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 29th Sunday of the Year
21st October 2018


First Isaiah 53:10-11
If he offers his life in atonement, he shall see his heirs, he shall have a long life.

Psalm 32
May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

Second Hebrews 4:14-16
Let us be confident in approaching the throne of grace.

Gospel Mark 10:35-45
The Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many.

Background on the Gospel Reading
In this Sunday’s Gospel, we continue to read from the section of Mark’s Gospel that reports Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Last Sunday we heard Jesus lament the particular challenges those with many possessions face in order to enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus then predicts his passion to the Twelve, who are amazed and afraid. In this part of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ words to his closest disciples seem to be intended to prepare them for the events that will occur in Jerusalem.
In today’s Gospel, James and John ask to be given seats of honor when Jesus enters into his glory. Once again, the disciples seem to be selective in what they hear Jesus say. They want to share Jesus’ glory, but do not appear to understand that his glory will be preceded by his suffering. Jesus notes their lack of understanding and predicts the suffering they will endure for the sake of the Gospel. Jesus says that the honor they seek is not his to give. When the other ten hear what James and John have asked, Mark reports that they are indignant. Jesus takes the opportunity to teach them.
Jesus explains the importance of service and sacrifice in the life of a disciple. In particular, he seems to be preparing the Twelve for their leadership roles in the emerging Christian community. Echoing the Gospel we heard several weeks ago (on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mark 9:33-37), Jesus acknowledges that his teaching is countercultural. In today’s Gospel, Jesus contrasts the dynamics within the community of disciples with those shown by the rulers of the Gentiles.
Following Jesus’ example of sacrificial love continues to be countercultural in our day as well. We might take this opportunity to consider our models of authority and examine our own exercise of authority. On whose example do we model our leadership?

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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 20th October

Refreshments served after
Vigil Mass
by L Poole & friends

6.00pm Private Intention

R &BP: Group C
SM: Group 3 C3
Servers: T Higgins & O Smith
M Thompson
Sunday 21st October


Refreshments served after
Morning Mass by
R & M Nelson

10.00am Parishioners
Marriage Service for
Liam Telford Peake
& Claire Barry
Baptism of Emily Mae Leonard

R & BP: Group C
SM: Group 3 C3
Servers: J & E Marston
O Laws & L Burrell
J Donaldson & K Smail

Monday 22nd October
St John Paul II

9.30am Fr George Buckley (FM) Reader
N Finnigan
Special Ministers
H Brennan & M Brennan

Tuesday 23rd October
St John of Capistrano

7.00pm Grace Jones

R Sharp
Special Ministers
M Lockie & M Donaldson

Wednesday 24th October
St Anthony Mary Claret

9.30am Michael Reddan Reader
JJ Doyle
Special Ministers
N & T Finnigan
Thursday 25th October 9.30am Marjorie & Ralph Hill Reader
D Willis
Special Ministers
H & M Brennan

Friday 26th October
St Chad and Cedd

9.30am Marie Williamson

N Finnigan
Special Ministers
Special Ministers
J Doyle & M Irwin

Saturday 27th October

Refreshments served after
Vigil Mass
by L Poole & friends

6.00pm Shirley Anne Therese

R &BP: Group D
SM: Group 4 D3
Servers: T Higgins & O Smith
M Thompson

Sunday 28th October

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

10.00am Parishioners

R & BP: Group D
SM: Group 4 D3
Servers: P & A Turnbull
A Walker & M Nugent


One 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, Moira Waugh, Joe Porter, Kathleen Hartis, Nathan Pearce, Susan Miller, John Bleanch, Jim and Margaret Smith.

Please pray for diocesan Priests whose anniversaries occur this week:

Fr James Costelloe, Fr Thomas Cass, Fr Vincent Melia and Fr John White.

Sunday Donald & Margaret Smail (51 years)
Monday Terence & Mary Middlemas (52 years)
Wednesday Alan & Lynne Poole (31 years) AND Keith & Irene Bowater (54 years)
Saturday Thomas & Norah Finnigan (56 years)
Animated Praying Hands