Friday 1st Nov
Holy Day of Obligation
Masses: 12.15pm and 7pm
Let us see, O Lord, Your mercy and give us Your saving help! The parable in today’s Gospel hits home with all of us. Sometimes, we can have an overwhelming feeling that we are just not good enough; yet we are
afraid that if we don’t approach God, we might get even worse. On such
occasions we have to remind ourselves that God is merciful, and it is His
mercy we need. The Pharisee in the parable recognises neither his sinfulness
nor even his own need for God. He is too caught up in himself and consequently convinced of his own righteousness. He takes his place in the Temple and there delights in himself. He doesn’t ask God for mercy; his pride
has convinced him that he doesn’t need it! He leaves, as he arrived,
shrouded only in his own arrogance. The tax collector, however, is very
aware of his sinfulness and therefore his need for God’s healing mercy. He
dare not even lift his eyes to Heaven. “Be merciful to me a sinner,” is all he
can pray. The proud Pharisee asked for nothing from God and received
nothing; the humble tax collector asked for mercy and leaves renewed and
enfolded in God’s love and mercy.
PARISH CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING Saturday 23rd November, 10am – 12 noon, parish centre Santa’s Grotto, Tombola, Stalls, Children’s activities. £1 entry includes drink & mince pie.
PIANO CONCERT with Fr Manny Gribben, University of Lancaster Catholic Chaplaincy, Wednesday 30th October, 7.30pm. Refreshments provided. Free entry with retiring collection for Castlerigg Manor Youth Service.
PAPYRUS is the national charity devoted to the prevention of young suicide. George Airey will be giving a talk after the Gospel at 10am Mass on Sunday 4th November. From George’s email: ‘In June this year I completed the Camino (with Marian) in memory of my late daughter Sophie who took her own life in December 2018. Along the way, as Marian strode off into the distance, I was captivated by doors, be they simple or ornate. I have selected some beautiful images and created a poster and two calendars to raise awareness of, and funding for PAPYRUS, the national charity devoted to the prevention of young suicide. Please support their work through the purchase of a beautiful gift! Thank you.’ Website: www.papyrus-uk.org