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The Holy Father’s Catechesis on the Mass (Continued)

Taking up the catecheses on the Eucharistic Celebration, today we reflect, in the context of the rites of introduction, on the penitential act. In its sobriety, it fosters the attitude with which to dispose oneself to celebrate worthily the holy mysteries, namely, acknowledging our sins before God and brethren; acknowledging that we are sinners. In fact, the priest’s invitation is addressed to the whole community in prayer, because we are all sinners. What can the Lord give to one whose heart is already full of himself, of his success? Nothing, because one who is presumptuous is incapable of receiving forgiveness, satiated as he is with his presumed justice.

We think of the parable of the Pharisee and the publican, where only the latter – the publican —  goes home justified, namely, forgiven (Cf. Luke 18:9-14). One who is aware of his miseries and lowers his eyes with humility, feels God’s merciful look resting on him. We know from experience that only one who is able to acknowledge his mistakes and asks for forgiveness, receives the understanding and forgiveness of others.

To listen in silence to the voice of conscience enables us to recognize that our thoughts are far from divine thoughts, that our words and our actions are often worldly, guided, that is, by choices that are contrary to the Gospel. Therefore, at the beginning of the Mass, we carry out communally the penitential act through a formula of general confession, pronounced in the first person singular.  Each one confesses to God and to brethren  “to have sinned much in thoughts, words, deeds and omissions.” Yes, also in omissions, namely, of having neglected to do the good that one could have done. Often we feel we are good because — we say — “I haven’t done wrong to anyone.”

In reality, it’s not enough not to have wronged our neighbour, we must choose to do good taking up occasions to give good witness that we are disciples of Jesus. It’s good to stress that we confess, be it to God or to brothers, that we are sinners: this helps us to understand the dimension of sin that, while it separates us from God, also divides us from our brethren and vice versa. Sin breaks: it breaks the relationship with God and it breaks the relationship with brethren, the relationship in the family, in society and in the community: Sin always breaks, separates, divides.

The words we say with the mouth are accompanied by the gesture of beating our breast, acknowledging that I have sinned by my own fault, and not that of others. It often happens in fact that, out of fear and shame, we point the finger to accuse others. It costs to admit that we are culpable, but it does us good to confess it sincerely, to confess our sins.


Notices

Please Pray for

Doreen ‘Peggy’ Jarvis who died recently and whose funeral details are as follows.... Reception in Church Tuesday 9 January at 4.30pm; Funeral Mass Wednesday 10 January 10.00am.  May she rest in Peace.

And also for Betty Baptista, the sister of one of our parishioners, who died unexpectedly in the last couple of weeks.  May she rest in Peace.

White Flower Appeal

This appeal supports the work of the Society for Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) and will take place this weekend.

Second Collection

Next weekend, there will be a 2nd collection for the Sick and Retired Priest Fund.  Special envelopes are available in the porch for you to take. If you are a taxpayer, please consider filling in the Gift Aid Declaration on the back of the envelope.

First Holy Communion

Instruction for First Holy Communion – Sunday 14 January at 10.10 – 10.50am in Church.  All children must be accompanied by an adult, attendance at this session is obligatory.  Apologies will only be accepted if given in advance for a serious reason.

Christmas Crib Offerings

This year, we will be supporting our two parish charities – The Laura Centre and The Bridge, Homelessness to Hope.

As you come before our Nativity scene to offer your thanks and prayers, please think about making a donation this Christmas time to support those in need.  Thank you for your generosity.

The Bridge Leicester The Bridge Leicester

The Bridge – Homelessness to Hope is an outreach to the lost and lonely of Leicester, to the homeless and to those who just have nowhere to go and no one to turn to.

The Laura Centre The Laura Centre

The Laura Centre offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person.

The Pope’s Prayer Intention for January

Evangelisation: Religious minorities in Asia – that Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.

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Dates For Your Diary  

Talks on the Faith – Adult Instruction

The group will meet again on Friday 12 January at 7.00pm in Church or on Saturday 13 January at 12 noon.

Healing Service

At the Rosmini Centre on Friday 12 January 2018 led by Fr Ted Mullen.  Mass at 7.00 pm followed by Adoration and prayers for healing.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

An Ecumenical Service for local churches will be held on Sunday 21 January at 4.00pm at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Fosse Road Central, followed by refreshments.  All welcome!

Parish Bazaar

This is one of our main fundraising and social events of the year.  In order to involve more of our Mass going population, it has been proposed that we might think of having the Bazaar as a Sunday lunch/afternoon event this year.  With this is mind, there will be a meeting for anyone willing to help this year; either to plan and organise, as a stall-holder or to be involved in other ways.

This meeting will take place at 12.30pm on Sunday 21 January in the hall (after the 11.15am Mass).  Please come along if you can.

Chef & Spice Fundraising Evening

Looking ahead, please save this date in your diary – Tuesday 17 April at 7.00pm.  This annual event will raise funds for this year’s parish charities, so please keep it free and support these good causes.

 

The Bridge Leicester The Bridge Leicester

The Bridge – Homelessness to Hope is an outreach to the lost and lonely of Leicester, to the homeless and to those who just have nowhere to go and no one to turn to.

The Laura Centre The Laura Centre

The Laura Centre offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person.

Pilgrimages

There are two pilgrimages in 2018, picking up Leicester.  One in April to Lisieux and one in June to Lourdes & Nevers. If you would like to find out more, see the posters on the notice-board or contact Fr John McCay on 0115 981 0320 Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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