Eighteenth Sunday - Year C - 4th August 2019

Christ who is Everything and in Everything - Today our thought are on heavenly things,

not on the things of earth where without Christ all is vanity and great injustice.

Sat 3 Aug

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Joseph Mathai R.I.P

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 4

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00 am

Mass - Special Intention - The Parish

Mass - Special Intention - McKeown Family

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday each month - 4.00pm

Mon 5

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Private

Tues 6

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Private Transfiguration of the Lord

Ladies Circle - Next meeting 17 September

Weds 7

9.30am

Mass -Intention - Private

Thurs 8

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Julia Walsh R.I.P.

Fri 9

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - Private St Benedicta of the Cross

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 10

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Special Intention - Private

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 11

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00am

4.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - Our Parish

Mass - Special Intention - Private

Malayalam Mass

Collections - 27/28th July - Thanks you

Env £202.50 - Loose £248.68 - Cafod £21.00

Standing/orders £166.77

The feast of the Assumption - THURS 15 Aug

a Holy Day of Obligation to Hear Mass

Mass - at 9.30am and 7.00pm

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.

Please tell the clergy of anyone in care, hospital or housebound who requires the sacraments.

Prayer Trust Table - Prayer booklets for various occasions and uses - all at low cost.

Forthcoming Baptism

Sunday1 September - Michael Jevterevs

Please pray for Michael and his family

Sunday School - Holy Communion

And Confirmation Preparation

Arrangements for classes to be held after

Sunday morning Mass are being finalised.

Further information and application forms will shortly be available for parents

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 people to help keep our church open - and also some participants! Could that be YOU?

Please put the date in your diary!

FOOD BANK - please keep up the good work. There is no provision for children who qualify for free school meals to be fed during the summer holiday. This makes more demands on the Food Bank so our continued - hopefully increasing - support is vital.

Meditation - It is foolish to believe that God does not exist or that He has no interest in our lives. Thinking that way leads to a love of worldly goods - since there is no eternity we store up goods to make our lives secure. Security, however, comes from elsewhere.

Prayer - Lord, open our eyes so that we can see what it is you are calling us to. Help us to use wisely the things of earth but to love the things of Heaven and value what truly endure.

Scripture Readings 18th Sunday Ordinary Time -Year C

Eccl 1:2,2:21-23, Ps 89(90):3-17, Col 3:1-5,9-11, Lk 12:13-21

Qoheleth the Preacher struggles with the contradictions of life and the vanity of created things which give no lasting satisfaction. Good people suffer, sinners enjoy life and prosper. With no idea of life after death, the preacher's only solution is to trust that God will make it right eventually.

The Psalm contrasts the shortness of our lives with God's eternity, seeing suffering and death as punishment for sin. But also prays that God will grant some happiness before death.

This final extract from Colossians hints at Paul's very detailed moral teaching. The Christian's life is now "hidden with Christ", but when Christ is revealed "you too will be revealed in all your glory". Paul then spells out how we should live our lives focussed on Christ. So that we will grow in knowledge and maturity towards the images of our creator that God intended us to be. We must put away sins of both sex and speech, which damage individuals and the Christian community.

Luke's Gospel answers the Preacher's problem in the first reading: good actions in this life are rewarded after death, and evil will be punished. The rich man's approach was sensible in capitalist terms, and not immoral. But Luke insists that we must help the poor while we can!

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

"Judge your own heart first - not that of those in need" - Pope Francis

 

Helping a person in need requires compassion toward their situation, Pope Francis said recently, encouraging Catholics to think first about their own hardness of heart, not the sins of others.

"If you go down the street and see a homeless man lying there and you pass by without looking at him, or you think: 'Eh, the effect of wine. He's a drunk,' do not ask yourself if that man is drunk, ask yourself if your heart has hardened, if your heart has become ice," he said, and continued." The true "face of love, is mercy towards a human life in need. This is how one becomes a true disciple of Jesus."

"This parable of the Good Samaritan has become paradigmatic of the Christian life. It has become the model of how a Christian must act," he said. "If you do not feel pity before a needy person, if your heart is not moved, then something is wrong," he warned. Quoting Luke's Gospel, Francis said: "'Be merciful, as your Father is merciful.' God, our Father, is merciful, because he has compassion; he is capable of having this compassion, of approaching our pain, our sin, our vices, our miseries.

The pope noted a detail of the parable of the Good Samaritan, which is that the Samaritan was considered an unbeliever. Jesus uses a man of no faith as a model, he said, because this man, in "loving his brother as himself, shows that he loves God with all his heart and with all his strength - the God he did not know!"

"May the Virgin Mary," Francis prayed, "help us to understand and above all to live more and more the unbreakable bond that exists between love for God our Father and concrete and generous love for our brothers and sisters and give us the grace to have compassion and grow in compassion."

From a report by Hannah Brockhaus - Catholic News Agency

LIFE AND LABOUR. Selfishness gets us no - where. If we work only for our own prosperity and benefit, the fruit of our labours is empty. The benefit they bring us can't save us from death and we leave them behind at death at our greatest disappointment. Jesus highlighted the vanity of selfishness and its subsequent disappointment in the parable of the rich man whose land produced a good harvest.

Our ability to labour is a gift from God. When we use our strength, knowledge and skill to work, we are glorifying God the Creator and serving our brothers and sisters along with helping ourselves. Our work should become worship of God who is love. When our works are labours of love, their fruits are eternal to us.

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