TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
24 SEPTEMBER 2017
In today’s Gospel, Jesus moves from Galilee to teach in Judea where he is sought out by great crowds and tested by the Pharisees on issues such as marriage and divorce. Jesus also encounters a rich young man who is unable to accept Jesus’ demand that he leave his possessions to follow him. Jesus’ response to the rich young man sounds very much like the conclusion we will find in today’s Gospel: the first will be last and the last will be first.
On the surface, the parable of the workers in the vineyard appears to be an offense to common sense. Those who work a longer day ought to be paid more than those who work just an hour or two. When viewed in this way, the landowner seems unfair. That is because we are reading into the parable our own preconceived notions of how fairness and equality should be quantified.
A close read shows us that the landowner paid on the terms that were negotiated. The landowner, it seems, has acted completely justly. The parable goes beyond that, however, and we come to see that the landowner is not simply just, he is exceptionally just. He is radically just. He has given those who laboured in the field for a full day their due pay. But he has also given a full-day’s wage to those who worked only a single hour. No one is cheated, but a few receive abundantly from the landowner just as we receive from God more than what is merely justifiable or due. God, like the landowner, is radically just and abundantly generous. The workers who complain are made to look foolish as they lament the fact that landowner has made all workers equal. Indeed, what more could one ask for than to be treated as an equal at work or anywhere else?
The parable reminds us that although God owes us nothing, he offers abundantly and equally. We are occasionally tempted to think that our own actions deserve more reward, more of God’s abundant mercy, than the actions of others. But God’s generosity cannot be quantified or partitioned into different amounts for different people. When we think that way, we are trying to relate to God on our terms rather than to accept God’s radically different ways.
|Sunday Cycle A & Weekday Cycle I; 25th Week in Ordinary Time; Psalter Week 1||
TWENTY- FIFTH SUNDAY
IN ORDINARY TIME
|SATURDAY VIGIL||23||5.00 pm||Rosie Shaw, lately dead|
|SUNDAY: 25th in ORDINARY TIME||24||9.00 am
Leslie Parnell, anniversary
|Monday||25||9.30 am||Priest’s Intention|
|Tuesday||26||7.00 pm||Barry & Rosie Shaw|
|Wednesday: St Vincent de Paul||27||12.00 Noon||Dead List|
|Friday: Ss Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels||29||9.30 am||Dead List|
|SATURDAY VIGIL||30||5.00 pm||Dead List|
|SUNDAY: 26th in ORDINARY TIME||1||9.00 am
|Rosary & Novena
SVP meeting, Upper Room
PPC meeting, Parish Centre
|Confession in Church/Exposition in Chapel
Sharing the Word
|Saturday||12.00||SVP Mass & tea party|
MINISTRIES & ROTAS – The Word & Holy Communion
|Ministers of the Eucharist|
|A Parkes, E McQuoid, E Rooney||A Kennedy, M Dearlove, D Williams,
V Rooney, S Fish
|R Atkinson, M Mortimer,
|L Smith, K Snaith, J Worrall, P & S Mahon|
|B Hazell, R McCourt, K Mehta||C & S Gillott, I McCourt|
|C Murphy, C Gillott, R Flood||H Gilroy, P & P Pascoe|
|R Price, M Stones, B Lanne||M Hamill, D Hopkins, B Maher, D Swatridge|
|G Lammas, N Hazell,||S Burland, A Lumb, P Swatridge, J Moran|
|Intercessions||J Walsh||A McGilloway|
|9am Children’s Liturgy||Kieron||Nicola|
|Vigil Offertory Procession||V Kitson & M Bowes||S & R Tyrell|
|Church Cleaning||Dorothy & John||Florence, Catherine & Liz|
|Brasses||R McCourt||A Pawson|
|Counters||Team D||Team E|
|Saturday Tea Bar||Julie & Moira||Angela & Bob|
|Sunday 9am Coffee||C Metcalfe||M Wilson & P Marshall|
FINANCE: Offertory Collection £1298
Home Missions Collection £278.40 Thank you
NB: If you have signed a Gift Aid declaration in the past but your circumstances have changed so you no longer pay income tax, please contact the parish office.
WEDNESDAY MASS: On Wednesday, we will be welcoming new staff members of the Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust (BKCAT) at Mass.
Please note there will be no parish lunch served after Mass.
|UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sunday, 24 September – Super Hero party 3 – 5pm
Sunday, 24 September – Youth Council Film & Food Night 5.30 – 8pm
Saturday, 30 September – SVP Mass & Patron’s Party
Saturday/Sunday 30 Sept /1 Oct Operation Christmas Child Appeal starts
Saturday, 14 October – Parish Day of Recollection from 10am – 3pm led by
Fr Dennis Cassidy
Friday, 10 November – 40’s Theme Night from 7pm in the Parish Centre – more details to follow shortly
Saturday, 18 November – Gift & Craft Fayre
Saturday, 2 December – Christmas Fayre
Monday, 4 December – 7pm, ‘Light up a Life’ service for Wakefield Hospice
Saturday, 16 December – Parish Christmas Dinner in the Parish Centre
LADIES SOCIAL EVENING: A Charity Event will take place on Wednesday, 4 October from 7pm in the Parish Centre.
Meeting for the Christmas Fair will take place on Tuesday, October at 7pm.
Note for your Diary: PARISH CHRISTMAS DINNER, Saturday, 16 December from 7-11pm in the Parish Centre. Cost will be £22 per head, including a catered 3 course meal with cheese course and a welcome drink. More details to follow shortly.
Wakefield – City of Sanctuary: Wakefield District City of Sanctuary works to create a welcome for asylum seekers arriving at the Initial Accommodation centre in Wakefield, Urban House. Asylum seekers stay at Urban House for up to 21 days before being dispersed across the country. They are provided with accommodation, food, health care and essentials toiletries but not with clothes, shoes or finances. People often arrive with few warm clothes. The parish Justice & Peace group has committed to supporting City of Sanctuary. At this time there is a need for new plain t-shirts and jogging pants for children aged 2 -14 which will then be used in Emergency packs available to new arrivals. We will be collecting any items you can donate next weekend – 30 Sept/1 Oct.
SVP: September is SVP Awareness month and this year the theme is ‘Welcome the Stranger’. Please see the display in the hall to find out more about the work of the SVP and how you can get involved. The SVP will hold its annual Patron’s Mass and tea party next Saturday, 30 September, starting with Mass at 12.00 Noon followed by a light lunch in the Parish Centre. If you have not received an invitation and would like to attend, please speak to a member of the SVP, who will be available after Mass this weekend giving out postcards about the work of the SVP. Also, Maggie Hick and Sue Jameson are walking 7.5 miles around Eccup Reservoir today to raise funds for the work of the SVP. If you would like to sponsor them, sponsor forms are available in the Narthex. Your support is very much appreciated.
PARISH BADMINTON is back up and running on Thursday evenings, 8pm to 9pm at Lightwaves Leisure Centre. All welcome. Contact John Wilson 07935118703. Also, if anyone is interested in friendly 5 aside football approximately once a month on a Friday evening, also at Lightwaves, please contact John Wilson.
LEEDS DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM: 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. A coach is going from St Joseph’s parish in Pontefract. The cost is £25, the coach will leave St Joseph’s Church, Pontefract at 6.30am, return journey home will commence at 5.30pm. Payment will be accepted on the day. To reserve a seat, please contact St Joseph’s on 01977 702297 and be sure to leave your name and contact details so that someone can return your call and confirm your place.
NIGHTFEVER: Leeds Cathedral, Friday 6 October, 5:30 – 10:30pm. There will be Mass, Adoration, music and prayer. Volunteers will invite people into the Cathedral to light a candle and pray if they wish. Priests will be available for conversations and/or confession. More info at www.nightfever.org or volunteer firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO RIPON – Wednesday 18th October 2017. Mass in honour of Our Lady and St Wilfrid will be celebrated at 11am by Monsignor Philip Holroyd.
After Mass, there will be adoration at St Wilfrid’s Church for those who wish to spend more of the day at Ripon. See poster on notice board.
LEEDS CATHEDRAL LECTURES 2017-2018: Please see poster on the notice board with the details of the series of lectures given at Wheeler Hall next to Leeds Cathedral, from October 2017 to January 2018
|St Austin’s School: Back Duke of York Street, Wakefield. WF1 3PF Headmaster: Mr Kevin Flood.
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A coffee morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support will be held in school next Friday, 29 September from 9.00 – 10.30am.