Parish newsletter, 14 November 2020
Mass (in private for Liz Duffy)
Sunday Church open 8.30 am – 12 noon
Mass in private, for the parish
For UCM in private
For the parish in private
Deceased parishioners (Ellis)
Thursday In Time of Pandemic in private
In honour of the Mother of God (for parish)
5.45-6.15 Sacrament of Mercy
Sunday – Christ the King
Mass for Parish in private
As the Church year nears its end, we reflect on how faithfully we are living as children of light. Our desire is to be ready to meet Jesus when he returns. Today we are invited to think about talent. No two of us are the same. God has given each of us special gifts (talents) if used well these gifts will enrich our own lives and the lives of others. But which of us can say that we have made full use of all our talents of grace and of nature that God has given us? Have we not at times left them unused or even misused. We ask for forgiveness: Lord, you are rich in love. Lord, you shower us with your grace. You invite us to join in your happiness.
First reading (Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31)
The most attractive qualities in a person are not beauty or charm (so often superficial) but trustworthiness, wisdom, generosity, industriousness.
Second reading (1 Thessalonians 5: 1-16)
Speculating about the end of the world does not exactly cheer us up. We are supposed to work hard, pray hard, make the right decisions and be doing the right thing when the Lord comes.
Gospel (Matthew 25: 14-30)
The parable about the rich man who entrusts his disposable wealth to the care of the servants during his absence. He was furious to find that one of them made no effort to put it to good use. He was simply afraid of his master, thinking him to be a hard-faced business man. He did not grasp the inner nature of God – pure love and generosity. God’s happiness is in sharing. So is ours. Effort, time and loving attention to others in need, giving till it hurts, never giving up on people even when they tell you that you should. We give back with thanks that which belongs to God.
Saved from the dysfunction of sin. We are members of the dysfunctional family of humanity, and fear, egotism, violence and above all pride have all crept into our institutions and into our blood and bones. Therefore, any attempt to lift ourselves out of the problem, any scheme of perfectibility, whether it is political, psychological or religious, and conviction that we can make it right on our own, is illusory and dangerous.
We are saved from the dysfunction of sin only when Jesus’ way of non-violence and love, a path not of the world, appeared in our world.
To light a Fire on the Earth Bishop Robert Barron
Prayers of the faithful here.
Liz Duffy died last Monday. I knew Liz well as did many of us. She went straight to the Lord. Funeral TBA
Time for Prayer We have time on our hands. More people are praying during Covid even atheists! Here are some tips
“Take the Time” It can be done. Organisation, Routine, Discipline.
You can pray in the car or at the bus stop or washing up if all else fails. Many very busy people with demanding jobs and families find time. Eternity is a long time.
“Speak with Honesty” People may too often think that prayer is reciting pious words. That’s ok but prayer needs to be a conversation between friends. It’s to be open and honest. Oh Lord, what a mess I’ve got myself into. A lady spent a long time with her dying husband in hospital. She came out and started screaming and throwing clots of dirt at a statute of the Sacred Heart in the hospital grounds. They called security but the hospital chaplain comes out and says, “Don’t stop her …..she’s praying.
Listen attentively Most times, God does not talk back directly. But strive to listen, may be with the help of a verse of scripture. Ask yourself what JC may say to whatever question you ask. A message may well come through. It’s not quite right to say, “I’m going to say my prayers”. This isn’t supposed to be a one way conversation!
Sit in Silence The world is unbearably noisy. In our culture we are constantly stimulating ourselves. But do we sit in silence, eager to hear what God has to say. We seek goodness and truth but silence helps us to focus and to hear God. Try prayer before the Blessed Sacrament or spend an hour reading reflectively the Word of God.
Personal Reflection My introduction to prayer was as a small boy, about 7, in hospital in my native Blackburn, Lancashire. I had a pretty nasty sinus operation. My mum was working on the other side of the country. I was alone and frightened. I started to pray the Hail Mary. Amazing things happened and I survived and had my first experience of the presence of God. Keep on praying. You never know what’s going to hit you in life. You get knocked about. You need God. Simple prayers include, “Come Holy Spirit”. It, too, is always answered.
Mass in time of pandemic
Entrance Antiphon: Truly the Lord has borne our infirmities, and he has carried our sorrows.
The Collect : Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger, to whom we turn to in our distress; in faith we pray look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach to all in love, so that together we may give glory to your holy name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
Praying Let us pray to enlarge our capacity to receive the gifts that God wants to give us
New Mass Books available. YEAR B Vol 1 – donation welcomed. You need your own copy for obvious reasons.
God bless you and keep safe and holy.