We have been trusted to look after something precious; guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit.We have many gifts to be looked after and used; three of them make us Christians. The first comes at our baptism when we were gifted with the Life of God; we need to guard this Life. We can’t let ourselves be influenced by the immorality that destroys the Life within us. The second great gift is the Word of God. The Bible is God’s Word; we need to guard against treating it as a self-help book. It is God telling us about Himself, His Life, and how we are to live His Life. The third great gift is the Eucharist; Jesus Christ transformed bread and wine into His Body and Blood and entrusted us with this Great Mystery. We need to guard this mystery against those elements within ourselves that can downgrade the Eucharist into a pious religious act. The Eucharist is the source and the summit of our faith. It is Jesus Christ. Jesus came for all people; He commissioned us to go out and proclaim the Kingdom of God to the whole world. We pray today for the grace to guard these gifts and to use them in proclaiming His Kingdom.
Harvest Festival donations from Dean Gibson School and the parish
Extraordinary Month of Mission: Pope Francis has declared that October 2019 will be a special month of prayer and action to strengthen and grow God’s mission and the Church. This is the work of Missio, his charity for overseas mission, supporting the Church where it is too poor to support itself, training local clergy and helping children in need.
We will have a large Missio ‘Red Box’ in church at weekend Masses throughout the month of October where you can donate any spare coins you may find around the house, in the car, in an office drawer, etc. If you would like a Missio red box to keep in your home for loose change please sign the sheet on the notice board. We have plenty of Missio prayer cards in church for this special month – please take one.
KENDAL WINTER SHELTER starts on 2nd December and Manna House is recruiting volunteers to be part of teams helping provide homeless people shelter during the winter months. Can you cook an evening meal, create entertainment, chat to guests, bake or donate food, organise a fundraiser? Volunteers also needed to sleep overnight or do breakfasts. Please take a leaflet or contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 01539 725534.
VOLUNTEERS TRAINING DAY Saturday 9th November, 10.30am – 4.30pm