Weekend Message Sept 18
Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Thanksgiving: “In your prayers, do not babble as the pagans do, for they think that, by using many words, they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6: 7-8) Our Lord then teaches the disciples the ‘Our Father’.
Why do we pray? Sometimes because we want something; or to thank God for what we have received; or because we are sorry for what we have done wrong; or (which is common to all the above) because we love God. Our Lord makes no distinction: our Father knows what we need before we pray. That includes forgiveness.
God knows our good intentions and our failures; God knows our good qualities and our besetting sins; God knows our generosity and our meanness, our hard work and our laziness; and everything else about us as well. God knows what we are sorry for, why we are sorry, and how hard it is for us to express our sorrow and sometimes even to feel it. When we bring any of this, or all of it, to God for forgiveness, even our prayer itself is God’s gift to us.
God’s forgiveness always comes before our sorrow: we could not even feel sorry if it were not for God enabling us to do so. In our prayer for forgiveness, we ask God’s favour to help us to cope with our own shortcomings and failings, and to do the best we can to show our love for God and for our fellow men and women in whatever practical ways we can find.
God has already reconciled us to himself, through the death and resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour. St. Paul thought that summed up the Good News that the Church proclaims.
“For anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation…It is all God’s work. It was God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and gave us the work of handing on this reconciliation. In other words, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not holding our faults against us, and he has entrusted to us the news that we are reconciled. So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as thought God were appealing through us, and the appeal that we make in Christ’s name is: be reconciled to God.” (2Cor 5:17-20)
It is good for us to celebrate that we are forgiven, that we are reconciled. The service of reconciliation that we are holding in Lutterworth on Saturday was for that purpose: it enables us to celebrate that God loves us somuch that he draws us back to himself; and it enables us to thank God for all that he does for us – including forgiveness. Next weekend, we will celebrate our thanksgiving at all Masses – thanksgiving for all the generosity that we have received during these past 18 months of pandemic; thanksgiving for our own shortcomings and failures to be generous to others during their time of need; thanksgiving for the inspired work of doctors, nurses, research scientists, carers, and all who have helped in any way to combat the effects of the pandemic.
Confessions: I will hear confessions from 9 until 9.30am on Saturdays at St. Pius X, Narborough; and from 4.45pm to 5.15pm on the first Saturday of the month at Our Lady of Victories & St. Alphonsus, Lutterworth starting 2nd October.
We are invited to pray in thanksgiving for the harvest during the weekend of 25th and 26th September. In the current circumstances I think we should generalize to thanksgiving for all God’s gifts to us, and for all the graces we have received during this time of pandemic.
Refreshments After Mass: We intend to offer refreshments after Mass in both venues as soon as possible. In Narborough we are already offering tea, coffee, and biscuits after morning Mass on both Saturday and Sunday in the Parish Hall. I am very grateful to those who are willing to help by making the tea and coffee and serving it. In Lutterworth refreshments will soon be offered after Mass on Thursday morning and Sunday morning.
Time of Mass on Sunday at Narborough Since 1st August last year, when we were permitted to celebrate Mass together again, the time of Mass at St. Pius X Narborough on Sunday has been 10am, the same as on Saturday and Monday. Mass in Lutterworth is at 11 o’clock, and it takes half an hour to remove my vestments, drive to Lutterworth (just over ten miles), and vest for Mass there. Consequently, I am usually a few minutes late starting Mass. However, now that more people will be able to attend Mass in Narborough, the time for Mass will probably increase; and if we are able to start the children’s liturgy again, this will lengthen the time of Mass at Narborough even further.
I have been asking for your views on starting Mass in Narborough at 9.30am on Sunday. I am grateful to all of you who responded to my questionnaire over the last three weekends. The great majority of people who responded are content with the move to 9.30am. I understand that the earlier time will be more difficult, particularly for elderly people or those who suffer from any disability. However I will maintain Mass at 10am on Saturday morning and on Monday morning (a weekday Mass), and anyone who finds 9.30am too early for them have these options, as well as Lutterworth on Saturday evening (5.30pm) or Sunday morning (11am).
I intend to make the change at the beginning of October. Until then Mass will continue at 10am on Sunday at St. Pius X.
Home Visits, including Holy Communion for housebound people: These are now permitted, but anyone visiting a housebound person (whether to administer Holy Communion or just a visit) should not visit anyone else during the same morning or afternoon. Visits should be short (in order to minimize the likelihood of passing on an infection) and hand sanitization must be used before and after the visit. If you would like a home visit, or know anyone who would like to be visited, please let Father John know.
This weekend is the Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
**Responding to changed government guidelines, we have now been able to bring more benches back into use at St. Pius X, as well as at Our Lady of Victories. St. Pius X now has a maximum capacity of 74**
Booking Arrangements for next weekend:
At St. Pius X, Narborough:
You may book by email: email@example.com or by phone: (0116) – 2863676
at the following times on the following days:
- between 7pm and 8pm on Monday 20th September;
- between 7pm and 8pm on Tuesday 21st;
- between 7pm and 8pm on Friday 24th.
Times of Mass next weekend:
- 10am Saturday 25th September;
- 10am Sunday 26th;
- 10am Monday 27th.
At Our Lady of Victories & St. Alphonsus, Lutterworth:
It is no longer necessary to book your place at Mass at Our Lady of Victories. However, all who attend Mass will be required to sign in on arrival, and to sanitize their hands.
Mass will also be celebrated on Thursday morning at 10.30am. We are grateful to Father Maloney for agreeing to celebrate this Mass.
Times of Mass next Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday:
- 5.30pm on Saturday 25th September;
- 11am on Sunday 26th ;
- 10.30am Tuesday 28th;
- 10.30am Thursday 30th.
At Narborough the intentions for Mass this week will be Saturday (18th September) Intentions of Maud Bright; Sunday (19th) John Nealon RIP; Monday (20th) Jay Mallett RIP. Wednesday People of the Parishes; Thursday Welfare of Milan Zankar Next weekend Saturday (25th September) Betty Foster RIP; Sunday (26th) Intentions of Bill Dunphy; Monday (27th) Intentions of St. Pius X Conference of the SVP.
At Lutterworth the intentions for Mass will be: Saturday (18th September) 5.30pm People of the Parish; Sunday (19th) Stuart Doyle Robinson RIP; Tuesday (21st) Mary Hadley RIP. Next Saturday (25th September) 5.30pm People of the Parish; Next Sunday (26th) Holy Souls; Next Tuesday (28th ) Holy Souls.
Prayers for the living and the dead:
Please pray for Jay Mallett, Betty Foster, and for all who have died recently.
Please also pray for Monica Teeling, Peggy Merrell, Jane Bolsover, Suzanne Foxon, Jim Oxley, Beulah Blomfield, Tom McDermott, Joseph Armeni, Dave Knapper, Teresa Maugham, Mary Dunne, and Juanita Zaman and for all who are ill.
Please let me know of any others who have died, or anyone who is ill and asks for prayers.
Banns of Marriage Please pray for Siobhan Mary O’Connell and Carl Waterfield who intend to marry in Cork, Ireland, on 25th September 2021. If anyone knows of any reason why they should not marry in the Catholic Church, please inform Father John or Deacon Kevin straight away.
First Holy Communion: We hope to begin preparation for First Confession and First Holy Communion in September. I am very grateful to those who have already indicated that they wish to be included. Candidates should be in Year 3 at school from September (or older). Please let me have any names and contact details so that a group can be organized. Preparation at St. Pius X is intended to begin this weekend, and in Lutterworth within a few weeks.
Confirmation: Bishop Patrick is willing to start administering the sacrament of Confirmation. I am grateful to those who have already said they wish to be confirmed. Are there any others who would like to join the group? Please let me have any names and contact details. Candidates for Confirmation should be in secondary education (or older) in September this year. Because of the continued restrictions, preparation for Confirmation will be delayed until the autumn.
Discernment Evenings for young people considering their future role in the Catholic Church, at the Vocations Centre, the Old Friary, 247 Gordon Road, Nottingham NG3 2LG, will be held each month starting 7pm Thursday 24th September.
LEICESTERSHIRE ACTIVE CATHOLIC YOUTH (LACY) are sending out a warm invitation to all young people, their families and friends to an amazing “First Physical Event” since the beginning of COVID. “What Do You Know About Angels?” SUNDAY 3RD OCTOBER. Lots of interesting activities, sharing Faith, Fun and Food! Fr. Simon Gillespie will be leading us in thoughts, ideas and the Celebration of an uplifting Mass especially for young people. Come and share the time with the LACY Team at St. Thomas More, Catholic Parish Rooms and Field, Knighton, Leicester, LE2 3HN. 2.00 P.M. – 5.00 P.M. See poster on LACY facebook page, your own parish media and newsletter. For further information or booking onto the day contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We’re looking forward to sharing this day with YOU!
Christus Vincit Following Pope Francis’ exhortation, young people aged between 18 and 35 are invited to meet together. The first meeting will be start at 6.30pm on 7th October at St. Barnabas Cathedral, Derby Road, Nottingham, NG1 5AE; it is hoped that other groups can be set up elsewhere in the Diocese.
Social Activities: can resume. However, “It is strongly recommended that a risk assessment for both the activity and the space is completed for the gathering.”
Remembering those who have died:
During the month of November, it would be appropriate to celebrate Mass for those who have died in our communities, and from among our families, friends, and neighbours, during the past two years, whether directly due to the pandemic or not, and also to pray for all those who have died directly or indirectly from the coronavirus. Dates for these celebrations need to be arranged later in the autumn.
Next weekend will be the Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year (Ordinary Time).
Reminders from previous weeks:
Planned Giving Envelopes (Our Lady of Victories & St. Alphonsus, Lutterworth): The new boxes of envelopes started in April If you require your box, please ring June (01455 – 553730) or Ashley (01455 – 553493) or email Father John.
Planned Giving Envelopes (St. Pius X, Narborough): The new boxes of envelopes started in April. They are available from the sacristy in Church, or email Father John.
Standing Orders: I will provide the parish Bank details to anyone who would like to donate by Standing Order or similar electronic means – many of you already do so (and I am very grateful indeed). I can provide standing order mandates for anyone who wishes – please just ask.
Gift Aid: I have copies of the form to complete, so if you are a taxpayer and would like the tax paid on your contributions to be given to the parish, please ask me for a form.
Recycling Textiles: At the moment the firm are no longer collecting in the Leicester area and has no plans to restart collections here. I hope to have better news soon.
**Important notice concerning car parking** Please park in the Church car parks whenever possible. If that is not possible, for whatever reason, please ensure that you are not causing an obstruction of the roadway or driveways to properties, and please remember that homeowners may wish to park outside their own homes. Please exercise Christian Charity when parking your car.
With my prayers for your wellbeing and salvation, Father John