This Week 19 - 26 November 2017

 St Benedict'sSt Oswald'sSt Mary's
(Latin Mass)
Sunday10.30 am Mass
(Sat) 6.00 pm Vigil Mass
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass
Monday7.30 pm Prayer Group12.10 pm Mass
Tuesday12.15 pm Mass10.30 am Funeral Mass
(Connie Adams)
12.10 pm Mass
Wednesday10.30 am Funeral Mass
(Mary Oultram)
(2.15 pm Class Mass in School)
7.30 pm Mass for Persecuted Christians
12.10 pm Mass
7.30 pm Mass
Thursday9.30 am Funeral Mass
(Alan Oxley)
7.30 pm Novena
12.10 pm Mass
Friday12.15 pm Mass
6.45 pm Meditation

(2.30 pm Class Mass in School)
12.10 pm Mass
Saturday4.00 pm Slovak Mass10.00 - 11.00 am Exposition
6.00 pm Vigil Mass
12.10 pm Mass
Sunday10.30 am Mass
8.30 am Mass
3.30 pm Polish Mass
11.00 am Sung Mass
6.00 pm Mass

News

WORLD DAY OF THE POOR
Let us love, not with words but with deeds
This Sunday is the first ‘World Day of the Poor’. Pope Francis has instituted this new day as a way of inviting us to understand that sharing with those living in poverty “enables us to understand the deepest truth of the Gospel”. In his message for the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis asks all of us, whatever our means, to unite in love and in acts of service to one another. He explains: “It is my wish that … Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance.” Please consider how you can create moments of encounter and friendship today.

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Loving God,
Open our ears
to hear you in the cry of those living in poverty.
Open our eyes
to see you in the lives of the oppressed.
Open our hearts
to meet you in others
and to respond with mercy and compassion.
Pour out on us your grace,
so that we may grow as your faithful people,
always seeking your kingdom of truth,
justice and peace.
­Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

RED WEDNESDAY
This Wednesday, 22 November, Aid to the Church in Need invites us to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and all who suffer for their peacefully held beliefs. There are three practical ways we can do this:

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1) Why not go to Mass for a suffering Christian who cannot?
On Wednesday 22 November, all the Masses in Warrington Pastoral Area will be celebrated at the same time – 7.30 pm.

2) Why not wear something ‘red’ on Wednesday 22 November?
Red is the Christian colour of martyrdom. Christians are the most persecuted faith group in today’s world and Red Wednesday will honour all Christians who suffer and die for their faithfulness to Christ’s message of peace and love.

3) Why not read up about the Red Wednesday campaign?
Check out Aid to the Church in Need’s website: www.acnuk.org/campaign/redwednesday

ADVENT COLLECTIONS
This year’s Advent Collections have begun and will run for another three weeks:
— A ‘New Toy’ collection (not second hand) for those children (of all ages) who won’t get a present on Christmas Day. It need only be a little gift.
— Dog and puppy, cat and kitten food, treats and toys to help Warrington Animal Welfare care for the enormous number of animals that are tragically abandoned at Christmas.
Thank you so much for your kindness. Fr Dave

MASS TO REMEMBER CHILDREN
There will be a special Mass to remember children who died before birth, at birth, or anytime afterwards at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 28 November at St Benedict’s. The Mass will be a gentle celebration for all the children we miss so much. During the Mass, there will be an opportunity to light a candle for the baby, child or teenager you may be remembering and for their names to be read out during the eucharist. If you know someone who might appreciate an invitation, please let them know about the Mass. Thank you.

JOURNEYING TOWARDS JESUS IN ADVENT
Three meetings to explore the Gospels for Advent through reading, art, discussion and prayer. Wednesdays 29 November, 6 & 13 December at St Benedict’s – refreshments from 6.30 pm, meeting 7.00 – 8.00 pm.

SANTA PAWS
An Afternoon of Festive Fun to support Warrington Animal Welfare on Sunday 3 December, 12.00 – 4.00 pm, at Tabley Tea Room, Knutsford. Free entry – everyone welcome, both furry and non-furry children. Festive stalls, tombola, raffle, festive crafts, mulled wine. Also, Festive Afternoon Tea (£15 per person, £10 for children under 12) – tickets available from Warrington Animal Welfare (call/text 07393 315797).

BECOMING A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CHURCH
All of us will be aware of the growing incidence of dementia. You may know someone with dementia or you may be caring for a loved one with dementia. In an effort to support those living with dementia and their carers, as well as raising awareness, Mrs Maureen Knight will be leading a session on ‘Becoming a Dementia Friendly Church’ on Thursday 7 December in the Holy Family Chapel at St Benedict’s. Refreshments from 6.30 pm, meeting 7.00 – 8.00 pm. All are welcome. For more information, please contact Fr Dave.

ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
There will be a Service of Reconciliation for the three parishes on Monday 18 December at 7.30 pm in St Oswald’s Church.

 

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33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

Gospel

Matthew 25: 14-30

Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out.

‘The man who had received the five talents promptly went and traded with them and made five more. The man who had received two made two more in the same way. But the man who had received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

‘Now a long time after, the master of those servants came back and went through his accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made.”

‘His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.”

‘Next the man with the two talents came forward. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with two talents; here are two more that I have made.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.”

‘Last came forward the man who had the one talent. “Sir,” said he “I had heard you were a hard man, reaping where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered; so I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here it is; it was yours, you have it back.” But his master answered him, “You wicked and lazy servant! So you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered? Well then, you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have recovered my capital with interest. So now, take the talent from him and give it to the man who has the five talents. For to everyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away. As for this good-for-nothing servant, throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.”’

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Reflection

We may say of someone – ‘She never made the most of herself’, or ‘He didn’t achieve his potential’. We talk of people burying their talents in the ground. That’s partly what Jesus is speaking about in today’s parable. He also refers to a greedy and incentive boss-man who only wants a good return on his money.

Inside everyone are many personal gifts: music, art, good listening, compassion, sport, intelligence, etc. We are given many gifts. Everyone in a family has different gifts and something to offer. The story is to encourage us to make the most of our gifts.

Sometimes we get caught up in the criticism of others and fail to see the goodness inside and the contribution they give to others. Some have more than others to offer, as in the parable.

Like the people in the parable who had been given money, they were expected to use these to make more. But the deeper meaning is not to squander our personal gifts and talents, but to make the most of them in loving service of others.

Adapted from Fr Donal Neary SJ who is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger

Prayer

Father in heaven,
all good things come from you.
Help us to use the gifts you have given us,
always remembering to share what we have
with our brothers and sisters who are poor.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 


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