Our Lady of Lourdes Harpenden 17th November 2013 33rd Sunday of the Year Parish Priest: Monsignor Canon H. Turner I, Kirkwick Avenue, Harpenden AL5 2QH tel: 01582 712245 email [email protected] website: olol-harpenden.org.uk twitter: @RC_OLOL Parish Office Mon. Tues. Wed & Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm Office Administrator Jane Rose email: [email protected] Also in Residence Bishop John Crowley – Retired. The readings today are full of end-time anticipation that the Kingdom and the reign of God are near at hand, and the Lord comes to rule the peoples with fairness. Jesus was teaching in the Temple all day at the time he said these words: if people had been aware who He was, they would have seen this as absolutely appropriate: God in the temple. But both the building and his own body were to be destroyed: his body very shortly after he spoke, and the building about thirty years after. When Christians read or heard Luke's Gospel the Temple had already gone, and some thought that Jesus' other words, about his return. 'We can always see the 'signs' of the end, and the 20th and 21st centuries continue to provide graphic examples to frighten us. This Gospel should be learned by heart to know what we should think when this happens. Don't be frightened. Stay awake, stand ready! SMILE LINES MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK Great invention The boys had been up in the attic together helping with some cleaning. They uncovered an old manual typewriter and asked their mother what it was. She briefly explained, but they were still puzzled as to how it worked. "I'll show you," their mother said, and returned with a blank piece of paper. She rolled the paper into the typewriter and began striking the keys, leaving black letters of print on the page. "WOW!" they exclaimed, "That's really cool...but how does it work like that? Where do you plug it in?" "There is no plug," she answered. "It doesn't need a plug." "Then where do you put the batteries?" they persisted. "It doesn't need batteries either," she continued. "Wow! This is so cool!" they exclaimed. "Someone should have invented this a long time ago!" Saturday 16th November 10.00am Susann Byrne (RIP) 6.00pm Anne Brophy (RIP) Sunday 17th November 8.30am Special Intention Bill Hammond 9.45am Giulio Borgatti (RIP) 11.30am Tony Milham (RIP) Anniv. Monday 18th November 9.15am Frank Phelan (RIP) Tuesday 19th November 9.15am Patrick Hickey RIP Anniv. Wednesday 20th November 9.15am Sr Jennie OP (RIP) Thursday 21st November 11.00am Geoffrey Platt (RIP) Friday 22nd November 9.15am Margaret Turner (RIP) Anniv. Saturday 23rd November 10.00am Deceased member of The Luton Circle Catenians 6.00pm Edward Lunders (RIP) Sunday 24th November 8.30am Margaret Foulds (RIP) 9.45am Sp. Int. (AM) 11.30am Pat Halligan (RIP) * * * * * DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP Collection Box donations: 10th November – £47.80 QUOTE The spirit of curiosity is not a good spirit: it is the spirit of dispersion, of distancing oneself from God, the spirit of speaking too much. And Jesus will also tell us something interesting: this spirit of curiosity, that is worldly, brings us to confusion. Curiosity urges us to want to hear that the Lord is here or there; or it makes us say ‘I know a seer, a seer, that receives letters from Our Lady, messages from Our Lady.’ But look, Our Lady is a Mother! And she loves us all. But she is not the head of the Post Office to send us messages every day. Such curiosities distance us from the Gospel. The Kingdom of God does not come to attract attention nor bring confusion, but rather, it comes in wisdom to bring peace. POPE FRANCIS.
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