SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
23 JULY 2017
In today’s Gospel, Jesus offers three parables to describe the Kingdom of Heaven. He also explains why he speaks to the crowds in parables and interprets the parable of the sower for the disciples. This reading is a continuation of Jesus’ discourse that we began reading last Sunday.
All three parables use commonplace experiences to describe aspects of the Kingdom of Heaven. The first parable is longer and more detailed than the next two, and it alerts us to the two-fold reality of the Kingdom of Heaven. The beginnings of the Kingdom of Heaven can be found in this world. The fruition of the Kingdom of Heaven, however, will not be realized until the final judgment. In the meantime, as Jesus’ explanation to the disciples cautions, any effort to judge the progress of the Kingdom of Heaven is premature. Only God, in the final judgment, will distinguish the fruit of the Kingdom of Heaven and offer its reward.
The second and third parables call to our attention the abundance that will result from the small beginnings of the Kingdom of Heaven. Just as a mustard seed—the smallest of all seeds—will become a large bush, so too God will bring his Kingdom to full bloom. As a small amount of yeast will leaven the entire batch of bread, so too God will bring about the expansion of his Kingdom. In each case the image is of the superabundance that God brings out of even the smallest of signs of the Kingdom.
Contained within these parables are words of caution as well as words of consolation. In the parable of the sower we are warned against judging others. To judge and uproot the “weeds” prematurely will harm the wheat; final judgment rests with God. In the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast, we are consoled by the message that God can work wonders and produce abundance from even the smallest beginnings of the Kingdom of Heaven.
|Sunday Cycle A & Weekday Cycle I; 16th Week in Ordinary Time; Psalter Week 4||July 2017||SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME|
|SATURDAY VIGIL||22||5.00 pm||Thanksgiving (J Gogarty)|
|SUNDAY: SIXTEENTH IN ORDINARY TIME||23||9.00 am
Maria Nott, lately dead
|Monday||24||9.30 am||Elizabeth Larkin|
|Tuesday: St James||25||9.00 am||Zoe Morris|
|Wednesday: Ss Joachim & Anne||26||12 Noon||Michael Carey, anniversary|
|Friday||28||9.30 am||Service of Word & Communion|
|SATURDAY VIGIL||29||5.00 pm||Angus & Sarah McClement|
|SUNDAY:SEVENTEENTH ORDINARY TIME||30||9.00 am
Joe Murtagh, anniversary
|Monday||Rosary & Novena|
MINISTRIES & ROTAS – The Word & Holy Communion
|Word||Ministers of the Eucharist|
|T Walsh, J Walsh, M Mortimer||A & J McGilloway, V Rooney, E McQuoid,
|R Atkinson, E Rooney, D Mulroy||L & S Handy, D & J Atkinson, M Mortimer|
|K House, K Mehta, R McCourt||C & S Gillott, C Harvey|
|C Gillott, R Woulfe, B Hazell||K Flood, I & R McCourt|
|M Swatridge, G Lammas,
|L Williams, M Hamill, P Swatridge, B Maher,
|C Flood, L Maher, K Scott||D Swatridge, A Lumb, D Hopkins, A Maher,
|Intercessions||A McGilloway||S Irving|
|Vigil Offertory Procession||J & J McInerney & Sue J||S & B Fish|
|Church Cleaning||Angela & Glenn||Monica & Paul|
|Brasses||D Machin||S Handy|
|Counters||Team E||Team A|
|Saturday Tea Bar||Pam & Dave||Josie & Moira|
|Sunday 9am Coffee||S Smith||C Metcalfe|
FINANCE: Offertory Collection £1433 Thank you
CONFESSION: Please note that due to the change in Mass time on Tuesday there will be no confession at 6.30pm, however Fr Simon is available on request to hear confessions, therefore please contact him.
SHORT BREAK TRIP TO FLORENCE: Monday 23 – Friday 27 October 2017. Flying LBA to Piza, transfers to/from Piza to Florence, B&B in the Hotel Diplomat in Florence. Cost £599 based on 2 people sharing, single supplement £65 per night. 10k hand luggage included, extra bags charged at £45 for 15k. If interested, please contact Madeline Stones on 01924 258404.
BAPTISM PREPARATION: The next course will take place on Saturdays, 9 & 16 September. If you would like your child baptised in the next quarter, please complete an application form, which can be found in the trays in the Narthex, and hand it to Fr Simon before 28 August.
THANKYOU: To Mary Kenny for making the lovely cushions (sitting/kneeling) for the comfort of those who use the Chapel. These can be found stacked outside the Chapel door. Please take one if you need a bit more comfort and then return it at the end of Mass.
Summer breaks: Sharing the Word and the Bereavement Group are taking a break and will both hold their next meetings on Tuesday, 5 September.
Liturgy & Spirituality meeting: Tuesday, 5 September at 7.30pm.
FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN: Sheets, coloured pencils and books are available from the ‘Youth & Families’ table in the Narthex for our youngest parishioners to keep them occupied during Mass. Please can we ask that you return the pencils back to the Narthex after Mass.
BOOK CLUB: The next meeting will be on Thursday, 14 September, when we will be looking at ‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M. L. Stedman, led by Sonja.
PARISH LUNCH: David Maddison would like to pass on his thanks to all diners and supporters of the lunch club over the past few years. He says “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have worked with such a brilliant team of volunteers every week. I am really going to miss it and all the people at St Peter & St Paul’s who have made the last few years such a special experience.” We wish David well for the future in Lancashire with his family. Pam and David Guile are taking over the running of the lunch club from 6 September and would welcome any new volunteers to join their small team of helpers.
“WARNING FROM BISHOP MARCUS: Please be aware that a Mr Clive Lynn (also known as Cathal O’Lionn), aged approx. 84 years of age, and who is currently residing in the Bradford area, has been presenting himself in the Diocese of Leeds and elsewhere as a retired Catholic priest. Clive Lynn was dismissed from the clerical state in 2004. Mr Lynn (who it is known continues to refer to himself as Fr Lynn and wears clerical attire) is not a priest of this diocese nor of any other Catholic diocese. He is therefore not authorised to carry out any sacramental ministry. If Mr Lynn should present himself to you at any time as a priest, please inform your parish priest or contact Suzanne Mitchell, the Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator (0113 2618069)”
REFORMATION 500: Canon John O’Toole, National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department for Dialogue and Unity at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, will speak about the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at Churches Together in Wakefield AGM, on Tuesday 25 July 2017, 7:00pm for 7:30pm Sandal Methodist Church Barnsley Road Wakefield. See poster on notice board.
ST PATRICK’S MISSION CHURCH, BRADFORD – THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE: To raise money for the restoration of St Patrick’s Mission in Bradford there is the opportunity to participate in the Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 5 August 2017. Register at 6:30am at Horton in Ribblesdale, set off is at 7:00am. For more details please see poster on notice board.
ST THOMAS A BECKET: Is looking to set up a group of volunteers who speak different languages to help at some events to enable parents to attend with confidence and in turn support the children in school. They are looking for translators of: Urdu, Punjabi, Croatian, Wolof, Polish, Eritrean, Italian, Greek, Persian/Farsi and Tigrinya. If you can offer any assistance, please contact Vicki Mason at the school on 303545 or vmason@becket/bkcat.co.uk
CENTENARY OF THE APPARITIONS OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA: This will be marked on Saturday 2 September at Leeds Cathedral. Please see poster on notice board for more details.
LEEDS DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM: Will take place on Saturday, 30 September, beginning with Mass at 12 Noon at the Catholic Shrine, followed by lunch and a solemn procession into the village of Walsingham, ending with a service around 4.30pm.
CELEBRATION OF MARRIED LIFE: On Saturday 7 October 2017, there will be a special Celebration Mass for Married Life at Leeds Cathedral for couples and their families celebrating their 25th(Silver), 40th (Ruby), 50th (Golden), 60th (Diamond) and 70th (Platinum) wedding anniversaries this year, 2017. The Mass will fulfil the Sunday Obligation and there will be an opportunity for couples, who wish to do so, to renew their marriage vows during the liturgy. If you are celebrating the anniversary of your wedding and you would like to take part in this celebration, please fill out the application form which is available in the Narthex and send it to Mrs. J Baker, Bishop’s House, 13 North Grange Road, Leeds, LS6 2BR or email to email@example.com by Tuesday, 12 September 2017.
SUZY FUND: SO’s £124; St Peter & St Paul’s £233.63. Thank you.
Annual Art Exhibition by Tony Erskine in aid of the Suzy Fund on Holy Island July 31 – 1 Aug in the Village Hall.