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.

24th June 2018


First Isaiah 49:1-6
I will make you the light of the nations.

Psalm 138
I thank you for the wonder of my being.

Second Acts 13:22-26
Jesus, whose coming was heralded by John.

Gospel Luke I:57-66. 80

Background on the Gospel Reading
The first two chapters of Luke's Gospel alternate between stories of two births. One is the annunciation and birth of John the Baptist, who was, for Luke, the last great prophet of the Old Testament and who prepared the way for someone greater than any prophet—Jesus the Messiah. The annunciation and birth of Jesus is the other story. The story of John sets the very Jewish environment into which Jesus and John were born. Jesus' annunciation and birth begins to move the Gospel into the environment of the Roman empire.
In the verses before those read today, the birth of John the Baptist has been announced by the angel Gabriel to Zechariah, who was performing his duties as a priest in the Jerusalem Temple. Gabriel then announced the birth of Jesus to Mary in her home in Nazareth. Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, are an old couple who have never had children. Mary is engaged to Joseph, but they have not yet come to live together.
We read today that Elizabeth's neighbors and relatives rejoice with her because God has shown her mercy in the birth of a son. But they are confused when she tells them that his name is to be John, which means “God has been gracious.” Zechariah has been unable to speak since Gabriel appeared, because, unlike Mary, he doubted the angel's word. But when he writes on a tablet “John is his name” all are amazed, and a great fear comes upon everyone. Fear, along with joy and praise, is for Luke the appropriate response to God's mercy. People ask, “What, then, will this child be?” But this question has already been answered by the angel. “He will be great in the sight of the Lord. He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.”
Zechariah responds with praise in his famous canticle, the Benedictus. But that is not read today. Instead we jump to the last verses of the chapter, which explain that John will become strong in spirit living in the desert until it is time to show himself to the people of Israel. When John appears again at the beginning of Chapter 3, after the stories of the birth and childhood of Jesus, he will prepare those people for the ministry of Jesus by preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

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 23rd June

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

6.30pm Private Intention
R &BP: Group D
SM: Group 4 D1
Servers: T Higgins & O Smith
M Thompson

Sunday 24th June


Refreshments served after
Morning Mass by by K Slee, J Gray
& A Thompson

10.00am Parishioners
R & BP: Group D
SM: Group 4 D1
Servers: J & E Marston
O Laws & L Burrell
J Donaldson & K Smail

Monday 25th June

9.30am Mr & Mrs Hudspeth (FM)

Tuesday 26th June

7.00pm Liturgy of the Word
& Holy Communion Service

Wednesday 27th June
St Cyril of Alexandria

9.30am Y1 Class Mass
Bill Hope
Thursday 28th June
St Irenaeus
9.30am Kathleen Lockey

Friday 29th June
SS Peter & Paul

9.30am People of the Parish

Saturday 30th June

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

6.30pm Peter & Brenda Brannigan
R &BP: Group E
SM: Group 5 E1
Servers: T Higgins & O Smith
M Thompson

Sunday 1st July

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

10.00am Parishioners
R & BP: Group Group E
SM: Group 5 E1
Servers: P & A Turnbull
A Walker & M Nugent

Day Reader Ministers
MON J Wotton N Finnigan
T Finnigan
TUES R Sharp P Winship
M McGowan
WED School J Wotton
F Wotton
J Doyle
Michael Brennan
T Finnigan
FRI D Willis
M Irwin
J Doyle


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, Jim and Margaret Smith.

Please pray for diocesan Priests whose anniversaries occur this week:
Fr Austin McShane, Fr Bernard Sharratt, Fr Thomas Sheehan, Fr Andrew Sheedy, Fr Richard Burke, Fr John O’Brien, Fr Eamonn Croghan, Fr Anthony Cunningham, Fr John Daly, Fr Thomas McNulty, Fr Francis Bradley and Fr John Tweedy.

Sunday Bill & Jean Waistell (46 years)
Thursday Paul & Andrea Brown (32 years)
Saturday Derek & Joyce Bowers (45 years) AND Brian & Ann Crew (46 years)
Animated Praying Hands