Twenty Third Sunday - Year C - 8th September 2019

Christ who gave up everything for our sake - We celebrate the self-sacrificing love of Christ,

who was prepared to give up everything out of love for us, and the unfathomable wisdom of God.

Sat 7

6.00pm

6.45pm

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 8

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00 am

4.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - The Tee Family

Mass - Special Intention - Our Parish

Malayalam Mass

Mon 9

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Anna Maria

Tues 10

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Private

Ladies Circle - Next meeting 17 September

Weds 11

9.30am

Mass -Intention - Private

Thurs 11

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Private

Fri 13

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - Private St John Chrysostom

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 14

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass Intention - Our Parish

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 15

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00am

Mass - Special Intention - Gracie & Frankie Cotton

Mass - Special Intention - Sisters of Nazareth (Finchley)

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday each month

Scripture Readings -23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

WISDOM 9:13-18 PS 89(90):3-17 PHLM 9-10, 12-17 LK 14:25-33

The Book of Wisdom was written in 1st century BC. Greek and other pagan religions gave inadequate answers to life's questions, especially why the wicked prosper and the just suffer. How does a just God mete out justice? Wisdom's solution, distilled from all Jewish Scriptures, is that the just continue to live with God after their deaths: a developing Jewish belief in resurrection, though not of the body. Man's knowledge and powers of reasoning are inadequate compared with God's Wisdom. So, we ask God to give us Wisdom for our guide.

The psalm contrasts God's eternity with our short lives, confident that God cares for us and that some good will come from our trials.

In this moving letter Paul asks Philemon to accept back the slave Onesimus and forgive him. But Paul is pleading for something more: Onesimus means "profit", and Paul wants Philemon to see the "profit" of forgiving Onesimus out of Christian love, and not because Paul could "force this act of kindness". In this way Philemon can gain wisdom and spiritual benefit.

In Luke's gospel, after a parable about "I'm too busy" excuses, Jesus insists we must "hate" our parents: not emotionally but in our actions. We must weigh our options carefully and willingly carry the Cross.

Psalm response: O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

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

Discover the beauty of prayer in adoration - Pope Francis

Pope Francis said that prayer in adoration of God and service to others spreads the fire of God's love, changing the world one heart at a time and invites us all to discover the beauty of the prayer of adoration and to exercise it often.

Adoration of God in prayer is necessary to allow the fire of love that Jesus brought to the earth to envelop our entire existence he explained.

Reflecting upon the words from Luke's Gospel in which Jesus says to his disciples, 'I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!' the Pope said, "These words are intended to help the disciples abandon any attitude of laziness, apathy, indifference and to welcome the fire of God's love; that love which has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Jesus reveals to his friends, and also to us, his most ardent desire: to bring to earth the fire of the Father's love, which kindles life and through which man is saved."

The Gospel is a limitless fire that saves and changes the world beginning with a change inside the heart of each person, Francis said. "It is a question of not living in a hypocritical way, but of being willing to pay the price for coherent choices - this is the attitude that each of us should look for in life: consistency - paying the price to be consistent with the Gospel."

"It is good to say that we are Christians, but above all we must be Christians in concrete situations, bearing witness to the Gospel which is essentially love for God and for our brothers," he said. The pope said that he admires those who devote themselves to the service of the sick, the poor, and people with disabilities.

"May Mary Most Holy help us to let our hearts be purified by the fire brought by Jesus and to spread it with our lives through decisive and courageous choices," Pope Francis said.

Based on a report by Hannah Brockhaus Catholic News Agency

The Daughters of the Holy Spirit wish to thank you

most sincerely for your very generous response to

our appeal on behalf of our Mission in Burkina Faso

which raised an amazing total of £395.

May God bless you all for your wonderful kindness.

Sister Pat

September Tea Party

Northampton Notre Dame Association Tuesday 17Sept 2019 - 2.30-4.30 p.m.

St. Matthews Church Room. All Welcome

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 let the clergy know of any sick, housebound or hospitalised parishioners who would like the sacraments.

Faith is not a thing of the mind, not an intellectual certainty or heartfelt conviction.

It is a sustained decision to take God with utter seriousness as the God of our life. Ruth Burrows

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. Please sign up today!

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

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