14th October 2018


Twenty–Eighth Sunday of the Year

On reflection this passage can say so much to us in our own lives. Leprosy, thank God, once such a terrifying disease has largely disappeared from many parts of the earth. Where it is still to be found, modern drugs are able to control it and even to heal it. We also know now that, although contagious, occasional contact with a leprous person is not dangerous.

However, leprosies of different kinds are still endemic in every society, no matter how sophisticated. In some parts of the world whole communities of people are neglected, despised, exploited and alienated. In every society there are people who are marginalised, sometimes by “benign neglect”, sometimes by outright discrimination and oppression. Racism and communalism are rampant everywhere, sometimes very openly, sometimes in more subtle but equally hurtful ways.

And we need to remember that prejudice and non-acceptance occurs in all directions, not just from the majority downwards. Minorities can be equally prejudiced against the surrounding majority. There can be divisions between one minority and another. We can all be guilty of making lepers of others.

In our own society some racial groups are very aware of being seen as different and inferior. Newly arrived immigrants can fall into such a category, even though they are legally in the country and making a significant contribution by often doing the work which local people refuse to do. It was ironic in Hong Kong during the 1980s that many Vietnamese “boat people”, who were not wanted by anybody, were housed in camps which had formerly housed “real” lepers. Even immigrant communities, which have been in a country for generations, are sometimes not fully accepted. (One thinks of some European countries or Japan, for instance.)


 





Counting Our Blessings:

To 'count blessings' is an ancient way of reflecting on life and expressing gratitude for the gifts and blessings given and received, both in the good times and in the more challenging times.

Counting Our Blessings is designed to encourage conversations in small groups about life and faith and our experience in families and in the parish community. 

Three households have offered to host small groups who would like to take part in the seven sessions that make up the programme and there may be a couple more venues added to the list in the week ahead. 

Please feel free to choose a venue that suits you and contact the host or me Fr. Desmond to confirm your participation. 

I am able to announce that we have four hosts helping to provide people with the opportunity to take part in the programme
Counting Our Blessings. 

Jean Hand
will be hosting the first session at her house
on the afternoon of the 16th October at 2pm.
Her contact details are 2 Dale Avenue S65 3DA tel. 540194. 

Anne and Bill Hurley
will host their session on the evening of the 17th October at 7pm;
139 Doncaster Road Thrybergh S65 4BE tel. 850592. 

Kevin and Hilary Glossop
will host their session on the 24th October at 7pm;
26 St Leonard’s Avenue Thrybergh S65 4DT tel. 851595. 

Frances and Colin Taylor
will host on the evening of the 6th November at 7pm;
Muirfield next to 59 Sheepcote Road S60 4BZ tel. 07875576531. 

You can start the course with whichever host but you are to continue with the seven sessions with the same host. Contact the host you wish to visit and confirm your place or speak to Fr Desmond. If you would like to know more about the programme go to catholicfamily.org and search for counting our blessings. 

When you start the sessions with a particular host you stay with that host for the remaining sessions. The seven sessions are entitled 

How did you know that he or she was the one for you?
What helps you 'hang on in there' when the going gets tough or 
'its just not fair'
When have you had to admit  you were wrong and ask for forgiveness? 
When have you found it hard to forgive?
What has been your experience of serious illness and/or death? 
Where was your faith in all of this?
Have you ever felt like an outsider?
What gives you a deep sense of joy?
Who listens to you when you need to be listened to?   

Each session takes 90 minutes and what is shared in the group stays in the group. I recommend this resource to you, to share our journeys of faith and to listen to each others helps us all to grow in our faith in God. God Bless, Fr. Desmond.


It is an opportunity for us to listen to one another’s life experiences with God. We hope that parishioners will volunteer to host an evening in their house for a small group to meet and share in this Scripture based recourse. Choose one of the following dates for your first evening hosting the event and let Fr Desmond know. 

If you wish to take part please speak to any of our three hosts or to me for more details. 

If you would like to know more about the programme, you can find 
more details on the internet, go to catholicfamily.org 
and search for counting our blessings. 






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Thanks: On behalf of the parishioners of St Mary’s, grateful thanks are extended to the management of Asda, Dalton. As part of their current initiative addressing Poverty, Sam Jarvis has kindly delivered to church a very generous amount of food which has been donated by shoppers. This supports our own ongoing efforts and serves to remind us of the real need experienced by people in our local community.

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (St Mary's) 01709 363753 info@tpicr.co.uk Clergy Fr Desmond Sexton Fr Leonard May Address The Presbytery 238 Herringthope Valley Road Rotherham S65 3BA Groups S.V.P., Lourdes Support Group, UCM, Stay & Play Schools St Mary's Primary Herringthorpe Valley Road S65 3BE St Bernard's Comprehensive Herringthorpe Valley Road S65 3BETHE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (St Mary's) 01709 363753 info@tpicr.co.uk Clergy Fr Desmond Sexton Fr Leonard May Address The Presbytery 238 Herringthope Valley Road Rotherham S65 3BA Groups S.V.P., Lourdes Support Group, UCM, Stay & Play Schools St Mary's Primary Herringthorpe Valley Road S65 3BE St Bernard's Comprehensive Herringthorpe Valley Road S65 3BE