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17 February 2013


Agnes Bearsley, Ken Bannister, David Brash, Scott Brown, Lance Burgess, Henry Byrne, Baden Carr, Eric Carr, Robert Carr, Thelma Carr, Eileen Clark, John Coy, Eric Crowe, Grace Dance, Patricia Dare, Frances Dillon, John "Kate" Dillon, Bert Direen, Damian Direen, David Direen, George Direen, Luke Direen, Martin Direen, Mick Direen, Martin Donnelly, Len Donohoe, Kevin Fox, Ellen Garth, Owen Gillie, Mary Guy, Fr. Peter Hanson, Beryl Hickey, Minnie Holland, Nona Holloway, Mary Johns, Fr. Clem Kilby, Johanna Klein-Schiphorst, Rita Knot, Pauline Leishman, Robert Markham, Molly O'Halloran, Jacqueline O'Rourke, Sybil Reardon, Alma Riley, Amelia Rowe, Ila Ryan, Enid Sarne, Tom Sculthorpe, Fr Hugh Shearer, Ada Strong, Fred Strong, Jo Thorp, Rob Thorp, Alan Turnbull, Kathleen Wylie, Emily Voss, Ashley Zuber



The parish is now at the point of organising those members of our community who are volunteers and who need police checks to have the paper work completed. Who needs one? Any extraordinary minister of communion taking communion to the sick in the home or in any of the various aged care facilities, those who are catechists in our sacrament program, or work on children's liturgy. Sadly, even if you already have a Police Check through another organisation or indeed the Catholic Education Office you still require a Check through the Archdiocese of Hobart. I apologise for the doubling up but it is the way it has to be!


The Archbishop will be in the Parish the 1st and 2nd of June 2013 to celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation and 1st Eucharist. 

Preparation Days

Reconciliation: 22 March

Confirmation: 11 April

Eucharist: 24 May


Programs are available at the back of the Church. For those wishing to join a group see either Mrs. Louise Burdick in Franklin or Sr Joan Cowmeadow in Cygnet after Mass for the program types available. Louise is still working on some ideas and I have chosen 'We Wish To See Jesus' from the Archdiocese of Brisbane a series of Lenten reflections for the Year of Grace as one of the options and 'Believe: Lenten Program 2013' from the Diocese of Wollongong. By unpacking the Sunday Scriptures (both Old and New Testament), Fr Graham Schmitzer (Parish Priest, St Columbkille's Parish, Corrimal) addresses the much asked question of our time, "Why should I believe in God?". There are others if these don't suit.


Fridays of Lent in St Joseph's Catholic Church, Geeveston commencing at 1.00pm. See Mick Ryan after Mass in Ranelagh.



Those interested in participating in a 'Year of Faith ' Bible study during Lent please see Louise Burdick after Mass. The group will meet in Louise's home each Wednesday at 2.30pm beginning February 20. Contact Louise for further details: 0432665705 or 62663844.




Join CYM as we make a pilgrimage along our 'Way Across Tasmania' route in prayer and reflection this Lent. This will happen over two days: Saturday 16th February will encompass southern tasmanian crosses (via bus). Saturday 23rd February will encompass north west and northern crosses (via bus). Welcome to join us for either or both days. You need to register your spot on the bus at:

More info on any of the above contact Rachelle at CYM on 0400 045 368 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Caritas Australia invites all Parishioners to the launch of Project Compassion 2013 at St. Mary's Cathedral, Hobart, at noon on Tuesday, 12 February. Archbishop Adrian Doyle will preside at a Liturgy of the Word and Commissioning of Representatives from Catholic Schools and Parishes.


The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina Venue: Emmanuel Spirituality Centre, 24 Hopkins Street, Moonah (The red brick building beyond the church/school car park.) Date(s): 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (except Anzac Day) Time: 10.00 am until 11.15 Cost: Donation Contact: Annie Brush. Phone 62732183


Do something different on the March long weekend. Join the John Wallis Foundation in an invigorating walk on Mt Wellington. Saturday 9 March, 9am registration for 10am start; walks of varying difficulty with experienced leaders start from The Springs, followed by a barbecue lunch. Further information: Penny Edman 0400 896 191 COST: Adult $20, Student/Child $5, Family $40 (Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult) Bank Deposit: CBA BSB 063 225 Account # 10344956 or Cash on the Day. For Bank Deposits please use reference 'HBW followed by your name'.





Christian meditation is a form of contemplative prayer which uses a mantra or prayer word. It is a prayer of silence and listening. Venue: Emmanuel Spirituality Centre, 24 Hopkins Street, Moonah (The red brick building beyond the church/school car park.) Dates: Tuesdays, commencing 5 February, 2013 Time:10.00 – 11.00 a.m. Cost: Donation Contact:Toosey Bannerman. Phone: 6223 8817.



There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London , which used to have a gallows adjacent to it. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial of course) to be hanged. The horse-drawn dray, carting the prisoner, was accompanied by an armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like ''ONE LAST DRINK''. If he said YES, it was referred to as ONE FOR THE ROAD. If he declined, that prisoner was ON THE WAGON.

Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children, last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"

Floors were mostly dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying,"dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of ''Holding a Wake''.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people, so they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realised they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, thread it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus someone could be, ''Saved by the Bell ''or was considered a ''Dead Ringer''.






































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