29th October 2017 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

When Jesus was asked by the Pharisees in today’s gospel “to test him”, “Teacher, which commandment in the law (of Moses) is the greatest?” They were probably taken by surprise when his answer was a traditional prayer that they were all familiar with called “The Shema”, a centre piece in their morning and evening prayer from the Torah. It is commanded as part of traditional Jewish morning and evening prayer. It goes like this: “Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, The Lord is one. Blessed be the name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart. And you shall speak them diligently to your children …..”


His response to the Pharisees was a prayer, rather similar to his response to the apostles when they asked him to “teach us to pray?” and from which we have “The Our Father”. To even dabble in God’s Book (The Bible) is to get the answers we are looking for.


  • This week’s timetable is in the mass section. Wednesday is All Souls Day and a holy day. Mass is at 10am and 7.30pm. Thursday is Holy Souls and mass at 9.30am and 7.30pm.


  • Holy Souls masses will be celebrated not only in November but at intervals through the year.


  • “My Day by Day” and “Bible Alive” November editions are on the porch table.


  • The 50th anniversary of the founding of the parish will please God be marked by a shared meal after the 10.30 mass on the 26th November. Let us share food or recipes from many cultures. Please make a special effort to be there. There is a sign-up sheet on the porch table.


  • The Requiem Mass for Cathy Purtill will be at St. Tarcisius on Tuesday 31st October at 11.00am. All are welcome.


  • A & B News is now in the porch. Souvenir edition of the late Cardinal Cormac.


A husband and wife walked into the dental reception one morning with a very urgent request to see a dentist. One duly appeared and the husband said, “Dr Smith, I have a really urgent appointment with my friends at the golf club in 30 minutes so I want an urgent extraction but no time for an anaesthetic”. The dentist was really impressed at his bravery not to seek pain relief so he asked him, “Which tooth is it?” The man turned to his wife and said, “Open your mouth Mary and show him”.


God Bless

                                                                        Fr John



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