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Epiphany of the Lord Year B

7th   January 2018 by Fr.Philip Inch

Here I am Lord!

Christ calls us to follow him. The readings for this weekend invite us to listen for Christ calling us.

Pope Francis
Please pray for The Pope and our Shepherds

Pope Francis
God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.

Samuel, in the First Reading, responds willingly to the call of God, at first thinking it is his master Eli. Eli leads him to the truth, and teaches him to listen with an open heart. Samuel grows strong in the love of God and his holy word. This is what God asks of us: an open heart to wait for the Lord; an open ear to listen; an open spirit to respond to the Lord’s will. (Psalm)

Samuel, in the First Reading, responds willingly to the call of God, at first thinking it is his master Eli. Eli leads him to the truth, and teaches him to listen with an open heart. Samuel grows strong in the love of God and his holy word. This is what God asks of us: an open heart to wait for the Lord; an open ear to listen; an open spirit to respond to the Lord’s will. (Psalm)

In the Gospel, John the Baptist recognises who Jesus truly is. John’s witness to his disciples leads them to follow Jesus. Jesus asks them what they desire. Their answer may seem unusual to us, but Jesus invites them to ‘come and see’, and experience for themselves his love in action. These first followers cannot keep the Good News to themselves, but invite others to come and see. Let us ask for the grace to hear God calling us, and to be ready to respond to that call with an open and willing heart.

Please pray for The Pope and our Shepherds

Extracts form World Peace Day Message 2018 by Pope Francis

Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace.
it is not enough to open our hearts to the suffering of others. Much more
remains to be done before our brothers and sisters can once again live
peacefully in a safe home. Welcoming others requires concrete
commitment, a network of assistance and goodwill, vigilant and
sympathetic attention, the responsible management of new and complex
situations that at times compound numerous existing problems, to say
nothing of resources, which are always limited.
… government leaders should take practical measures to welcome,
promote, protect, integrate and, “within the limits allowed by a correct
understanding of the common good, to permit [them] to become part of a new society.
The increased numbers of displaced persons is one of the consequences of
the “endless and horrifying sequence of wars, conflicts, genocides and
ethnic cleansings” that had characterized the twentieth century.
…Many destination countries have seen the spread of rhetoric decrying the
risks posed to national security or the high cost of welcoming new arrivals,
and thus demeaning the human dignity due to all as sons and daughters of
God. Those who, for what may be political reasons, foment fear of migrants
instead of building peace are sowing violence, racial discrimination and xenophobia.

A contemplative gaze

The wisdom of faith fosters a contemplative gaze that recognizes that all of us “belong to one family, migrants and the local populations that welcome them, and all have the same right to enjoy the goods of the earth… When we turn that gaze to migrants and refugees, we discover that they do not arrive empty-handed. They bring their courage, skills, energy and aspirations, as well as the treasures of their own cultures; and in this way, they enrich the lives of the nations that receive them. We also come to see the creativity, tenacity and spirit of sacrifice of the countless individuals, families and communities around the world who open their doors and hearts to migrants and refugees, even where resources are scarce

Milestones for action

Offering asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and victims of human trafficking an opportunity to find the peace they seek requires a strategy combining four actions: welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating.

Help for the Homeless:

Gloves + hats are needed, please take to St MM. Thank you to those who have already made some lovely knitted hats etc. for those who are homeless.

Food Bank at Christmas:

When shopping for Christmas please remember the Penwortham Food Bank. They need: Tinned meat and fish, corned beef, tuna, hot dogs, ham, coffee, cereals, tinned fruit, rice pudding, custard, soup. There is a box in each church. Thank you.

Food Banks:

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

St Oswald’s Little Church:

St Oswald’s Little Church: a gentle reminder that the age range we aim to cater for in Little Church is age 3 up to the end of year six at primary school. We have a rota of parishioners who lead Little Church and assist the leaders, a few have had to drop out recently so we would need some new volunteers to help. We always make sure new recruits work with an experienced leader and your turn on the rota would be about once a month. Please speak to Fr P or Fr M or one of the leaders if you can help.

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Image of Samuel and Eli; When I see your presence here, I rejoice! Why do I rejoice? It is because I know that you are striving to walk in the way, the truth and the life that comes to each and everyone of us through Jesus. Your presence here today is a spiritual sign that the grace of God is at work in all of you. It is an indication that you are longing to participate in fellowship as one in the Body of Christ so you may share together in the great spiritual Feast with Christ. It is an indication that you desire to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, the Bread of Life.

News

14th January 2018

Parish Workers Social Night:

On Friday 2nd Feb 2018 there will be a barn dance and food for all parish workers. This is an opportunity for us all to get together and for the priests of the parishes to say thank you to all those who in any way help with the running of the parishes. This is for all 3 parishes. Tickets available from the sacristy this week

Web Cam

The web cam has been fitted. This will enable those who are housebound to follow weekend and weekday Mass and services at St Teresa’s. The web cam will not cover the Lady chapel, so if you do not wish to be seen please do not sit in the front 4 rows and make sure you receive communion in the Lady chapel.
See Link on the Front Page,

Do you support Catholic schools?

Act in support of Catholic Education Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents new Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. The Prime Minister has acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and has promised previously to abandon it. Now the Government may decide to keep this discriminatory policy in place instead of removing it. We need you to tell the Government not to discriminate against Catholics and to remove the admissions cap on new faith-based schools.
Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap" . Search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools. I thank you in anticipation of your help. Malcolm McMahon OP Archbishop of Liverpool.

Click Here to write to the Government

Primary Admissions for September 2018

Primary Admissions for September 2018 (Reception Intake): Parents have until 15th Jan 2018 to express up to 3 primary school preferences. www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools Closing date 15.01.18.

Peace Sunday – 14TH January 2018

Peace Sunday – 14TH January 2018 ‘Migrants and Refugees – seekers of peace’ The 51st World Peace Day will be celebrated in support of the tens of thousands who have been displaced and forced to leave their homes because of violence or climate-related disasters, Pax Christi encourages us to celebrate and share the World Peace Message to reflect on our role to be peacemakers and peace seekers.

New Music Group:

We are starting a new Youth Music Group based at St Teresa’s. This will be for anyone of school age, primary or secondary! Come and make joyful music for God! The introductory event will be Wednesday 18th Oct 3.30pm—4.30pm in St Teresa’s Church. Come, sing, bring an instrument. Put your faith into action!

Parish Groups

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:
paulfalcone_uk@yahoo.co.uk
If you cannot email please contact the
parish office by phone. Thank you.

Open Church:

Please remember that St Teresa’s church is open each weekday for quiet prayer and meditation. (Usually from 9.00am until sunset.) The porch only will be open at weekends. Why not think about spending some time praying in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.


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.

PRAYER OF THE ANGEL
taught to the 3 children of Fatima
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You, I ask forgiveness for those who do not believe nor hope nor love You. Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners. 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