TODAY'S MASS: Mark gives us three formal prophecies of the Passion, of which this is the second. He uses the triple number frequently to stress the importance and sureness of an event. St. Peter denies Jesus three times, and Pilate three times asserts Jesus' innocence. Jesus is shown to be fully aware of the fate that awaits him: he goes into it with his eyes open, and accepts his Father's will; he is, moreover, aware that his Father will not desert him, but will vindicate him by the Resurrection. . Again the disciples fail to understand the message: while Jesus had been giving them the message of triumph only through suffering and humiliation, they had been thinking who would be the greatest. So Jesus sets before them a child as the model. In what way is a child a model? Like adults, children can be selfish and they can be devious and scheming from an early age. However, children are probably more aware than adults that they cannot totally control a situation and trustingly accept that they are dependent on others. The final words that Jesus speaks in today's Gospel suggests that it is this quality of dependence that Jesus proposes: like little children we should be dependent on the will of the Father. (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)
WEEKLY PONDER: Why does Jesus put forward a child as a role model for us? (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Jeremiah, who knew a thing or two about the human condition, wrote, “The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse. Who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9). A healthy introspection (it need not be introversion) is essential if we are to become free from inherited drives and free for service. (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know you, and desire nothing except you alone. Let me hate myself and love you. Let me do everything for your sake. Let me humble myself and exalt you. Let me think of nothing except you. Let me die to myself and live in you. Let me accept whatever happens as from you. Let me banish self and follow you. And ever desire to follow you. (St. Augustine)
MASS READINGS: 1st. Reading Wisdom 2: With violence and torture let us put him to the test/ that we may have proof of his gentleness.
2nd. Reading James 3: For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice.
3rd. Reading Mark 9: “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
SAINT THIS WEEK: Tuesday is the feast of St. Matthew. He was born at Capernaum, and was working as a tax-
THE POPE: The Catechism firmly states that human power has limits and that “it is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly.” All such use and experimentation “requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation.”
FR. MARK HAYDU, LC: Allow your soul to be taken into Jesus' hands. Feel him cleanse you, pouring his warm grace over your wounds.
SAINTLY GEMS: What is now? The eternity between the past and the future, wrapped in infinite, unconditional love.
God does not impede temptations. First, so that you may be convinced of your strength; secondly, that you may be humble, not proud. (St. John Chrysostom)
O my Divine Saviour, transform me into Yourself. May my hands be the hands of Jesus. Grant that every faculty of my body may serve only to glorify You. (St. Jean-
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it had a God who knew his way out of the grave. (G.K. Chesterton)
The same grace that worked wonders in the saints is at work, like a seed waiting to grow and flourish in every baptised soul, including yours. (John Bartunek)
HENRI NOUWEN: When productivity is our main way of overcoming self-
SACRED SCRIPTURE: For it is by his grace you are saved through trusting him; it is not your own doing. It is God's gift, not a reward for work done. There is nothing for anyone to boast of. (Ephesians 2:8-
TAIZE: God of mercy, when it is hard for us to trust in You, why should we worry? Being in your presence in a peaceful silence is already praying. And You understand all that we are. Even a sigh can be a prayer.
WEEKLY MASS: Sunday Mass is the foundation of our Catholic Faith. We sit at the table and listen to what the Lord has to say to us and then we eat the Bread of Life together. It is in this way that we become ONE in Christ. There are lots of Catholic children in our school, and their parents/guardians who do not practise. Can I ask those people to think again and join us at the Eucharistic Meal and join the Parish Community by so doing. You will be made very welcome.
OCTOBER: Will be on us pretty soon when we think of Our Blessed Lady in a special way. She is Queen of Peace and Health of the Sick and Refuge of Sinners, just to name three of her many titles.
CHORLEY FOOD BANK: Please continue to support the less fortunate in this way. You have all been so generous over the years.
CLIMATE CHANGE: COP-
METHODIST PRAYER: Loving Lord, help us to be faithful witnesses to the truth we have received from you. Sustain us as we seek to be a welcoming community open to all. Help us as we seek to bring a message of hope where there is fear, joy where there is sadness, and faith where there is doubt. Empower us by your Holy Spirit to share your love with the whole community by our words and our deeds. (Isle of Man Methodist Chair)
SAVING A FEW BOB: From this weekend the Newsletter will be abridged on the reverse of the Mass Sheet. The full Newsletter will only be online.
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Week 25B , 19th. September2021
17th. Sunday after Pentecost
Hand in hand w1ith Jesus Remember your daily Rosary
Justus es, Domine, et rectum judicium tuum
Sick & Housebound
Anointing / Forgiveness
Fr. Fred Scragg smm., Dcn. William Strype, Fr. Michael Gaine, Fr. Kevin Kelly, Joseph Smith, Frank Cheetham, Jim McDonagh, Margaret Bennett, Honora McGowan, John Lowe, Thomas Smith, Gerald Gilbertson, Patrick McMullen, John Worden, Mona Curren, Mary Potts, Brian Miller, Helen Steed, Gordon Gardner, Donald Galbraith, Josephine Duxbury, Dorothy Kalaza.
Fr. Bernard Jackson, Fr. Barry McAllister, Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Ann Beconnsall, Kathleen Mee, Rachel Mason, Eamon Neary and others.
Rita Maher, Roland Anderton, Jim Newton
“He took a child ”