RETIRED PRIEST. Fr Paschal Byrne. 644 7530. Mppbyrne7@gmail.com
PARISH WEB SITE: www.stlukesbebington.co.uk
PARISH SAFEGUARDING OFFICER. K Woodward 343 9457
19th Sunday in ordinary time Year C.
MASS INTENTIONS TODAY. Vicky Munday. Next Sunday: Ints of Sr. Brigid.
21st August. Gerard Elliott (L.D.)
ENTRANCE ANTIPHON: Look to your covenant, O Lord, and forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Arise, O God, and defend your cause, and forget not the cries of those who seek you.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM. Happy are the people the Lord has chosen as his own.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: Alleluia, alleluia! Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven
and earth for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children. Alleluia!
COMMUNION ANTIPHON: O Jerusalem, glorify the Lord, who gives you your fill of finest wheat.
READERS TODAY: Bea Porter. NEXT WEEK: E A Jones.
TUESDAY is the feast of St. Teresa Benedictas of the Cross and is a day of special prayer for Europe.
NEXT WEEKS SERVICES. Fr. Paschal will be saying the 9.15am Mass on Tuesday at St. John’s.
LAST WEEKS COLLECTION. £419.00 Many thanks.
THE ST.VINCENT CENTRE,
in Grange Road West, Birkenhead. Are looking for volunteers to help at the centre. If you think you could help and would like more information, please ring the centre on 673 1313 between 10am and 3pm Monday and Friday.
MONTHLY TEA AND COFFEE.
It has been decided that it would be enjoyable to get together once a month after the 11.am Sunday Mass for tea and coffee as in the past. We will have this today in the parish room in the church, next to the Sacristy. Please come along and get to know your fellow parishioners.
WIRRAL FOOD BANK.
The next collection for the food bank will be tomorrow. The food bank reports a drop in donations recently so please keep up the generous donations we are known for.
The total collected in our July collection was £339.51 from twelve of our twenty box holders. As always, your generosity is greatly appreciated. The final collection of the year will be in December."
Please pray for the repose of the Soul of Irene McGrath who died recently. Her funeral will be held on Thursday August 25th with a Requiem Mass at Christ the King church at 11.00am. Please remember her and her family in your prayers.
Please also remember Dave Kenny who died recently. His funeral will be held at St. John’s at Twelve Noon 23rd August. Please also remember his family in your prayers.
The “Little Flock”
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.”
This short statement from Jesus reveals three things to us.
First of all, we hear Jesus offer the familiar reminder that we ought not allow fear to take hold of our lives. There are so many things in life that can have the effect of causing fear, worry, anxiety and the like. Overcoming fear is a matter of humility, in that humility enables us to turn our eyes from ourselves and the problems we face and to put our eyes upon our Lord. When we put our eyes on Him, fear dissipates, and trust takes its place.
Second, this is also a very tender statement from Jesus in that He calls His disciples, and all of us, His “little flock.” This is a term of endearment and reveals our Lord’s gentle and compassionate heart. This term of endearment reveals not only that we belong to Jesus, but it also reveals how His love for us is intimate and heartfelt. If we understand this love of His, we will be compelled to love Him back with the same depth of intimacy.
Lastly, this line points us to the Kingdom of our Father in Heaven. The Father, whom we must trust and with whom we must have an intimate relationship, invites us to share in His most glorious Kingdom. His Kingdom becomes ours, and when we can see and understand how glorious this calling is, we will be filled with hope and excitement as we seek to obtain it.
Reflect, today, upon the heartfelt invitation of our compassionate Lord Jesus to put your eyes upon His Kingdom. As you do so, allow this revelation to cast out fear from your life, strengthening you to overcome that burden. Put your trust in God and allow Him to transform you.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY.
It is better to give than to lend and it costs just the same