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Catholic Bishops’ Media Release on ‘Same-sex’ Marriage Debate 28.05.15
As the debate about ‘same-sex marriage’ gains momentum nationally, the Australian Catholic Bishops believe it is important to highlight the meaning of marriage.
Given the implications of redefining marriage, today we are issuing a pastoral letter to the Catholic community: “Don’t Mess with Marriage”.
You will be aware this week, in the context of the Irish referendum, both the Labor Party and the Greens have announced they will introduce draft legislation to allow two people of the same sex to marry.
Marriage is both a personal relationship between a man and a woman, and the protective institution for their children. Marriage includes an emotional union, but it goes further than that. It involves a comprehensive bodily and spiritual union of a man and a woman.
This union of a man and woman is the natural reproductive and protective environment for raising children. Marriage is the foundation of the family unit, which is in turn the first cell of society.
If the union of a man and a woman is different – not the same – as other unions, then justice demands that we treat that union accordingly. If marriage is an institution designed to support people of the opposite sex to be faithful to each other and to the children of tradition teaches that every human being is a unique their union it is not discrimination to reserve it to them.
The Christian tradition teaches that every human being is an irreplaceable person, created in the image of God and loved by Him. Because of this, every man, woman and child has great dignity and worth which can never be taken away. This includes those who experience same-sex attraction. They must be treated with respect, sensitivity and love.
Redefining marriage in the way now proposed would see marriage reduced to a committed, affectionate sexual relationship between any two people. All marriages would come to be defined by intensity of emotion rather than a union founded on sexual complementarity and potential fertility. Husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, will be seen to be wholly interchangeable social constructs, as gender would no longer matter.
Chair of the Bishops Commission for Family, Youth and Life, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP said, “It is unjust, gravely unjust, to legitimize the false assertion that there is nothing distinctive about a man and a woman, a father or a mother; to ignore the particular values that real marriage serves; to ignore the importance for children of having a mum and a dad, committed to them and to each other for the long haul.
“Children have a right to grow up with their natural mother and father, where possible. We should not be redefining marriage so as deliberately to exclude a child growing up with either their mother, their father, or both their parents. If the civil law ceases to define marriage as traditionally understood, it will be a serious injustice and undermine that common good for which the civil law exists.
“Surely there are other ways of honouring the friendships of same-sex attracted and other people without further deconstructing marriage and the family,” Archbishop Fisher said.
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Remember in Prayer
Bernard McKay, Natalie Lawrence, Shirley Ash, Tommy Upton, Kevin Seymour, May Houlihan, Joan Sandral, Kevin Lovell, Imelda Gauci, Pauline Kerr, and all on our In Memoriam Board for this month.
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Rosaries in your neighborhood
Rosaries are on-going – join at anytime
* Nora Kingston, 24 Alfred St ph. 6033 2026. Wednesdays at 4.30pm
* Laurie & Nancy Hughes, 5 St Mary’s Court: Wednesday at 5.00pm (during Chris & Janet McLean’s absence)
* Karinya Aged Care Chapel, Sundays 11am
* St Mary’s Church, Saturdays 8.45am
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FORTHCOMING MEETINGS / EVENTS
24th June Wednesday – 12.30pm Balldale Majellan to meet at the Civic Café in Sanger Street:
29th June Monday – 9.30am Wrap with Love: in parish Hall.
5th July Sunday 10am-5pm MONTHLY PARISH ADORATION in Our Lady’s Chapel – All welcome – any time – all day!
31 July-03 Aug: WOMEN’S CURSILLO WEEKEND – ‘Renewing Disciples’ at Borambola Sports & Rec Centre, via Wagga. For details contact Fr Hart 6033 1927.
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CONGRATULATIONS ON CONFIRMATION
Our sincere thanks to Bishop Gerard Hanna; and we congratulate our young parishioners who are confirmed this Sunday; we pray for them and encourage them in their faith life:
Ebony Boyle, Tylar Boyer, Noah Esplana Dylan Forge, Luke Heagney, Ryan Heagney, Sarah Knight, Stephanie Lassey, Sharakena O’Halloran, Olivia Smerdon, Rebecca Upton, Jordan Villanueva, Isabelle Walton
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“THE JOURNEY” CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM Tune in to LIFE 101.9 FM and 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury Wodonga Sun 11am or go to www.jcr.org.au where you can listen in and subscribe to weekly shows.
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New Mass Rosters and Counting Rosters on back table in church – Please collect your copy.
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Roster for 27th – 28th June
6.30pm J Clohessy B O’Donoghue
6.30pm – C Knight J Lowden
9.00am – M Milthorpe M Kelly
6.30pm – T Drum
9.00am – D Collins K King
Altar: – M Doyle
6.30pm – M Clohessy M Skehan
9.00am – P Hanrahan
6.30pm – L Heagney S Knight
9.00am – S & O Aitkin
Collection: M Drum
Counters: R Packer I Brooks
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MASS INTENTIONS 20th – 28th June
6.30pm Mass Bridget Curran, Catherine King)
9.00am Mass (for all parishioners)
9.00am Mass (Peter, Annie & Kevin Carroll)
9.00am Mass (Carmel Talbot & All Sick)
9.00am Mass (Bern. McKay & Shirley Ash)
11.40 Nov. & Mass (Joan Sandral & Imelda Gauci)
9.00am Mass (Brian McPherson; Wal Crowe; Ted Coffey)
8.45am Ros. & M (Srs of Mercy & families)
6.30pm Vigil M (Irene Cavanagh, S. Shelley)