TODAY'S MASS: Martha and Mary have become classic figures in the Church representing two different styles of life, the active and the contemplative vocation, an active apostolate or a life of prayer. Carried to an extreme, this opposition is, of course, merely silly. No active apostolate can thrive unless it grows out of a life of prayer, for we cannot draw others to the knowledge and love of a God whom we do not ourselves know and love. Nor can a life of prayer be genuine unless it leads to care for others and concern for the salvation of all whom the Lord loves. Even a strictly enclosed community cannot claim to be a part of Christ's body unless its fabric is one of love and concern for all the members, and especially those in need, the elderly, the sick and the young. In fact, Jesus does not present any such choice between two different religious ways of life. His speech is always in terms of absolutes. He does not use comparatives: he says that Mary has chosen not 'the better' (as our translation has it) but 'the good' part (as the Greek has it). Any 'good' life must be founded on listening devotedly to the Lord and responding to what we have heard. (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)
GOSPEL LESSON: There is pride and vanity in assuming that we can achieve favours and blessings through our works. (Liguori Publications)
SAINT THIS WEEK: Monday is the feast of St. Mary Magdalene. Mary was a follower of Jesus out of whom he had cast seven devils. She stood at Calvary, went to anoint his body at the tomb and was first witness of the Resurrection. The Church in modern times has abandoned Mary Magdalene's former identification both with the sinner woman who anointed Christ's feet in Simon's house and as being the sister of Martha. (Archdiocesan Ordo)
SAINTLY GEMS: People can pressure you to do things, but the only one who makes the decision is you. Own your decisions. (Decision Point)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: God is at your side and is already guiding you. You just have to keep taking each next step, one at a time. He will take care of the rest. (Fr. John Bartunek)
Christians are never Lone Rangers. We are part of a spiritual family, the Church, to which each one of us contributes. (Fr. John Bartunek)
God is always online but we have to turn on the Wi-Fi to find Him; we have to do our part to engage in a conversation with Him. (Fr. John Bartunek)
MEDITATION: At every age there is a need for periods of ripening. They take time. Why be impatient with oneself? Going from one beginning to another, from one stage to another, can open a way forward beyond discouragements. (Taize)
SCRIPTURE: Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)
A SCHOOL PRAYER: Dear Lord, please embrace your loving arms around my family and friends. Keep them always protected, secured, loved and blessed. Amen. (Maddy Ainsworth Year 4. A Prayer for my Friends)
PLEASE NOTE: During the school holidays, which have now begun, we will try to slow down a bit in the Parish as well. There will be a short version of the Newsletter until Sunday 7th. September. Because of major construction work in school there will not be Exposition or Mass on Wednesdays in August except for Wednesday 14th. August which will be the Vigil Mass for the Assumption ( 15th. August ). Exposition from 6.15pm.
Please pray for Pope Francis, Benedict XVI and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon
Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool Reg. Char. 232709
GOD'S GREATEST POWER IS THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS
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Parish Administrator and Catechist: Jane Gilbertson, B.Ed. (Hons), B.Sc. (Hort), CTC.
Week 16 Year C , 21st July, 2019
6th. Sunday after Pentecost
Remember your daily Rosary
Dominus fortitudo plebis suae
Sick & Housebound
Anointing / Forgiveness
Fr. Denis Cunningham, Fr. John Birchall, Sarah McCauley, Leonard Bartlett, Mary Hollinghurst, Siobhan Frances Wilcock, Thomas Leeson, Batrice Latus, Ronald Costello.
Fr. Phil Barrett, Fr. Cassian Dickie, osb., Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Madeleine Shaw, Zac Aratoon, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, David Mahon, Kathleen Mee and others.