!0th February 2019 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

In today’s readings we hear from the authors, i.e. Isaiah (“…I am a man of unclear lips…”), Paul (“…I am the least of the Apostles, in fact…I hardly deserve the name Apostle…”) and Peter declares in the Gospel, “Leave me, Lord, I am a sinful man.” Just think what would run through your mind if you read these testimonies on a series of CVs from people applying for a job now in your company. You would not I dare say be inviting them for a formal interview as they had already blown themselves out of the running by expressing weakness. You would surely be looking for reliable, capable, good stewards and leaders! Strange then is it not that the God of the Old Testament, Jesus in the case of Peter and the Holy Spirit in the case of Paul should choose these self-confessed weak people to be leaders.

In the little scene I have presented, I have made a judgement before any evidence or other gifts were shown; I did not want incompetent people running my company. I did not give them a chance to show what they could do. The good news is Jesus gives all of us that chance and not just once but many times. We are not judged beforehand. The paradox is so well expressed by Paul: “When I am weak, that is when I am strong.” (2Cor, 2:10)

 

Requiem Mass for Patrick Cullen RIP on Thursday 12 Noon.

 

Holy Communion Starting this Sunday, we begin the second module of preparation for the children’s Holy Communion. This is centred on the Mass or Eucharist (meaning Thanksgiving). Aspects for the mass will be mentioned at the 10.30am mass as we move along. This week we start with a gathering hymn and I ask all parishioners to pray for and support the families as we move along even if you do not know them by name. The same for catechists also please.

 

Women’s World Day of Prayer at OLQH on Friday March 1st at 12 noon. This is a great event and widely supported by the other churches, so please take time on that day to come along. Please see the note elsewhere.

 

Children’s Liturgy Would those who have signed up to help with the Children’s liturgy PLEASE return the forms to Teresa Narracott. Thank you for your help.

 

Thank you for your participation on Name Tag Sunday.

 

And finally:

Molly: “Oh Mary, wasn’t it terrible what Donald Tusk said about the Brexiteers?”

Mary: “Yera whish woman, sure most people don’t believe in hell now, so it won’t bother them in the slightest.”

God Bless You All,

Fr John


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