29th Sunday in Ordinary Time of Year A - 18th October 2020 

Sat 17 October

6.00pm

Vigil Mass 

Sun 18

9.30am

Mass

Fri 23

9.30am

Mass

Sat 24

6.00pm

Vigil Mass

Sun 25

9.30am

Mass

Fri 30

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

How do we live our Christian life? It is simple; Faith becomes fruitful in labour of love, and labour of love lasts with an enduring hope. And finally, God will reward our faith, hope and charity.

Scripture Readings - 29th Sunday Ordinary Time - Year A

(Isa 45:1, 4-6; Ps 95:1. 3-5. 7-10r.7; 1 Thess 1:1-5; Matt 22:15-21)

The Lord of History

Earthly rulers are called by God to reveal something of his power and majesty and his plan for the human race. But they only hold power for a day. Our concern is not with them, but with God whom we worship in this celebration.

Isaiah insists that every event, good or bad, is part of God's plan, including the conquest and exile of Israel by Babylon. And so does the freedom given them about 530 BC by Cyrus, King of Persia, whom God calls his 'anointed' or 'messiah', because he did God's work. Thus all men, including Gentiles, though they do not know him, will know that there is only one God, the Lord.
The Psalm therefore calls on all men - and all creation - to worship and praise the one and just God.
For the last Sundays of Ordinary Time we read from Paul's first letter to the church in Thessalonika, which he founded about AD 50. Paul later sent Silvanus and Timothy back to support the new community. Written from Corinth, this letter is the earliest Christian writing we have. Centuries before the idea of the Trinity was formally defined, Paul distinguishes clearly between "God our Father", "our Lord Jesus Christ", and "the Holy Spirit".
Over the next three weeks we hear the final three discussions in Matthew's Gospel between Jesus and the Jewish leaders. They ironically address Jesus as "Teacher", but he silences them: he does have full authority to interpret the Jewish Scriptures
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Psalm Response -Give the Lord glory and power.


Being a Christian

"We are Christians because we have been elected (Baptised). In this election there is a promise, there is a promise of hope, the sign is fruitfulness: 'Abraham will be father of a multitude of nations and ... you will be fruitful in faith. Your faith will flourish in good works, in works of fruitfulness too, a fruitful faith. But you must - the third step - observe the covenant with me.' And the covenant is faithfulness, to be faithful.

We have been elected. The Lord has given us a promise. Now he is asking us for a covenant, a covenant of faithfulness. You are a Christian if you say yes to the election that God has made of you, if you follow the promises that the Lord has made to you and if you live a covenant with the Lord: this is Christian life."

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 - all carers. Those with coronavirus. World leaders to cooperate to find a solution. The world's poorer countries facing heightened risk because of food and medicine shortages. In gratitude for God's gifts, his mercy and love. Victims of war, oppression and racial hatred. Those at university - those returning to work and those facing loss of jobs and financial hardship.

The success of the national measures now being imposed.

Sacrament of Confirmation - Cathedral - This Sunday 18th October

Please pray for Destiny - Max - Julius and Archie being Confirmed. May the love of God be with them,

the peace of Christ be with them and the inspiration Holy Spirit guide them in their faith life.

 

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. The dispensation from Sunday Mass attendance still applies.

NATIONAL ROSARY RELAY FROM 9AM TO 9PM

On Saturday, 31st October on the eve of All Saints -National Rosary relay from 9am to 9pm Dioceses are invited to take an hour. The designated Hour for our Diocese is from 9am we are invited to pray the Rosary sometime between 9am and 10am. Bishop David will be leading the rosary at the Cathedral at 9. 30am.The culmination of the Rosary Mission -Sunday 1st November -Feast of All Saints.

Second Collection for Missio - THIS WEEKEND - World Mission Day

Please be generous to those whose need is so great. All donations go to the Universal Solidarity Fund in order to meet the spiritual and material needs of peoples and Churches throughout the world.

On the World Mission Sunday, the whole Church unites in prayer for its missionary activity, and in collecting funds to support Catholic communities across the world. Pope Francis has chosen for this year's World Mission Sunday the theme 'Here I am, send me! 'God sends us to bear witness to his love and gift of salvation.

Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these different graces of God, put yourselves at the service of others. If you are a speaker, speak in words which seem to come from God; if you are a helper, help as though every action was done at God's orders; so that in everything God may receive the glory, through Jesus Christ, since to him alone belong all glory and power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:10-11).

Pope Francis calls the laity to "take a step forward" carrying out the Church's mission of evangelization.

"The mission of the laity is not a privilege of a few and it involves total dedication. The laity are asked to be joyful in self-giving and prayer, to grow and operate within the Christian community to share and support their journey, the mutual exchange of gifts aroused by the Holy Spirit," the Pope said.

Pope Francis stressed the importance of "the co-responsibility of the laity in the building up of the Church." "If the heart of the priest's identity lies in consecrating the Eucharist, the centre of the lay mission consists in consecrating the world according to God's plan." Pope Francis said. "The ministries established carry out this dual mission in favour of the Church and the world, making the laity active subjects of evangelization and mission," he added.

The Pope warned Church leaders against the temptation to "clericalize" the laity and said it was vital to recognize lay people's specific vocation. "It is necessary to avoid the risk of transforming ministries into forms of power, which is a temptation always lurking," he said. "An entirely ministerial Church manifests a People with a thousand faces. It is a Church where the role of women is central. It is time for the laity to take a step forward. And find in the Church the necessary space to do so, a way to respond to their vocations," Pope Francis wrote.

"The Holy Spirit is always active in the People of God, enriching them with new gifts each time, and we must be careful not to extinguish them and not to discourage them," the Pope said.

Pope Francis on a"Symphony of Ministries: A renewed presence of laity in the Church," by Bishop Fabio Fabene.