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The 24th Sunday of The Year A  17th September  2017

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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 forgiveness
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Pope Francis
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 visit.
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

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

Image of Christ, behind him a scene of the crucifixion; God will forgive the soul that forgives others. God will welcome the return of such a child into the Body of Christ to continue its sanctification. The Holy Spirit will once more dwell within the body of the repentant individual. God will bless the person with numerous graces, this being God's way of rejoicing in this great moment. God rejoices more for the one soul that is saved than for the ninety nine that were not in need of being saved. [Mt. 18:13]

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News

16th August2017

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, or
To view visit: http://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-teresas-penwortham

Divorced and Separated:

Support meetings for the Divorced and Separated start in Sept. This is for those who are separated, those who are currently going through a divorce, or those who are already divorced, whether recent or at any time in the past. The small groups are informative, affirming, free and confidential. To book a place at Holy Rosary, Aintree contact Maureen O’Brien 07967 753 371.

The Lourdes Pilgrimage

Father Philip lighting the parish candle at the Grotto in Lourdes, during the pilgrimage to Lourdes recently, Fr Philip lead a rosary at International torchlight procession in Fatima. The names of our loved ones who have died were placed at the Grotto by Fr Philip, where Fr Philip said Mass for the intentions of all the parishioners at the Grotto.

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Prayer before an examination

Dear Lord, as I take this exam, I thank you that my value is not based on my performance, but on your great love for me. Come into my heart so that we can walk through this time together. Help me, not only with this test, but with the many tests of life that will come my way. As I take this exam, bring back to my mind everything I have studied and be gracious with what I may have overlooked. Help me to remain focused and calm, confident in the facts and in my ability, And firm in the knowledge that no matter what happens today, you are there with me.
AMEN

St Teresa's Christmas Fayre:

There is a meeting on St T Christmas Fayre: in the church meeting room to have a think about what we can do to make the Fayre the best it can be - all ideas and people welcome.

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:

From Monday 4th September St Teresa’s Church will be open each weekday. Until now just the porch has been left open, but we are going to try leaving the Church open so that people can go in to the church itself and pray

Come and See 2017:

This will be taking place at Christ the King School, Southport, PR8 4EX on 14th and 15th October. The keynote speaker will be Timothy Radcliffe OP with workshop leaders Steve Atherton, Fiona Castle, Dermott Donnelly, Pat Kennedy, David and Mary Matthews. There will be a guest speaker, Margaret Duncan on the Saturday evening with Archbishop Malcolm being the main celebrant at the Sunday Mass. Music will be led by Jo Boyce and Friends with mime by Steve Murray. Booking forms are available by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Irenaeus, 32 Great Georges Road, Liverpool, L22 1RD or email: jenny@irenaeus.co.uk or website: www.irenaeus.co.uk


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 Mist 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