George Rosario, Bertrand Adams


Michael Costello, Anne & Thomas Mangan


Mary Callaghan, Gerry Howley, Jessie Church


Syd Cowdrey, Jack Lonergan


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Anniversaries

Parables were widely used as a tool for teaching in the Old Testament and by contemporary Jewish teachers. However, Jesus refined the use of parable in proclaiming that the Kingdom of God was at hand. The images he uses both clarify and puzzle. In St. Matthew’s Gospel the understanding of the parables presupposes an openness to God’s revelation along with a genuine desire to welcome God’s Word and put it into practice. 

Isaiah 55:10-11

The context of this parable is the call to conversion: it emphasises the power of the Word of God which achieves the promised salvation. 

Romans 8:18-23

The mark of mankind’s sin is manifest in the wounded-ness of the whole of creation. But in Christ and by the power of The Holy Spirit, creation eagerly awaits the liberty from sin and the glory of the children of God. 

Matthew 13:1-23

Chapter 13 of Mathew’s Gospel contains most of the parables. Jesus explains to the disciples that not everyone will grasp and understand the meaning of these parables because the content of the parables only makes sense in the context of his preaching and teaching. The parable of the Sower and the Seed assures the disciples of the ultimate triumph of The Kingdom of God.

Please remember in Prayer the following who are ill


Jonathan Eley, Joan Prior, Kevin Abedi


Joanne McCann, Wesley Leachman


Bernadette Judge, Annyra Carragher


Gloria Soar, Kim Nichol, Eileen Pinner


Mary May, Michael Clements

In Neighbouring Parishes

5.00pm - St. John Vianney, Clayhall

6.00pm - Ss. Peter & Paul, High Road, Ilford

6.30pm - St. Thomas More, Longbridge Road, Barking

6.30pm - St. Cedd, Blythswood Road, Goodmayes

6.30pm - Our Lady of Lourdes, Cambridge Park, Wanstead

7.00pm - Our Lady of Compassion, Green Street, Upton Park

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 55:10-11

Thus says the Lord: ‘As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.’

Romans 8:18-23

I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us. The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons. It was not for any fault on the part of creation that it was made unable to attain its purpose, it was made so by God; but creation still retains the hope of being freed, like us, from its slavery to decadence, to enjoy the same freedom and glory as the children of God. From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free.

Matthew 13:1-23

A sower went out to sow. Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, but such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat there. The people all stood on the beach, and he told them many things in parables. He said, ‘Imagine a sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of rock where they found little soil and sprang up straight away, because there was no depth of earth; but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away. Others fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Others fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Listen, anyone who has ears!’ Then the disciples went up to him and asked, ‘Why do you talk to them in parables?’ ‘Because’ he replied, ‘the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are revealed to you, but they are not revealed to them. For anyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away. The reason I talk to them in parables is that they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding. So in their case this prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled: You will listen and listen again, but not understand, see and see again, but not perceive. For the heart of this nation has grown coarse, their ears are dull of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, for fear they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and be converted and be healed by me. ‘But happy are your eyes because they see, your ears because they hear! I tell you solemnly, many prophets and holy men longed to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it. ‘You, therefore, are to hear the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom without understanding, the evil one comes and carries off what was sown in his heart: this is the man who received the seed on the edge of the path. The one who received it on patches of rock is the man who hears the word and welcomes it at once with joy. But he has no root in him, he does not last; let some trial come, or some persecution on account of the word, and he falls away at once. The one who received the seed in thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this world and the lure of riches choke the word and so he produces nothing. And the one who received the seed in rich soil is the man who hears the word and understands it; he is the one who yields a harvest and produces now a hundredfold, now sixty, now thirty.’

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