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St Margaret Clitherow & St Paulinus RC Joint Parishes (York UK)


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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (YrA)     “Generous to a fault”

Of all the parables, the one in today’s Gospel is the one which causes the most debate and disagreement.  It tells us that it is fair that men who have not worked for a full day should be given the same wages as those who worked from the beginning.  As the first reading tells us, God’s ways are not our ways and when we think about it we must be grateful for this!  How many of us really merit going to heaven?  If we do reach that kingdom of love and peace, it won’t be through our own efforts but through the overwhelmingly generous love of God.

READINGS – (Universalis)    Reflection – (Sunday Plus)   Pope Francis – (Reflection)




This Sunday’s Readings Isiah 55:6-9     Phillipians 1:20-24,27    Matthew 20:1-16

All the workers in Jesus’s story have something in common irrespective of the time of day they were taken on by the landowner ? It is the fact that they were hired; they have been given something to do. Before the landowner approached them, they were standing idle; now each of them is given a task. That is where they are all equal, not in the amount of work they put in, but in the fact that if they hadn’t been approached they would still be idle.

Jesus story is not about mathematics or rates of pay – it is about the fact that God calls us – all of us. It is by God’s grace and blessing that we find a sense of purpose and meaning in our lives. It is as disciples of Jesus that we are invited to live through each day, and when the end of the day comes, the right attitude is not: have I been adequately compensated for my efforts to live as a Christian this day?  No the right attitude is thank you Lord for having brought me to this day, for bringing me through it, for helping me to do whatever good I have done, for bearing with me in my shortcomings. That is the end of the day attitude for disciples.


St Margaret Clitherow church:  We continue for the present with an opportunity for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 12 Noon each time.


Prayer: Almighty ever-living God, only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have died and, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love. Through Christ our Lord.


Eucharist:  May we grow in appreciation of the Eucharist; may those who have lapsed from the practice of their faith return to it with conviction and gratitude.  For our young people, that in a world of entertainment and distraction they may experience moments of reflection in which they can draw closer to God and discern the direction and meaning of their lives. Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

The Act of Spiritual Communion (please click on the image)



The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for September 2020

Respect for the Planet’s Resources:  We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.

[Link1: Prayer for our world (CAFOD)]

[Link2: See also Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network]

[Link3: Video – Pope Francis – The environment]


Welcome to the joint website of the twinned parishes of St Paulinus and St Margaret Clitherow (York UK).  Whether you are a visitor or new to our joint parishes, interested in becoming Catholic, seeking to return to the practice of your faith, or an active member of our parish, you are most welcome.  Fr Kevin


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