Newsletter- 26th Week of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners

Please note the following regarding Masses this week: Wednesday 28th September: I must be in Nottingham all day to attend the mandatory Safeguarding Training for all the clergy, I am very grateful to Andrew for kindly offering a Service of Word and Holy Communion at 9.30 am that day. Thursday 29th September: Requiem Mass at 11 am for Michael Joseph McAndrew, this will replace the normal 11 am in the parish that day. Friday 30th September: I shall offer Mass today at 9.30 am at St Mary’s school there will not be Mass in church in the morning. Mass will be celebrated in the School Hall where our young people will assist with the liturgy. All parishioners are very welcome to attend. Refreshments will be kindly provided by the school for all to enjoy after Mass. 

This Sunday, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time is designated as the day on which we pray for the Fruits of Human Work, a Day of Thanksgiving for the Harvest. On this weekend at all Masses the CAFOD Family fast Day envelopes will be available for you to take home. Friday 7th October is designated as CAFOD Harvest Fast Day and any money you raise or wish to give to CAFOD can be put into the envelopes provided and returned in the church collections over the next few weeks. In addition, on this Sunday we pray for all Migrants and Refugees

The readings for this Sunday, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, call us all to care more about other people. In the first reading we are warned against being complacent while others suffer. The psalm praises the justice of God. In the second reading Paul reminds us to pursue virtues. In the gospel Jesus tells the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, where a wealthy man ignored the needs of a poor man every day. The rich and powerful are visited with woe and exile in today’s Liturgy—not for their wealth but for their refusal to share it, not for their power but for their indifference to the suffering and plight of the poor. Today’s Liturgy is a call to repentance—to heed the warnings of Jesus and to stop and reflect about how we treat one another. We are all called as men and women of faith to lay hold of the eternal life Christ promises us, and so we must pursue righteousness and keep the commandment God gives us to Love. In the Eucharist we have a foretaste of the love that will be ours in the next life and we are given the strength to journey forward in this life in the here and now to reach out to one another and to be kind and considerate to all who we meet each day. Loving others can be very hard! But that is the charge that God sets before us, to care for one another especially those who are in greatest needs of God’s love, those upon the margins of our society and those to whom we encounter in our daily lives, all who are suffering and all who are afraid. 

Replacement Parish Hymn Books: As I mentioned in the Bulletin last week, I was approached a few weeks ago by two of our parishioners who have very kindly, and generously, offered to replace the present hymn books with new ones. Going forward we have decided to replace the current hymn book with another hymn book also printed by Kevin Mayhew “Catholic Hymns Old and New” this is an excellent choice for a parish like our own as it contains a wide selection of over 936 hymns, both old and contemporary, chants, and a good selection of Mass Settings and Responsorial Psalms and Gospel Acclamations for use on all Sundays throughout the Year and all Major Feasts. At present we are still awaiting the delivery from the publishers but I hope, God willing, we shall be able to begin to use them during October. 

Request for more servers: At present, we have a good and very committed group of young servers, who come weekly to serve at the altar, and I am very grateful to them for giving of their time to this important ministry within our parish. However, I am also aware that in a few years’ time some our older servers may start to think about moving on to college and university. It would be good to start now to plan for this by training up some of our younger members of the congregation, to ensure that the excellent standard of serving at St Mary’s continues into the future. If your child (girl or boy) has made their First Holy Communion, and they would like to come to learn how to serve at the altar, please in the first instance make contact with me. Serving is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and to offer service to God and to our parish community. We also try to make it an enjoyable and fun experience! 

With prayer for you and for your families during the coming week,

Your parish priest and friend,

Father Jonathan

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