Bulletin 4th December 2016 – Second Sunday of Advent: John the Baptist



John the Baptist

“As we prepare to celebrate the nativity of Christ, John the Baptist’s call to conversion sounds out in our communities.

“It is a pressing invitation to open our hearts and to welcome the Son of God who comes among us to make divine judgement manifest. The Father, writes St. John the Evangelist, does not judge anyone, but has entrusted the power of judgement to the Son, because He is the Son of man.

“And it is today, in the present, that we decide our future destiny. It is with our concrete everyday behaviour in this life that we determine our eternal fate.

“At the end of our days on earth, at the moment of death, we will be evaluated on the basis of our likeness or otherwise to the Baby Who is about to be born in the poor grotto of Bethlehem, because He is the measure God has given humanity.

Through the Gospel John the Baptist continues to speak down the centuries to each generation. His hard clear words bring health to us, the men and women of this day in which even the experience and perception of Christmas often, unfortunately, reflects materialist attitudes.

“The ‘voice’ of the great prophet asks us to prepare the way for the coming Lord in the deserts of today, internal and external deserts, thirsting for the water of life which is Christ.” —   Benedict XVI.



*Sun 4th Dec. Adoration Day 10am-1pm. Benediction at 12.45pm.

*Sun 11th Dec 7pm Combined Churches Carols Service at Corowa Uniting Church.

*Mon 12th Dec. 6.30pm School Graduation Mass in St Mary’s church. All welcome.

*Wed 14th Dec. 5.00pm Parish Finance Committee at O’Shea’s.

*Wed 14th Dec. 7pm Parish Reconciliation evening in St Mary’s. Visiting priests to help.

* Wrap with Love: Members have concluded a very successful 2016, with 100 rugs stitched together for Australia and overseas! A big ‘thank you’ to the hard-working, happy workers. Looking forward to ‘wrapping’ together in 2017.

*NCL Survey – Thanks for input! Many forms collected. Please return all others this week.



Wednesdays 10am & 2pm 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

Maureen King, John Kingston, Sr Therese Anne, Chris Erickson, Lillian Donald, Stefan Svarc, Frank Murphy,  Frank Tuck, Doris Robinson,


MASS INTENTIONS 3rd – 10th Dec.

Sat 3rd

6.30pm (K Reginald Jegadeesh fm; Skehan family)

Sun 4th Dec. ADVENT 2

9.00am Mass (All Parishioners)

Mon 5th

9am M (Owen Doyle; Tomlinson, Culhane, Godfrey, O’Connor families)

Tue 6th

9am M (Maggie and Grace Glynn; Hugh and Iris Drum)

Wed 7th – St Ambrose

9am M (Ted, John & Marie Kingston; Peter & Annie Carroll; Carey family)


11.40 Nov. & M. (Annie, Peter, Kevin Carroll; Roy Carter; Vernon McDougall)

Fri 9th

9am Mass (Howard & Mark Fitzgibbon; Crisfield & Regan families)

Sat 10th

9am M (O’Shea & McPhee family; John Hickey, Steve Svarc)

6.30pm (Michelle Hogan; Chris Erickson;  John Kingston)


LITURGY ROSTER for Dec 10-11


6.30pm Norman Fm

9.00am CWL


6.30pm J McLean S Drum

9.00am P Lemmon

Special Minister:

6.30pm T Drum C Salmon

9.00am K Roberts

Altar: N Warhurst


6.30pm M Skehan

9.00am C Sandral

Altar Servers:


9.00am L McKenzie C Batang

Collection: T Moroney

Counters:  D & C Salmon


This week on The Journey (Ep173)

This week, Darren McDowell joins us again, with a reflection from Dr Scott Hahn on this week’s Gospel, Sr Hilda Scott OSB shares with us about God’s ‘Yeah’, Bruce Downes joins us, and we hear from Trish McCarthy, Fr Dave Callaghan MGL, and Marilyn Rodrigues. Of course, there’s plenty of great Christian music, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the Journey!

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