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
The Amalekites challenged the Hebrews to a decisive battle. Moses watched from a distance. His brother Aaron and his companion, Hur, stayed with Moses. As long as Moses arms were raised holding his staff – the power of God – the Israelites were winning; when his arms came down, the Amalekites were winning. The position of his raised up arms is an ancient one of prayer. As Moses remained united to God in prayer, God’s power prevailed. He couldn’t do it alone; he needed the support of others; even with help, it took all Moses had to persevere. The gospel also, humorously, demonstrates perseverance in prayer. Nobody could tell the unjust judge what to do until he meets this widow, she wouldn’t give it a rest! She knew she was right; she wanted justice. She badgered him night and day. The widow kept pestering the judge for a just decision. Moses kept his arms raised in prayer until the Israelites won. Jesus says the most important thing about prayer is to pray continually. So let us keep raising our arms to God in prayer, and keep pestering God. He always listens and always loves us.
ST JOHN HENRY NEWMAN: GOD KNOWS ME AND CALLS ME BY HIS NAME:
God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me, which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments and serve him in my calling. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.
20th October is WORLD MISSION SUNDAY and there will be a second collection for Missio, Pope Francis’ charity for overseas mission. Today is an opportunity to support the missionary work of the Church through prayer and offerings. The collection will go directly towards helping people in areas of poverty across the world.
Luke 17: 11-19 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered one of the villages, ten lepers came to meet him. They stood some way off and called to him, ‘Jesus! Master! Take pity on us.’ When he saw them he said, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ Now as they were going away they were cleansed. Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan. This made Jesus say, ‘Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they? It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.’ And he said to the man, ‘Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.’
THE PRISONS WEEK PRAYER 13th -19 Oct 2019
Lord, you offer freedom to all people. We pray for those in prison. Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist. Support with your love prisoners and their families and friends, prison staff and all who care. Heal those who have been wounded by the actions of others, especially the victims of crime. Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together with Christ in his strength and in his Spirit, now and every day. Amen.
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 email@example.com / 01539 725534.
VOLUNTEERS TRAINING DAY Saturday 9th November, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Look and See! St Luke’s gospel is a gospel of compassion – the lowly being raised up. Today we are challenged by the parable of Dives and Lazarus. St Luke is not defaming those who have worked hard for their position in life, but rather challenging everyone to recognise the responsibilities their position in life demands. The Rich Man, now in hell, lifts his eyes and for the first time sees Lazarus as a person. Perhaps he’d noticed Lazarus in stinky, dirty clothes begging, as he opened his front door to welcome his dinner guest. He may have called the police to complain about the vagrant at his door. All he saw was a hungry man; and he didn’t even give him the scraps from his table. He’d never seen Lazarus because his possessions had blinded him to those around him. The first time he saw Lazarus it was too late. What do I do? Do my eyes look away if I meet someone who might be in need? Do I make rash judgments? Am I more concerned with what I have done and what they failed to do? Jesus calls us to see by having faith in Him not in our possessions or status. Today we ask Him to open our eyes.
Family Fast Day is Friday 4th October. On this day we fast, pray and give, so we can extend the hand of friendship to the world’s poorest people. Your donations and support will help give training, tools and resources to some of these people so they are empowered to build themselves a brighter future. We will be distributing envelopes for your donations this weekend and will be collecting them in on Sunday 6th October.
Dean Gibson School will be celebrating this Harvest Festival IN SCHOOL (not Church as previously advertised) at 3pm. Any non perishable food items that you may wish to leave for the Harvest will be donated to Kings Food Bank. Please take a flyer from church listing the items that they are most in need of. Thank you.