Friday, 23 October 2015

30th Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Jessica Whelan, Jimmy O'Toole, Anne Barton, Martin & Jean Dwyer

Lately Dead: David Henry, Jim Woods, Vincent Walsh, Matt Allen, Amanda Allen

Anniversaries:  Varghese Manjooran, Nora McCarty, Rose Rushton, Margaret Kendall, Mary Berry, Margaret & Edward (Ted) Massey, Catherine Kehoe, Nora Madden, Raymond Hilton, Anthony Catlow

 

Masses this week. (Masses will take place in the Sacristy)

Tues – 9.30am Mass

Wed – Fri - No Masses (Fr John away)

 

Fr John away I will be away until next Sunday evening. Fr McLaughlin will be saying the Masses next weekend. Next Sunday is the Feast of All Saints.

There will be an evening Mass on the 2nd November for "All Souls" at 7pm

 

November Prayer List Please note that all lists need to be handed in by this weekend.

 

Remembrance Poppies These are available from the back and side of Church.

 

Monthly Newsletter Any articles for the November Newsletter need to be submitted by this Monday evening , 26th October.

 

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Sent in from someone in the parish!

 

An elderly Chinese man had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the man bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do. After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the man one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."

The old man smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?" "That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them." "For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

So, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

29th Sunday of Year - World Mission Sunday

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Vincent Walsh, Jessica Whelan (3year old)

Anne Barton

Lately Dead: Fr Patrick Earley, Jacquie Cirino, Anne Doolin, David Henry, Jim Woods

Anniversaries:  Mary Le Pla, Margaret Madden

 

Masses this week. (Masses will take place in the Sacristy)

Tues – 9.30am Mass

Wed – 12noon followed by packed lunch

Thursday – 18.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Friday – 7.30am Mass followed by breakfast

 

There will be a second collection this Sunday for World Missions. Today the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission. Your prayers and donations today will support the work of the missionaries and young churches like the Church in Mongolia as they share faith, build churches and provide healthcare and education, often in difficult and dangerous environments. Thank you.

 

Monthly Coffee Gathering will be happening this Monday 19 Oct at an earlier time of 12.30 at Ossie Mills

 

November Prayer List Please note that all lists need to be handed in by next Sunday 25th Oct.

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Called to Serve

 

How do we come to understand the complex issue of what it is to "serve", as Jesus places the concept before the disciples and now before us.

 

It is an area I find very difficult to understand because it begs the question every day, "How can I be of service to everyone, each with your own demands, each with your own needs?" It is an impossible task if everyone seeks me to serve their own search for domination rather than one of helping them to serve. Each of us need to pray "Lord, teach me to serve," and only then we may discover what real service is.

 

To serve each person's search for power does not bring about a church of service, all it does is serve one's greed and individuality.

 

If we all look to be of service then the difference in the parish would be amazing for we would only look to build up the Kingdom of God, not our own. If we could learn to serve we would discover a challenge in all that we come across in life. For instance, when we come across poverty we seek to overcome it by addressing it, not by ignoring it. When we come across a baby crying we look to why is it crying rather than how do we shut it up because it invades my space, my quietness.

 

Pope Francis constantly reminds us of the need to serve, to go beyond. Many are looking away from the Church because we offer no help, we have become a church of restrictions, behaviour, laws that place burdens on others. That is why Jesus spoke out against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and the lawyers!

 

If we are to look at the call to service, then we have to put not just ourselves at the service of others but at the service of those who also seek to serve. We are not called to build up a church to serve individual whims or desires. We are called to enable those who need to be embraced, to be embraced by the love of God to protect them against those who only seek to destroy the love of God, by replacing Him with the self-centredness of the love of gods, eg one's own needs! Fr John

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

28th Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Janet Smith, Vincent Walsh, Jessica Whelan (3year old)

Anne Barton

Lately Dead: Fr Patrick Earley, Fr Michael Fasnacht (priests of this Diocese), Jacquie Cirino, Anne Doolin, Jimmy Long, Vera Turner (Catlow)

Anniversaries:  Patrick Doolan, Margaret Kenyon, Joan Davison

 

Masses this week.

Tues – 10.15 am Requiem for Raffaela Jacquelina (Jacquie) Cirino

Wed – 6.30pm followed by Exposition

Thursday – 9.30am Mass in St Oswald's School

Friday – 7.30am Mass followed by breakfast

 

There will be a second collection this Sunday for Catechesis in Prisons

 

Next Sunday is World Mission Sunday and the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission. World Mission Sunday is a special day that unites Catholics all over the world in prayer, celebration and care for the mission of the Church. Thanks to your support, the Catholic Church is growing and many parishes can now take care of themselves. However, 40% of the Universal Church is still too new, young or poor to survive without our help, just like the Church in Mongolia. By supporting World Mission Sunday you are directly helping missionaries in over 1,000 dioceses bring hope and new life to people who do not yet know that they are precious in the eyes and heart of God. You will be able to Gift Aid all donations by using enveloes provided by Missio. Thank you.

 

There will be an appeal at the end of Masses for volunteers to assist with the Parish Centre Children's Christmas Party.

 

Monthly Coffee Gathering will be happening Monday 19 Oct at an earlier time of 12.30 at Ossie Mills

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The parish I not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and the community.

 

While certainly not the only institution which evangelizes, if the parish proves capable of self-renewal and constant adaptivity, it continues to be "the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters."

 

This presumes that it really is in contact with the homes and the lives of its people, and does not become a use;less structure out of touch with people or a self-absorbed group made up of a chosen few.

 

The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God's word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration.

 

In all activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers.

 

It is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drind in the midst of their journey, and a centre of constant missionary outreach

 

Monday, 5 October 2015

27th Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Janet Smith, Vincent Walsh

Lately Dead: Fr Michael Fasnacht (priest of this Diocese), Margaret Carney, Patrick Nuttall, John Tattersall

Anniversaries:  Logan Wood, Tommy Doherty, Belford Peter McHugh, Margaret McHugh, Chris Metcalf, May Kemp, Sheila Clarkson

 

Masses this week.

Tues – 12noon Mass followed by packed lunches

Wed – 7.30pm followed by Rosary Torchlight Procession to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (see monthly newsletter for more details)

Thursday – 6.30pm Mass in St Mary's School with Reception Class

Friday – 12noon Mass followed by CAFOD Soup lunch

 

There will be a baptism during the 10am Mass this Sunday for Maddison Elaine Seymour

 

There will be a second collection this Sunday for CAFOD resulting from Family Fast Day last Friday

 

There will be Coffee & Tea served after Masses this weekend

 

Next Sunday is Prisoners' Sunday where we remember to pray for those in prison and their families. Pope Francis made a particular point about praying fot prisoners when he visited a prison in America. Blow is some of what he said to them.

****************************************************************************************************************I know it is a painful time not only for you, but also for your families and for all of society. Any society, any family, which cannot share or take seriously the pain of its children, and views that pain as something normal or to be expected, is a society 'condemned' to remain a hostage to itself, prey to the very things which cause that pain. I am here as a pastor, but above all as a brother, to share your situation and to make it my own. I have come so that we can pray together and offer our God everything that causes us pain, but also everything that gives us hope, so that we can receive from him the power of the resurrection".

 

"We all know that life is a journey, along different roads, different paths, which leave their mark on us", said the Pope. "We also know in faith that Jesus seeks us out. He wants to heal our wounds, to soothe our feet which hurt from travelling alone, to wash each of us clean of the dust from our journey. He doesn't ask us where we have been, He doesn't question us what about we have done. Rather, He tells us: 'Unless I wash your feet, you have no share with me'. Unless I wash your feet, I will not be able to give you the life which the Father always dreamed of, the life for which he created you. Jesus comes to meet us, so that He can restore our dignity as children of God. He wants to help us to set out again, to resume our journey, to recover our hope, to restore our faith and trust. He wants us to keep walking along the paths of life, to realise that we have a mission, and that confinement is never the same thing as exclusion". "Life means 'getting our feet dirty' from the dust-filled roads of life and history", he continued. "All of us need to be cleansed, to be washed. All of us. Myself, first and foremost. The Lord goes in search of us; to all of us He stretches out a helping hand. It is painful when we see prison systems which are not concerned to care for wounds, to soothe pain, to offer new possibilities. It is painful when we see people who think that only others need to be cleansed, purified, and do not recognise that their weariness, pain and wounds are also the weariness, pain and wounds of society. "This time in your life can only have one purpose: to give you a hand in getting back on the right road, to give you a hand to help you rejoin society. All of us are part of that effort, all of us are invited to encourage, help and enable your rehabilitation. A rehabilitation which everyone seeks and desires: inmates and their families, correctional authorities, social and educational programs.