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 18th Sunday of the Year
5th August 2018


First Exodus 16:2-4.12-15
I will rain down bread for you from the heavens.

Psalm 77
The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Second Ephesians 4:17.20-24
Put on the new self that has been created in God’s way.

Gospel John 6:24-35
He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst.

Background on the Gospel Reading
This Sunday we continue to read from the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel, but not continuously. Our Lectionary omits John’s report of Jesus’ walking on water. This event is reported much less dramatically in John’s Gospel than in the Synoptic Gospels. After the feeding of the multitudes, the disciples leave in a boat and Jesus follows them. The disciples are said to be terrified by what they see. Jesus reassures them and rejoins them. In today’s Gospel, we learn that the crowd has noticed the departure of Jesus and his disciples and so seeks them out in Capernaum. In the dialogue that follows between Jesus and the crowds, Jesus unfolds for us the gift of himself that that he gives in the Eucharist.
In today’s Gospel, there are four exchanges between Jesus and the crowd. In the first, the crowd, having followed Jesus to Capernaum, asks a very matter of fact question: “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus replies by naming their motivation in pursuing him. They have been fed. Jesus acknowledges this, yet challenges them to see beyond the fulfillment of their material needs. The crowds have followed Jesus because they have been fed. They ought to be seeking out Jesus because he can give them eternal life.
As the second dialogue begins, it seems that the crowd might be on their way to accepting Jesus and his mission. They ask: “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus replies that they must have faith in the one sent from God. But in the third dialogue, the crowd reveals their inability to see Jesus’ true identity. They ask Jesus for a sign so that they might know that Jesus is from God. How strange this sounds since Jesus has just fed more than 5000 people. What more is expected?
But the crowd cannot see beyond the surface of the sign. They show this in their interpretation of the sign that came from Moses. In their description, they identify Jesus with Moses, as if to say, as Moses gave the people manna in the desert, give us a sign so that we will know that you are from God. They are looking to identify a prophet without realizing that God is standing before them. Jesus corrects their misinterpretation, saying that the manna received by their ancestors came from God. As God fulfilled their ancestors’ needs in the desert, so God has provided them with food for eternal life. In the bread that they have received from Jesus, they have received physical nourishment and also spiritual nourishment. Jesus wants the crowd to see beyond the surface to the One who provides true nourishment.
The conclusion of the dialogue reveals the crowd’s blindness. They ask for what Jesus has just told them they have found: “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus answers plainly that he himself is the Bread of Life they seek. Jesus himself is the Bread of Life who will satisfy every hunger and thirst. This is the first of several such statements found in John’s Gospel. We understand these better when we remember that God revealed his name to the people of Israel as “I am,” as Yahweh. Jesus is now claiming this name for himself. In the weeks ahead, we will see the offense that this gives to the people.

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 4th August

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

6.30pm Private Intention
R &BP: Group A
SM: Group 1 A2
Servers: T Higgins & O Smith
M Thompson

Sunday 5th August

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

10.00am Parishioners
R & BP: Group A
SM: Group 1 A2
Servers: J & E Marston
O Laws & L Burrell
J Donaldson & K Smail

12noon Baptism of
Michael Dominic &
Matthew James Duddy

Monday 6th August
The Transfiguration of the Lord

9.30am Fr George Buckley (FM)

Tuesday 7th August
St Sixtus II & Companions

7.00pm Liturgy of the Word
& Holy Communion Service

Wednesday 8th August
St Dominic

9.30am Elizabeth Smith
Thursday 9th August
St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
9.30am Holy Souls

Friday 10th August
St Laurence

9.30am Marjorie & Ralph Hill

Saturday 11th August

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

6.30pm Joseph & Nora Coughlin
R &BP: Group B
SM: Group 2 B2
Servers: T Higgins & O Smith
M Thompson

Sunday 12th August

Refreshments served after
Morning Mass byN Finngian,
L Ritchie & S Walker

10.00am Parishioners
R & BP: Group B
SM: Group 2 B2
Servers: P & A Turnbull
A Walker & M Nugent

12noon Baptism of Freddie Turnbull

Day Reader Ministers
MON H Brennan J Wotton
F Wotton
TUES M Donaldson M Lockie
A Burns
WED M Steel A Morgan
M Hearne
J Wotton
N Finnigan
T Finnigan
FRI J Doyle

M Irwin
Michael Brennan


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 Matthew Digby, Blessed Pope Paul VI, Fr Edmund Kane, Fr Sean Conaty, Fr James Saunders, Monsignor Gerard Lavender and Fr Michael Marr.

Sunday Keith & Pat Harding (51 years)
Wednesday Graeme & Marie Stubbs (31 years)
Animated Praying Hands