[Image: Pope Francis with Colombian orphan – Vatican, October 2013
To access a heart-warming 1 minute YouTube of Pope Francis and the little boy click here.]
16th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Yr. B
“Laudato Si” – Pope Francis
On Care for Our Common Home
(…continuing from last week):
- Saint John Paul II became increasingly concerned about this issue. In his first Encyclical he warned that human beings frequently seem “to see no other meaning in their natural environment than what serves for immediate use and consumption”.
Subsequently, he would call for a global ecological conversion. At the same time, he noted that little effort had been made to “safe-guard the moral conditions for an authentic human ecology”.
The destruction of the human environment is extremely serious, not only because God has entrusted the world to us men and women, but because human life is itself a gift which must be defended from various forms of debasement. Every effort to protect and improve our world entails profound changes in “lifestyles, models of production and consumption, and the established structures of power which today govern societies”.
Authentic human development has a moral character. It presumes full respect for the human person, but it must also be concerned for the world around us and “take into account the nature of each being and of its mutual connection in an ordered system”. Accordingly, our human ability to transform reality must proceed in line with God’s original gift of all that is.
6. My predecessor Benedict XVI likewise proposed “eliminating the structural causes of the dysfunctions of the world economy and correcting models of growth which have proved incapable of ensuring respect for the environment”. He observed that the world cannot be analyzed by isolating only one of its aspects, since “the book of nature is one and indivisible”, and includes the environment, life, sexuality, the family, social relations, and so forth. It follows that “the deterioration of nature is closely connected to the culture which shapes human coexistence”. Pope Benedict asked us to recognize that the natural environment has been gravely damaged by our irresponsible behaviour.
The social environment has also suffered damage. Both are ultimately due to the same evil: the notion that there are no indisputable truths to guide our lives, and hence human freedom is limitless. We have forgotten that “man is not only a freedom which he creates for himself.
Man does not create himself. He is spirit and will, but also nature”. With paternal concern, Benedict urged us to realize that creation is harmed “where we ourselves have the final word, where everything is simply our property and we use it for ourselves alone.
The misuse of creation begins when we no longer recognize any higher instance than ourselves, when we see nothing else but ourselves”.
If you want to access the Encyclical online, click Laudato Si.
[Print copies of Laudato Si will be available soon on back table.]
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 neighbourhood
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 9.00am
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FORTHCOMING MEETINGS / EVENTS
21st July Tue 12.30pm CIRCUS QUIRKUS At Albury Entertainment Centre – in support of family life. 14 free tickets available from Parish Office / Fr Paul, for any who wish to attend.
22nd July Wed. 12.30pm Balldale Majellan Group Meeting at Marie Tomlinson’s home, 19 Murray Street, Corowa. All welcome.
**22nd July Wed. 6.30pm in Church – 1ST Reconciliation & Communion General Meeting of families.
27th July Mon. 9.30am WRAP WITH LOVE in St Mary’s Hall
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. Contact: Louise Smith 6035 4446
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Roster for 25th – 26th July
6.30pm J Heagney
9.00am M Drum
6.30pm S Drum I Brooks
9.00am M Kelly
6.30pm A Pilgrim M Skehan
9.00am D Collins M Tomlinson
Altar: M Macqueen
6.30pm P Dwyer F Brooks
9.00am C O’Shea
6.30pm M Blockley N Esplana
9.00am S & O Aitkin
Collection: M Drum
Counters: R Packer I Brooks
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MASS INTENTIONS 18th – 26th July
6.30pm Mass (Len Sambell, Michelle Hogan)
Sun. 19th July 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9.00am Mass (for all parishioners)
9.00am M. (Len Forrest; Andrew Bush)
No 9.00 am Mass (Fr Paul at Clergy conference…)
No 9.00 am Mass (Clergy conference…)
Thursday 23rd (transferred from Wed.) St Mary Magdalene
11.40 Nov. & Noon Mass (Pat Freeman; John Buggy)
9.00am Mass (Eric & Norma Norman; Len Sambell)
Saturday 25th St James, Apostle
8.45 Rosary & Mass (Bob Yates; John Hickey)
6.30pm Vigil Mass (Pat Kelly; Jim & John Hanrahan)
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
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THE JOURNEY CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM
This week on The Journey Sr Hilda Scott OSB challenges us never to give up, Trish McCarthy reminds us that love is what draws us closer to God, and Peter Gilmore challenges us to take the time to examine ourselves by pondering on our relationship with God. Tune into LIFE 101.9 FM or 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury Wodonga Sun 11am or go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email. The current weekly podcast only becomes available on Sunday morning; but all earlier podcasts are at the two sites included here.