Twenty first Sunday - Year C - 25h August 2019

The Lord gathers a people to himself - As children of God we submit to his loving discipline. It is not just the Jews, nor will it be just Christians that the Lord will gather to himself. Many more worthy than us will come from the East & the West, the North & the South to share the banquet of Kingdom.

Sat 24Aug

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Special Intention - Our Parish

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 25

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00 am

Mass - Special Intention -- Ulahannan Thomas R.I.P

Mass - Intention - Addie O'Hara R.I.P

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday each month - 4.00pm

Mon 26

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Private

Tues 27

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Private St Monica

Ladies Circle - Next meeting 17 September

Weds 28

9.30am

Mass -Intention - Private St Augustine

Thurs 29

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Private The Passion of John the Baptist

Fri 30

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 31

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Special Intention- Private

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 1 Sept

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00am

12 Noon

Mass - Special Intention - Our Parish

Mass - Special Intention - Private

We welcome in Baptism Michael Jevterevs - Please pray for him & his family

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday each month - 4.00pm

Scripture Readings 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

After lamenting the disasters God has sent on the Israelites because of their sins, third Isaiah sees hope in God's renewal of his covenant promise and in the "new heavens and the new earth" which God is creating. Jerusalem will prosper and all nations will be invited to God's holy mountain Jerusalem. God's glory will be seen by all, and all nations will worship him.

This shortest of all the psalms calls on all mankind to praise the Lord for his kindness to us and for his faithfulness to his promises.

Hebrews quotes from the Book of Proverbs that a son should expect to be disciplined by his Father. So, we should not be discouraged when God disciplines us: rather we should rejoice that God shows in this way that we are his beloved sons. We must persevere, enduring our sufferings, turning away from sin and accepting the works God calls us to do.

Chapter 13 of Luke's gospel emphasises the need to repent, to change our mind-set about God. After Jesus healed a crippled woman on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler was outraged to be told his understanding of the Sabbath was hypocrisy. But we also have great difficulty in accepting God's ways. Today's reading insists that entering the kingdom is difficult.

Palm Response: Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News.

(Is 66:18-21 Ps 116(117) Heb 12:5-7, 11-13 Lk 13:22-30)

Collections - 17/18 August - Thanks you

Env £ 137.70. Loose £ 245.04 - Cafod £21.00

Standing/orders £166.77

Forthcoming Baptism

Sunday1 September - Michael Jevterevs

please pray for Michael and his 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. Margaret Giltrap

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

THE WAY TO GOD'S KINDOM

God is our father and he wants all his children to be saved. However, to be with God for all eternity we must become like God who is love. To become God's children, we must choose the narrow gate of sacrificial love. The way to eternal happiness is selfless love.

Sunday School - after the morning Mass

Holy Communion

And Confirmation Preparation

? September 15th Registration and coffee.

? September 22nd Beginning of term.

Let us help our children to grow in the knowledge and love of God.

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 volunteers to help keep our church open also some participants and sponsors

Please find the list of times to be covered in the porch. There are also sponsorship forms in the porch for those who may wish to raise money for us and for the Historic Churches.

Meditation - Will only a few be saved - a question which really means "will I be saved."? Jesus replies that the way to heaven is to prepare - a bit like an athlete 'train' -'restrain' and make sacrifice for the greater good. Try to enter by the narrow door.

Prayer - Lord God, you want all to be saved. Give us the courage to give up what is contrary to your teaching and help us hold fast to what draws us towards a life of joy and happiness with you in your heavenly kingdom.

Appeal by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit: Would you help their students in Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in Africa. More information on the table at the back of the church. Thanks

Diocese Of Northampton - Registered Charity - Number 234091

Pope Francis - Angelus Message on the Gate of Faith

Today's Gospel invites us to reflect on salvation. On the way to Jerusalem, someone asked, "Lord, will only a few people be saved?" Jesus responds, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough." What does Jesus mean? What is the gate by which we enter? And why does Jesus speak about a narrow gate? The image of the gate is reminiscent of home and hearth, where we find safety, love and warmth. Jesus tells us that there is a gate that allows us to enter into God's family, into the warmth of the house of God, of communion with Him. This gate is Jesus himself.

Jesus is the gateway to salvation. the gate that is Jesus is never closed, it is always open to everyone. Some might say "But Father, surely I am excluded, because I am a great sinner. No, you are not excluded! Precisely for that reason you are preferred, because Jesus prefers the sinner always, in order to pardon him, to love him. Jesus is waiting for you, to embrace you, to pardon you.

Don't be afraid: He's waiting for you. Be lively, have the courage to enter through His gate. All are invited to enter into His life, and to allow Him to enter into our life, because He transforms it, renews it, with the gifts of full and lasting joy.

Nowadays we pass many doors that promise happiness, that invite us to enter, but then we realise it lasts but a moment, and has no future. Which gate do we want to enter? I say emphatically: don't be afraid to pass through the gate of faith in Jesus, to let Him enter more into our lives, to go out of our selfishness, our being closed in, our indifference toward others. Because Jesus illuminates our life with a light that never goes out.

Certainly, the gate of Jesus is a narrow gate. Because it asks us to open our hearts to Him, to recognize our sinfulness, our need of His salvation, forgiveness, and love, Needing the humility to accept His mercy and to be renewed by Him. Jesus tells us that being a Christian is not having a "label"! I ask you, are you Christians because of a label, or in truth? Not Christians, because of a label! Christians in truth, in the heart.

To be Christian is to live and witness to the faith in prayer, in charitable works, in promoting justice, in doing good. For the narrow gate which is Christ must pass into our whole life. We ask the Virgin Mary, the Gate of Heaven, to help us to pass through the gate of faith, to allow her Son to transform our existence as He transformed hers, in order to bring everyone, the joy of the Gospel.