The Journey of the Magi – T.S. Eliot

“A cold coming we had of it,

Just the worst time of the year

For a journey, and such a long journey:

The ways deep and the weather sharp,

The very dead of winter.”

And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,

Lying down in the melting snow.

There were times we regretted

The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,

And the silken girls bringing sherbet.

Then the camel men cursing and grumbling

And running away, and wanting their liquor and women,

And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,

And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly

And the villages dirty, and charging high prices:

A hard time we had of it.

At the end we preferred to travel all night,

Sleeping in snatches,

With the voices singing in our ears, saying

That this was all folly.

Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,

Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation;

With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness,

And three trees on the low sky,

And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.

Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,

Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,

And feet kicking the empty wine-skins.

But there was no information, and so we continued

And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon

Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory.

All this was a long time ago, I remember,

And I would do it again, but set down

This set down

This: were we led all that way for

Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly,

We had evidence and no doubt.

I have seen birth and death,

But had thought they were different; this Birth was

Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.

We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,

But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,

With an alien people clutching their gods.

I should be glad of another death.

Epiphany - stained glass #3



    • TODAY IS ADORATION SUNDAY 10am–1pm. ‘O come Let us adore Him, Christ the Lord’ in the Eucharist, giving thanks for the gift of the Saviour at Christmas, and life’s many blessings.


 Next Mass Fri 5th Feb at Karinya.



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

* McLean’s, 5a Lindsay St., Wed 5.30pm

* Karinya chapel – Sundays 11am

* St Mary’s Church, Sat 8.45am+ 9am Mass


Remember in Prayer

Fr Warren Mossfield, Brian O’Neill, Fr Baltrame, Betty Griffin, Laurie Talbot, Mary Hodgkin, Ray Currie, Pat Seymour, Ursula Bartlett, Michelle Hogan, Len Sambell, Michael Scown, Joan Sandral, Imelda Gauci, Fr Rafe Beltrame.


MASS INTENTIONS 3rd Jan – 9th Jan

Sat 02nd

6.30pm (Ray Currie, Ursula Bartlett, Len Samball)

Sun 03rd 

9.00am Mass (All Parishioners)

Mon 04th

9am Mass (Norma Rhodes, Jacko Whyte)

Tue 05th

9am M (Alan & Pauline Kerr; Leonie McPherson)

Wed 06th

9am M (Bernice, Peter Gale; Bronte, Sam C.)

Thurs 07th

11.40am Nov. & M.(F. Culhane, Sue Knight)

Fri 08th

9am M (Ede Dormer; Joan Sandral & family)

Sat 09th

9am M (Kit Naughtin; Betty Griffin & family)

6.30pm (John Nolan; Ray Knight)

Sun 3rd

9am Mass – (For all parishioners)


LITURGY ROSTER for 9th – 10th Jan


6.30pm M Carter

9.00am M Skehan


6.30pm J McLean E Kingston

9.00am E Christy B Christy

Special Minister:

6.30pm T Drum

9.00am K King M Tomlinson

Altar: M Doyle


6.30pm A Pilgrim

9.00am P Hanrahan

Altar Servers:

6.30pm Dylan Forge Hunter Albury

9.00am Lachlan McKenzie, Chesric Batang

Collection: Brian O’Shea

Counters:  R Packer I Brooks