19 July 2020

Sunday

Mass

24 July 2020

Friday

Mass

There will be Mass on Sundays and Fridays at 9.30 am

"The Word of God, symbolized by the seeds is not an abstract Word, but is Christ himself, the Word of the Father who became flesh in Mary's womb. Embracing the Word of God means embracing the personage of Christ Himself."

Reflecting on the seed consumed by birds, he observed this represented "distraction, a great danger of our time.

Turning to the rocky ground, where the seeds sprang up but soon withered, he said "This is the image of those who receive the Word of God with momentary enthusiasm, but it remains superficial; it does not assimilate the Word of God, at the first difficulty, such as a disturbance of life, that still-feeble faith dissolves, like the seed that falls among the rocks."

"The third possibility, that of which Jesus speaks - we may receive the Word of God like ground where thorny bushes grow. And the thorns are the deceit of wealth, of success, of worldly concerns. There, the word grows a little, but becomes choked, it is not strong, and it dies or bears no fruit."

"Lastly we may receive it like good soil. Here the seed takes root and bears fruit. It represents those who hear and embrace the Word, safeguard it in their heart and put it into practice in everyday life."

The pope suggested that a good way to counter distraction and to distinguish the voice of Jesus from competing voices was to read the Word of God daily - so becoming used to reading the God's Word, understanding well the seed that God offers you, thinking about the earth that receives it."

He also encouraged Catholics to seek help from the Virgin Mary, the "perfect model of good and fertile soil."

16th Sunday - Ordinary Time Year A - Wis 12:13,16-19; Ps 85(86); Rom 8:26-27; Mt 13:24-43

The Lord our Merciful Judge - We are in constant need of the mercy and forgiveness of God;

and we are assured of that forgiveness when we repent, because He has sent us the

Spirit of His Son to help us and to plead for us in our weakness.

The Book of Wisdom was probably written in Alexandria about 50 years before Christ, to encourage the

faith of Jews living in a pagan Egypt. It wrestles with the age-old problem that evildoers are not punished

in this world. Wisdom insists that God is just and merciful: he will reward the just after death, although this

book does not say how. We can see that God moderates his own power with his justice from the way he

gave the Canaanites time to repent during the exodus, and we should follow his example by showing mercy

to those who hurt us.


The psalm really says it all this week: God is a loving God, a "God of mercy and compassion, slow to

anger", "good and forgiving, full of love to all who call." Eventually "all the nations" - ie the Gentiles -

will come to adore God.

Paul has been telling the Romans we may have confidence in the future life God has planned for us. God

sends the Spirit to help us and to enable us to express our prayers more meaningfully.

The Gospel shows God's mercy in action. Instead of venting punishment on sinners and immediately

uprooting them, God patiently gives us time to repent.

Psalm Response: O Lord, you are good and forgiving.

Pope Francis: 'If we want, we can become good soil'

Last Sunday Pope Francis urged Catholics to reflect on whether they are receptive to the Word of God.

He meditated on the Gospel reading, when recounts the Parable of the Sower where a farmer scatters seed on four types of terrain -- a path, rocky ground, thorns, and good soil -- only the last of which successfully produces grain.

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May we delight in serving you all the days of our life O Lord, that we may enjoy your gift of perfect peace.

Let us pray during the week for

The Church, Pope Francis; Bishop David, the Clergy; our Parish; the lonely and frightened.

The faithful departed - those mourning. The sick - their careers. All affected by the virus. Key workers.

World leaders to work with those seeking medical solution to be freely and globally shared. The third world where the risk of the pandemic is heightened by food and medicine shortages. Those awaiting sacraments of Penance, Communion & Confirmation. The unborn child and sanctity of life. Our own intentions and in thanks to God for his gifts and unconditional love. For the safe re-opening of our Churches.

We must speak to God as a friend speaks to his friend, servant to his master; now asking some favour,

now acknowledging our faults and communicating all that concerns us to Him our thoughts, our fears, our projects, our desires, and in all things seeking His counsel. ST IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

I do not have the courage to force myself to search out beautiful prayers in books. There are so many of them it really gives me a headache .... I very simply say to God what I wish to say. For me prayer is an aspiration of the heart; it is a simple glance directed at heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love ... finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus. St Therese of Lisieux

These are the rules on public worship continuing - please speak to a steward if you have a query.

         No toilet facilities are available - you must not enter Sacristy or Church Room before or after Mass.

         No singing - no sign of peace - offertory collections/ processions not allowed.

         Holy Communion must be taken in the hand - remain in the pew until called by a steward

         The Priest says the Prayer after Communion, gives the Blessing and the Dismissal

The Dispensation from attending Sunday Mass still applies.

THE PARABLE OF THE WHEAT AND THE DARNEL WEEDS: INTOLERANCE IS CATASTROPHIC AND FOOLISHNESS

         The Darnel is a poisonous weed. The young shoots of wheat and darnel look alike. In the field, by the time wheat and darnel can be differentiated, their roots are so intertwined that it is difficult to pull out darnels without damaging wheats.

         Intolerance is catastrophic and silly. 'When you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it'. God does not destroy every evil here and now to avoid greater harm. God is merciful, and patient with the existence of evil in order to encourage conversion of hearts. We should be more fervent to foster and encourage good rather than impatiently trying to root out all evils at one go.

         Slowness of growth. The kingdom of God is not yet fully realised in the world, its growth is powerfully opposed by evildoers.

         But the evil's ability to oppress will not last for ever. Those who do evil finally suffer their fate.

THE LOGIC OF GOD: NATURAL IMPOSSIBILITY VERSUS MORAL POSSIBILITY.

         A darnel can never be a wheat and a wheat can never be a darnel. Good can never be evil and evil can never be good. But an evil person can change and become a good person and vice versa.

         Those who do evil can repent. We take time to repent and to grow. That is why God is patient.

         We are created to be good. God helps us to be good but we have the freedom to be what we want to be.

         God wants all to be morally good and His children.

Parishioners have asked how to keep up their Parish weekly offerings or to make donations.

Direct to the Parish - Make a Standing Order/Direct Debit/ One-Off Donation with your bank to pay to

Account Name: RCDN St Patrick Duston Branch Sort Code: 60-06-11 Account Number: 59820640.

Please let Fr Benny know if as a tax payer you want us to reclaim any tax paid on your offering (at no extra cost). We will send you a Gift Aid Declaration form to complete and return to the church.

Another option is 'Giving Tuesday' when between 10:00am and 4:00pm, you can call

the Diocesan Finance Office on 01604 712065, and donate to the parish.

Have your debit or credit card ready when you call to make a one-off donation or to cover any

missed Sunday offerings - specifying the offering is for St Patrick's Duston.

If the line is busy you are asked to leave only your telephone number and your name - you will be called back.

We know at present many families are struggling financially so please just do what you can.