Pope Francis: By Baptism we are all missionaries.
Snippets of St Mary’s History (cont.)
St Mary’s Tennis Courts – now “St Mary’s Court” Residential Units
Opposite the old St Mary’s School (1893) building in Parade Place is a large plot of land that also belongs to St Mary’s parish. For many years it was the site of the parish tennis courts – four in all – and a vibrant parish tennis club that hosted many competitions. The local competition consisted of six teams, including one from St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
Highlights for Courts
A big occasion for St Mary’s Tennis Club was the installation and turning-on of lights. Interestingly, the principal invited guest players that evening were Rod Laver (Grand Slam fame) and Rex Hardwick (Davis Cup & Wimbledon Doubles). Among local players were two keen members – not unlike Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall – John O’Donoghue and John Boxall (later Br ‘Tim’ of John of God Brothers).
The tennis courts were also an ample venue for the early St Mary’s School to conduct its end of year physical education displays.
In due course, however, notably with the advent of lawn tennis courts in Corowa, and when St Mary’s clay courts had long been abandoned and overgrown with weeds, a meeting was called to discuss how the property could serve a better purpose.
The large meeting of parishioners passed two motions – to formally discontinue use of the site as tennis courts, and to elect a committee who would deliver a proposal regarding the site. The members of the committee were Ian Brooks (Pres.), Marj Regan (Sec), Elaine Clohessy, Bill Kaitler, and Jim Sandral. The proposal was to erect units for retirees, especially serving needs of senior members of the Catholic community.
Consequently, on 8th April 1984, Bishop William Brennan blessed and opened the Units of St Mary’s Court – 9 Residential units for retirees; several units are 2-bedroom and adequate to serve the needs of couples. St Mary’s Court Committee, manages the site and ensures maintenance of units and grounds. Residents with an interest in gardening are able cultivate the small plots beside each unit. In 2015, a second carport was erected to accommodate residents’ cars.
In 2016, local Landcare members and Community Garden volunteers are turning the unused portion nearest the church – formerly known as ‘The Triangle’ – into a native plants garden that includes a pathway and a sitting out area for residents and passers-by. (A Brief History of St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Corowa, 2016, p. 15)
*Sun 3rd July ADORATION SUNDAY IN COROWA – All welcome. 10am – 1pm in Our Lady’s Chapel.
*25th ANNIVERSARY FR CHRIS FORD sdb
Fr Chris Ford was ordained at St Mary’s Corowa in 1991 on 6th July, 2016. Current address: Don Bosco Technical Centre, P.O. Box 124, Apia, Samoa. Pray for all missionaries.
*Mon 11th July 9.30am WRAP WITH LOVE – in St Mary’s Hall
* Sun 24th July 10am-12noon ST MARY’S PLAY GROUP Open Day at St Mary’s Hall in Parade Place. All welcome. – Shelley Forge.
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.
Used Stamps – for Peru Missions
A Big thank you for all the used stamps(& some unused) sent in for the Mary Mackillop International Mission & Funds raised in 2015 were $34,501 & since the beginning in 2001 a total of $125,000 has been raised by the sales of stamps sent in by parishes.
MASS INTENTIONS 2nd – 9th July
Sat 02nd Welcome, Fr Vin Walsh
6.30pm (Doris Willis, Mollie Boxall, Della Kelly)
9.00am Mass (For all Parishioners)
9am M(Lewis Nagle; Cath King; Bridget Curran)
9am Mass (Betty Gentles; Janine Wright)
11.40 Nov. & M. (Jean & Jerry O’Donnell)
9am M (Joan & Vin Fitzgerald; Helen Naughtin)
9am M(Jim, John & Jenny (K) Hanrahan;
6.30pm (Linda Forge, Marie McNamara)
LITURGY ROSTER for 9th – 10th July
6.30pm M Carter M Skehan
9.00am Drum Fm
6.30pm J Mclean S Drum
9.00am M Milthorpe
6.30pm T Drum M Skehan
9.00am K King A Pilgrim
Altar: M Doyle
6.30pm M Skehan
9.00am C Sandral
9.00am Zara Rippingale, Victoria Kreun
Collection: T Moroney
Counters: M Kelly
This week on The Journey (Ep151)
In an awesome episode of The Journey, Darren McDowell (Adult Faith Formation in Wollongong, NSW) joins us to reflect on the Gospel of Luke, Sr Hilda speaks to us, and we have another brilliant interview, this time with Monica Doumit, a Catholic Journalist and apologist with Catholic Talk. We also hear from Byron & Francine Pirola, and have fantastic music as per usual!
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