St Pio of Pietrelcina offers Mass
“This is my body; this is my blood.”
Snippets of St Mary’s History (cont.)
On his 15th anniversary, 18th May, we prayed for Fr John McGrath (Corowa Parish Priest 1982 – 1996)
Father John Anthony McGrath – “Mac” – was born 23rd May 1926 and died 19th May 2001; he is buried at Wagga. He was ordained to the priesthood on 25th July 1954. His favourite saying was: “The Lord is not dead, nor does he sleep.”
Fr McGrath spent his early and teenage years in an orphanage in Ballarat. However he never lost the sense of ‘family’; he and his brother and sisters remained very close throughout their lives. This translated into the fact that family always came first in his work in the parish – especially when any family was in crisis. He had a gift with languages and spoke Italian, German, and was – like most priests of his day – fluent in Latin. Canon Law was his hobby and always a favourite item for discussion.
After Monsignor Lane’s retirement in 1982, Fr John McGrath was appointed to Corowa and remained Parish Priest until his retirement in 1996.
Music in the Liturgy
Fr McGrath’s love of music was legendary and he had an excellent singing voice. This was put to great use because of his deep appreciation of the aims of the Vatican Council in regard to lay participation in the liturgy, as well as its enhancement through music and hymns, traditional and recent.
His love of music was firmly based on skill and professional knowledge. He belonged to that very rare breed of priests who was able to write music for the Responsorial Psalm for each Sunday of the year in a key that all could sing. He also wrote a ‘Gloria’ which remains in the present collection of music and was played long after he had retired from the parish.
The Easter Vigil was always a solemn event in the liturgical year. In Fr McGrath’s time it commenced with the faithful assembled beside the parish Hall for the kindling of the outdoor Easter Fire and the lighting of the Easter Candle. This was followed by the whole congregation singing during the procession from the hall across the carpark and into the darkened church – a most evocative experience. Father’s sung Masses remain well remembered in Corowa.
Lent gathering of priests
It was Fr McGrath who began the “Priests Monday” on the last Monday before Lent each year. In the early years they were very big affairs – with marquees on the back lawn of the presbytery. On such occasions the highlight was often when, to the amusement of the assembled clergy, ‘Mac’ sang ‘Waltzing Matilda’ in German.
A lifelong hobby for ‘Mac’ had been stamp collecting and, after retirement, in order to pay for his overseas trip, he sold his very large collection.
… “Fr McGrath became ill during March, while in Rome, and died 18th May 2001.” – recorded in St Mary’s Parish Bulletin 27th May 2001. Many parishioners of St Mary’s and from other parishes, as well as priests from across the diocese, joined the bishop for Fr ‘Mac’s’ Requiem and funeral in Wagga on 28th May 2001.
[A Brief History of St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Corowa, (2016), p. 14]
*Sun 5th June 10.30am – CONFIRMATION – Bishop Hanna to confirm candidates.
*Mon 6th June 9.30am Parish Hall Wrap w Love
*Music Hall Variety Night – At Wahgunyah School of Arts Hall 8.00pm Fri-Sat 27-28th May, and Fri-Sat 3-4th June. Matinee Sat 28th 2.30pm
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COUNSELLING at St Mary’s
Wednesdays 10am Group Parenting Course
Wednesdays 2pm Anger Management at St Mary’s Presbytery rear flat. Run by Centacare and Sisters of Mercy. 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
John Donald, Jenny King, George Cole, Ken Boxall, Anne Kingston, Shannon Elmore, Henry Kingston, Arthur Collins, Carmel Talbot, Betty Griffin.
MASS INTENTIONS 28th May – 04th June
6.30pm (George Cole, Shannon Elmore)
9.00am Mass (For all Parishioners)
9am Mass (Anne Kingston, Shannon Elmore)
9am M (Michelle Hogan, Kathleen Collie)
Wed 1st June
9am Mass (Gordon & Lorna Poidevin)
11.40 Nov. & M. (Nancy O’Brien, Iris Drum, Pauline Kerr)
9am M Anointing Mass at Karinya (Sick & Disabled, mental illness)
9am M (Pat Smith, Judy Little, Ricky Fisher)
6.30pm (Joan Sandral, Imelda Gauci)
LITURGY ROSTER for 3rd – 4th June
6.30pm Norman Fm
6.30pm J McLean S Drum
9.00am A Campbell
6.30pm T Drum C Salmon
9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon
Altar: N Warhust
6.30pm M Skehan
9.00am C Sandral
Collection: B O’Shea
Counters: D & C Salmon
This week on The Journey (Episode 147)