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This Week The Lamb of God, 15th January - 22nd January 2017

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THIS WEEKEND    “Look, there is the Lamb of God!”   Year A
Date Time Church Devotion
Saturday 14th January 17:00 PM St.Oswald's Bernard Hamilton & Helen Whiteside
18:30 PM St Teresa's Marie Wilson
Roy & Joyce Whiteside 95th birthday
Sunday 15th January 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's
Priests Intention
(Latin Extraordinary Form Mass)
08:30 AM St Oswald's Get Well - Brenda Ryan
09:30 AM St Teresa's Helen Lewis & Rita Greenhalgh
11:00 AM St Mary Magdalen's Ann Farrell
WEEKDAY MASSES   Divine Office Week 2
Monday 16th January 09:15 AM St Teresa's The Word and Communion
Tuesday 17th January 09:00 AM
09:30 AM
St Oswald's
St Oswald's
Exposition
The Word and Communion
Wednesday 18th January 10:30 AM St Oswald's Funeral Mass: Dorothy Edwards
Thursday 19th January 09:15 AM St Teresa's The Word and Communion
Friday 20th January 09:15 AM St Teresa's Liam Turner, Alan Raynes
& Harry Carney
NEXT WEEKEND   3rd Sunday of the Year      Year A
Saturday 21st January
17:00 PM St Oswald's Bernard Hamilton, Helen Whiteside
&Patrick Sherlock,
18:30 PM St Teresa's Patrick Lynch,
Delia & Johnny Cunningham
Sunday 22nd January 2017 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's Priest’s Intention
(Latin Extraordinary Form Mass)
08:30 AM St Oswald's Get Well - Mary Layfield
09:30 AM St. Teresa's Frank Noblet
11:00 AM St. Mary Magdalen's Frank Creeney
PLEASE NOTE:
   Fr Philip Inch: St Teresa's Church, 34 Queensway, Penwortham. PR1 0DS
Service of the Word + Communion:
St Oswald’s: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri at 9.00am.
St Teresa’s: Mon, Tue, Thu 9.15am. Sat 10.00am
Confessions: 1st Saturday of the month and on request

Sacrament of Reconciliation
at St Wilfrid's Church

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11.50 am - 12.10 pm
5.15 - 5.30 pm

Saturday
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The 2nd Sunday of the Year

15th January 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch

At the start of a New Year we may ourselves ask, “What am I really looking for in 2017?” Whatever our thoughts or mood, the readings for this week are full of the joy, hope and light that the coming of Christ brings. 
      The entirety of this Sunday's second reading might be seen as so much boilerplate, throwaway lines that a writer used at the commencement of his letter, something like a formal salutation. But in point of fact, almost the whole of Christianity is contained in these lines, if we have but the eyes to see. So take out your Bibles today and revisit the beginning of 1 Corinthians. It will tell you pretty much everything essential that you need to know about yourself and your mission.

We encounter Jesus as he begins his public ministry. John the Baptist sees Jesus coming towards him and speaks to the crowds. “Look, there is the Lamb of God!” John tells them that he did not know Jesus until he was revealed by the Holy Spirit as the Chosen One of God at his baptism (Gospel). We pray that, through the grace of our baptism, we may know the love and presence of Jesus in our lives.

The Psalm is a joyful celebration of our God, who hears our cries for help and invites us to trust and praise his goodness. We pray for open hearts and continued faithfulness in our following of Jesus this coming year.

The First Reading speaks of the whole people of God becoming the “light of the nations” so that salvation may reach the ends of the earth. We pray to become witnesses to the love of Jesus.

St. Paul, in the Second Reading, sends greetings to the Church in Corinth reminding them that they are called to be holy and asking that they be blessed with grace and peace. We pray that God will bless our families, our communities and our world with peace in the year ahead.

Events coming up in the Archdiocese:

 Sunday 15 January. From Reformation to Revolution Dalit Lutheran Theology in the Public Sphere @ LACE 2 - 4pm.
 Saturday 4 February and Saturday 25 February. The Gift of the Spirit with the CaFE team. Booking via moira@irenaeus.co.uk at Christ the King parish club Score Lane, Liverpool L16 6AW (end of the M62)
 Thursday 19 January and Thursday 19 February St Helens. The Art of Listening A two session course open to all involved in any kind of ‘listening’ ministry. To book a place ring 0151 522 1040.
 Sunday 5 February 2 – 5pm. Children’s liturgy workshop to prepare for Lent and Easter @ LACE centre Liverpool. To book a place ring 0151 522 1040. £10 to attend per person.
 Sunday 19th March 11am in the Metropolitan Cathedral Liverpool Blessed Oscar Romero Centenary Celebration, 11.00 Mass with Archbishop Malcolm and preacher Bishop John Rawsthorne

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		The entirety of this Sunday's second reading might be seen as so much boilerplate, throwaway lines that a writer used at the commencement of his letter, something like a formal salutation. But in point of fact, almost the whole of Christianity is contained in these lines, if we have but the eyes to see. So take out your Bibles today and revisit the beginning of 1 Corinthians. It will tell you pretty much everything essential that you need to know about yourself and your mission.

 

Fr Philip Writes: Thank you once again to all those who helped us to celebrate the Feast of Christmas. It was so encouraging to see so many at Mass. Thank you to those behind the scenes who get things ready. It is amazing how many people are involved. Without you it would not be possible. Thank you for so many cards and gifts, I am humbled and encouraged by your love and care for me.

What will 2017 bring?

Once again we have many families walking the journey of faith with their children as they prepare for Holy Communion. We hope to see some of the fruits of Faith in Action with some of our young parishioners getting more involved in parish life. There are 8 young people, I think, going to Lourdes to help with the sick pilgrims in July. We have 12 who are wanting to become Catholics at Easter. There are 40 people going on a pilgrimage to Fatima, Santiago de Compostella, Burgos and Lourdes in June. 28 are going on a retreat/holiday in August and in the autumn we are going to have a parish day! Alongside all this is the day to day activity and action of the parish; love made visible. A new SVP will begin in Longton, this is good news indeed. There are 11 couples getting married in 2017. The sick and housebound are visited, our churches are lovingly cared for, Mass is celebrated. There is always opportunity for more, if you wish to get involved please ask and if you have any ideas. requests, suggestions let us know.

Parish Workers Social Night: On Friday 10th Feb 2017 at 7.30pm in St Teresa’s Parish Centre there will be a barn dance and food for all parish workers. This is an opportunity for us all to get together and for the parish priest to say thank you to all those who in any way help with the running of the parishes. This is for all 3 parishes. Tickets are now available for all parish workers. Please get yours from the sacristy. Children can bring their parents!


Training course for new Eucharistic Minsters: There will be a Deanery Training Course on Tuesday 7th Feb 7.00pm - 9.15pm at St T. Can you help in this way. We need more Ministers in each parish, to help at Sunday Masses and / or take Communion to the housebound. See Fr Philip and fill in a form.

 


Short Prayers

Pray for Priests

O Jesus, our great High Priest, Hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priest, Father [N]. Give him a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of his priestly life.
In his loneliness, comfort him In his sorrows, strengthen him In his frustrations, point out to him that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show him that he is needed by the Church, he is needed by souls, he is needed for the work of redemption.
O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your son who is close to you because of his priestly ordination, and because of the power which he has received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs him so much.
Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength, and especially help him to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.

The Pardon Prayer

The seers said this prayer was taught to them in the initial Fátima apparition in the spring of 1916, by an angel who called himself "the Guardian Angel of Portugal".

My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee.

Prayer to St. Anthony for lost items.

St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find [name the item] which has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquillity of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favour, I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.

A Prayer of St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which you have given us, for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us. Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.


Contemplations

"The story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus is a spiritual icon of enormous power. When one has spiritual sight, he speaks up against the evils of the world, the falsehoods that are infiltrating the Church. Concerned with the salvation of all his brothers and sisters, he points out the errors that oppose Catholic teachings. And he does not run after false teachings because of supernatural manifestations that surround them, nor read material associated with false teachings. Why? Because such material corrupts the soul, places doubts in the mind and finally corrupts the heart of the individual." Father Philip

"St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find [name the item] which has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquillity of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favour, I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen." Prayer to St. Anthony for lost items

"The seers said this prayer was taught to them in the initial Fátima apparition in the spring of 1916, by an angel who called himself "the Guardian Angel of Portugal" .

My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee." The Pardon Prayer