18th/19th November 2017

Dear Parishioners,

"Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it". (David Starr Jordan)

As we are approaching to the end of the Liturgical Year, the Holy mother Church invites us not only to be wise and watchful, but challenges us even to be resourceful and responsible (virtuous) in our life journey.

The First Reading from the Book of Proverbs suggests that we should be as diligent and industrious as a loyal and faithful wife. A perfect wife, it says, "is far beyond the price of pearls." She is hardworking, mainly for her family, but she also "reaches out her hand to the poor and extends her arms to the needy." In the Second Reading from his Letter to the Thessalonians, St. Paul reminds the Christians at Thessalonica of the unexpected but certain coming of the day of the Lord. He exhorts the Thessalonians to stay awake and sober.

The 'Parable of the Talents' in today's Gospel is an explicit exhortation for us neither to bury nor to keep our talents aloof, instead, Jesus demands us to toil with it resourcefully. Acceptance or non-acceptance to Father's eternal joy depends on the resourcefulness of given talents. Remember, the settling of accounts upon the master's return is inevitable to his followers and no excuses will work out if we have not used it efficiently.

"Send 0 Lord, Holy Apostles into your Church"

Fr. PG Varghese RCJ

A Daily Prayer for November 'May He support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in His mercy may He gives us a safe lodging, and a holy rest and peace at the last.'

World Day of the Poor Pope Francis has declared this Sunday to be the World Day of the Poor. You can read Pope Francis's message on the Vatican web site at:

Please remember to pray for:

The sick and housebound

Those who have recently died

Years Mind:
Sunday: Fr John Harden
Monday: Fr James Lindburgh
Tuesday: Brian Lynch
Thursday: Mgr Edward Watson, Fr Martin Hancock
Friday: Valentine & Nazera Nasser
Saturday: Christopher Michael Rees
Sunday Fr Anthony Robson

Next Sunday - CHRIST THE KING (A)

First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17
As for you, my sheep, I will judge between sheep and sheep.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28
He will hand over the kingdom of God the Father, so that God may be all in all.

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
He will take his seat on his throne of glory, and he will separate men one from another.