This week at St. Michael's

Please come along to St. Michaels and collect a bulletin from the porch of the church
which will detail all masses and intentions for the coming week.

18th February 2018,
The First Sunday of Lent

READINGS:

First Reading Genesis 9:8-15
God establishes a covenant with Noah, giving a rainbow as its sign.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9
A prayer praising God for his covenant “Your ways, Lord,
are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant.”

Second Reading 1 Peter 3:18-22
In our baptism, we are saved through Christ’s death and Resurrection.

Gospel Reading Mark 1:12-15
Jesus is tempted in the desert by Satan.

Background on the Gospel Reading

On the first Sunday of Lent, the Gospel reading in each Lectionary cycle is about Jesus’ temptation in the desert. This event in the life of Jesus is reported in each of the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—but it is not found in John’s Gospel. This year we read Mark’s account of this event.

Compared to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, the details throughout Mark’s narrative are sparse. This is evident in Mark’s account of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. Mark tells us only that Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit and that for 40 days he was tempted by Satan. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke explain that Jesus fasted while in the desert, that Satan presented him with three temptations, and that Jesus refused each one, quoting Scripture. Only the Gospels of Matthew and Mark report that angels ministered to Jesus at the end of his time in the desert.

In each of the Synoptic Gospels, the temptation of Jesus follows his baptism by John the Baptist. In Mark’s Gospel, we are told that Jesus went into the desert immediately after his baptism, led by the Spirit. Jesus’ public ministry in Galilee begins after his temptation in the desert. Mark’s Gospel makes a connection between the arrest of John the Baptist and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus’ preaching about the Kingdom of God is in continuity with the preaching of John the Baptist, but it is also something new. As Jesus announces it, the Kingdom of God is beginning; the time of the fulfillment of God’s promises is here.
The fact that Jesus spent 40 days in the desert is significant. This recalls the 40 years that the Israelites wandered in the desert after being led from slavery in Egypt. The prophet Elijah also journeyed in the desert for 40days and nights, making his way to Horeb, the mountain of God, where he was also attended to by an angel of the Lord. Remembering the significance of these events, we also set aside 40 days for the season of Lent.

In Mark’s Gospel, the desert marks beginning of Jesus’ battle with Satan; the ultimate test will be in Jesus’ final hours on the cross. In a similar way, our Lenten observances are only a beginning, a preparation for and a reinforcement of our ongoing struggle to resist the temptations we face in our lives. During Lent, we are led by the Holy Spirit to remember the vows of Baptism in which we promised to reject sin and to follow Jesus. Just as Jesus was ministered to by the angels, God also supports us in our struggle against sin and temptation. We succeed because Jesus conquered sin once and for all in his saving death on the cross.

https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection

Mass Intentions and Ministries

This information is updated from the bulletin.
PLEASE check with the church directly for up to date times of masses.

Saturday 17th February

Refreshments served after
Vigil Mass at St. Michael’s
by L Poole & friends

6.30pm Simon Brennan
R &BP: Group D
SM: Group 4 D3
Servers: T Higgins & O Smith
M Thompson

Sunday 18th February

Refreshments served after
Morning Mass by
K Slee & J Gray

10.00am Parishioners
R & BP: Group D
SM: Group 4 D3
Servers: P & A Turnbull
A Walker & M Nugent

12noon Baptism of
Jayden & Demi Bohncka

Monday 19th February

9.30am Liturgy of the Word

Tuesday 20th February

7.00pm Liturgy of the Word

Wednesday 21st February
St Peter Damian

9.30am Liturgy of the Word
Thursday 22nd February
The Chair of St Peter
9.30am Liturgy of the Word

Friday 23rd February
St Polycarp

9.30am Liturgy of the Word

Saturday 24th February

Refreshments served after
Vigil Mass at St. Michael’s
by L Poole & friends

6.30pm Private Intention
R &BP: Group E
SM: Group 5 E3
Servers: T Higgins & O Smith
M Thompson

Sunday 25th February

Refreshments served after
Morning Mass by
C Moran, L Ritchie & N Finnigan

10.00am Parishioners
R & BP: Group E
SM: Group 5 E3
Servers: P & A Turnbull
A Walker & M Nugent

12noon Baptism of
Florence Ivy Stubbs

ST MICHAEL’S WEEKDAY MINISTERS
Day Reader Ministers
MON H Brennan N Finnigan
T Finnigan
TUES R Sharp J Nutman
A Burns
WED A Barker A Barker
M Hearne
THURS N Finnigan H Brennan
Mgt Brennan
FRI D Willis L Poole
A Morgan

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:

St. Michael's One hour before weekday Mass (except Vigil Mass)

St. Mary's Half an hour before weekday Mass (except Vigil Mass)

PRAYERS:

Please pray for the following who are sick or housebound in our Parishes:
Fr David Tanner, Fr Joe Burton, Fr Pat McKenna, Brenda Brannigan, Brian Copeman, Harry & Nita Lax, Jenny Gray, Liz Ward, Craig Miller, Mary Anderson, Mary Brightwell, Molly Baines, Mary Connaughton,
Tom Brennan, Tracey Rankin, Winnie Bilton, Alan Rhys-Evans, Pat Fletcher, Kyna Richardson,
Irene Bowater, Kaya Isli, Eugene Bell, Thomas Russell, Gladys Thompson and Moira Waugh.

Please pray for diocesan Priests whose anniversaries occur this week:
Fr Reginald Durnin, Fr Robert Thompson, Fr William Smith, Fr Vincent McClean, Fr Raymond Crumbley,
Fr John Caden, Fr Wilfrid Duffy and Fr Rymond Conroy.
Animated Praying Hands