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This Week

This weeks Teaching

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

O people of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to save the nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the joy of your hear. This week we enter into the great season of Advent. Our first reading from the prophet Isaiah describes how every nation streams towards God's holy mountain. As you enter the Advent season, think about this holy mountain. Is the mountain of the Lord higher than every other mountain for you? Do you stream toward it with your whole being?

Today's Gospel resounds with that cry from the Baptist, 'Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight'. We are given an image of the coming Lord as one who clears the threshing floor - one who changes the pattern of things

He wishes to transform in us that which hinders us from receiving him: so we are invited to move from hopelessness to justice (Psalm), and from wretchedness to integrity (First Reading). He is the one who, by being our friend, helps us to be faithful (Second Reading)

On this Second Sunday of Advent, we are called to share in the work of the Lord, who desires to clear any obstacles in our lives that might be blocking his life in us. In this way may the ‘glory of the Lord’s voice be heard in the joy of our hearts’. 
			   This week's readings take us to chapter 11 of the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah looks back to the garden of Eden and the world in right alignment with God, and then looks forward to the Messiah who will set right what has gone wrong in God's world. Sin interrupts right order, justice, and goodness. The righteous king will restore justice when he rules on his holy mountain.

Reflection

As we continue with the celebration of the Holy Mass, let us pray for one another, that we all endure until the end so we will gain our souls.

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2nd Sunday of ADVENT

December 27th 2016

' Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. '
We celebrate, as the very last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Solemnity of Christ the King. Think perhaps of the way that a king would come last in a great formal procession: so this feast comes as the culminating moment of the Church year. What I should like to do in this sermon is to explore three dimensions of Christ’s kingship, one inspired by each of our three readings for today so that we might marvel at the sublimity of what a strange and surprising king he is.
Seven Days without prayer makes one weak!

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other” (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta) Can you help?

Lord,
We thank you for accepting us no matter what we have done. Help us to be willing, like the tax collector, to ask for and receive the mercy you so freely give. Amen.

PAYG App:
Pray as you go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable devices to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc.. A new prayer session is produced each weekday and one for the weekend. Available free download on Android and IOS - http://pray-as-you-go.org/home/ or search “pray as you go”

Blessing of Graves: On Sunday 30th October at 3.30pm there will be a short service of prayer and blessing of graves in Hill Rd Cemetery. As part of the service those who come will be given a lit candle to place at a grave and each grave can be blessed. The invitation to this blessing is for everyone (not just Catholics.)

Image of Christ the King Logo, We celebrate, as the very last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Solemnity of Christ the King. Think perhaps of the way that a king would come last in a great formal procession: so this feast comes as the culminating moment of the Church year. What I should like to do in this sermon is to explore three dimensions of Christ’s kingship, one inspired by each of our three readings for today so that we might marvel at the sublimity of what a strange and surprising king he is.

Holy Day: Tuesday is the Feast of All saints This is a holy day of obligation. Masses are as indicated on Diaries Bellow
Wednesday is All Souls Day.

The Gospel
Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia! 

Lk3:4,6

Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight,
and all mankind shall see the salvation of God.

Alleluia!

Matthew 3:1-12

In due course John the Baptist appeared; he preached in the wilderness of Judaea and this was his message: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’ This was the man the prophet Isaiah spoke of when he said:

A voice cries in the wilderness:
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight.

This man John wore a garment made of camel-hair with a leather belt round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judaea and the whole Jordan district made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. But when he saw a number of Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism he said to them, ‘Brood of vipers, who warned you to fly from the retribution that is coming? But if you are repentant, produce the appropriate fruit, and do not presume to tell yourselves, “We have Abraham for our father,” because, I tell you, God can raise children for Abraham from these stones. Even now the axe is laid to the roots of the trees, so that any tree which fails to produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown on the fire. I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who follows me is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fan is in his hand; he will clear his threshing-floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.’

The Archdiocese of Liverpool extends from the Mersey to the Ribble and encompasses parts of Lancashire, north Cheshire, Greater Manchester and the Isle of Man.

All you need to know  about Liverpool's  Metropolitan Cathedral  of Christ the King.

Piety Shops: Please buy your Christmas cards from the Church shops -
any profit goes towards the parishes. (This week we had assessment
fund bills from the Diocese: St T £6,500, St O: £5,900 St MM £2,490.)

Christmas Times: Services of Reconciliation:

St O: Mon 12th Dec 6.30pm,

St T Mon 21st Dec at 7.00pm. Mass on Christmas Eve:

St T: 5.00pm; St O: 6.30pm;
St MM 7.00pm;

St T: 10.00pm. Christmas Day:

St O: 8.30am; St T 10.00am.

St. Teresa's Christmas Fayre

Sunday 27 November 1.00pm in the Parish Centre. Various stalls, bottle tombola, hog roast barms, parched peas, face painting, etc. Visit Santa in his Grotto. Something for all. Please come along.
St Mary Magdalen Christmas Coffee Morning:

After 11.00am Mass on Sun 4th Dec. Please help us fill the stalls—bottles, chocolate, unused gifts. There is a grand raffle with tickets on sale now.

Liturgical Diaries

Catholics in Penwortham
THIS WEEKEND    2nd Sunday of ADVENT        Year A
Date Time Church Devotion Saints of The Parish
Saturday 3rd December 10:00 AM
17:00 PM
St Teresa's
St Oswald's
Confessions and Exposition
Andrew Watson

Perhaps the only motive of St Therese of Lisieux, also known as the 'Little Flower' was - to give glory to the Lord through her short, yet simple life.

Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called her the "Little Flower", and found in her short life more inspiration for own lives than in volumes by theologians.

Yet Therese died when she was 24, after having lived as cloistered Carmelite for less than ten years. She never went on missions, never founded a religious order, never performed great works. The only book of hers, published after her death, was an brief edited version of her journal called "Story of a Soul." (Collections of her letters and restored versions of her journals have been published recently.) But within 28 years of her death, the public demand was so great that she was canonized.

St. Mary Magdalen is one of the greatest saints of the Bible and a legendary example of God's mercy and grace.

St. Mary Magdalen is one of the greatest saints of the Bible and a legendary example of God's mercy and grace. The precise dates of her birth and death are unknown, but we do know she was present with Christ during his public ministry, death and resurrection. She is mentioned at least a dozen times in the Gospels.

Mary Magdalen has long been regarded as a prostitute or sexually immoral in western Christianity, but this is not supported in the scriptures. It is believed she was a Jewish woman who lived among Gentiles, living as they did.

The Gospels agree that Mary was originally a great sinner. Jesus cast seven demons out of her when he met her. After this, she told several women she associated with and these women also became followers.

 

Saint Oswald of Northumbria (604-642) is venerated by English Christians as one of their greatest national heroes

Saint Oswald of Northumbria (604-642) is venerated by English Christians as one of their greatest national heroes and leaders, one of the main apostles of the Catholic faith in the north of England.

St. Oswald was considered to be not only one of universally venerated saints in England, but also one of the universal and most famous saints of all Europe. The baptismal name “Oswald” is still very popular in many countries of Europe. Seventy ancient churches were dedicated to St. Oswald in England,

18:30 PM St Teresa's Eileen Murphy & Michael and Mary Gallagher
Sunday 4th December 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's
Priests Intention
(Latin Mass) E.F.
08:30 AM St Oswald's Bob Kirby
09:30 AM St Teresa's Parishioners Intentions.
09:30 AM St Mary Magdalen's John Conlon & Paul Walker
16:00 PM St Teresa's

Ecumenical Evening Prayer: St Teresa’s will be hosting the Churches Together Advent Service.

There will be a tea afterwards. All welcome.

WEEKDAY MASSES   Divine Office Week 2
Monday 5th December 09:15 AM
St Teresa's Charlotte Conlon
Tuesday 6th December
09.00 AM
09:30 AM
St Oswald's
St Oswald's
Exposition
Mary Fleming
Wednesday 7th December 08:30 AM St Mary Magdalen's Mary McGee
Thursday 8th December 19:00 PM St Teresa's Nora & Peter O'Malley
SVP Festival Mass
Friday 9th December 09:15 AM St Teresa's Frank Shepherd
NEXT WEEKEND
   2nd Sunday of Avent     Year A
Saturday 10th December 17:00PM St Oswald's Philomena Mellows
18:30 PM St Teresa's Tom Swarbrick,
Atherton & Coleman Families
Sunday 11th December 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's Priest’s Intention (Latin Mass) E.F.
08:30 AM St Oswald's Allan Whipp in thanksgiving
09:30 AM St. Teresa's Parishioners Intentions.
11:00 AM St. Mary Magdalen's Eileen Leahy & Bill Power
&Thanksgiving
PLEASE NOTE:
Service of the Word + Communion:
St Oswald’s: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri at 9.00am.
St Teresa’s: Tue + Wed (9.15am) and Sat. (10.00am).
Confessions: Service of Reconciliation as overleaf + on request.
Diocesan Directory now available for those who ordered them.



Ladies Association: St T: Advent Visit to Tabor Wednesday 7th Dec 2.00pm till 4.00pm.
Watch a video, prayers in the Chapel and a cup of tea with friends. Everyone Welcome




Sacrament of Reconciliation
at St Wilfrid's Church

Monday to Friday
8.15 - 8.25 am
11.50 am - 12.10 pm
5.15 - 5.30 pm

Saturday
8.15 - 8.25 am
11 am - 12 noon
2.30 - 3.30 pm
5 - 5.30 pm


Christmas Mass Times: Mass on Christmas Eve: St Teresa’s: 5.00pm; St Oswald’s: 6.30pm; St Mary Magdalen 7.00pm; St Teresa’s: 10.00pm. Christmas Day: St Oswald’s: 8.30am; St Teresa’s 10.00am. Thank you to Fr Liam from Tabor who will be saying the 6.30pm Mass.

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