Sunday, 21 August 2016

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Maria Twigg,

Margaret Coyne, June McCaffrey, Margaret Rebecca McDonough, Glenys Murtagh

Lately Dead: Mary O'Connor, Fr Anthony Grimshaw, Gerpel Gersel

Anniversaries: Elezabeth Elengickal, Varkey Elengickal, Douglas Thomson, Lisa Jordan, Evelyn Partington, Mary Stella Ward


Masses this week:

Tues: 9.30am Mass                        Wed: 12noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thursday: 10.30am Requiem Mass for Mary O'Connor

Friday: 9.30am Mass


The Parish Office will be open 10am -1pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday this week.


The APF Mission Books are ready for collection from the sacristy by promoters


Celebration of Missionary Discipleship in the Year of Mercy I have received four tickets for a Mass at Salford Cathedral for the Feast of St Ambrose Barlow on Saturday 10th September at 12 noon. If anyone would like to attend, please speak with Fr John. He will be taking his car so transport will be provided leaving here at 10.45am. Two tickets have so far been requested.


Requiem Mass for Fr Anthony Grimshaw is provisionally arranged to take place at Salford Cathedral on Wed 31st August at 12.10pm. If anyone knew Fr Grimshaw and would like transport then Fr John will be attending.


From Pope Francis' General Audience this week


Dear Brothers and Sisters:

In our continuing catechesis for this Holy Year of Mercy, we now consider the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. In Saint Matthew's account, Jesus wishes to withdraw and pray, but seeing the multitudes, is moved by compassion and chooses to remain with them. By instructing his disciples to feed the crowd, he teaches them to have faith and invites them to share in his concern for those in need. The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes is a concrete sign of that merciful concern. Matthew, in telling us that Jesus took the bread, looked up to heaven, then blessed and broke it for the crowds, clearly evokes the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. Through our partaking of the Eucharist, we not only receive spiritual nourishment, but, conformed ever more fully to the Lord, we become signs of his merciful presence to those around us. May all of us, as members of Christ's body, seek to bring to our families and communities, and especially to those most in need, the nourishment of God's closeness, mercy and love.


On reflecting on what the Pope is calling us to do we are reminded that we are called to bring the love of God to others. When we are fed by the Eucharist we are sharing in the work of Christ. We are not here to speak and listen about compassion, we are called to be compassionate to those in need. This requires great strength and willingness and the spiritual food we receive from the Eucharist gives us strength to share in the Church's mission. It is not a matter of watching others do it but making compassion our own mission in life. Only the week before, Pope Francis reminded us that we are impelled "to work to improve the conditions of earthly life, especially of our weakest brothers and sisters". He went on to pray, in that same sermon, "May the Virgin Mary help us not to be people and communities dulled by the present, or worse, nostalgic for the past, but striving toward the future of God, toward the encounter with him, our life and our hope."


This is a prayer that we can make our own as we move forward as a Church, and people, facing many new challenges.                                                       

                                                                                                                        Fr John