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This weeks Teaching

“ Be aware of those in need ”

The readings this week focus on our duty as Christians to be aware of those in need.


          The Scriptures for this Sunday, which remind us that we cannot remain indifferent to the poor, whom the Lord has determined to be a privileged route of access to his life and presence; which is prevalent in the Year of Mercy, be aware of those in need al around us

In the 1st Reading, the prophet Amos reproaches the wealthy Israelites with their dissolute way of life and warns them of the consequences of their actions: they will be the first to be exiled. Psalm 145 highlights the way the Lord loves the poor and oppressed, the hungry, the blind, the widow and orphans in a special way


          The Scriptures for this Sunday, which remind us that we cannot remain indifferent to the poor, whom the Lord has determined to be a privileged route of access to his life and presence; which is prevalent in the Year of Mercy, be aware of those in need al around us

The Second Reading, part of the 1st letter to Timothy, encourages us to 'Fight the good fight of the faith' and to do our duty as Christians until the Lord comes again.

The Gospel takes up the same theme as the first reading: Terrible things will happen to those rich and powerful people who ignore the plight of those who suffer around them.

Reflection

This week then, I might want to focus my prayer especially on the great disparity between the ‘Haves’ and the ‘Have Nots’ and to ask for the grace not to close my eyes on those who are in need.

Deacon:

You may remember that last year we asked if anyone was interested in training for the Diaconate. 2 people have shown an interest, one has started his course of preparation. On Tuesday evening this week in St Joseph’s, Penketh, the Archbishop will accept the candidature of Greg McCrave. That means he is accepted by the Diocese to train as a Deacon. This is a cause of great joy for our parishes as we hope that in 3 years time he will be ordained. Please keep him in your prayers during his time of training.

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)

The Word and Holy Communion:

It was suggested that we should have a regular service with Exposition at St Teresa’s. This could end with Holy Communion. As well as this it was felt that a weekly service which includes the rosary would be helpful.

 

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Year C

September 25th 2016

" Fight the good fight of the faith. "

Liturgical Colour: Green.

In the Gospel for this Sunday, Jesus clarifies that all worldly goods find their value in relation to Him. If we believe Jesus is the only Son of God, we must place our grudges, personal desires, and even our most sacred worldly obligations aside in order to walk truly and completely with Him.

 

A Prayer for our Priests

O Jesus, our great High Priest, Hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priest, Father Philip. 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.

Reactions - See more of Father's Sermon on The weekly Sermon

What is my reaction to the preaching of Jesus?
Have I ever experienced being ‘a prophet rejected by his own people’?
We ask that Jesus’ words of grace will heal all bitterness and resentment.
We ask that we ourselves may be ‘good news’ to the stranger.

St Teresa’s Primary School

St Teresa’s Primary School are holding a coffee afternoon on Friday 30th September from 2:00pm – 3:30pm in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Parishioners are all invited to come along

St Teresa’s Primary School are holding a coffee afternoon on Friday 30th September from 2:00pm – 3:30pm in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Parishioners are all invited to come along

Saint Mary Magdalen's Primary School Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 30th September in school from 9-11am. Presence and cakes very welcome

Pope’s Holy Year of Mercy

Last year Pope Francis opened a global Jubilee Year of Mercy. December 8, 2015 - Nov 20th 2016 Have you been doing anything special for the Jubilee Year of Mercy? Or do you have lots of good intentions but haven’t done anything yet?

Pope Francis emphasizes and reemphasizes the Sacrament of Reconciliation when he speaks of mercy Reach Out to Catholics who for whatever reason have drifted from the Church ...........

. Reach out to those may be interested in finding out more about our Catholic Church.

The Gospel

This week's Gospel contains one of the greatest challenges Jesus ever offered to his disciples: "If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple." Here Christ is emphasizing the great spiritual principle of detachment. In order to live healthy spiritual lives we must love Christ most of all, with everything else finding its meaning in relation to God.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!   Jn10:27
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice,
says the Lord,
I know them and they follow me.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia!  2Co8:9
Jesus Christ was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty. Alleluia!

Luke 16:19-31
Jesus said to the Pharisees, ‘There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there lay a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even came and licked his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.
  

‘In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his bosom. So he cried out, “Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames.” “My son,” Abraham replied “remember that during your life good things came your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony. But that is not all: between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to stop anyone, if he wanted to, crossing from our side to yours, and to stop any crossing from your side to ours.”

  ‘The rich man replied, “Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house, since I have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment too.” “They have Moses and the prophets,” said Abraham “let them listen to them..” “Ah no, father Abraham,” said the rich man “but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent.” Then Abraham said to him, “If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.”’


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Liturgical Diaries

Catholics in Penwortham
THIS WEEKEND    23rd Sunday of the Year C
Date Time Church Devotion Saints of The Parish
Saturday 24th September 17:00 PM St Oswald's Harry + Pauline Haslam

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.

There is also debate over if Mary Magdalen is the same unnamed women, a sinner, who weeps and washes Jesus' feet with her hair in the Gospel of John. Scholars are skeptical this is the same person. Despite the scholarly dispute over her background, what she did in her subsequent life, after meeting Jesus, is much more significant. She was certainly a sinner whom Jesus saved, giving us an example of how no person is beyond the saving grace of God

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, as a patriot who loved his people and kingdom, who led a holy life and even became a martyr. The future saint was born in the small kingdom of Deira in northern England. His father, Ethelfrid, became King of Bernicia, another small kingdom in the north. St. Oswald was destined to unite these two kingdoms into one kingdom called Northumbria. At the age of 38, Oswald was martyred by the pagan king Penda St. Oswald’s veneration as a holy and right-believing King and Martyr began immediately after his death, St. Bede reports many cases of miracles from the relics, from the cross ( which he was martyred)

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 Norah McEnaney
+ Eileen Murphy
Sunday 25th September 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's
Priests Intention
(Latin Mass) E.F.
08:30 AM St Oswald's Anne Knowles (A)
+ Eric Barker
09:30 AM St Teresa's Thomas Crook (A), Theresa Penswick
+ Maureen Stuart (A)
11:00 AM St Mary Magdalen's The Parishioners
WEEKDAY MASSES   Divine Office Week 2
Monday 26th September 09:15 AM St Teresa's Deceased Gould + Phipps familiesl
Tuesday 27th September
St Vincent de Paul
09:00 AM
09:30
St Oswald's
St Oswald's
Exposition
Albert Raynor
Wednesday 28tht September 09:30 AM St Mary Magdalen's SVP Festival Mass
Thursday 29th September
Archangels Feast
09:15 AM St Teresa's Maureen Rimmer
Friday 30th September
St Jerome
09:15 AM St Teresa's David Heys + Family
NEXT WEEKEND
   The 27th Sunday of the Year C
Saturday 1st October
Feast of St Teresa
17:00 PM St Oswald's The Parishioners
18:30 PM St Teresa's Mary Harty
Sunday 2nd October 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's Priest’s Intention (Latin Mass) E.F.
08:30 AM St Oswald's Patrick Shevlin + Nancy Pope
09:30 AM St Teresa's Lyn Yates
11:00 AM
14:00 PM
St Mary Magdalen's
St Teresa's
Joe Kelly + Felicity Appleton
Blessing of Animals
PLEASE NOTE:
Service of the Word + Holy Communion:
St Oswald’s: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu at 9.00am.
St Teresa’s: Tue,Thu, 9.15am, Sat 10.00am.
Confessions: On request
PLEASE NOTE MASS TIMES AND VENUES THIS WEEK

Sacrament of Reconciliation

We pray for Patricia Hunter of Grangefield, Longton whose funeral is on Monday at 10.00am at Charnock Richard.

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



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