We are called, through our Baptism, to live in and by the Presence of Christ in Word and Sacrament. Through His call we live, gratefully, the life God has given us and proclaim the Good News through our word and deed.
WEEKDAY MASS @10:00am
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SUNDAY MASS: Saturday Vigil; 5.30pm Sunday: 9.30am & 11.00am
Sunday Readings: 33rd. SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME: Year A
WEEKDAY MASS: Tuesday-Saturday: 10.00am
Weekday Readings: 33rd. Week of Ordinary Time: Year 1
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Tuesday-Friday: 9.00-9.30am
PENANCE & RECONCILIATION: Saturday: 10.30am & 4.45-5.15pm (in the Cry Chapel)
Divine Office: 33rd. Week of Ordinary Time Psalms: Week 1
Baptism: Sunday after 11.00am Mass by prior arrangement
Marriage: Please give at least 6 month’s notice of Marriage.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK 2023
PILGRIMS OF FAITH
Catholic Education Week begins next Sunday.
This year, the theme is ‘Pilgrims of Faith’. It is our turn at St. Patrick’s to host the annual Catholic Education Week Mass for our Cluster Schools and Parishes; All Saints Primary, St Laurence’s Parish, St Mary’s Primary and Parish, and Notre Dame High School.
The Cluster Mass will be celebrated here at St. Patrick’s Church on Thursday 30th November, the Solemnity of St Andrew, Apostle & Patron of Scotland, at 7:00pm. This is the first time we have been able to host this Mass since Covid, so it would be good to see a great turnout to show our support for our local catholic schools and for catholic education in general.
Tuesday: The Presentation of Our Lady.
Wednesday: St. Cecilia, Martyr.
Thursday: 8:30am Funeral Mass of
Isabella Clarty, R.I.P.
Friday: St. Andrew Dung Lac & Companions, (17th.—19th. Centuries), The Martyrs of Vietnam.
SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING.
Catholic Education Sunday.
11:00am Mass Of Commitment of our P7 candidates who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2024. We also welcome, their parents, sponsors and teachers to this important milestone in their preparation.
TODAY'S LITURGY: In today’s Gospel parable, the only person in trouble is the one who plays safe. We have received God’s gifts for the sake of the Kingdom. They are not the product of our work, so we have no excuse for not using them for God’s work. Those who use their gifts are given the same reward, despite their results being different. They are rewarded with a share in their master’s happiness—another free gift!
THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
As the Church’s year draws to a close, and into the first part of Advent (which lasts until 17th December), the Church invites us to reflect on our membership of the Communion of Saints, which comes from our Baptism, Confirmation and Participation in the Eucharist, and to reflect also on “The Last Things”, “the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting”.
MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS
Please take home a November List Form and complete and return it as soon as possible. Each day at Mass during November we remember those whose names are on our parish November Lists.
YEAR A: The Year of Matthew
Matthew’s gospel was written after the Gospel of Mark, sometime before AD 110 (it was known to St. Ignatius of Antioch). He combines the whole of Mark’s gospel with an early collection of the sayings of Jesus known as “Q” which is also used in the Gospel of Luke. So the likeliest date is AD 75-90, probably towards AD 90. The gospel is addressed primarily to the Jewish-Christians who had been expelled from Judaism for being Christians.
The purpose of the Gospel
Matthew has a number of reasons for writing:
To instruct and encourage members of his community
To provide liturgical reading and sermon material
To offer a missionary address to outsiders of good will
To defend the community against hostile critics and rivals.
He has two main kinds of material:
Narrative (The Story & Events of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection)
Teaching (Discourses or Speeches)
Matthew’s gospel has gathered the teaching of Jesus into five great discourses or sermons which are:
1. The Sermon on the Mount
2. The Missionary Discourse
3. The Parable Discourse
4. The Community Discourse
5. The Last Judgement Discourses (also sometimes called the Eschatological Discourse).
Matthew was writing a handbook for Church leaders to assist them in preaching, teaching, mission and argument. However he has set his handbook within the story of a living person, Jesus Christ, to keep it focussed on Christ and his kingdom as the good news of salvation.
The great themes of Matthew’s Gospel
1. The Kingdom of Heaven
2. The Church
3. Jesus is the fulfilment of the prophecies of the Old Testament.
Matthew quotes the Old Testament more than the other Synoptic gospels. He is also convinced that the key to understanding these events (especially for the Jewish people) lies in the Old Testament.
We remind you NOT to attend Mass or Liturgies if you are carrying an infection or have the symptoms of Covid.
We encourage you to continue to be aware of those around about you, especially those who may be more vulnerable.
CRY CHAPEL: Please do not sit in the cry chapel for Mass as it is a restricted space. If a baby is crying at Mass, you might take the baby to the cry chapel to settle down, but otherwise, please sit in the main church.