St Francis of Assisi, Baddesley Clinton

[Archdiocese of Birmingham: Registered Charity No. 234216]


Fr John Sharp                                                      01564 782498

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)                                                    20th August 2017                               




                               Saturday           6.00 pm            People of the Parish

                               Sunday             9.30 am            Margaret Hegarty


Monday [St Pius X, pope]

9.00 am                               Gail Jones


Tuesday [Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary]

9.00 am                               Well-being of John Sheppard


Wednesday [St John Wall, priest, martyr]

9.00 am                               Well-being of Katharine Earl


Thursday [St Bartholomew, apostle]

9.00 am                               Tom Sullivan


Friday [Feria]

9.00 am                               Kathleen Maguire


Saturday [Blessed Dominic Barberi, priest, religious]

9.00 am                               Intentions of Kathleen Quinn



Confessions: Saturday, 4.30-5.00 pm


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please pray for the sick in our parish and for those who have died: John Jones; Canon Bernard Cusworth (former parish priest); Thomas Poole; Anthony Chinn; John Cooley; Ella Cusack (anniversaries).


Bishop Kenney will be coming to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, 15th April next year.  If you would like to be prepared to receive the sacrament on that occasion, please speak to Fr Sharp.


Last Week’s Collection: £352.01.  Thank you. 



We fall into sin when we turn from You, the Fountain of life, the Maker and Ruler of all things.  To cut ourselves off from life, creation and order is to invite failure.

But we also fall into sin when we confuse a part for the whole – when through desire or pride or folly we get thnigs out of perspective and come to value one thing (a relationship, perhaps, or an ambition) more highly than we value our total life and our total good.

Yet when we have sinned, for these or any other reasons, we can return, we can come back to You, with humility (because we have failed and are failures) and with new devotion (because You do not change).  And when we do, You cleanse us from sin, and from its effects.  More than that, if we sincerely desire it, You ‘hear the groans of the prisoners’ and release us from the chains that we have made for ourselves.  So that, provided we do not deliberately set out to flaunt our freedom, You will keep us from doing it again.

Generally, we must choose between our own private good – wanting to please ourselves; or wanting to please You, who are the common Good of all.


St Augustine of Hippo (354-430)