Thirty First Sunday - Year C - 3 November 2019

The benevolent love of God -The compassion and mercy of God deserves from us a response of repentance by renouncing evil and conversion of heart by becoming more and more loving individuals.

Sat 2 November

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - The Holy Souls R.I.P 2nd Collection

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 3

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.30am

11.00 am

Mass - Intention - John Deane R.I.P 2nd Collection.

Sunday School & Confirmation Groups start again this week

Mass - Intention - The Holy Souls

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Fourth Sunday each month

Monday 4

9.30 am

Mass - Int - Anthony R.I.P &Spl Int Edson Fernandes. St Charles Borromeo

Tuesday 5

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Emma Bonfield R.I.P.

Wednesday 6

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - The Connor Family

Thurs 7

9.30am

Mass - Intention -Peter Damien Crow R.I.P.

Fri 8

9.30 am

10.30am

7.00pm

Mass - Intention - John Kelly R.I.P.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Sacrament of Reconciliation

Malayalam Mass followed by Adoration

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

Sat 9

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Holy Souls

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 10

Remembrance

Sunday

Nazareth House

9.30am

10.30am

11.00am

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

Sunday School & Confirmation Group

Mass - Special Intention -Sisters of Nazareth

Malayalam Mass - Fourth Sunday of each month at 4pm.

Readings 31stSunda -Year C - Ordinary Time

(Wisdom 11:22-12:2 Ps 144(145) 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2 Luke 19:1-10)

The Book of Wisdom has been describing ways in which Wisdom guided the patriarchs and took special care of Israel during their Exodus wanderings in the desert. God's mercy extends to all creation, even men's sins.

The logic is impeccable: "you love all that exists", "for had you hated anything, you would not have formed it." Offenders are encouraged to trust in God by gentle reminders of their sins.

The psalm praises God's sovereign majesty and loving providence.

For the next three weeks we have readings from Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians. After his opening greeting, Paul thanks God for the strength of the Thessalonians' faith, which he boasts about to other churches, and promises that those persecuting them will be punished. The Thessalonians are always in Paul's prayers, and should not be misled by false information about the second coming. Much has to happen before the end time.


In the Gospel Luke graphically describes the rich tax collector, Zacchaeus. Curious to see Jesus, Zacchaeus immediately follows Jesus and promises to give half his wealth to the poor. A contrast to the rich official who could not detach himself from his material possessions to follow Jesus. Though excluded from the Jewish community by his occupation, Zacchaeus receives salvation as a true son of Abraham.
Psalm Response: I will bless your name for ever, O God my King. 

Advent - My Day By Day

Salvation is Now and To Come

A Book of Daily scripture readings and prayers to guide us through Advent

£1 at the back of Church

Collections -27 October - Thank you

Env £163.00. Loose £212.10 Cafod £22.00

S/orders £166.77

November - Month of the Holy Souls

Envelopes are at the back of Church for the names of those you wish included on the Holy Souls list.

Please print their names so that they are recorded correctly on the prayer list.

Please include any donation in the envelope which can be put into the collection plate at Mass.

Prayer Intentions - Autumn Time-9/11 November Victims of War. 24 November - Young People

Meditate

Everyone despises Zacchaeus who is a public sinner and a collaborator. He must have felt the shame but greatly desires to change. Jesus sees his longing and rewards him with a new beginning.

Prayer- God of love you want sinners to come back to you. Please give me the courage to acknowledge my faults & the humility to accept your love Amen.

SECOND COLLECTION - THIS WEEKEND

Bishops Maintenance Fund

Popes Francis Mission Intention for November God our Father may a spirit of dialogue, encounter and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together. May they be blessed with your gift of peace. Amen

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, Bridie Weir, Sinead McDonall, Glenda Smith, Maureen Bicknell, Dominico Piro, James Coutinho, Sharon Botterill, Anne Thompson, Margaret, Kevin & Mark McKeown, Daniel Butcher, Henry McAteer, Catherine Vince, Catherine Watts, Linda Lane, Babies Ricardo & Michael, Annie Jacobs, Enzina D'Eramo, Nora McLoughlin, 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 parishioner

in hospital, in care or confined to their home

who would like the sacraments.

May God give them his grace

GENEROSITY: THE HALLMARK OF DIVINE LOVE

God loves everyone and no matter what he never withholds his love. So, we call Divine love as benevolent love. God loves us because he is love and love alone. Zacchaeus wanted only to see Jesus without being seen by Jesus and others. But Jesus made himself his guest, friend and above all his saviour. It is growing in that wonderful benevolence of love we become children of God.

'The saints show that real people can be holy'- Pope Francis

The saints were real people whose strength to face daily challenges came from the grace of Jesus Christ, showing that everyone can be holy, Pope Francis said on All Saints Day. "The saints we all celebrate together today, are not simply symbols, distant human beings, unreachable. On the contrary, they are people who lived with their feet on the ground. They have experienced the daily toil of existence with its successes and failures. Finding in the Lord the strength to always get up and continue the journey. The saints demonstrate that holiness is not achieved alone, but "is the fruit of the grace of God and of our free response to it."

Pope Francis spoke about holiness in a message before the Angelus. He stated that holiness is not only a gift from God, it is the "common vocation of the disciples of Christ." He explained that responding to God's call to be holy, and accepting the gift of his grace, means taking "a serious and daily commitment to sanctification in the conditions, duties and circumstances of our life, trying to live everything with love and with charity. "The Church, has many examples of how to live with charity, both in the canonized saints as well as those who live in one's community and are witnesses of holiness "next door."

 

Holiness, the Pope said, "is the path of fullness that every Christian is called to follow in the faith, proceeding towards the final goal: communion with God in eternal life. Part of holiness is becoming more and more aware of being "grafted onto Christ" and the union of vine and branches. Then, holiness is living in full communion with God, already now, during this earthly pilgrimage."

 

"These two Christian days remind us of the bond that exists between the Church of the earth (us), and that of heaven, between us and our loved ones who have passed on to the other life," he said. "The memory of the saints leads us to raise our eyes to Heaven, not to forget the realities of the earth, but to face them with more courage and with more hope."

Noting that he will celebrate Mass in Rome's Catacombs of Priscilla on 2nd November, amidst negative cultural messages about death he invited Catholics to, if possible, visit and pray at a cemetery as "an act of faith."

 

"May Mary, our most holy Mother, a sign of consolation and sure hope, accompany us with her maternal intercession," he prayed. From a CNA report by Hannah Brockhaus

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