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4th Sunday of the Year B 28th. January 2018
4th Sunday of the Year Year B
28th January 2018 by Fr.Philip Inch
Let us allow the Lord to speak
through our lives!
In today’s First Reading we hear Moses announcing God’s intention to raise up a new
prophet, into whose mouth God will put his
The Gospel shows how this new prophet is
Jesus himself, the great prophet for all
times. In speaking with God’s own voice,
Jesus makes a deep impression on the people. He speaks with a deep authority we cannot ignore.
The Psalm also urges us to listen to God’s voice. Focusing our attention on
God’s word and deeds helps us move towards a deeper awareness of him.
St Paul, in the Second Reading, expresses his concern for the effect of
worldly distractions on the faithful. He encourages us to avoid anything
that might distract us from listening to God, so we can give the Lord our
Perhaps this week, we, too, might pray to ‘listen well’ to the Lord – asking
him for a greater realisation and appreciation of the activity of God in our
lives, and leading to a desire for heartfelt service. A wonderful way to
“listen” to the Lord is the Week of Guided Prayer. Please think about
taking this great opportunity.
Please pray for The Pope and our Shepherds
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.
Health and Safety Audit:
If you are a key holder you need to sign the list in
the sacristy this weekend. (You may have a key that you no longer use, can
we have it back.) We have to send a list of all key holders to the Diocese. We
also have to ensure that no chairs are placed in front of fan heaters (in
church, halls or meetings rooms.) This is a major health and safety concern.
(More things to come I am afraid!)
We continue our preparation for those adults who wish to be
baptised, be welcomed into the Church and make their 1st Communion or be
Confirmed, on Tuesday 30th Jan at 7.00pm in St Teresa’s Meeting Room. It is
not too late for anyone else to join. Come along and see! This is your last
chance to join in for this year.
The priests of the Deanery are meeting together this week. Please keep the
Dean and all the priests and deacons in your prayers.
There is no truth in the rumour being spread about the
closure of St Mary Magdalen’s Church. There are weddings booked there
for 2018 and 2019! Baptisms and funerals will usually take place in St
Teresa’s - mainly due to parking difficulties and hall usage difficulties! On
weekdays there is no parking and we cannot use the Church at the same
time as the hall because of noise. (Remember St MM and St T is one
parish with two churches.)
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.
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
Responding to the Call - Vocation Discernment Group
To support those exploring Vocations to the Priesthood, a monthly day of recollection has
been organised. These days will help men who feel called to ordained
ministry to discover more about diocesan priesthood and meet others
discerning a call to priesthood. The next day of recollection will take place on
Saturday 3rd February at St. Charles’ Presbytery, 224 Aigburth Road,
Liverpool. For further information, please contact Fr James Preston, at
email@example.com or telephone: 0151 727 2493.
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:
If you cannot email please contact the
parish office by phone. Thank you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
"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 FÃ¡tima 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
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