26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 27 September 2020
• Observe the directive of the ushers.
• No kneeling.
• Touch only the pew on which you are sitting.
• Church offering baskets are at the door as you enter or go out.
• Church doors must be left open; so please dress appropriately.
• There is no sign of Peace.
• Votive candles are not in use: one candle will be lit to represent the intentions of all.
• If you know someone who is not able to attend Mass and wishes to receive a bulletin via email or letter-box drop, contact Fr. Paul
• Holy water fonts are not in use.
• The toilet is to be used only in an emergency.
• If you come down with Covid-19, please inform Fr. Paul immediately, for tracking & tracing purposes.
• The usher will invite you forward for Holy Communion: when you reach the Eucharistic Minister, pull down your mask, stretch out your right hand + receive the Eucharist, no Amen is said, move one metre to the left, consume the host, replace your mask and exit the church.
• No receiving communion on the tongue.
• Bring all personal belongings with you as you go to Communion.
• Those unable to walk to the front should inform an usher; the minister will come to you.
• If you want a blessing (instead of the Eucharist), stand in front of Fr. Paul
When the sinner renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest, he deserves to live. He has chosen to renounce all his previous sins; he shall certainly live; he shall not die.’
to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his own interests first but everybody thinks of other people’s interests instead. In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus:His state was divine,yet he did not clingto his equality with Godbut emptied himselfto assume the condition of a slave,and became as men are;and being as all men are,he was humbler yet,even to accepting death,death on a cross.But God raised him highand gave him the namewhich is above all other namesso that all beings in the heavens,on earth and in the underworld,should bend the knee at the name of Jesusand that every tongue should acclaimJesusChrist as Lord,to the glory of God the Father.
Matthew loves to tell parables of Jesus which contrast ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’ like these two contrasting sons. Matthew’s parables put everything in black-and-white terms with no shades of grey (wise and foolish weddingattendants, sheep and goats, etc.). Luke uses a different kind of parable, in which the characters – just like ourselves – often do the right thing for the wrong reason. The sayings of Jesus were handed down by word of mouth for some years before being written down. Did the straightforward contrast in Matthew (it is odd that both change their minds without a reason) develop into Luke’s parable of the Prodigal Son? Both times the ‘goodie’ son ends up bad, and the ‘baddie’ son ends up good, but in Luke’s version both changes of mind are motivated, and there is great emphasis on the son’s repentance and the father’s overwhelming joy at getting him back. The lesson in Matthew’s story is given also by Jesus’ word in the Sermon on the Mount, ‘It is not anyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord” who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in Heaven’. It is no use simply saying that Christ is our ‘Lord’; we have to express it in our behaviour. Can you find meaning in this parable for yourself and the relationship you have with the Father?
Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB
Saturday 26 September: Ss Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs , 5:00 pm Mass
Sunday 27 September: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 28 September:St Wenceslaus, Martyr
Tuesday 29 September: SsMichael, Gabriel and Raphael
Wednesday 30 September: St Jerome, Priest, Doctor, 9:30am Mass
Thursday 1 October: St Thérèse of the Child Jesus
Friday 2 October: The Holy Guardian Angels
Saturday 3 October: