This passage is from the story of the Persistent Widow. She kept coming to a judge, who cared little about doing the right thing, and persistently begged him for a good judgment. Finally he gave in so as to get her to leave him alone. Jesus used this story to teach a lesson about the necessity “to pray always without becoming weary”. It’s interesting that the image of the judge is one “who neither feared God nor respected any human being”. But Jesus uses this image of an unjust judge to reveal the power of persistence and to reveal the depths of God’s mercy. First, we learn that this woman never gave up. So with us, we must never cease to lose hope in prayer. We must pray always, constantly and persistently. It’s not that prayer changes God; rather, prayer changes us and disposes us to receive the immeasurable graces from God. Second, we learn that if an uncaring judge will eventually give a good decision, then so much more will the merciful and all-loving God pour forth His good judgments in our lives when we trust Him. There should be no doubt in our lives that God can do all good things for us if we but let Him. Reflect, today, upon how persistent you are in your prayer. The prayer you must seek to live is primarily a prayer of total trust and abandonment to God. You do not change God’s mind by begging Him. Rather, your prayer must be so persistent that it opens you to the will of God and allows His grace to flow in accord with His perfect will.
Prayer: Lord, I beg of You that Your perfect and holy will be done in my life. I abandon all to You, dear Lord. Do with me as You will. Jesus, I trust in You. Amen.
Weekly Offertory Promise
Thank you for your generous financial support. You can make your envelope contribution via the donate button on the Parish website home page as well.
November Remembrance lists Are now available at front and side entrances of Church. Please post completed lists into post box located right hand side of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine. Thank you.
ANNUAL MASS FOR THE BEREAVED MON 14th November @ 7 pm. Letters will be sent out soon to all those who lost a loved one since November 2021 and who have already had the month’s mind Mass for their family member.
Bulletin Notices and Anniversaries Bulletin Notices should be with the Parish Office by 12 noon on Thursday to be included in the weekend bulletin.
WITH THANKS Fr Brendan Carr from The Holy Ghost Missions would like to thank the Parishioners of St Agnes for their generous contributions. The envelope collection amounted to £3,269.00
Wednesday Morning in the parish hall Senior Parishioners meet on a Wednesday Morning for a chat and a cuppa after 10am Mass. Everyone is Welcome .
N.B There will be no 10am Mass on Thursday 20th October 2022.
SAT: Vigil 6.30pm: John & Phyllis Mc Goldrick & Daughter Phyllis, Rita Nellis, Damian Wilson, Rose Macklin, Marie Standen
SUN: 9.30am: Isobel Boyne,
12.30pm:Mass for the people
MON:10.00am: Funeral of Frances Tierney RIP
TUE: NO MASS
WED:10.00am: Fr. James Mc Evoy,
THU: 10.00am:Priest’s intention
Rose & Eamonn Mc Garrigle
SAT:1pm: James Press
NB: In the event of a funeral, the assigned intention will be offered privately by the priest at his first available mass.
RECORDINGS Please note, all funerals and Masses are recorded. Please tell us if you do not want your loved one’s funeral recorded.
Recently Deceased: Frances Tierney, Fr Sean Keeney CSsR.
Those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Margaret Dunne, Charlie Devenney, Alfie Simpson, Jean Mc Grillen, Isabell Mc Cartney, Ellen Small, Patrick Reynolds, Joseph Reynolds, Patrick O’ Hara, Gerry Megahey, Janet Rendle, Nora Toal, Mary Moss. May they rest in peace
Catholic Chaplaincy QUB – Golden Jubilee Mass Annual Dedication of Studies Mass on the 50th anniversary of the opening of their landmark site at the heart of the Queen’s campus. Bishop Noel Treanor will celebrate the special Mass on Sunday 16 October at 8pm in the Chaplaincy’s Corpus Christi Chapel, 28 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast. The Chaplaincy Choir, Canticle, will provide music and song and refreshments will be served afterwards.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY World Mission Sunday will happen on 23rd October and is the one day in the year when every parish, in every diocese celebrates mission and being part of a global family. Coordinated by Missio, it is a moment of grace to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in situations of poverty, violence and oppression.
Special Belfast Pilgrimage to Fatima Easter 2023 ex Dublin – Departing Wednesday (Holy Week) 5th April (5 nights). Full Easter ceremony and tour of Lisbon. Optional tour to seaside on Easter Saturday. Contact James Treacy 0035361921470.
Trócaire Christmas fundraisers are needed to help respond to the urgent need of poor communities around the world. If you would like to find out more about what you can do to help now or over the Advent and Christmas period, then please email Mark McMahon at email@example.com or call 028 9090 8030.
STORMONT ROSARY FOR LIFE – Please join Precious Life for a special Candlelight Rosary for Life at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, (meeting at main gate entrance on Upper Newtownards Road) at 7.00pm on Thursday 20th October to commemorate all the lives lost to abortion since 2020. For more information contact
Precious Life on 02890278484 /07592280522.
TAIZÉ PRAYER AROUND THE CROSS
You are warmly invited to Taizé Prayer Around the Cross on Friday 28th October, from 8 – 9pm in Holy Family Church, Limestone Road. This is an opportunity to take time out to pray with the beautiful Taizé chants, to be still and to be refreshed. Everyone is very welcome, please come along and bring your friends. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Gathering Space. A gentle reminder – it is strongly recommended that face coverings are worn in Church settings.