THIRTEENTH SUNDAY
OF ORDINARY TIME

 

Dear Parishioners

Sometimes Jesus faces his followers with a challenge and these challenges are present in today's Gospel. Today He and his disciples are rejected by a Samaritan village. (It is worth noting that not all Samaritans are like the woman at the well, the grateful leper and the Good Samaritan of the parable. Likewise not all Pharisees are hostile-Joseph of Aramathea, Nicodemus, Gamaliel and eventually Saul/Paul are supportive). But Jesus does not let rejection stop Him: He simply continues on to another village. He warns His disciples that they will have to face hardships and sacrifices if they are to follow Him, and warns then to persevere. 'Once the hand is laid on the plough, no-one who looks back is fit for the Kingdom of Heaven.' If we are to follow Jesus, we need the qualities of stamina and perseverance. When faced with challenges in life, it is easy to give up as soon as the going gets hard and we need also to beware of relaxing too soon when the target is in sight. For the ability 'to keep going' we need the grace of the Holy Spirit, for we cannot do it on our own. St. Paul warns us, moreover, of the dangers of quarrels. 'If you go snapping at each other and tearing each other to pieces, you had better watch or you will destroy the whole community. How true this can be! If a football team is divided by rivalry it loses matches: if a religious community is torn by quarrels, it can easily lose its purpose and the sight of the Kingdom which it is meant to search for and proclaim. In our following of Jesus, let us live at peace with one another and help each other along the road, especially when we find the going tough for our brother or sister. 'Support one another and so fulfil the Law of Christ.' (St. Paul).

Father Boniface



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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