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TODAY'S MASS: Jesus' understanding of the sovereignty of God brought him violent opposition from some of the Jewish leaders. Were they corrupt, or just closed to any new way of thinking, so closed that they could not see that Jesus was the promised Messiah? Anyway, Jesus used this story about the tenants of a vineyard to show that the religious authorities were not leading the people as they should. Everyone would immediately understand the image of the vineyard. The prophet Isaiah had used this image in a well-
GOSPEL LESSON: Let us try to offer ourselves to God in every respect. He is a God of Surprises, and His ways are not always our ways. What we want may not be what God wants or does not want for us.
WEEKLY PONDER: What is God asking of you? (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)
HARVEST MASS LAST SUNDAY: It was a great turn-
SAINT OF THE WEEK: Thursday is the feast of St. Wilfrid. Born in Northumberland in 634, Wilfrid was educated at Lindisfarne. Elected Abbot of Ripon in 658, he introduced the Roman practices in opposition to the Celtic ways of northern England. He was appointed Bishop of York. He founded many monasteries of the Benedictine Order, but was obliged to appeal to Rome in order to prevent the subdivision of his diocese by St. Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury. He was forced into exile and worked to convert the south Saxons until his recall in 686. In 691 he had to retire again to the
Midlands until Rome once again vindicated him. In 703 he retired to his monastery until his death in 709. (Archdiocesan Ordo)
YOUCAT: (Question 284) Why are the Beatitudes so important? Those who yearn for the Kingdom of God look to Jesus' list of priorities: the Beatitudes.
WEEKLY BIBLE: Paul writes: I am confident that the one who began a good work in you, will go on completing it until the day of Christ Jesus comes. (Phillipians 1:3-
WEEKLY PRAYER: Yours O God, is the vineyard and its harvest, yours the kingdom of justice and peace. You call your people to tend its growth. Bless the work entrusted to our hands, that we may offer you an abundance of just works, a rich harvest of peace. (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)
MINUTE MEDITATION: Baptism opens the door to the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the sacrament through which Jesus enters into an intimate, permanent communion with us. It is the sacrament of the table. It is the sacrament of food and drink. It is the sacrament of daily nurture. While Baptism is a once-
SAINTLY GEMS: One must be in constant union with God and pray without respite. (Blessed Jan Beyzym)
THE HOLY FATHER: Religious authorities cannot be an inflexible guardian of human traditions. Jesus turned to hypocrisy, clericalism and the folk fuelled by law. What counts is a heart which precedes the Lord, who daily struggles, repents and returns to him. The religious leaders criticised by Jesus were “formally faultless” and religious intellectuals, but they lacked the humility of listening, the courage to question themselves, the power of repentance. They are “incapable of understanding that a life of God is life on the way.” There is no Christian biography that is designed on the drawing board and scientifically constructed. Rather she is a “humble path with a never rigid conscience and always in relation to God.”
JUST A THOUGHT: Don't let idiots run your day. (Brainy Quote)
It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. (Bill Gates)
For great men, religion is a way of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool. (Abdul Kalam)
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Today from noon until 3.00pm. Come an spend as much or as little time with Our Blessed Lord as you wish. Our main prayer must be peace in the world.
MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY: Please say some Rosary during October; again it could be said for peace in the world.
HARVEST MASS CAKES: £187
NEXT CAKE RAFFLE: This will be on Sunday, 5th. November and it will be the turn of “The Perkins Family.”
PLEASE NOTE: No weekday Masses this week.
SUNDAY 22nd. OCTOBER: Holy Mass will be at NINE-
ARCHDIOCESAN HEALTH AND SAFETY: Parents who want to use our car park to deposit and collect their children are very welcome BUT we do have a most important Rule; vehicles must not move at all when children/parents on foot are on the car park. It is a common sense Rule which I ask be respected. We try to police the car park twice every day, but sometimes get verbal abuse from drivers who are too impatient to wait. If you are in a hurry, please leave your vehicle off the premises. Thank you.
PRISONERS SUNDAY: The theme this year; “We press on together, in Hope,” recognises the vital role we all need to play in the coming together as a community, in compassion and without judgement, to offer hope and a fresh start to all those affected by imprisonment.
SECOND COLLECTION: As mentioned last weekend, we are having a Second Collection to collect Family Fast money from last Friday. The money will go to Bishop Gregori who will be here on Sunday 29th. October because the whole of the Ukrainian Hierarchy are coming to England for the last two weeks of October for their annual Major Conference which takes place in a different country every year.
NEWSLETTERS: Because of circumstances, there will not be a Newsletter again until Sunday 5th. November. Please note the following Mass times and Intentions:
Sunday 15th. October 10.00am: Parishioners
Sunday 22nd. October 09.15am: (Fr. Ball) Helen Steed
Sunday 29th. October 10.00am: Ron Ainsworth
Monday 30th. October 9.30am: Holy Souls
Tuesday 31st. October 7.00pm. (Vigil of All Saints) Parishioners
Thursday 2nd. November 9.30am: Holy Souls
Sunday 5th. November 10.00am: John and Mary Hollinghurst
REMEMBER EXPOSITION TODAY FROM NOON UNTIL 3.00pm.
Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso
01254 830 995
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Catechist: Jane Gilbertson, B.Ed. (Hons), B.Sc. (Hort)
Week 27 Year A , 08th October 2017
Changing lives, shaping futures
18th Sunday after Pentecost Prisoners Sunday
Da pacem, Domine...
Sick & Housebound
Anointing / Forgiveness
“The Heir, let us kill him.”
Fr. Francis Tillotson, Fr. Brian Foley, Fr. John Gough, Fr. James Murray, smm., Deacon Gordon James Peter Hughes, Denis Holgate, Euan Tomlinson, Marjorie Wilkins, Mary Snape, Arnold Duxbury, Kathleen Crowther, Mary Connolly, Matt Duffy, Veronica Snape, Ellen Miller, Winifred Bone, Jane Rigby, Eliza Dugdale, Thomas Dempsey, Irene Jackman.
Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Joan McDonagh, Madeleine Shaw, Phillip Old, Philip Holmes, Zac Aratoon, Anne Beconnsall, David Mahon, Rita Maher, Grace Pulle, Kathleen Mee, Mark Woodcock and others.
29th. October: Reader: David Southworth
Universal Prayer: Teresa Johnson
5th. November: Reader: Sarah Jane Holmes
Universal Prayer: Jane Gilbertson
Today: Reader: David Southworth
Universal Prayer: Sarah Jane Holmes
Next Weekend: Reader: Cath Jones
Universal Prayer: Teresa Johnson
22nd. October: Reader: Kate Perkins
Universal Prayer: Elizabeth Duke
Fr. Ron McGivern, Fr. Michael Gaine, Helen Steed.