Thursday, 20 November 2014

Sunday November 23 2014

Christ the Universal King

Solemn Mass 10.30 am. St. Pius X, Hockley

Celebrant and Preacher: Fr. Jeff Woolnough

Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of ordinary time.  The image of kingship and kingdom, like most of the images used to describe Christ, is rich and multifaceted.  All of today’s readings, however, either feature or allude to a certain dimension of Christ’s kingly power: his role as Judge.  Ezekiel, describing the Lord as a royal shepherd, reports that the Lord “will judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats” (Ez 34:17).  The Gospel of Matthew makes the link between King, Shepherd, and Judge even clearer when it describes the Son of Man seated “upon his royal throne” (25:31) and separating the nations “as a shepherd separates sheep from goats” (25:32).  In the reading from 1 Corinthians, Christ does not separate any sheep, but he does destroy every “sovereignty, authority, and power” (1Cor 15:25) hostile to himself, so that “God may be all in all” (1Cor 15:28). 
Christ, in other words, is judge of everything.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Sunday 16th November 2014

33rd in Ordinary Time
10.30am. Sung Mass at St. Pius X Hockley

Celebrant & Preacher, Fr. Bob White

Using our talents wisely…

In Today’s Gospel reading  we listen to one of Jesus’ most significant parables regarding work , set in the context of investments (Matt. 25:14-30). A rich man delegates the management of his wealth to his servants, much as investors in today’s markets do. He gives five talents (one talent = £12,000) to the first servant, two talents to the second, and one talent to the third. Two of the servants earn 100 percent returns by trading with the funds, but the third servant hides the money in the ground and earns nothing. The rich man returns, rewards the two who made money, but severely punishes the servant who did nothing.

The meaning of the parable extends far beyond financial investments. God has given each person a wide variety of gifts, and he expects us to employ those gifts in his service. It is not acceptable merely to put those gifts on a closet shelf and ignore them. Like the three servants, we do not have gifts of the same degree. The return God expects of us is commensurate with the gifts we have been given. The servant who received one talent was not condemned for failing to reach the five-talent goal; he was condemned because he did nothing with what he was given. The gifts we receive from God include skills, abilities, family connections, social positions, education, experiences, and more. The point of the parable is that we are to use whatever we have been given for God’s purposes. The severe consequences to the unproductive servant, far beyond anything triggered by mere business mediocrity, tell us that we are to invest our lives, not waste them.

WE MIGHT ASK OURSELVES: Have we made the best use of all the talents we possess? Are we using them to make a difference in people’s lives? Do we use them for the good of the Church?
Let us be prepared to give a good account of the ways in which we have used our gifts to the Lord of life himself, beginning at Mass today , always rooted in the joyful hope of his coming again!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Anglicanorum Cœtibus anniversary

Anglicanorum Cœtibus anniversary
4 November was the fifth anniversary of the promulgation of the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum Cœtibus, which allowed for the setting up of the ordinariates.The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was established here in the UK in January 2011. This was followed by the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in the US in January 2012 and the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in June 2012.
The anniversary was marked by several commentaries. 
Mgr Andrew Burnham, former Anglican Bishop of Ebbsfleet and now Assistant to the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, wrote in The National Catholic Register in the US.
To read the piece click here

The National Catholic Register also published an overview of the ordinariates five years afterAnglicanorum Cœtibus, by Charlotte Hayes.
To read the piece click here
The Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, Mgr Jeffrey Steenson, wrote in the US weekly, Our Sunday Visitor.
To read the piece click here
The Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Mgr Keith Newton, was interviewed by the French Catholic television station, KTO. The clip of Mgr Newton starts at 8 mins 44 and is in English with French subtitles. (The introduction to him is in French.)
To view the programme, click here
Our Sunday Visitor also carried a piece by Fr Dwight Longenecker, the American priest, author and blogger. Fr Longenecker was formerly an Anglican priest in the UK and was received into the Catholic Church in 1995.
To read his commentary, click here 

Friday, 7 November 2014

Sunday 9th November

The Feast of Dedication on the Lateran Basilica

(Remembrance Sunday)
Solemn Requiem Mass for the War Dead at St Pius X 10.30am
Celebrant & Preacher Fr. Jeff Woolnough

Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday nearest Armistice Day, 11 November, which marks the end of the First World War. On this day we remember all those who gave their lives for their country, all who suffered and died through acts of war and those who were left behind to grieve and mourn.
In England and Wales our Bishops conference has permitted that one Mass for the Dead may be celebrated on this Sunday. At St. Peter’s Eastwood, this celebration will take place at the 10am, the sung mass of the day and at Hockley 10:30am. We will remember them.
Let us pray For peace and reconciliation between nations; that enemies may put aside all differences. For all those who have died through war or acts of violence; may we never forget their sacrifice.
O God, merciful and strong,
who crush wars and cast down the proud,
be pleased to banish violence swiftly from our midst
and to wipe away all tears,
so that we may all truly deserve to be called your children..   Roman Missal
May our Lord, the Prince of Peace reign on earth and in the hearts of all.
Every blessing on this solemn day.
Your priest and friend,
Fr. Jeff

Friday, 31 October 2014

Sunday 2nd November 2014

The Solemnity of All Saints
Solemn Mass at Hockley 10.30 am.

Celebrant & Preacher, Fr. Bob White.

'We feebly struggle, they in glory shine...'

+ Monday 3rd November, The Commemoration of  All The Faithful Departed, ( All Souls).
Masses at Eastwood 9.30am  12 noon & 7.30pm

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Sunday 26th October

30th in Ordinary Time  Sung Mass at St. Peter, Eastwood SS9 4BX

Celebrant & Preacher, Fr. Jeff Woolnough - Priest in Charge

No Ordinariate Mass at Hockley today

with thanks to Manchester Evening News!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Sunday 19th October

29th in Ordinary Time

10.30am.  Sung Mass at St. Pius X, Hockley

Celebrant & Preacher, Fr. Jeff Woolnough - Ordinariate Pastor

Gospel text: Matt 22:15-21