The majority of us endeavour to take the easy way when asked (not ordered) to carry out a task. We either say 'yes' straightaway and forget to do it or we say 'no' as an initial reaction, then change our mind later on and carry it out.
Our attitude or behaviour is often reflected with regard to the teaching of our Lord and His Church. It might be because we see it as a restriction to our freedom and autonomy – a limit to our unfettered freedom, which tends to encourage us to do whatever we want without real regard of the 'Will of God' or what He commands.
The Will of God often gets cloudy or complicated when we put ourselves, our desires, first instead of what God wants. We come up with reasons and arguments that allow us to follow a certain course – either because this is the way of the world and so accepted as the norm, or we think it is too difficult or we feel it is cramping our life-style, even though it may be short lived.
It really boils down to whether we know Jesus as a person and have a relationship with Him, or we only know about Jesus. In the context of our world, we Christians have to ask ourselves where we stand. Have we made much effort to learn about the Will of God and His true Church? Perhaps we fall into the category of people who take their religious beliefs for granted, slacking off where it suits their consciences and makes life easy. Our knowledge of Jesus may not have developed since our early, formative years… have we built on those foundations?
God wants us to change our hearts so that we respect and follow His Will through our actions and our speech. Through the sacraments, prayer and love, He gives us the grace to follow His way of truth and righteousness.
In today's Gospel the rebellious son initially would not work for his Father but afterwards changed his mind and did what was asked of him. While the good, compliant son said he would work for his Father but did not carry it out. What can we learn from this? Good intentions are not enough by themselves and promises are worthless unless they are carried out.
Let us end with a short prayer:
Lord Jesus, change my heart so that I only desire what is pleasing to you. Help me to respect your Will and give me the strength, joy and perseverance to carry it out wholeheartedly.
Deacon Langford Vincent
Catholic Women’s League meeting on Wed 1st Oct at 2pm in Maryhouse, Gosport. All ladies from Our Lady Star of the Sea, Fareham & Gosport, are very welcome.
Special Healing Service
Fri 3rd Oct at 7pm in St Mary’s Church, High St, Gosport, for Cancer sufferers, their families and friends
CATHOLIC DISABILITY FELLOWSHIP annual day
for local representatives on Saturday 4th October,
2-5pm, at St Edwards Church Hall, Chandlers Ford. There will be an introduction to the Diocesan Framework for Collaboration; the Fellowship; Workshops to focus on various forms of disability and feedback from the reps. All are welcome.
Quiz ‘n’ Chips - Friday 3rd October in Immaculate Conception Church Hall from 7pm
Reserve your place by phoning: 01329 664260 (office).
A fun evening with good company!
Menu: Chicken/Sausage/Fish and Chips
Tickets: £10 All profits for the Rowan’s Hospice.
Thurs 2nd Oct: Fr Peter's Prayer Group:
St Paul's RC Church, Paulsgrove, 7pm Rosary; 7.30pm Prayer; Praise; Exposition; Benediction. Ministry of Healing is available.
Fri 3rd Oct: First Friday Devotions:
Sacred Heart Church, Fareham, 9am Rosary; 9.30am Mass followed by Confessions, Exposition & prayers to the Sacred Heart.
Sat 4th Oct: First Saturday Devotions: St Mary's RC Church, Gosport, 9.30am Mass; 10am Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament; Ministry of Healing; 12 noon Confessions
CAFOD Harvest Fast Day – Friday 3 October
Please join us in prayer and make a place at your table for the one in eight across the world who does not have enough to eat. Your Fast Day envelopes are available today.
DISCOVERING PRIESTHOOD DAY
For those discerning their vocation to the priesthood 1st November 2014, 10am - 5pm at St John's Seminary, Wonersh. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Fr. John Chandler: email@example.com.
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RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) 2014/2015 Journey in Faith
Do you want to learn about the Catholic faith?
Is your spouse a Catholic but you aren’t?
Have you been attending Mass but never got round to being
received into the Catholic Church?
Do you feel called to become a Catholic?
If your answer to any of these questions is, ‘Yes’, then please come along to the Information Evening on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at 7.30pm in the Sacred Heart Church Hall, Fareham. Meet the team, tour the Church and ask questions. The programme begins on Wednesday 24th September. For more details contact the RCIA Co-ordinator, Lynne Wall: 02392 503894
The charities involved in this scheme save and change lives every single day. Whether helping people who are homeless, seafarers, prisoners, children with disabilities and low income families here in the UK or providing practical survival solutions and sharing God’s love with communities around the world. Find out more via 020 7095 5367 or yourcatholiclegacy.org.uk
Fr John Cooke is planning to lead a 12-Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land [Travelling Sun 14th- Thurs 25th Feb 2016]
Information regarding this awesome experience can be obtained from: St Margaret Mary’s Church, Middle Rd. Park Gate, SO31 7GH (01489 572797 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Framework for Collaboration - Formation for Mission Team
This Diocesan Team, led by Fr. David O Sullivan, is responsible for advising, training and developing catechetical resources in the Diocese.
Why is this important? We are all concerned with the transmission of our faith to the next generation, as parents, grandparents and as church members. Good catechesis does really help this process.
We have parish catechists. There are many wonderful and committed parish catechists all over the Diocese. However, they are not usually experts in catechesis and rely on published programs. In addition, there are rarely resources within the parish for monitoring of and training in the delivery of programs. The Formation for Mission Team will be able to fill this gap.
The Formation for Mission Team needs the input of parish catechists. We need 5 parish volunteers to form each of the following central teams: children’s liturgy, baptism preparation, first communion preparation, confirmation preparation, RCIA, Courses & events (30 volunteers in total). We need people who can use their experience at parish level to help and encourage others to develop excellent catechetical programs at all levels.
Time Commitment? About 6 Saturday meetings a year, with a few hours individual work in between. Some may choose to offer more time.