17th November 2019

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

November is traditionally the month of prayer and Masses for the Holy Souls
Christ is King

Dear Friends,

Today’s Gospel is nearly a word for word account of Mark’s Gospel 13:1-13. There is an element of real time and end of time involved here. The imagery is about the most sacred place of worship for the Jewish people, the Temple of Jerusalem, the only place in the Jewish Faith where at that time sacrifice was allowed to take place. The temple that Jesus was looking at when these words were spoken was the second temple which dated from 445 BC on the same site as Solomon’s Temple. In Mark’s Gospel, he locates Jesus having a private conversation with Peter, James, John and Andrew.

            Luke, it seems, is locating this as an advanced warning to the disciples and all those who would strive to follow his way. The following are clear signs 1) To undermine a nation’s identity by destroying its holy places. In our own time we are told these are ‘accidents.’ 2) False claims will be made by some to be the son of god. 3) International long drawn out conflict will undermine people’s belief that God even exists. How could God allow this to happen? 4) Natural disasters such as earthquakes, plagues and famine will occur. 5) Some will be persecuted for witnessing in Jesus in their time. 6) Even your own family and friends will decide this is too high a price to pay. All the above took place before the year 70 AD when the Roman army destroyed the temple and the Christians were blamed for it.

            Such events have happened throughout history and are with us to the present day. Pray for those who are as we read this being persecuted for their faith and loyalty to Jesus.

  • November: Month of prayer for the Holy Souls.
  • Blessing of the graves taking place at 1.30pm on 17th November at St Michael’s Cemetery.
  • The funeral of Des Grumley has now been fixed for 10am on Friday November 22nd. This will be a liturgy of the word only. I propose to offer Mass at 9am for the repose of his soul and in thanksgiving for all he did for the community at OLQH.
  • This week I will be speaking about the prayers of the faithful.
  • We should pray for all who are willing to serve in public office. Much blood was spilt for this to allow people to choose their representatives. They have not always given good example but they are frail humans like us all. I believe we should vote and not to, would be to disqualify us from having our say, even in the pub.

Finally: I used to be in favour of women priests, but two years in the Cabinet cured me of them.” Norman St. John – Stevas.            

God Bless You All,

Fr John

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Sat Confessions   12:00  
Sun 8:30  
Mon 8:00
Tue 19:30
Wed 9:30
Thu 9:30
Fri 9:30

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Please pray for all those who have died recently

 Des Grumley, Joseph Miller Jaboro, Hugh O’Neill, Theresa Paul, Martin Wedlock, Cecelia Fitzpatrick

May they rest in peace.

Please pray for all those who are sick at this time

Marie Bellizzi, Teresa Brown, Robert Burbridge, Arlan Calderon, Lally Clarke, Joan Cottrell,

Florence Cox, Hermanthe Fernando, Roy Higham, Elizabeth Mary Jones, Gill Kirwin, Maura Morris, Miguel Montoro, Paul Pullen, Wilson Rabanos, Margaret Sant, Colin and Gill Shaw, Pat Sibley,

Penny Skelton, Alfonsa Varghese, Betty Viet and Mark Wardell and all those named on the notice board in Our Lady’s Shrine.

May they find consolation in their suffering