27th Sunday in Ordinary Time of Year A - 27 September 2020 

Sat 26 September

6.00pm

Vigil Mass 

Sun 27

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Emma Bonfield R.I.P.

Fri 2 October

9.30am

Mass

Sat 3

6.00pm

Vigil Mass

Sun 4

9.30am

Mass

Fri 9

9.30am

Mass

Public Mass is celebrated on Fridays and Sundays at 9.30 am and on Saturdays at 6pm

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

 

Scripture Readings 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A Ezek 18:25-28; Ps 24(25); Phil 2:1-11; Matt 21:28-32

Christ obedient unto death - we celebrate Christ who obeyed the Father in word and deed

and who assures us that it is never too late in this life to turn to God and do his will

The priest Ezekiel appears to have been among the first Israelites taken to Babylon in captivity in 598 BC.

He had strongly urged Israel's leaders to be faithful to God and his covenant, instead of resisting their enemies. But in vain: Israel's further rebellion led to the final destruction of Jerusalem in 586. Ezekiel insists that children are not punished for the sins of their fathers. Each generation and each person must accept responsibility for their own behaviour. Why choose sin and death: "I have no pleasure in anyone's death says the Lord God, so turn, and live".
The psalm is a personal prayer for guidance and pardon, while meditating on God's goodness to the just.

Paul urges the Gentile Christians in Philippi to strive for unity, putting their own interests behind those of the Christian community. The hymn glorifies the way the already existing Christ obediently humbled himself to become man so that "every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord" - the basic definition of a Christian.

In Matthew's gospel Jesus has entered Jerusalem and cleansed the Temple. Now, challenged by the Jewish leaders, Jesus asks which is better - to refuse a command and then do it, or to say 'yes' but disobey? Israel frequently broke their Covenant with God, so sinners will enter God's kingdom before the Jews.

Psalm Response: Remember your mercy, Lord.


Pope Francis - Caring for nature - living together

Care for nature is part of a lifestyle which includes the capacity for living together and communion. Jesus reminded us that we have God as our

common Father and that this makes us brothers and sisters.

Fraternal love can only be gratuitous; it can never be a means of repaying others for what they have done or will do for us. That is why it is possible to love our enemies. This same gratuitousness inspires us to love and accept the wind, the sun and the clouds, even though we cannot control them. In this sense, we can speak of a "universal fraternity". Laudato Si'228.

Let us Pray during the Week for

The Church, Pope Francis; Bishop David, the clergy. The faithful departed - those who mourn. The lonely and frightened. The sick -Margaret McKeown, Pauline Goodley - their carers - many at risk themselves.

Victims of coronavirus. World leaders to cooperate to find a solution. The world's poorer countries where disease and risk heightened by food and medicine shortages. In gratitude for God's gifts, his mercy and love.

Victims of war, oppression and racial hatred. Those returning to university and their work places. For our Town that the special measures now being taken will rapidly combat the spread of the virus.

Confirmation final meeting

A final meeting for the Confirmation Group will be held in church

on Saturday, 3rd October from 9.15 to 10 am. Please pray for our children as they prepare to receive this wonderful sacrament.

Sacrament of Confirmation - Cathedral - Sunday 18th October

To ensure that social distancing is observed two Masses (one at 10am - one at 12noon) will be said.

If families of the confirmation children have any questions please contact Rosemarie on 01604 457014.

These are the rules on public worship continuing - please speak to a steward if you have a query.

         You must not enter Sacristy or Church Room before or after Mass. No toilet facilities are available

         No singing - no sign of peace - offertory collections/ processions not allowed.

         Holy Communion must be taken in the hand - remain in the pew until called by a steward

Face covers or masks must be worn during Mass.

The dispensation from Sunday Mass attendance still applies.

The gravity of the ecological crisis demands that we all look to the common good. Laudato Si'201

Be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind. There must be no competition among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be self-effacing. Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his own interests first but everybody thinks of other people's interests instead. Philippians 2:2-4

 
 

God's grace is not something we deserve, but he gives it to us anyway, Pope Francis said.

"God's actions are more than just, they goes nb beyond justice and manifests itself in grace. Everything is grace. Our salvation is grace. Our holiness is grace. By giving us grace, he gives us more than we deserve. God always pays the maximum." Francis said

In his message, the pope reflected on the parable of the landowner hiring workers for his vineyard. "But here," the pope said, "we understand that Jesus is not talking about work and just wages, but about the Kingdom of God and the goodness of the Father who continually comes out to invite and pays the maximum to everyone."

The pope said "Another lesson from the parable is the landowner's attitude toward the call. God acts like this today too: he continues to call anyone, at any time, to invite them to work in his Kingdom."

And Catholics are called to accept and imitate this, he stressed. "God is constantly searching for us because he wants no one excluded from his love. This is what the Church must do," he said, "always going out; and when the Church is not going out, she falls ill with so many evils that we have in the Church."

"And why these diseases in the Church? Because it is not going out. It is true that when one goes out there is the danger of an accident. But it is better a damaged Church going out, to proclaim the Gospel, than a Church sick from closure," he added. "God always goes out, because he is Father, because he loves.

The Church must do the same: always going out." Based on a CNA report Hannah Brockhaus

The great virtue of openness

Change is inevitable. Many times, we are forced to reconsider and change our ideas, thoughts, decisions and actions because we do not have absolute certainty to guide us. We can change our minds for the better or worse. The ability to change our minds opens up either hope and perils. Hope when we choose to reject evil to do good. And danger when we choose evil instead of good.

The Gospel today speaks of two sons. The first son in the Gospel shows the worth and nobility of revising our negative and harmful decisions. He was open to change and to better thoughts. The ability to change one's mind positively is essential to all healthy relationships.

The second son was dishonest. Dishonesty shuts our mind and ruins our relationships. A stubborn heart refuses to admit mistakes and change ways. As it is being said, "Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion."(Hebrews3:15)