THIRTY – THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
19 NOVEMBER 2017
This week’s Gospel speaks of how Jesus’ disciples are to conduct themselves as they await the Kingdom of Heaven. In the preceding passages and in last week’s Gospel, Jesus taught that there is no way to predict the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. His disciples must, therefore, remain vigilant and ready to receive the Son of Man at any time.
Jesus’ parable talks about Christian discipleship using economic metaphors. Before he leaves on a journey, the master entrusts to his servants a different number of talents, giving to each according to their abilities. A talent is a coin of great value. Upon the master’s return, he finds that the first and second servants have doubled their money, and both are rewarded. The third servant, however, has only preserved what was given to him because he was afraid to lose the money. He has risked nothing; he did not even deposit the money in a bank to earn interest. This servant is punished by the master, and his talent is given to the one who brought the greatest return.
Read in light of last week’s parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids, this parable teaches that God’s judgment will be based on the service we render to God and to one another in accordance with the gifts that God has given to us. Our gifts, or talents, are given to us for the service of others. If we fail to use these gifts, God’s judgment on us will be severe. On the other hand, if we make use of these gifts in service to the Kingdom of Heaven, we will be rewarded and entrusted with even more responsibilities.
This Gospel reminds us that Christian spirituality is not passive or inactive. Our life of prayer helps us to discern the gifts that have been given to us by God. This prayer and discernment ought to lead us to use our gifts in the service of God and our neighbour. God’s grace allows us to share in the work of serving the Kingdom of Heaven.
|Sunday Cycle A & Weekday Cycle I; 33rd Week in Ordinary Time; Psalter Week 1||
THIRTY- THIRD SUNDAY
IN ORDINARY TIME
|SATURDAY VIGIL||18||5.00 pm||Gertrud Wilson, first anniversary|
|SUNDAY: 33rd in ORDINARY TIME||19||9.00 am
|David McCollum, anniversary
|Monday||20||9.00 am||Requiem, Josephine Laffey|
|Tuesday: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary||21||7.00 pm||Mary Larkin, anniversary|
|Wednesday: St Cecilia||22||12.00||Peter & Michael Carey|
|Thursday||23||9.00 am||Dead List|
|Friday: Ss Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions||24||9.30 am||Dead List|
|SATURDAY VIGIL||25||5.00 pm||Anne & Thomas Murray|
|SUNDAY: FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING||26||9.00 am
Mark Corcoran, lately dead
|Rosary & Novena
SVP meeting, Parish Centre/Christmas Fayre meeting in Upper Room
|NO CONFESSIONS/Exposition in Church
Bereavement Group, Upper Room/J&P meeting in Parish Centre
|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 Shires, S Shires, J Worrall||S & L Handy, D & J Atkinson, M Mortimer|
|D Williams, A Kennedy,
|J & T Walsh, R Horsley, D Mulroy, A Parkes|
|K Mehta, B Hazell, C Gillott||H Gilroy, M Woulfe, I McCourt|
|R Flood, C Murphy, C Szczepanski||C & S Gillott, R McCourt|
|B Lanne, A Maher, K Scott||J Moran, D Hopkins, L Williams, B Maher|
|G Cairns, M Hamill, C Flood||K Scott, B Maher, A Maher, G Swatridge|
|Intercessions||C & S Gillott||SVP|
|9am Children’s Liturgy||Kieron|
|Vigil Offertory Procession||C Smithson & L Smith||J & J McInerney & Sue|
|Church Cleaning||Florence, Catherine & Liz||Lynette, Sandra & Ann L|
|Brasses||A Pawson||A McGilloway|
|Counters||Team B||Team C|
|Saturday Tea Bar||Maureen & Anne||Sue & Jill|
|Sunday 9am Coffee||Ciara||Mary & Pat|
FINANCE: Offertory Collection £1646 Thank you
CHRISTMAS FAYRE – SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER: Many thanks for your donations so far. This week we are asking for bottles (alcoholic & non-alcoholic), cake pledges, unwanted gifts, jewellery, excellent quality toys. St Austin’s school choir will be singing in the church on the day as well as festive music and carols. Santa will be visiting in his newly sited grotto and the kids zone will be open throughout the day in the Upper Room. There will be freshly made sandwiches and cakes served throughout the day. For more details contact Colleen.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE MEETING: Tomorrow, 20 November at 7pm in the Upper Room. We need people to help run stalls on the day, so please come along if you are able to help or contact Colleen.
CALLING ALL ELVES…SANTA NEEDS YOU! Last year’s Elves are otherwise engaged…singing, dancing and the like, as elves are wont to do!!!! If you can help Santa at this year’s Christmas Fayre, please contact Colleen or Debbie!
Christmas Wreaths – examples of fresh foliage Christmas wreaths are available in the Narthex. Please pre-order and pick up at the Christmas fayre. Limited numbers available!
BEREAVEMENT GROUP: Tuesday 21 November, 7.30-9pm, Upper Room.
ADVENT MEDITATION: Wednesday 13 December, 7.30pm, Upper Room.
ROTAS: The new rota for Readers and Eucharistic Ministers is now available. Please pick up a copy from the trays in the Narthex or view on the parish website.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION – Confessions will be available from a number of priests in the Church between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday, 6 December. Do make a note of this date and take this opportunity to prepare spiritually for the great feast of the Nativity.
MASS TIMES FOR CHRISTMAS WEEKEND, 23 – 25 DECEMBER 2017
Saturday, 23 December – Vigil at 5pm
Sunday, 24 December – 10.00am
Christmas Eve, 24 December – 5pm (Children’s Mass); 7.30pm (Vigil Mass)
Christmas Day – 10.00am
UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sunday, 19 November – Youth Bowling Event, leaving Church at 4pm prompt
Saturday, 2 December – Christmas Fayre
Monday, 4 December – 7pm, ‘Light up a Life’ service for Wakefield Hospice
Wednesday, 6 December – Lunch Club Christmas lunch 12.30pm
Wednesday, 6 December – 7-8pm, Reconciliation Service
Sunday, 10 December – Christingle 3.30pm/Youth Christmas Party 5.30pm
Saturday, 16 December – Parish Christmas Dinner in the Parish Centre
OCC SHOEBOX APPEAL: There is still time to support this year’s appeal by making a donation for the shipping costs for our boxes. Any donations will be gratefully received, please leave in an envelope in the office marked for OCC c/o Colleen Flood. Thank you once again for your continued support and generosity.
JUSTICE & PEACE MEETING, this Tuesday 21 November 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre: The Diocesan Justice & Peace commission will be holding an open meeting in the Parish Hall so they can hear about the social justice concerns in the Wakefield area, what people are doing and how the Commission could better support the reflection and action on social justice that is already happening. Everyone is welcome.
SECOND COLLECTION: Next weekend there will be a retiring collection for the Diocesan Youth Service, which helps to meet the running costs of youth activities and supporting Youth Workers in the Diocese.
APF RED MISSION BOXES: “The six-monthly collection is now due and we would ask any parishioner with a Red Box to kindly bring it to the sacristy or parish office. Your empty box will then be left in the Narthex for you to collect. Please DO NOT leave any full boxes in the Narthex. We have some empty boxes available for anyone new who would like to start collecting for this worthy charity if they would like to contact either John or Dorothy Atkinson.”
Revelation (Diocesan event at Wheeler Hall, Leeds Cathedral for years 8+): Tuesday 21November, 7-9pm.
BKCAT YOUTH CHOIR: Carol Service on Sunday 10 December, 4pm at St. Michaels Church, Knottingley. Everyone welcome.
ADVENT RETREAT DAY at The Briery in Ilkley, Saturday 2 December, 10am – 4pm.
ADVENT DAY OF REFLECTION, “Mary, mother of Jesus – who was she?” on 15 December at The Briery Retreat Centre led by Sr Anne Hammersley, C.P. and Linda Pennington. For further info. please telephone 01943 607287 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MOUNT ST JOSEPH’S CHRISTMAS FAIR: Sat 25 November, 2-4pm at the Little Sisters of The Poor, Mount St Joseph, Shire Oak Road, Headingley, LS6 2DE. Stalls, Tombola, Raffle, plus a selection of clothing from The Little Sisters’ Shop; Refreshments including Irish Coffees! See Poster on notice board.
SUZY FUND: SO’s £124; St P & P’s £87.98, Milngavie £1213. Thank you.
THE HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER INTENTION FOR NOVEMBER
Christians in Asia: That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.