Twenty Fifth Sunday - Year C - 22nd September 2019

Lord of the Oppressed - Christ is the defender of all who are sacrificed to the god of money,

who are manipulated for economic gain. He sacrificed himself as a ransom for them all.

Sat 21

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Special Intention - Michael Jevterves & Family

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 22

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00 am

Mass - Special Intention - Sophie Mason & Family

Mass - Special Intention - John Francis Doherty

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday each month -

Mon 23

9.30am

Mass - Intention V. U. Paily R.I.P.

Tues 24

9.30am

8.00pm

Mass - Intention -Private Our Lady of Walsingham

Ladies Circle - Church Room

Weds 25

9.30am

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

Thurs 26

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Private

Fri 27

9.30am

7.00pm

Mass - Intention - Private St Vincent De Paul

(Followed by Adoration & Confessions)

Mass in the Malayalam Language - followed by Adoration

Mothers' Prayer Group - Church Room- 1.45pm Third Friday each month

Sat 28

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - V. U. Paily R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 29

Harvest Mass

Nazareth House

9.30am

10.30am

11.00am

Harvest Mass - Intention - Maria Freier R.I.P.

Sunday School in Church after Mass

Mass - Special Intention - Our Parish

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday each month

Scripture Readings 25th Sunday - Ordinary Time - Year C

Amos 8:4-7 Ps 112(113):1-8 1 Tim 2:1-8 Lk 16:1-13

Amos was a shepherd from Judah who around 760 BC prophesied doom to the northern kingdom Israel, largely because of its social injustice. Israel under Jeroboam was very prosperous, but when it was overrun by Assyria 40 years later the prophet's warnings were remembered. It was not just the ways the rich cheated the poor - inflating the currency and giving short measure. Worse was their belief that sacrifices and fasting would absolve them from God's blame: sacrifice without justice is meaningless.


The Psalm urges praise for God at all times and in all places for he who is supreme over all stoops down to raise up the poor.


In our modern liturgies we follow all of Paul's advice to Timothy: we lift up our hands in the traditional manner to offer prayers of petition, intercession and thanks, and we pray for secular authorities - "so that we may live religious and reverent lives in peace and quiet". We should reject false gods like riches or possessions. There is only one God, and Christ Jesus, our one High Priest, is the only mediator between us and God.

In the Gospel Jesus also warns us not to be seduced into worshipping money. Jesus says though the steward was "dishonest", his motive was right: to gain friends who would help him later.

Psalm Response: Praise the Lord who raises the poor.

Please keep Fr Benny Kottanalis who was with us last weekend and the Congregation of Missionaries of

St Francis de Sales in your prayers.

THIS SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 22nd

Sunday School - Church Room after Mass -

First Holy Communion& Confirmation Preparation.

Let us pray for and help our children

to grow in the knowledge and love of God.

October - Extraordinary Month of Mission

Declared by Pope Francis - to focus on the opportunity to increase our prayer and financial support for missions.

Next weekend's we have a Pastoral Letter from Bishop Peter underline the importance of this Mission Month

Sanctity Of Life Pilgrimage To Walsingham

Sunday 6th October

Led by Bishop Mark O'Toole

More information on the notice board

OR CALL 01858 571242

or visit www.prolifepilgrimage.org

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Is celebrated next weekend. Please bring your offerings to Mass to be distributed to the needy via the foodbank, Hope Centre & Nazareth House. Tinned and packaged foodstuff - biscuits, cakes. are usually well received - and items such as soap, toothpaste or other toiletries welcomed.

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.

Prayer Intentions - Ordinary Time - Autumn Time

Please pray especially on the given dates

22Sept - The Harvest .

13-19 Oct - Prisoners & their Families

20 Oct - The Spread of the Gospel.

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

early notice - cafod family fast day

Friday 4th October

Please have a simple meal and give what you save to bring clean water to people in Africa.

Second Collection - 5TH & 6TH October

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

C.S. Lewis

Pope Francis - God forgets our sins after confession

Francis said, last Sunday, that God forgets sins absolved within the confessional, "How do you defeat evil? Accepting God's forgiveness ? It happens every time we go to confession; there we receive the love of the Father who overcomes our sin. It is no longer there, God forgets it. God, when He forgives, loses His memory. He forgets our sins, forgets. God is so good with us."

In the sacrament of confession, God completely erases the evil confessed, making one new inside, reborn in joy." Pope Francis explained. "Brothers and sisters, have courage. With God, no sin has the last word." Pope Francis reflected upon Luke's Gospel in which the Pharisees complain that Jesus "welcomes sinners and eats with them. This is what happens to us, in every Mass, in every church: Jesus is happy to welcome us to his table, where he offers Himself for us."

The pope focused on the lessons of God's mercy and justice in the parable of the prodigal son. He said that the elder brother's rejection of the father's mercy for the prodigal son contains an important warning. "The eldest son, who does not accept the mercy of his father ... makes a worse mistake: he is presumed to be just ? and judges everything on the basis of his thought of justice," he said. "It is also a risk for us: to believe in a more rigorous than merciful god, a god who defeats evil with power rather than forgiveness."

"We are also wrong when we believe ourselves to be right, when we think that the bad ones are the others. Let us not believe ourselves good because alone, without the help of God who is good, we do not know how to overcome evil," Pope Francis said.

"Our Lady, who unties the knots of life, frees us from the pretence of believing we are righteous and makes us feel the need to go to the Lord, who is always waiting for us to embrace us, to forgive us," Francis said.

"Don't be afraid: God loves you, loves you as you are," the pope said. "Only His love can change your life."

Based on a report by Courtney Grogan CNA

 

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