Bulletin 13th March 2016

(FORGIVENESS – GOD’S INCREDIBLE LOVE)

Mass Times:   As on the notice board.

Monday Requiem Mass for Nora Emsley at 11.00am.

Thursday Funeral for Mary Ledger at Agecroft at 1.00pm.

Theme:    Our Lord’s Mercy and Compassion for Sinners is Inexhaustible.

Masses received:  Nora Emsley, Mary Ledger, Tina Elliott, Peggy McArthur and Harold Ward (Lately dead).  Mary Wilmington (Mothers Day memories).  Barbara Bell, Alcie’s Intention, Anthony Johnson, Lilian Hartley, Restored health, Successful Outcome, Staff of St Mary’s RC school Horwich.

Divine Mercy: Sunday 3rd April – St Mary’s, Eccles.  Please see the notice board.

S.L.I.D.E AGM:  Sunday 20th March in the Parish Room after 11am Mass.

Gift Aid Envelopes:  Now available in the Narthex for people who contribute using envelopes.

St Pat’s Night:  A Celebration Next Saturday, the Feast of St. Joseph, in the Parish Centre at 7.30.  Tickets including supper £7.00. Phone 0752-889-1062  NB. You will have noticed ‘St Pat’s’ night on the feast of St. Joseph!

Fr. David Lannon:  Celebrates his Golden Jubilee also next Saturday.  I will congratulate him on behalf of  ALL the Parish.

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

GUILTY!  Should she die OR NOT?

In their bitter hatred of Jesus, the Pharisees publicly expose the poor woman and shamelessly use her as bait to trap Jesus.  “We’ve got him this time!”  So they think!  But Jesus is far too clever for them.  He side steps the question!  Who is going to throw the first stone?  It’s brilliant!

 “NEITHER DO I CONDEM YOU”

This must have been music to her ears.  One minute DEATH, next minute FREEDOM.

Last Sunday was the beautiful story of the Prodigal Son who squandered his money on a life of debauchery.  Not only NO condemnation but a FEAST, A CELEBRATION to WELCOME his wayward son home with open arms.

            Today the beautiful story of the poor woman accused of adultery.  Not only no condemnation but those immortal words, “NEITHER DO I.”

            “The name of God is MERCY.”  “The name of Jesus is LOVING COMPASSION.”  And for our great consolation this is how Jesus treats each one of us:  “Neither do I condemn YOU.”

“I HAVE NOT COME TO CALL THE JUST, BUT SINNERS”

“YOU MUST HATE THE SIN, BUT LOVE THE SINNER”

“EVERY SAINT HAS A PAST AND EVERY SINNER HAS A FUTURE”

And Finally, GOOD FRIDAY – JESUS CAME NOT TO PUNISH US BUT TO DIE FOR US.

 And For Our Consolation!

“If God were not willing to forgive, Heaven would be empty.”  (A German Proverb).

“The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved – especially by God.”

“When a man has compassion for others, God has compassion for him.”

“Death is the greatest adventure, beside which moon landings and space trips pale into insignificance.”

AND THE BEST TILL THE LAST – A St. PATRICK’S SPECIAL!

Mrs O’Reilly’s husband died.  She received a large sum on his death.  However, letters and requests rolled in – lawyers, relatives, bills etc.  The doctor was called to give her Valium.  “Doctor, “she said.  “I almost wish that he hadn’t fallen out of that window!”