TIMES OF MASS FOR THE 20th WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME
SUNDAY: PARISH MASS with Rite of Child Catechumen at 10.00am
Mass with the LGBTI community and friends at 3.00pm – all welcome!
MONDAY: Adoration at 8.30am Service of Word & Communion at 9.00am
TUESDAY: Feast of St Bernard, early Cistercian Abbot, Theologian (1090-1153)
Adoration (intention – our school) at 5.30pm Mass at 6.00pm
WEDNESDAY: Feast of St Pius X, Pope and Liturgical Reformer (1835-1914)
Adoration at 5.30pm Service of Word & Communion at 6.00pm
THURSDAY: Feast of Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth
Mass at 12 noon, followed by Adoration until 1.30pm
FRIDAY: Feast of St Rose of Lima, Lay Dominican. First Saint of the Americas (1586-1617)
Adoration at 8.15pm Morning Prayer at 8.45am Mass at 9.00am
SATURDAY: Feast of St Bartholomew (or Nathaniel), Apostle
Adoration at 11.30am Mass at 12 noon
Sacrament of Reconciliation: after 12 noon Mass and 4.30-5.00pm
TODAY  With the Twentieth Sunday of the Year we celebrate Jesus the Prophet who knows the cost of witnessing to the truth – so often rejection and persecution. He challenges his disciples (that is, us!) to make difficult choices that many, including those close to us, will not understand. He calls us to have the courage to stand for justice, equality, inclusion of all no matter what opposition or vilification we might experience. The fire He brings to the Earth is the purifying fire of God’s love poured out in the Holy Spirit – a Spirit that renews the face of the earth. Dare we share the Spirit’s work? If we are true to Jesus and the Gospel, if we resolutely stand by the poor and rejected, if we uphold the right of the LGBT+ community to be true to themselves and their identity – then we too must expect to pay the price of discipleship, the cost of being true to our baptism, when we were anointed as Priests of creation, Builders of the Kingdom and Prophets of God’s all-inclusive and universal love. Often that ‘persecution’ will come from those close to us in the family that is the Church!
 We celebrate the Rite of Child Catechumen at 10am Mass
 Mass with our LGBT+ sisters and brothers at 3.00pm – all are welcome
NEXT SUNDAY  On the Twenty-First Sunday of the Year we celebrate Jesus setting out resolutely on the Road to Jerusalem, the Road to Crucifixion. He embraces the ‘narrow door’ of radical commitment to an all inclusive love. Why is it that so many religious people are judgemental and excluding – think they know the mind and heart of God – and think it is closed to so many of our sisters and brothers! The narrow door is precisely the challenge to live the infinite breadth of God’s Universal Love!
 We celebrate Baptism today at the 10.00am Mass – and in so doing renew our commitment to living God’s Radical and Infinite Love that has been poured into our heart by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation.
DIOCESAN PRAYER The Diocese prays today for the Parish in Communion for Mission of St John the Baptist, Trowbridge, with St Bernadette, Westbury, Wilts, served by Fr Tom Finnegan, and both their communities.
WORD OF GOD FOR TWENTIETH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME (weekday Cycle One)
Sunday Jeremiah 38: 4-6, 8-10 / Psalm 39 / Hebrews 12: 1–4 / Luke 12: 49-53
Monday Judges 2: 11-19 / Psalm 105 / Matthew 19: 16-22
Tuesday Judges 6: 11-24 / Psalm 84 / Matthew 19: 23-30
Wednesday Judges 9: 6-15 / Psalm 20 / Matthew 20: 1-16
Thursday Judges 11:29-39 / Psalm 39 / Matthew 22: 1-14
Friday Ruth 1: 1, 3-6, 14-16, 22 / Psalm 145 / Matthew 22: 34-40
Saturday Apocalypse 21: 9-14 / Psalm 144 / John 1: 45-51