6th October 2019

Dear Parishioner,

All three readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time speak a lot about "Faith" and how it works in our lives. "To one who has Faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without Faith, no explanation is possible." (St. Thomas Aquinas). It is this Faith that is the nucleus of all of our readings today.

The first reading presents Faith as trusting in God and faithfully living out His Covenant with us. Here, Faith is shown as hope and steadfast expectation in the face of suffering and delay. God assures the prophet that Faith gives us access to Divine power, and, hence, the just will live righteous lives in the midst of encircling evil because of their Faith.

In the second reading, Paul presents Faith as our acceptance of Jesus as the fulfilment of the promises of God. Paul stresses the need for a living Faith in, and loyalty to, Christ's teachings handed down to us by the Church. Hence, Faith is belief in, and acceptance of, revealed truths based on the authority and veracity of God, and Hope is trust in God.

In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches his Apostles that Faith is sharing in God's power, and, hence, even in small quantities, it allows God to work miracles in our lives and in the lives of others. It is Faith, meaning reliance on, or confidence in, God, which makes one just, putting him into right relation with God and neighbour. While the Apostles ask for an increase in the quantity of their Faith Jesus reminds them, and so us, that the quality of one's Faith is more important than the quantity.


Fr Sabu Pariyadan RCJ


'Red Box' Appeal

Next weekend we will welcome Ms Catherine Scott to give the five-yearly Red Box Appeal. Through the Red Box we care for our Church family around the world. Thank you to all parishioners who already give to the Pope's official; charity for overseas mission - Missio - and Britain's own missionary order, the Mill Hill Missionaries, through the Red Box.

Please remember to pray for:

Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese

The sick and housebound

Those who have recently died

Years Mind:
Sunday: Fr Edward Heery
Monday: Fr Harold Cahill
Tuesday: Fr Alfred Clements
Wednesday: Mike Post, Pope Pius


First Reading: 2 Kings 5:14-17
Naaman returned to Elisha and acknowledged the Lord.

Second Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-13
If we hold firm we shall reign with Christ.

Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
No one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.