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to St. Michael the Archangel

Today at 7:00pm.

Beginning Monday 20th September, the Novena to Saint Michael the Archangel will be live streamed from our parish church. The nine days of prayer (7:00pm every evening) will culminate on the eve of the Feast of St Michael.

You are invited to join us in prayer by following the link below:

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On 29th September is the Feast of St Michael the Archangel, the Patron of our Congregation. This year’s feast holds a very special significance for us as it celebrates the 100 Years Jubilee of the founding of the Congregation by Blessed Bronislaw Markiewicz in 1921.

SUNDAY MASS

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

(Year B)

18 September 5pm,

19 September 8:30 & 10:00am.

Join us for Mass on this 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time where Mark’s Gospel tells us that Jesus teaches his disciples that the greatest are those who serve all.

Watch here our Sunday Mass streaming:

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Fr. Stan writes…

Mark paints a vivid picture in today’s Gospel. Having arrived at Capernaum, Jesus and his disciples enter a house. In this private place, Jesus asks his disciples about the argument they had while they were journeying. Again, the disciples are uncharacteristically silent and afraid to answer. They have been found out. Jesus then summons the Twelve. To this select group of disciples, Jesus teaches that those who would be first in God’s kingdom must be servants of all. Jesus then calls forward a child and teaches the Twelve that to receive a child in Jesus’ name is to receive both Jesus and the One who sent him…

MASS READINGS

Wis 2:12, 17-20

A reading from the book of Wisdom

The godless say to themselves,

‘Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man, since he annoys us

and opposes our way of life,

reproaches us for our breaches of the law

and accuses us of playing false to our upbringing.

Let us see if what he says is true,

let us observe what kind of end he himself will have.

If the virtuous man is God’s son, God will take his part

and rescue him from the clutches of his enemies.

Let us test him with cruelty and with torture,

and thus explore this gentleness of his

and put his endurance to the proof.

Let us condemn him to a shameful death

since he will be looked after – we have his word for it.’

To indicate the end of the reading, the reader acclaims:

The word of the Lord

Ps 53:3-6. 8. R. v.6

(R.) The Lord upholds my life.

 

1. O God, save me by your name;

by your power, uphold my cause.

O God, hear my prayers;

listen to the words of my mouth. (R.)

 

2. For proud men have risen against me,

ruthless men seek my life.

They have no regard for God. (R.)

 

3. But I have God for my help.

The Lord upholds my life.

I will sacrifice to you with willing heart

and praise your name for it is good. (R.)

Jas 3:16 – 4:3

A reading from the letter of St James

Wherever you find jealousy and ambition, you find disharmony, and wicked things of every kind being done; whereas the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it also makes for peace, and is kindly and considerate; it is full of compassion and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.

Where do these wars and battles between yourselves first start? Isn’t it precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves? You want something and you haven’t got it; so you are prepared to kill. You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight to get your way by force. Why you don’t have what you want is because you don’t pray for it; when you do pray and don’t get it, it is because you have not prayed properly, you have prayed for something to indulge your own desires.

To indicate the end of the reading, the reader acclaims:

The word of the Lord

See 2 Thes 2:14

Alleluia, alleluia!

God has called us with the gospel

to share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Alleluia!

Mk 9:30-37

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

After leaving the mountain Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him.

They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

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