FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
22 APRIL 2018
The fourth Sunday of Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday. Our Gospel is taken from the 10th chapter of the Gospel of John, where we hear the middle verses of this chapter. Unless we consider this chapter in the greater context of John’s Gospel, we will miss the radical nature of the statement Jesus makes when he declares himself to be the Good Shepherd.
Jesus describes his relationship with his followers as similar to the relationship between a good shepherd and his sheep. As a good shepherd will risk and lay down his life in order to protect his sheep, Jesus willingly sacrifices himself for the sake of his sheep. Jesus contrasts the actions of the good shepherd with the actions of the hired shepherd who abandons the sheep in the face of danger. In the verses following Jesus’ teaching, we learn that the Pharisees and the other religious leaders understand that Jesus is referring to them when he describes the hired shepherds.
The concern of a good shepherd for his sheep is part of the shepherd’s job. Jesus says, however, that the actions of the good shepherd are based upon the relationship that develops between the shepherd and the sheep. This is at the heart of the difference between the good shepherd and the hired shepherd. The good shepherd knows the sheep and therefore acts out of love. For the Good Shepherd, this is never simply part of a job; this love-in-action is integral to his identity.
As with so much of John’s Gospel, one hears in this passage John’s particular focus on Christology. As the sheep are known by the Good Shepherd, the Father knows Jesus and Jesus knows the Father. There is an essential unity between the Father and the Son. The freedom with which Jesus acts when he lays down his life is rooted in the unity that he shares with his Father.
In this context, Jesus also refers to others with whom he shares a relationship. By this reference, John probably understands the eventual inclusion of the Gentiles in the Christian community. Our modern ears hear this as a reference to Christian unity. The work of ecumenism is to restore unity among all Christians so that we form one flock under one shepherd, as God desires.
|Sunday Cycle B; Weekday Cycle II; 4th Week of Easter||April 2018||FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
|SATURDAY VIGIL||21||5.00 pm||Geoff Swatridge (wedding ann.)|
|FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER||22||9.00 am
Carol Molloy, lately dead
|Monday: St George||23||9.30 am||Dead List|
|Tuesday||24||7.00 pm||Service of Word & Communion|
|Wednesday: St Mark||25||12.00||Philomena Melican|
|Thursday||26||9.00 am||Service of Word & Communion|
|Friday||27||9.30 am||Dead List|
|SATURDAY VIGIL||28||5.00 pm||Helen Smithson, anniversary|
|FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER||29||9.00 am
|Mary & Kevin Reape
|Monday||9.05 am||Rosary & Novena|
|Wednesday||12.30 pm||Parish Lunch|
MINISTRIES & ROTAS – The Word & Holy Communion
|Ministers of the Eucharist|
|A Parkes, D Williams, A Kennedy||J & T Walsh, J Worrall, D Mulroy,
|S Wilson, M Mortimer, A McGilloway||A Parkes, A Wade, T Granelli, R Horsley,
|H Gilroy, D Flood, N Assassa||R McCourt, C & S Gillott|
|M Bennett, M Howey, K House||P Pascoe, M & S Wilson|
|A Maher, L Maher, S Irving||K Scott, A Lumb, D Swatridge, D Hopkins|
|C Flood, M Swatridge, K Scott||B Maher, J Moran, L Williams, G Swatridge|
|Vigil Offertory Procession||B Cahill & J McGilloway||M & J Jennings|
|Children’s Liturgy 9am||Nicola||Kieron|
|Church Cleaning||Dorothy & John||Florence, Catherine, Liz|
|Counters||Team B||Team C|
|Saturday Tea Bar||Josie & Vicki||Julie & Moira|
|Sunday 9am Coffee||Ciara||Mary & Pat|
FINANCE: Offertory Collection £1293 Thank you
|A Message from Fr Simon
As communicated at last Sunday’s Masses, the 0900 and 1045 Masses will be merged into one 10am Mass,
beginning on Sunday 22nd July. Your support and understanding are appreciated as we make this change
after much thought and consultation.
Please note that there are no Confessions on Tuesday evening for the next two weeks.
Quiz & Games Night: Next Sunday 29 April, from 5pm.
Day trip to Filey: Planned for Saturday, 28 July, leaving Church at 8am, returning around 6pm. £5 deposit required
Trip to Alton Towers Theme Park: Saturday, 22 September. £5 deposit required. More details to follow.
Register your interest for any/all of the above on the sheet in the Narthex.
SECOND COLLECTION: This weekend there will be a retiring collection for the Priest’s Training Fund. This fund is for the support of students who are training to be priests in the Diocese of Leeds.
WAKEFIELD CITY OF SANCTUARY: Next weekend there will be another collection for the emergency clothes packs Wakefield City of Sanctuary make available to asylum seekers arriving at Urban House, the initial accommodation centre in Wakefield. Linda Fielding, who organises the packs, has told us “We are now in the travelling season and lots of families have started to arrive. Donations for the emergency packs would be very welcome”.’ We will be collecting donations of new, plain t-shirts and jogging pants or leggings for children or adults. Any cash donations will be used to purchase items for the packs.
LOURDES FUNDRAISING: Teacakes, muffins, scones and crumpets etc. will be on sale after Sunday Masses from next Sunday, 29 April to support our young people going on Pilgrimage this year. Many thanks in advance for your support.
Buy local produce wherever possible. This reduces the greenhouse gases produced by transporting produce around the world and helps to support our local economy.
Century Club Annual Draw 2018
First (£1000) No.22 E Baker
5 Runners Up (£50): No.60 P & M Muller No.24 C Flood No.98 M Kenny
No.31 P & M Swatridge No.88 L Smith
Century Club Monthly Draw – March 2018
1stNo.19 A Wright 2ndNo.6 M Ramsden 3rdNo.104 D Byard
SVP MASS FOR THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Saturday, 5 May at 12 Noon followed by a light lunch in the Parish Centre. All are welcome to attend and the sacrament of the sick will be offered to those who are ill or elderly. Please contact the SVP on their mobile no. 07526 099 523 if you require transport to the Mass.
PARISH RETREAT TO THE BRIERY: Weekend of 22-24 June. There are still places available. The cost per person for the weekend is £110 fully inclusive of all meals. To book a place, please pick up an application form from the Narthex and return it with a £20pp deposit to the parish office. The deadline is tomorrow, 23 April.
SPUC PRO-LIFE SILENT WITNESS CHAINS taking place nationally next Sat 28 April, the day after the 50th Anniversary of the Implementation of the Abortion Act, between 11am -1pm. They involve people standing in line along a main road with placards in support of the unborn children facing abortion. You are invited to join them for all or part of the witness – chairs available if necessary. The Leeds venue is at the A6120/Otley Road junction (near Lawnswood Crematorium). Further details from Catherine 07443534869. The Huddersfield venue is on the Ring Road outside St Patrick’s Centre, Trinity Street, HD1 4DA. Contact Zenofy 01484 600588.
MARCH FOR LIFE UK: Saturday, 5 May in London. Workshops begin at 10:00am and the March at 1:30pm followed by various speakers in Parliament Square. The event ends at approximately 4:00pm. Web: http://www.marchforlife.co.uk/For further details e.g. transport arrangements contact Catherine 07443534869
VACANCIESexist in Catholic schools across the Diocese of Leeds for both leadership positions and teaching staff. Please see the vacancies notice on the notice
board for more information. Alternatively, if you wish to discussopportunities available in our catholic schools, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
HANDMAIDS WOMEN’S RETREAT DAY: led by the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. Saturday 12 May, 10am-4pm at Corpus Christi Church, Leeds. Mass, led Holy Hour, Rosary, Confessions, Talks, and a Healing Service. Women of all ages welcome. See poster for more details.
SUZY FUND: SO’s £124; St Peter & St Paul £201.39; St Martin de Porres £276. Thank you.