This Week's Messenger


Sunday 13th August 2017

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time





Father Robert Pitt ssc



[13] Kathleen Grimes; [15] John Philpin; [16] Henry George Dennett,
John Robert Edgar Fry; [17] Reginald John Handley; [19] Patricia Churchill;


Flowers are given to the greater glory of God and in loving memory of John Philpin (SS)


Readings for this Sunday


First reading         I Kings 19:9, 11-13

A reading from the first book of the Kings

Elijah went into the cave and spent the night in it.  Then he was told, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’  Then the Lord himself went by.  There came a mighty wind, so strong it tore the mountains and shattered the rocks before the Lord.  But the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind came an earthquake.  But the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire.  But the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire there came the sound of a gentle breeze.  And when Elijah heard this, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.



Psalm                  Psalm 85

Shew us thy mercy, O Lord : and grant us thy salvation.

I will hearken what the Lord God will say concerning me : for he shall speak peace unto his people, and to his saints, that they turn not again.

For his salvation is nigh them that fear him : that glory may dwell in our land.

Mercy and truth are met together : righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Truth shall flourish out of the earth : and righteousness hath looked down from heaven.

Yea, the Lord shall shew loving-kindness : and our land shall give her increase.

Righteousness shall go before him : and he shall direct his going in the way.



Second reading    Romans 9:1-5

A reading from the letter of S. Paul to the Romans

What I want to say now is no pretence; I say it in union with Christ—it is the truth—my conscience in union with the Holy Spirit assures me of it too.  What I want to say is this:  my sorrow is so great, my mental anguish so endless, I would willingly be condemned and be cut off from Christ if it could help my brothers of Israel, my own flesh and blood.  They were adopted as sons, they were given the glory and the covenants; the Law and the ritual were drawn up for them, and the promises were made to them.  They are descended from the patriarchs and from their flesh and blood came Christ who is above all, God for ever blessed!  Amen.



Gospel                Matthew 14.22-33

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away.  After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray.  When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind.  In the fourth watch of the night he went towards them, walking on the lake, and when the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified.  “It is a ghost” they said, and cried out in fear.  But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, “Courage!  It is I!  Do not be afraid.”  It was Peter who answered.  “Lord,” he said, “if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.”  “Come” said Jesus.  Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but as soon as he felt the force of the wind, he took fright and began to sink.  “Lord!  Save me!” he cried.  Jesus put out his hand at once and held him.  “Man of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”  And as they got into the boat the wind dropped.  The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”




MONDAY - S. Maximillian Kolbe

S. Mark - 6.00 pm Mass

TUESDAY - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary S. Aldhelm - 10.45am Mass
WEDNESDAY - Feria S. Saviour - 9.30am Mass

S. Luke - 9.00 am Morning Prayer
9.30 am Mass

FRIDAY - Feria  
SATURDAY - Our Lady on Saturday S. Mark - 9.30 am Mass
SUNDAY - Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mass as usual in all three churches



Fr Robert Pitt ssc

The funeral requiem mass for Fr Robert takes place this Wednesday at 11.15am in S. Luke’s Church followed by cremation at Kingsdown at 12.45pm



will take place this Thursday (17th) of this week at 1pm


Richard and Carole Green would like to thank all those who contributed to the lovely Mass last Sunday at S. Marks.  Special thanks to Fr David, Philip and the choir, it was much appreciated




This year’s Festival at the Church of the Holy Nativity, Wells Road, Knowle, Bristol BS4  2AG.  Solemn Concelebrated Mass, preceded by a Procession of Our Lady, will be at noon, and Benediction at 3.00pm.  See poster for more details



Bishop Jonathan will be visiting the parish on November 26th, the feast of Christ the King, to celebrate the Mass and to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation at S. Saviour's Church at 10.30a.m.

If you are interested, separate learning and preparation sessions for adults and young people will begin in September. 

Please talk to your Churchwarden in the first instance.




Norma Allum, Elaine Baker, Muriel Avenell, John Vittles, Tiffany Stephen


Peter Dance, Tamsin Davis, Shirley Driver, Jane Shrimpton, Robin Langton


Constance Groves, John Glass, Jean Holley, Helen Robinson, Gail Royle, Sheila Maslin, Evelyn Hart


Betty Mitchell, Barbara Tomkins, Doris Rumming, John Wilson


Preston, Donald Thompson, 


Terry Venn-Adams, Clive Viner, Sam Slade.



Next Sunday's Readings

Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; Psalm 67,  Romans 11:13-15, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28







Our Regular Weekly Services


The Parish Church of S. Mark

Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Mondays at 6.00 pm (Mass)


Saturdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


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




The District Church of S. Saviour


Sundays at 9.00 am (Sung Mass)

Wednesdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The District Church of S. Luke


Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Thursdays at 9.00 am (Morning Prayer)


Thursdays at 9.30 am (Mass)



The Chapel of S. Aldhelm


Tuesdays at 10.45 am (Mass)


And special services by announcement