Sunday 8th October 2017
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Liturgical
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We are entrusted with the responsibility of making the best of what
God has given us. There is no policing of our actions. Hence, this parable.
We, too, can act out of self-righteousness and with the pretention of gods.
We can be shy with our gifts and talents. We don’t always forgive those who
trespass against us. We abuse our freedom. What are we doing to our planet?
Pope Francis is convinced that we have broken three closely intertwined relations.
Our relationship with God, with our neighbour and with earth itself
have been broken both outwardly and within (Laudato Si’). Today’s gospel
speaks of God’s
generosity and the people’s
shameful response. See the way the landowner’s servants were treated by the
tenants. They became greedy. So greedy that they committed the heinous crime
Is our consumerist greed leading us the same way? God is generous. He forgives
our sins and transgressions. His generosity has blessed us with gifts and
talents. He has given us the earth in all its splendour and beauty. All God
asks is that we use this freedom to look after, nourish and care for life
and the things with which he has lavished us.
Ss Alban & Stephen - Sunday Masses this week
Masses this Weekend
In the Church
Antonio and Giuseppa Lobue Anniv. First mass of Sunday
Sheila Coyle RIP
Terry Mahalier RIP
Brian Huckle funeral
John Kellett RIP
James Smith 1st Anniv.
Martin Brosnan Anniv.
Matthew & Kiely Ints.
Meena Grovner Ints.
Christine Coughlan RIP
All year round, on Friday only, Mass is also celebrated
at 12.00 noon in St Albans Abbey
Ss Alban & Stephen - Weekly Reflection
Readings for This Sunday
Isaiah is a prophet of great vision and much hope. As a prophet he has a
duty to warn the people of God’s expectations and their responsibilities.
Second Reading: Philippians 4:6-9
St. Paul reassures us that no matter how difficult and challenging life is,
there is no need to worry.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:33-43
What God has given is for us to use freely and prudently. The most precious
gift is life. It is to yield a rich harvest. It is to bear much fruit; good
fruit. We are entrusted with the responsibility of making the best of what
God has given us. God shows great trust in us.
Jon 1:1-2:1.11; Ps: Jon 2:3-5-8: Lk 10:25-37
Jon 3:1-10; Ps 129:1-4.7-8; Lk 10:38-42
Jon 4:1-11; Ps 85:3-6.9-10; Lk 11:1-4
Mal 3:13-20; Ps 1:1-4.6; Lk 11:5-13
Joel 1:13-15, 2:1-2; Ps 9:2-126.96.36.199-9; Lk 11:15-26
Joel 4:12-21; Ps 96:1-2.5-6.11-12; Lk 11:27-28
Ss Alban and Stephen
November – Month
of the Holy Souls
A Novena to remember the deceased will be
held from 1st November to 9th November. If you would like a deceased relative
or friend to be included in these Masses please put their name on the November
List (purple leaflets available from the Church porch and Marshalswick Mass
Centre). Please return completed lists to the presbytery in the envelope
provided by Monday, 31st October.
General Form Signing for Secondary School
Admissions The priests will be available to sign your Certificate
of Catholic Practise on Tuesday 10th October 4.30-6.30pm and on Tuesday 17th
October 4.30-6.30pm, in the Parish Centre. For more information on Certificates
of Catholic Practise, please visit www.loreto.herts.sch.uk or www.nicholasbreakspearschool.co.uk
Confirmations 2018 Enrolment forms are
now available from the back of the Church for all those in Year 10 and above
who would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next year. Please
note that the deadline for submitting your enrolment is Friday, 10th November
Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School The
school warmly invites prospective parents and pupils to morning tours of
the School from w/c 9th Oct – please contact the school office on 01727 860079
(ext. 210) to make an appointment.
Loreto College - Tours during the school day will take place between the
2nd– 13th October (by appointment only). Appointments can be made from 27th
September 2017, tel. no: 01727 856206.
You Can Be Santa The parish will again be running the ‘You Can
Be Santa’ scheme this year, whereby children/families who may not otherwise
enjoy the full spirit of Christmas will at least experience a visit from
Santa. We are asking parishioners who know of families within the Parish
who may not experience the joys of Christmas to let us have their full contact
details; please be assured though that these will be kept in confidence.
If you feel confident about approaching the family yourself and asking if
they would like to take part, please do so and then pass on their details.
Please contact one of the Santa team Cath White, Sr Anita, Sara Nash, Helen
Bassill or Anita O’Connor for more information. Alternatively e-mail: santa@albanstephen
Become a Parish Sponsor/Godparent Every
year we have been blessed to receive New Catholics into our Church Community
at the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday). We
have been doing this for over twenty years and it is always such a joy for
us at SS Alban & Stephen. To assist / walk alongside these wonderful
people we do need volunteers, each year, to become Sponsors / Godparents
willing to journey with each person on their pathway to Easter. To become
their spiritual ‘agony aunt / uncle’ is a joy. We would very much appreciate
anyone who is interested in becoming part of our team (September > Easter)
contacting Deacon Steve on 01727 863925 or email@example.com The
rewards are great!
Suzanne Uludag and Christian Easdown who were married at our Church
recently. By the way, we are collecting quite few
photographs of parishioners' weddings - some new, and some
a little older -
click here to have a look
Welcome into the Christian community Luke Hart,
Abigail Fernandes and Thomas Murphy who were baptised at our
Church recently. We also offer our congratulations
to their parents
The Sick of our
pray for all those who are ill at this time including Therese Egan, Seamus Meehan, Sr. Annie Bromham IBVM, Geraldine
McBride, Fiona Wright, Becki Vousden, Vertina Fernandes, Veronica Hamilton,
Claire Whitehead, Alice Daly, Richard Mayes, Sheila Doohan, Ida Daswa, Noah
Gregorio, Janet Szymczak, , Edie Hale, Gerry Smith, Edmond Mansfield, Ethel
Holloway, Teresa Hill, , Catrin Rees-Doherty, John Rowland, Margaret Moloney,
Jim Moss, Margaret Malloney, Ruth O’Gorman, John Baxter, Derita Whyte, Carmen
Mincu and Teresa Virrueta; may the Lord comfort them in their
Deceased Please pray for the repose
of the souls of all those who have died recently including Paul Thompson,
Luigi Basile, Bro. Roger Bosse SC, Dave Gleeson, Kathleen Fanning, Mossie
Bambury, Brian Hodgson, Brian Huckle, and for those
whose anniversaries occur at this time, including Patrick William
Curran, Marie Smith and Mary Minogue
Peggy Brampton would like
to thanks all those who celebrated her 103rd birthday with her after 6pm
Mass on 16th September. She had a lovely time and was delighted to have two
cakes. Many thanks to the bakers.
Last weekend’s offertory amounted to £2,100 Many thanks for
This weekend, 8th / 9th October, there will be a second collection for CAFOD
Harvest Fast Day.