17th October 2021 - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sat Oct 16

6.00pm

29th Sunday of the year

Sun 17

9.30am

29th Sunday of the year - First Holy Communion

CONGRATUTATIONS TO ALL OUR FIRST HOLY COMMUNICANTS WHO RECEIVE THE LORD IN THE EUCHARIST FOR THE FIRST TIME. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND KEEP YOU UNITED WITH THE LORD ALWAYS. AMEN

Mon 18

9.30am

Morning Mass – St Luke

Tue 19

9.30am

Morning Mass

Wed 20

9.30am 

Morning Mass

Thu 21

9.30am

Morning Mass

Fri 22

9.30am 

Morning Mass – St John Paul II

Sat 23

6.00pm

30th   Sunday of the Year - World Mission Day

Sun 24

9.30am

30th   Sunday of the Year - World Mission Day

Given the spread of the virus and following advice, we will proceed cautiously lifting any restrictions.

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture Readings 17thOctober 2021 - 29thSundayin Ordinary Time - Year B

Isaiah 53: 10-11; Ps 32(33):4-5.18-20.22; Hebrews 4: 14-16; Mark 10: 35-45

Christ the suffering servant of God

We celebrate Christ who gives meaning to all human suffering, by himself taking on the role of a servant and by redeeming us by his suffering turned all our human values upside down. It is the weak who have become strong.

The reading is from Isaiah's last "suffering servant" song, which we hear more fully on GoodFriday. Israel is identified as God's innocent servant suffering to bring to completion God's plan for the salvation of all mankind. For Isaiah suffering need not be a punishment for sin. Suffering by the righteous could "redeem" the sins of others-but only if the sinners saw it as symbolising separation from their sins, like the scapegoat sent into the desert. Christians saw Jesus as the suffering servant who redeems mankind.

The Psalm praises the Lord's power and kindness, confident that he will rescue us from our urgent waiting.

Continuing from last week, our reading from the Letter to the Hebrews calls Jesus "the Son of God" and "the supreme high priest". Since he was tempted just like us, he is merciful and we must have confidence that he can bring us to God's "throne of grace".

After Jesus' third prediction of his passion in Mark's Gospel, two Apostles ask if they can share in the kingdom's rewards? They do not understand the sort of kingdom Jesus is bringing in. The Apostles will share in Jesus' suffering, and in doing so they will show themselves to be servants to all.

Psalm Response - May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our trust in you.

Spiritual Holy Communion Oh Jesus, my God, I love you, but unfortunately, I cannot receive you in Holy Communion at this time. Come, nevertheless, and visit me with your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like your own most Sacred Heart. Amen. .northamptondiocese.org/live.

 

The disciples tried to turn the children away, but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for theirs is kingdom of heaven ...

Help for Afghani Refugees - Many came with only the clothes they stood up in.

Items can be taken to St Andrews on Monday afternoons 2 - 4pm & Saturday from 10 -12noon - Much needed items - coats, nappies, trainers, jogger bottoms, trousers, new underwear, toiletries, colouring books & pens, wrapped biscuits.

Last Sunday, Pope Francis launched the two-year global consultation process leading to the 2023 Synod. There are three phases, a diocesan phase from October 2021 to April 2022; a second phase from September 2022 to March 2023; the third phase, begins in October 2023 with the Synod of Bishops.

Pope Francis said, "Let us begin this process by asking ourselves whether we, the Christian community, embody this 'style' of God, who travels the paths of history and shares in the life of humanity. May we be pilgrims in love with the Gospel and open to the surprises of the Spirit. Let us not miss out on the grace-filled opportunities born of encounter, listening, and discernment, guided by God's word.

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

Loving Mother of the Redeemer, Gate of heaven, star of the sea, Assist your people of have fallen yet strive to rise again. To the wonderment of nature, you bore your Creator, yet remained a virgin after as before. You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting, have pity on us poor sinners.

Let us always be mindful of Christ's love - St Teresa of Avila  

Whenever we think of Christ we should recall the love that led him to bestow on us so many graces and favours, and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of his love; for love calls for love in return. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves to love him.

For if at some time the Lord should grant us the grace of impressing his love on our hearts, all will become easy for us and we shall accomplish great things quickly and without effort.

Sunday School. Preparation for First Confession and First Holy Communion will resume in November following restrictions and lockdowns due to Covid. Children from school year three and upwards are eligible and more details will be given in the coming weeks.

Please pray for the children who will be making their First Holy Communion this week. Covid restrictions and lockdowns prevented the children from receiving the sacrament in 2020. We ask God to bless them and their families, filling them with his peace and love.

Please remember in your prayers - Those making their First Holy Communion today, for God's blessing and the gift of the Holy Spirit on them and their families today and in their journey through life. For our young people taking up their first job,or going on to University or into further education. The Church. The lonely and frightened. The faithful departed and those who mourn. The sick, (Mark, Carol, Sandra, Peter, Norma, Peter C, Darcey, Ken, Shalipp, Tom V, B, D & his wife), their carers, & Maimai. Hospital, health & care workers. Teachers, staff and children. Coronavirus Victims. Migrants. Victims of oppression & racial hatred. World leaders to unite to find and toshare a covid solution. The people in areas of conflict and poor countries needing vaccine supplies. Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict. Bishop David, our clergy, religious and laity

Our country, that the lifting of covid restrictions will be successful. In gratitude for God's gifts, mercy and unconditional love.

Pope Francis - 'Is your faith tired and do you want to reinvigorate it?'

Last Sunday, Pope Francis asked, "Is our faith tired? Do we want to reinvigorate it? Look for God's gaze: sit in adoration, allow yourself to be forgiven in Confession - let yourself be loved by him." He suggested three steps to take.

He mentioned the young man in the Gospel who asked 'What must I do to inherit life?' Pope Francis said that faith is a question of freedom and love, and in the first instance we do well to free ourselves of a commercial and mechanical faith, which can give a false image of an accounting/controlling God, not a Father.

He said: "Jesus, is the second aid to the young man, offering him the true face of God. The Gospel said, 'Jesus looked upon him loved him': this is God! This is how faith is born and reborn: Christian life is beautiful, if it is based on God's gaze."

The Pope said that in the third step, Jesus invited the young man to give generously of himself to others. It is perhaps what we are missing too. Often, we do the bare minimum, whereas Jesus invites us to do the maximum possible," he commented.

"How often are we satisfied with doing our duties - the precepts, a few prayers, and so on - whereas God, who gives us life, asks us for the impetus of life!"

Based on a Catholic News Agency Report