Please see below the services for the coming week.
|Monday 17th August
|No Eucharistic Service today
Requiem – Pat Rock
|Tuesday 18th August
Eucharistic Service & Exposition
|Wed 19th August
|No Eucharistic Service
Requiem – Michael Taylor
|Thursday 20th August||8.30am
Eucharistic Service, Rosary & Exposition.
|Friday 21st August
Eucharistic Service & Exposition.
Requiem – Roy Sutton
|Saturday 22nd August
|Eucharistic Service, Rosary & Exposition
Baptisms (by appointment)
|Sunday 23rd August
Baptisms (by appointment)
Gospel Reflection for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Vocation Vocation Vocation.
We’ve got great plans for our lives. We’re going to publish a book travel the world in a camper van, win X Factor, study for a Phd or star in Coronation Street. Forgetting our own agenda to do God’s will certainly isn’t an appealing alternative. Who in their right mind would choose to work in a soup kitchen if they also had a job offer from Richard Branson? The other problem with doing the job God has planned for us is that it often isn’t all that obvious. Some of us have a calling that is screamingly obvious, delivered by angels even. Others have a vocation that slowly becomes apparent over a number of years, but what if we suspect that God has no job lined up for us at all? Could our apparent lack of vocation mean that we’re not really looking for one?
Today’s feast is a celebration of Mary’s life and her assumption into heaven. Mary is a model of vocation and fidelity, a fidelity that demands self-knowledge courage and sacrifice. For those of us who feel we have no vocation we could learn many lessons by studying Mary’s band of discipleship. Motivation is key. Mary’s motivation was to support God’s plan. Nothing Mary ever did or said was for her own glory. At the same time there can be few people who could claim to have led a more challenging or rewarding life than Mary’s. Similarly, when we make plans it is useful to examine our motivation. God doesn’t necessarily want us all to rush off and work in a soup kitchen (there aren’t enough soup kitchens!) Nor would God have given us all different talents if he wanted us all to do the same thing. But if our plans are inspired by fame and impossible wealth, then God probably isn’t behind the idea! If our plans involve changing the world for the better or improving the quality of someone else’s life, perhaps we have a vocation after all.
There will be a SVP meeting on Tuesday 1st September at 7pm at St Teresa`s presbytery. If any parishioners would like to come along and hear what the SVP is now doing in the parish, they would be most welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.
ASSISTED DYING BILL POSTCARDS
As you know there is a very important debate taking place in the House of Commons on September 11th on a Private members Bill to legalise assisted suicide.
There are many MPs who are paying close attention to the views of their constituents and it is very important that we should play our part as much as we can to make our voices heard.
We have a supply of postcards that point out the grave risks in this Bill, they can be signed by anyone of any faith or none who opposes the legislation of assisted suicide.
Please take one for yourself and encourage your friends and family to take one, fill them in and send them off as soon as possible.
WELCOME – We are delighted to welcome Cole Paddy Nethercote, Ava Lilly Dickson & Cody Wayne Oliver who were Baptised into our faith community last weekend.
For those of our young parishioners who have just received exam results or are just about to receive them, remember that our prayers are with you now. For those who feel they could have done a little better, take heart from the life and words of Sir John Lubbock. Sir John Lubbock was a wise and
tender-hearted man whose works and ideas have had profound effects on education through his scientific discoveries and through the textbooks that he wrote. He was also keen to challenge people to better themselves and to help shape a better society.
His words of advice to you right now would be to remember “Those who have not
distinguished themselves at school need not on that account be discouraged. The greatest minds do not necessarily ripen the quickest.”
WINNING NUMBERS for draw on 12th August 2015
1; 9; 20; 21
NO WINNER of the Jackpot of £246
(subject to re scrutiny)
Estimated Jackpot for the next draw is £455
Two consolation prizes of £25 each;
Many thanks to all who support our Parish Lottery and to the Team who run it for us. Your support is really appreciated!
Congratulations to Adam Gardiner & Melissa Malone who were
married in our church last weekend. We wish you every happiness in your future lives
“Come & See 2015” with Sr Helen Prejean whose story was told in the film ‘Dead Man Walking’. If you haven’t booked for this year’s Come & See Conference don’t hesitate. The input is always challenging and encouraging, the workshops lively and engaging. The music and liturgy is always moving and inspiring. This years’ conference will be held at Christ the King High School Southport on the 3rd and 4th October. For further details please contact the Irenaeus Project on 0151 949 1199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Lourdes Special Air Departure, 5th—8th December 2015
Only £399 per person, (early booking price)
Full Board Accommodation
By air from Liverpool to Carcassonne. Coach transfers from Carcassone to Lourdes.
Leisure Time Travel Catholic Pilgrimages
0151 287 8000
Date for your diary -A special Mass followed by a social will be held in Our Lady Queen of Martyr’s church to celebrate the 200th birthday of St John Bosco on Friday 4th September. All are welcome, especially any former pupils of both St John Bosco and Mary Help of Christians schools.
If possible please either put your name on the sign up sheet at the back of church or let the office know you are coming so we have numbers for the catering.