Thirtieth Sunday (C)
Mass Readings: 155 – 157
Order of Mass: Pages 7 – 60
Today’s readings continue the theme of prayer. In a society where money brings power, and injustice can be soothed over by bribery, the poor man’s situation is pretty hopeless. Without money and influence, the poor cannot seek legal redress when they are wronged and so are often forced to accept unfair treatment from the better off. But God is a just judge. He shows no partiality to the rich or the powerful. He listens to the prayer of the humble and lowly.
The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector makes the same point even more forcefully. It brings together the righteous one and the outcast, and it is the latter who comes out best.
The proud Pharisee is replying on his good works. Because of these he thinks that God owes him salvation. The tax collector has nothing to rely on. He knows he is a sinner. So he throws himself on the mercy of God. His words are few, but the attitude of his heart makes him pleasing to God. His humble prayer wins forgiveness.
The parable was aimed at those who prided themselves on being virtuous and despised everyone else. Although he was boastful, the Pharisee was not a hypocrite. The sad fact was that he had no concept of his need of God or grace of forgiveness.
The ending—’everyone who exalts himself will be hum-bled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted’ – lifts the parable out of the narrow conflict of Pharisee and tax collector, and turns it into a lesson for everyone.
In the Second reading Paul realises that his captivity will end with his execution. Hence, he speaks of his blood being poured out as a libation to God. Although his death is In sight, his confidence is unshaken, and his hope of a crown of glory is undimmed. His friends have deserted him, his sole supports are faith and prayer. He believes that the Lord will rescue him from every evil and bring him to his heavenly kingdom.
This Sunday’s teas will be served by the St Vincent de Paul Group.
Next Sunday’s teas will be served by the Knights of St Columba.
Thank you to all those who help out with the Sunday Teas.
Last Sunday’s Collections: The 1st collection was £569.58p + £302.50p in Gift Aid envelopes giving us a parish total of £872.08p.
The 2nd collection for Missio (World Missions) was £205.02p. Thank you for your generosity. Today’s 2nd collection is for Parish Funds.
Farewell collection for Fr Stuart: If you wish to show your appreciation for Fr Stuart’s ministry, please use the attached envelopes for your donations and put them in the wooden box at the back of the church. Gift Aiders should please write their names on the envelope. Please do not put these envelopes in with the usual Sunday collections. Thank you.
Recently Deceased: Please pray for the soul and family of Archbishop Michael Bowen who sadly passed away recently. Archbishop Michael was a faithful servant of the Church and especially of the two dioceses of which he was the chief shepherd. May his soul rest in peace.
The arrangements for the funeral are as follows:
Sunday 3rd November
5pm: Reception into St George’s Cathedral;
6pm: Cathedral Mass: Archbishop Kevin McDonald to preside.
8pm: Vigil Service, after which the Cathedral will close.
Monday 4th November
7am: Cathedral opens; 7.30am: Cathedral Mass
12.30pm: Funeral Mass: Archbishop John Wilson to preside.
Burial in the Cathedral Crypt at the end of the Mass
First Holy Communion Classes: Please note that the next classes will be on Saturdays 2nd and 9th November from 10:30 – 11:45am (parents and children) in the Parish Centre (4 Genoa Road).
Confirmation Classes: Please note the next classes will be on Thursdays, the 7th and 21st November at 7pm in the Parish Centre (4 Genoa Road).
Christmas Fair: There will be a meeting on Monday 28th October at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre for all volunteers willing to help out at the Christmas Fair, which is on Saturday 7th December. All offers of help welcome. Please do come along to the meeting and help to support the Fair. Please note that donations for the Fair will be gratefully received from the 2nd November. Please note that saleable items only are wanted so please do not donate clothes, electrical items or out of date food or bottles. Thank you.
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion and Readers: There will be a Day of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers of Communion and Readers on Saturday 16th November at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, SW16 2HY. Bishop Pat will be joined by Fr Saju Pinkkattu, Parish Priest and lecturer at Wonersh. The theme of the day will be “Preparation for the Year of the Word”. If you are interested in attending then please see the letter and complete the form (in the sacristy) and return it to Rev. Roger Evans (contact details are on the form) by the 2nd November. Thank you.
A message from Father Stuart: Dear friends, a very, very big thank you to all of you who so generously contributed to the many leaving presents I received to mark my retirement from St Anthony’s. Not only the magnificent lap top but also a host of individual personal gifts which I found quite overwhelming. Of course I mustn’t forget the famous cake! I am slowly adjusting to the change of pace as my front room overlooks a duck pond and my bedroom overlooks a field. Quite a change from Anerley. The natives appear quite friendly though I am keeping a low profile as I need time to recharge my batteries. I will be at St Anthony’s next month and will be able to thank you in person and in the meantime please be assured of my prayers as ever. Kindest regards, Father Stuart.
Repository Gifts: Please take a look at the range of cards and gifts available in the repository. There are now advent calendars in stock.
Please pray for the sick of the Parish: Mercie Ihekweme-Hill, and Michael Creech.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS (27th Oct—3rd Nov 2019) (Year: C)
|Sunday 27th||THIRTIETH SUNDAY (C)|
|Marcos Rodrigues RIP
Michael Sparrow RIP
& Donnacha O’Sullivan RIP
People of the Parish
|Monday 28th||Ss. Simon and Jude, apostles|
|9:30am||Conrad Thomas RIP|
|Intentions of Eileen Telford
To give thanks
|9:30am||Richard & Joan Maple (65th anniversary)|
|9:30am||Dec’d of the Bedford & Maloney Families|
|Friday 1st||All Saints (Holy Day of Obligation)|
|Hanna O’Sullivan RIP
The Holy Souls
|Saturday 2nd||All Souls’ Day|
|9:30am||Deceased of the Maloney Family|
|THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY (C)
Leonard Young RIP
People of the Parish
Olga & Lancelot Trype RIP
Archbishop Michael Bowen RIP
Sunday: 9:30am, 11:15am & 5:30pm Monday: 9:30am
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