The 19th Sunday
of The Year A
13th August 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch
Courage! It is I!
Like Jesus in this week’s Gospel
story, we try and find the time to
pray with our heavenly Father. Our
readings this week reveal God’s
presence in our lives, especially in
times of trial
The dispirited prophet Elijah in the
First Reading recognises God in ‘the sound of a gentle breeze’, rather
than in impressive manifestations.
May we hear God’s voice that speaks of mercy and faithfulness, justice
and peace (Psalm).
St Paul in his Letter to the Romans (Second Reading) reveals his love and
respect for his Jewish heritage and its people. He would even forgo his
greater love for Christ to help them.
Jesus distances himself to find the space and peace to pray. The storm in
the Gospel reflects the storm in Elijah’s life. Can the disciples recognise
the Lord? The question to Peter, “Why did you doubt?” is also addressed
The God of power comes in dramatic crises but also in the quietness of
our daily lives. This week I can listen and become more aware of this.
We are called to listen to Christ and to deepen our relationship with him.
Are there people who need you to reveal God’s transforming love to
them? Let us pray for them and for ourselves, that we may all be drawn
deeper into the wonder of that love.
13th August 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch
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.
Please pray for The Pope and our Shepherds
15th August: The Assumption of Our Lady
15th August is the feast of The Assumption of Our Lady is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Masses will be Monday 14th at 7.30pm at St T, Tuesday 15th at 9.15am at
St T, at 10.30am at St O and at 12 noon at St MM.
Ladywell: Saturday August 19th: a Pilgrimage to Ladywell. We gather for
Mass at noon at St Mary’s Fernyhalgh, followed by procession to the
Shrine. Picnic then benediction at 2.30pm. If you need a lift please let us
know. If you are using satnav: St Marys Fernyhalgh PR2 5RR
Retreat - Holiday to Llandudno:
Retreat - Holiday to Llandudno: We will be leaving from St Teresa’s at 12
noon on Monday 21st. Our return will be late evening of Thursday 24th,
not Friday morning. We will be travelling by minibus, so luggage space is
limited! No hard cases please. Luggage has to go under the seats.
Cartmel: There are now 3 tickets remaining. If you want to go please let
Fr Philip know
Bereavement Tea and Chat:
The next afternoon will be Sunday 30th August
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
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org or website: www.irenaeus.co.uk