Seventeenth Sunday - Year C - 28st July 2019

Our Father in Heaven - Christ has given us in very truth the power to become children of God. Contrast the timidity of Abraham's prayer with the confidence with which Christ teaches us to pray to our Father in heaven.

Sat 27 July

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Special Intention - Malwina & Ben (Married today in Poland,)

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 28

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00 am

Mass - Special Intention - Dan & Magdalena Cocks

Mass - Special Intention - The Parish

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday each month - 4.00pm

Mon 29

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Christina Strong R.I.P. St Martha

Tues 30

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Christine Boodle

Ladies Circle - Next meeting 17 September

Weds 31

9.30am

Mass -Intention - Paul Carson R.I.P. St Ignatius of Loyola

Thurs 1 Aug

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Private St Alphonsus Liguori

Fri 2 Aug

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - Private

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 3

12 noon

6.00pm

6.45pm

We welcome in Baptism Gracie Cotton & Frankie Cotto

Vigil Mass - Special Intention Private

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 4 Aug

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00am

12 noon

2.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - Our Parish

Mass - Special Intention - Private

Sophie Olivia Mason

Arthur James Neale & Emma Charlotte McGreal

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday each month - 4.00pm

Scripture Readings 17th Sunday - Year C

Gen 18:20-32, Ps 137(138):1-8, Col 2:12-14, Lk 11:1-13
After promising Abraham a son next year, God hesitates before revealing his plans for Sodom and Gomorrah.

Abraham urges God to be just to the threatened towns, where his nephew Lot lives. Later Lot defends his angelic guests from the depraved demands of the men of Sodom, and escapes before Sodom is destroyed.

The psalm expresses heartfelt thanks to the Lord for his justice and love, confident in his continual help.

Paul urges the Colossians, whom he has never visited, to be confident in their understanding of "God's mystery", Christ. As Gentiles they were seen as sinners, outside the Jewish Law. But now the Law is overridden, so, "buried in Christ", they should follow only Christ. For Paul, the list of our debts, owed to God for failing to carry out our duties under the covenant, is graphically nailed to the Cross and so destroyed.

Luke's version of the Our Father is shorter and more abrupt than Matthew's. Both versions look to the end days, especially "Do not put us to the test". "Daily bread" may refer to the Eucharist. Or it may mean "tomorrow's bread" - the heavenly banquet, like the double portion of manna collected in the desert before the Sabbath. God promises to respond to all our requests, as he did to Abraham.

Psalm Response: On the day I called, you answered me, O Lord.

Forthcoming Baptisms

Sat 3 August - Frankie Cotton - Gracie Cotton

Sunday 4 August - Sophie Olivia Mason

Arthur James Neale & Emma Charlotte McGreal

Sunday1 September - Michael Jevterevs

Please pray for them and their families.

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.

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!

Meditation - Even though prayer is a deep desire within the human heart, we cannot experience it fully unless we are initiated into it. God invites us into a relationship with him as our father, a relationship which grows within us if we dare to come to him at any time and with any request.

Prayer - God our Father you have revealed yourself as the one who provides for our every day needs. Grant me the trust to know that you will always be ready to open the door to me; grant that I may be found by you, and give me all the good things I need.

Not my will - but thy will be done.

Pope Francis: Prayer is about God's love, not wordinessTop of Form

"I too think of many Christians who believe that praying is to talk to God like a parrot. No! Praying is done from the heart, from inside," the pope said earlier this year. "In prayer God asks only that we keep open a channel of communication with him to always discover ourselves to be his beloved children and that he loves us so much." When Jesus introduces the 'Our Father' as a way to pray, he at the same time distances himself from two types of people and two other ways of praying, the pope said. The first is the way hypocrites, who when they pray want to be seen and admired, or people who often go to Church, but then turn around and spread hate, speaking badly about people. "This is a scandal! Better not to go to church: live like that, as an atheist," he said. "Christians should strive to give witness". Jesus also distances himself from the "babble" of pagans, "who think they will be heard because of their many words."

Christian prayer, on the other hand, has no other credible testimony than its own conscience," he said, "where a continuous dialogue with the Father intertwines intensely: When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is in secret "Jesus, teaches his disciples to turn to God in prayer, as a child turns to its father, who already knows "what things he needs before he asks them."

 He recalled that in Matthew's Gospel, Jesus' words on how to pray are said in his Sermon on the Mount, when he "summarizes fundamental aspects of his message. Beginning with the Beatitudes, Jesus "crowns with happiness" a series of people who are often forgotten or ignored: the poor, the meek, the merciful, the humble, he said. "This is the revolution of the Gospel. The Gospel does not leave us quiet, it pushes us." Francis noted Jesus' words on the mount that he came not to abolish the law but to fulfil it, and explained that Christ leads his people back to the original meaning of the law: "If a person has a good heart, predisposed to love, then he understands that every word of God must be incarnated until its ultimate consequences. Here is the great secret that underlies all the talk of the mountain: be sons of your Father who is in heaven."

A Christian is not someone who is concerned with being better than everyone else - Christians know that they are also sinners - but with the revelation of the 'Our Father,' they also know themselves to be children of God. Calling him 'Father'. Christians let themselves be renewed by his power "to reflect a ray of his goodness for this world so thirsty for good, so in expectation of good news."Bottom of Form

Based on a Catholic News Agency report by Hannah Brockhaus

Know for Certain that God is good. Since God is love He acts with our best interests in mind. However, encircled in darkness, sometimes, we fail to see the goodness and good will of God. Being fixated on the hours of the passion and the death of Christ on the Cross, we fail to see the goodness of God in the darkness of the cross; the imminent victory of Christ for the whole of humanity at his resurrection and his gift of our eternal life with God. God in Christ made us sons and daughters by his suffering and death. God is good.

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