The 29th Sunday
of The Year A
22nd October 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch
The readings this week all focus on the one
God who rules the whole world.
In the First Reading, the Jews, who believed in one God, are shown how God is able to use unexpected people to do his work – even the pagan king Cyrus.
The Psalm is a call to worship God as the true King, ruler of Israel and of all the
world: ‘The Gods of the heathens are naught’.
St Paul, in the Second Reading, also focuses on the one God, the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. It is through God’s love that the people of Thessalonica have received the Good News. They worked and persevered in hope, sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Finally, in the Gospel, we find the Pharisees (traditional nationalist Jews) and their unlikely allies, the Herodians (who accepted Roman rule), attempting to trap Jesus. Which one – God or the Roman Emperor, Caesar – was the greater? To whom should they pay their taxes? Jesus’s answer was likely to upset one party or the other; however, he knows how to defuse this explosive situation. ‘Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God’.
Perhaps this week, we might reflect on the rulers of our world, the good and the bad, and pray for them – remembering that God can work through them as he worked through Cyrus and Caesar.
Please pray for The Pope and our Shepherds
Holydays of Obligation
With effect from the 1st Sunday of Advent 2018, 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 — 6th January (transferred to the adjacent Sunday when it falls on Saturday or Monday.) The Ascension of the Lord — Thursday after 6th Sunday of Easter. So the list of Holydays of Obligation when Catholics are required to attend Mass are as follows: Every Sunday. Christmas Day (25th Dec), Epiphany of the Lord (6th Jan), Ascension of the Lord (Thursday after 6th Sun of Easter) St Peter & St Paul (29th June), Assumption of Our Lady (15th Aug), All Saints (1st Nov) According to a decision of the Bishops' Conference Holydays which fall on Saturday or Monday are transferred to the Sunday except for Christmas Day.
Blessing of Graves:
Blessing of Graves will take place at Hill Road Cemetery on Sun 22nd
October at 4.00pm. At this short service we will light candles and place
them on the graves of our loved ones, each grave will then be individually
blest by one of the priests.
All are welcome
Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador
‘Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador’ at St Wilfrid’s on Fri 10th Nov at 7.30pm.
This tells the true story of Oscar Romero and his heart for the oppressed people
of El Salvador. He chose to challenge those in power and stand up for social
justice. Come and experience this exciting new play by the RISE Theatre team -
www.risetheatre.co.uk. Tickets (£10.00 adults, £8.00 children) are available from
Father Philip or Helen Cross 07790 342187 or please contact Joe and Ruth
White 07957 566741. Performance lasts 75 minutes.
What is the Sacrament of the Sick?
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
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.
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