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The St Teresa's Parish Bulletin for Sunday, 5th September 2021

Sunday 5 September 2021

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Sunday Masses Holy Spirit vigil 5pm (Saturday), St Matthias’ 10am, St Teresa’s 12noon.

Week day Masses St Teresa’s Monday to Saturday 10am.

St Matthias’ Tuesday to Thursday 10am.

Confessions Saturday evening before Mass and on request.

To book a wedding or baptism, please contact the parish office (better to email).

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place this Friday 10 September 2021. New adorers are needed please consider an hour between 11am and 6pm.

Sunday Gospel The idea of someone putting his fingers into your ears and his spittle into your mouth seems like the last thing you would want to happen. But that’s what Jesus did, and it was an action that was highly significant and full of meaning for his followers. Those actions teach us about the person he was and the work he was sent to do. He wanted the man to hear the Word of God, from the Word of God. Jesus is God’s Word and brings the message of healing and peace for all peoples. For the man with the disability, Jesus is both word and action. By opening the man’s ears and loosening his tongue, Jesus wants to re- create him and invite him to declare his belief in the living God, Jesus as the Messiah. The Lord Jesus made the deaf hear and the dumb speak, may he touch your ears to his word and your mouth to proclaim his praise. Amen.

Recently Deceased Michael Cavanagh, Sarah Kelly, Gerard Crossan, Paul Caldwell,

Sr Rose CP, Gerry Murphy, Rosetta Ryan.

Months Mind Eileen McIlhatton.

Anniversaries Hannah Teresa McManus, Seamus McCormick, Moya Lynch, Patrick Lynch, Edward Maxwell, Eileen Bennett.

Candles will burn for Hannah Teresa McManus, Seamus McCormick, Special Intention.

Offertory Collection Weekly £1,356. Fundraising £347. Thank you.

Season of Creation September 2021 St Francis was a revolutionary in his day when he spoke about brother Sun and sister Moon. He acknowledged that without them we could not survive. He gave thanks to God for them. In our sophisticated modern world, we cannot afford to take the beauty of God’s creation for granted and think, like a child, that each of us is at the centre of the Universe to use it and abuse it for our personal ends. How selfish is that! In this 2021 Season of Creation, let’s be thankful and grateful for the beauty of the world around us and be aware of its fragility and do what we can to nurture and protect it, not just for our generation but for generations to come.

Parish Lunch Club We are delighted to announce that we are able to begin the Lunch Club, and everyone is welcome. From Monday 6 September2021 at the slightly later time of 1 30pm. (Please try not to come any earlier as the centre will not open before that time). In order to keep everyone safe and to adhere to Public Health guidance, we have had to make a few changes and would ask that you follow the guidance of volunteers: 1. Do not attend if you feel unwell or have any symptoms of Covid 19 or have been advised to isolate because of underlying health issues. 2. You must wear a mask entering/leaving the parish centre and while moving around. 3. The number of people at a table will be restricted to 6 and we ask that you remain seated except when using the bathroom or leaving the centre. 4. We encourage you to use hand sanitizer in addition to washing your hands with soap and water. 5. Practice social distancing as far as possible. It is important that you speak with your family/friends/next of kin about your decision to come back to the lunch club. Covid 19 is still very active in the community and while we will do everything we can to reduce risk it cannot be eliminated. If you plan to attend you will need to book by contacting Sheila 07903 188 313.

Letter from Bishop Noel Treanor Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Over the past 18 months the normal rhythm of our lives has been affected in so many ways. Many things we took for granted were no longer readily available to us, and, as families, workers and communities, we sought out new ways to live life. Our life as a praying and worshiping community was ruptured too. We all felt the absence of gathering as the family of God, but we adapted to new ways of uniting in prayer. We are most grateful for your generosity to your parish and to the diocese at a time when people faced and continue to face their own financial struggles. In the diocese of Down and Connor, the Priests’ Welfare Fund exists to provide the stipend for each priest in active ministry. Your generosity over many years has ensured that the Fund had sufficient reserves to continue to provide a stipend for each priest, even where parish stipend offerings decreased significantly. On Sunday 19 September 2021 we are asking for your financial support towards the annual autumn voluntary collection for our priests. We make this appeal to ensure that the Fund can continue to sustain that support. We make this appeal in the light of the fact that during 2020 the level of giving across our parishes dropped on average by 35% to 50%. This decrease was experienced across all aspects of financial support for the many services provided by our parishes and the diocese e.g. Pastoral Care and Services and Sacramental Ministries in our parishes; the Living Church initiative, Family Ministry, Vocations Commission, Diocesan Youth Commission, Safeguarding & Vetting, Chaplaincies to Hospitals, Prisons, Universities, Living Youth, ACCORD, Family Care Society and the Diocesan Curia. Together with the priests of the diocese, I thank you for your kindness and ongoing support and for your generous response to this appeal in support of your priests. I offer my prayerful good wishes to you and to all those who are dear to you.

Yours in Christ, Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor.

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