14th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Yr. B
As we consider the following wisdom from Father Dowling, let us be mindful of St Paul’s words to us in the 2nd Reading at this Sunday’s Mass “I shall be very happy to make my weaknesses my special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over me, and that is why I am quite content with my weaknesses…” (2 Cor 12.9-10)
“Reflections on Ageing” – Fr G. Dowling
– Kairos 21.06.2015
“… (Although) most of us would probably prefer to seek refuge in denial (about ageing), we can’t dodge the reality when we are already old or it is fast approaching.
HOW ARE YOU RESPONDING?
Facing up to the unattractive truth, that we are in fact old already, doesn’t ride well with most people. How we respond to that reality is of course what really matters.
As is the case with every stage on the journey of life, the challenge to find happiness or to discover ways of achieving that objective is demanding.
BE HAPPY – RIGHT NOW
As for me, I like to believe that I am in fact attaining the goal of being happy, and hence I’d like to share with you how I am going about attempting to be happy right now.
ALREADY OLD? SO WHAT?
The thing to do, as I see it, if you have not already done so, is to face the reality and to register, “Yes I am already old,” and to add, “so what?”
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO…
The next thing to do, again as I see it, is to tell yourself unashamedly, to accept the truth, and then to focus on all the things that you are able to do, in addition, you ought to open yourself to the ongoing purpose for which the good Lord made you, and that is to be happy, not just in eternity, but here right now.
… EVEN AS THE NEGATIVES PILE UP
You know, it is so easy to concentrate on your shortness of breath, your failing sight, your difficulty in hearing, your slowness of walking, your loss of memory and all the other negatives that might be mounting up, instead of concentrating with a modicum of determination, on simply being positive and keeping on.
HELEN KELLER – BE POSITIVE
You could also take the opportunity of recalling to memory the world-famous woman, Helen Keller, who could not see and could not hear, but who still managed to live a meaningful life and to do so much good for other people.
WALK WITH JESUS
You might lift your sights to uniting yourself with Jesus as he carried his cross. And at the same time you could recall his magnificent words to the two disciples as they kept company with him on their way to Emmaus, and as they heard him utter the message: “was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer before entering into his glory?” (Luke 24.26).
NOT AN EASY STAGE
It is quite likely that dodging the pitfalls as you journey through the latter stages of your life will not be easy. Linking yourself with Jesus, carrying his cross, scourged and exhausted as he was, and to do so positively and optimistically will be demanding. But I encourage you to open yourself constantly to the Lord’s help and gain strength from him.
JESUS IS WITH YOU TO HELP YOU
He knows you and he loves you. He will help you to be happy and even to be able to laugh at yourself from time to time – a valuable source of encouragement, I think you’ll agree.” – (Family Counsellor Program RSN, broadcast on Sunday 14 June 2015, and as printed in Kairos Vol. 26, No. 11, p.34).
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Remember in Prayer
Michelle Hogan, Len Samball, Michael Scown, Patrick Whitty, 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 July.
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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
* C & J Mclean,5a Lindsay St Wed 5pm
* Karinya Aged Care Chapel, Sundays 11am
* St Mary’s Church, Sat 8.45am + Mass at 9.
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FORTHCOMING MEETINGS / EVENTS
5th July Sun. 10am-5pm MONTHLY PARISH ADORATION in Our Lady’s Chapel – All welcome – any time!
13th July Mon. 9.30am WRAP WITH LOVE in St Mary’s Hall
21st July Tues. 12.30pm CIRCUS QUIRKUS at Albury Entertainment Centre, supporting Special Needs Children; 14 free tickets available – collect from Parish Office or Fr Paul.
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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N.B. OUR WEBSITE ADDRESS CHANGE
On the renewal of the domain, we have changed to www.stmaryscorowa.com So, we are now a “.com” address when you search…Not lost or forgotten – just moved! On the other hand, I have asked that we be changed back to “.org” … Try both!
LAST SUNDAY’S BULLETIN INSERT: “WRITE to local Parliamentarians” Recall Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Letters carry great weight. It is not too late to add your voice. The PM, Tony Abbot is standing firm, but would appreciate support – at least on this critical issue. Please write to him and to others. Also, please note, this editor made a mistake on the insert: Ms Sussan Ley is NOT Assistant Minister for Education, but “Minister for Sport and Minister for Health”.
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Roster for 11th – 12th July
6.30pm Sandral Family
9.00am Svarc Family
6.30pm J & M Schnelle
9.00am E & B Christy
6.30pm T Drum C Salmon
9.00am K King M Tomlinson
Altar: M Macqueen
6.30pm A Pilgrim
9.00am P Hanrahan
6.30pm D & T Forge
9.00am L McKenzie C Batang
Collection: T Moroney
Counters: M Kelly
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MASS INTENTIONS 4th – 12th July
(to be included)
6.30pm Mass (Catherine King, Lewis Nagle)
Sunday 5th 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9.00am Mass (for all parishioners)
9.00am Mass (Janine Whitty; Jean O’Donnell)
9.00am Mass (Howard & Mark Fitzgibbon; Shirley Ash)
9.00am Mass (Joan & Vin Fitzgerald; Imelda Gauci)
11.40 Nov. & M (M.Jaszczyk; Judy Raggett)
9.00am Mass (Linda Forge; Marie McNamara)
Saturday 11th St Benedict
8.45am Rosary & M (Kevin & Patsy Regan; John Anser)
6.30pm Vigil M (M. Buggy; Natalie Lawrence)
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
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