact Fr Hart to ensure registration and instruction. First meeting will be 7.00pm Wednesday 13th May in the church.
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MASS INTENTIONS 26th April – 3rd May
Sat 25th – Anzac Day – Gallipoli 100years
6.30pmMass (Anne & Kathleen Baruday)
9.00am Mass (For all parishioners)
9.00am Mass (Ron Pettitt, John Palubiski)
Tuesday 28th St Peter Chanel
9.00 Mass (Tom Tomlinson, Clare Ferguson)
Wednesday 29th St Catherine of Siena
9.00am Mass (Michael & Gerry Naughtin; Port Arthur victims)
11.40 Novena & Mass (Des & Mona 60th Wedding Anniversary)
Friday 1st May
10.00am Karinya anointing Mass (for Sick)
8.45am Rosary & Mass (Mary Chandler; D & G Poulson)
6.30pm Vigil Mass (John Fearn, Greg Petrie, Kevin Seymour)
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
10.45am Coreen Mass
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Roster for 2nd – 3rd May
6.30pm – O’Halloran family
9.00am – R Whitmore
6.30pm – R Packer, A Norman
9.00am – M Milthorpe
6.30pm – K O’Halloran, J Lowden
9.00am – K Roberts
Altar: – Mary Fitzgibbon
6.30pm – Sandral family
9.00am – C Sutcliffe
6.30pm – Dylan & Tegan Forge
9.00am – Bella Heagney, Isabel Bush
Collection: Brian O’Shea
Counters: Arthur & Mary Campbell
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PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
“Gracious and loving God, As we mark the ANZAC Centenary, we remember all who lost their lives through Australia’s involvement in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
We especially remember the courageous actions undertaken by the ANZACs during the First World War.
As we strive for peace in our country and world, help us to become instruments of your peace.
We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Lone Pine Cemetery Gallipoli
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