The 16th Sunday of the Year A
23rd July 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch
God knows everything in our hearts
This coming week we are reminded that
however hard we may find it to pray, the
Lord always knows what we need to say. It
is God’s own Spirit that prays within our
The first reading addresses God
directly as the all-powerful one who cares
for everything he has made. Though he is the God of strength and justice,
he is also lenient and merciful – and so we, too, must try to act with kindness, even when we are challenged. The psalmist praises the Lord’s goodness and mighty deeds, yet again reminds us that he is slow to anger
The second reading offers us great hope, for it assures us that we can
hand over to the Lord any struggles we experience in prayer. St Paul tells
of the indwelling Spirit of God, who prays within each one of us whether
we can find the right words or not. Jesus tells three parables about
growth in the Gospel.
In the first, someone has sabotaged a field of good
wheat by planting darnel (weeds). Yet Jesus invites us to think carefully
and be patient. If we hurry to pull out the weeds we might end up sacrificing the whole crop, instead of allowing God to work in his own time.
This week, perhaps I might ask the Lord for a deeper trust to share all
things with him in my prayer, even those things I find it hardest to express
– knowing that he already sees and understands.
It is Habila times once again!
Fr Habila has joined us for a few weeks. It
is wonderful to have him back with us. We welcome him and promise him
our continued prayer as he continues his work as Rector of the Senior
Fr Philip will is awayfor a while.
Bereavement Tea and Chat:
The next afternoon will be Sunday 30th July
3.00pm– 4.00pm in St Teresa's Church. Please pass the information on
to anyone who would find it helpful. It is not just the recently bereaved,
all are welcome
Services of the Word and Holy Communion:
It is now clear from the teachings of the last two popes that these Services have never been
envisaged for weekdays. They are allowed for emergency situations only
where there is no chance at all for people to get to a Sunday Mass. In
many Dioceses they are not allowed on weekdays. The document which
brought them into being is called: “Sunday Services in the absence of a
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
Events coming up in the Archdiocese:
We are compiling a leaflet giving details of the various groups within the
parishes. Primarily for new parishioners, it would also be useful to anyone
who wishes to get further involved in parish activities. If you would like
your group to be included please contact Paul on:
email@example.com or telephone: 07981493737. Thank you.
A parishes outing to Cartmel on Tuesday 8th August.
We will leave at 10.00am - and return by 6.00pm. Tickets from Fr Philip.
£5.00 each. We have been given permission to celebrate Mass in the
Priory at 12 noon as part of the day. There are 3 tickets only left.
Saturday August 19th: a Pilgrimage to Ladywell. We gather for Mass at
noon followed by procession to the Shrine. Picnic then benediction at
2.30pm. If you need a lift please let us know
The Salvation Army Food Bank:
Very many thanks to everyone in the
Parish for your generous donations. We will keep the box at the back of St
O church until the end of July. All non-perishable food items are gratefully
received. Also, any basic toiletries... soap, toothpaste, toilet rolls etc... are
always needed. Thank you again on behalf of The Salvation Army