The 24th Sunday
of The Year A
17th September 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch
' The Lord is Compassion and Love '
Our faith is based on a living covenant with the God of compassion and love. Christ invites us to be drawn deeper into the flow of this eternal covenant of love.
The First Reading from the book of Ecclesiasticus urges us to let go of anger, hate and resentment. True forgiveness from our heart will set us free from these destructive urges.
Today’s Psalm is a song of thanks and celebration of God’s healing love. God crowns us with a compassionate love that liberates us from fear and guilt.
St Paul, in his letter to the Romans (Second Reading), teaches us that as Christians, the life we live has a profound impact on others. We belong to the Lord both in life and in death.
The challenging parable on forgiveness in today’s Gospel reminds us that
God has an immense capacity to forgive us our sins. It is only if we choose
not to forgive that we will cut ourselves off from the flow of compassion and
love that comes from God.
In this coming week, let us pray for each other that we might have the grace
to be set free from anything that holds us back from fully embracing God’s
Please pray for The Pope and our Shepherds
Fr Michael takes up his post:
Fr Michael takes up his post as assistant priest for our 3 churches next weekend. There will be some additional weekday Masses, including a regular evening Mass and so there will no longer be Services of the Word and Communion. These will only be used, as they were meant, in special circumstances. Thank you to all those who have led these services. Fr Philip and Fr Michael will share the duties in each of our parishes. Hopefully who does what will become clear as the weeks unfold. Fr Michael will look after all St MM school and St O school (except year 4), Fr Philip will look after All Hallows and St Teresa’s. Care of the housebound will be shared: Fr Philip will look after those in St T, Fr Michael those in St O and the former St MM parishes. Fr Michael can be contacted, after 1st Sept. on 612136.
Anointing of the Sick Mass at St. Oswald's:
Tuesday 26th Sept at 12 noon in
the Church. The Mass will include the Sacrament of the Sick. Please bring
a relative or friend along for support and if you need transport the Caritas
Group will provide it. There will be refreshments for everyone afterwards
in the Parish Hall. If you need any help please contact Steve on 01772
816310. Eucharistic Ministers and other Parish Visitors: PLEASE invite those you
What is the Sacrament of the Sick? The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is no longer the Last Rites! Through the apostle James, Jesus commanded us: “Are there any sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them” (cf. James 5: 14-16).
Who is the Sacrament for? for those “whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age”. In addition, a sick person may be anointed before surgery whenever a serious illness is the reason for the surgery. Elderly people may be anointed if they have become notably weakened even though no serious illness is present. The sacrament is appropriate for those suffering with mental health issues (e.g. depression, dementia), and those trying to overcome addiction. If you are unsure, talk to Fr P or Fr M
Holydays of Obligation
HOLY DAYS: With effect from the First Sunday of Advent 2017, two holydays of obligation are being reinstated. This decision was made by the Bishops of England and Wales, and has been confirmed by the Holy See. The days are: The Epiphany of the Lord — 6 January (transferred to the adjacent Sunday when it falls on Saturday or Monday) The Ascension of the Lord — Thursday after Sixth Sunday of Easter.
Keep this date:
On Saturday 21st October Fr Daniel O’Leary will be leading a parish day. This is for all 3 churches. He is a world renowned inspirational speaker. If you are a minister, reader, welcomer, bereavement team, catechist, in any of our 3 churches please put that date in your dairy. All parishioners are welcome. More details to follow.
Cartmel: There are now 3 tickets remaining. If you want to go please let Fr Philip know
Penwortham Churches Together Food Bank require Volunteers to help: With access to a vehicle to transport food from the Food Store at St.Teresa’s to Penwortham Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive (usually on Monday morning). To help distribute food on a Friday morning from 9.30am to 12 noon at Penwortham Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive, (on a Rota basis). If you can help in anyway please contact Tony on 747777