ASCENSION OF THE LORD
“As he blessed them, he was carried up to heaven” (Lk 24.53)
Prayer: “Lord, send us Your Holy Spirit.”
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MOTHERS’ DAY – DIFFICULT FOR SOME
The dilemma posed by a difficult mother is often enforced with anger: some children live in a constant state of high alert, anticipating emotional explosions. Even as adults they panic in the face of a mother’s anger, and may be quick to appease others, and quick to take the blame whenever anything goes wrong.
A difficult mother will also exert control over a child; reminded time after time that the mother must be in charge of their decisions, they may doubt their own judgment. Some difficult mothers withhold emotion, and one consequence may be that a child grows an adult who feels at sea with exuberant emotional displays. Many difficult mothers are also narcissistic, and that narcissism can be a source of disdain and contempt, particularly if you fail to offer her the egoistic satisfaction she craves.
These are uncomfortable legacies, but growing up involves learning to manage the feelings that have been shaped within our relational history. Such management is seldom done and dusted, once and for all; but Mother’s Day presents an opportunity to reflect on skills that we might have learned within that difficult relationship.
Some daughters and sons of volatile and angry mothers develop diplomatic finesses, patience, and steadiness in face of others’ volatility. With a narcissistic or needy mother one may learn tact in managing others’ envy and insecurity.
In adulthood, particularly in midlife, many discover that the struggle eases. Having secured other sources of love and comfort and recognition, we may achieve the generosity to probe the difficult mother’s perspective, offering her the empathy she denied her child. This process not only shores up one’s own soul; it also allows us to join others in honouring the role of mother as foundational influence, for both better and for worse.
Terri Apter is the author of Difficult Mothers: understanding and overcoming their power. W.W. Norton. [Read more here]
KEY DATES: CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES
*Wed 18th 7pm St Mary’s Hall – Mass + Meeting for parents and candidates
*Mon 23rd 9.30am Bishop Hanna visit to St Mary’s School and Confirmation candidates.
*Tue 24th 7pm – in church: Reconciliation for candidates and parishioners
*Sun 5th June 10.30am – CONFIRMATION – Bishop Hanna to confirm candidates.
OTHER EVENTS … PRAY FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY THIS WEEK
MASS CENSUS – EVERY SUNDAY IN MAY
* Mon 9th May 9.30am Wrap with Love – St Mary’s Hall. Joining knitted squares into rugs.
* Fri 13th May 9.00am Mass – WUCWO (World Union Catholic Women’s Day) & Cuppa after – Bring a plate.
*Sun 15th May CHRISTIAN UNITY SERVICE 5.30pm in St Andrews Presbyterian church. Cuppa to follow in St Andrew’s Hall.
*21st May 9am-3pm Wagga Catholic Men’s Conference. RSVP 16th May: 02.69334368.
*21 May 9.30am-3.30pm Day of Spirituality – “Become the face of God’s Mercy in the world” at Sacred Heart, N. Albury. $25 Donation. Presenter: Sr Patricia Weekes RSM.
COUNSELLING at St Mary’s
Wednesdays 10am Group Parenting Course
Wednesdays 2pm Anger Management at St Mary’s Presbytery rear flat. Ph. 0448772010
* 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
Anne Kingston, Shannon Elmore, Henry Kingston, Arthur Collins, Carmel Talbot, Betty Griffin, Laurie Talbot, Mary Hodgkin, Ray Currie, Pat Seymour, Ursula Bartlett, Michelle Hogan, Len Sambell, Michael Scown, Joan Sandral, Imelda Gauci.
MASS INTENTIONS 7th – 14th May
Sat 7th May
6.30pm (Shannon Elmore, Nancy Nathan)
Sun 8th May
9.00am Mass (For all Parishioners)
Mon 9th May
9am Mass (John Souquet, Ray Currie)
Tue 10th May
9am M (Olive Kingston, Belinda Nagle)
Wed 11th May
9am Mass (Henry Kingston, Arthur Collins)
Thurs 12th May
11.40 Nov.& M.(Lorna Poidevin Anne Kingston)
Fri 13th May (Our Lady of Fatima 1st app.)
9am M (WUCWO Mass int. Peter Robinson)
Sat 14th May St Matthias Apostle
9am M (Mary & Martin Moriarty; Phyllis Lowden)
6.30pm (Dixie Leslie; Michelle Hogan)
LITURGY ROSTER for 14th – 15th May
6.30pm P Culhane M Macqueen
6.30pm R Packer A Norman
9.00am A Campbell
6.30pm I & F Brooks
9.00am B Christy R Taylor
Altar: M Macqueen
6.30pm P Dwyer F Brooks
9.00am C O’Shea
Collection: J Taylor
Counters: Arthur & Mary Campbell
Airs 8 May 2016
THE JOURNEY CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM
AIRS 8 MAY 2016
Fr Graham Schmitzer shares his reflections on the Gospel of Luke for the Ascension of the Lord. We also hear some great reflections this week from Sr Hilda Scott OSB, Trish McCarthy and Fr Dave Callaghan on this week’s show. 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.