Catholic Community in Cheltenham Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Psalter 1 Page 155 16th November 2014 ‘You have been faithful in small things; come and join in your master’s happiness’ (Matthew 25:14-30) “the only true riches are those that make us rich in virtue” St Gregory the Great 10 St James Square, GL50 3PR 01242 523737 St Thomas More Princess Elizabeth Way, GL51 7RA 01242 573128 Parish Priest: Canon Bosco MacDonald VF Assistant Priest: Fr Frank Wainwright Fr David McDonald Deacon: Rev. Robin Littlewood Parish Websites: www.stgregorys.org.uk, www.stthomasmorechurch.org.uk Schools: St Gregory‟s RC Primary School, St James Square GL50 3QG St Thomas More RC Primary School, Lewis Road, Hesters Way GL51 OHZ All Saints‟ Academy, Blaisdon Way, Cheltenham GL51 OWH Sacred Hearts Moorend Road, Charlton Kings, GL53 9AU 01242 524932 Pope st Gregory the great of Jesus and Mary Parish Priest: Fr Paul Brandon Parish Website: Mass Times this Week 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st Sunday 5.00pm (Sat 5.30pm (Sat) 8.15am 9.30am 10.30am 11.15am 4.15pm 6.00pm Monday 9.15am 9.30am Tuesday 7.00pm Wednesday 9.30am 10.00am Thursday 9.30am 7.00pm Friday 9.15am 1.15pm 22nd Saturday 9.30am 10.00am Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time St Thomas More People of the Parish Sacred Hearts Helena Mackey RIP Sacred Hearts Rose & George Drewry RIP St Gregory Private Intention Sacred Hearts People of the Parish St Gregory Private Intention Sacred Hearts Mass in Polish St Gregory People of the Parish Memorial of Saint Hugh of Lincoln, Bishop Sacred Hearts Private Intention St Gregory Marilyn Welsh RIP Weekday in Ordinary Time St Gregory Carey Eaton RIP Weekday in Ordinary Time St Gregory John Cullen RIP Sacred Hearts Thanksgiving (Williams) Weekday in Ordinary Time St Gregory Dec‟d Members of the 55‟s Club Sacred Hearts Margaret Stevenson RIP Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sacred Hearts Private Intention St Gregory Requiem Mass for Joseph Anthony Bagan RIP Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr St Gregory Carmen Kyffin RIP Sacred Hearts Private Intention Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament at St Gregory‟s: Saturday 10.00am11.00am; Thursday 10.00am-3.00pm ending with Benediction; Sacred Hearts: 1st Friday of month, 9.15am-12.30pm. Sacrament of Reconciliation: St Gregory‟s Saturdays 10.00am; St Thomas More 4.15-4.45pm. 1st Thursday at STM 5pm Confessions in Polish. Sacred Hearts Thursdays 7.30pm and Saturdays 10.30am. Also by arrangement with the priests. RCIA Journey in Faith: Every Thursday, 7-9pm in the Presbytery. Baptisms: By arrangement with the Parish Office. Cheltenham Catholic Adults: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Contact Margaret 07515 805015 or Damian 07908 105787. 55 Club: After 9.30am Mass, in Old Priory (alternate Thursdays). Next meeting: 20th November - Talk by Mrs Jane Williams, “Mercy Ships” and a flower display. Choir Practice: In Church, Thursdays at 7.00pm. New members welcome. Contact John on: 07769 675323. www.sacredhearts.org.uk DOUBLE YOUR MONEY! One of the most unfair scenes of the gospel is painted in the story of the man who went abroad and left three of his servants with varying amounts of money to be looked after. Two of them got handsome returns on the investment while the other simply stored the money away. You can't help feeling sorry for the servant who buried his talent. The other two servants were probably shrewd businessmen who knew how to get a good return on the money. At least the one who buried his talent was able to give back exactly what he had received without loss, even if it gained no interest. But when the master returned, this servant was left in disgrace. If there was nothing more to the story, then it would be rather confusing, and would seem to conflict with the all-embracing attitude that Jesus exhibits in the rest of the gospel. But there is more. Perhaps a clue is given when we hear that the master gave varying amounts of money to each servant "in proportion to his ability." He didn't expect ten talents back from the one who had been given three, any more than he expected one back from the man given five. He knew what they were each capable of, and his disappointment was not with the amounts, but the effort. The whole episode teaches us two lasting truths. The first is that in our Christian lives we can never let our talents languish. Whatever has been given to us by God is intended for the building up of the Body of Christ. It's a tragic frustration of God's design if we are a talented singer, a gifted organist, an accomplished administrator, a natural with children, a sure-footer with the elderly, and we know it but don't use it for the benefit of others. The second truth balances the first. When we have been working flat out with the talents we have, then is the time to remember that it is only in the power of the Holy Spirit that we can accomplish anything of value. God invites us not to hold back, to give of our best. But our best is made possible only because we are filled with the Spirit. So, at the end of the day's work, we do not look for a rapturous round of applause. We do what we do, because God has gifted us "in proportion to our ability." And, after all, it's what the master will expect when he returns. Finance Last week‟s offertory collection came to: £1171.78 (STG); £274.06 (STM) Bingo £82.00 (STM); Next weekend there will be a retiring collection after all Masses for the Catholic Youth Service. Thank you for your support and generosity. Families Up Front A special welcome to all our families next Sunday, on The Feast of Christ the King, and Youth Sunday. Please do come to the front benches, where the children can see, and we can support you as vital members of our faith community. Deanery Mass This Tuesday, 18th November at 7pm there will be a Mass for the deceased clergy of the Deanery at St Catherine‟s, Chipping Camden. All welcome. November Memorial List November is a special time of prayer for Holy Souls. Please use the purple slips of paper on the table at the back of church to add the names of loved ones whom you wish to be remembered at Mass throughout November. Simply place the list in the box in front of the Lady Chapel. Adoration Rota We urgently need to renew our Adoration rota. Please would everyone interested give their name and address to the Presbytery, so that we can prepare a new rota. The Repository 2015 Catholic calendars and diaries/Mass/prayer books/and also Christmas cards are now available from the repository. Traidcraft The Traidcraft team will be in the Old Priory after the 9.30 and 11.15am Masses, on Sunday, 30th November. Advent calendars, Christmas cards and gifts will be available, as well as our usual products. St Thomas More Christmas Fayre The Christmas Fayre will take place at St Thomas More on Saturday, 29th November between 11am1.00pm. We need some good quality items for prizes and items to sell (bottles, toys, chocolates, jewellery, bric-a-brac etc) and your help to cover a stall on the day. Items can be left at St Gregory‟s and St Thomas More‟s Church and Presbytery. To volunteer, contact Philippe Watine on 260966 or Marianna Thomas 528427. Help us to help our Church: all together we are a community! ‘The Pilgrim Route to Compostela’ A talk on „The Pilgrim Route to Compostela‟ will be given by Dr Steven Blake this Monday, 17th November at 7.30pm. Venue: the Teaching Block, Park Campus; cost: £3. Further details from www.history.org.uk Palestinian Lunch Make your reservation now for a seat at the Palestinian Lunch, next Saturday, 22nd November in the Old Priory. Tickets are £10 per person and must be purchased before the day, enabling us to cater properly. Not only is this the chance to savour some delicious dishes, but a wonderful social occasion. There will also be a raffle and a sale of goods. All proceeds will go to our parish projects supporting families in need in Bethlehem. Tickets are available from Joanne on 243207 or the Parish Office. Prayer & Praise Meeting at St. Peter’s Our next Prayer, Praise & Worship evening at St Peter's Church Gloucester, is on the evening of Thursday, 20th November at 7.30pm. We are delighted that Deacon Steve Boughton has accepted our invitation to come as our guest speaker. Steve was ordained last year, ministering at St. Aldhelm's Malmesbury. He is an enthusiastic member of the Renewal, and a very gifted speaker. The meeting lasts for about an hour with music and a speaker, followed by refreshments. Thank you for your support of our prayer group. Cheltenham Christian Ecology To sow peace, protect the Earth” - Pat Gaffney, UK General Secretary of Pax Christi, the international Catholic movement for peace, visits The Old Priory on Friday , 5th December for a talk exploring the links between war, conflict and the degradation of our planet organised by Cheltenham Christian Ecology Link. The talk (which will be followed by Compline) begins at 7.30pm, admission free – retiring collection. Enquiries: Martin Davis, 01242 575779 [email protected] Our Prayers are asked for: Sick: Liz Sawaf, Sue Ball, Claire Young, Sean Murphy, Helen Stanbury, Grace Stevens, Olive Whelan, Bruce Francis, Jenny Dabrowska, Teresa Patterson, Bernie Warner, Deirdre Kelleher, Helen Dorothy Gorry, Denise Ellis, Kevin Dunn, Peter Lucassi, Christopher & Clifford Brown, Margaret Ellis, Julia & Danny Barr, Teresa & Paddy O‟Kelly, Bridie & Terry Ruck, Angela Savidge, Pauline Crosbie, Emily Cousins, Rey Lluisma, Lilian Martin, Bridget Garvey, Geoffrey Garvey, Pat Donovan, Maddie Read, Dan Perry, Pete Thacker, Mary Costello, Adrian Davis, Lisa Partridge, Norma Greener. Deceased: Joseph Bagan, June Edwards and Miroslawa Makowiecka RIP. Anniversaries: Enid Ellery, Allan Turner, Stanley William (Bill) Inns, Hazel Patricia Popplewell, Winifred Sanders, Douglas Howls, William Sullivan, Leonard Hoffland, Anna Gargiulo, David Pett, Rachel Sauter, Sam Groom.
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