15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Yr. B
“Laudato Si” – Pope Francis – the beginning of the Encyclical
On Care for Our Common Home
“Laudato si’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.
- This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.
The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters. Nothing in this world is indifferent to us
- More than fifty years ago, with the world teetering on the brink of nuclear crisis, Pope Saint John XXIII wrote an Encyclical which not only rejected war but offered a proposal for peace. He addressed his message Pacem in Terris to the entire “Catholic world” and indeed “to all men and women of good will”. Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet. In my Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, I wrote to all the members of the Church with the aim of encouraging ongoing missionary renewal. In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.
- In 1971, eight years after Pacem in Terris, Blessed Pope Paul VI referred to the ecological concern as “a tragic consequence” of unchecked human activity: “Due to an ill-considered exploitation of nature, humanity runs the risk of destroying it and becoming in turn a victim of this degradation”.
[Pope Paul] spoke in similar terms to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations about the potential for an “ecological catastrophe under the effective explosion of industrial civilization”, and stressed “the urgent need for a radical change in the conduct of humanity”, inasmuch as “the most extraordinary scientific advances, the most amazing technical abilities, the most astonishing economic growth, unless they are accompanied by authentic social and moral progress, will definitively turn against man”…. (..to be continued).
[Copies of Laudato Si will be available soon on back table.]
If you want to access Laudato Si directly, click Laudato Si.
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Remember in Prayer
Michelle Hogan, Len Sambell, Michael Scown, Patrick Whitty, Bernard McKay, Natalie Lawrence, Shirley Ash, Kevin Seymour, Joan Sandral, 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
* 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
12th July Sun. SEA SUNDAY A leaving collection will be taken at Masses this weekend for the ministry supporting the spiritual welfare of seafarers operating in/out of Australian ports.
13th July Mon. 9.30am WRAP WITH LOVE in St Mary’s Hall
16th July Thurs. CWL 1.45pm in Presbytery Meeting Room
17th-19th July THE GIFT OF HEALING “To break every chain and transform lives” – teachings and an encounter on Healing at Sacred Heart church Wodonga. Sponsored by Cath. Charis. Renewal of Melbourne.cf: http://www.ccr.org.au/about-ccr/vision-and-mission-statement.html Guest Spkrs: Lenyce Willason & Christine Grech. RSVP (for catering) to firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ph. Brigita at 0412042196.
21st July Tue 12.30pm Albury Entertainment Centre: CIRCUS QUIRKUS – in support of Special Needs Children. 14 free tickets available from Parish Office / Fr Paul, for any who wish to attend.
22nd July Wed 6.30pm in Church – 1ST Reconciliation & Communion General Meeting of families.
31 July-03 Aug: WOMEN’S CURSILLO WEEKEND – ‘Renewing Disciples’ at Borambola Sports & Rec Centre via Wagga. For details contact Fr Hart 6033 1927.
ADVANCE NOTICE St Columba’s Oaklands Centenary 01st Nov. 2015. All welcome, especially former parishioners and friends. Contact: Louise Smith 6035 4446
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Liturgy Roster for 18th – 19th July
Gifts: 6.30pm M. Carter M. Skehan … 9.00am CWL Members
Lectors: 6.30pm J McLean E Kingston … 9.00am M Milthorpe
Special Minister: 6.30pm I & F Brooks … 9.00am B Christy R Taylor
Altar: M Macqueen
Welcomers: 6.30pm M Clohessy M Skehan … 9.00am C Sandral
Altar Servers: 6.30pm E Tidd D Marshall … 9.00am B Heagney I Bush
Collection: J Taylor
Counters: L & N Hughes
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MASS INTENTIONS 12th – 19th July
Sat 11th 6.30pm Mass (M Buggy, Natalie Lawrence)
Sunday 12th 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 9.00am Mass (for all parishioners)
Monday 13th 9.00am Mass (Peace in the Middle East & in families)
Tuesday 14th 9.00am Mass (Joanne, Fiona and Pat Kelly & families)
Wednesday 15th St Bonaventure 9.00am Mass (Special and Thanksgiving intention)
Thursday 16th 11.40 Nov. & M ( Deceased members of CWL and Pauline Kerr)
Friday 17th 9.00am Mass (Sick & suffering and carers)
Saturday 18th 8.45 Rosary & Mass (John & Peter Kelly, and Kingston family) 6.30pm Vigil M (Len Sambell; Michelle Hogan)
Sunday 19th 9.00am Mass (All parishioners) [No Coreen Mass today]
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THE JOURNEY CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM
This week on The Journey, Sam Clear shares some of his story whilst walking the famous Camino pilgrimage route in Santiago, and Fr Dave Callaghan reminds us that Sin is a symptom of the disease of our hearts which only Jesus can heal. We also hear from Sr Hilda Scott OSB, Trish McCarthy and Bruce Downes “The Catholic Guy”. Tune into LIFE 101.9 FM or 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury Wodonga Sun 11am or go to www.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.