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.