Did you know that if you earn just $40,500 a year, you are among the richest 5% of people in the world? 95% of the population of the world is poorer than you. That is food for thought.
The following statement of a missionary priest startled his congregation: “What you don’t need doesn’t belong to you; it belongs to the poor.”
When we have appeals of so many kinds to help the poor, such ideas should help us to be generous.
Are you building bigger barns?
The same Irish missionary priest was home on leave visiting his family when they told him of an elderly neighbour who was dying and who wished to see him. The old man seemed agitated and told the priest he was very afraid to die. The priest tried to reassure him because of his long faith-filled life. He was not consoled. Eventually he told the priest his worry: “Father, I still have £500 in the bank and I don’t need it, and I can’t use it, and I am afraid of Jesus’ judgment on these riches.”
Faith leads to a relationship with God and to a relationship with God’s poor, our brothers and sisters in need. It challenges us to develop both. … St Vincent de Paul, ‘Ladles of Love’, ‘Wrap with love’, these and other corporal works of mercy are always within our reach. As Mother Teresa teaches us:
Today’s gospel parable is powerful
“…So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.”
Being ‘rich in the sight of God’ is having a strong relationship with Jesus and a strong relationship with your neighbour through corporal works of mercy – active compassionate charity.
*2ND Aug 5-8pm Tues: Ladles of Love – Soup Kitchen at St Mary’s Hall – for anyone in need: Hot meal & other supplies available.
*4th Aug – Seminary Feast Day – St John Vianney. All welcome to Mass 11.30am & Lunch at Vianney College, Wagga.
*8th Aug Mon. – Feast of St Mary MacKillop
*8th Aug Mon 9.30am WRAP WITH LOVE in St Mary’s Hall – making wraps/blankets for the poor in many countries of our world.
*15th Aug Mon 10am ASSUMPTION OF BVM – School Mass
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. Also available: Literacy & Numeracy courses, and Financial Planning for Families.
* 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
Bill Chisnall, Frank Tuck, Ken Macqueen, Doris Robinson, Jenny (Hanrahan) King, Bernice Chetcuti, George Cole, Ken Boxall, Anne Kingston, Shannon Elmore, Henry Kingston, Arthur Collins, Carmel Talbot, Betty Griffin.
MASS INTENTIONS 30th July – 6th August
6.30pm (Frs Peter Quinn & John A McGrath)
Sun 31st July – 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time
9.00am Mass (For all Parishioners)
Mon 1st August St Alphonsus Liguori
9am Mass (Mons M Lane & Sisters of Mercy)
9am Mass (Frs Chris Riley, T Mahedy, M Lucas, J Munro)
Wed 3rd St Dominic
9am Mass (Vera Martin, George Cole)
Thurs 4th St John Vianney
11.40 Nov. & M. (Ursula Bartlett, Doris Robinson)
10am Karinya anointing M (Sick & Disabled)
Sat 6th Transfiguration of the Lord
9am M (Paul Tillitt, Pat Fitzgerald)
6.30pm (Mario Caminito, Dimpy Weston)
LITURGY ROSTER for 6th & 7th August
6.30pm Norman fm
6.30pm J McLean, S Drum
9.00am M Kelly
6.30pm T Drum C Salmon
9.00am K Roberts
Altar: M Fitzgibbon
6.30pm M Clohessy, M Skehan
9.00am Craig Sandral
9.00am Olivia & Simone Aitkin
Collection: Brian O’Shea
Counters: M Kelly, Nicole Smith
This week on The Journey (Ep155)
|In a fantastic episode of The Journey, Fr Graham Schmitzer (Unanderra, NSW) returns to reflect on chapter 11 of the Gospel of Luke, Sr Hilda shares a touching story, and Sam Clear shares about his walk around the world. We also hear from Bruce Downes The Catholic Guy, the Pirolas, and Pete Gilmore, and have great music as always!
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