Twenty-Second Sunday - Year C - 1st September 2019

Jesus the New COVENANT - God made the new covenant of his love with the poor, the lonely,

the downtrodden & the oppressed. So, in the spirit of Jesus, in a spirit of humility, we ask him to accept our humble homage as we celebrate the Eucharist.

Sat 31Aug

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Special Intention - Our Parish

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 1 Sept

 

Nazareth Hse

 

9.30am

11.00 am

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Mass - Special Intention - Millie Scarlett

Mass - Special Intention - John Francis Doherty

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday each month - 4.00pm

Mon 2

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Vineetha

Tues 3

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Private Pope St Gregory the Great

Ladies Circle - Next meeting 17 September

Weds 4

9.30am

Mass -Intention - Private

Thurs 5

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Private

Fri 6

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 7

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Barney Doherty R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 8

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00am

4.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - Our Parish

Mass - Special Intention - Private

Malayalam Mass

Scripture Readings - 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

SIR 3:17-20, 28-29 PS 67(68):4-11 HEB 12:18-19, 22-24 LK 14:1, 7-14)

Part of Wisdom literature, the Book of Sirach, or Ecclesiasticus, was written by Ben Sira about 200 BC. Based on deep experience, it is full of traditional Jewish and worldly wisdom and morals. After describing our duties towards God and our parents, today's reading emphasises the need for humility in face of God's greatness and the wisdom that comes from listening carefully. The omitted verses advise us not to seek what is beyond our power nor tasks beyond what has been assigned to us.

This triumphal psalm celebrating God's goodness was sung as David led the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem.

Our final reading from Hebrews describes the exciting delights of the heavenly city we have now entered, after our baptism. Instead of fearsome Sinai, Zion - the new "Temple Mount" where God resides - is full of angels in tumultuous joyful festival, with believers and saints made perfect being welcomed by Jesus and our God. What a welcome! But God is still judge: as we have been given the privilege of Jesus as covenant-mediator, we have the responsibility of offering thanksgiving to GodIn Luke's gospel we hear about Jesus having dinner with a Pharisee. Two parables illustrate the themes from the first reading of humility and not giving ourselves airs.

PSALM RESPONSE: IN YOUR GOODNESS, O GOD, YOU PREPARED A HOME FOR THE POOR.

Collections - 24/25 August - Thanks you

Env £224,00. Loose £242.80 Cafod £21.00

Standing/orders £166.77

Second Collection Next Weekend-Home Missions

MISSIO RED BOXES - Please return your box as soon as possible -Please take a replacement - thanks

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.

MEDITATION - The kingdom of God is often compared to a wedding. The invitation to this wedding is at Baptism, but it needs to be ratified by a life of humility in which we think that others are more important than ourselves. In the kingdom of God, acts of humility will help us take a better place.

PRAYER - God our Father, you humble human pride and raise up what is bowed down.

Make us aware of our position in life and grant us the grace to consider others as better than ourselves.

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 church. Thanks

Prayer Intentions - Ordinary Time - Autumn Time

Please pray especially on the given dates

8 Sept - Teachers & Pupils. 15 Sept & 20 Oct - The Spread of the Gospel. 22 Sept - The Harvest.

13-19 Oct - Prisoners & their Families.

9 & 11 Nov - Victims of War. 24 Nov - Young People

Sunday School - after Sunday Morning Mass

First 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 keep our church open and some participants and sponsors

The list of times to be covered is in the porch with sponsorship forms for those wishing to raise money for us and for the Historic Churches.

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Pope Francis - To pray, begin with humility

Learning to pray well is a continual process, but should always start from humility, as Jesus demonstrated in the Gospels. "Even if we have been praying for many years, we must always learn! The prayer of man, this yearning that is born so naturally from his soul, is perhaps one of the most impenetrable mysteries of the universe" the pope said. And the first step, he continued, is humility. "Go to the Father ... go to the Madonna, say: Look at me, I am a sinner, I am a debtor, I am disobedient? But begin with humility! This contrasts with the prayer of the Pharisee, as told by Jesus in the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. The Pharisee prayed from a place of pride, thanking God that he was not like the rest of humanity." On the other hand, the tax collector, "would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, 'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.'" According to Jesus, "only the latter, the tax collector, returns home from the temple justified."

Despite the urgency of Jesus' earthly mission and the demands on him by the many people around him, Jesus would still take the time to pray." As in the first chapter of Mark: "Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed." Here is the essential point," Francis said, "Jesus prayed. Jesus prayed intensely in public moments, sharing the liturgy of his people, but he also sought places, separate from the spin of the world, places that allowed him to descend into the secret of his soul." The way Jesus prayed "also contained a mystery, something that certainly did not escape the eyes of his disciples, as we find in the gospels that simple and immediate supplication: 'Lord, teach us to pray" the Pope said. Jesus, of course, teaches his disciples, and all his children, to pray. "He came precisely to introduce us into this relationship with the Father," Francis said, urging everyone to ask the Lord to teach them to pray. "Therefore, the most beautiful and fair thing that we all have to do is to repeat the invocation of the disciples," he said: "'Teacher, teach us to pray!' based on a report by hannah brockhaus catholic news agency

 

 

Prayer for the Care of Creation

Father, Lord of all Creation, we praise you with all your creatures and the whole universe that comes forth from the work of your hands. We acknowledge the privilege and responsibility that you give us as stewards of your creation. In our ignorance we have done damage to our common home and our brothers and sisters suffering. Through faithfully following your Son, guide and direct us to prepare for a better future. Teach us to contemplate you in the beauty of the universe, for all things speak of you. Give us the grace to recognise, respect and protect all you have created, using wisely all that you have entrusted to us.

Holy Spirit, who first hovered over the dawn of creation and drew order out of the chaos, help us to build your kingdom of justice, love, peace and beauty where the poor of the earth are crying out.You, who live and reign, world without end. Amen.

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