25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
22nd September 2019
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘There was a rich man and he had a steward denounced to him for being wasteful with his property. He called for the man and said, “What is this I hear about you? Draw me up an account of your stewardship because you are not to be my steward any longer.” Then the steward said to himself, “Now that my master is taking the stewardship from me, what am I to do? Dig? I am not strong enough. Go begging? I should be too ashamed. Ah, I know what I will do to make sure that when I am dismissed from office there will be some to welcome me into their homes.”
Then he called his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, “How much do you owe my master?” “One hundred measures of oil” was the reply. The steward said, “Here, take your bond; sit down straight away and write fifty.” To another he said, “And you, sir, how much do you owe?” “One hundred measures of wheat” was the reply. The steward said, “Here, take your bond and write eighty.”
‘The master praised the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light.
‘And so I tell you this: use money, tainted as it is, to win you friends, and thus make sure that when it fails you, they will welcome you into the tents of eternity. The man who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great; the man who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great. If then you cannot be trusted with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches? And if you cannot be trusted with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own?
‘No servant can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.’
Sat 21st 16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 16.15Confessions Sun 22ndSUNDAY XXV IN ORDINARY TIME (Mass bk. p.140) Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners 09.00Mass – Louis O’Neill (Birthday Memories) Mon 23rdSt Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) 09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Tues 24th Our Lady of Walsingham 09.10Mass - Margaret Almond (A) Perpetual Succour Novenaafter Mass Wed 25th St Finbar, bishop of Cork 10.00Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Thurs 26th SS Cosmas and Damian 09.10Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Fri 27th St Vincent de Paul 09.10Mass - Mary Critchley Sat 28th St Wenceslas 16.00-16.35Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 16.15–16.30Confessions Sun 29th SUNDAY XXVI IN ORDINARY TIME (Mass bk.p.144) Sat 16.45Mass – Parishioners 09.00Mass – John Hodson (A) [with Little Church for the youngsters]
Please pray for all the sick and the housebound including: Emeritus Pope Benedict, , and all at Grove House & Marley Court.
COLLECTIONS: Offertory for 15th September: Any cheques for the parish payable to St Joseph’s Anderton (068) Parish a/c. Retiring collection this week - SVP
FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY: Please could you consider giving some tins of food, cereals, veg and potatoes, UHT milk, tea, fruit juices. The Chorley Food Bank is needing extra donations because the demand is very high. It is feeding between 120 and 150 families per week. Thank you.
OPEN EVENING – ST JOSEPH’S RC HIGH SCHOOL HORWICH. Tuesday 24th September from 17.00-19.00. It is a perfect opportunity for current Years 4, 5 and 6 to come and have a look round the High School, meet some students and staff. Parishioners are welcome to join us on the occasion to come and have a look round and see some of the achievements of our youngsters. Mr Tony McCabe, Headteacher.
THE SCOUT GROUP are holding their presentation evening and AGM on Friday 27 September at 19.00 in the Upper Room. All are welcome to join us to see what the young people have achieved over the last year. Refreshments will be served.
ST JOSEPH’S MUSIC GROUP meet next on Tuesday 1st October at 19.00 prompt in church to prepare for the Family Mass on Saturday 5th October. Any young people/ pupils from our Primary School who asked about joining the group are very welcome to come along to the practice on 1st October.
NEWMAN NOVENA OF PRAYER IN THANKSGIVING FOR CANONIZATION OCT 13TH will soon be available.
BAPTISMS: In order to arrange a baptism, please see Fr Marsden immediately after one of the weekend Masses.
PADRE PIO QUOTATIONS: “Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.”
“Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. Have courage and do not fear the assaults of the Devil. Remember this forever; it is a healthy sign if the devil shouts and roars around your conscience, since this shows that he is not inside your will.”
The Devil is like a mad dog tied by a chain. Beyond the length of the chain he cannot catch hold of anyone. And you, therefore, keep your distance. If you get too close you will be caught. Remember, the Devil has only one door with which to enter into our soul: our will. There are no secret or hidden doors. No sin is a true sin if we have not willfully consented.
“I understand that temptations seem to tarnish, rather than to purify the spirit; but let us hear what the saints have to say, and for that purpose it suffices to choose Saint Francis de Sales from among so many: 'Temptations are like soap, which, when spread over the clothes, seems to stain them, but in reality, purifies them.”
“ourselves, and so if certain thoughts agitate you, this agitation never comes from God, who gives tranquillity, being the Spirit of Peace. Such agitation comes from the devil.”
Remember that God is within us when we are in a state of grace and outside of us when we are in a state of sin; but His angel never abandons us. . . He is our most sincere and faithful friend even when we sadden him with our bad behaviour.
Some persons when they are with the good, are good; when they are with the bad they follow evil. This is to have half a conscience; it is to act like children who, in the presence of strangers, abuse the occasion to do things that please their taste, certain that the parents will not reprove them.
“The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain”
Whoever does not meditate, is like someone who never looks in the mirror before going out, doesn't bother to see if he's tidy, and may go out dirty without knowing it. The person who meditates and turns his mind to God, who is the mirror of his soul, seeks to know his faults, tries to correct them, moderates his impulses, and puts his conscience in order.
You complain because the same trials are constantly returning. But look here, what have you to fear? Are you afraid of the divine craftsman who wants to perfect His masterpiece in this way? Would you like to come from the hands of such a magnificent Artist as a mere sketch and no more?
“In Heaven, everything will be spring as far as beauty is concerned, autumn as far as enjoyment is concerned, summer as far as love is concerned. There will be no winter; but here winter is necessary to exercise self-denial and a thousand other little but beautiful virtues which are exercised at times of sterility.”
Where there is no obedience there is no virtue, where there is no virtue there is no good, where there is no good there is no love, where there is no love, there is no God, and where there is no God there is no Paradise.
“My past, O Lord, to Your mercy; my present, to Your love; my future to Your providence.”
“After my death I will do more. My real mission will begin after my death.”
CHORLEY HOSPITAL: Please contact St Joseph’s, Harper’s Lane (262713) if any member of your family is admitted into the Hospital and needs the priest to visit. In an emergency, the ward staff will call in the duty priest chaplain via the switchboard (261222). For the chaplaincy service at Royal Preston Hospital please ring 01772 522435. For the chaplaincy service at Wigan Infirmary T. 01942 822324.
The spirit of God is a spirit of peace, and also in the case of grave sin, it makes us feel tranquil sorrow, humble, confident, and this is due precisely to His mercy. The spirit of the demon, on the contrary, excites, exasperates, and makes us in our sorrow feel something like anger against ourselves, whereas our first charity must be to
Parish Priest: Fr Francis Marsden (01257) 480237
(Also 01257 262537 - St Mary's Chorley)
Parish Office: St Joseph’s Presbytery, 28, Bolton Road, Adlington,
Chorley PR6 9NA (Open Wednesdays 10 am – 3.30 pm)
LIVERPOOL ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESAN TRUSTEES INC
Registered Charity No.232709