Bulletin 14th February 2016

Mass Times:   As on the notice board.

Monday Requiem Mass for Terry Regan at 1.00pm

Tuesday Requiem Mass for Peggie Krinks at 11.00am

Theme:    Gods Love for his Creatures (His Creation).

Masses received:  Terry Regan, Peggie Krinks, Helen Craigie, Frederick Everall & Edward Parker (Lately dead).  Mary Malone, John P Duffy, Eileen Crossland, Mary Connaughton, N J Varkey, Annie & Austin Eagleton.  Peter Eavers (poorly).  Gabrielle Ward & Isabelle Lyons (Birthday memories).  Edward & Sally Nally, Tony Johnson & The Dowdall family.

Welcome into the Parish of St. Luke’s: Méabh Erin Riley, congratulations Lind & Jez.

Short stations of the cross: before ALL Masses during lent.

CAFOD:  Family fast day next Friday.  Please take home an envelope.

SPUC:  White flower collection after all masses today.

St. Charles:  “Praying with images in the Year of Mercy.”  All are welcome.  Saturday 12noon – 2.30pm each Saturday during lent.

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

Liberation and Freedom – The Cost

The chosen people were rescued by God from slavery in Egypt. 

The cost?  Whole hearted commitment to God.  Mankind was saved by God from DEATH.

The cost?  Whole hearted commitment by Jesus - even to death.

Yes, even the Son of God was tested by Satan.

“Praise to the Holiest” (St. John Henry Newman)

“Oh loving wisdom of our God!  When all was sin and shame, a second Adam To The Fight and To The Rescue Came.  Oh wisest love that flesh and blood which did in Adam fail, should strive afresh against the foe, should strive and should prevail.”

So What’s Lent All About

The Lenten Preface says it all: - “Through our observance of Lent you correct our faults and raise our minds to you.

His fast of 40 days makes this a Holy season of self-denial, by rejecting the devils temptations he has taught us to rid ourselves of the hidden corruption of evil.

God is on Our Side

The second Vatican Council simply says: “By himself and by his own power, no one is freed from sin.  On the contrary ALL stand in need of Jesus Christ.”

And William Barclay, the great Anglican theologian, “Every man well knows he is a mixture of good and bad.  We are all part ape and part angel.”

And a few Lenten thoughts:

Lent is only 40 days – so Sundays are excluded!

God will always help, but needs to be asked!

If at first you don’t succeed, TRY, TRY AND TRY AGAIN!

You don’t pack in your driving lessons if you fail the first time.  So Practice, Practice! Practice!

Dieting and exercise are good for the physical, mental & spiritual wealth!

In Lent I’m trying to become the best person God wants me to be!

And finally, on the positive side: Try each day to be kind to everyone we meet!

HAPPY ST. VALENTINE’S DAY!

And Fr. Joseph’s favourite! – “Don’t go kissing at the garden gate,

                                          Love is blind but the neighbours ain’t.”