ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
17 JUNE 2018
In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus appears reluctant to reveal his identity as the Son of God. After performing miracles of healing, he warns those cured to tell no one. Also, when preaching, Jesus chooses to speak to the crowds in parables, leaving them to discern his message. Only to his disciples does he explain the parable’s meaning, and he does this in private at a later time.
Today’s Gospel Reading consists of two parables about seeds. In the first, Jesus tells those gathered that this is “how it is with the kingdom of God.” A man scatters seed which over time sprouts and develops. Then when the grain is ripe, the man harvests his crop. The emphasis in the parable is on the seed, which seemingly has the power to grow on its own. In this it is like the Kingdom of God. While on earth, Jesus planted the seeds of the kingdom by his life, miracles, teaching, and suffering. However, the kingdom is not yet fully established. Although already present in Jesus and his group of twelve, it has yet to come to fruition; just as the seed in the parable needs time to grow, so does God’s kingdom.
The second parable focuses on the tiny mustard seed. Though not the smallest of all seeds, it is most likely the smallest that a first-century farmer in Jesus’ part of the world would have sown. Small as the mustard seed is, it develops into a tree. Though the mustard tree generally averages only nine to twelve feet in height, it has a wide expanse and provides a nesting place for birds. Just as the tree welcomes the birds, so is God’s kingdom welcoming and open to many
These parables help us discern something about the kingdom of God and our own faith. In God we live and move and have our being, but God is a mystery and his kingdom, though present, has not yet come into its fullness. Today, the Kingdom of God is present in the Church. The mission of proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom given to the Apostles is now given to us. But just as seeds need time to come to fruition, so does the Kingdom of God. That is why in the Lord’s Prayer, we pray, “thy kingdom come.” We know that it will come in its fullness at the end of time. All we need is faith.
|Sunday Cycle B; Weekday Cycle II; 11th Week in Ordinary Time||June
|ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME|
|SATURDAY VIGIL||16||5.00 pm||Frank Hardy, lately dead|
|SUNDAY: ELEVENTH IN ORDINARY TIME||17||9.00 am
Robert Nicholson, lately dead
|Monday||18||9.30 am||Dead List|
|Tuesday||19||7.00 pm||Patrick Howley, lately dead|
|Wednesday: St Alban||20||12.00||Dead List|
|Thursday||21||9.00 am||Dead List|
|Friday: Ss John Fisher & Thomas More||22||9.30 am||Dead List|
|SATURDAY VIGIL||23||5.00 pm||Monica Abbatt, anniversary|
|SUNDAY: NATIVITY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST||24||9.00 am
|Monday||9.05 am||Rosary & Novena|
|Wednesday||12.30 pm||Parish Lunch|
|Thursday||7.30 pm||Book Club, Upper Room|
MINISTRIES & ROTAS – The Word & Holy Communion
|Ministers of the Eucharist|
|J Walsh, T Walsh, D Mulroy||A&J McGilloway, L Smith, D&J Atkinson|
|D Williams, S Handy,||K Snaith, A&R Kennedy, M Mortimer,
|N Assassa, M Bennett, D Flood||C Murphy, C & S Gillott|
|R McCourt, M Flood, M Howey||P Pascoe, I & R McCourt|
|R Atkinson, G Swatridge, M Stones||P Swatridge, A Maher, M Hamill, S Burland|
|M Hamill, R Price, S Irving||K Scott, D Swatridge, A Lumb, D Hopkins|
|Intercessions||E McQuoid||C & S Gillott|
|Vigil Offertory Procession||A & R Kennedy||M & M Kenny & Michael|
|Children’s Liturgy 9am||Nicola||Kieron|
|Church Cleaning||Florence, Catherine, Liz||Lynette, Sandra & Ann L|
|Brasses||A Pawson||A McGilloway|
|Counters||Team D||Team A|
|Saturday Tea Bar||Angela & Bob||Maureen & Anne|
|Sunday 9am Coffee||Ciara||Mary & Pat|
FINANCE: Offertory Collection: £1326
Special Collection for Retired Priests £493.04 Thank you
THIS WEEKEND’S SECOND COLLECTION: DAY FOR LIFE 2018: MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING: This year’s Day for Life will remember all those who are suffering or have survived human trafficking and modern slavery. Day for Life is celebrated yearly by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. The proceeds of the Day for Life collection are used for the promotion of the dignity of the human person. Money collected will be used to fund projects that support work in this area by organisations which further this objective. Your donation is greatly appreciated.
CONFIRMATION:The programme will begin next Sunday 24June, starting at 12.30pm with a meeting for candidates and their parents, followed immediately by session one for the candidates. Lunch is included for the candidates.
PARISH AGM:Will take place on Sunday, 1stJuly from 6-8pm in the Parish Centre. All parishioners are welcome to attend. If you are new to the parish, why not come along and find out what’s happening in the parish and perhaps see how you can get involved in the many groups we have in the parish.
GOD, ME and YOU. If you are looking for some quiet time with the Lord, then come and try this mediation with music. A short period of relaxation leading into a three-part meditation with guidance and space for your own thoughts and prayers.In the Upper Room on Monday 2 July at 7.30pm.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Sunday 22 July.
Parish BBQ & Teddy Bear’s Picnic. More details to follow shortly.
“ADOREMUS”: NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS, 7-9 SEPTEMBER: Join thousands of people from all over England & Wales at a weekend-long celebration of our faith at the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool. There is day-long symposium on Friday 7Sept, and the main event is on Saturday 8Sept, along with a separate Youth Event for those aged 13 to 20 years. Masses & a Eucharistic procession will take place on Sunday 9 September, and there is also a parallel programme throughout the weekend in the churches around the city centre. The keynote speaker at the main event & youth event on Saturday is Bishop Robert Barron, known worldwide for his “Word on Fire” internet ministry. Full details of the Congress are on our dedicated diocesan website: WWW.ADOREMUS.UILCC.ORG Bookings are being taken online directly with the organisers for the Friday & Saturday main events (£40 per day), and full details about this are on the website above. We are sending four representatives from our parish, Charles & Sharon Gillott and Mike and Mary Kenny, who will report back to the parish after the event. Please pick up a prayer card from the Narthex and pray for the success of the event.
For further details and to register your interest for the upcoming trips, please sign up on the sheets in the Narthex or speak to a youth group leader (Gemma, Daniel, Gill, Karen or Sue).
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.
DIOCESAN CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION:Sunday, 24 Junebeginning at 4pm at Mount St Joseph’s, Headingley and within the grounds of Hinsley Hall. After the procession, refreshments, bouncy castle, ice creams, lawn games until 7pm. See poster
REVELATION YOUTH EVENT AT LEEDS CATHEDRAL: Tuesday, 26 June, 6:30-8:30pm An event for young people (in Years 8-13) from across the Diocese. There’ll be praise & worship, games, a talk, small groups, and Adoration at Wheeler Hall. If you’re planning to attend, please contact email@example.com. See poster on Youth notice board.
Day of Prayer and Reflection at the Briery on Saturday, 30 June. The day starts with morning coffee at 10am and ends at 3.30pm with afternoon tea and cake. Lunch is served at 12.30. The offerings for the day are £25 per person. If you are interested in attending, please call the Admin office on 01943 607287 or firstname.lastname@example.orgBooking forms are available in the Narthex.
A conference entitled CHRISTIAN VALUES UNDER ATTACK arranged by SPUC takes place on Saturday 30 June from 11am-4pm in St Patrick’s Centre, Trinity Street, Huddersfield HD1 4DA (near train /bus station). Guest speakers are John Smeaton, CEO of SPUC and Roger Kiska of Christian Concern, (baby Alfie’s lawyer). Admission free (donations welcome), refreshments provided but bring packed lunch. For further information contact Barnabas 07876887135 or Catherine 07443534869.
The FRIENDS OF THE BRIERY are hosting a GARDEN PARTY on Sunday, 1st July from 2-4pm in the beautiful garden at the Briery. RSVP email@example.com or tel 01943 607287. This is a free event, no ticket required.