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 Sixth Sunday of the year, Cycle A
16th February 2020

READINGS:

First Ecclesiasticus 15:15-29
He never commanded anyone to be godless.

Psalm 118
They are happy who follow God’s law!

Second I Corinthians 2:6-10
God predestined wisdom to be for our glory before the ages began.

Gospel Matthew 5:17-37
You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors; but I say this to you.

Background on the Gospel Reading
Matthew continues the Sermon on the Mount with a three part instruction by Jesus on the Way of Life in the kingdom of heaven. Today’s reading is part one and deals with the Law. Part two deals with worship and religious practice and contains the Lord’s Prayer. Part three deals with trusting God and deeds of loving service to our neighbour.
When Matthew speaks of “the Law and the prophets” he means the whole Scripture. When the Messiah brings the fullness of the kingdom none of scripture will be done away with. Instead it will be fulfilled. Matthew’s Jesus does not overturn the Law of Moses, nor does he set his followers free from the Law. He requires his followers to go beyond the Law by doing more than the Law requires.
The Law condemned murder. Jesus condemns anger. The Law condemned adultery. Jesus condemns even lustful looks. As Jewish Christians who had always been faithful to the Law Matthew’s community need a way to understand the difference Jesus and the kingdom he brings have made. They affirmed that God had always been at work in history through “the Law and the prophets.” But God’s work goes beyond that to be embodied by the Messiah who reveals the definitive will of God. The written scriptures and their interpretation in tradition are surpassed by Jesus whose life and teaching are the definitive revelation of the will of God.



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Mass Intentions and Ministries

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

Saturday 15th February

Refreshments served after
Vigil Mass
by L Poole & friends

6.00pm
John Colegrove

R & BP: Group I
SM: Group 9 I2

Servers: T Higgins,
O Smith,
M Thompson &
K Walencik

Sunday 16th February

Refreshments served after
morning Mass by
P Winship & M Gallagher

10.00am
Parishioners

12noon
Baptism of Rose Marie Speight

R & BP: Group I
SM: Group 9 I2

Servers: All servers
welcome

Monday 17th February
Seven Founders of the
Servite Order

10.00am
John Wilson
Reader
H Brennan
Special Ministers
N Finnigan & T Finnigan

Tuesday 18th February

7.00pm
Simon Brennan

Reader
M Donaldson
Special Ministers
A Burns & S Wills

Wednesday 19th February

10.00am
Betty Vine, Isobel Dolan
& Denis Coughlin (SVP)

Reader
M Hall
Special Ministers
J Doyle & I Downey
Thursday 20th February 10.00am
Joan Brennan
Reader
J Doyle
Special Ministers
F Wotton & M Brennan

Friday 21st February
St Peter Damian

10.00am
Ann Carmichael —
90th Birthday
Reader
D Willis
Special Ministers
M Irwin & M Hearne

Saturday 22nd February

Refreshments served after
Vigil Mass
by L Poole & friends

6.00pm
Private Intention

R & BP: GroupA
SM: Group 1 A3

Servers: T Higgins,
O Smith
& M Thompson

Sunday 23rd February

Refreshments served after
morning Mass by
R & M Nelson

10.00am
Parishioners

5.00pm
Baptism of Montana Stokes

R & BP: Group A
SM: Group 1 A3

Servers: All servers
welcome

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:

One 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 Pat McKenna, Brian Copeman, Nita Lax, Craig Miller, Mary Brightwell, Molly Baines, Tracey Rankin, Winnie Bilton, Alan Rhys-Evans, Pat Fletcher, Kyna Richardson, Irene Bowater, Kaya Isli, Eugene Bell, Thomas Russell, Joe Porter, Kathleen Hartis, Nathan Pearce, Susan Miller, Margaret Leightley, Jim and Margaret Smith, Terri Cessford, Kathleen Robinson, Paul Tweddle, a special little boy and Elizabeth Johnson.

Please pray for diocesan Priests whose anniversaries occur this week:
Fr James Wadsworth, Canon Wilfred Blenkin, Fr Reginald Durnin, Fr Robert Thompson, Fr William Smith, Fr Vincent McClean, Fr Raymond Crumbley and Fr John Caden.


Daily Prayer This Week
This is a wonderful week to ask the question: “Who do you say I am?” This question can come to us this week in a variety of forms. We can hear him ask, “Who am I in your life? What do I mean to you? Do you believe in my love for you? Do you live as though you place all of your trust in me?” This kind of self-knowledge always takes grace, so we can ask each day this week to be more and more honest this week. We can ask to get beyond the denial out of which we sometimes operate. Each morning, when we get up, while washing up or dressing, and during several “background” times in our day - going to work, shopping, doing wash, walking to a meeting, feeding a baby - we can be in brief conversations with our Lord, always asking for graces.
“Help me to honestly know, Lord, what really is at the centre of my life. What really motivates me? What do I turn to for energy, inspiration, approval, escape? How would the people who know me well answer these questions, Lord? Help me be honest this week.” “Lord, I have just recognised how much possessions or honours really motivate me.” “My Lord, I can see how fear, and avoiding pain have such power in my life.” “Lord, I'm so impatient; it seems I have such a hard time simply carrying any cross.”
It is quite likely that we might find it difficult to keep this kind of self examining focus during the week, or that we might so get into self recrimination and lose sight of God's love. It is a loved offered us right in that place of difficulty, a deep love that is ours, even when we can't recognize him or don't feel we are worthy to accept his love.
But he returns to us over and over, offering us his Spirit as a strength and love right here in our lives each day. When we feel weak we can remember that he comes to forgive us and heal us. All week, every night, let us give thanks and praise for his faithful love for us.

Animated Praying Hands
Please spare a moment to Pray the Rosary every day

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