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26th September 2021

The 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading

Numbers 11:25-29

If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets!

The Lord came down in the Cloud. He spoke with Moses, but took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. When the spirit came on them they prophesied, but not again.

  Two men had stayed back in the camp; one was called Eldad and the other Medad. The spirit came down on them; though they had not gone to the Tent, their names were enrolled among the rest. These began to prophesy in the camp. The young man ran to tell this to Moses, ‘Look,’ he said ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.’ Then said Joshua the son of Nun, who had served Moses from his youth, ‘My Lord Moses, stop them!’ Moses answered him, ‘Are you jealous on my account? If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets, and the Lord gave his Spirit to them all!’

 Responsorial Psalm

The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart.

The law of the Lord is perfect,  it revives the soul. The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,  it gives wisdom to the simple.

The fear of the Lord is holy,  abiding for ever. The decrees of the Lord are truth  and all of them just.

So in them your servant finds instruction;  great reward is in their keeping. But who can detect all his errors?  From hidden faults acquit me.

From presumption restrain your servant  and let it not rule me. Then shall I be blameless, clean from grave sin.

 Second Reading

James 5:1-6

The Lord hears the cries of those you have cheated

An answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by moths. All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be your own sentence, and eat into your body. It was a burning fire that you stored up as your treasure for the last days. Labourers mowed your fields, and you cheated them – listen to the wages that you kept back, calling out; realise that the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. On earth you have had a life of comfort and luxury; in the time of slaughter you went on eating to your heart’s content. It was you who condemned the innocent and killed them; they offered you no resistance.


Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48

Do not stop anyone from working a miracle in my name

John said to Jesus, ‘Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.

  ‘If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.

  ‘But anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone round his neck. And if your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life crippled, than to have two hands and go to hell, into the fire that cannot be put out. And if your foot should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life lame, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye should cause you to sin, tear it out; it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell where their worm does not die nor their fire go out.’

Weekly prayer intentions

Prayer is a time to reflect on one's own life, but also to think of others.

Please pray for:

all those who are sick or housebound in our Parishes and also for all those who have recently died and for their families.

Prayer for the End of the Virus

Almighty and merciful Father, who show your love to all your children. We come before you asking for a quick control of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world. Hear graciously the prayers we make for those affected by the virus in various parts of the world. Grant healing to the sick, eternal life to the dead and consolation to the bereaved families. We pray that an effective medicine to combat the sickness be speedily found. We pray for the relevant governments and health authorities that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people. Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our failings.


Our Parish Prayer

Father, pour out Your Spirit on the people of this Parish and grant us
a new vision of your Glory,
a new experience of your Power,
a new faithfulness to your Word
and a new consecration to your Service,
that your Love may grow among us and your Kingdom come, through Christ our Lord.

Prayer to St. Michael

Holy Michael Archangel,
defend us in our conflict.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil;
may God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God,
thrust down to hell,
Satan and all the wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.

Act of Spiritual Communion

(To be said when one cannot receive communion in person)

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.

The Rosary

Please spare a moment to Pray the Rosary every day

Try this link for help on saying the rosary and reflecting on it's mysteries

Pope Francis – Prayer to Mary for Protection during the COVID–19 Pandemic.

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

This weeks further news and notices

Please let us know if you would like anything adding to the notices for the coming week.

Please see our main page for any special notices.

Journey in Faith

Our ‘Journey in Faith Course’ will begin on Sunday 17th October at 4.00pm in St Mary Magdalen’s Parish Hall and is for all three parishes. This is for anyone wishing to be received into the Catholic Faith next Easter, BUT also for anyone wishing to refresh their Catholic Faith. I think this is important for all of us coming out of the pandemic. These sessions will be weekly during term time. They will not be too heavy; there are no exams and no long lectures. The Course is very much about gathering and learning from each other about faith and mission; the history of the church, its teachings, and exploring ways of praying and worship, and exploring what it means to belong to a faith community. If you would like to take part in these sessions, please do let Fr Marc know, and email the parish office, especially if you are wishing to be received into the Catholic Faith. If you have been involved in the Journey in Faith or RCIA in the past and would like to take part in this year’s programme, please do speak to Fr Marc. We could use your gifts and talents!

Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intention:

In September, we pray we may make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle,

“Let us hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”

– Pope Francis

Macmillan Coffee Morning:

This will take place in Mary Magdalen’s on Sunday 3rd October after Mass in the parish hall. For those wishing to bake, please can you prepare individual items – such as cupcakes, scones, rock buns etc. Raffle prizes gratefully received. 

School Mass:

There will be a whole school Mass on Wednesday 29th September in St Michael’s Church at 10.00am. Parishioners welcome too.

Services at St Cuthbert’s:

We will try Mass on a Monday morning in St Cuthbert’s at 10.00am and see how well attended it is. Over the coming weeks we will try other liturgical services and hopefully times will suit people and they will attend. 


We will be starting a confirmation course for our young people from Year 9 upwards, beginning Thursday 9th November with weekly sessions to follow. Please email the parish office if you are interested. You will then be contacted with details.

“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.”

- St. Gianna Molla

Prayer and Knitting Ministry:

All are welcome to join our Prayer and Knitting Ministry on the First Thursday of each month at 1.30pm in St Mary Magdalen’s Parish Hall. This does exactly what is says on the tin really. It is an opportunity to join with others and knit together in a relaxed and prayerful environment. 

Saints days this week:

St. Cleophas--------September 25

Bl. Herman the Cripple--------September 25

Sts. Cyprian and Justina, Martyrs--------September 26

Eight North American Martyrs--------September 26

Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs--------September 27

St. Wenceslaus, Martyr--------September 28

Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel--------September 29

St. Jerome--------September 30

St. Remegius-------October 1

Holy Guardian Angels -------October 2

St. Therese of Lisieux-------October 3

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