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This weeks Teaching

“ Strong is his love for us; he is faithful forever ”

The Good News is for everyone without exclusion. Today’s readings however contain a warning for those of us who may be complacent or take too much for granted. Accepting God’s invitation means saying yes to the relationship Christ wants to have with us.


         To gain eternal life is to participate to the fullest degree possible in the very life of God. It is to walk the path of love, surrendering to grace and allowing this grace to flow through you to the wider world. Is this an easy task? No. The Gospel of Luke tells reminds us that the gate is narrow precisely because it is in the very shape of Jesus Himself, and entrance through the gate involves conformity to his state of being. The path of love is traveled by taking up one's cross every day.

The First Reading from Isaiah is a promise full of hope. God will gather all the nations and they will witness to his glory, some will be chosen for ministry.


          To gain eternal life is to participate to the fullest degree possible in the very life of God. It is to walk the path of love, surrendering to grace and allowing this grace to flow through you to the wider world. Is this an easy task? No. The Gospel of Luke tells reminds us that the gate is narrow precisely because it is in the very shape of Jesus Himself, and entrance through the gate involves conformity to his state of being. The path of love is traveled by taking up one's cross every day.

Psalm 116 responds to the reading calling on all the nations to praise the Lord for his faithfulness and love.

The Second Reading from the letter to the Hebrews reminds us that we are children and need discipline and training. God corrects us through love. Suffering will help us bear fruit in peace and goodness.

In the Gospel Jesus reminds us that merely claiming an acquaintance with him is not sufficient. Entrance is through the narrow gate and we cannot expect privilege or assume we have rights. The last will be first and the first last.

Reflection

This week I may like to ask the Lord: what does this mean for me?

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)

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Year C

August 21st 2016

"Strive to enter by the narrow door,"

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.

 

Pope Francis

"On that day, the Master was dedicated to the people. The compassion Jesus has towards us is not a vague feeling. He shows us the full force of His will to be close to us and save us. He loves us  very much and wants to be close to us.”

Pope’s August Prayer Intentions

This month, with the Olympics starting in just a few days, Pope Francis will be praying that sports will help to bring about world peace.

The Apostleship of Prayer has announced the prayer intentions chosen by the Pope for August.

The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention is: “That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.”

His intention for evangelisation is: “That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.”

The Gospel


                         God cannot be analyzed scientifically the way one would study the things of the world, but God can be approached through religious reasoning, or Faith. Faith is often criticized as unintelligent tomfoolery. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Catholic tradition reveals that Faith is a rational reaction to God in the religious person. It is the reasoning of the religious mind.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!
If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the way, the truth and the life, says the Lord;<
no one comes to the Father, except through me.
Alleluia!

Luke 3:22-30

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. 
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?” 
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough. 
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from. 
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. 
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”

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Liturgical Diaries

Catholics in Penwortham
THIS WEEKEND    The Assumption of Our Lady (C)
Date Time Church Devotion Saints of The Parish
Saturday 20th August 17:00 PM St Oswald's Eddie May, Eileen Sutcliffe (A)

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 Parishioners Intentions
Sunday 21st August 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's
Priests Intention
(Latin Mass) E.F.
08:30 AM St Oswald's VBernard Pope
09:30 AM St Teresa's Louis Westerbeek Snr (A),
Dorothy Jean Eastham
11:00 AM St Mary Magdalen's Con Higgins
WEEKDAY MASSES   Divine Office Week 1
Monday 22nd August
Queenship of Mary
09:00AM
09:15AM
St Oswald´s
Peter Standen
Special Intention JWT
Christine Eaves
Tuesday 23rd August 09:15 AM
10:30 AM
St Teresa's
St Oswald´s
Rowena Chapman
Funeral Mass: Tim Waddington
Wednesday 24th August
St Bartholomew
09:00 AM
09:15 AM
St Oswald's
St Teresa's
Joan Eyles
Brian Taylor
Thursday 25th August 12:00 Noon St Mary Magdalen's Mass for the sick, with anointing
Friday 26th August
Blessed Dominic Barberi

08:55 AM *
09:00 AM
09:30
AM

St Teresa's
St Oswald's
St Oswald's
Charlotte Conlon
Exposition
Alwyn Suffield + Bridget McEvoy
Funeral Mass William Edward May
NEXT WEEKEND
   The 22nd Sunday of the Year C
Saturday 27th August 17:00 PM St Oswald's Private intention
18:30 PM St Teresa's The people of the parishes
Sunday 28st August 08:30AM St Mary Magdalen's Priest’s Intention (Latin Mass) E.F.
08:30 AM St Oswald's Derek Swann
09:30 AM St Teresa's Charles Hardiman
11:00 AM St Mary Magdalen's Michael Airey

PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE NOTE:
Service of the Word + Holy Communion:
St O: Thu at 9.00am.
Confessions: 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



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