Weekly Bulletin - Sunday 20th August - 20th Sunday in
Ordinary Time (Liturgical Year A)
This week's reflection
‘Charity begins at home’ can be a very practical and wise guideline.
It can also be used selfishly, and on occasion, even unjustly. It can be
a coded way of saying what we have we hold. It can be an attitude of heart
in an individual, a family, a neighbourhood, a profession, a trade union
or even a country.
We may see traces
of it in Jesus himself. He belonged to a race for whom God’s choice of them
had led for many to an attitude that God’s gifts to them were exclusively
for them. Was that what prompted Jesus to refuse the Canaanite woman’s
request at first asking?
In our time, this
judgmental exclusion may be growing insidiously even among religious people
and their practices. In times of change, uncertainty and fear, we feel free
to put up the barriers individually or collectively no matter what the reality
of other’s pressing needs. One message we could comfortably take from
this Gospel is the value of persevering prayer but the more serious challenge
is to explore where each of us may exclude from our lives the traveller,
the disabled, the homeless, those in direct provision and the less educated.
In the Church In the Church Kosciela In the Church
8.00 am 9.00 am
Claire Linton RIP
People of the Parish (this Mass NOT at the Church)
Mary Battles RIP
Leonardo Venetico RIP
Anna and Stanley Norman Whittle RIP
... and during the week
St. Maximilan Kolbe
Debbie Lyons, Anniv.
Feast of the Assumption
7pm (vigil) 10am & 7pm
EJ Syminovski funeral
Tereance De Cruz Ints.
Clare Moss RIP
10am & 7pm 10am & 7pm 10am & 7pm 10am
Lazslo Ujlaki RIP
P Connolly Funeral
Christian Wade RIP
Syd Hopkins RIP
Danna Green RIP
Amadeo Dell’Erario Ann.
Additionally this week, Wednesday,
4.30pm LIE-IN FOR PATRICK CONNOLLY
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
Reading (Isaiah 56:1, 6-7) The Hebrews were God’s chosen
people. Over time, consciousness of God’s choice led them to believe that
this God was theirs exclusively. Isaiah points out that this is not so.
Second Reading (Romans 11:13-15,
29-32) Distraught at the refusal of his own people to accept Jesus as the
Promised One, Paul strenuously points out that this does not mean their total
rejection by God, more certainly since some Jews have accepted Jesus as their
Risen Saviour. Gospel Reading (Matthew 15:21-28) This Gospel
reading seems to be an intrusion into the story of Jesus’ formation of Peter
by strengthening his faith (last Sunday) and giving him the keys (next Sunday).
In between these two momentous religious experiences, we have an insertion
of ordinary daily living, a woman with a sick child looking for help.
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General First Holy
Communion 2018 Enrolment forms are now available at the back of
the Church. If you have a child who will be in Year 3 or above in September
and they would like to join the Parish Programme for First Holy Communion,
please fill in the enrolment and consent forms and return them to the Parish
office for the attention of Sister Anita on or before Sunday 27th August 2017.
Please note: If your child was baptised outside our Parish you need to send
in a copy of his/her baptismal certificate with the forms. If your child
was baptised here there is no need to send in a copy of the certificate.
School Governor Vacancy Would you be interested
in being a school governor? Have an opportunity to participate in the
development of one of our Catholic schools? SS Alban & Stephen Infant
& Nursery School has a vacancy for a new governor – ideally someone
who does not have a child at the school but all are welcome to express
interest. No qualification required – just an enthusiasm for Catholic education.
For more information, please contact email@example.com
Foundation Governor Vacancy SAS Catholic Junior School are looking to appoint a Foundation Governor who is committed
to Catholic education. You will play a strategic role in helping shape and
develop the future of the school and in supporting the children, staff and
families. If you are interested in this excellent opportunity please contact
Mr Charles Soyka, headteacher 01727 866 668.
Nicholas Breakspear School - Studying
in the Sixth Form The school is delighted to announce that,
due to its continued expansion, places have become available to study in
the sixth form from September 2017. Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School,
in partnership with The John Henry Newman School, is a high achieving sixth
form which offers a wide range of courses. It is also able to offer smaller
class sizes which enhances learning and enables students to excel academically.
If you would like the opportunity to achieve your full potential at Level
3 study and enjoy the vast array of enrichment opportunities that make
the school such a wonderful community, whilst being fully prepared for
Higher Education or employment, then please contact Mr C Laing, Director
of Sixth Form (860079) or e-mail: Laingc@nbs.herts.sch.uk
Just a Minute - Wioudl you like to come alive
in faith ? Then our journey of faith may be for you ! JIFFY (Journey In Faith For You )is a group for adults (single or married) who may be:-
· Wishing to explore and broaden their faith within a small group
· Thinking of returning to Church
· Wanting to support their children by exploring their own faith
· Thinking of being Confirmed in your faith
· Thinking of becoming a member of our Catholic faith community
· Thinking of becoming a Christian / baptism
We meet every Thursday evening between 8.00p.m. – 9.30p.m. in Room 1 of
the Parish Hall + one or two other dates / venues from September > Easter
through to Pentecost each year. In the first instance contact Deacon Steve
on 01727863925 or firstname.lastname@example.org or any of our priests on 01727853585
or email@example.com see also www.becomingacatholic.org.uk
to Simon Doherty & Margaret Hanrahan
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 Margaret
Connors, Bella Roberts and Hugh Styles 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
Seamus Meehan, Sr. Annie Bromham IBVM,
baby Lily Illyanou, Elsa Bayabos, Geraldine McBride, Fiona Wright, Becki
Vousden, Vertina Fernandes, Veronica Hamilton, Claire Whitehead, Alice Daly,
Richard Mayes, Sheila Doohan, Janet Szymczak, Noah Gregorio, Edie Hale, Gerry
Smith, Edmond Mansfield, Ethel Holloway, Teresa Hill, Ida Daswa, Catrin Rees-Doherty,
John Rowland, Donal Moore, Margaret Moloney, Jim Moss, Margaret Malloney,
Ruth O’Gorman, John Baxter, Derita Whyte, Carmen Mincu & Teresa Virrueta;may the Lord comfort them
in their illness.
Please pray for the repose of the souls of
all those who have died recently including Nasreen,
John Kellett, Sheila Coyle, Kathleen Rosser, Pete Helliwell, Eryk John Szyminowski,
Kenneth Colfer, Patrick Connolly, Veronica Palmer, Douglas Palmer, Martin
Daly, Stella Melbourne, Mary Murphy and for those whose
anniversaries occur at this time
Thank you A very, very
big thank you to everyone whom came to celebrate our Golden Wedding. For
all the wonderful cards; messages; 'NON' Presents; flowers Mass Cards etc.
We wish you all God blessings for your love and generosity. We are blessed
to be in this parish and to be served by the MSCs. Terry and Steve Pickard.
Finances and Offerings
Last weekend’s offertory amounted to £1,700. Many thanks for