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The 29th Sunday of The Year A  22nd. October  2017

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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.

Pope Francis
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.

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 teaching the parable of the coins, Belonging to God, we are called to become in His image. We are called to actively maintain our gifts by living our faith in Christ. We are called to give to God what belongs to God so it will not be said, "In their case the god of this world has blinded them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." [2 Cor. 4:4] let us appreciate what God has given us. By the power of the Holy Spirit, let us preserve our gifts and blessings with all our souls, our minds, our spirits, our hearts and our strength. In the Most Holy Name of Jesus, let us keep these gifts stainless so that one day, when we will appear before the Lord God, we will proudly give Him back what He gave us. Then, we will rightfully inherit the assurance of our salvation.

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15th October2017

All Saints Day:

All Saints Day, is Wednesday November 1st, it is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be: 9.15am at St Teresa’s, 9.30am at St Oswald’s. 11.00am at St Mary Magdalen’s and 7.00pm at St Teresa’s.
All Souls Day: Masses will be at 9.30am in St O and at 7.00pm in St T.

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.
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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.

Please click the image bellow  to see more photos of the Pilgrimage

St Oswald’s Web Page

St Oswald’s Web Page: has gone dark! This is because we haven't paid the bill. We are trying to combine both web sites into one (to save money and work!) This is a work in progress, Gerry O’B is looking into it for us. At the moment the only web site is the St Teresa's site

New Music Group:

We are starting a new Youth Music Group based at St Teresa’s. This will be for anyone of school age, primary or secondary! Come and make joyful music for God! The introductory event will be Wednesday 18th Oct 3.30pm—4.30pm in St Teresa’s Church. Come, sing, bring an instrument. Put your faith into action!

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 Most 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