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.

The 25th Sunday of the Year
23rd September 2018


First Wisdom 2:12. 17-20
Let us condemn him to a shameful death.

Psalm 53
The Lord upholds my life.

Second James 3:16-4:3
Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.

Gospel Mark 9:30-37
The Son of Man will be delivered. If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself servant of all.

Background on the Gospel Reading
In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus again predict his passion, death, and Resurrection to his disciples. The setting here is important. Jesus and his disciples are preparing to journey through Galilee, a Jewish territory in which Jesus has already encountered problems with the Pharisees. Perhaps this is why Mark indicates that Jesus was trying to journey in secret. In predicting his passion, Jesus is acknowledging the danger they will face and is trying to preparing his disciples for it. Yet Mark tells us that the disciples did not understand what Jesus was saying and were afraid to ask what he meant. Such hesitation on the part of the disciples is not characteristic behaviour. Peter had no fear about rebuking Jesus in last week’s Gospel. Perhaps this is an indication that the disciples were aware that a new situation was emerging.
Mark paints a vivid picture in today’s Gospel. Having arrived at Capernaum, Jesus and his disciples enter a house. In this private place, Jesus asks his disciples about the argument they had while they were journeying. Again, the disciples are uncharacteristically silent and afraid to answer. They have been found out. Jesus then summons the Twelve, whom Mark identified earlier in his Gospel as those chosen by Jesus to preach and to drive out demons. To this select group of disciples, Jesus teaches that those who would be first in God’s kingdom must be servants of all.
Jesus then calls forward a child and teaches the Twelve that to receive a child in Jesus’ name is to receive both Jesus and the One who sent him. We might easily fail to understand the significance of this action. In first-century Palestine, children were without status or power, possessing no legal rights. In this action, Jesus is teaching his disciples and us that when we serve the least ones among us, we serve Jesus himself. Who are the people without power or status in our society that Jesus is calling us to serve? Do we do so willingly? Jesus teaches that God’s judgment of us will be based on this criterion alone.

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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 22nd September

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

6.30pm A sick person (E.R.M.)
R &BP: Group H
SM: Group 8 H2
Servers: T Higgins & O Smith
M Thompson

Sunday 23rd September

Refreshments served after
Morning Mass by N Finnigan,
L Ritchie & S Walker

10.00am Parishioners
R & BP: Group H
SM: Group 8 H2
Servers: P & A Turnbull
A Walker & M Nugent

Monday 24th September
Our Lady of Walsingham

9.30am Eileen Betteridge

Tuesday 25th September

7.00pm Grace Jones

Wednesday 26th September
SS Cosmas & Damian

9.30am Whole School Mass
Stephen Thompson
Thursday 27th September
St Vincent de Paul
9.30am Holy Souls

Friday 28th September
St Wenceslaus

10:30 Requiem Mass Marie Williamson

Saturday 29th September
The Feast of St. Michael
and all Angels

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

6.30pm Private Intention
R &BP: Group I
SM: Group 9 I2
Servers: T Higgins & O Smith
M Thompson

Sunday 30th September


Refreshments served after
Morning Mass by McLean family

10.00am Parishioners
R & BP: GroupI
SM: Group 9 I2
Servers: P & A Turnbull
A Walker & M Nugent

Day Reader Ministers
MON H Brennan Margaret Brennan
Michael Brennan
TUES M Donaldson M McGowan
P Winship
WED N Finnigan M Hearne
A Barker
I Willis
F Wotton
J Doyle
FRI J Doyle

N Finnigan
T Finnigan


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

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


Please pray for those who are sick or housebound in our Parishes.
Fr David Tanner, Fr Joe Burton, Fr Pat McKenna, 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, Moira Waugh, Joe Porter, Kathleen Hartis, Nathan Pearce, Susan Miller,Jim and Margaret Smith.

Please pray for diocesan Priests whose anniversaries occur this week:
Fr Bernard Dillon, Fr Patrick Kerwick, Fr Leonard Johnston, Fr Laurence Murray, Pope John Paul I, Fr Thomas Dollard, Fr James Potts, Fr David Condon and Canon Francis Kearney

Sunday Bob & Jo Copeland (51 years)
Thursday Simon & Lorraine Thompson (21 years)
Friday Mike & Mary Irwin (16 years) AND George & Kathleen Hughes (50 years)
Saturday David & Helen Stevenson (6 years)
Animated Praying Hands