This Week's Messenger


Sunday 28th August 2016

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


Recently Departed

Robert Loveday, Oscar Harris, Joan Wilson


Year's Mind

28] Ann Rosalie Cook, Clifford Holley; [29] Kathleen May Tomkins; [31] Frederick Cook, Reginald Edgar Curtis; [2nd September] Joyce Cameron, Fred Rees, Kath Jarvis; [3] Dorothy Cook, June Pinard


Readings for this Sunday

First Reading      Ecclesiasticus 3.17-20,28-29

A reading from Ecclesiasticus

My son, be gentle in carrying out your business, and you will be better loved than a lavish giver.  The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord; for great though the power of the Lord is, he accepts the homage of the humble.  There is no cure for the proud man’s malady, since an evil growth has taken root in him.  The heart of a sensible man will reflect on parables, an attentive ear is the sage’s dream.



Responsorial Psalm

R/  In your goodness, O God, you prepared a home for the poor.

1   The just shall rejoice at the presence of God,

     they shall exult and dance for joy.

     O sing to the Lord, make music to his name;

     rejoice in the Lord, exult at his presence.  (R)

2   Father of the orphan, defender of the widow,

     such is God in his holy place.

     God gives the lonely a home to live in;

     he leads the prisoners forth into freedom.  (R)

3   You poured down, O God, a generous rain:

     when your people were starved you gave them new life.

     It was there that your people found a home,

     prepared in your goodness, O God, for the poor.  (R)


Second Reading Hebrews 12.18-19,22-24

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Hebrews

What you have come to is nothing known to the senses:  not a blazing fire, or a gloom turning to total darkness, or a storm; or trumpeting thunder or the great voice speaking which made everyone that heard it beg that no more should be said to them.  But what you have come to is Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem where the millions of angels have gathered for the festival, with the whole Church in which everyone is a ‘first-born son’ and a citizen of heaven.  You have come to God himself, the supreme Judge, and been placed with spirits of the saints who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator who brings a new covenant.


Gospel Luke 14.1,7-14

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

On a Sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely.  He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour.  He said this, ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour.  A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, “Give up your place to this man.”  And then, to your embarrassment, you would have to go and take the lowest place.  No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, “My friend, move up higher.”  In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured.  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’  Then he said to his host, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return.  No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again.’




Next Sunday, there will be one joint Mass for the whole parish at S. Mark’s at 11.00am. Whilst a particular shortage of priests has required this decision, it offers the opportunity for the whole parish to worship together, and we look forward to the opportunity to do so.



at 9.30 am in S. Mark’s, will resume from 10th September.



to Alasdair and Julie Skeil on the birth of their grand-daughter Amelia!



will take place on Saturday 17th September from 12 Noon.  If you are able to donate bottles, prizes, cakes and other items, or to help at all please see Pat. 



Items for the October issue of Inspire are now invited.  Tell us your news, views, stories, jokes, favourite hymn, charity news, and anything else you can think of!

Please submit items by Monday 12th September.



A Safeguarding (C1) training course will be delivered by the Diocese of Bristol in S. Aldhelm’s on Thursday 8th September at 7 pm.  All PCC members, and anyone involved with children’s/youth work within the parish are required to undertake this training.  25 places are available on this course.  Please contact Pat Gordon at
S. Saviour’s or Karen in the parish office, BY THIS FRIDAY, to book your place.



takes place on Saturday 10th September from 10am to 6pm.  Please contact Linda McEntee to offer help with participating or  “Meet and Greet”  in our own Churches.



The Passion of
S. John the Baptist
6pm Mass S. Mark

Norma Allum, Elaine Baker, George Blake, Derek Moreton, Sam Slade

10.45am S. Aldhelm

Peter Dance, Tamsin Davis, Shirley Driver, Greta Davies, Denise Keene, Jane Shrimpton

S. Aidan
9.30am S. Saviour

Sybil Joan Frostick, Edward Glass, Constance Groves, Jean Holley, Helen Robinson, Gail Royle

9.30am Mass S. Luke

Gordon Clack, Diana Law, Sheila Maslin, Betty Mitchell, Barbara Tomkins, Mick Koncowski


Preston,  Pamala Silva, June Tatt, Donald Thompson, Ian Taylor, Fr Robert Pitt

S. Gregory the Great
No Mass today

Terry Venn-Adams, Peter Vincent, Clive Viner, Margaret Stevenson


Next Sunday's Reading

Wisdom 9:13-18; Psalm 90; Philemon 9:10,12-17; Luke 14:25-33


Our Regular Weekly Services

The Parish Church of St Mark

Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Mondays at 6.00 pm (Mass)


1st Monday of the month at 6.30 pm​ (Prayer of the Rosary)

Saturdays at 9.30 am (from 8th September 2016)


The District Church of St Saviour


Sundays at 9.00 am (Sung Mass)

Wednesdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The District Church of St Luke


Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Thursdays at 9.00 am (Morning Prayer)


Thursdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The Chapel of St Aldhelm


Tuesdays at 10.45 am (Mass)


And special services by announcement