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PRIEST:      Our world is divided between rich and poor, have’s and have-not’s, the Dives’ and Lazarus’s of today … and the gap is getting wider by the month! But Jesus has a different vision of the world – where the poor are the important ones, and the rich beg from them. He called this vision the Kingdom. It is our mission to transform the world into the Kingdom, and so we are challenged to express God’s option for the Poor. Let us reflect upon how far away we are from the values of Jesus who chose the world of the poor…

READER:                  For the ways we are possessive of what we have,
                                       and too often refuse to share with those who have so little…

                                                                 LORD HAVE MERCY

                                       For the ways our need for security makes us blind and insensitive
                                       to so much desperate need around us and in our world…

                                                                 CHRIST HAVE MERCY

                                       For a world that denies most of our brothers and sisters
                                       the right to food, to shelter, to work, to health…

                                                                 LORD HAVE MERCY

PRIEST:          May God the Father and Mother of all life forgive us;
                            May Jesus the Universal Brother open our hearts
                                             to heal of the world of poverty;
                            May the Holy Spirit renew the face of the Earth,
                                             beginning with our own lives
                            and lead all the earth to everlasting life…

                                                              AMEN!

25th SUNDAY YEAR C

PRIEST:     The Word of God for us today challenges us about who it is we really serve! Where are our priorities – the ambition for money, easy life-style, and power? Or the building of a world shared equally by all?  Greed is not the preserve of the rich… we can all allow greed for more to distort our lives.  At a time when there is so much war and killing, so much poverty and injustice, we ask ourselves how many of our resources – time, prayer, money – do we put to the Mission of the Gospel and the building of peace and justice. So let us reflect on how we respond to Christ’s call to greater honesty and integrity in all our dealings; Christ’s call to a simpler life-style and a life of that offers the world an alternative, and better Way…

READER:     When we put more energy into money and property
                          than we do for people and relationships

                                                   LORD HAVE MERCY…

When we compromise our Gospel values of justice and charity
                           for the sake of our own gain and ambitions

                                                   CHRIST HAVE MERCY…

When we live with little regard for the poorest of our communities;
                            when we accept laws and policies that oppress
the already downtrodden

                                                   LORD HAVE MERCY…

PRIEST:        May the God of Justice purify our hearts;
                          may Jesus come to us in the poverty of His forgiveness;
                          may the Holy Spirit inspire us to choose with God
                          the Mission to serve the poorest,
                          and so bring us to everlasting life…

                                                     AMEN!

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‘As a man dedicated to God, you must aim to be saintly and religious’ … for Pope Francis as he leads the Church to renewal and humility – that together we might offer the world a more effective witness of authentic holiness, of ‘faith and love, patience and gentleness’  

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…
[PEOPLE]      HEAR THE CRIES OF THE POOR

‘As a man dedicated to God, you must aim to be saintly and religious’ … for Pope Francis as he leads the Church to renewal and humility – that together we might offer the world a more effective witness of authentic holiness, of ‘faith and love, patience and gentleness’  

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…

‘Woe to those ensconced so snugly on ivory beds’ … that the rich and powerful nations will recognise their impoverished victims and at last become serious about justice for the poor, ‘the new name for Peace’, for the work of CAFOD bringing the Hope and Justice of the Gospel to the peoples

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…

‘If someone comes from the dead, they will repent’ … For the oppressed peoples of the world, in particular the peoples of Syria, Yemen, the forgotten Rohinga Muslims and the 67 million refugees world-wide: may the powerful of the world listen to their cries and build a more human, equal, peaceful and free world

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…

‘There was a rich man who feasted everyday and the poor Lazarus at his gate’ … For all who work to bring justice and hope, shelter and food, education and employment to the poor and homeless of our inner city; for the Wild Goose Café, the Spring of Hope Ladies Night Shelter, our ‘Borderlands’ Charity, for the many housing initiatives in our city and for the teachers of our inner city schools

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…

‘The dogs even came and licked his sores’ … for doctors and nurses, social workers and community psychiatric workers who serve in the inner city that they might bring healing and hope to many; for our parish healing ministry and our Emmaus listening and talking group that each might serve the most broken in our midst

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…

‘Now he is being comforted’ … for all who are the victims of our successful society and city, so often addicted on our streets; we pray also for … 
for those who have died recently, especially … and all victims of armed conflict;   and for all whose anniversaries are at this time… 

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray with us for peace of the Middle East region…

                                                             HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…

 

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That Christians everywhere will witness to Jesus the Truth and Justice of God by the highest standards of honesty and integrity in the world business, finance and politics 

                                                 [Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…
[PEOPLE]     TEACH US TO LIVE THE GOSPEL

As we mark UN World Peace Day at this time, we pray for world leaders who hold the power of life and death in their hands, that they will listen to the human cry for peace and an end to killing and terror, especially in Syria and Yemen, the Congo and Cameroon; we pray also that the great powers will support and not undermine the work of the United Nations

                                                 [Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…

For all who cannot find employment, for those denied the right to work, for those unable to work because of sickness and disability, for those who are exploited in the work place, for those suffering the injustice of zero hours contracts

                                                 [Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…

For  all young people starting at University at this time, that they might develop their skills and personalities in ways that will build a future of peace and justice for our world; we pray especially for chaplaincies that seek to bring the challenging wisdom of Christ to our students

                                                 [Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…

That the God of the Poor will empower our parish community as we struggle for justice and healing for the people of the Inner City, especially those most marginalised in our wealthy city and those seeking safe asylum among us

                                                 [Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…

We pray we might always welcome through our prayer those hurting in mind, heart or body and for those who care for them; we pray especially for … 
for those who have died recently, especially … and victims of war and terrorism;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time…  

                                                 [Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, our Lady of Walsingham, pray with us for the renewed evangelisation of our land and for greater integrity in political leadership…

                                                                            HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY YEAR C

PRIEST      On this Home Mission Sunday we have the joy of celebrating the forgiving heart of God. The great parable of the Prodigal Son is given only in Luke’s Gospel – the Evangelist of Mercy.  But this parable carries insight into the very heart of God, a heart constantly open to forgive us no matter what, a heart ever on the watch for our homecoming, ever straining and yearning to see our return. This Gospel inspires us to be a community of God’s heart, always seeking out the lost and bringing them home to their Father and our Father! Let us then open our hearts not only to receive His mercy, but also to offer this great mercy and forgiveness to those who have hurt us. 

READER         When we do not trust the constant forgiveness of God,
When we doubt His unconditional acceptance of us

                                                     LORD HAVE MERCY

                              When we will not forgive others who have us hurt,
When we will not fling wide open the gates of God’s Mercy
When we are not Ambassadors of Reconciliation

                                                     CHRIST HAVE MERCY

When despite the forgiveness God freely gives us
we will not forgive ourselves
When we cling onto guilt and refuse to be healed 

                                                     LORD HAVE MERCY

PRIEST        May the God who is Prodigal in His Mercy forgive us
                         May Jesus, the Elder Brother, carry us home to our Father;
                         May the Holy Spirit grant us the Joy of being reconciled
                                              And bring all the world to everlasting life

                                                    AMEN!

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‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them’ – may the Church always ‘fling wide open the gates of God’s Mercy’ and be a sign of God’s prodigious forgiveness in our broken world – may many who have experienced the Church’s rejection come home and find themselves again

[Reader]               LORD WE PRAY …
[People]                Teach us to forgive.

‘Rejoice with me … I have found the sheep that was lost’ – for those who have lost themselves in drug and alcohol addiction that they will find the joy of freedom, wholeness and new life: that the Church will seek always to be the Good Shepherd searching for the alienated, the Elder brother who brings home the lost to the Father’s love

[Reader]               LORD WE PRAY …

St Paul writes, ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save…’ – may all discover the freedom there is in forgiving one another, and political leaders everywhere embrace a new Politics of Forgiveness and so bring peace to our war-torn world, especially in Syria and Yemen

[Reader]               LORD WE PRAY …

‘Christ Jesus has judged me faithful enough to call me into his service’ – for the many young people of the Church who offer their time, energy and skills to bring Gospel hope and life to impoverished communities across the world: that Pope Francis’s call for a simpler and poorer Church inspire our young people to answer the call of Christ and serve the poor

[Reader]               LORD WE PRAY …

‘I shall leave this place and return to my father’ – for a renewal of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in our lives and our communities, that we shall find again the joy and life that comes from celebrating this Sacrament of Mercy and Forgiveness

                                           [Reader]               LORD WE PRAY …

For the healing and comforting of the sick, for those disturbed of mind that they might find peace, for those who have ruined their mental or physical health through addiction: and we pray especially for ….
We pray eternal life for those who have died recently, in particular … and all who have perished in war and conflict, especially in Syria
And for those whose anniversaries are at this time, in particular the victims of 9/11 and the wars and terror that has flowed from that atrocity

[Reader]               LORD WE PRAY …

Let us ask Mary to guide the Church to welcome home those who have lost their way
                                                                             HAIL MARY….

We now pray in a moment of silence for other needs

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY YC

PRIEST      On this Home Mission Sunday we have the joy of celebrating the forgiving heart of God. The great parable of the Prodigal Son is given only in Luke’s Gospel – the Evangelist of Mercy.  But this parable carries insight into the very heart of God, a heart constantly open to forgive us no matter what, a heart ever on the watch for our homecoming, ever straining and yearning to see our return. This Gospel inspires us to be a community of God’s heart, always seeking out the lost and bringing them home to their Father and our Father! Let us then open our hearts not only to receive His mercy, but also to offer this great mercy and forgiveness to those who have hurt us. 

READER         When we do not trust the constant forgiveness of God,
When we doubt His unconditional acceptance of us

                                                     LORD HAVE MERCY

                              When we will not forgive others who have us hurt,
When we will not fling wide open the gates of God’s Mercy
When we are not Ambassadors of Reconciliation

                                                     CHRIST HAVE MERCY

When despite the forgiveness God freely gives us
we will not forgive ourselves
When we cling onto guilt and refuse to be healed 

                                                     LORD HAVE MERCY

PRIEST        May the God who is Prodigal in His Mercy forgive us
                         May Jesus, the Elder Brother, carry us home to our Father;
                         May the Holy Spirit grant us the Joy of being reconciled
                                              And bring all the world to everlasting life

                                                    AMEN!

Patronal Mass of Rededication 2019

Mass for the Patronal Feast of St Nicholas of Tolentino concluding our 170th Anniversary Year

ENTRANCE LITURGY

PROCESSIONAL SONG African

ENTRANCE HYMN No 458

AT THE BAPTISMAL FONT – Renewal of Baptismal Promises

PRIEST: As we conclude our celebration of 170 years of mission and witness, we recommit ourselves to God’s future for our parish of community and mission. Baptism is the foundation of our Life in Christ. Signed by the Cross of Christ and immersed in the Sacred Waters, we die to ourselves and rise with Christ, to live for Him, for each other and for our world; from the Fount of Living Water we drink deeply of the Holy Spirit, and cry out ‘Abba! our Father!’. From every tribe and nation, race and people we are gathered into the one Family of all God’s Children.

READER: Will you now renew your commitment as the People of the Water:
Do you renounce all evil in the world and in your own hearts?
Do you commit yourselves to living the holiness of the Beatitudes?

PEOPLE: We do renounce all evil, seeking to live the Holiness and Love of Christ.

READER:     Will you love God your Father with all your heart and strength?
Will you accept afresh the New Life won for you
                         by the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, brother to all Humanity?
Will you open afresh your life to the Power and Gifts of the Spirit
that we might continue the Mission of the Church here long into the future?
Will you live faithfully as a member of God’s Holy Church,
                         building together a Universal Communion of love for all the nations?

PEOPLE: Signed by the Cross of Christ, we will live our Baptism in love for the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the heart of the Church. 

PRIEST: Divine Trinity, bless anew the water of this Font
and renew the Grace of Baptism in each member of this Parish.
Empower us for our mission: to build our community in love and service
and so witness to the love of Christ in the heart of the Inner City,
In the Name of the Father, + the Son and the Holy Spirit…

PEOPLE: AMEN!

All are sprinkled with Baptismal Water as a sign that we seek to live our Baptism anew.

MEANWHILE ALL SING No 407

GLORIA                                        African Gloria

OPENING PRAYER 

LITURGY OF THE WORD

AT THE LECTERN – Rededication to the Word                 African Song of Acclamation

The Books of the Word are brought to the Lectern, ‘the Table of the Word’. Our priest and Readers go to the Lectern to welcome the Books of the Holy Scriptures, and all rededicate ourselves to the Word Who is Life for us, Bread for our Journey.

PRIEST:      Our God is the One who speaks – a Word that creates, redeems and heals.
God speaks with such intensity that the Word was made Flesh in Jesus.
                       This Living Word is to be proclaimed in new ways
                       by this parish for years to come.
Let us always open our hearts to the Word Who is Life,
                       that the flesh of our lives will also carry the Word to the World.

READER: Will you rededicate yourselves to being the People of the Word?
Will you allow the Word to gather you as one community?
Will you welcome the Word when it challenges you to change?
Will you, like Mary, ponder the Word in your heart and make it your treasure
and like St Nicholas build your lives upon the Rock of God’s Word?

PEOPLE: WE REDEDICATE OURSELVES TO BEING BOTH LISTENERS AND DOERS OF THE WORD, PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL WITH OUR LIVES SO THAT THE WORD WILL BE MADE FLESH IN US.

FIRST READING Jeremiah c1: vv 4-10

RESPONSORIAL PSALM                               No 892

SECOND READING                                    Romans c8: vv 14-25

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION  African 

GOSPEL Luke c4: vv 16-21

HOMILY

RENEWAL OF COVENANT WITH THE POOR

PRIEST:   As in the past, so into the future God entrusts to our parish the care
of the poor of the city. The Holy Spirit calls and empowers us to rededicate ourselves as a community to that same caring for the poor and marginalised, excluded and rejected. Challenged to work for a True Jubilee of Justice and Peace for our world by remaining true of our Covenant with the Poor, and inspired by God’s great Lover of the Poor, St Nicholas, we accept again the challenge of our Jubilee 2000 Covenant:
to hold in prayer the poor and conflict-torn of the world;
to recognise the causes of poverty, war and racial conflict and so campaign;
to find renewed energy for inspired action to bring about peace and justice;
to welcome the stranger among us and struggle with them for freedom. 

Do you reaffirm this Covenant with the Poor?

People: WE REAFFIRM OUR PARISH COVENANT WITH THE POOR:
WE WILL CONTINUE TO REACH OUT IN COMPASSION TO THE POOR OF OUR STREETS AND CITY, WELCOMING & LISTENING TO THE STRANGER;
WE REDEDICATE OURSELVES AND OUR PARISH TO THE STRUGGLE
FOR JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL THE PEOPLES OF THE EARTH.

INTERCESSIONS    AFTER EACH INTERCESSION, ALL SAY

RENEW YOUR PEOPLE  IN LOVE…

LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

OFFERTORY      No 473, then the Consecration of our Icon of St Nicholas and the Blessing       of the St Nicholas Bread (during Incensing) chant ‘Laudate Omnes Gentes’

EUCHARISTIC ACCLAMATION
                              Sanctus:                           No 559
                              Consecration:    No 560                                   

PEACE    No 922

COMMUNION                                      No 245 (‘Ubi Caritas’) African Song, No 882

AT THE TABLE OF THE EUCHARIST Rededication as the Community of the Bread and the Cup

After sharing the Eucharist together, the Clergy stand once more at the Altar Table and lead us in an Act of Rededication as the People of the Eucharist.

PRIEST:   At the centre of every Catholic church stands the Table of the Lord.
May generations to come gather around this Eucharistic Table
to share the Breaking of the Bread, and to drink deeply
                    of His transforming love in the One Cup.
The Eucharist is the Sacrifice of Christ that has broken down the barriers
dividing us from each other; it is the centre of our lives,
                    the love that gathers us from every race, culture and language
                    into a Universal Community, a People of joyous diversity, the People of God;
the power which nourishes us and sends us in mission to our world.
As in the past, so into the future God entrusts to our parish the care

READER: Will you commit yourselves afresh to being the People of the Eucharist, working in the years and decades that lie ahead of us as a parish
for the unity of the One Bread and One Cup  among yourselves and with Christians of every tradition?
Will you commit yourselves afresh to being the People of the Eucharist, to break bread of justice, share the cup of suffering with the poor, welcome the stranger and the outcast to our Tableand bring healing to our divided society?

PEOPLE: WITH GRATEFUL HEARTS WE WILL BECOME THE LIVING
                       EUCHARIST IN THE HEART OF THE WORLD, SERVING UNITY.

READER: Will you commit yourselves afresh to being the People of the Eucharist,
                     by hungering for Christ’s presence and thirsting for Christ’s love …
                     by expressing that love by humble service of the poor and broken
of your world? 

PEOPLE: WITH GRATEFUL HEARTS WE WILL DEEPEN OUR LOVE FOR CHRIST,
WHO WASHED OUR FEET AT THE FIRST EUCHARIST AND TOLD US TO DO LIKEWISE.

LITURGY OF BLESSING AND MISSION

THE BLESSING AND MISSION 

Commissioning and Sending our Community for another year of Service and Witness to the Lord

RECESSIONAL   No 854

St Nicholas Blessing of Bread and Consecrating Icon

BLESSING OF ST NICHOLAS BREAD

READER:

As a child, St Nicholas went to the homes of the poor with his parents to bring food, clothes and comfort;
as an Augustinian novice he gave the Priory’s food away to the poor and converted his brothers to generosity;
as a priest he organised the distribution of food to poor families during time of famine;
as God’s servant of healing Nicholas blessed bread and placed it on the lips of a dead child who came to life;
and every day he broke the bread of the Word and the bread of life for God’s people.

PRIEST:

Hear our prayer O Lord and with the intercession of St Nicholas of Tolentino bless this bread that it might bring healing and strength to Your People today, encouraging us to share with love, touch with gentleness and speak with courage so that we might be Good News to the Poor, Bread in your hands to be broken  for a New World of justice and equality

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

AMEN! 

CONSECRATION OF THE ICON OF ST NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO

READER:

Our Icon beautifully expresses so much of our Patron Saint’s life, prayer and mission:
his birth was God’s gift to his then childless parents who dedicated him to God;
he grew up with both a love for the poor and and a love for the Eucharist;
he heard God’s call to join the Augustinians to live a life of prayer and service;
he prayed often for the ‘Holy Souls’ – the dead journeying into God’s presence;
he overflowed with God’s healing and love to the wounded and broken;
he preached with great power to convert his listeners to holiness;
he struggled against evil of every kind;
he gave bread and more to the hungry, poor and starving.

PRIEST:

O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Trinity of Love and source of Life,
we dedicate and consecrate this Icon of our Patron, St Nicholas of Tolentino.
St Nicholas so overflowed with Your love, healing and generosity that
we behold You shining like a great light through him, guiding us to yourself.
May Your presence and Light shine upon us through this Sacred Icon,
drawing our parish community and all who gaze upon it ever deeper
into the mystery of Your Love and Your Option for the Poor
which St Nicholas so joyously lived.
And so we consecrate this Icon with the sacred Oil of Chrism

In the Name of the Father…and of the Son…and of the Holy Spirit…

ALL SING:   ALLELUIA… 

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For Christians everywhere, that all might hear the call to deeper discipleship, model their lives upon the life and love of Jesus Christ, and choose each day to shoulder with Christ the Cross of humanity’s suffering and walk His Way of Love

[READER]              LORD WE PRAY…
[Response]           Teach us to walk Your Way

For a world where slavery still exists: for all the victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, for all children deprived of their childhood by the rigours and harsh employment or forced in war as child soldiers or sexually exploited

[READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

For this Parish of St Nicholas of Tolentino as we celebrate today 171 years of witnessing to the Gospel and serving the Kingdom: may we embrace every new challenge and always  be a missionary community of healing, peace and justice  

[READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

For the wisdom of the Spirit to guide our parish communities as Pope Francis leads the Church in reform and renewal, that we will not cling to the past, but embrace a new future of mission and witness to the Living Christ who calls, heals and saves

[READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

For our children as they return to school to begin a new school year, for those who begin in new schools or at University, for our teachers and staff – above all may they and we learn to follow Christ with love and build a world of justice and of peace
                                                [READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

For the healing and peace of our sick and housebound brothers and sisters, for all injured by natural disasters of by war and conflict and for those who care for them;
for those who have died recently, especially all killed by the Hurricane in the Bahamas and those killed violently in South Africa in recent days
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time in particular… 

[READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, seat of wisdom and first and greatest disciple, pray with us…

HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…