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.

31st SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
3rd November 2019

READINGS:

First Wisdom 11:22-12:2
You are merciful to all because you love all that exists.

Psalm 144
I will bless your name forever, O God my King.

Second Thessalonians I: 11-2:2
The name of Christ will be glorified in you and you in him.

Gospel Luke 19:1-10
The Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost.

Background on the Gospel Reading
In Jesus' day, tax collectors were not popular people. They were collaborators with the Romans and were despised by many Jewish people. The tax system allowed them to charge more than what was required so that they could make a profit for themselves. Thus, they were considered sinners by their countrymen. Observers in the crowd that day grumble because Jesus dines with a sinner. Throughout Scripture, Jesus' choice of dinner companions set him apart from other observant Jews of his time. In first century Jewish culture, to dine together was to show a bond of fellowship and peace among those at the table. Observant Jews did not generally dine with foreigners and sinners. Yet, Jesus chooses to honor the tax collector, Zacchaeus, by staying at his house.
Even before Jesus comes to his home, Zacchaeus shows himself to be someone in search of salvation. Zacchaeus, described as short in stature, climbs a tree in order to see Jesus. We know from Luke's description that Zacchaeus was no ordinary tax collector; he was, in fact, the chief tax collector and a person of some wealth. In his search for salvation, he humbled himself by making a spectacle of himself by climbing a tree.
Jesus recognizes the faith of this tax collector exhibited in his search for salvation and calls him down from the tree. In the hospitality he extends to Jesus and in his conversion of heart, Zacchaeus is raised up by Jesus as a model of salvation.

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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 2nd November

Refreshments served after
Vigil Mass
by L Poole & friends

12noon
Marriage Service for
Kevin McKinney &
Emma Graham

6.00pm Private Intention

R & BP: Group C
SM: Group 3 C1
Servers:
T Higgins &
O Smith,
M Thompson

Sunday 3rd November

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

10.00am
Parishioners

R & BP: Group C
SM: Group 3 C1
Servers: P Turnbull
A Walker & E Geddes

Monday 4th November
St Charles Borromeo

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

Tuesday 5th November

7.00pm
John Lamb
(A sick person)

Reader
M Donaldson
Special Ministers
A Burns & R Sharp

Wednesday 6th November

9.30am
Y2 & Y3 Class Mass
Matthew Jane

Reader
N Finnigan
Special Ministers
J Wotton & F Wotton
Thursday 7th November
St Willibrord
10.00am
Liz Ward
Reader
J Wotton
Special Ministers
M Hearne & T Finnigan

Friday 8th November

10.00am
Martin Taylor
Reader
I Willis
Special Ministers
M Irwin & J Doyle

Saturday 9th November

Refreshments served after
Vigil Mass
by L Poole & friends

6.00pm
Eileen Coates

R & BP: Group D
SM: Group 4 D1
Servers:
T Higgins &
O Smith,
M Thompson

Sunday 10th November

Refreshments served after
morning Mass by McLean family

10.00am
Parishioners

12noon
Baptism of Lucia Stephenson

R & BP: GroupD
SM: Group 4 D1
Servers: J & E Marston
O Laws & L Burrell
K Forrest & K Smail

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:

One hour before weekday Mass (except Vigil Mass)

PRAYERS:

Please pray for those who are sick or housebound in our Parishes:
Fr David Tanner, Fr Joe Burton, Fr Pat McKenna, Brian Copeman, Nita Lax, Craig Miller, Mary Brightwell, Molly Baines, Tom Brennan, Tracey Rankin, Winnie Bilton, Alan Rhys-Evans, Pat Fletcher, Kyna Richardson, Irene Bowater, Kaya Isli, Eugene Bell, Thomas Russell, Moira Waugh, Joe Porter, Kathleen Hartis, Nathan Pearce, Susan Miller, Margaret Leightley, David Short, Jim and Margaret Smith, Terri Cessford, Kathleen Robinson, Paul Tweddle and a special little boy.

Please pray for diocesan Priests whose anniversaries occur this week:
Fr Redmond Gibbons, Fr Joseph O’Brien, Fr William Costello and Fr James Donnelly.

PRAYER FOR NOVEMBER—HOLY SOULS
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
Wednesday Frank & Beryl Bowden (48 years) AND Chevvy & Harsha B’durga (43 years)

Animated Praying Hands