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Welcome! To all our dear Parishioners and friends, please do keep up to date with Mass times, reflections and events in our Parish from our latest Newsletter.
Please continue to be safe. Thank you to all Parishioners for your co-operation with social distancing, use of hand gel and temperature check and registration.
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) ~ Words from Canon Niall :
In so many ways life can be read as a series of disappointments. So often we do not receive what we wished for or achieve what we set out to do. Each of us could probably draw up a list of significant times in which things did not go our ways or according to our plans. Of course, this is never the whole story, but it is part of everyone’s journey. We aspire to so much, and we yearn so often to be in a different place. Not having our expectations met is not, however, necessarily, a bad thing. Very often, the most interesting things in life come as surprises, as real gifts, as totally unforeseen, and as beyond even our dreams. When we are totally preoccupied with ourselves, our needs, and our wishes, we can, curiously, miss out on seeing, acknowledging, and even enjoying the full spectrum of gifts that are in fact part of our story. We are receiving all the time if only we could see it clearly.
The disciples in our Gospel asked Jesus for honoured places in the Kingdom of God., and he tells them that not only do they not appreciate the magnitude of what it is they are asking, but he himself is not even in a position to grant their request. That privilege belongs to God the Father, alone. Then, he warns them about seeking power and privilege for themselves; it is not the way of the Gospel, which is one of service, solicitude, and surprise. This capacity to welcome the unexpected in all its guises is at the heart of mission . In the west of Ireland -in the face of the difficulties, opportunities, and challenges of life-people used to say: ‘Welcome be the will of God!’ There is great wisdom and freedom to be had in this attitude to life.
Have a blessed week!
The Pope’s Monthly Intention for October- Evangelisation : We pray that every baptised person may be engaged in evangelisation, available to the mission, by being witness of a life that has the flavour of the Gospel.
Do read the Statement of Bishop Alan for Education Sunday 2021 .
We continue our prayers for Fr Michael Barwick who took up his appointment as curate at Our Lady and St George and for Fr John Victor who has moved to his new parish in Manor Park. We also pray for Canon Maurice Gordon who was inducted into the Cathedral Chapter of Canons on Monday 13th of September at Brentwood Cathedral.
Thresholds of Hope : the Vicariate for Adult Formation - another wonderful tool when proclaiming the good news of God's grace to all. St John Henry Newman believed that the lay faithful were to take a full part in the life of the Church, to be confident in expressing their Catholic Faith and willing to share its beauty with others. Hope you find this resource useful; more here https://thresholdsofhope.co.uk/
Please continue with your prayers for all who are part of the NHS, that the Lord gives them protection and continued safety with the demands on their dedication and healing. See Pope Francis’ Rosary Prayers for Protection from Coronavirus
To our Catholic Universe and Catholic Times readers in the parish:- At the moment, if you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, you can get it delivered direct to your home every week. Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call 0161 820 5722 for information.
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