Thursday, July 21, 2011

St Mary's, News Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A - 24th July, 2011

Seventeenth  Sunday in Ordinary Time   Year  A -    24th July, 2011

Remembering our Parish history of 150 wonderful years!

It was almost exactly 150 years ago TODAY! Exactly 150 years ago tomorrow, 25th July!!

Happy 150th Anniversary to the people of Maryborough Catholic Parish!

Bishop James Quinn arrived in his diocese in 1861. Bishop Quinn soon began his first visitation of the diocese accompanied by two of the recently arrived Priests, Fathers  Renehan and Tissot. They left Brisbane on the steamer Clarence on July 23rd, 1861 and two days later were in Maryborough. Fr Tissot remained on in Maryborough thus becoming its first resident Priest. The relevant extract from the Chronicle of Thursday, August 1st reads:

“On Sunday last services were held in the Catholic school house conducted by the Right Rev. Quinn
assisted by the two clergymen who accompanied him from Brisbane. After the morning service
an address and a handsome money testimonial were presented to the Bishop to which he made a suitable reply. We understand that the Rev. Messrs. Tissot and Renehan are both to remain in this district, the Catholic body having undertaken to provide for their temporal necessities.”
Today is the 150th anniversary Mass of St Mary’s Parish, Sunday 24th July 2011, at 10am. Celebrant: The Most Reverend John A. Bathersby  D.D. Archbishop of Brisbane with concelebrating priests from the parish’s rich past, along with parishioners and members of the community. Refreshment will be served after the Mass.
A very warm welcome to our Archbishop the Most Reverend John Bathersby DD. Archbishop Bathersby is the principal celebrant in our 150th anniversary mass. You are most welcome.
A warm welcome to all our very special guests today. It is wonderful to have you here. We have had some apologies from people who would have loved to be here today. You are all in our prayers.
Today’s readings rather fittingly speak of finding a priceless treasure in a field.  The church and the land we celebrate in today was generously  donated by pioneer James Cleary and the built up by countless parishioners and community members whose belief in the treasure of the Gospel of Jesus has spurred us on to continuing good works.

On what do people put value? The readings today speak to this question. God praises Solomon for seeing how longevity, riches, property, and revenge are so much less important than the gift of understanding to know what is right.

The gospel parables tell of people who sold their possessions to gain what was of greater value. And Saint Paul also says something about value: the need to trust that God's plan of salvation will carry all who believe to their predestined glory. For those who believe, the gains and losses, goods and evils of everyday life pale in comparison with a deeper life lived in the kingdom, wisely and well.

What matters most to you? What is the treasure you are willing to "sell all you have" in order to buy? Just check your calendar and you'll find out. As writer Annie Dillard says in her book The Writing Life, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our life. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing." The days, hours, and minutes of our lives are the great fortune that we have to spend, whether it's spent on the pearl of great price or squandered away on one valueless trinket after another. What we do with the precious gifts of our time and our talents reveals what we truly value, whether it be wisdom, faith, and love--or our own comfort, ease, and amusement.


Baptism:  Today Saturday we welcomed Madison Lexi Smith child of Luke and Anastasia  and Dylan Evie Borg child of Daniel and Nicole into to Parish.

PNG Fund Raiser:  Good time, good food, good company is assured at the SOUP, CRUSTY BREAD and DESSERT evening to be held in St Mary's Parish Hall on Saturday night 6th August, at 7pm. $10 per person. This is a fundraiser for St Mary's "Sew PNG" group who send school supplies to remote areas of Papua New Guinea. Lucky door prize, raffles, free entertainment. Phone your intention  to attend to Pat 4121 2579.

SEW PNG:  Another shipment of clothing and supplies is being transported to Townsville ready for the passage to Port Moresby. The next working bee will be held on Wednesday 3rd August at 9.30 in the parish meeting room. If you would like to do some sewing for the cause, come along.

Date claimer: Songs of Praise, Saturday 19th November 2.30 & 7 p.m. The first practice will be at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday 11th August at St Stephen’s Uniting Church. All welcome.

 A Vocation View:  Finding our vocation in life is like finding a buried treasure.  We will do
whatever we have to in order to be able to possess it.  Finding the treasure is a gift, possessing
it is our vocation..
         Mass/Liturgy Times       
  17th Week Ordinary Time -  Weekday Cycle 1

    Monday  25th July
   No Mass or Liturgy
   Tuesday 26th July
                        No Mass or Liturgy
  Wednesday 27th July
Fairhaven Mass 3 p.m.   
Liturgy of the Word   5.15 p.m.
 Thursday 28th July
Mass 12 noon
  Friday 29th July
 Mass 8 a.m.
Saturday 30th July
 Vigil Mass 6 p.m.

                       Upcoming Events
 Sunday 24th July
150th anniversary celebration, Mass 10 a.m.
  (note that there will be no 8 a.m. Mass here
                or a Mass at Tiaro that day)
 Tuesday 2nd August
Parish Pastoral Council Meeting @ 6p.m.
   Wednesday 17th August
   Parent information meeting for Reconciliation 6 p.m. in the church
Friday 19th August
                   St Mary’s Debutante Ball

We pray for those who are sick:  Vel Horrocks, Jessie Young, Eddie Hasselbach, Mary Smith, Reynaldo Alfafara, Rhonda Leoroyd, Brian Tarlinton, Anne Austin, Sandy Harris, Mary Debone, Austin Anderson, John Drent, Patricia Wilcox, Ron Shambrook, Evan Manski, Peter Reeves, Mark Jowett, Christine Blison, Maria Zammit, Kimberly Matthews.

May those who have died recently rest in peace: Bill Bartels, Jim O’Sullivan, Irene Winkle, Joyce Kasper.

We remember loved ones whose anniversary of death occurs at this time: Francis Williams, Frank Bagada, Bernard Baxter,  Edna Alimpangog, Wendy Ross, Noela Deem, Monica Hodges, Garnet Farmer, Eileen Hodda, Jack Cahill, Bobbie Rollings, Jock Hawser, Bonnie Andersen, Mike Horwood, Judy Scott, Denis Martin.

Planned Giving:  Many thanks for your continued support of the Clergy of the Archdiocese and our own parish running costs through the 1st and 2nd collections. Counting team 2 for Sunday 30th July. 
SAFETY POLICY OF ST MARY’S PARISH: We are committed to fostering a safe environment for everyone Handy tip: There are first aid kits and blankets and pillows in two places in the church. One is in the work sacristy and the other is in the Priest’s sacristy near the front of the church.
If a person feels faint, a doctor’s advice is that the person should lie down and have their legs placed in an elevated position higher than his/her head. This allows blood to flow to the brain for speedy recovery. For more information about other safety matters, visit our parish website
The Catholic Leader:   In this week’s issue:
* Big anniversary weekend for All Hallows’, Queensland’s oldest girls’ secondary school
* Stradbroke Catholics give thanks for Quandamooka people’s land rights declaration
* Pope, Caritas Australia and Catholic Mission plead for help for millions of people starving in Africa
* Church helps Gold Coast Catholics warming to action on climate change
* Josphite Sister celebrating 90th birthday still active with Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care
* New leader of Brown Sisters, who hails from Brisbane, talks of her work with the poorest of the poor
* Wynnum parish pledges fete money to help struggling parish in Papua New Guinea
* 16-page Catholic Education Week supplement
PLUS: A regional focus on Cairns Diocese, Australia’s top Catholic columnists and the Catholic Church’s most read jobs market.

<![if !vml]>Text Box: Prayer
We pray thee, Lord of mercy, to look favourably upon us the parishioners of St. Mary’s, to remember the souls of thy servants who are gone before us, the souls of our parents, relations and friends, of all the benefactors who by their donations or legacies to this church witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance .  To these and to all of us grant peace in this world and the next.  (Prayer from the Key of Heaven)  Fr. D. W. Martin 2011

The Trip to the Holy Lands was such a spiritual experience that I am suggesting that a parish pilgrimage group would like to go next year during Lent. It could be the pilgrimage of a lifetime.  If we could get fifteen people to go, from parish or perhaps Deanery, then this is what the itinerary and estimated cost would be. We would need to clarify numbers to see viability.

Based on 15 paying = $6,495.00 per person / twin share
 Prepaid Tipping Fund: $160.00 per person
 For a Single person room. Supplement: $1,190.00 per person
Prices would be confirmed by November this year, Harvest Pilgrimages tries to keep prices reasonable. IF we get more than 15 takers the cost might be somewhat lower.
Could you indicate to me by email or message at the office if you would be keen to go on this trip. Fr Paul.



These prayers of the faithful won’t be used in the 150th Mass day, but we print them here as more full petitions for this special season of celebration.

<![if !supportLists]>(1)            <![endif]> For all parishioners involved in various ministries in St. Mary’s parish. Extraordinary ministers of communion, Proclaimers of the word, altar servers, musicians, choir, liturgists, Sacristans, hospital and home visitors, Sunday cuppa providers, flower ladies. That the Lord will bless their ministry and sustain them in love and dedication. Lord, hear us.

<![if !supportLists]>(2)            <![endif]>For the members of the Catholic Women’s League; That they will be sustained by the Lord in their constant work for the honour and glory of God. Lord, hear us.

<![if !supportLists]>(3)            <![endif]> For the members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society;
That, with God’s grace, they continue to help those in need through their generosity and encounter the presence of Christ in those they help. Lord, hear us.
<![if !supportLists]>(4)            <![endif]> For the members of the Visiting Vinnies; That they continue to be a friendly and welcome face to those they visit in the parish and community. Lord, hear us.

<![if !supportLists]>(5)            <![endif]> For the students, teachers, staff and families of St. Mary’s College.  That the Lord will continue to bless grant success to this caring and learning community. Lord, hear us.
<![if !supportLists]>(6)            <![endif]> For the students, teachers and staff and families of St. Mary’s primary school. May the Lord bring to fruition the study, prayer and community so beautifully found in this community. Lord, hear us.
<![if !supportLists]>(7)            <![endif]> For the RCIA committee and Sacramental  Team;
That through time, discussions and companionship on the faith journey, many people will be drawn closer to God. Lord, hear us.

<![if !supportLists]>(8)            <![endif]>For the members of the parish council; That with Fr Paul, they will continue to reflect on the needs and priorities of the parish in accordance with the Mission of Christ and the priorities of this Archdiocese. Lord, hear us.

<![if !supportLists]>(9)            <![endif]>For the finance committee. That they will continue to plan wisely for the financial future of the parish. Lord, hear us.

<![if !supportLists]>(10)       <![endif]>For the St. Mary’s Prayer Group; that the Lord will nurture us all to be instruments of his grace and love. Lord, hear us.                      
<![if !supportLists]>(11)       <![endif]>For the parents and children of the St. Mary’s playgroup;
That they will find support when they meet and share the good times and sometimes not so good. Lord, hear us.

<![if !supportLists]>(12)       <![endif]>For the debutante ball committee; That through their dedication to the young people making their debut into society that the Lord will lead them in graciousness and dignity.  Lord, hear us.



<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Next Parish Pastoral council Meeting:  6.00pm on Tuesday the 2nd August, 6th September, 4th October, 1st November.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Next Finance Meeting: 7.30pm on Thursday night the 21st July, 18th August, 15th September, 20th October, 17th October.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Men’s shed dates :  Aug 27th, Nov 12th,
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>Upcoming Events:






This weekend: 
Preface: Sundays Ordinary IV;
Eucharistic Prayer: Eucharistic Prayer II



<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>COMBINED ecumenical service.  St Paul’s Church. 4th September, 2011.   8am.
<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>FR JIM VISITS ST MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH AND PREACHES.  8AM. 18TH SEPTEMBER 2011.

<![if !supportLists]>·        <![endif]>FR PAUL VISITS  ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH AND PREACHES. 8AM 20/11/11
Special Request.  Could anyone who is rostered as Reader or Communion Minister please arrange for a replacement if they are not able to be present for their rostered Mass.  Also, it would be greatly appreciated if rostered ministers be present earlier than ten minutes before the Mass. The coordinator is sometimes unsure if someone is coming at all or whether they are just late, and this prevents them from arranging for a replacement until the very last minute. Thanks for your assistance in this.
Also, because the town hall bell is often noticeable late, (anything from a couple of minutes to five minutes late) we go by the correct time for the start of all Masses and liturgies. As soon as the time advertised arrives, it is time to begin the Mass. 


Exploring the Word for Sunday, July 24, 2011
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Sunday Summary
1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 The wise pray for what they need, and God supplies it.
Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130 The way of the Lord is more valuable than worldly riches.
Romans 8:28-30 Every circumstance can lead to good for those directed toward God.
Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46 The treasure may be hidden, but the diligent will seek and possess it.

Seeking and finding the treasure
by Alice Camille
There’s something about buried treasure that stirs the imagination of children everywhere—children of all ages, I should say. Recently an anchor from the 18th-century pirate Blackbeard’s ship Queen Anne’s Revenge was dredged up in the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina. An old rusting hunk of metal, its apparent value not impressive, still the anchor dragged up with it dreams of sunken chests and wild adventures at the service of riches untold. Buried treasure has many facets: instant wealth, deliciously secretive, available only to those willing to delve under the surface to discover it.
Young King Solomon aims for such treasure when he prays for wisdom to rule and judge. Many a leader in his position might have asked for more superficial riches: heaps of gold, powerful armies, or dominion over his subjects. Digging deeper, Solomon acquires a prize that will make him one of the most celebrated monarchs in history.
Saint Paul, too, might have settled for the learning he received from the best school in Jerusalem. He knew the Law of Moses backwards and forwards and could have enjoyed an esteemed rabbinic career. But when a revelation shattered his plans, he stepped into a realm of understanding far more penetrating than what can be taught by mortals. It made him a poorer man by worldly standards—but a prince among the communion of saints.
Jesus invites us to go on a quest for buried treasure in pursuit of a kingdom hidden from our eyes. We’ll find it buried under the surface of things, lost in the marketplace, waiting to be found at the bottom of the sea of human experience. It will take some doing to discover this kingdom and will cost everything in our possession to acquire it. To those who appreciate its value, nothing could be as important as this quest. To those who see with worldly eyes, unwilling to look deeper, this treasure may remain forever buried, right under their feet.
Today our nation is celebrating Parents Day, honoring those who have made the commitment to family above all other values. In a society that lures us with material prizes and personal freedoms, it’s more difficult than ever to dig deeper and find the treasure buried in family life.
Those who dedicate themselves to the nurture of children will sacrifice decades of time, most of their resources, and all of their love to this labor. They will surrender personal goals for family-centered ones. They will feel at times that they have delivered themselves entirely into the service of their children. Like the merchant seeking the best pearls, those who make the investment will come to recognize the pearl of great price in family life. When you buy the field, the buried treasure comes with it. 

The inner word
  • In a dream, God tells Solomon to "ask for something" and God promises to give it to him. If God made that offer to you in a dream, what would you ask for? Would wisdom and understanding make the list?
  • Today's readings are about seeking that which matters most to us: the treasure in the field, the pearl of great price, the net thrown into the sea for a rich harvest. What in your own life have you been willing to pay a great price for?

Scripture links
The wise seek wisdom, the foolish don't: Prov. 4:7, 9:7-9, 10:8, 13-14,
    12:15, 14:1, 18:2; Sir. 21:14-15, 18
Solomon's wisdom: 1 Kings 3:16-28, 6:37-38, 8:22-66, 10:1-13
Solomon's folly: 1 Kings 5:27-28, 7:1, 9:1-9, 15-23, 11:1-13
Upside-down kingdom reality: Matt. 5:3-12, 10:39, 11:4-5, 11:30, 16:25-26,
    18:1-4, 19:30, 20:16, 22:14, 23:11-12; Luke 6:27-30, 9:48, 13:30, 14:11, 18:14
Humility and wisdom: Prov. 11:2, 15:33

Catechism links
Kingdom: CCC 541-560
Kingship of Jesus: CCC 436-440; 668-672

Story starters
A word from the wise
As a journalist gathered notes for a story on Msgr. Jack Egan, renowned labor priest, she could feel his eyes searching her face. Egan was 80 at the time and had already become a legend among Catholic activists as a man who spoke truth to power and fought racial discrimination and social injustice with the faith and ferocity of an Old Testament prophet. His virtues were many, but the one he displayed that day--an understanding heart--surprised his young admirer.
Egan had asked her some searing questions about what she was doing with her life. She knew her accomplishments and concerns were minor compared with the great things this courageous man had achieved.
With Egan's prompting, she finally admitted to being stymied by a broken heart over a lost love. She then quickly dismissed her problem as petty and insignificant compared with the suffering of people around the world.
"Young lady," Egan said, "don't ever diminish the pain you feel. Your pain is as real as anyone else's and equally worthy of healing."
She considers the wisdom shared that day her pearl of great price.
--Patrice J. Tuohy
Got what I wanted
It was about 51 years ago that Bill sat with Shirley on her family's front porch talking late into the evening. It was their third date, and they were falling in love. He talked about how he wanted to own a big company and have lots of people around who admired him. She wanted to be a writer whose published stories and poems would touch people's hearts. When they talked about it together, these dreams seemed almost a sure thing.
It didn't turn out quite the way they imagined it. Bill did work for himself, but his business never grew. He was a soft a touch for every down-and-out person. He hired a number of them--some of whom went on to great success of their own but most of whom just kept body and soul together. As for Shirley, a few of her poems got put in the parish bulletin, but with kids and now grandkids to tend to, she didn't have much time for creative writing.
Now, on their 50th wedding anniversary, Bill and Shirley renewed their marriage vows. The church was packed that day with men and women grateful for the second and third chances Bill gave them, and with countless friends and family members who had stashes of Shirley's inspiring letters, cards, and notes tucked away for safe keeping. Sometimes dreams do come true.
--Tom McGrath
Do you know how much it is worth?
On Public Television there is a program titled Antiques Roadshow. People bring items to be appraised by professionals and experts with the hope that their vase or painting or chair might be a valuable antique. The fun of the program lies in the description of the item given by the appraiser and the growing anticipation of the value that will be placed on it.
While occasionally an item is judged to be ordinary or counterfeit, more often than not the owner, who does not have a clue to its worth, is shocked at the auction price value of something that has been lying around unprotected in his or her attic or garage. Sadly, though, for every 30 or so people they show on the program, countless others go home disappointed.
By virtue of our baptism, we have been given the gift of the kingdom of God in our faith. Even if that faith may not be perfect, and even if it is a little nicked or scratched, it is still valuable beyond measure. The appraiser is Jesus. And he is telling us that our faith is a priceless gift. That should bring us all great joy and comfort.
--Father Dominic Grassi

Penitential Rite
Introduction to the Penitential Rite

We know that all things work for good for those who love God, scripture tells us today. We ask for the gift of that love so that all things in our lives will work together for the good.

Penitential Rite
  • Lord God, you give us humility and an understanding heart. Lord, have mercy.
  • Lord Jesus, you teach us to seek your Kingdom. Christ, have mercy.
  • Lord God, you call us to love your commandments and keep your words. Lord, have mercy.

Notes on the text
Do you understand all these things? The gospel for the past three Sundays has come from Jesus' long discourse on the kingdom in the Gospel of Matthew. In these passages Christ has compared the kingdom to many things: a sower who went out to sow, a field sown with weeds as well as wheat, a mustard seed, yeast, and today a buried treasure, a pearl of great price, and a catch of fish. Throughout the telling of these parables, the question arises of how to understand them. To the crowds Jesus speaks only in parables, but to the disciples he explains the stories. "Whoever has ears ought to hear," he says in Matthew 13:9, though some "hear but do not listen or understand" (13:13). Do you understand? Disciples do, then and now. These parables tell us not only of the kingdom of God, but also of the great blessing in hearing about the kingdom with faith and understanding.
­--Joel Schorn

Homily points
  • Perhaps our desire for undiscovered treasure is prompted by the Holy Spirit: There really is treasure buried in the world!
  • Jesus tells us there's a kingdom to be had out there, which is to say, in here. It's all around us awaiting discovery and possession.
  • Once possessed, however, the kingdom must also possess us. Then we will truly be rich.

Community at prayer: General Intercessions
The word of God asks us to seek what is truly important. In prayer we ask God to help us discern the good and find it in our lives.
  • The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, a pearl beyond price. May we always seek the values of the kingdom above all else, we pray to the Lord.
  • Solomon asked not for wealth or power but an understanding heart. May the Spirit of God guide us to make wise choices, we pray to the Lord.
  • We are created in the image of God. May we always be a sign of God's presence in the world, we pray to the Lord.

Loving God, we believe that all things work for the good for those who love you. Strengthen us to choose love and trust in your care. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The works performed by God in the history of salvation show forth and bear out the doctrine and realities signified by the words; the words, for their part, proclaim the works, and bring to light the mystery they contain.
--Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation
Providence is the care God takes of all existing things.
--John Damascene (676-749)
 A wise person is out of the reach of fortune.
--Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)


EUCHARISTIC PRAYER: III (new translation)

You raise the dead to life in the Spirit/ . Lord, have mercy. You bring pardon and peace to the sinner/./Christ, have mercy. You bring light to those in darkness/ . /Lord, have mercy.

Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.
At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.


St Mary’s Church: 269 Adelaide Street. Maryborough. 4650.
Ph. 41 213701   Fax 41 212829. email:

Masses:  6 p.m. Saturday,  8 a.m. Sunday

First Rite of Reconciliation: 5 p.m. Saturday

Sacred Heart Church, 8 John Street, Tiaro, Mass: 10 a.m. Sunday

St Mary’s Church, Biggenden Road, Aramara, Mass: 6 p.m. (second Sunday of each month)

Parish Priest: Rev Paul Kelly. Mobile  0417 786 456.   email:

 St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School.    Cnr. Walker & John Sts.  Ph:  41215705
Principal:  Nathan Wilson.    email: 

St. Mary’s College.    51 Lennox St. Ph:  41212650. Principal: Joy Massingham    

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