2016 Christmas at St Mary’s
WISDOM OF GOD BEYOND WISDOM OF MEN
How difficult it is to ‘see’ God-with-us in a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in an animal’s manger!
How difficult it is to ‘see’ God-with-us working as a carpenter in a workshop in Nazareth – ‘can anything good come from there?’!
How difficult it is to ‘see’ God-with-us in one dying as a criminal on the Cross – ‘If you are the Son of God, come down.’!
How difficult it is to ‘see’ God-with-us in a small wafer of consecrated bread: ‘This is My Body’!
How difficult it is to ‘see’ God-with-us in my neighbour: ‘whenever you do it for the least of these, you do it for Me.’
However, the Shepherds saw Jesus and worshipped him. The Wise Men saw Jesus and worshipped him, bringing gifts.
Our souls, weighed down by the flesh, by the world and all its demands, make it difficult, but we too can ‘see and worship’ Jesus, and echo the song of the angels: Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace to men of good will.”
In simplicity of heart, with an openness to the mysteries of God – beyond, but not against reason – we can truly, with the eyes of faith, ‘see’ God in the infant Jesus, in the Carpenter, in Jesus dying, in His Eucharistic Presence, and in my brothers and sisters.
Pride obstructs belief. Beware of it.
Turning to the mystery of GOD-WITH-US in the Baby of Bethlehem, let us bow in heart, in mind, in spirit, and in our soul, and murmur the words that Thomas the Apostle said to Jesus risen from the dead: “My Lord and My God.” (Jn 20:28)
Priest: “May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May His goodness shine upon you through Christ born today,
may you seek His face and live in His peace
all the days of your life.” ALL: Amen.
Remember in Prayer
Maureen King, John Kingston, Chris Erickson, Lillian Donald, Stefan Svarc, Frank Murphy, Frank Tuck, Shannon Elmore, Doris Robinson, Mick Fitzgerald, Kevin & Pat Seymour, Frances Hanrahan, Alan Whitty, Carmen O’Donoghue, Marie Kaitler, Christine Byrne, Carmel Alderman, John Nolan, Bernice Gale, Iris Drum, Kevin Hewitt, Marj Strathen
DATE CLAIMER: FAREWELL DINNER FOR FATHER HART
Fri 27th Jan. 6pm at St Mary’s School Hall
Fr Paul Hart will retire as Parish priest at the end of January and move to Wagga. From there he hopes to travel in his retirement and occasionally fill in as a “locum” or supply priest. The dinner will celebrate his 20 years as Parish priest at Corowa, and just over 46 years as a priest in the Wagga Diocese.
LITURGY ROSTER Dec 31st – 1st Jan 2017
6.30pm Sandral Fm
9.00am Svarc Fm
6.30pm J Schnelle J Lowden
9.00am P Lemmon
6.30pm K O’Halloran C Salmon
9.00am K Roberts
Altar: M Fitzgibbon
6.30pm Sandral Fm
9.00am C Sutcliffe
9.00am Z Rippingale
Collection: B O’Shea
Counters: M Kelly & K King
MASS INTENTIONS CHRISTMAS WEEK
Sat 24th Dec CHRISTMAS EVE
6.30pm (Missing / absent family members)
Sun 25th Dec BIRTH OF THE LORD
9.00am Mass (All Parishioners)
Mon 26th – Tue 27th No Masses in Corowa
9am M (Brianna Aitcheson, Asmussen & O’Brien families)
Thurs 29th 11.40 Novena & 12pm Mass (John Kingston; Doris & Lyn Robinson)
9am M (Bernice, Chetcuti & Stone fm; Henry Kingston)
9am M (Phyllis Robinson, Bette Griffin, Arthur Collins)
6.30pm (Jim Collins, Brian Dunn, Len Samball)
Thank you all helpers, ministers, locals and visitors who share St Mary’s Parish life.
Your participation and support is most appreciated. – Fr Paul Hart.