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Funeral of Thomas Anthony Peebles on Monday at 10.00 Mass.  Parishioners please note that because of the restriction on  numbers the usual 10.00 Mass is not available.   I apologise and will make sure that for the duration of the Pandemic all funerals at St Leo’s will take place at a different time so that the daily Mass can be provided for the parish.

 

Mass

Entry: In the name of God the Father  –   from pre-recorded file

 

First reading  Jeremiah 20:7-9 ©

The word of the Lord has meant insult for me

You have seduced me, Lord, and I have let myself be seduced; you have overpowered me: you were the stronger.
I am a daily laughing-stock, everybody’s butt. Each time I speak the word, I have to howl and proclaim:
‘Violence and ruin!’
The word of the Lord has meant for me insult, derision, all day long.
I used to say, ‘I will not think about him, I will not speak in his name any more.’
Then there seemed to be a fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones.
The effort to restrain it wearied me,  I could not bear it.

 Psalm 62

O God, you are my God, for you I long.

O God, you are my God, for you I long, for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you, my God, like a dry weary land without water.
O God, you are my God, for you I long.

I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and glory,
for your love is better than life itself; my lips will speak your praise.
O God, you are my God, for you I long.

On you I muse throughout the night, on my bed I remember you,
for you have been my refuge and your right hand holds me fast.
O God, you are my God, for you I long.

 

Gospel: Matthew 16: 21 – 27

‘Get behind me, Satan!’

Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that he was destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer grievously at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, to be put to death and to be raised up on the third day. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to remonstrate with him. ‘Heaven preserve you, Lord;’ he said ‘this must not happen to you.’ But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path, because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’

Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What, then, will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins his life? Or what has a man to offer in exchange for his life?

‘For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and, when he does, he will reward each one according to his behaviour.’

 

Intercessions

The prophets, such as Jeremiah to whom we have listened today,  were truth-tellers.   Let us pray that the church and all people of integrity  will always stand up for what is true and good, including affirming the need to care for creation.  Lord, hear us

At the start of the Season of Creation we pray that the nations will seriously care for the environment , be practical in preparing for a safer and fairer world, and learn to work together better.   Lord, hear us

We pray for peace in the Holy Land, for Syria, Iraq, the Yemen, and all the troubled countries
where people lives are affected by violence or war, poverty or neglect.  Lord, hear us

For children and staff at school, that they may stay safe and well.  Lord, hear us

In this time of the Pandemic, we pray for healing for people everywhere who are ill, anxious, or housebound within our families and community,
including Teresa Kidd, Roberto Vigano,  Margaret McLean, Andrine Mansi, Fred Newman,
Sean Fitzgerald, John Scullion, Ishbel MacMillan, Bessie Malane, Bill Harrison, Jack Rae, Catherine Mulrine, 
Yvonne Watt, Rae McVey, John Gibson, Eleanor Reid, for those being treated in the local Hospice, and for all who support them.   We pray also for those who serve the country in the emergency services. Lord, hear us

For children and staff at school, that they may stay safe and well. Lord, hear us

We pray for those who have died recently including Thomas Anthony Peebles,  Crawford Robertson, Michael McGhee, Marion Currie, Mary Kerr,  Mary McNeil, and Martha McCluskey.
For those whose  anniversary falls about now including Jack Martin,Paul Devine, Mark Moscardini, John Lanigan, Erna and Martin Harrison, Mary Feehan, and Bridget Devlin.
Lord, hear us

 

 

The Season of Creation   –  September 1st – October 4th

Joint Statement from the Presidents of  the Conference of European Churches and the European Conference of Catholic Bishops

‘The values of Season of Creation go back to the roots of the Christian faith’

From 1 September to 4 October, Christians all over the world celebrate the Season of Creation, as well as the Day of Creation on 1 September. Following the tradition from previous years, in CEC and CCEE, we have taken advantage of this occasion and have encouraged our Member Churches in Europe to acknowledge these days to celebrate the richness of our faith as an expression to protect our common home.

The values of Season of Creation go back to the roots of the Christian faith. Creation is a gift of God for mankind and for all living beings. It is therefore our responsibility to protect it as good and reliable stewards, and as faithful servants of God. “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it,” (Psalm 24:1).

Pope Francis in the encyclical Laudato Si’ underlined that “the urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development.” At the same time, he strongly appealed “for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.”

Similarly, one of the significant theologians of our era Jurgen Moltmann has made it clear that “today the theological adversary is the nihilism practiced in our dealings with nature” and called for “a discernment of the God, who is present in creation through his Holy Spirit,” a discernment that “can bring men and women to reconciliation and peace with nature.”

Celebrating the Day of Creation and the Season of Creation has a significant ecumenical dimension.  While celebrating these days, we look back and give thanks for the proposal of the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I in 1989. Since that time, the idea of the Season of Creation and its ecumenical spirit has been further confirmed by the European Ecumenical Assemblies organised jointly by CEC and CCEE in Basel 1989, Graz 1997 and Sibiu 2007.

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed how deeply the globe is interconnected. We realised more than ever that we are not isolated from each other and that conditions related to human health and well-being are fragile. Impact of the pandemic forces us to take seriously the need for vigilance and the need for conditions of sustainable life throughout the earth. This is even more important when considering the environmental devastation and the threat of climate change.

We invite you to celebrate the Season of Creation this year under the heading of Jubilee for the Earth. The concept of Jubilee is rooted in the Bible and underlines that there must exist a just and sustainable balance between social, economic and ecological realities. The lesson from the biblical concept of jubilee points us towards the need to restore balance in the very systems of life, affirming the need for equality, justice and sustainability and confirming the need for a prophetic voice in defence of our common home.

We invite all of the shepherds and European Christians, the parishes, church communities and every person of good will to pay attention to the Season of Creation and to live it with an ecumenical spirit, united in prayer and action.

Rev. Christian Krieger                                                   H. Em. Card. Angelo Bagnasco

President of CEC                                                            President of CCEE