…he resolutely took the road for Jerusalem (Lk 9.51).
Prayer for the week – the Australian Election Prayer
The Australian Catholic Bishops do not tell us how we should vote – that is a matter of conscience for each individual. However, they do admonish us to use our vote for the voiceless (Cf Together June 2016, pp 7 & 16). This month’s Together (p.16) also has this prayer for the Election. We surely need to pray for our country each day in this election week:
Prayer for the Australian Election
Holy God, at the dawn of time you fashioned the world and set it on its course. In the fullness of time Your Son took flesh and sowed the seeds of a new order, and day by day your Spirit works to bring to birth your realm of mercy, justice and peace.
We give you thanks for Australia, the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit. In this Spirit we pray for our land and all its people as the nation prepares to elect a new Federal Parliament.
We pray for the women and men who have offered themselves as candidates for public office. May those who are elected set their hearts always on honourable service and the common good.
We pray for the citizens of this much-blessed country, that they may take up their responsibility to vote with wisdom and freedom, and choose what is best for the whole community.
Loving God, to listen to your Son is to be moved to speak up for the unseen and unheard. Give us hearts to heed your Word and mouths to declare your truth.
We pray that through this election Christian communities will be a voice for the voiceless.
We especially remember refugees and asylum seekers, indigenous peoples, survivors of sexual abuse, those who suffer family violence, those in the womb, the elderly, those suffering mental illness, those suffering addiction, those entrapped in new forms of slavery and the desperately poor beyond our shores.
We hold before you the whole of our world, both social and natural. We pray for a healthy society in which marriage and family life is respected and supported.
We pray for the earth our home – the land on which we dwell, the air we breathe, the water we drink – that creation’s cry for healing and care is heard.
Bless all who are elected to serve the nation; may the wisdom and courage of the Holy Spirit guide them to govern for the good of all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
*Sat 25-Sun 26 – LEAVING COLLECTION for Holy Father’s Mission & Charity Projects.
* Tues 28th 5.30pm Finance Committee in Parish Meeting Room
*Sun 3rd July ADORATION SUNDAY IN COROWA – All welcome. 10am – 1pm in Our Lady’s Chapel.
* AUSTRALIAN PILGRIMAGE – Srs of St Joseph 150th Anniversary: “In the Footsteps of Mary MacKillop” 9th-19th November 2016. Beginning Melbourne à (by coach) Hamilton, Portland, Port McDonnel, Penola, Robe, and Adelaide, then (fly to) Sydney. Further details, leaflets at back of church, or contact Parish office, or check the pilgrimage website: MMP.NationalPilgrimage@sosj.org.au
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FR CHRIS FORD!
Fr Chris Ford (son of Marie and Kevin Ford formerly of Balldale) a former parishioner and pupil of St Mary’s Primary School, was ordained at St Mary’s Corowa in 1991. Chris celebrates his 25th Anniversary on 6th July, 2016. He is currently on mission in Samoa where his address is: Don Bosco Technical Centre, P.O. Box 124, Apia, Samoa.
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
Ken Macqueen, Doris Robinson, Bernice Chetcuti, George Cole, Ken Boxall, Anne Kingston, Shannon Elmore, Henry Kingston, Arthur Collins, Carmel Talbot, Betty Griffin.
MASS INTENTIONS 25th June – 2nd July
6.30pm (Michelle Hogan, Irene Cavanagh)
9.00am Mass (For all Parishioners)
9am Mass (Len Samball; Jenny King)
Tue 28st St Irenaeus, Martyr
9am M (Sheila Shelley; Bridget Curran)
Wed 29th Sts Peter & Paul, Apostles
9am Mass (Michael Scown; Anne Aquilina)
11.40Nov & M (Jack Martin; Bernard Robinson)
Fri 01st July
9am M (Anne Kingston, Kevin & Pat Seymour)
9am M (Peter, Annie & Kevin Carroll)
6.30pm (Doris Willis, Mollie Boxall, Della Kelly)
LITURGY ROSTER for 02nd – 03rd July
6.30pm Sandral fm
9.00am Svarc fm
6.30pm J Lowden, J Schnelle
9.00am M Kelly
6.30pm K O’Halloran C Salmon
9.00am K Roberts P Lemmon
Altar: M Macqueen
6.30pm Sandral fm
9.00am C Sutcliffe
Collection: Brian O’Shea
Counters: M Kelly & Nicole Smith