Bulletin First Sunday of Advent – Yr C

1st Sunday of Advent 2015

Toward Christmas - Adv Reflection

Let the New Year of our praise and prayers to God begin!

Christmas is ‘at the door’ and knocking. – It is Jesus looking to be welcomed, warmed, and made to feel he belongs.

What can you offer Him? Is your door open? On Monday this week the Border Mail newsstand advertising headline was: “Border to open doors to Syrians.” (Sadly inside had virtually no further news on the topic!)

But it strikes a chord: “As long as you did it to the least of these, you did it to Me…” Jesus comes to us in the stranger, the widow, the orphan and the refugee.

Are we ready as a parish, as a town, to put out the ‘Welcome Mat’ to several refugee families? Start the conversation with your neighbour.


We can have hope because God is faithful to his promises (Romans 15.12-13).

Advent 1 - single candle - A time for Hope



As year’s end approaches a short report from the Charity Wrap with Love Inc. brings us up to date with their great work.

A number of parishioners work as volunteers to put together Wraps for Wrap With Love Inc. They meet regularly between February and November in St Mary’s Hall – free of charge – for which we are grateful.

WHO WE ARE:  Wrap With Love Inc. is a voluntary organisation with thousands of contributors from around Australia.

Since 1992, our volunteers involved in the project have given wraps to people in Australia and many countries around the world, dispatching over 30,000 each year for the relief of cold humanity. [i.e. approx. 690,000 so far!]

Wrap with Love Inc. links with national and international bona fide aid agencies to guarantee the delivery of wraps to areas of trauma and need.

Wrap with Love Inc. is a non-denominational, non-racial, non-political registered charity incorporated with the department of Fair Trading NSW.

This year (2015) the group has gathered, put together, labelled, and boxed over 200 rugs which were delivered to Sydney by Canny’s Transport Wangaratta – free of charge – for which we are very grateful. (Carmel Packer).

WRAPS area contacts: Carmel Moroney 02-6033 5381, and Carmel Packer 02-6033 0996.

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Wraps being put together at St Mary’s Hall



* Nora Kingston, 24 Alfred St ph. Wed 4.30pm

* McLean’s, 5a Lindsay St., Wed 5pm

* Karinya chapel – Sundays 11am

* St Mary’s Church, Sat 8.45am; Mass follows at 9.00am.


Remember in Prayer

Kevin Cantlon, Betty Griffin, Laurie Talbot, Laurie Fitzgerald, Phyllis Robinson, Pauline Bellette, Michael Connell, Mary Hodgkin, Ray Currie, Pat Seymour, Peter Howe, Ursula Bartlett, William Phibbs, Michelle Hogan, Len Sambell, Michael Scown, Patrick Whitty, Natalie Lawrence, Shirley Ash, Kevin Seymour, Joan Sandral, Imelda Gauci.



Male Volunteers

To assist with furniture pickups and deliveries 3 x ½ days weekly

Contact Marg or Cathy at Vinnies 6033 2309



CHRISTMAS RAFFLE TICKET BOOKS available at Mass & at the Presbytery any time.

 30th Nov & 7th Dec Mon 9.30am WRAP W LOVE in Hall.


Sadly, our parish does not have enough people free (or willing?) to give half an hour or an hour to Our Lord once a month in order to have just 7 hours of exposition.

Consequently, this month Adoration will be reduced: 10am (aft. Mass) until 1.00pm; Benediction will be at 12.45pm.

Come and pray for our parish. Time spent with Jesus is the most productive time of your life.

Because the Holy Father has proclaimed the Holy Year as the “Year of Mercy”, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed during Benediction on each Adoration Sunday in the coming year.

13 Dec Sun. 7.30pm Combined Churches Christmas Carols at St Andrews, Corowa. All welcome! – A beautiful community way to prepare the heart and soul for Christmas with Readings and Carols reflecting on the mystery of Jesus’ birth.


MASSES 21st – 29th Nov

Sat 28th

6.30pm Mass (Marie Cleary, Imelda Gauci)

Sun 29th 1st Sunday of Advent

9.00am Mass (All Parishioners)

Mon 30th St Andrew, Apostle  

9am Mass (Tomlinson, Godfrey, Culhane, O’Connor families)

Tue 1st Dec

9am Mass (Carroll, McLean, Plunkett Families; David Sandral)

Wed 2nd

9am Mass (Pat Seymour, Ron Rippingale, Doris Cofield & families)

Thurs 3rd St Francis Xavier

12.00 (Pat, Alma & Elaine Fitzgerald)

Fri 4th

10.00am Anointing Mass at Karinya (Pauline Bellette, Betty Griffin)

Sat 5th

9am Mass (Paul Wojtowyez, Cliff Broderick & families)

6.30pm Mass (Owen Doyle, Wal Filliponi & families)

Sun 6th 2nd Sunday Advent

9am Mass – (For all parishioners)


LITURGY ROSTER for 5th – 6th Dec


6.30pm P Culhane M Macqueen

9.00am R Whitmore


6.30pm S Drum I Brooks

9.00am P Lemmon

Special Minister:

6.30pm K O’ Halloran J Lowden

9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon

Altar: M Macqueen


6.30pm Sandral Fm

9.00am C Sutcliffe

Altar Servers:

6.30pm D Forge H Albury

9.00am Z Rippingale V Kreun

Collection: B O’Shea

Counters: R Packer I Brooks




This week on The Journey Fr Stephen Varney reflects on the Gospel of Mark 13:24-32; Sr Hilda Scott OSB in her segment reminds us about “The Comfort of God”; Sam Clear reminds us that God wants to transform us to become the message; Bruce Downes reminds us about the importance of “Sharing Faith” and Byron and Francene Pirola give us great tips on how to ensure a strong marriage.  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.