Twenty Sixth Sunday - Year C - 29th September 2019

Behold the Man! - It is our life of ease and love of wealth, that is mocked by today Christ, the centre of our celebration who in the presence of Pilate stood like a Lazarus with sores and wounds and spoke up as a witness for the truth.

Sat 28

6.00pm

6.45pm

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 29

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

11.00 am

Mass - Special Intention - Emma Bonfield R.I.P. Harvest Thanksgiving

Mass - Special Intention - Our Parish

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday each month at 4.00pm

Mon 30

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Alex Coutinho R.I.P. ST JEROME

Tues 1 Oct

Church Room

9.30am

8.00pm

Mass - - Emma Bonfield R.I.P. ST TERESA OF THE CHILD JESUS

Ladies Circle - Pizza Night

Weds 2

9.30am

Mass -Intention - Maria Freier R.I.P. HOLY GUARDIAN ANGELS

Thurs 3

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Private

Fri 4

CAFOD FAMILY

FAST DAY

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

Mass - 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 5

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Intention -- Jean Lilis CAFOD SECOND COLLECTION

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 6

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.30am

11.00am

Harvest Mass - Intention - Frances Lyon R.I.P. CAFOD SECOND COLLECTION

Sunday School in Church after Mass

Mass - Special Intention - The Missions

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday each month

Scripture Readings 26th Sunday - Ordinary Time - Year C

AMOS 6:1, 4-7, PS 145:6-10,1 TIM 6:11-16, LK 16:19-31

Amos warns both the northern kingdom, Israel, i.e. Samaria, and the southern kingdom, Judea, with its capital Zion or Jerusalem, that the idle rich in both kingdoms will be the first to go into exile. 40 years later, in 721 BC, Samaria was conquered, and later Judea followed into exile.

The Psalm, echoed by Mary in Luke's Magnificat, confirms that God's justice will prevail: the hungry will be fed, the blind given sight, but the wicked will lose out.

Instructing Timothy how to organise the early Christian church, Paul also insists the rich should use their wealth for good deeds. Christians should ideally aspire to show the Christian virtues as examples to all, and so witness to the truth, until our Lord Jesus Christ returns to appear in glory as King of kings. And Paul insists that only God "has immortality": we do not simply have souls that live on after death - our creed says we believe in "the resurrection of the body", a gift from God in which our whole person, body and soul, lives for ever.

The Gospel graphically illustrates the dangers of riches: the rich man, who is not named, asks that the poor man - who is named - Lazarus - be sent to relieve his torments in hell. Abraham tells him the rich should listen to the prophets.

Psalm Response: My soul, give praise to the Lord.

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

Month of Mission

October - Extraordinary Month of Mission

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

Meditate The rich man was so engrossed in his life that he did not realise the needs of those around him. He was blind the needs of Lazarus on his doorstep and the hidden needs in his own family. He only thought of the needs of others when it was too late. While we have the time, we can attend to other people's needs.

Pray God of love - open our eyes to the needs of those around us and give us the courage to come to their aid.

Lead kindly light amid the encircling gloom.

NEXT FRIDAY - 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 NEXT WEEKEND

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, 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.

Collections - 22nd September - Thank you

Env £175.50 Loose £223.70 CAFOD £41.00 Standing/orders £166.77

Emma Bonfield R.I.P.

Emma passed away on Thursday afternoon.

Please pray for the repose of her soul -

for her family and friends.

May she rest in the peace of Christ

BISHOP PETER'S - PASTORAL LETTER FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY MONTH OF MISSION 2019

We may not be rich, but we do like to have things the way we want them. We can be quite put out if our normal routine is upset. We like to be comfortable and secure. But our Gospel challenges that way of looking at things. The rich man in the Gospel found out too late that his life of comfort had led to him ignoring the poor man, Lazarus, at the gate of his house.

The readings at Mass are a wake-up call to look beyond ourselves and to put into action our baptismal vocation of loving service especially to those in need. How grateful I am to the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Conferences and the other Parish organisations who do such great charitable work in the name of Jesus.

Pope Francis also wants us to have a greater consciousness of our responsibility to pass on the Gospel at home and abroad. He has designated this coming month of October as an Extraordinary Month of Mission. It is a time for us to recognise ourselves as missionary disciples, working & praying together to share God's love with everyone.

 

It is not rocket science. It just requires a humble openness to God's grace in the opportunities we have in conversation with others. As Blessed John Henry Newman's motto states, "Heart speaks unto heart."

I was given a great example on the way back from the Lourdes Pilgrimage. I was boarding the plane with a parishioner from in Bedford. As we stood in the queue, she started chatting with an Italian vet living Cardiff. He mentioned that he had called in to Lourdes and had lit a candle. It reminded him of his mother's devotion and of what he was missing since he had stopped practising his faith. The Bedford parishioner listened and then encouraged him to find his local church. She almost persuaded him to go back to Lourdes next year to help on the pilgrimage!

I have no doubt that God's grace was at work on those aircraft steps, and I have no doubt that God's grace is at work in the Church's missionary activity around the world. The Extraordinary Month of Mission is an opportunity to increase our prayer and financial support for the missions whether it is through individual mission projects which many parishes have or through the agency of Missio, which is a global network of support for the Pope in his missionary commitment - by prayer, the soul of mission, and charitable offerings from Christians throughout the world. Of course, that will be a particular focus on World Mission Sunday on 20 October.

This Sunday, 29 September, is the 169th anniversary of the establishment of our Diocese. It is a moment for giving thanks for the mission of the Church in our parishes and especially for our priests, past and present, and for the priests from Africa and Asia and elsewhere who now support us in that mission.

Today, the Church needs men and women who respond generously to the call to leave behind family, country, language and local Church, and be sent forth to the nations, to a world not yet transformed by the sacrament of Jesus Christ and his holy Church.

May the grace of God touch us all in the Extraordinary Month of Mission and help us to recognise that each of us is a mission to the world, because each of us is the fruit of God's love. BISHOP PETER DOYLE

DIOCESE OF NORTHAMPTON - REGISTERED CHARITY - NUMBER 234091