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8th Sunday of the Year   26th February 2017

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THIS WEEKEND     8th Sunday of the Year A
I will never forget you

Remember Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, so get rid of everything that might tempt you by Tuesday!
Date Time Church Devotion
Saturday 25th February 17:00 PM St.Oswald's Reginald Patterson
18:30 PM St Teresa's David Rigby, & Anastasia Turner
Sunday 26th February 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's
Priests Intention
(Latin Extraordinary Form Mass)
08:30 AM St Oswald's Deceased McAuley Family
09:30 AM St Teresa's Ernest Stuart
11:00 AM St Mary Magdalen's Betty Walmsley
WEEKDAY MASSES   Divine Office Week 3
Monday 27th February 09:15 AM St Teresa's Margaret + Frederick Brown
Tuesday 28th February
09:00 AM
09:30 AM
St Oswald's
St Oswald's
Exposition
Bernard Heskin
Wednesday 1st March
Ash Wednesday
09:15 AM
10:30 AM
12:00 Noon
19:00 PM
St Teresa's
St Oswald's
St Mary Magdalen's
St Teresa's
Reed Family
Leo Hunt
Mabel Farrel
Service of prayer with ashes.
Thursday 2nd March 08:30 AM St Teresa's Special Intention (T.N)
Friday 3rd March 09:15 AM St Teresa's James Delaney
NEXT WEEKEND   1st Sunday of Lent      Year A
Saturday 4th March
10:00 AM
17:00 PM
St Teresa's
St Oswald's
Confessions + Exposition until 10.30am
Rachel Wilkes
18:30 PM St Teresa's Colette McLean,& Kath Pendlebury
Sunday 1st March 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's Priest’s Intention
(Latin Extraordinary Form Mass)
08:30 AM St Oswald's Frank Ward
09:30 AM St. Teresa's Rita Greenhalgh
11:00 AM St. Mary Magdalen's Marguerita Bamber,& Betty Kayley
PLEASE NOTE:
   Fr Philip Inch: St Teresa's Church, 34 Queensway, Penwortham. PR1 0DS
Service of the Word + Communion:
St Oswald’s: Mon, Thu, Fri at 9.00am.
St Teresa’s: Tues 9.15am, Sat 10.00am
Confessions: 1st Sat of the month at 10.00am at St T and on request.

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


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The 8th Sunday of the Year
I will never forget you

26th February 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch

The readings for this week speak of the love and care that God has for us. This love is personal to each individual need, concern or fear that we may have.


      Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and the rest will be given to you. Make God the center of your life, and you will be spiritually ordered in Christ's image. But if you make wealth and security your center, you will be empty. You make the choice: will God be your center?

In the 1st Reading, the people of Israel feel abandoned by God, but the Lord reassures them saying, “I will never forget you.”

We may be challenged by the Gospel as Jesus invites each one of us to notice whether our hearts are set on the kingdom of God. Do I trust in God for my needs, or I am I worried about my life and material well-being in a way that distracts me from faith? As I ponder the Gospel, I may want to bear in mind that St. Paul encourages us not to judge ourselves or one another, but to focus only on Christ and on being a servant of God (2nd Reading).

The Psalm becomes a comforting prayer, full of images of the power and glory of God. I can stand firm in the care of my help, my rock, my strength: “In you alone, Lord, is my soul at rest.”

Events coming up in the Archdiocese:

St O: Irish Night: Tickets available for the Sat March 11th Night £7.50pm
including hot pot. Please ring Bernadette on 614198.
St Oswald's Ladies next meeting will be on Monday 6 March at 7.30 pm in the
Parish Hall when David Joy will be giving a talk on 'The Liverpool Cowkeeper
and Family History'. A little bit of Liverpudlian history. Everyone's welcome.
Ecumenical Quiz Evening + Hot-Pot: Fri 10 March at 7.30pm, Hoole Methodist
Church. Teams of up to 6. Tickets are £6.00, from Cath Greenlees
613500. Supporters welcome! Proceeds towards the work of Christian Aid.

Confirmation: The Archbishop is coming to our Pastoral Area on Wed 26th April at 7.30pm for Confirmation. If you are 15 or over and have not yet been confirmed—this would be a great opportunity. A form is in the sacristy to fill in. Please see Fr Philip for more details.

Gift Aid Envelopes: It is the time of year to re-order these. If you would like to assist your parish by converting to standing order (it saves envelope costs and admin) phone Gift Aid co-ordinator Andy on 751472. If you're not already a member of the Gift Aid programme, you're most welcome to join.

Readings of The Day

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					Each one of this week's readings speaks of holiness, letting the Divine Life enter into you so that you become set apart. To be holy is to love with a divine indifference, shining on the good and the bad alike. What a revolution this is! Think how different your life would be were you to love this way all the time, rather than measuring out your love based on merit. Dedicate your whole life to love and you will be truly holy, set apart, a sanctuary.

 

The Women's World Day of Prayer Service

This will be held at St. Teresa's Church on Friday 3rd March at 2.00pm followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre. The service entitled "Am I being Unfair to you" is written by the women of the Philippines Everyone Welcome. Also at 10.30am in All Saints Church, Station Road, New Longton, all welcome.
GOING INTO HOSPITAL?

If you are going into hospital and would like to celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please let Fr Philip know and he will celebrate the sacrament with you. — If you are admitted to hospital and would like to see one of the hospital chaplains, you (or a relative) need to inform the hospital staff who will contact the hospital chaplaincy team. The priest serving the hospital will not know that you
have been admitted or wish to see a priest unless you do this.

Parish Evangelisation Team:

A number of exciting things were discussed at the meeting. We agreed to explore the possibility of having a web cam fitted in church so that anyone housebound could follow the Mass each week, each day infact, We explored the idea of a parish information leaflet with contact numbers so that anyone new could find out what is going on and how to get involved. We studied the annual financial return for St Teresa’s and decided that this will be published for all the parish. We decided on a special event on Easter Sunday and another special day on October 14th—more details will follow. Thank you to those who give their time to help the parish move forward.

Marriage Preparation: Next Saturday (25th) we are holding our annual day of
preparation for marriage. So many couples are getting married this year that
we have had to move it to a larger venue, St Oswald’s Parish Hall. Please pray
for those preparing for marriage.

Easter Sunday:
As part of the Faith in Action project, helping young people and their families connect with Church, we are going to have a sponsored 5K, walk, run, cycle, be pushed, between St O and St T. It is open to everyone. Training will be given! Sponsorship forms out in Lent! Can anyone get match funding as we hope to raise fund for the web cam and for the Lourdes Youth.

 


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