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18th October 2020

The 30th Ordinary Sunday of the year

First Reading

Exodus 22:20-26

The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the sons of Israel this:
‘“You must not molest the stranger or oppress him, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt. You must not be harsh with the widow, or with the orphan; if you are harsh with them, they will surely cry out to me, and be sure I shall hear their cry; my anger will flare and I shall kill you with the sword, your own wives will be widows, your own children orphans.
‘“If you lend money to any of my people, to any poor man among you, you must not play the usurer with him: you must not demand interest from him.
‘“If you take another’s cloak as a pledge, you must give it back to him before sunset. It is all the covering he has; it is the cloak he wraps his body in; what else would he sleep in? If he cries to me, I will listen, for I am full of pity.”’

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 17(18):2-4,47,51

I love you, Lord, my strength.

I love you, Lord, my strength,
my rock, my fortress, my saviour.
My God is the rock where I take refuge;
my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.
The Lord is worthy of all praise,
when I call I am saved from my foes.

Long life to the Lord, my rock!
Praised be the God who saves me,
He has given great victories to his king
and shown his love for his anointed.

Second Reading

1 Thessalonians 1:5-10

You observed the sort of life we lived when we were with you, which was for your instruction, and you were led to become imitators of us, and of the Lord; and it was with the joy of the Holy Spirit that you took to the gospel, in spite of the great opposition all round you. This has made you the great example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia since it was from you that the word of the Lord started to spread – and not only throughout Macedonia and Achaia, for the news of your faith in God has spread everywhere. We do not need to tell other people about it: other people tell us how we started the work among you, how you broke with idolatry when you were converted to God and became servants of the real, living God; and how you are now waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom he raised from the dead, to come from heaven to save us from the retribution which is coming.


Matthew 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert him, one of them put a question, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus said, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’

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 shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.

At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.

You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.

We are certain that you will provide, so that,as you did at Cana of Galilee ,joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:

He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.

Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test –and 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.

Foodbank Appeal

Times are extremely difficult at the minute, but as a parish we must still do our best for those in need. You will have seen in the press that demand for the services of foodbanks has dramatically increased recently and is expected to increase still further in the coming weeks due to the economic impact of the pandemic restrictions.
To play our part in supporting our neighbours in need through the work of the foodbanks, from this weekend, each week we would ask you to bring one (or more) of the items listed below, which the local Trussell Trust foodbank have particularly requested. There will be a box in the Church Porch at St Michael’s and near St. Anthony’s statue in Mary Magdalen’s, to receive donations. If we each donate just one item we will make a real difference. Items most needed: Tinned Meat , UHT Milk, Small Jars Of Coffee , Tinned Fish, Tinned Custard/rice Pudding, Fruit Juice And Tinned Fruit, Tinned To-
matoes, Instant Mashed Potato.  Thank you for your support.

Feast Days this week:

St. Raphael the Archangel-------October 24
St. Isidore the Farmer-------October 25
Sts. Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs-------October 25
Sts. Chrysanthus and Daria, Martyrs-------October 25
Pope St. Evaristus, Martyr-------October 26
St. Frumentius-------October 27
Vigil of Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles-------October 27
Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles-------October 28
St. Narcissus-------October 29
St. Alphonsus Rodriguez-------October 30
St. Wolfgang-------October 31
Vigil of All Saints-------October 31

All Saints -------November 1

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

This normally takes place in St. Michael’s before each Mass. We will also have adoration in Mary Magdalen’s from 9.15am—9.45am on Thursday mornings. Please do come and spend some time with Jesus in this Holy Sacrament.
Confessions are also available before Mass at Mary Magdalen’s on Tuesday’s and Thursdays. Also before Mass on Saturday’s at St. Michael’s. Confessions will take place in the sacristy in both churches.


We would like to invite catechists to attend one of the online sessions
at 7.00pm on Wednesday 21 October (Confirmations) and Thursday 22 October (First Holy Communions). New and experienced catechists are all welcome to come, share and find out more about sacramental preparation online. Please email if you are interested in becoming a Catechist.

Piety Stall

Although we are unable to open our piety stall at present, if you would like to order Christmas Cards, or 2021 calendars and diaries please call Alison Turnbull on 07780 831366 and she will order them for you. It would be helpful if you could do this as soon as possible.  

National Rosary Rally:

All Catholics in England are asked to pray the Rosary on Saturday 31st October. Our diocese has been asked to pray at 4.00pm that day. Please do stop and pray the Rosary at that time. 

Father Jonathan Bowes:

Please pray for our newest priest, Fr. Jonathan, who was ordained a priest for our diocese last week. Fr. Bowes has been appointed assistant priest (or curate) in Gosforth, Newcastle. 

Social Distancing:

Please remember to keep one meter apart from people who are not from your household (or in your social bubble) when in church. Please don’t forget to wear a face covering when entering into Church, and to anti-bac hands. Thank you for your understanding.

Parish Halls

St. Michael’s hall will remain closed for the time being. St. Mary Magdalen’s hall is open for limited activities. To enquire about bookings please contact Charlotte Bagley.

Financial Support

Thank you for your continued support in this difficult time. If you would like to set up a Direct Debit or Standing Order for;

St. Mary Magdalen’s:
Sort Code is: 40-34-18 and our Account Number is: 61164457
St. Michael’s:
Sort Code is: 40-34-18 and our Account number is: 41164171

You can also drop your donations and envelopes in the basket as you leave church. Thank you for your continued help and support to help us pay our bills!

Keeping in Touch

We would like to be able to keep in touch with as many people as possible and in the current climate the easiest option to do so is on-line. However, we also know there are some in our community who do not have access to the internet and so we would ask that if you know of someone who may not be on-line but would like to be kept informed please pass the message on. If you have e-mail and would like to receive any further updates please let us have your e-mail address (send to mclaughlinrm@aol.com) and we will ensure you receive any updates directly. Your e-mail address will only be used to forward any updates during the time of the Covid-19 crisis.

Thanks for checking our bulletin this week

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