THE PARISH PRIEST WRITES:
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B). 12th August 2018
First Reading: Elijah, having defeated the prophets and priests of Baal, is on the run from the angry Queen Jezebel and, discouraged, pleads with God to end his life. Instead, God restores his strength and thus his hope with bread and water, to sustain him for forty days until reaches the holy mountain.
Psalm: the refrain, which we shall recite for the next three weeks, clearly points to the Eucharistic theme of the current Gospel readings from John.
Second Reading: by Baptism the Christian has become a child of God, and as such he/she should ‘imitate God’ by showing one another the love God has shown us.
Gospel: to His complaining critics Jesus replies that their ancestors were kept alive by the manna given by God in the desert, but those who eat the nourishment He provides will live for ever; the bread He gives is His very flesh.
As Ingrid is away on holiday the Parish Office is closed this week. You may or may not get an answer if you phone or visit the Presbytery.
Wednesday: Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady
This is a Holyday of Obligation, a day when Catholics should attend Holy Mass if possible.
St Thomas’s: 8:00am (Latin), 9:30am, 12:00pm, 8:00pm
Holy Trinity: 10:00am
St Bernadette’s: 11:00am
St Joseph’s: 6:00pm.
Monsignor Boniface Tamani
will be returning home to the Archdiocese of Blantyre in Malawi on Wednesday. We thank him most sincerely for his help during his stay in the parish.
will be going on a second week’s holiday on Saturday. Fr Paul will be Acting Parish Priest, assisted by Fr Kenneth and (next Sunday) Fr Blaise Amadi, CM.
Sister Simone Hanel, SSpS will be coming for the annual Mission Appeal, for the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit. She will require accommodation on Saturday and Sunday nights; please ring the Presbytery if you can provide this.
Change of email addresses
Please note that we now have new, diocesan email addresses. Although the old ones will continue to work for a while, please amend your Address Books accordingly and start using the new ones. For some reason, Fr David and Fr Paul are the first parish clergy in the diocese to get their new email address.
- Parish Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fr David: email@example.com
- Fr Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance Notice: Fr Paul’s 10th Anniversary
Fr Paul will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of his Ordination at the 12:00 noon Mass on Thursday 23rd August. All parishioners are invited to join him for the Mass, followed by a light Lunch afterwards.
Adoremus - National Eucharistic Congress
We have three delegates going to the Congress in Liverpool 7th - 9th September. For more information, podcasts, themes and so on please visit
Going into hospital?
If you or a family member go into hospital, don’t assume the Catholic Chaplain will somehow know you are there. On admission, tell the nurse that you wish to see the Catholic Chaplain. He can then organise Holy Communion, Confession, etc.