Sixteenth Sunday - Year C - 21st July 2019

Jesus Our Friend - The mystery we celebrate today is Christ among us as our friend.

We welcome Christ as Abraham welcomed the Lord at Mamre & Martha and Mary welcomed Him at Bethany.

Sat 20 July

11.30

6.00pm

6.45pm

We welcome in Baptism - Millie Theresa Scarlett - Please pray for her.

Vigil Mass - Special Intention - Ian Pople

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 21

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00 am

12 noon

Mass - Intention - Della & Ellie Cassidy R.I.P.

Mass - SpecialIntention - Sam

We welcome in Baptism - Olaedo Mercedes Idu - Please pray for her

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday each month - 4.00pm

Mon 22

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Diana Roche Mackay R.I.P.

Tues 23

Poppy Fields

9.30am

8.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - Mai Kneafsey

Ladies Circle -Meet Poppy Fields ( Next meeting 17 Sept.)

Weds 24

9.30am

11.00am

Mass -Intention - Our Parish

Funeral Service - Elizabeth Walton R.I.P.

Thurs 25

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - The McKeown Family

Fri 26

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - Matthew Everett

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions

Mass in the Malayalam Language - followed by Adoration

Mothers' Prayer Group - Church Room- 1.45pm Third Friday each month

Sat 27

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Special Int- Malwina & Ben ( on their marriage today in Poland)

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 28 July

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00am

Mass - Special Intention - Daniel & Magdalena Cox

Mass - Special Intention - Our Parish

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday each month - 4.00pm

Scripture Readings - 16th Sunday - Year C - Gen 18:1-10; Ps 14(15):2-5; Col 1:24-28; Lk 10:38-42

Abraham, settled by the oaks of Mamre, near Hebron, south of Jerusalem, gives proper hospitality to his three special visitors. He addresses only one of them as Lord, who promises a son to the couple in their old age. God's covenant promise to Abraham of countless descendants can now begin to come true.


The psalm lists the social virtues necessary to be at one with the Lord, especially justice and charity.
Paul had explained to the Colossians that with Christ's death God's covenant plan is now back on track. Paul sees his afflictions as helping spread the knowledge of redemption and contributing towards the debt Christ has already paid on our behalf. The Jews believed that God would reveal his secret plans for creation: Paul says these have now been revealed - the mystery is Jesus the Christ, the man who is the revelation of God, now raised to the new life also promised to us.

In Luke's description of Jesus' visit to Martha and Mary, their brother Lazarus is not mentioned. Like Sarah, Martha is busy preparing the meal. With so much to do she is naturally - but not obsessively - distracted and asks for Mary's help. But Jesus reminds her that listening to the words of their prophetic guest is more important than domestic perfection.

Psalm Response: The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

Collections 14 July 2019 - Thank you -

Env £167.18 Loose £280.49 Cafod £12.50

Sea Sunday £140.01 Standing/orders £166.77

Elizabeth Walton R.I.P.

Elizabeth's funeral service takes place on

Weds 24 July at 11am in St Patricks.

Please pray for her and her family,

Please Pray For The Sick

Ann Wilson, Sara Fox, Mary Ellis, Chris Brady, Jean House, Kitty McKenna, Joe Taitt, Phil Jacobs,

Richard Foster, Margaret Dunne, Emma Bonfield,

Bridie Weir, Sinead McDonall, Glenda Smith, Maureen Bicknell, Dominico Piro, James Coutinho, Sharon Botterill, Anne Thompson, John Kelly, Margaret, Kevin & Mark McKeown, Daniel Butcher, Henry McAteer, Catherine Vince, Catherine Watts, Linda Lane, Babies Ricardo & Michael, Enzina D'Eramo, Nora McLoughlin, Annie Jacobs, Jenina Skippen, Michael Folan, Andrea Hughes, Fr Peter Pham, Kath Craven, Nancy Hughes, Jeremy Wilcox, Sara Quartermaine, Bess Priestnall, Maureen Sims.

Please tell the clergy of anyone in care, hospital or housebound who requires the sacraments.

Please pray for David Donaghue ordained to the Priesthood in the Cathedral on Saturday

May God bless and guide him in his Ministry.

Sunday School and

Confirmation Preparation

Arrangements for classes to be held after Sunday morning Mass are being finalised.

Further information and application forms will be available to parents

14th Sept - Ride & stride - 10.30 - 2.30

The Historic Churches event when sponsored riders or walkers visit local churches to raise funds. We need people to help keep our church open - and also some participants! Could that be YOU?

Please put the date in your diary!

This weekend we welcome into God's Church

Millie Theresa Scarlett and Olaedo Mercedes Idu

Please keep them & their families in your prayers.

May God bless them & keep them in his love

Prayer Trust Table - Prayer booklets for various occasions and uses - all at low cost.

Forthcoming Baptisms

3 August - Frankie Cotton - Gracie Cotton

4 August - Sophie Olivia Mason

Arthur James Neale & Emma Charlotte McGreal

1 September - Michael Jevterevs

Please pray for them and their families.

Diocese Of Northampton - Registered Charity - Number 234091

Pope Francis: Judge your own heart first - not that of those in need

"Helping a person in need requires compassion toward their situation," Pope Francis said, encouraging Catholics to think first about their own hardness of heart, not the sins of others.

 

"If you go down the street and see a homeless man lying there and you pass by without looking at him, or you think: 'Eh, the effect of wine. He's a drunk,' do not ask yourself if that man is drunk, ask yourself if your heart has hardened, if your heart has become ice," the pope said. The true "face of love," he continued, is "mercy towards a human life in need. This is how one becomes a true disciple of Jesus."

Pope Francis reflected on the parable of the Good Samaritan, which he called "one of the most beautiful parables of the Gospel. This parable has become paradigmatic of the Christian life. It has become the model of how a Christian must act," he said, and continued "the parable shows that having compassion is key. If you do not feel pity before a needy person, if your heart is not moved, then something is wrong," he warned. "Be careful."

Quoting the Gospel of Luke, Francis said: "'Be merciful, as your Father is merciful.' God, our Father, is merciful, because he has compassion; he is capable of having this compassion, of approaching our pain, our sin, our vices, our miseries."

The pope noted a detail of the parable of the Good Samaritan, which is that the Samaritan was considered an unbeliever. Jesus uses a man of no faith as a model, he said, because this man, in "loving his brother as himself, shows that he loves God with all his heart and with all his strength - the God he did not know!"

Francis prayed, "May the Virgin Mary, help us understand and, above all, to live more and more the unbreakable bond that exists between love for God our Father and concrete and generous love for our brothers, and give us the grace to have compassion and grow in compassion."

Based on a Catholic News Agency report by Hannah Brockhaus 

Meditation- Jesus likes to spend time with his friends and be welcomed by families. One such family was that of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Jesus' teaching in this Gospel highlights the attitude we should have is one of listening to the Word of God and carrying it out.

Prayer - God of power, you created everything by your Word and sustain all things in being by that same word. Open our ears to hear you and our hearts to accept your Word, so that everything we do may be to your greater glory.

Listening to the Lord makes us a better neighbour to others: If we are like Mary ready to listen to Jesus then we can effortlessly be a better Martha to our neighbour. If we don't lister and sit with the Lord in prayer we end up worrying and agonising about many things, we get disappointed and blame others like Martha even when it is all our own making.