SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY
OF ORDINARY TIME

 

Dear Parishioners

The summer provides many of us with a period which is a 'natural' break, with a different routine. It is largely triggered by the school year and the break between one academic year and the next. This break offers opportunities in our life which we can easily miss and which we need.

1. We all need a period of holiday. The third Commandment contains the requirement that we rest on Sundays from our normal duties. This reflects the way and needs of human nature. We are not robots. We need a break from normal activities in order to spend time in prayer and to refresh our physical make-up. We should not feel guilty about taking time out for this - it is a need inbuilt into our nature.

2. The break from routine gives us also a chance to search for God and to pray in a different way. Freed from at least some of our normal time constraints, we should be able to make the space for private prayer and maybe also for coming more often to Mass or prayer together. There should be time for 'lectio' = 'prayerful reading', in which we nourish our faith and our devotion. Maybe we can just simply 'spend more time with God'.

3. This leads us on to the love of neighbour. The break from normal routine enables us to spend more time with those around us. We have a chance to show how much we love and care for members of our family - more time to spend with the children, opportunities for husbands and wives to rejoice in each other, time to give to older members who may welcome visits and a chance to chat. We could well use the time to do something for the poor which our normal routine makes difficult. Numerous are the ways in which we can use positively the summer break.

This leads us on to the love of neighbour. The break from normal routine enables us to spend more time with those around us. We have a chance to show how much we love and care for members of our family - more time to spend with the children, opportunities for husbands and wives to rejoice in each other, time to give to older members who may welcome visits and a chance to chat. We could well use the time to do something for the poor which our normal routine makes difficult. Numerous are the ways in which we can use positively the summer break.

ENJOY THE SUMMER: LOVE GOD AND DO WHAT YOU WILL (St. Augustine)

(With acknowledgement to the talk given to the Community one summer by Abbot Gregory Freeman OSB)


Ormskirk Catenians Annual Clergy Night

Ormskirk Catenians hosted their ever popular annual Clergy night at Hurlston Hall. Attracting 30 local Priests and 35 Ormskirk Circle members. Bishop John Rawsthorne was the Principal Guest speaker, John originally from Crosby studied at St Josephs Collage in Upholland and was ordained in June 1962. John was appointed the Bishop of Hallam( Sheffield) Diocese in 1977. on his 75th birthday in 2011 in accordance with canon law John offered his resignation as Bishop of Hallam to Pope Benedict XVl but was refused and remained in office until official retirement in 2014.

(picture from left to right: Ormskirk President Tony Charnock, Bishop John Rawsthorne, Ormskirk St Anne's Priest Father Godric, Ormskirk Vice President John Gannon)

 

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