newsletter st stephen - st bridget covering the districts of: winwick, longford,orford, houghton green,cinnamon brow, fearnhead,poulton, risley and birchwood. parish priest: fr john mcloughlin 101, sandy lane, orford, warrington wa2 9hs tel 632849 www.st-stephens-warrington.co.uk e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org archdiocese of liverpool liverpool roman catholic archdiocesan trust: registered charity no. 232709 twentieth sunday of ordinary time (b) sunday, 19 august 2018 saturday (cid:1005)(cid:1012) august su(cid:374)day (cid:1005)(cid:1013) august mo(cid:374)day (cid:1006)(cid:1004) august tuesday (cid:1006)(cid:1005) august wed(cid:374)esday (cid:1006)(cid:1006) august thursday (cid:1006)(cid:1007) august friday (cid:1006)(cid:1008) august saturday (cid:1006)(cid:1009) august st bridget’s st stephe(cid:374)’s st bridget’s 5.00 p(cid:373) co(cid:374)fessio(cid:374)s (cid:1009).(cid:1007)(cid:1004)p(cid:373) mass: people of the parish 9.(cid:1008)(cid:1009)a(cid:373) mass: joh(cid:374) higgi(cid:374)s (cid:1005)(cid:1005).(cid:1005)(cid:1009)a(cid:373) mass: teresa & joe stau(cid:374)to(cid:374) st bridget’s (cid:1005)(cid:1004).(cid:1004)(cid:1004)a(cid:373) mass: mo(cid:374)i(cid:272)a & fa(cid:373)ily st stephe(cid:374)’s 9.(cid:1004)(cid:1004)a(cid:373) mass: ni(cid:272)k foster st bridget’s (cid:1005)(cid:1004).(cid:1004)(cid:1004)a(cid:373) mass: joh(cid:374) m(cid:272)sha(cid:374)e st stephe(cid:374)’s 9.(cid:1004)(cid:1004)a(cid:373) mass: sr. bridget hughes st bridget’s st stephe(cid:374)’s mass intentions please remember if you buy a pre-signed mass card from the piety stall to book the name/ intention of the mass at the parish office. you can write the details on the request form and place it along with your offering in the envelope provided and drop it through the letter box. please add your telephone number so we can contact you if there is a query! pilgrimage to our lady’s shrine at knock, ireland. 10th september 2018 for more info. contact patricia: 01268 762278/ adore(cid:373)us youth co(cid:374)gress: liver- pool e(cid:272)ho are(cid:374)a auditoriu(cid:373) (cid:1012)th sept. (cid:1005)(cid:1004).(cid:1007)(cid:1004)-(cid:1009).(cid:1007)(cid:1004)p(cid:373), £(cid:1005)(cid:1004). ti(cid:272)kets availa(cid:271)le for those aged (cid:1005)(cid:1012)-(cid:1006)(cid:1009). a lively day to (cid:272)ele(cid:271)rate faith a(cid:374)d to deepe(cid:374) a(cid:374) u(cid:374)dersta(cid:374)di(cid:374)g of jesus, the (cid:271)read of life. those aged (cid:1005)(cid:1007)-(cid:1005)(cid:1011) (cid:272)a(cid:374) still take part i(cid:374) the day a(cid:374)d (cid:374)eed to (cid:271)e part of a(cid:374) orga(cid:374)ised group. more i(cid:374)for(cid:373)atio(cid:374) o(cid:374) www.adore(cid:373)usyouth.co.uk a(cid:374)d fa(cid:272)e(cid:271)ook adore(cid:373)us natio(cid:374)al youth co(cid:374)gress. intercessions: bidding prayer response is: reader: o lord, hear our prayer. r/...and come dwell in our hearts. 5.30p(cid:373) expositio(cid:374) & devotio(cid:374)s (cid:1010).(cid:1004)(cid:1004)p(cid:373) mass: sr. mauree(cid:374) & fa(cid:373)ily 9.30a(cid:373) expositio(cid:374) & devotio(cid:374)s 9.30a(cid:373) co(cid:374)fessio(cid:374)s (cid:1005)(cid:1004).(cid:1004)(cid:1004)a(cid:373) mass: al(cid:271)ert hu(cid:374)t twenty-first sunday of ordinary time (b) saturday (cid:1006)(cid:1009) august su(cid:374)day (cid:1006)(cid:1010) august st bridget’s 5.00 p(cid:373) co(cid:374)fessio(cid:374)s (cid:1009).(cid:1007)(cid:1004)p(cid:373) mass: people of the parish st stephe(cid:374)’s st bridget’s 9.(cid:1008)(cid:1009)a(cid:373) mass: sheila a. tatlo(cid:272)k (cid:1005)(cid:1005).(cid:1005)(cid:1009)a(cid:373) mass: fr. fidelis-healy c.p. feasts & celebrations this week… 20 august memorial: st bernard (priest, abbot, founder & doctor) 21 august memorial: st pius x (pope) 22 august memorial: the queenship of the blessed virgin mary 23 august optional: st rose of lima (mystic) 24 august feast: st bartholomew (apostle) 25 august optional: st louis of france (king) 25 august optional: st joseph calasanz (priest)
from fr john’s desk… on belonging to the church "there are those who think they can have a personal, direct, immediate relation with jesus christ outside the communion and mediation of the church. these are dangerous and harmful temptations" pope francis’ catechesis: general audience, st. peter’s square, 25 june 2014. part 1 (part 2 – next week) in the first catechesis on the church last wednesday, we began with god’s initiative to form a people who will carry his blessing to all the peoples on earth. he began with abraham and then, with much patience – and god has, he has so much patience! he prepares the people in the old covenant so that, in jesus christ, they are a sign and instrument of the union of men with god and among themselves (cf. second vatican ecumenical council, lumen gentium, 1). today we wish to pause on the importance, for the christian, of belonging to this people. we shall talk about belonging to the church. we are not isolated and we are not christians as individuals, each one on his own. no. our christian identity is belonging! we are christians because we belong to the church. it is like a surname: if the name is “i am christian,” the surname is “i belong to the church.” it is beautiful to note how this belonging is expressed also in the name that god attributes to himself. responding to moses, in the wonderful episode of the “burning bush” (cf. exodus 3:15), he describes himself, in fact, as the god of the fathers. he does not say: i am omnipotent …, no: i am the god of abraham, the god of isaac, the god of jacob. in this way, he calls us to enter into this relation that precedes us. god’s relation with his people precedes us all, it comes from that time. in this connection, our thought goes with gratitude, in the first place, to those who have preceded us and who have received us in the church. no one becomes a christian on his own! is this clear? no one becomes a christian on his own. christians are not made in a laboratory. a christian is part of a people who come from afar. the christian belongs to a people called church, and this church makes him a christian on the day of baptism, and then in the course of the catechesis, and so on. however, no one, no one becomes a christian on his own. if we believe, if we are able to pray, if we know the lord and can listen to his word, if we feel him close and recognize him in the brethren, it is because others, before us, lived the faith and then transmitted it. we have received the faith from our parents, from our forbearers, and they have taught it to us. if we think well, perhaps how many dear ones pass before our eyes at this moment: it might be the face of our parents who asked for baptism for us; that of our grandparents or of some relatives who taught us to make the sign of the cross and to recite our first prayers. ‘is god calling me to be a priest?’ to help you explore this question a monthly day of recollection has been organised for the first saturday of each month. these days are designed for men to meet others exploring this question and to learn more about being a priest in the liverpool archdiocese. for more information contact: fr james preston, vocations director st charles’ presbytery, 224 aigburth road, liverpool. l17 9pg. tel: 0151 727 2493 email: email@example.com “if you glory in yourself and not in the lord, you will be kissing your own hand instead of the hand of god” st bernard of clairvaux (feast day: 20 august) p(cid:2578)ay(cid:2565)(cid:2578)(cid:2579) (cid:2566)o(cid:2578) (cid:2580)(cid:2568)(cid:2565) s(cid:2569)ck lord may the sick know your healing and comfort them with patience and strength. please remember in your prayers: lee wall, thomas mcloughlin, daniel davies, maria mahon, agnes hughes, amelia mcquilan, bernard brett, pat charlton, baby betty joan, ed mcmahon, theresa dickenson, emily giles, jonah canavan to ensure our sick list is kept updated would you please inform st stephen’s parish office if anyone’s name may be removed or added for our prayers. theatre dates (cid:1006)(cid:1004)(cid:1005)8: matilda: 26 september kinky boots: 15 november wicked: 6 december les miserables in 2019 for more information: contact sandra on 811230 b(cid:648)(cid:647)(cid:654)(cid:652) ba(cid:645)(cid:645) c(cid:648)(cid:646)(cid:649)e(cid:653)i(cid:653)i(cid:648)(cid:647) winners: £25 each 15th august 2018 rita (st bridget’s) m swin (st stephen’s) (cid:1009)(cid:1008) saint oliver’s tote 2018 resumes in september all proceeds to nest of hope.