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Seventeenth Sunday of the Year

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Seventeenth Sunday of the Year

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year (C)     28 July 2013

 

THIS SUNDAY: When we see the child in the sweet shop nagging and moaning at mum or dad for something, we probably don’t think of it as a model of our prayer lives! And yet, if we take the word of God seriously today, that is exactly what out faith teaches us to do! The message is persistence – never giving up, even if prayers do not seem to be answered. We shouldn’t ask why they are not answered on the spot (God’s probably got a reason), but should just continue beating on the door of heaven in faith and hope.

 

THIS SUNDAY: Fr Alvaro celebrates both Masses again this weekend for us. FrC is once again up in Cheltenham for this last weekend to look after the Masses in the parishes of St Gregory and St Thomas More whilst Fr Bosco is away convalescing.

 

TAIZE MUSIC AND PRAYER: We’ll pick up from where we left off after Easter and hopefully start up a regular opportunity for reflection using the music and prayer of Taize. We’ll meet in the Church for an hour, entering into stillness and silence as we ponder the Word of God in prayer and song on Friday 6 September at 7pm. Do come along if you can, and do pass the word around. If this is something you would like to see as a regular feature of our parish prayer life, then do please come along as you can. Put the date in your diary.

 

PARISH BUILDING PROJECT: All the response sheets (about 80 of them) that came in over the last couple of weeks have now been taken away and will be digested over the next week so as to be ready for you to look at in summary. Keep an eye on the building project board in the narthex where you should find little updates about where we are progressing. The project working party won’t meet now until September, but news should trickle through via the board.

 

DIACONAL FORMATION STUDENTS: The formation programme that uses our facilities throughout the academic year, breaks now for the summer. The dates for the new year beginning in September, are to be found on the board in the narthex.  Their presence on these Saturdays simply affects those who read as well as Eucharistic Ministers on a Saturday morning.  Two of the students who will be ordained deacon this coming November will join us for the evening Mass on Saturday 14 September where they will make their Profession of Faith and their Oath of Freedom. These form part of the formal application for ordination. Do keep all our students in your prayers.

 

FUNDRAISING SOCIAL: After the wonderful response to the Italian lunch earlier this month, this September will see our hall host an Indian lunch cooked for us by the Kerela families in our parish. Sunday 8 September at 1.30pm – put the date in your diary and there will be more details of menu and how to get hold of a ticket, next week.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS: If you are travelling around this time for your summer break, do go safely, have a good rest, and return refreshed.

 

DAY FOR LIFE PRAYER: Holy Mary, Mother of Love, holding in your arms, the fruit of your womb, graciously look upon our earth and remove from it all that hardens our hearts and dims our eyes  to the preciousness of human life, from the moment of conception to natural death.  Through the example of your tenderness teach us the ways of compassion and love that we may build up the civilisation of love among us and a society that is truly worthy of the human person.  Help us to reject all that contributes to a culture of death, and to work with others of goodwill in promoting the culture of life.

 

THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION: This holyday of obligation is celebrated on Thursday 15 August. There will be two Masses that day in Church: 9.30am and 7.00pm. This feast celebrates the fruits of the resurrection of Jesus reflected at the end of his mother’s life. God would allow no stain of Adam’s sin to touch the second Eve. She is taken up into heaven, body and soul, to reign as queen, to reign with her Son. Do make a note of the date in your diary.

 

BISHOP DECLAN: We keep our bishop in our prayers as he prepares for his three month sabbatical beginning in August. After twelve years of shepherding us, this sabbatical period allows him time to ponder, to reflect, and to study, so as to enable him to come back and pick up the shepherd’s staff again, leading beyond this Year of Faith, to draw us ever closer to Christ. Do remember Bishop Declan in your prayer.

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