Nineteenth Sunday - Year C - 11th August 2019

The Lord our God - has chosen us to be his people - a little flock with a long history.

Our God is the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. We look forward in hope to a glorious future in His Kingdom.

Sat 10Aug

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Special Intention - Victim of flood in Kerala

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 11

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00 am

4.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - The Parish

Mass - Special Intention - Private

Malayalam Mass

Mon 12

9.30am

Mass -Special Intention - Michael O'Neill

Tues 13

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Private

Ladies Circle - Next meeting 17 September

Weds 14

9.30am

Mass -Intention - Private St Maximilian Kolbe

Thurs 15

9.30am

7.00pm

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holyday of Obligation

Mass - Special Intention - James Everett

Mass - Our Parish

Fri 17

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - Private

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 18

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Special Intention - Our Parish

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 19

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00am

Mass - Intention - Gordon & Cathy Bicknell R.I.P.

Mass - Special Intention - Private

Malayalam Mass Second Sunday each month - 4.00pm

Scripture Readings 19th Sunday - Year C

(Wis 18:6-9 Ps 32(33):1-22 Heb 11:1-2,8-19 Lk 12:32-48)

The Wisdom of Solomon was the last book of the Old Testament to be written. It was written in Greek, not Hebrew, so not in the Septuagint nor therefore in the Protestant Bible. The final chapters meditate on the Exodus, contrasting the woes visited on the Egyptians at the first Passover with the gifts given by God to the Israelites.

The Psalm celebrates God's faithfulness, power and wisdom, justifying our confidence in him.

The 2nd readings in August from Hebrews describe faith, which gives assurance to our hopes. Abraham is the prime example of a man of faith: he obeyed God's command to go to a new land; he believed God's promise that he and Sarah would have a child in their old age; and he passed the supreme test of faith when God asked him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. God's last minute reprieve for Isaac is seen as a return from the dead.

In Luke's Gospel, following the parable we heard last week about the rich man building a bigger barn, Jesus assures us that we will be given all the resources we need to meet the Lord's demands. He then urges us to have faith and to be prepared.

Psalm Response: Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION 15 AUGUST - THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

MASSES AT 9.30 AM AND 7PM

Forthcoming Baptism

Sunday1 September - Michael Jevterevs

Please pray for Michael and HIS FAMILY.

Collections - 4 August - Thanks you

Env £151.00 - Loose £243.96 - Cafod £21.00

Standing/orders £166.77

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. Margaret Giltrap

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

Sunday School - Holy Communion

And Confirmation Preparation

Arrangements for classes to be held after

Sunday morning Mass are being finalised.

Further information and application forms will shortly be available for 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!

Meditation - God has made us stewards of creation and all he has given us. Tragedy comes when we think everything belongs to us and we deserve it all. Then we treat others unjustly - make unreasonable demands on them. Jesus warns of this danger and its consequences.

Prayer - Master and Lord of our lives, you entrusted your goodness to us. Please grant us the wisdom to deal with everything we have for your glory the good of our brothers and sisters.

Pope Francis - The Assumption - Mary 'Is the Model of Faith and Virtue'

Pope Francis said that in bringing Christ to the world, Mary also provides the joy and grace of her Son, which sustains us in difficulty. She is the model of faith and virtue," and in contemplating her assumption into heaven, we give her thanks "because she always precedes us on the pilgrimage of life and of faith."

The dogma of the Assumption is that when Mary's earthly life ended, God assumed her body and soul into heaven. In honouring the feast, Pope Francis turned to Luke's Gospel in which Mary visits Elizabeth, who is miraculously pregnant with John the Baptist, despite her advanced age. He noted how when Mary arrived, Elizabeth immediately proclaims the first words of the Hail Mary, saying "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."

In this moment, the greatest gift that Mary brought not just to Elizabeth, but to the whole world, "is Jesus, who already lives in her," Francis said. "And he lives not only by faith and waiting. ? From the Virgin Mary, Jesus took on human flesh for his mission of salvation."

The Pope noted that, preceding the encounter, Elisabeth and her husband, Zechariah, were filled with sadness because they couldn't have children. But, "now there is the joy of a child on the way who will become the great John the Baptist, precursor of the Messiah."

And when Mary arrives, this joy "overflows and bursts from their hearts," the Pope said, "because the invisible but real presence of Jesus fills all with meaning: life, family, the salvation of the people ... everything!" Mary herself expresses this joy speaking the Magnificat, "a song of joy to God who works great things through humble people, pointing to "the great things the Lord does in the world with the humble, because humility is like a void that leaves room for God."Humble people are "strong because they are humble, not because they are powerful," he said and urged those present to ask themselves: "How is my humility?" and to reflect on the answer.

Francis said the Magnificat is an expression of God's mercy and fidelity, as well as his plan for salvation, which he carries out with "the little ones and the poor, with those who have faith in him" and trust in his word, as Mary did. Jesus' arrival to Elizabeth and Zechariah through Mary brings "a climate of faith which leads to hope, prayer and praise," the Pope said, noting that the same thing can happen for each person today this world so thirsty for good, so in expectation of good news."

From a report by Elise Harris/CNA/EWTN News  

Faith and daily life: The foundation of our faith is in God. God is goodness in himself and always remains so, for God can neither deceive us nor can he be deceived. God's promises have substantial bearing on our past, present and future life. Faith makes God's promises a living realty in our everyday life; like renewal of life through reconciliation, receiving divine assistance through prayer and sacraments for our daily life and facing confidently the struggles of life in the hope of justice and eternal life with him in heaven.

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