THE WEDDING FEAST AT CANA
Everyone is interested in a marriage. If the human heart does not have enough love in its heart, it seeks out those who are in love. The most famous marriage in history was at Cana, because Our Blessed Lord was present there. A marriage in the East was always a time of great rejoicing. The bridegroom went to the home of the bride, and in those days it was never the bride who kept the bridegroom waiting, but rather the bridegroom, as in the parable, who kept the bride waiting.
The bride was veiled, from head to foot, to symbolize her subjection as a wife. Both partners fasted the whole day before the marriage and confessed their sins in prayer as on the Day of Atonement. Ceremonies began at twilight, for it was a custom in Palestine, no less than in Greece: To bear away The bride from home at blushing shut of day. The Cana marriage is the only occasion in Sacred Scripture where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is mentioned before Him. It is very likely that it was one of her relatives who was being married, and possible that she was present at the wedding before Him.
It is a beautiful and a consoling thought that Our Blessed Lord, Who came to teach. sacrifice, and urge us to take up our cross daily, should have begun His public life by assisting at a marriage feast.
(Bp Fulton Sheen – The World’s First Love)
In Western secular society many think little of religion and spiritual values; it’s a time when a marriage in a park is as good as in a church, or that no wedding is necessary at all. So, to receive an invitation to a wedding that will be celebrated during a Mass and in the Catholic Tradition always brings a frisson of excitement.
Underlying the ceremony should be the deepening faith of the young couple – supported by faith-filled family and friends. Encourage all young couples to invite Jesus to their wedding. His presence brings abundant and everlasting blessings.
24 Jan (Sunday) Federation Festival Corowa
- NB 8.00am Mass at St Mary’s;
- 9.30am Ecumenical Service on the Mound.
- 11.00am Parade in Sanger Street, Corowa.
ANOINTING OF SICK MASSES
Next Mass Fri 5th Feb 10am 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.
MASS INTENTIONS 16th Jan – 24th Jan
6.30pm (Charlie Cleary; Vin Fitzgerald)
9am Mass (For all Parishioners)
9am Mass (Ryan & Lane; Presti & Borhi fms)
9am M (Stan & Tom Curran; John & Jan Pablubiski)
9am M (Jim & Janet Carroll; Carmel, Maureen, Cathy)
Thurs 21st St Agnes, Virgin Martyr
11.40am Nov. & M. (Marg & Gerry Naughtin; Maureen Parker)
9am M (Harry & Ken Hughes; Betty Griffin)
9am M (Sue Knight, Ray Currie, Mary Hodgkin)
6.30pm (Kevin & Gwen Lovell; Zita Walsh)
9am Mass – (For all parishioners)
LITURGY ROSTER for 23RD-24TH Jan
6.30pm O’Halloran fm
9.00am Svarc fm
6.30pm S Drum, I Brooks
9.00am M Kelly
6.30pm D & A Norman
9.00am D Collins, M Tomlinson
Altar: Mona Doyle
6.30pm P Dwyer, F Brooks
9.00am C O’Shea
6.30pm Steph Lassey; Olivia Smerdon
9.00am Bella Heagney; Isabel Bush
Collection: Matt Drum
Counters: A & M Campbell