Bulletin 10th April 2016

 

(FORGIVENESS – GOD’S INCREDIBLE LOVE)

Mass Times:   As on the notice board.

Theme:   “Do you love me?”

Masses received:  Pat Savage and Tommy Rowles (Lately dead).   Pauline Bryan, John and Margaret Grogan, Martha Robinson and Agnes Wadsworth (Aniversaries).  George Edward McAwley (Birthday memories 7)

St Georges Day Celebration:  In the Parish Centre on Saturday 23rd April.  Doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30 start.  Bring your own snacks.  Tickets £5 and are available after all masses.

Welcome:  into the Parish of St. Lukes.  Freya Rose Creely and Francesca Rose Williamson.  Congratulations Faye & Tom and Lucy & Stuart.

Congratulations:  to Angela Sands and Martin Quinn who were wed last Saturday.

UCM:  Meeting in the Parish Centre on Wednesday 13 April after the 7pm Mass.  There will be a guest speaker Lynda Waine with her husband Peter will talk about their work in Bolivia.  Everyone welcome.

Bulletin:  Please contact Terry on 0161 794 2497 or Fr. John to pass on your suggestions and news items.

IT’S ALL OVER BUT NOT QUITE!

Jesus is dead and so are all their hopes.  Totally lost the disciples return to old and familiar ways and go fishing.  How do they cope with the loss of one who had changed their lives?  THEY ARE IN FOR A SURPRISE!

“I DON’T KNOW THE MAN”

On Good Friday Peter denies any knowledge of Jesus – 3 times.

“Simon, do you love me more than these others do?”

Today Jesus asks Peter about the reality of his love – 3 times.

Yes, Jesus knows that one day Peter will prove his love – by MARYRDOM in Rome.

So today Jesus asks us the same question:  Do You Love Me?  But before he does he goes to enormous trouble to assure us that he really loves us – He Endures The Crucifixion.

Jesus is more interested in our future prospects than out past failures.  No bitter recriminations.  He’s more interested in what can become of us.  Peter became The Head of The Church – which brings us to next Sunday, Vocation Sunday.

A PRIEST’S “THANK YOU”

I never could complain Lord about my work for you

I find delight and meaning in the things a priest can do

There is a joy in serving others and sharing in their trials

In quieting their heartaches and quickening their smiles.

There is charity in listening with a sympathetic ear

To distressed and lonely people who need someone just to hear.

There is peace and understanding that your way, not mine, is best

That when I’ve done my utmost your grace will do the rest.

I am more convinced and certain the longer, Lord, I live

That every earnest priest receives much more than he can give.

And so my heart is grateful for your goodness, Lord, to me

So please help me by your grace to be what you want me to be.

 

And to end with a smile!

A clergyman called on an elderly lady who was deaf.  When she said she regretted that she couldn’t hear his sermons, he modestly and sympathetically said, “Oh, you don’t miss much.”  “So they tell me,” she said with a smile.  (NOT St. Luke’s of course!)