Image (above) Mons Lane with Cardinal Freeman & Bishop Carroll at Golden Jubilee celebrations
1st August is the 20th Anniversary of Monsignor Michael Lane
MONSIGNOR LANE AS PARISH PRIEST
(Extract from The Church by the Rocky River – St Mary’s Corowa 1878-1978)
“…A month before the termination of the Second World war, Father Michael Francis Lane was appointed Parish Priest of St Mary’s in July, 1945, following periods at Urana and Henty.
Father was born at Koroit, Victoria, on October 29, 1906, and educated at Lockhart, Goulburn, Springwood, Manly and the Irish college in Rome; he was ordained on May 25, 1929. He was a professor at Manly and Springwood between 1930 and 1936 and an Inspector of Schools in the Wagga Diocese.
EARLY DAYS IN COROWA
His earliest recollection of his days in Corowa is of Master Tom O’Brien ringing for a very long period the church bell calling people to Mass on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, when news was received of the cessation of hostilities in the Pacific.
The next thirty years cover a period of great change in the practice of religion and in the community generally, a change that has not yet reached finality.
INFLUENCE OF WAR YEARS
In the 1940s the influence of the war years lingered on. Wages were low, money was scarce and there was restriction on spending. People were disciplined – with the result that large sodalities continued to flourish, in particular the Holy Name Society, the Sacred Heart Sodality, and the Children of Mary.
Children obeyed and respected their parents and youth organizations were successful. The Campion Society drew young men who were anxious to learn more about their faith and defend it if the need arose.
Catholics still worked hard at bazaars, flower shows, school picnics, fetes, euchre parties and dances to raise needed finance.
AFFLUENCE OF 50s
The 1950s brought a period of comparative affluence; these were more prosperous years with higher prices for wool, sheep, wheat and cattle. But prosperity need not always have beneficial results; an increasing worldliness, softness and religious indifference began to show itself. A dearth of vocations and the Wyndham Report were to lead to the termination of secondary education in the parish.” [check further details on our website here. ]
Monsignor Lane continued as Parish Priest at St Mary’s until his retirement in 1981. He remained on as Assistant until March 1985 and eventually moved to the Home of Compassion in Wagga where he died on 1st August 1995.
37 Years St Mary’s Parish Priest
Thirty-seven years as Parish Priest of St Mary’s Corowa meant that Corowa was a major part of Monsignor’s life, and because it held a special place in his heart, he asked to be buried in Corowa. He is buried in the Corowa Lawn Cemetery.
With gratitude to God for this dedicated priest’s long years of service to St Mary’s, we pray: “May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.”
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.
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FORTHCOMING MEETINGS / EVENTS
27th July Mon. 9.30am WRAP WITH LOVE in St Mary’s Hall
28th July Tues. 5.30pm at presbytery Meeting Room – Parish Finance Committee
31 July-03 Aug: WOMEN’S CURSILLO WEEKEND – ‘Renewing Disciples’ at Borambola Sports & Rec Centre via Wagga. For details contact Fr Hart 6033 1927.
2nd August: 10am – 5.pm ADORATION of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. All Welcome. – Any time you can give to the Lord will bring everlasting blessings for you and your family. You’ll never regret your generosity of time with Jesus. Clipboard on back table of church; sign on, or just come and pray.
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MASS INTENTIONS 25th July– 2nd August
Sat 25th St James, Apostle
6.30pm Mass (Pat Kelly, Jim & John Hanrahan)
Sun. 26th July 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9.00am Mass (for all parishioners)
9.00am Mass (Kevin and Gwen Lovell)
9.00am Mass (Fr Peter Quinn, Fr Bob Leaver)
Wednesday 29th St Martha
11.40 Novena & Mass (Anne Aquilina; Sutcliffe & Day Families)
Friday 31st St Ignatius of Loyola
9.00am Mass ( Michael Scown; Monsignor Michael Lane)
Saturday 1st [Welcome to Fr Vin Walsh]
No 9.00a.m. Mass [Fr Hart at Cursillo, Borambola]
6.30pm Vigil M (Mons M. Lane 20th Anniv.)
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
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Liturgy Roster for 1st – 2nd August
6.30pm P Culhane M Macqueen
9.00am R Whitmore
6.30pm C Knight J Lowden
9.00am P Lemmon
6.30pm K O’Halloran J Lowden
9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon
Altar: M Doyle
6.30pm Sandral Fm
9.00am C Sutcliffe
6.30pm D & T Forge
9.00am Z Rippingale, V Kreun
Collection: B O’Shea
Counters: M Kelly
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THIS WEEK ON ‘THE JOURNEY’ – Catholic Radio
[Program airs on Sunday 26th July]
This week Fr Graham Schmitzer gives us a reflection on the Gospel and Trish McCarthy urges us to “live life anchored.” Sr Hilda Scott OSB has more Wisdom from the Abbey and our sound editor Nick Weir has outdone himself with awesome music picked out for the show.