Bulletin 23 November 2014
Mass Times: As on the notice board.
Theme: “As long as you did it to one of the least of these. YOU DID IT TO ME.”
Masses received: Margaret Kynaston, Kathleen Jackson & Chris Roberts (Lately dead). Emma Beswick, Jim Thorpe, Norman Hand & Nora O’Conner (Anniversaries). Claire Mayers (Birthday Memory). Win McCormick, Ray Minor, Michael McKeown, Birthday blessings & Mary Ellen Finnerty – 100 CONGRATULATIONS.
Welcome: into the family of St. Luke – Phoebe Louise Eidukas & Zak Paul Graham Wakefield. Congratulations Andrea & Darren and Vanya & Stuart.
Sacramental programme: Children’s Reconciliation next Thursday at 7.00pm.
Christmas Fair: Saturday 6th December 1- 3pm. Come and meet Santa and enjoy the fair.
Tombola gift box is in the Narthex. So is the raffle bottle donation list.
Christmas Panto: Cinderella – Sat 13th and Sunday 14th. Tickets from Gill on 737 2950 or 07528891062.
Matinee and evening performances available. Performed by the Charter Players in the Parish Centre.
Senior Parishioners: Christmas Party – Sunday 21st December 1 – 5pm. Pick up a form in the Narthex and return it by the 7th December.
St. Luke’s Website: The parish website is being updated. Please could all centre users have a look and send in information about your group. Also parishioners will find more information about forthcoming events.
Welcome Home: Jesus Has Returned! Thank you Tony Daly and your muscular merry men. Yes, it weighs a ton! I didn’t tell you before but it’s SOLID TEAK!
Bulletin: Please contact Terry on 0161 794 2497 or Fr. John to pass on your suggestions and news items.
THE KING OF ALL CREATION
“I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded & make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat & healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them all.” Does God have favourites? Obviously not!
Jesus is our King & his Kingdom is one of Love & Mercy. How then do WE qualify? Simple – Love and Caring.
Jesus identifies himself with the most vulnerable in society; he is present where human need is greatest. In today’s Gospel St. Matthew lists human needs & the necessary response of a caring community. They are HUMAN NEEDS, NOT RELIGIOUS! And they are honoured by the title, “BLESSED OF MY FATHER.”
Notice those “BLESSED” are not conscious of having done anything special to Jesus; “When did we see you, a stranger? Sick in prison? “When you did it to one of these you did it to ME.”
YES, A KINGDOM OF LOVE, MERCY AND COMPASSION.
“Let us remember the stark fact that the Church is only one generation away from extinction” – (Dr. George Carey)
YES, young people are an important, if sometimes forgotten, part of the church.
A teenager’s prayer. “Why me, Lord? Maybe I’m not the only one who feels like the worst Christian in the world. Look at Peter. He was a hot headed fisherman with a tendency to speak first and think later. He even denied you three times. But that’s you, isn’t it Lord? You like ordinary people. You were a carpenter & your disciples were fishermen & tax collectors, and NOW ME. Thank you for choosing me & for accepting me as I am. And now please give me your help. AMEN.
And now a few youthful gems to end!
It must be wonderful to be young and know everything!
Age is a very high price to pay for maturity!
“When I was a boy we were taught to be discreet & respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly impatient of restraint. They have offensive manners, flaunt authority, and have no respect for their elders. What kind of creatures will they be when they grow up?” (Greek poet Hesiod, 8th century BC).
“The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age; they are impatient of all restraint; they talk as if they know everything.” (Peter the Monk – 700 years ago).
“When I was a boy of 14 my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around, but when I got to 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learnt in 7 years!” (Mark Twain)
And for a real pearl for a final end”
The worst danger that confronts the younger generation is the example set by the older generation – SAD BUT TRUE!