TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY OF YEAR A
(Home Mission Day)
20th September 2020
On this Twenty-Fifth Sunday we reflect on the workers in the Vineyard, you and me. Often we are small and petty in the
way we think and act. Fortunately for us there is nothing small or petty about God. His ways are as high above our ways as
the heavens are above the earth. Let us ask God for forgiveness for our smallness of heart, while at the same time opening
ourselves to the goodness of God.
'My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are my ways your ways. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high
are my ways above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts,' says the Lord. How small our thoughts can be, and how
poor our ways of seeing and judging. We think miserly thoughts and act in miserly ways. Why? Because we have small minds
and small hearts. Lord, open our minds and enlarge our hearts, so that we think more like you, and act more like you. Let
us not begrudge your goodness to others, knowing that we too are undeserving of your favours, and stand more in need of
your mercy than of your justice. Amen.
May we continue to help one another to grow in the love of Christ.
With God's blessings,
STEWARDS NEEDED FOR MASSES With the schools returning and the change in Mass times, some of our
faithful stewards are no longer able to continue. To keep our daily Masses available to all, we would be very grateful
for volunteers who are able to offer some of their time. Please contact Margaret Cook to volunteer - click here to
Email or call her on 07722 512215.
MASS BOOKING - NEW SYSTEM: We have created an 'Event' for each of several Masses beginning
with Sunday 13th September, on Ticket Tailor. Bookings already made will be carried forward, so please do not use the
system for 13 September if you have already booked using the old system. To make a booking:-
As before, if you do not make a booking, it may be that you will be turned away at the church door, if all places
are taken. Please also remember that windows and doors will be kept open for ventilation, so that you may find your
seat draughty or cold.
- the link to Ticket Tailor is https://www.tickettailor.com/events/saintaugustineofcanterbury
- the site will ask you to put in your name, and e-mail address (the email address will be used by the site to
confirm your booking)
- the site will confirm your booking, but there will be no 'tickets' issued. Stewards will have a list on
the day, as previously
- you should ask first for the number of seats you want, but if that exact number is not available, please ask for
the next larger size group e.g. if you ask for two seats and there are none available, ask for three seats. There are
41 "tickets" on Saturday and Sunday, 19 on Monday - Friday
- If you cannot access the online booking, please ask a friend to help you, if possible.
- If you need assistance please, for the time being, continue to call or text 07950924349 and leave your name,
telephone number, the date you want to attend Mass and the number of seats you require.
- Please make your booking (at latest) before 5pm on the day before you wish to attend Mass. Please book no more
than two weeks in advance.
- Face Coverings: Face coverings are mandatory in Places of Worship. All those who are attending
churches must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so. Care should be taken by people in unlooping
their face covering for the reception of Holy Communion and replacing the covering afterwards.
Caritas Diocese of Brentwood - Development Co-ordinator.
If you are passionate about supporting local volunteers, and have strong experience in training and networking in the
charitable sector, this could be your perfect job! Please visit https://www.caritasbrentwood.org/news/developmentcoordinator/ for the Job Description and full details of
this significant new role, which will help enhance our Gospel mandate to serve and recognise Christ in the poor, and in
those on the edges. Applications close midday 2nd October 2020.
Fr Timothy Radcliffe To Speak On The Joy Of The Gospel
Christ the High Priest, Gidea Park, will be hosting a live stream event organised by the Catholic Biblical Association
of Great Britain on Saturday 24th October from 11 am. Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP will speak about the 'joy of the
gospel'. The live stream event can be followed by going to www.ssppilford.org.uk and clicking on live stream remote events. This is the first of a series of events
organised by the CBA at various venues.
Click here to email the CBA.
All Brentwood Diocesan Catholic School Vacancies (for which the Education Services Department are aware) are
posted on the Diocesan website. Please use this link address to view current vacancies. https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/departments/education/vacancies/school-vacancies/
Lay chaplain vacancy: St Benedict's Catholic College, Colchester. Applications will only be
accepted on the college application form (which can be downloaded from our Website)and should be emailed (click
here) to Mrs Angela Jones HR Administrator. For further details about the role, please contact Mrs Jo Santinelli,
Principal on 01206 549222. The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 2nd October 2020 and interviews will
be held on 15th October 2020.
DIOCESE SEEKS SITE MANAGER FOR CATHEDRAL to manage the routine maintenance of the buildings and
grounds at the Cathedral Site. The expected closing date is Friday 2 October. For more information and a full job
description and person specification click
here to Email.
BRENTWOOD CATHOLIC CHILDREN'S SOCIETY CHRISTMAS CARDS NOW ON SALE! Full details at https://www.bccs.org.uk/christmas/christmas-cards
Please remember to pray for:
Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese
The sick and housebound
Those who have recently died
Monday: Fr John Ryan
Wednesday: Gigi Saad
Sunday: Fr Gordon Godfrey
NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS - 26th Sunday Year A 27 September
First Reading: Ezekiel 18:25-28
When the sinner renounces sin, he shall certainly live.
Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-11
In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus.
Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32
He thought better of it and went. Tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before