TIMES OF MASS FOR THE 16th  WEEK OF THE YEAR

SUNDAY:     PARISH MASS  at 10.00am

MONDAY:    Adoration at 8.30am Service of  Word and Communion at 9.00am 

TUESDAY:   Feast of St Sharbel Makluf, Maronite (Lebanese) monk & priest (19th cent)
                   Adoration at 5.30pm   Evening Mass at 6.00pm Scripture sharing group after Mass

WEDNESDAY:     Feast of St James the Apostle
                           Adoration at 6.30pm      Evening Mass at 7.00pm

 THURSDAY:   Feast of Ss Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary, grandparents of Jesus
                        Mass at 12.00 noon, followed by Adoration until 1.30pm
                        Mass of Thanksgiving for 25th Anniversary of St James Priory at 6.30pm

FRIDAY:     Adoration  at 8.15am   Morning Prayer at 8.45am   Mass at 9.00am

SATURDAY:     Adoration  at 11.30am    Mass at 12 noon
                                       Sacrament of Reconciliation:      after Mass and at 4.30pm only 

TODAY   [1]   On the Sixteenth Sunday of the Year we celebrate Jesus if the Compassionate Shepherd, who puts aside his own need and that of his disciples to bring hope, healing and freedom to the crowds who find Him and them in the place of quiet and reflection. St Vincent de Paul would say that when you leave prayer or Mass to heed the cries of the poor, you do not leave prayer or Mass because you are with Jesus! And we are all shepherds!
[2]   We observe Sea Sunday and support the Church’s increasingly important mission among the world’s seafarers (and their families) by our Retiring Collection for the Apostleship of the Sea. Bristol is a port (through Avonmouth). The Seamen’s missions are playing a very important role in combatting human trafficking and exploitation of workers - those who serve us on the seas often have very precarious employment situations and are vulnerable to exploitation. Yet their work is vital to the world’s economy and food distribution!

NEXT SUNDAY   [1]    The Seventeenth Sunday of the Year sees a change from our journey through Mark’s Gospel to reflection upon Jesus’ teaching on the Word and Eucharist in John’s Gospel. We begin readings from the great Sixth Chapter we find in John. (The reason for this change is Mark’s Gospel is considerably shorter than the other two ‘synoptic Gospels’ - Matthew and Luke - so allowing this proclamation and exploration of the Eucharist according to John). So we celebrate Jesus, passionate to feed every human hunger, both physical, psychological and spiritual. The crowds are fed by Jesus  -  will we the Church, like the little boy of the Gospel, work with Jesus to feed the hungry of our time, whatever their hunger might be.
[2]   Why not join Songs of Praise in the Park - 12noon to 2.00pm - a picnic (bring your own) with Christians from the Ashley Churches Together group (St Paul’s area). There will be some familiar hymn and chorus singing and a praise-filled and enjoyable couple of hours in Mina Rd Park, St Werbugh’s. A time of fellowship and gentle witness to our faith.

WORD OF GOD FOR SIXTEENTH WEEK OF ‘ORDINARY TIME’

Sunday          Jeremiah 23: 1-6 / Psalm 22 / Ephesians 2: 13-18 / Mark 6: 30-34

Monday         Micah 6: 1-4, 6-8 / Psalm 49 / Matthew 12: 38-42

Tuesday        Micah 7: 14-15, 18-20 / Psalm 84 / Matthew 12: 46-50

Wednesday   2 Corinthians 4: 7-15 / Psalm 125 / Matthew 20: 20-28

Thursday       Jeremiah 2: 1-3, 7-8, 12-13 / Psalm 35 / Matthew 13: 10-17

Friday            Jeremiah 3: 14-17 / Responsorial Jeremiah 31 / Matthew 13: 18-23

Saturday       Jeremiah 7: 1-11 / Psalm 83 / Matthew 13: 24-30

DIOCESAN PRAYER    The Diocese prays for all those working in the Diocesan Departments based in Alexander House. Their administrative and overseeing work of various aspects of the Mission of our Diocese (eg Schools and Colleges Dept, Finance Department, property Services, Marriage Tribunal, Safeguarding Office, Adult Education etc etc) are all in the service of the Mission of the Church in our parishes and other organisations.