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24 September 2017

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm 144:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
The Gospel of Matthew 20:1-6

Jesus told this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, “You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage.” So they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing round, and he said to them, “Why have you been standing here idle all day?” “Because no one has hired us” they answered. He said to them, “You go into my vineyard too.” In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first.” So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner. “The men who came last” they said “have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.” He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the last comer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why be envious because I am generous?” Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.’

 Many Believe but Few Arrive at the Heavenly Kingdom

Many follow God in words, but shun Him in their lives. Whereof spring two things to be thought upon. The first, that none should presume anything concerning himself; for though he be called to the faith, he knows not whether he shall be chosen to the kingdom. Secondly, that none should despair of his neighbour, even though he see him lying in vices; because he knows not the riches of the Divine mercy.

Or otherwise: The morning is our childhood; the third hour may be understood as our youth, …; the sixth hour is manhood, …; by the ninth is understood old age, …; the eleventh hour is that age which is called decrepit, and doting. They then who have neglected till extreme old age to live unto God, …, yet even these the master of the household calls, and oftentimes gives them their reward before other, inasmuch as they depart out of the body into the kingdom before those that seemed to be called in their childhood.
St. Gregory the Great, Catena Aurea

Saints of the week
Tue 26 Saints Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs  
Wed 27 Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest 
Thu 28 Saint Wenceslaus (Wacław), Martyr. Also Saints Laurence Ruiz & Companions, Martyrs  
Fri 29 Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels Feast 
Sat 30 Saint Jerome, Priest, Doctor 

Psalter Week I

Next Sunday’s Readings
Ez 18:25-28
Ps 24:4-9
Phil 2:1-11
Mt 21:28-32

Saint Wenceslaus, Martyr

Wenceslaus, born around 903. Received a good Christian education from his grandmother (St. Ludmilla). His parents were Duke Wratislaw, a Christian, and Dragomir, a heathen. When his father died, his mother opposed Christianity, and Wenceslaus, urged by the people, took the government. He favoured the Latin rite.

Wenceslaus had taken the vow of virginity and was known for his virtues. Wenceslaus was murdered by his brother Boleslaw, who three years later repented and ordered the remains to be brought to the Church of St. Vitus in Prague.

St. Wenceslaus, pray for us.

Weekly News

AMH FUNDRAISING: Sunday 24th Sept. €2 Money Trail. At Paphos Harbour. From 9 am until 5 pm. Let’s defeat the last year’s € 2,800- Fantastic donation to kick start the event. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Whitehouse and A. Mandziak Estate Agency Limited (Daryl & Anna). Volunteers are needed. Contact Linda 99562387.

Trip To FAMAGUSTA, 11/10/17. Departure 8 am. Visit to St. Barnabas Monastery. The cost is € 32- Call Mona: 99494140 or Linda: 99563287

Latin Parish Hall is available for hire 8.50€ per/ h. For details contact Mon to Fr, 9am to1pm Dave White 96374108 or Fr.Jim 9793169.

Parish Autumn BBQ, 8th Octotber at LPHall. (sugted dotion 10€) Big Raffle and take a book. If coming please put your name on list in church or let Fr. Jim know; not later than Wed 4th Oct. Thank you.

Closing of Parish Hall LIbrary. If you would like to take, for free, any of the books from the library come to the “book giveaway” on Saturday 14 Oct., from 10.30 to 12midday. At the Latin Parish hall. Tea and coffee available

Blessing of animals Wednesday October 4th Feast of St. Francis, at 4pm in grounds of AK.

CARITAS PAPHOS currently needs:

  • Nοn-perishable food to help about 40 households weekly.  
  • Computer whiz -Teachers -Transportation. Prayers and donations always help and are welcome! Contact Wendy Burdon 99 040294.

CARITAS PAPHOS needs your prayers and support!

Archangel Michael Hospice: Volunteers needed in the areas of reception, nursing assistants and cafeteria. Contact Mona (99 494 140).

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